Hemming the rugged lands of southern India are the impressive Western Ghats Mountains, a land of endless valleys, rolling tea estates and breathtaking highland vistas, well-known for harbouring a superb range of highly localised endemic birds and a host of special mammals. This comprehensive tour showcases many of these special creatures: the gorgeous Indian Pitta, Nilgiri Laughingthrush, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, rare Sri Lanka Frogmouth, exquisite Malabar Trogon, Malabar Whistling Thrush, and Heart-spotted Woodpecker are just some of the incredible birds we will search for, while Indian Elephant, Gaur (Indian Bison), Wild Boar and Smooth-coated Otter are potential mammalian highlights. Join us for an unbeatable birding exploration to the southern part of this immense and extremely rewarding nation!


Top Birds

Painted Bush Quail; Red Spurfowl; Nilgiri Wood & Grey-fronted Green Pigeons; Malabar Grey Hornbill; White-cheeked Barbet; Blue-winged Parakeet; Malabar Woodshrike; White-spotted Fantail; White-bellied Treepie; Indian Black-lored Tit; Malabar Lark; Grey-headed, Flame-throated & Yellow-throated Bulbuls; Broad-tailed Grassbird; Indian Scimitar & Rufous Babblers; Wynaad, Nilgiri & Palani Laughingthrushes; Malabar Starling; Nilgiri Thrush; White-bellied Blue, Black-and-orange & Nilgiri Flycatchers; Nilgiri Blue & White-bellied Blue Robins; Malabar Whistling Thrush; Nilgiri Flowerpecker; Crimson-backed Sunbird; Nilgiri Pipit; Indian Pitta; Sri Lanka Frogmouth; Malabar Trogon; Heart-spotted Woodpecker.

Top Mammals

Dhole (rare); Gaur (Indian Bison); Smooth-coated Otter; Nilgiri Tahr.

Habitats Covered

sholas (montane forests), teak woodlands, lakes, wetlands, montane grassland

Expected Climate

warm during day, cool at night, rain unexpected

Max Group Size

12 with 2 Rockjumper leaders / 8 with 1 Rockjumper leader

Tour Pace & Walking



basic to comfortable lodges and hotels

Ease of Birding

mostly unchallenging

Number of Species Expected


Other Attractions

Lake Periyar, roadside temples and shrines, Western Ghats Mountains, tea plantations

Photographic Opportunities


What our clients say about us

David Erterius
RR, Northern India

Both David and Rajveer were excellent guides. In fact, it seemed at times as though they were able to summon animals.

David Hoddinott
TM, India 2018

This was my first Rockjumper trip. I definitely will be a repeat customer. The booking process was easy and painless. The transport and hotel logistics during the trip were flawless. David Hoddinott and Ansar Khan were excellent guides and worked diligently to make sure we saw as many birds as possible.

Peter Kaestner
JR, India 2020

This trip was great! We were told the trip should generate about 250 bird species and our total was very close. Peter was excellent at finding birds, leading us and keeping a positive group atmosphere. The local guides also were competent and helpful. Accommodations are not an important aspect of a trip to me but the ones we stayed at were excellent, as were the meals. The trip was an excellent introduction to India for me tho I was happy to have it very much concentrate on birding.

Richard Lindie
Northern India

I just have to write and tell you how much I enjoyed the N. India trip and how superb the leaders are... You know that, you only have world class guides. The last two days made the trip 'beyond expectations' with the birds we saw in Saital… Erik and Rich worked so well together and both are so funny, such a great combination. I especially have to thank Rich for taking pictures for me: I can immediately tell which ones he took: they make clear memories that are memorable…. With much gratitude to RBT for bringing birds and mammals into my life.

Gregory de Klerk
HS, India 2018

Greg de Klerk and David Erterius were great - super knowledgeable and really kind. You can tell that they both care about birds and their guests. I hope I can go on a Rockjumper tour with them again.

India - Southern: Birding & Wildlife of the Western Ghats (Small Group) 2024

06 Jan 2024 - 17 Jan 2024 (12 days)

USD6,495 - No Spaces Available


Tour Leader: Glen Valentine

Tour price (Per person): USD6,495 * GBP5,349 * EUR6,149 * AUD10,177

Single Supplement: USD1,450 * GBP1,194 * EUR1,373 * AUD2,272

Can be linked with: Sri Lanka - Endemic Birds & Big Game (Small Group) 2024

India - Southern: Birding & Wildlife of the Western Ghats 2024

10 Nov 2024 - 21 Nov 2024 (12 days)

USD5,495 - Spaces Available


Tour Leader: André Bernon

Tour price (Per person): USD5,495 * GBP4,526 * EUR5,203 * AUD8,610

Single Supplement: USD1,450 * GBP1,194 * EUR1,373 * AUD2,272

Can be linked with: Sri Lanka - Endemic Birds & Big Game 2024

India - Southern: Birding & Wildlife of the Western Ghats (Small Group) 2025

10 Jan 2025 - 21 Jan 2025 (12 days)

USD7,000 - Spaces Available


Tour Leader: Carlos Bocos

Pricing notes : *Prices are estimated and dates may change*

Tour price (Per person): USD7,000 * GBP5,765 * EUR6,627 * AUD10,969

Can be linked with: Sri Lanka - Endemic Birds & Big Game (Small Group) 2025

India - Southern: Birding & Wildlife of the Western Ghats 2025

20 Mar 2025 - 31 Mar 2025 (12 days)

USD6,000 - Spaces Available


Tour Leader: Julian Parsons

Pricing notes : *Prices are estimated and dates may change*

Tour price (Per person): USD6,000 * GBP4,942 * EUR5,681 * AUD9,402

Can be linked with: India - Andaman Islands Endemics 2025

  • Your details

  • Contact permission

    We would love to send you Newsletters (twice yearly).via Type a message, Promotions/Discounts (weekly), Blog Articles/Image of the Month (monthly) and other content that we think you would find interesting. If you are happy with this then please select your preferences below. If you would like to unsubscribe from previous subscriptions, or leave our mailing list entirely, then please do so by visiting the Preference Centre link at the bottom of these emails.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Route Map

Tour Route Map