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

6 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 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.

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.

David Erterius
BH, Northern India

David Erterius has an amazing memory for birds and bird calls. Our group had a variety of skills and interests, and he did a good job of balancing photographer's and birder's needs. As a birder with limited spotting skills, I especially appreciated his ability to get many of the birds in the scope and to give me special help when I was having trouble seeing the bird.

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.

Erik Forsyth
CG, Northern India

Dear Erik, Thanks for the trip report of a fantastic tour. Wow, what an experience and I am so glad we did it – most importantly with Rockjumper. Everything was taken care of and we moved smoothly from one place to the next with no problems (well none that we knew of!) All the best!

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 * GBP5,347 * EUR6,150 * AUD10,176

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 (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 * GBP5,763 * EUR6,629 * AUD10,967

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

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