Birdwatching in Thattekkad & Munnar
Tropical rain forests are primary centers of species richness and endemism within the Western Ghats in India. There are more than 450 known bird species from this hotspot, of which 16 are endemic, mostly found in the lowland rainforests and high altitude montane forests of the Kerala. The Western Ghats is also considered as an Endemic Bird Area by BirdLife International. This tour is specifically designed to sight most of the endemic birds of the Western Ghats, covering the bird-rich areas of the low land forests at Thattekkad and the mountains of Munnar. 15 of the 16 endemics as well as rare birds like Yellowthroated Bulbul are seen.
Day 01, 02 & 03: Thattekkad
Arrive Thattekkad. Meet up with your guide. We will settle into the Hornbill Camp set in the midst of the forest and on the banks of the Periyar River. We will proceed for birding. You should sight the Whitebellied Treepie, Rufous Babbler, Crimsonbacked Sunbird, White Bellied Blue Flycatcher, Wayanad Laughing Thrush, Malabar Parakeet, Malabar Grey Hornbill besides owls like the Mottled Wood Owl, Oriental Bay Owl, Oriental scopes owl, Brown Fish Owl, Oriental Scopes Owl and Spotbellied Eagle Owl. You should also be able to sight the Red Spurfowl, Grey Jungle Fowl, Indian Pitta, Black-throated Munia and the Grey headed fishing eagle.
Day 04 & 05: Munnar
Depart for Munnar early morning. The drive will take approximately 2 hours. On arrival check into the Olive Brooke Resort. Proceed for birding at Rajamala & the nearby sholas (high altitude evergreen forests). You should sight the endemics Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, Nilgiri Pipit, Whitebellied shortwing and the Broadtailed Grassbird. We will also take a tour to the Bodi Ghats for Yellow Throated bulbul, Indian robin, Sirkeer Malkoha, Short Toed Snake Eagle, Blue Faced Malkoha and the Black eagle. On the way, stop at the Lockhart Gap for birding amongst the sholas.
Day 06: Depart
Depart for Kochi.