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Various habitats  like Forests, Sea shores, Marshes, Water bodies, Hills, Grasslands, Plantations and Human habitations are the promising bird watching destinations of South India. These habitats include those belong to South Indian endemics as well. The exploration through these various terrains,of the remote areas of South India in search of birds will give you and insight into the landscapes, lifestyles, people and their cultures . More than 250 species will definitely enter your bird diary along with unique South Indian experiences.

Cultural elements of the tour Kancheepuram Temple, Mysore palace & Museum, Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue and Jew Town, Mattancherry, Santa Cruz Basilica & St. Francis Church, Fort Kochi.

Agricultural elements – Coffee plantation of Vayanadu , Pepper plantation of Masinagudi , Paddy cultivation of Palghat , Tea plantation of Munnar, Cardamom plantation of Cardamom Hill Reserve, Rubber plantation of Kanjirappally, etc…

Life styles of the tour – Silk making people of Mysore, Tea leaf pluckers of Munnar, Black clam collectors of Vembanadu lake etc…

Natural Elements – Bandipur National Park ,Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary, Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary, Nagarhole National Park, Eravikulam National Park, Parambikulam Tiger Reserve, Periyar tiger reserve, Chinnar Wild life Sanctuary, Vayanadu Wild life Sanctuary, Marayur Sandal wood forest, Vembanadu lake and associated back waters, Mararikulam beach,  etc…  

Exclusive Birding Tours

Tour No. 1 Wet land – Forest Birds survey (5nights / 6 days)

Cochin – Thattekkadu  - Kumarakom / Alappey back waters – Cochin

Cost - INR - 10, 697/ Night for 02 people ( Economy category )

Tour No. 2 Kerala Endemic Tour (10 nights / 11 days)

Cochin - Thattekkadu - Parambikkulam - Chinnar  - Munnar  - Thekkady  - Cochin.

Cost - INR - 8, 890/ Night for 02 people ( Economy category )

Tour No. 3  Habitats Exploring birding tour (14 nights / 15 days)

Chennai – (Pallikaranai marsh, Nanmangalam Reserve Forest,)  - Kanchipuram - Vedanthnkal ( Vedanthangal Reed bed, Vedanthangal scrub, Vedanthangal bird sanctuary) – Chennai – Palghat – Parambikkulam – Chinnar  – Munnar  – Thattekkadu  - Cochin Airport.

 Cost - INR - 9829 / Night for 02 people ( Economy category )

Extension - 02 Nights at Periyar Tige Reserve.

Tour No. 4 Western Ghats Endemic Birds tour (17 nights / 18 days)

Calicut – Kadalundi – Calicut  – Pookode – Thirunelli – Pakshipathalam trek  - Kuruva island – Masinagudi  – Kalhatty ghats – Ooty birding areas  – Coimbatore –  Parambikkulam  – Chinnar – Munnar – Thattekkadu  – Cochin.

Cost - INR - 10, 715 / Night for 02 people ( Economy category )

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Please note :- Tailor made itinerary by joining with other packages can also be done. Please let us know your interesting places.

The expected star birds of the tours  :

South Indian endemics - Malabar grey hornbill (Ocyceros griseus), Malabar parakeet (Psittacula columboides), Nilgiri wood pigeon (Columba elphinstonii), Whitebellied treepie (Dendrocitta leucogastra),  Whitebellied shortwing, (Brachypteryx major) , Black and orange flycatcher (Ficedula nigrorufa), Black bulbul (Hypsipetes leucocephalus), Broad tailed grassbird, (Schoenicola platyura) Greybreasted laughing thrush(Garrulax jerdoni), Nilgiri laughing thrush(Garrulax cachinnans), Rufous babbler(Turdoides subrufus), Crimson backed sunbird, (Nectarina minima), Nilgiri pipit (Anthus nilghiriensis) etc...

South Indian Birds

The expected bird list include Red spurfowl (Galloperdix spadicea),Spot-billed duck (Anas poecilorhyncha) Garganey(Anas crecca), Heart spotted wood pecker (Hemicircus canente), White bellied woodpecker (Dryocopus javensis), Brown headed barbet (Megalaima zeylanica),Great Indian hornbill (Buceros bicornis), Malabar trogon( Harpactes fasciatus), Dollar bird (Eurystomus orientallis), Stork billed King fisher (Halcyon capensis), Chestnut headed bee-eater (Merops leschenaultia), Bluefaced Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus viridirostris), Collared scops owl (Otus bakkamoena), Brown hawk owl( Ninox scutulata), Indian nightjar (Caprimulgus asiaticus), Srilanka frogmouth (Batrachostomus moniliger), Mountain imperial pigeon (Ducula badia), Emerald dove (Chalcophaps indica), Pompadour green pigeon (Treron pompdora), Watercock (Gallicrex cinerea),Pheasant tailed jacana (Hydrophasianuschirurgus),River tern (Sterna aurantia),Changeable hawk eagle (Spizaetus cirrhatus), Crested serpent eagle (Spilornis minimus), Darter (Anhinga melanogaster),Yellow bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis), Cinnamon Bittern (Ixobrychus cinnamomeus), Black bittern (Dupetor flavicollis), Black crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax), Asian openbill (Anastomus oscitans), Small minivet (Pericrocotus cinnamomeus) White bellied drongo (Dicrurus caerulescens),Black naped monarch flycatcher (Hypothymis azurea),Orange headedthrush (Zoothera citrina), Verditer flycatcher (Eumyias thalassina), Greyheaded canary flycatcher (Culicicapa celonensis), Brahmini starling (Sturnus pagodarum), Ashy prinia (Prinia socialais), Dark fronted babbler (Rhopocichla atriceps), Malabar lark (Galerida malabarica), Baya weaver (Ploceus philippinus), Black throated munia (Lonchura kelaarti),etc ….