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Western Ghats Endemics Tour

Code: #801-MP
14 Days (05 Jan to 18th Jan 2020)

Description

The Western Ghats range of southwest India is one of 36 global biodiversity hotspots due to its large amount of endemism and diversity. This region is naturally abundant with wildlife, and is a paradise for birdwatchers, nature lovers, and photographers alike. This tour focuses mainly on the endemic birds of the Western Ghats, and also on the large number of wintering migrants. We will see most of the 37 South Indian endemics, plus many of those shared with Sri Lanka, and an excellent selection of large mammals. Key bird species include lots with Malabar and Nilgiri in their name, such as Malabar Starling, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Nilgiri Thrush, Malabar Barbet, and many more! Starting in the state of Karnataka, we take a southerly route through the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The main birding sites include the heronry at Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary on the River Cauvery, Bandipur and Mudumalai National Parks, the Nilgiri Hills, Periyar National Park and Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, before we finish on the Kerala coast at Kochi (formerly Cochin).

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION
INCLUDED
Accommodation on twin sharing basis Meals as per the itinerary
Birding at all the places as per the itinerary Dedicated Birding guide for full tour
All park entrances Dedicated transport for full tour
All taxes
NOT INCLUDED
Optional Tour, tips, laundry, phone calls, drinks, meals not specified, any monument entrance fee, camera fee
Air fare, visa, insurance, boat ride, elephant ride.

Highlights

  • Endemic avifauna of Nilgiris’ and Indian western Ghats
  • The splendour of the Nilgiri Hills
  • Wildlife experience of Asian Elephant, Tiger, Gaur, Spotted Deer, Nilgiri Tahr, Sambar, Muntjac
  • The former  British hill station of ‘Ooty’.
  • Nilgiri Mountain Railway, a World Heritage Site
  • Popular Karnatic  cuisine and a glimpse of the culture of Karnataka
  • Amazing landscape & Forests
  • Farm fresh Indian meals
  • Cosy lodging

 

Itinerary

Jan 05 2020: Arrive in Bangalore and travel to Mysore
Jan 06 2020: Mysore to Masinagudi
Jan 07 2020: Masinagudi
Jan 08 2020: Masinagudi to Ooty
Jan 09 2020: Ooty
Jan 10 2020: Ooty to Top Slip
Jan 11 2020: Top Slip to Munnar
Jan 12 2020: Munnar
Jan 13 2020: Munnar to Periyar
Jan 14 2020: Periyar
Jan 15 2020: Periyar to Thattekad
Jan 16 2020: Thattekad
Jan 17 2020: Thattekad
Jan 18 2020: Thattekad to Kochi

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