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).