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Western Ghats Endemic Birding - Kerala

The Western Ghats, locally known as Sahyadri Hills, a chain of low mountain range running parallel to the western coast of the Indian peninsula, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. These mountains play an important role in the climate of the subcontinent by intercepting the south western monsoon winds. Wide disparity in rainfall on both sides along with altitude variations creates a variety of forest types and habitats along these mountains. With an exceptionally high level of biological diversity and endemism, Western Ghats is recognized as one of world’s eight ‘hottest hotspots’ of biological diversity. Read more…

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Birding with Thattekad Trails..

Based near Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, one of the richest bird habitat in South India,Thattekad Trails is a tour company  specialized in bird watching related tour programs. We have been successfully conducting birding tours across various popular birding locations in South India. Over the last several years we have catered to the needs of both hard core birders and bird photography enthusiasts alike.

There are a few key features that make our packages standout, the primary one being flexibility. Most of the similar programs available out there are fixed date departures with a minimum of 4-5  participants required for the program to operate. Our tour dates are not pre determined, instead we organize the trips according to the request of our clients. Also the minimum number of participants required for the program is only 2, which means a couple can book private trip at affordable price. In case of enquiries for groups, we accommodate only small groups so that each participant gets the service they deserve.

Given below is a list of some of our popular birding/ Photography tour packages. These programs can be modified according to the clients requirements.

Thattekad-Munnar (3 Nights & 4 Days)

Day 1– Arrival at Cochin International Airport, transfer to Thattekad. Afternoon birding/ bird hide. Night session for nocturnal birds. Overnight stay at Thattekad.

Day 2– Start early morning for forest bird trails, return to hotel by lunch time. After some rest, leave for afternoon birding/ hide photography. Night session and overnight stay.

Day 3– Leave early morning for Munnar, which is around 2 hours drive from Thattekad. Full day birding around Munnar and back to Thattekad for overnight stay

Day 4– Morning birding. Check out and drop to Cochin.

Thattekad-Munnar-Chinnar (4 Nights/5 Days)

Day 1– Arrival at Cochin International Airport, transfer to Thattekad. Afternoon birding/ bird hide. Night session for nocturnal birds. Overnight stay at Thattekad.

Day 2– Start early morning for forest bird trails, return to hotel by lunch time. After some rest, leave for afternoon birding/ hide photography. Night session and overnight stay.

Day 3– Leave early morning for Munnar, which is around 2 hours drive from Thattekad. Full day birding around Munnar/ hide optional. Overnight stay at Munnar.

Day 4– Start early morning for Chinnar Bird Sanctuary. Back to Munnar for night stay.

Day 5– Morning birding around Munnar. Check out and drop to Cochin.

Thattekad-Periyar-Munnar-Chinnar (6Nights/7Days)

Arrival at Cochin International Airport, transfer to Thattekad. Afternoon birding/ bird hide. Night session for nocturnal birds. Overnight stay at Thattekad.

Start early morning for forest bird trails, return to hotel by lunch time. After some rest, leave for afternoon birding/ hide photography. Night session and overnight stay.

After morning birding, leave for Periyar National Park, which is around 3 and half hours drive from Thattekad.  Overnight stay.

Full day birding at Periyar.

After morning session, start for Munnar (3 hours drive). Afternoon session and overnight stay in Munnar.

 

 Leave early morning to Chinnar for full day program. Back to Munnar for night stay.

 

 After morning birding in Munnar, check out and drop.

            Inclusions

  • Accommodation with food in birder friendly hotels / homestays.
  • AC cab for all transfers mentioned as per the itinerary.
  • Expert  bird guide accompany.
  • All entry fees for birding locations.
  • All currently applicable taxes

The Western Ghats...

This 1600 kms long forested mountain chain stretches from Gujarat to southern Kerala, between 30-50 kms Inland along the coast. The Western Ghats contain 39 protected areas as they shelter at least 325 globally threatened species including around 51 that are critically endangered. Vegetation mainly consists of tropical evergreen, moist deciduous, dry deciduous, montane grass lands and sholas. Average annual temperatures range from around 15°C in the north to 35°C in the south. At high elevations temperatures drop below 0°C during winter.

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