Southern India Birding: Western Ghats Endemics Itinerary

Trip Description

Brief Itinerary

The Western Ghats are a range of low mountains extending along peninsular India's west coast. Despite their tropical latitude the influence of altitude imposes a temperate climate on high ranges, home to a unique montane ecosystem. The steamy tropical forests of the foothills and forest-grassland mosaic of the hills support 28 endemic and near-endemic birds, with a further 13 shared with Sri Lanka. Targets include Black & Orange Flycatcher, Kerala, Black- chinned and Wynaad Laughingthrushes, Malabar Trogon, White-bellied and Nilgiri Blue Robins, Malabar Pied Hornbill and Ceylon Frogmouth, plus endemic Lion-tailed Macaque and Nilgiri Tahr.

Day 1: Arrival in Bangalore with Birding as we Reach Mudumalai

Day 2: Full Day Birding Mudumalai National Park


Days 3: AM Birding around Mudumalai, PM Birding in and near Ooty

Day 4: Full day birding around Ooty


Day 5: AM Begin the Long Drive to Munnar with Birding at Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary; Late PM Arrive in Munnar

Day 6: Birding in Munnar: Eravikulam National Park and Additional Sites

Days 7-8: Drive to Periyar via Bodi Ghat; Birding at Periyar National Park

Days 9-10: Drive to Thattekad; Birding in Thattekad Bird Sanctuary

Day 11: Thattekad to Kochi; Departures from Kochi

Optional 5 Day Extension: South Andaman Island  Birding Chiriyatapu, Mount Harriett National Park, and More


Day 12/Ext. Day 1: Arrival in South Andaman Island and AM Birding near Port Blair; PM Chiriyatapu and 
including Nocturnal Birding

Day 13/Ext. Day 2: Full Day Mount Harriett National Park and Including Nocturnal Birding


Day 14/Ext. Day 3: AM Sippighat and PM Other Wetland Areas

Day 15/Ext. Day 4: Focus on Any Species We May Have Missed around South Andaman Island and Mid PM Fly to Chennai

Day 16/Ext. Day 5: Main Tour Day 1: AM Fly to Bangalore

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