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Birding Tour India: The South - Western Ghats and Nilgiri Endemics 2019



This two-week tour will focus on the many specialties that southern India has to offer. The tour commences at the city of Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore), the capital of the state of Karnataka, and finishes on the coast at Kochi (also known as Cochin), a large sea port city in the state of Kerala and an ancient city of high value on the old spice trading route. Our journey will take in the vast splendor of the Western Ghats and Nilgiri Hills, where we will also enjoy a steady stream of Western Ghats and Nilgiri endemic birds and other wildlife, as well as a decent supporting cast of overwintering migrants and resident birds.

Some highlights on this tour are likely to include Black-and-orange Flycatcher, Indian Blue Robin, Nilgiri Blue Robin, White-bellied Blue Robin, Nilgiri Thrush, Nilgiri, Palani, and Wynaad Laughingthrushes, White-bellied Treepie, Malabar Woodshrike, Malabar Barbet, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, Nilgiri Flycatcher, Nilgiri Pipit, Oriental Bay Owl, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Blue-winged Parakeet, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Malabar Trogon, Sri Lanka Frogmouth, Indian Pitta, and, with luck, Kashmir Flycatcher.

During the tour we will visit some very exciting nature reserves and sanctuaries, such as Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, and, most famous of all, Thattekad Bird Sanctuary. We will also visit some rather nice colonial hill stations, reminiscent of many countries formerly part of the British Empire such as Kenya, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka. Interestingly, these locations (chosen for their cooler climate from that of the lowlands) often offer access to wonderful higher-elevation birding sites. They also often provide an interesting window into the cultural history of the area. Southern India is also very exciting in terms of food, which is considered rather different from that of other areas of India and promises to be memorable.

You could combine this tour with our exciting set of Indian bird and wildlife tours that follow this tour, such as our very popular Birding Tour India: The North – Tigers and Birds January/February 2019 that runs directly after this one (28th January – 13th February 2019), our Birding Tour India: The Northwest – Lions and Desert Birding in Gujarat 2019 (14th – 27th February 2019), and our Birding Tour India: The Northeast – Birds and Mammals of Eaglenest, Nameri and Kaziranga 2019, which visits the mountains of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh (2nd – 15th March 2019). We can also easily offer you extensions at each location if you’d like to extend your stay in this wonderful and vibrant country.

Duration: 14 days

Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8

Date Start: January 13, 2019

Date End: January 26, 2019

Tour Start: Bengaluru (Bangalore)

Tour End: Kochi (Cochin)

Price: US$5,665 per person sharing

Single Supplement: US$830

Price includes:
All accommodation (as described above)
Meals (from lunch on day 1 until evening meal on day 14)
Drinking water – two bottles of mineral water per day per person from our tour vehicle (if taken from a hotel this will be at your own cost)
Expert tour leader and local bird/wildlife guide fees
National park/birdwatching reserve entrance fees and jeep safaris
All ground transport and tolls while on tour, including airport pick-up and drop-off
Price excludes:
Flights
Visa
Items of a personal nature, e.g. gifts, laundry, internet access, phone calls, etc.
Optional tours (e.g. monument entrance fees)
Soft/alcoholic drinks
Camera (still/video) permits
Personal travel insurance
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Just wanted to tell you what a fantastic time I had on my custom Sri Lanka birding tour. Everything went flawlessly thanks to Andy’s preparation, and his knowledge and passion for the birds was infectious and made it great fun. Our local guide, Lester, was as passionate, and was expert in locating the birds and sharing his knowledge of the country. The food and lodging were great, and we became good friends as well as birding buddies, and I would recommend Sri Lanka as a, safe, friendly place to bird.  Andy’s trip report is on the website. Birding Ecotours ran a wonderful tour, and I will use their services again for our next trip. Bill Fiero

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