Hailed as the Richest bird habitat in Peninsular India by the great ornithologist Salim Ali, Thattekad is a rich evergreen lowland forest between the branches of the periyar river in Kerala .
Thattekad has around 300 species of birds recorded most of them endemic like Malabar woodshrike, malabar barbet, the colorful malabar trogon , the elusive Ceylon bay owl , gregarious Malabar parakeets , the mysterious and well camouflaged ceylon frogmouth and more.. Add to it the various flycatchers and the sought after black baza that visit this place in winters as this place becomes a birders paradise bustling with bird activity .
Munnar is a popular hill station in Kerala home to the endangered nilgiri tahr and nilgiri wood pigeons ,mountain imperial pigeons, black and orange flycatcher , nilgiri pipit and nilgiri flycatcher , indicator species of a shola forest ecosystem .
Join Travelderness as we embark on a 4 night / 5 day expedition to the beautiful forests of Thattekad and Munnar to spot and photograph maximum number of endemics and migrants in this beautiful part of the world !
Pick up from Kochi Airport , in the afternoon and transfer to Thattekad homestay , the journey should take us around 1.5 hours , followed by lunch and a evening session of birding around the homestay , which is part of the thattekad bird sanctuary , hoping to spot white bellied treepies, malabar parakeets, malabar grey hornbills and more .. Dinner and overnight at Homestay
Early morning start to make the most of morning bird activity as we explore the forests around thattekad and the rich birdlife there , hoping to spot malabar torgons, yellow browed bulbul , malabar parakeets, dollarbird, etc.
Back to the homestay for breakfast and lunch , as we head again to thattekad bird sanctuary in the afternoon till sundown for more birds. In the night we will go for a walk in the forests near the periyar river to look for nightjars, slender loris, owls and more.
Back to the homestay for dinner and overnight
Early morning birding around the homestay , followed by a 3-4 hour drive to the popular hill station of Munnar with lunch and birding enroute. Evening session of birding in Munnar followed by dinner and overnight at Munnar in a hotel.
Morning birding in Munnar looking for nilgiri wood pigeon, nilgiri pipit, palani laughing thrush, Black and Orange Flycatcher and more, followed by breakfast and transfer back to Thattekad, On the way , we will make a list of the birds we have missed , and would try to cover them in the afternoon session after reaching thattekad, post lunch. Dinner and overnight at Homestay.
Early morning start again , hoping to cover more birds that we might have missed out on previously. Back to the homestay for Breakfast and then transfer back to kochi airport for onwards journey.
- Accommodation n Homestay at thattekad and hotel at munnar on twin sharing
- All meals at the homestay an at munnar
- All transfers by an air conditioned car
- Mineral water
- Local guide
- Entry fees and forest permits
- Insurance of any kind
- Conveyance charges/flight tickets to kochi and back
- Anything not mentioned in inclusions