7 Nights From £720.00 per person, 2 sharing
Kerala is home to many indigenous species of bird as well as the many visiting migrant birds to the area making this trip a must for bird watching enthusiasts. You will also have ample opportunity to see the multitude of wildlife that makes Kerala their home including elephants and tigers. There will also be a visit to Thattekad bird sanctuary. This tour is therefore perfect for all nature lovers.
Day 1: You will be met at the airport and taken to your Cochin accommodation for the night, leaving you free to explore this vibrant harbour city.
Day 2-3: In the morning you will be picked up for the journey to Thekkady in the foothills of the Western Ghats, you can visit the Periyar Tiger Reserve and take the boat trip on the large inland lake where you may be lucky enough to see elephants and other wildlife drinking at the waters edge. The birds to spot could include Oriental Honey Buzzard, Black Baza, Thick Billed Warbler and the Asian Fairy Blue. Whilst in the area you can join early morning or evening wildlife walks to make the most of the experience.
Day 4-5: Your driver will collect you for the drive up into the Western Ghats Hills to Munnar, with stops en route to view the local birdlife, you could sight the Black Eagle, Common or Large Grey Babbler, Grey Francolin, Yellow Throated Bulbul or the Short Toed Snake Eagle amongst many species found locally. During your two night stay you may wish to visit a local tea plantation or explore the elevated position of Munnar, take a jeep safari or enjoy one of the many walks.
Day 6-7: Today you will travel to the forest and the Bird Sanctuary at Thattekad where you will have a wildlife guide to assist you. This area is stunningly beautiful and one of the best areas for bird watching due to its diverse habit. The Rufous Babbler, White Bellied Blue Flycatcher Oriental Scopes Owl, Grey Fishing Eagle and the Malabar Parakeet are all possible sightings in this area along with many more. There will be time to explore this diverse and fascinating area during your two nights in tented accommodation.
Day 8: You will be collected from your hotel and driven back to the airport in time for your homeward flight or you may wish to extend your Kerala stay, we can assist you with suggestions of locations and accommodations.