Colorful and exciting, Southern India possesses some of Asia's most magnificent national parks and is home to more than 20 endemic birds and a variety of mammals, ranging from the tiny endemic Malabar Spiny Dormouse to Nilgiri Langur, Tiger, and Indian Elephant. Separated by valleys, the mountain blocks where most of the parks are found are collectively known as the Western Ghats. In the valleys we'll see brightly painted trucks and giant wheeled oxen carts traveling the roads together with more "normal" modes of transport. In the wetlands we'll watch for Spot-billed Pelican, Red-naped Ibis, and Pheasant-tailed Jacana, while in the mountains we should see Legge's Hawk-Eagle, Chestnut-headed Bee-eater, Crimson-fronted Barbet, Indian Pitta, and the gorgeous White-bellied Treepie.
Our tour begins in Nagarhole National Park, where endemic Malabar Parakeets and White-cheeked Barbets call from within our lodge grounds. We'll then spend most of the following two weeks in the Western Ghats, where most of the endemic and near-endemic birds survive, and we'll be looking for such specialties as Gray Junglefowl (far more beautiful than its name suggests), Malabar Trogon (a real treat), and Black-and-orange Flycatcher. In the undergrowth we'll search for Wynaad Laughingthrush and White-bellied Sholakili (two of the harder endemics), while overhead the loud swoosh of wings at any time may signal Great or Malabar Pied hornbills.
Select the KEY INFO tab or click here for our itinerary plus space requests, status, fees, limits, and guides for any departure.
If you would like a longer birding holiday, some departures of this tour may be combined with:
Other Tours in INDIANORTHERN INDIA: Birds, Tiger & the Taj Mahal
ITINERARIES • TOUR STATUS • DETAILS • SPACE REQUESTSITINERARIES • We issue a separate itinerary for each year, typically at least 9 months before that year's first departure. Most itineraries don't vary much year to year, but there may be small or rarely more substantive changes. A sample previous-year itinerary is usually available even if the one for your chosen departure is not. We do not require any deposit for provisional bookings until the itinerary for the departure is ready.
- 2020 (PDF)
- 2022 (PDF expected Feb 2022)
DEPARTURES • We have 2 departures currently scheduled through 2022, with details including limits, guides, fees, and space available listed below.
Nov 1-21, 2020
Guided by: Terry Stevenson & local guide
Tour Manager: Sharon Mackie
Tour Limit: 10
Status: Waitlisted - This tour is provisionally full. However, we are awaiting deposits from some of those booked, so space may open up. Click below to be waitlisted for this tour with no obligation; if you are waitlisted, we will also notify you in case of an added departure of this tour.
Tour Fee: $9575
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Oct 30 - Nov 19, 2022
Tour Manager: TBA
Tour Limit: 10
Status: Open - Space is still available on this tour, and we are accepting provisional bookings. No deposit is required until you receive the itinerary. Click below to book space.
Tour Fee: Fee TBD / 2020=$9575
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Enjoy looking through the 3 most recent Field Guides triplists for this tour linked below!