Western Ghats Endemics Tour
At a Glance
The Western Ghats of Southwestern India, locally as the Sahyadri Hills, are formed by the Malabar Plains and the chain of mountains running parallel to India's western coast, about 30 to 50 kilometers inland. The Western Ghats intercepts the Southwestern Monsoon winds. The Western slopes of the mountains experience heavy annual rainfall (with 80 percent of it falling during the southwest monsoon from June to September), while the Eastern slopes are drier; rainfall also decreases from South to North. Dozens of rivers originate in these mountains, including the peninsula’s three major eastward-flowing rivers. The wide variation of rainfall patterns in the Western Ghats, coupled with the region’s complex geography, produces a great variety of vegetation types. These include scrub forests in the low-lying rain shadow areas and the plains, deciduous and tropical rainforests up to about 1,500 meters, and a unique mosaic of cloud forests and rolling grasslands above 1,500 meters. It is no wonder then that the changing eco-tones and the vast variety of eco-systems are home to numerous endemic species of birds, mammals & vegetation.
This 8 day journey is an intense birding trip with little time for sightseeing. The tour covers the lowland forests at Thattekkad, the famed Periyar Tiger Reserve, the shola-grasslands of Munnar & Ooty and the dry deciduous forests at Mudumalai.
Day 1, 2 , 3 – Thattekkad
Thattekkad one of the best areas for birding in South India wnere most Western Ghats endemics are found.
Day 4 – Periyar
Periyar Tiger Reserve with over 320 bird species identified and a leading habitat for the Bengal Tiger, is your next destination where the targets are secretive and wary Wynaad Laughingthrush and others like White-rumped and Brown-backed Needletails, Oriental Honey-Buzzard, Black Eagle, the striking Black Baza, Pompadour Green and Mountain Imperial Pigeon.
Day 5, 6 – Munnar.
The hill country of Munnar has many of the high altitude endemics like the rare Yellow Throated Bulbul, Nilgiri Pipit, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, Black & Orange Flycatcher, Nilgiri Flycatcher, Whitebellied Shortwing and the Broadtailed Grassbird.
Day 7 – Ooty.
A short visit to Ooty for the Nilgiri Laughing Thrush, White-bellied Shortwing, and Black-and-rufous, Rusty-tailed and Nilgiri Flycatchers.
Day 8 – Mudumalai - Kochi.
After half day visit to Mudumalai located at the foot of the of the Nilgiri hills looking for the Nilgiri Thrush, Jerdon’s Bushlark, Sirkeer Malkoha, Indian Blue Robin, Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch, White-bellied Minivet, Yellow-billed Babbler, White-bellied Woodpecker, Large Cuckooshrike, Banded-bay Cuckoo, Thick-billed Warbler, Malabar Lark and Painted Bush Quail, transfer back to Kochi.
Price: USD 1360 per person (on twin share)
Departure: Any day of the week
MInimum number required to run a tour: Two
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