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Birding trails - South India

7 Nights / 8 Days

  • Tour Highlights - This is a 8 nights 9 days trip covering the jewels of South India. The Queen of hills, Ooty is known for its bird life. The hills echo with the chirping birds. Many of the winter migrants from all around the world and Himalayas have made Ooty their winter home. There is a lot of bird activity between Nov to March at Nilgiris. We would also cover Kothagiri, a small hamlet near Ooty as it attracts many migratory birds and it is home for many resident birds also. We would be visiting the famous Salim Ali bird sanctauary at Thettakad, near Cochin. We spend quality time at the hides to make excellent pictures of our favourite birds. Along with the bird life, one gets to spend time on the hills at Ooty and enjoy a night on the boat house at Allepy in Kerala. This is a totally di erent kind of a holiday , just to relax and immerse yourself with nature and goodness.


    Winter (October - February) Winter is the best time to visit this sanctuary since the temperature is enjoyable ranging between 20 and 29 degrees Celcius with no rainfall.

    Nearest Airport

    Kochi International Airport.

    Best Time to visit

    Winter (October - February) Winter is the best time to visit this sanctuary since the temperature is enjoyable ranging between 20 and 29 degrees Celcius with no rainfall.

  • Day 01:
    Arrive at Coimbatore. Our representative would be waiting at the airport to welcome you. Check into the hotel and spend the day at leisure. You can go around the city and visits its famous Malls Gardens. Temples. Stay at the hotel.

    Day 02 (BLD):
    After breakfast, drive to Ooty. The queen of hills is just 90 kms from Coimbatore, but the curvy roads takes one to two hours to reach Ooty. Get to enjoy the drive and the scenic beauty of the Nilgiris hills. After fishing at the resort, we head to start our birding trip. We head to the botanical gardens of Ooty. Here you will get to sight the Grey headed canary flycatchers, Orange and black fly catchers, Grey tit, Oriental white eye, Ashy Prinias and many more. After birding, enjoy a South Indian meal. Rest for a while and evening head out for the second birding session.

    Day 03 (BLD):
    Today we would be doing sight seeing at Ooty. Visit the museum, Dodebetta ( the highest peak in Ooty ), lake for nice boating and pine forests. After lunch and some rest, we would continue our sight seeing tour of Ooty. We would visit the famous Pykara falls and dam. This is a beautiful place to shoot landscapes. Dinner and stay at the resort.

    Day 04 (BLD):
    After breakfast, head toward Kothagiri. We would visit the Shila forests where we try and capture the Kasmiri flycatcher, Red breasted fly catcher and Tiga. Post lunch we visit Coonor gardens to shoot some of the finest and most beautiful resident birds. The Indian blue robin , Nilgiri flycatcher, Minivets add color to this place. Dinner and stay at Kothagiri.

    Day 05 (BLD):
    Have an early start and proceed to Coimbatore to take the flight to Cochin. Drive to Thettakad. We would staying at one of the most beautiful home stays. This place is run by a very senior birder with four decades of experience. They have set up hides to photograph the birds.. After lunch, we have the first session at the hide. Blyth starlings, Malabar parakeets, Grey hornbills, Jungle fowl are main attractions at this hide.

    Day 06 (BLD):
    Start very early to shoot the resident Indian Pitta. It is one of the most colourful bird of the Indian continent. After breakfast, we would go for a walk inside the Salim Ali sanctuary. The lucky ones will get to sight the Malabar trig and Srilankan Frog mouth. This is followed by lunch and then the hide activity.

    Day 07 (BLD):
    We have an early start to proceed to Cochin and then to Allepy to check into our boat house. This is an out of the world experience. The tranquility of the back waters will make one meditative. Today is purely to relax. All meals would be on boat. Night stay on the house boat.

    Day 08 (BLD):
    Check out after breakfast and get dropped at Cochin airport to take your flights back home. End of tour.

  • PER PERSON COST: USD 1600 /- onwards. (Minimum 8 paxs)
    (Additional 9% of the tour cost would be charged as service tax).


    • Stay as mentioned.
    • All safaris as per Schedule.
    • All applicable taxes.
    • On field guidance.
    • Driver and guide fees.
    • All Park entry fees, accommodation on a twin sharing basis and taxes.
    • Safaris in a open Gypsy..


    • International airfares.
    • VISA charges.
    • Vaccinations if required.
    • Personal and medical expenses.
    • Insurance charges.
    • Anything other than mentioned in the Cost Includes section.
  • Payment Terms

    • Indian nationals: 100% payment on or before 100 days of travel.
    • Foreign Nationals:100% payment on or before 120 days of travel.

    Cancellation Policy

    • 50% refund if cancelled before 50 days of travel.
    • 20% refund if cancelled 30 days before travel.
    • No refund if cancelled after above mentioned days.

    Additional terms

    • This tour requires a general fitness among individuals.
    • A medical certificate will be needed to be produced giving a basic stats of your vitals.Indeminity bond needs to be signed prior to the tour.
    • Beyond roads travel and photography Pvt. Ltd will not be held responsible for any damages or mishaps to the property etc. undertaken by the customer.
    • Beyond roads travel and photography Pvt. Ltd will not be responsible for any loss or theft. Although, it is advisable not to keep an eye out on a general note.
    • If you have any medical condition, it did be advisable to inform us about it. This ensures an extra care and support for you from our side.
    • Beyond roads travel and photography Pvt. Ltd can cancel any tours for any unseen or unfavourable conditions which can prove risky for you to travel there. In such a case, a full refund will be amde to you.
    • It is advisable to follow a set rules, especially in mentored tours. This ensures your safety.
    • There are guidlines and advise on what to carry in your clothes baggage. This ensures you are comfortable throughout your journey. Any medical emergencies will not be borne by Beyond roads Travel and Photography Pvt. Although, care and assitance will be given to you throughout any unforeseen circumstances.
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Collections: Wild India, Wildlife Tours

Category: birding sanctuary, kochi, thettakad, thettakad kerala

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