14 Days / 13 Nights
Paniyeli Poru – Onamthuruthu - Periyar – Chinnar – Valparai – Marari.
This Contributory Birding Programme will enable you to be a Citizen Scientist...!
Whispering Kerala Birding Tour revolutionize your birding experiences through ‘Contributory Birding Programme’. You will be converted to a Citizen Scientist, in this tour. Yes…Be a scientist while exploring places for birding in the land of undulating shoreline that offers an incredible speared of enchanting beaches, lush green hills stations sparkled with crystal lakes beside colorful gardens, wetlands, backwaters and lagoons.
We will help you to documents the presence or absence of species, as well as bird abundance through checklist data in the eBird.org, a real-time, online checklist programme launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society.
This particular Birding Experiences have been curated by Mr. Anish Aravind is an HCM Professional by Choice and a Citizen Scientist by Concern, with over 17 years of experience across various Industry segments. As a devoted birding enthusiast, Anish has completed 2286 checklist in the ebird.org that covers 28.16% of species. He also identified 306 species across Kerala, cover 13 districts of the State. He has been ranked 5th in the country by checklists completed.
You will be delighted by experiencing our unique programmes that replacing heavily birded places, where your specially selected accommodations extend you to enjoy the Nocturnal Birding, with entirely different destinations that you have seen in the dreams or magazines…!
Day 1 - 3 | Paniyeli Poru - Iringole Kavu - Thattekkad - Kadamakudi
Paniyeli Poru - Our birding experiences will start from paniyeli poru, where the river periyar gushes along the rocky terrain.The rivulets of the Periyar, having separated upstream, join hands at the spot and continue the onward journey. The flowing water makes a symphony along with the chirping of the wide range of birds in the nearby forest.
Iringole Kavu - is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Durga. It is believed that Iringole is the gods and goddesses surrounded the power in the forms of trees and plants. And later it is developed into a beautiful thick forest with lots of birds.
Thattekkad - is a lowland forest with several types of eco-systems – riverine, grasslands, evergreen, scrub, dry deciduous, lowland forest, enabling it to be one of the best birding destinations in India. This is also home to most of the endemics of the Western Ghats.
Kadamakudi - Islands is a cluster of fourteen islands, a perfect destination to unwind yourself. This countryside is a live gallery of agricultural activities, fishing, toddy tapping and these islands are also famous for prawn farming. Kadamakkudy, a haven to a large number of birds, is a feast for the birders eyes…
Day 4 - 5 | Kumarakom - Kallara - Onamthuruth - Kottayam
Kumarakom, is situated on the banks of Vembanad Lake, a favourite haunt of migratory birds. The main attractions are local birds as well as the migratory birds during their respective migratory seasons. Some of the migratory birds come from the Himalayas and a few from Siberia.
Kallara has a very large variety of animals and plants. Many medicinal plants can be found all throughout Kallara. Tropical wet evergreen and semi-evergreen forests make up much of the plants that grow in Kallara. More than 50 species have been identified from Kallara and trees such as the anjili, rosewood, and caussia grow all throughout Kallara. Abundant flora such as bamboo, aromatic vetiver grass, black pepper, cardamom, calamus rattan palm and the lotus can be seen all over Kallara.
Onamthuruthu is, a small hamlet near Ettumanoor, a place for lots of local bird specious.
Kottayam has an average elevation of 3 metres above sea level and is situated in the basin of the Meenachil River and in the basin of the Vembanad backwaters, which are formed from several streams in the Western Ghats in Idukki district. Kottayam is classified as being a midland area. Identified more than 40 specious of birds in the Kottayam Town itself.
Day 6 - 7 | Periyar
Periyar Tiger Reserve is one of the finest wildlife & birding destinations in South India. With over 320 bird species identified and a leading habitat for the Bengal Tiger, this sanctuary is an ideal destination of the tour. Periyar National Park contains a variety of habitats from grassland and dry deciduous forest to evergreen forest and riverside scrub.
Day 8 - 9 | Munnar - Sholas - Chinnar
We will leave for Munnar via the Ghats to Khambam where we should sight the Large Grey Babbler, Common Babbler, Jungle Bush Quail and the Grey Fancolin. We will proceed to Bodi Ghats en-route Munnar and stop over for sighting the rare Yellow Throated Bulbul, Indian Robin, Sirkeer Malkoha, Short Toed Snake Eagle, Bluefaced Malkoha and the Black eagle.
The next day we will go birding in the sholas (high altitude montane forests) and grasslands for the Nilgiri Pipit, Painted Bush Quail, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, Black & Orange Flycatcher, Nilgiri Flycatcher, Whitebellied Shortwing, Broadtailed Grassbird, Grasshopper Warbler.
Chinnar (dry scrub forest) – Birding for White-bellied Drongo, Blue faced Malkoha, White-naped woodpecker, Blue-beared bee-eater, Sirkeer Malkoha, Jungle Bush Quail and the Yellow-legged Button quail.
Day 10 - 11 | Valparai
Valparai is the pollution free heavenly land, Valparai is located above 3,500 feet from the sea level on the Anamalai mountain range and Valparai does not mean only a single town, near Pollachi (about 90 Kms. from Coimbatore).It stands majestically with Green Spread Mountains and forest all around.
There are a lot of species of birds in Valparai. They also include brown headed barbet, velvet fronted nuthatch, Great Hornbill, Malabar Hornbill, Flameback Woodpecker, pigmy woodpecker, minivet, a wide range of parakeets, Asian paradise, Leaf bird, Barbets, Egrets, purple sun bird, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Bee eaters and Black eagle etc… Valparai is actually a heaven for the birds as well as the bird watchers. Also Valparai is rich in animal population also. India’s national animal the Tiger is present here as we are a part of Anaimalai Tiger Reserve (ATR). It also have other most of the rare species like the Nilgiri Tahr and Lion Tailed Macaque.
Day 12 - 14 | Kochi - Marari
Mangalavanam is an ecologically sensitive area situated at the centre of Kochi. The place belongs to true mangrove and mangrove associate species. More than 200 birds belonging to 32 species were identified here. The total number of bird species recorded so far from the area is 72.
Marai is beach village. The name comes from Marari (Lord Siva) who is the main deity of the place. It has the famous temple Mararikulam Mahadevar temple dedicated to Lord Siva (also called Marari by the locals). It is the fertile land of communism and it has a very beautiful beach which is known by the name Marari Beach or Mararikulam beach. 80 varieties of birds have been identified in the village.
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