South India and Andamans Bird & Wildlife Tour

This tour is designed to see the endemics of Andaman Islands. One can expect to see Andaman crake, Andaman coucal, Andaman treepie, Andaman serpent eagle, Andaman wood pigeon, Andaman scops owl, Andaman brown hawk owl, Andaman cuckoo dove, Andaman woodpecker, Andaman drongo, white-headed starling, Black-headed Bulbul, Andaman Shama.

Other species that can be seen: White-bellied Sea Eagle, Brown-backed Needletail, Glossy Swiftlet, Alexandrine, Red-breasted and Long-tailed Parakeets; Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker, Black-naped Oriole, Scarlet Minivets. Pacific Reef Egret, Pacific Golden, Greater Sand and Lesser Sand Plovers, Whimbrel, Ruddy Turnstone. Kingfishers: Collared, Stork-billed, common etc. Lesser Whistling Duck, Pacific Swallow, Black-browed, Oriental Reed Warblers, Yellow and Cinnamon Bitterns, Chestnut-headed Bee-eater, Red-throated Flycatcher, Yellow-browed and Two-barred Warblers, Large Cuckooshrikes, Baillon’s and Ruddy-breasted Crakes, Slaty-breasted Rail, Pintail Snipe, Rusty-rumped Warblers, a flock of Red-throated Pipits, Emerald Doves and Forest Wagtails.

(South India)

 This tour focuses on the endemic birds of the Western Ghats and South India generally. The area is known for its species richness – with more than 450 bird species and a good diversity of mammals ranging from Asian Elephant and Nilgiri Langur monkeys to the rare Mouse Deer to name just a few of the special fauna.

With the help of an excellent bird guide, you should stand a good chance of picking up most of the endemic bird species associated with the Western Ghats Endemic Bird Area. Species include White-bellied Treepie, Crimson-backed Sunbird, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Malabar Parakeet, Nilgiri Woodpigeon and Nilgiri Flycatcher to name a few.

In addition, you will hopefully see the enigmatic Ceylon Frogmouth, colorful Malabar Trogon, and Indian Pitta.

Available departures

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Itinerary Overview

Day 01: Arrive Chennai
Day 02: Chennai to Port Blair
Day 03: Port Blair
Day 04: Port Blair to Chidiya Tapu
Day 05: Chidiya Tapu
Day 06: Port Blair to Bangalore to drive to Mysore
Day 07: Mysore to Mudumalai
Day 08: Mudumalai
Day 09: Mudumalai Ooty
Day 10: Ooty to Top Slip
Day 11: Top Slip to Munnar
Day 12: Munnar
Day 13: Munnar
Day 14: Munnar to Thattekkad
Day 15: Thattekad
Day 16: Thattekkad
Day 17: Thattekkad
Day 18: Thattekkad to Cochin and departure

Highlights

Seafood delights
Sightseeing- Cellular Jail, Anthropological museum, fisheries, saw mill
South India:
Nilgiris’ and Western Ghats endemic avifauna
Splendour of the Nilgiri Hills
Wildlife experience of Asian Elephant, Tiger, Gaur, Spotted Deer, Nilgiri Tahr, Sambar, Muntjac
Old British hill station of ‘Ooty’.
Nilgiri Mountain Railway, a World Heritage Site
Traditional cuisine and glimpse of the culture of Karnataka
Pristine forests
Amazing landscape
Excellent food

Accommodation

Inclusions

Services includes only:
-Accommodation on twin / single sharing basis
-Meals as per the itinerary
-Birding in Andamans as per the itinerary
-Services of a birding guide in Andamans
-Birding South India at all the places as per the itinerary
-Dedicated Birding guide in South India
-All park entrances
-All ground transport services during the trip
-All taxes

Services does not include:
-Optional Tour, tips, laundry, drinks, bottled water, any monument entrance fee, camera fee
-Airfare, visa, insurance, boat ride, elephant ride