Kerala birdwatching vacations, Western Ghats

“Spend 7 days birding in a variety of habitats, including Periyar National Park, in the company of local guides with a max of 6 birdwatchers per group.”

Highlights

Thattekkad | Western Ghats | Periyar Tiger Reserve | Khambam | Munnar | Chinnar | Mudumalai | Nilgiri hills |

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
All parks in this region have Eco Development Committees and Forest Protection Teams employed in tourism related work and arranging all wildlife programmes for tourists. So when one enters the park & takes part in safaris or treks in the park, the proceeds of such activities go to the local communities directly and almost in full.

By employing local birding guides at Thattekkad and by staying at environmentally low impact accommodation like the Hornbill Camp, we hope to bring in awareness about Responsible Tourism among the general public. Hornbill Camp is made of locally available materials and constructed exclusively by using locally available expertise in reed leaf thatching . There is very little concrete used, instead tents are used and more importantly only maximum of 2 kva electricity is used in the camp. The water is heated using solar heaters and the kitchen refuse is recycled for use in the spice plantations nearby.

We always employ local drivers during all our tours. Our supplies like vegetables and poultry are always sourced from villagers residing near the camp & we promote local businesses by using local jeeps and locally owned wooden canoes for moving on the river, whenever possible.

We always believe in small groups of maximum 6 persons to reduce impacting on the ‘carrying capacity’ of the region they are passing through. Our strict policy of Leave No Trace helps protect the environment and is an example to the locals by removing all waste from place to place.

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9 Reviews of Kerala birdwatching vacations, Western Ghats

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Reviewed on 20 Feb 2020 by

A great birding trip, staying at some great small accommodations in beautiful settings. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Dec 2016 by

The tea plantations are photogenic in a very special way: so impossibly green in the sun. Walking in the forests near Periyar was like being in heaven: in the shade, beautiful birds, no other people around and with a knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Nov 2016 by

The vacation could not have gone any smoother and our thanks to Thomas for recommending the wonderful Graman Homestay for a break before our bird watching trip began. We more or less just sat in the garden and relaxed whilst Jos and his wife looked after us and gave us some wonderful food. Different Kerala dishes every day. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Mar 2015 by

Many memorable parts - wonderful bird watching trips, cycling in the backwaters, relaxing and enjoying the Keralan food and scenery. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Mar 2015 by

It's a highly recommendable trip. Excellent birding and other wildlife, scenic landscapes, very nice accommodation and an excellent guiding. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Feb 2015 by

A magnificent tally of endemic birds! This was a birdwatching tour so we hoped and expected to see a number of new birds but our excellent guide provided an enormous list. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 May 2013 by

The most memorable part of the vacation was...Getting away from cities to the real Southern India in Kerala & Tamil Nadu. Seeing lots of birds and other wild fauna & flora, and having such knowledgeable people as our guide Jijo Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Dec 2013 by

It was really an excellent experience...we were well looked after by a great driver/guide, Peter. He was ever cheerful and patient when one of us was a bit slow and tried hard to meet the high expectations of the other. We had some really good sightings of rare species. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Nov 2013 by

Excellent vacation mainly thanks to our guide Peter...the most memorable part was seeing birds, some at close range and the beautiful scenery of Munnar and Thattekad Read full review

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