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South India 

Karnataka Tamil Nadu Kerala Map

The Region

The term South India demarcates a geographical region comprising of the Southern Part of the Great Indian peninsula. It comprises the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu. In this region our primary focus is on the southern part of The Western Ghats, which runs astride Karnataka and Kerala with a  portion of Tamil Nadu in between. This range of hills rise from  the West coast to an altitude of  up to  2500 m . Birdlife International has recognized it as one of the most important Endemic Bird Areas in Asia. It holds 20 endemic species from India , as well as another 15 species common with Sri Lanka.  Most of this region is seldom visited by birders. The habitat comprises Sea beaches, inland waterways, lakes, evergreen forests, dry deciduous forests, scrub land, and grasslands.  Around 550 species can be seen .The focus of our birding tours to this area as on now is the Western Ghats birding circuit starting at the town of Bangalore in Karnataka and extending to Govindperi ( Kalakkad) spilling into Tamil Nadu on Kerals's southern border. through several hot spots, looking for endemic species, and South Indian specialties.  We have also included several lesser known sites.

The following Birding sites are included:-

The Karnataka Circuit

  • B.R Wild life sanctuary

  • Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuaryi

  • Nagarhole National Park

The Tamil Nadu Circuit

  • Madhumalai & Masinagudi ( Dr J. Jayalalitha WLS )

  • Ooty ( Udhagamandalam) and surroundings

Kerala Circuit.

  • Parambikulam, on the borders with Tamil Nadu.

  • Munnar, Eravikulam National Park,  & Chinar WLS

  • Periyar

  • Kumarakom

  • Thattekad ( Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary)

  • Govindperi ( Kalakakd-Mundanthrai National Park)

    We are exploring  areas, and looking for associates to operate tours  covering:-

Tamil Nadu

  • Chenai and surroundings

  • Vedanthangal

  • Point Calimere

Andhra Pradesh

  • Pulicat Lake

  • Shamirpat Lake

  • Rollapadu

Keen birders who are interested in joining hands as operator-partners; contact us at: gurutt@sancharnet.in

Planning your birding trip

Your Birding itinerary depends upon your interests, the duration of the planned trip, and other matters such as your budget.

We feel the best way to finalize your itinerary is to first check out the  Hot Spots and our standard Tours. You may also like to check out Lodges, to decide what you want. Thereafter together, via e-mail, we can formulate your trip plan.

The best time for birding in South India is Nov to March ( Best: Dec-Jan) 

The duration of your tour can be as long as you like. You will find our suggestions of days required for each birding hot spot. We have some itineraries, for ready reference. These can be tailored to your requirements.

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