Birds and Trees, Flowers and You

A bird walk through one of Wayanad's best birding hotspots, accompanied by an expert naturalist

5hrs | Hike | Easy, Family Friendly | All year | South Wayanad

Mountain, Grasslands, Shola Forest, Cardamom Plantations, Panoramic Views

The pristine forest ecosystem of this region hosts a good number of endemic and endangered bird species of the Western Ghats such as Malabar Parakeet, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, Nilgiri Pipit, White-bellied Blue Robin, White bellied Blue Flycatcher, Black and Orange Flycatcher, Wayanad Laughing Thrush and the Nilgiri Laughing Thrush.

Starting early is crucial for this birding walk. We recommend getting a packed breakfast, since we need to reach our start point, perched high above a little plantation town, by 6:30AM.The walk starts out in a cardamom plantation. You will walk around the estate and the forest for about 2 hours, spotting those elusive birds.

We will then break for breakfast and a breather, though the bird spotting doesn't really need to stop. From here, we will make our way uphill to a fantastic vantage point - an ideal spot to watch raptors like Crested Serpent Eagle, Black Eagle, Common Kestrel and the activities of the forest birds’ like Minivets, Warblers and Hornbills.

We will descend back to our vehicles after spending a couple of hours at the viewpoint and surroundings. Typically, you should be able to return to your resort for lunch and a well-earned rest.