Mudumulai National Park and Masinagudi, Tamil Nadu

Blue-bearded Bee-eater

Mudumalai National Park is located in southern India in the state of Tamil Nadu, although it is part of a much larger contiguous forest encompassing Nagarhole in Karnataka and Wayanad in Kerala. Located amidst the Nilgiri foothills, Mudumalai is home to a large variety of birds and mammals, and is a fascinating topography of valleys, plains, hills, forests with teak and rosewood, swamps, and ravines.

Mudumalai is a Tiger reserve and also one of the finest habitats for the Asian Elephant. Wildlife that is likely to be seen also includes Gaur, Sambar, Chital, Barking Deer, and the occasional Tiger or Leopard.

Target Species

  • Jungle Bush Quail 
  • Red Spurfowl 
  • Grey Junglefowl 
  • Indian Swiftlet 
  • Fork-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo
  • Oriental Turtle Dove
  • Common Emerald Dove
  • Grey-fronted Green Pigeon 
  • Green Imperial Pigeon
  • Barred Buttonquail
  • Yellow-wattled Lapwing 
  • Red-naped Ibis 
  • Spot-billed Pelican
  • Crested Honey Buzzard
  • White-rumped Vulture
  • Indian Vulture 
  • Red-headed Vulture
  • Crested Serpent Eagle
  • Changeable Hawk-Eagle
  • Black Eagle
  • Crested Goshawk
  • Indian Scops Owl 
  • Oriental Scops Owl
  • Spot-bellied Eagle-Owl
  • Brown Fish Owl
  • Brown Wood Owl
  • Jungle Owlet 
  • Brown Hawk-Owl
  • Great Hornbill
  • Malabar Grey Hornbill 
  • Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher
  • Blue-bearded Bee-eater
  • Chestnut-headed Bee-eater
  • Malabar Barbet 
  • Brown-capped Pygmy Woodpecker 
  • Lesser Yellownape
  • Greater Flameback
  • Blue-winged Parakeet 
  • Indian Pitta 
  • Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike
  • Malabar Woodshrike 
  • White-bellied Minivet 
  • Black-headed Cuckooshrike 
  • Brown Shrike
  • White-bellied Drongo 
  • Bronzed Drongo
  • White-spotted Fantail 
  • Indian Black-lored Tit 
  • Ashy-crowned Sparrow-Lark 
  • Jerdon’s Bush Lark 
  • Malabar Lark 
  • Grey-headed Bulbul 
  • Yellow-browed Bulbul 
  • Square-tailed Bulbul 
  • Hill Swallow 
  • Green Warbler
  • Large-billed Leaf Warbler
  • Thick-billed Warbler
  • Sykes’s Warbler
  • Indian Scimitar Babbler 
  • Brown-cheeked Fulvetta
  • Hume’s Whitethroat
  • Asian Fairy-bluebird
  • Indian Nuthatch 
  • Malabar Starling 
  • Orange-headed Thrush
  • Nilgiri Thrush 
  • Indian Blackbird 
  • White-rumped Shama
  • Asian Brown Flycatcher
  • Brown-breasted Flycatcher
  • Indian Blue Robin
  • Malabar Whistling Thrush 
  • Blue-capped Rock Thrush 
  • Jerdon’s Leafbird 
  • Nilgiri Flowerpecker 
  • Crimson-backed Sunbird 
  • Forest Wagtail
  •   Endemic
  •   Near Endemic

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Bangalore and transfer to Mudumalai

From Bangalore you will be driven to Mudumalai. A few brief stops en route, particularly where there is good dry scrub habitat, may produce species such as Yellow-wattled Lapwing, Jerdon’s Bushlark, Blue-winged (Malabar) Parakeet, Small Minivet, Black-headed Cuckooshrike and Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark. Stay at Jungle Hut, which has excellent birding in its grounds, including the difficult to find endemic Nilgiri Thrush most winters.

Days 2-3: Mudumalai National Park

Two full days will involve plenty of birding in the excellent scrub habitat of Mudumalai, particularly in the Masinagudi area. The regionally scarce White-bellied Minivet will be a key target here, whilst you will also be searching for birds such as Red Spurfowl, Brown Fish Owl, Blue-faced Malkoha, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, White-naped Woodpecker, Indian Pygmy Woodpecker, Indian Nuthatch and Malabar Lark.

Day 4: Mudumalai to Bangalore

After an early morning’s birding and breakfast in Masinagudi, drive back to Bangalore

Checklist

For all our bookings we provide the most accurate and useful printable checklists available, specific to the actual areas you are likely to visit. In the meantime, use our interactive state checklists, or view the species bar chart for this area on eBird:

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Important information

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As with all Bubo Birding tours, your booking is handled by Asian Adventures.

  • We may change the itinerary described due to various reasons such as latest birding information, availability of accommodation, state of the roads, and other unexpected factors that, this being India, do pop up from time to time!
  • We would be happy to make any additional travel bookings, e.g. domestic flights, car and driver, that you require.
  • The final price and itinerary will be confirmed before booking and depending on your expected arrival and departure plans.

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