Munnar and Eravikulam National Park, Kerala

Nilgiri Pipit

Munnar is Kerala tea country, and the green hills are a popular getaway. The pockets of shola forest (the high-altitude montane forests amongst the grassland) and mountain grassland ecosystem are a fantastic wildlife and birding destination, home to several endemics including Nilgiri Tahr, especially at Eravikulam National Park. The altitude above 1600 m means an agreeable climate throughout the year, although in December and January the temperatures can fall to single digits.

Target Species

  • Painted Bush Quail 
  • Grey Junglefowl 
  • Indian Swiftlet 
  • Blyth’s Swift 
  • Nilgiri Wood Pigeon 
  • Oriental Turtle Dove
  • Common Emerald Dove
  • Grey-fronted Green Pigeon 
  • Mountain Imperial Pigeon
  • Crested Honey Buzzard
  • Crested Serpent Eagle
  • Legge’s Hawk-Eagle 
  • Black Eagle
  • Chestnut-headed Bee-eater
  • Malabar Barbet 
  • Greater Flameback
  • Blue-winged Parakeet 
  • Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike
  • Brown Shrike
  • Indian Black-lored Tit 
  • Yellow-browed Bulbul 
  • Square-tailed Bulbul 
  • Hill Swallow 
  • Tytler’s Leaf Warbler 
  • Green Warbler
  • Large-billed Leaf Warbler
  • Thick-billed Warbler
  • Broad-tailed Grassbird 
  • Indian Scimitar Babbler 
  • Brown-cheeked Fulvetta
  • Palani Laughingthrush 
  • Rufous Babbler 
  • Asian Fairy-bluebird
  • Nilgiri Thrush 
  • Indian Blackbird 
  • Asian Brown Flycatcher
  • Brown-breasted Flycatcher
  • Nilgiri Flycatcher 
  • Indian Blue Robin
  • White-bellied Blue Robin 
  • Malabar Whistling Thrush 
  • Rusty-tailed Flycatcher 
  • Black-and-orange Flycatcher 
  • Blue-capped Rock Thrush 
  • Nilgiri Flowerpecker 
  • Crimson-backed Sunbird 
  • Nilgiri Pipit 
  •   Endemic
  •   Near Endemic

Itinerary

Day 1: Kochi to Munnar

From Kochi you will be met and transferred for the three hour journey up into the hills of Munnar, and some evening birding locally if time permits.

Days 2-3: Munnar, and Eravikulam National Park

We will look for several of the South Indian and Nilgiri Hills speciality bird species, such as Yellow-browed Bulbul, Crimson-backed Sunbird, Grey-fronted Green Pigeon (formerly Pompadour Green Pigeon), Little Spiderhunter, Brown-cheeked Fulvetta and Rusty-tailed Flycatcher. A visit to Eravikulam National Park is a must if it is open—it closes from February for the Nilgiri Tahr breeding season to minimise disturbance to them. Target bird species here include Palani Laughingthrush (formerly Grey-breasted Laughingthrush), White-bellied Sholakili (formerly a Blue Robin, and before that a Shortwing!), Nilgiri Pipit, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon and, especially, Broad-tailed Grassbird: a fairly easy species to find in the monsoons but can be tough at other times of year.

Day 4: Munnar to Kochi

After breakfast and some more local birding, return to Kochi.

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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