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Bird Watching

Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary, also known as the Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is one of the richest bird habitats in peninsular India, comparable only with the Eastern Himalayas. A trip through this sanctuary would certainly be a bonanza for any birder, with over 300 species found in a relatively small area of 25 sq kms. Some of the rarely seen species at Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary are Mottled Wood Owl, Sri Lanka Frogmouth, Rusty-tailed Flycatcher, Indian Pitta, Sri Lanka bay Owl, White - bellied woodpecker, Malabar Trogon, Black Baza etc.

One can find a larger number of Endemic species seen in Western Ghats here -
Malabar Grey Hornbill, White- bellied Blue Flycatcher, Malabar Barbet, Malabar Parakeet, Flame- Throated Bulbul, Malabar Woodshrike, Crimson backed Sunbird, Nilgiri Flowerpecker, White-bellied Treepie, Rufous Babbler, Grey-fronted Green Pigeon….are some of them.


Hornbill Camp offers half day as well as full day bird watching tours with its dedicated, talented naturalists.


A vehicle is essential to go birding in the areas around the sanctuary and other areas at Thattekkad. Please talk to the Manager or the Naturalists at the Camp for details.

NB: Transportation charges will be additional.

Timing: Half Day Birding - 6.15 - 6.30 AM to 10.15 - 10.45 AM.(morning session)

03.15 - 03.30 PM to 06.00 - 06.30 PM (evening session)

Full Day Birding ; morning and evening session.

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