Set high on the Western Ghats, Wayanad in Kerala possesses immense biodiversity, from the dense evergreen forests and mist-capped mountains to rich collection of flora and fauna. It is therefore a great place to retreat from a hectic lifestyle and enjoy its stunning natural beauty. It is also home to many amazing varieties of birds and hence also a bird watcher’s paradise.
Wayanad is an ideal destination for the avid bird watchers and for those who want to experience the thrill of going on a birding tour. This spectacular region is home to many great birding locations, providing a birding experience that is truly memorable. Here you can find around 350 varieties of birds which include the Asian Fairy Bluebird, the Malabar Grey Hornbill, the Plum Headed Parakeets, the Chestnut Tailed Starlings, the Scarlet Minivet and the rare Wayanad Laughing Thrush. The best season to set out for birding in Wayanad is between December and May when you can see the birds in full flight.
Being a part of the Western Ghats, Wayanad offers avid bird watchers a chance to see a number of rare species of birds in various locations. Many of the resorts found in Wayanad offer birdwatchers birding tours that provides opportunities to view birds in their natural habitat as well as explore the breathtaking beauty of Wayanad. The tours are provided by expert guides who are fully versed in bird watching and are of great help to those starting out on birding.
The ideal time to set out for birding will be in the early hours of the day when the birds are more active. But some species of birds can only be sighted during specific times of the day. Some of the famous birding locations in Wayanad include:
Lying on the banks of the Kabani River, this 950 acre expanse of uninhabited evergreen forests are home to rare species of birds, butterflies and orchids. Its tranquil beauty and its rich flora and fauna make it an ideal place for nature lovers and birdwatchers to visit. Entry to the island is restricted by the Forest department and monitored by the Vana Samrakshana Samiti.
Set deep in the forests of Brahmagiri Hills, Pakshipathalam is a paradise for bird watchers with its diverse varieties of exotic and migratory birds found here. An eight km trek brings you to this bird sanctuary which is also home to natural rock caves that have many legends attached to it. Access to this bird sanctuary can be gained only upon permission from the forest department.
Situated only 10kms from Kalpetta in Wayanad, Meppadi charms its visitors with its breathtaking natural beauty and scenic vistas. Tea, coffee and cardamom plantations are the most common sights you can see here. As it falls in the Nilgiris Biosphere area, it is a paradise for bird lovers, botanists and nature lovers due to its amazing collection of plants, animals and birds found there. Its closeness to natural attractions like the Chembra Peak, Meenmutty Waterfalls, Soochipara Waterfalls, etc. makes it an ideal destination for those wanting to enjoy nature at its best.
With the many birding locations in Wayanad, beginners as well as avid bird watchers are sure to have some unforgettable birding experiences during their visit here.
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