Ornithology – follow the birds like a free bird…

Nelliyampathy & Thattekkad…
Dream locations for bird lovers…
More than 500 species of exotic birds…

Carefully chosen locations. Exquisite array of rare species. Expertise guiding.
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About Thattekkad bird sanctuary

Kerala is undoubtedly a hot spot for bird lovers. Rare species of birds can be located at thattekkad, one of the main bird sanctuaries in India, which is located in the center part of Kerala.

Thattekkad is made up of dense tropical evergreen and deciduous forest and grassland patches, which holds a population of over 500 species of exotic birds. The bird sanctuary, constituted in 1983, occupies the catchments area of the Bhoothathankettu dam. This globally acclaimed bird sanctuary owes much of its fame to Dr. Salim Ali, the internationally renowned ornithologist.

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The sanctuary was notified in 1983, as a result of a recommendation made by Dr. Salim Ali, years back. In 1930's he described Thattekad as the richest bird habitat in peninsular India, comparable only with the Eastern Himalayas. It is the exotic microcosm of India's bird population that brought Dr. Salim Ali to thattekkad. His efforts were instrumental in the formation of this sanctuary.

Sprawling across an area of 25 sq. km's the sanctuary lies between the tributaries of the river Periyar like a peninsula. Rare flying species like the Bee eater, Sunbird, Crimson-throated Barbet, Shrike, Night Heron, Black Winged Kite, Falcon, Grey Jungle Fowl, White-Breasted Water Hen, Hornbill, Ceylon Frogmouth, Rose-billed Roller and Blue-winged Parakeet exist here. Thattekkad also has extensive plantations of teak, rosewood, mahagony, etc. The thick forest is also the home of almost 28 varieties of animals and nine varieties of reptiles.

Greenpepper Holidays suggests a plan to visit Kerala during the months of October to April for experiencing the real bird life in pleasant climate.

Our guide for this region is basically a lawyer by profession who has a passion for ornithology and knows the nook and corner of the sanctuary like the palm of his hands.

About Nelliyampathy
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The Nelliyampathy hills are another exceptionally fascinating spot for the bird lovers. The hills allow the visitor to escape from the boiling summer of Palakkad district. Located at 52 km's South of Nenmara, this cool hill resort reaches to an altitude of about 1572 meters. One can reach the spot after a tiring journey passing 10 hairpin curves on the Ghat road, in the midst of breath-taking evergreen forests that belong to the Sahya Ranges.

Pothundi Reservoir winks in the distance as a sapphire set amidst the green of the forests. Nelliyampathy has immense trekking potential. This could be used as a camping place for trekkers. Seethakundu at Nelliyampathy offers a fantastic view of the valley below-a wide angled panoramic view of Palakkad, as beautiful as the green Valleys of Kodaikkanal.

The whistling thrust bungalow at Nelliyampathy
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Welcome to Whistling Thrust! Prepare for the Ultimate Eco- Adventure and enjoy the most virgin jungle, as natural as it gets! Let your stay at this beautiful bungalow be one with nature as you discover the joys of birding in a lowland tropical forest. With over 275 species in such a small area, most of them endemics, Nelliyampathy offers a rare view into the world of birds in Kerala.

The Whistling Thrust has been specifically designed to make you get the most out of your short stay at Nelliyampathy. The popularity of the Nelliyampathy as a birding destination has been rising by leaps and bounds in the last few years.

The accommodation here is arranged in such a way as the tourist can perfectly mingle with the jungle and enjoy their privacy. No doubt, this is the ideal place to be one with nature and observe nature in all its pristine glory as well as the birds in their magnificence.

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Bee eater, Sunbird, Shrike,
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