HORNBILL CAMP The Hornbill Camp overlooks the lowland forests of the Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary at Thattekkad in Kerala which is home…
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The Hornbill Camp overlooks the lowland forests of the Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary at Thattekkad in Kerala which is home to about 340 species of birds including migratory and endemic ones. Salim Ali, the legendary ornithologist, identified Thattekkad as having the richest concentrations of bird diversity in the country. Set on the banks of the Periyar River amidst a lush coconut grove, the Hornbill Camp houses 20 well-appointed A/C tented cottages built on raised platforms and with private balconies overlooking the river & forest. The staffs at the camp are members of the local community and earn their livelihood from the camp operations. There is no better place in south of India to go birding, kayaking or cycling through the spice growing villages.
- Bird Watching
- Tribal Village Experience
- Tented Cottages
DAY 1: ARRIVAL – HORNBILL CAMP
On your arrival at Cochin International airport meet our representative and transfer to Hornbill camp at Thattekkad. On reach check in to the camp and relax.
Activities you can experience;
Kayaking; The Hornbill Camp is located on the banks of the river Periyar. On the opposite bank of the river are some of the finest lowland forests of Kerala. A kayaking trip amidst these great swathes of forests is an ideal sport for those inclined to be adventurous and explore the bio-diversity within these forests. You can also kayak to some of the villages upstream to get a first-hand glimpse of life in a typical spice growing and agrarian village of Kerala. (duration 1 hr.)
Cycling; The location of Hornbill Camp is ideally suited for cycling journeys to the countryside - spice growing villages, farms, forests at Thattekkad and the ever-inviting local population. You can go on a full day expedition or wander around at leisure through the friendly countryside! A visit to the hanging bridge near the camp would be a wonderful experience for the travelers. (duration 1 hr.)
Resort: Hornbill camp
Room: Tented cottage
Meals: Dinner only.
DAY 2: DEPARTURE
Morning after breakfast proceed to visit the Thattekkad Bird sanctuary for half day bird watching.
Or else you can visit Mamalakandam Tribal village (duration: half day tour).
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. 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 Flower pecker, White-bellied Treepie, Rufous Babbler, Grey-fronted Green Pigeon, Grey-headed Bulbul are some of them.
Noon transfer back to Hornbill camp for Lunch. After the lunch check out from the hotel and transfer to airport for your return flight.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
**End of tour**
- 1-night Stay at Hornbill camp tented cottage.
- 1 breakfast, lunch and dinner at hornbill camp.
- All transfers, tours and excursions using AC Sedan with driver at all destinations, as per itinerary
- Toll, Parking and driver Bata.
- Guide for bird watching or tribal village visit
- Entrance charges as per the itinerary (kayaking and cycling).
- Any meal other than specified above.
- Personal expenses in nature like telephone, laundry bills, table drinks, camera fees, Jungle Safaris etc.
- Services not specified above.
- Air Ticket and Visa
- Travel Insurance
Standard check in time at resort is 14:00 hrs. and check out time is 12:00 hrs.
The rate is based on 2 Pax travelling together, if any increase or decrease in no of pax the rate is subject to revision.
The quiet and beautiful countryside is ideal for walkers to discover Kerala through its off-the-beaten- track trails and the interior villages. The lush countryside and the friendly villagers are bound to make your walk rewarding. On the walks you can walk into a rubber estate, a spice plantation and numerous farms where our guide will be happy to explain the intricacies of farm life.