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October 15, 2009

Backpacker Birding to South India plan

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Backpacker Birding in South India planning notes.

Note, these are research notes only and you must check all this stuff out for yourself to verify.

Fly into Kolkata from Bangkok. Or another possible is to fly to Chennai.

1. Santragachi
2. Narendrapur
3. Purbasthali Lake – take train
4. South to Henry Island, Bakkhali.
5. Sundarbans NP.

West Kolkata – Botanical Gardens
Alipore – Horticultural Gardens

Sudder Street Hotels
Hotel Maria – 450
Modern Lodge
Hotel Aafreen


Chilika Lake
Nalabang Island, Mangaljodi, Satapada (stay at Yatri Nivas – govt hotel 250-650). OTDC boat hire, 3 hour tour Rs80.
Boats are a set price from Satapada. There is a ferry to Balugaon.

Barkul – on north shore of Chilika lake, boat trips. Stay at Panthaniva Hotel. ferry goes to Satapada.Babu Behera is a boatman

Konark – Labanya Lodge – Rs100.

Sambalpur – Hotel Sujata. More Sambalpur Information

Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary – 40kms from Sambalpur, 4WD is Rs800.

Badrama NP – night treks. Ushakuthi has a forest rest house. 35K East of Sambalpur. best time Oct-May, entry fee is Rs1000

Similipal NP
Need permit and 4WD – Rs2000 + guide Rs400. Book well in advance to stay inside NP. Park fee is Rs1000.

Jashipur – get permit for Similipal NP, stay at Sai Ram Hotel.

Baripada – has Orissa Tourism office to book NP visits and tours. Stay at Hotel Durga.

Chandipur – Hotel Chandipur.

Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary – boat hire ~Rs1600, stay at Forest Rest House. Northeast Orissa, best time Dec-Feb. park fee is Rs1000



Hyderabad – Stay at Hotel Suhail Rs 200.
Kasu Brahmananda Reddy Park (KBR Park) at the heart of the city is a national park and sanctuary.

+ Sharmipet Lake – 30 kms North of Hyderabad.

+ Rollapadu Bird Sanctuary.
Is 60 kms from Kurnool, near to Nandikotkur. Buses run to park from these towns. You can stay at Forest Rest House. Check if you need permit.

+ Pulicat Lake
On the border of Tamil Nadu. 60 kms from Chennai. Sricity is 1.5 kms away. Stay at Sullurpet or Tada. Ask a fisherman to take you out, maybe.



Bangalore – Hotel Tourist. Nandi Hills – Nehru Lilaya Guest House – Rs200. Birding places around Bangalore, More birding spots.
Bangalore University, Byramangala Lake, Valley School, Madiwala lake.

Mysore – Parklane Hotel. Karanji Lake Nature Park.

Mangalore – Hotel Surya.

Stay at KSTDC Hotel Mayura River View – Rs600, get boat rides to Ranganathitu Bird Sanctuary

Bandipur NP Mudumalai – Youth Hostel, Rest house or stay in camp?

To go on treks ask at Sri Ganesh Automobile – Rs400 per day. Stay at Dawn is highly recommended, Rs125.

Kodagu Hills – Stay in forest at Honey Valley Estate Rs200.

+ Kudremukh National Park
Get here from Kalasa, Karkala, Mudigere, Mangalore. Could stay at Forest Rest House or hotel in Kalasa or Srigeri. Samse has homestays, 12 kms from park. Possibly need a guide and permit.


Christmas to New Year is very busy. Hire a scooter for Rs100 per day.

Panaji – Alfonso Guest House. Baga – Divine Guest House. Bird at Arpora Woods, Baga Fields, Baga Hill.

Fort Aguada and Candolim – Villa Ludovici.

Palolem – Stay at Cozy Nook. Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary has cottage Rs200 at entrance.

Bhagwan Mahavir – Stay at Molem at GTDC Dhudhsagar Resort, Rs450. To get here take bus to Ponda and Molem. Backwoods Camp in jungle with bird tours ~$100?

Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
52 km from Panaji, Chalet is Rs200. Get here by bus from Ponda to Usgao, take taxi to park.
Also birding spots – Dona Paula, Carambolin Lake, Batim Lake, Divar Island, Mayem Lake, Saligao Zor, Zuari River Trip, Mhadei, Netravali, Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary.



Stay at Kumily, 4km from park. Boat trips, Guided Jungle Walks for 3 hours cost ~ Rs100, full-day hike is Rs750. Night trek is Rs500. You can stay in park at Periyar House Rs750. Kumily – Coffee Inn or White House – Rs300. To get here take bus from Kochi, Kottayam, Trivandrum, Munnar, Madurai.

Kollam – boat tours, stay at Lakshmi Tourist Home.

Alleppy – Brothers Tourist Home

Kottayam – Ambassador Hotel

Kumarakam Bird Sanctuary – get bus from Kottayam.

Westend Cottages. Chinnar Wildlife tours – Rs300.

Eravikulam National Park – rickshaw from Munnar

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary – stay in Marayour?

Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary
Tree hut at Thunakadavio – book through Divisional forest officer. Also Forest rest houses at Thelikal, Anapady.

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary – need guide.

chavakkad beach – shore birds.

Polachira wetland, Chathanoor, Kollam district

Enamav Kole (or enamav Bund) is near Trishur (in kerala), you have take the road to chavakkad from Trishur to reach there. water body (floating rice fields).



Guindy National Park, Theosophical Society Garden. Get your permit for Vegantangal from Wildlife Wardens Office 0448413947. Stay at Hotel Regent.

It is best from Dec-Jan during breeding season. 52km from Mamallapuram. Stay at Forestry Dept Rest House – Rs300. Book in Chennai first. To get there take a bus from Chengalpattu to Vedangtal bus station and walk 1km or get bus to Madurantakam, then hire taxi last 8kms.

Mamallapuram – beach, stay at Mrs Rajalaxmi near 5 Rathas.

Calimere Point
90km South-east of Thanjavur. To get here take bus from Vedarammiyam which is 12km away, via Nagapattinam or Thanjavur.
Thanjavur – stay at Hotel Valli or Yogappa.

Kodaikanal – Snooze Inn.

Indira Ghandi Wildlife Sanctuary
Book with Wildlife Wardens Office in Pollachi. Stay at Sakthi Hotel.

Coimbatore – Hotel Blue Star.

Nilgiri Hill Stations
1. Coonoor – YWCA
2. Kotagiri
3. Ooty – treks may be Rs300 per day. Tourist office have tours to Mudumalai NP, RS200. Stay at YWCA. Bird at Cairnhill Forest Reserve on Avalanche Road, Sighur Ghat Road, Naduvattam Shola. Can get very crowded.
Yelagiri. – Pungunur Lake.

Mudulalai NP – closed Feb-march? Stay at Morgan dormitory? or at Kongu Lodge in Masinagudi.

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    Comment by ooty — September 11, 2010 @ 10:41 pm

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