Nilgiris Birding and Wildlife Camp - Kids Camp
Mudumalai and Ooty Mudumalai and Ooty Mudumalai and Ooty

Mudumalai and Ooty
25 to 27 April 2017
Bookings Closed: Please note that bookings for this Tour have been closed. Please get in touch with us if you have questions.


  • Three days and four safaris in one of India's finest tiger habitats
  • A great holiday in the lap of nature
  • A treasure of learning about nature and photography
  • A whale of a time with a friendly, patient and helpful Toehold Skipper
  • A riveting expedition that is sure to have them asking for more

Wouldn't you like your child to discover how it is to gaze at a star-studded sky?

This winter, we invite children and young nature-lovers to experience the great outdoors like never before, on the Special Wildlife Camp at Mudmalai and Ooty. The Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve encompasses 5520 km2 across three different Indian states. And winter is the best time of the year for birding in the Nilgiri hills, for at this time, these gorgeous hills burst to life with a vast array of winter migratory birds that make the Nilgiris their home along with the many other beautiful resident birds and endemic species. Some of the key species that we will be looking for are the Kashmir flycatcher, black-and-orange flycatcher, Nilgiri flycatcher, Nilgiri blue robin, painted bush quail, peregrine falcon, black eagle, malabar lark and white-bellied minivet.

We will also be exploring the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, one of South India's richest tiger habitats.

What's better, our Camp Skippers will guide your child into the forests, take them through the fundamentals of wildlife photography, and equip them with a basic understanding of animal behaviour that will help them take stunning photographs. Both instructors know these forests like the backs of their hands and will lead your child to places where bird and mammal sightings are known to happen.



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  •   DAY 1   25 April 2017, Tuesday:  Excited Arrival and Early Exploration

    At the crack of dawn on a cold winter morning, we depart from the city of Bangalore and proceed to the much-awaited campsite in Mudumalai. After check-in and a scrumptious lunch, camp leader Phillip Ross will introduce the children to the Nilgiris with a brief on the wildlife found in the area, the afternoon's safari plan and also a presentation on the ideal settings for their cameras for the evening safari.

    We'll then find ourselves aboard a safari vehicle, driving into the forests of Mudumalai, not knowing what will be lurking around every corner. We'll keep our eyes peeled and hope that the safari turns out to be a very successful one.

    Later that evening, we'll gather around a bonfire for a presentation on composition and discuss our safari experience, animal behaviour and the plan for the next day.

    We end the night with a session of entertainment followed by a delicious dinner.

  •   DAY 2   26 April, Wednesday:  Morning Birding in Mudumalai; Afternoon Transfer to, Birding in and Overnight in Ooty

    We awake to the sweet calls of the birds found within the campsite and after a hot cup of coffee or tea, Phillip and Samantha will guide the group to the beautiful bird photography hide overlooking a bird bath. Here we have an assured opportunity to sight and capture stunning photographs of many species of birds up close, such as the red spurfowl, grey junglefowl, yellow-browed bulbul, rufous treepie, white-cheeked barbet, lesser goldenback and Tickell's blue flycatcher.

    After the birding session in the morning, we'll return to the resort for a piping hot breakfast and soon after leave the resort and go all the way up to the "Queen of hill stations", Ooty, for great birding and a chance to come across the winter visitors and endemics, such as the Kashmir flycatcher, black-and-orange flycatcher, Nilgiri flycatcher, black-chinned laughingthrush, square-tailed bulbul, great hornbill and many more.

    We spend the next three hours birding at various hotspots around Ooty, have lunch and drive back slowly, stopping at a few more birding hotspots along the way, before returning to the campsite by dusk.

    On our return at dusk, we will play a few nature-based games, learn and practise low-light photography and end the night with some entertainment and a celebratory dinner.

  •   DAY 3   27 April, Thursday:  Morning Safari and Checkout

    On the final morning, we'll return to the bird photography hide for a couple of hours and then go on a birdwatching trail in a quest for the white-bellied minivet and Malabar lark.

    After breakfast and an entire morning spent birding, we'll gather for a rendezvous before checking out at 11:00 a.m. and driving back to Bangalore, where we are sure your child won't be able to wait to tell you some fascinating tales.

INR 16,900/-
Inclusive of service tax
Per child on triple-sharing accommodation
Buddy Offer
INR 32,800/-
Inclusive of service tax
For two children on triple-sharing accommodation
Junior Patrons
INR 15,900/-
Inclusive of service tax
Per child on triple-sharing accommodation
Toehold Patrons: Children who have participated in at least three previous Toehold Camps or Workshops

  • Triple-sharing accommodation in comfortable tents
  • Road transfers from Toehold Office, Bangalore, to the destination and return
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and hot beverages (coffee and tea)
  • Bottled water
  • All safaris and entry fees
  • Camera fees
  • All applicable taxes
  • Airfare if any
  • Any kind of personal expenses or optional tours, extra meals and beverages ordered
  • Insurance, laundry and phone calls
  • Soft drinks
  • Anything that is not included in the inclusions list
Payment Terms
  • 100% advance on confirmation of participation for the Camp
Cancellation Fees
  • 10% outside 30 days before the camp
  • 25% between 29 and 22 days before the camp
  • 50% between 21 and 15 days before the camp
  • 75% between 14 and 8 days before the camp
  • 100% within 7 days before the camp

Please note: The date of written (email) communication of intent to cancel is the date considered for calculation of the cancellation fees.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Participants who have a medical history of blood pressure, heart-related problems or asthma are advised to seek medical advice before enrolling for this Tour.
  2. Fitness to complete the Tour is the only criterion for participation.
  3. Toehold Travel & Photography Pvt Ltd. shall not be responsible for injuries, damages, or losses caused to any traveller in connection with terrorist activities, social or labour unrest, mechanical or construction failures or difficulties, diseases, local laws, climatic conditions, abnormal conditions or developments, or any other actions, omissions, or conditions outside the travel partner's control.
  4. All clients travelling with Toehold Travel & Photography Pvt Ltd. must complete and sign a reservation form and the "Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk & Arbitration Agreement" form.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who should attend this Camp?

    Anybody between 10 and 16 years of age is welcome to join the Camp. If your child is marginally outside the specified age-group, please talk to us to find out if we can accommodate them. There are no other eligibility criteria.
  • How many participants can be expected to attend?

    Your child can expect a maximum of 10 other kids for company. The Camp strength has been kept down to ensure smooth running of the event and quality time with the Skipper for each kid.
  • What sort of accommodation can my child expect?

    We will be staying at Forest Hills Farm & Guesthouse in Mudumalai. Forest Hills is a beautiful resort situated right at the base of the Nilgiri hills and overlooks the jungle. All children on camp will be staying in luxury rooms. The food served is a delicious buffet spread of local, Indian and continental delicacies.
  • What should my child bring to this camp?

    Once you register and pay for the camp, the camp instructor will send out the camp advice and general guidelines to every participant. This document will contain all the necessary information, a checklist of items to carry, etc.
  • What about my child's safety during the event?

    Your child's safety is of paramount importance to us. The Skipper leading this Camp has been trained by Toehold on child protection; child behaviour and development; health and safety; activity programme delivery; and Toehold's code of conduct, policies and procedures. The Skipper will accompany the children on all activities and the Camp will have at least one staff member qualified in administering First Aid, at all times.
  • How do I book my child/children?

    Simply click on the 'BOOK NOW' tab and fill out the form on the page and we'll get back to you pronto.

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Bookings Closed: Please note that bookings for this Tour have been closed. Please get in touch with us if you have questions.


  • Date: 25 to 27 April 2017

  • Cost: INR 16,900/-
    Per child Inclusive of service tax
  • Venue: Mudumalai and Ooty

  • For Ages: 10 to 16 Years

  • Mentor: Phillip Ross



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