The hills come alive in the rainforest as a myriad of amphibians, insects, reptiles, and birds come out to enjoy the season, highlighting the immense biodiversity of the place. The forest is active, bustling with creatures during night and day and the monsoon season is perhaps one of the best times to pick up your camera and begin your herping journey.
Munnar is home to several rare species of birds like the black-and-orange flycatcher, Nilgiri pipit, Nilgiri wood pigeon, White-bellied shortwing, Nilgiri flycatcher, and more. It’s also endemic to exotic and beautiful frogs and reptiles like Resplendent Frog (Raorchestes Resplendens), Travancore Bush Frog, Yellow-bellied Bush Frog, Large-Scaled Pit Viper, and Striped Coral Snake. It is also home to the extremely rare and nearly extinct Nilgiri Tahr.
It’s also a place to capture some beautiful flora that’s part of its intrinsic biodiverse ecosystem. The night trails in Munnar are an extremely exciting and thrilling walk to find some of this wildlife.