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Thattekad Birding Tour Packages

Flitting between high branches a Malabar pied hornbill issues a strident call. Excitedly you look up only to be distracted by a brilliant colour-riot in the garb of a Malabar trogon. Further afield the calls of a Mountain hawk-eagle stop you in your tracks. As you scan for it, a Red spurfowl crosses your path leaving you reeling in waves of visual delight.

If you love birds and photographing them, it’s not long before you realise why Thattekad is a goldmine. And this Tour will bring you the best of this avian wonderland and make it endemic to your heart.

Having immense years of experience in the area, some of our expert photographers know the forest like they know their home town. For Birding lovers and enthusiasts we can offer a variety of Thattekad birding tour packages to travel and enjoy the avian wonders of Thattekad. Join us on one of our expert-photographer-guided Thattekad birding tours, or join a group tour with like-minded individuals as your fellow-travellers. If you prefer to travel on your own terms, in your style, we can offer you a package in any of the lovely stays around here keeping in mind the budget, taste, and style of travel that fits your needs. 

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Quick Information

Best time to Visit:
Winter: Jan-Mar

Recommended min. duration:
3N/4D

Attractions:
Wildlife
Birds
Landscapes

Activities:
Hiking
Birding
Photography

Nearest Airport:
Cochin

Our Thattekad Tours

Upcoming Departures

Birding in Wonderland – 3N/4D

Cost: Starting INR 31,500/- + GST

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Reviews by Tour Participants

Dr Vasant
Chennai
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This was my first experience of a photo tour. You have made me yearn for more. You will be seeing me more often in your tours. Thank you
Pradeep Kenchappa
Bengaluru
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Toehold injects a lot of interest in youngsters about photography and natural history. Wish them all the best
Ashish Pant
Bengaluru
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Super tour. Never thought that in such a short time I would be able to click almost professional photographs. Thanks to the Skipper for their time, detailed out explanations, instant reviews and corrections with metering, auto focus etc. I strongly recommend Toehold for their excellent professional services.

We cater to 3 different kinds of Thattekad travellers. Which one are you?

There are three different ways to explore Thattekad. Depending on the kind of traveller you are, we welcome you to choose your preferred Thattekad birding tour packages.

Thattekad Photography Tours

Our team of ace photographers will guide you on an exciting Thattekad Photography Tour to ensure you come back with not only great travel memories but also some stunning photographs.

Upcoming Departures

Thattekad Birding Group Tours

Exploring the world with like-minded nature-lovers is surely an exciting experience. Our fixed departure Thattekad Birding Tour Packages are a safe and fun way to travel for individuals or families alike.

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Thattekad Customized Vacations

For families and individuals who want a tailor-made holiday to suit their personal needs, we invite you to explore our vast array of packages.

Get in touch with us to customise your departure!

Why let us arrange your trip?

At Toehold, we are passionate about travel and photography just as you are, which lets us understand your needs and travails perfectly. And we use our insight and experience to plan your vacation to perfection, so all you have to do is enjoy yourself and make memories for a lifetime. Here are just some reasons you should leave your next holiday to us:

Precise Customisation

It’s your holiday, so you tell us how you want it, and we’ll customise it to your exact expectations, down to every possible detail, just short of what fragrance of air-freshener you’d prefer in your cab.

Expert Advice

Not clear about what you want or how to make the most of your vacation? Pick our brains and make an informed decision about how you’d like to spend your precious holiday, and then just prepare for a rollicking time.

Unmatched Experience

With partnerships with the best people in the field and a stellar logistical network, we ensure no holds are barred in helping you enjoy an enriching and memorable experience.

Flawless Orchestration

Once the plan is set, you can count on us to make your experience a flawless pleasure. A star may implode or a planet may go out of orbit, but you can rest assured your tour will motor on without a glitch.

How Is It?

A sanctuary for bird and mind.

Sandwiched between two branches of the Periyar River, the Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is a little oasis of rare treats. The montane moist deciduous forest forms a fascinating setting that provides sanctuary to more than 250 species.

Famously described by Dr. Salim Ali as “the richest bird habitat in Peninsular India, comparable only to Eastern Himalayas,” it was notified a sanctuary in 1983 and its diminutive size of merely 25km2 is in contrast to the immense riches it harbours.

Thattekad birding tour packages

What you can expect in a Thattekad birding tour package?

Never sans excitement and ever seeped in novelty, you’ll be uttering the word ‘lifer’ oftener than any other.

Thattekad is most famously an endemism hotspot, and many species among its prime attractions are found only here or in the Western Ghats.

While Indian scimitar babbler, Pompadour green pigeon and Flame-throated bulbul adorn the daytime scene, Jerdon’s nightjar and Collared scops owl create a sensation by the crepuscule. But perhaps Thattekad’s most captivating attraction is the Sri Lanka Frogmouth, to photograph which there is probably no better place on Earth. A relative of the Nightjar, the Frogmouth is a striking bird equipped with binocular vision and amazing camouflage, and captures the imagination with its remarkably quirky looks.

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In a more flamboyant bracket, the comely Nilgiri and White-bellied blue Flycatchers and Crimson-backed Sunbird are eminently photogenic, and a stroke of favourable fortune can yield that most coveted of all sittings with the whimsical Black Baza.

This apart, the somewhat outspoken denizens such as the White-bellied Treepie and Dark-fronted Babbler inhabit the understorey rather raucously and ensure that there is never a dull moment.

Interested? Make a Booking Enquiry

It’s easy. Call us on 1800 1200 901 (Monday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.) or simply fill this form, and we’ll get back to you like the whirring wind.

Enquiry Form

Frequently Asked Questions

We ensure maximum care and protection while traveling in the post-COVID scenario. We certainly think you have to be extra-careful and follow rules and regulations. Please consult your general physician or doctor before you make this decision.
That’s quite easy. It depends on what your interest is. If you are a photography enthuisast and would like our skipper’s guidance and tutelage, then Photo Tour. Else hop on to a group tour where photography isn’t the focus of the trip. Finally, we can tailor-make a vacation for you if you need to travel on your own date and style.

Unlike travel agents who plan your holiday from a remote destination to places they sometimes haven’t experienced themselves, Photo Tours offer a comprehensive toehold to experience a place through the guidance of a professional photographer. The common ingredients in all our Photo Tours are fun and a lot of learning and knowledge-sharing. Besides, most or all of our Tour participants are photography enthusiasts, which keeps the group in harmony and helps make your experience focused.

Absolutely everything! From booking the travel tickets and arranging for a comfortable stay to suggested itineraries and planning places of interest, Toehold takes care of all the details of your vacation.
You may certainly take your young child, but we don’t recommend taking infants and very small children on safari. Please talk to us for more information.
Certainly! We take care of the flight ticket bookings too for anyone who requires assistance.

Of course! Please talk to our capable Camera Rent team or mention what gear you’d like to hire while registering for the tour. Guess what? We offer you a 10% off on camera rent while on the tour.

Absolutely! This Tour is meant for fledgling as well as experienced photographers. Beginners get all the advantages of learning on and off the field from Toehold’s eminent Skippers. In fact if you are a newbie, you should jump on this terrific learning opportunity and sign up right away!

However, in order to make the most of the Tour photographically, we recommend that you be familiar with photography fundamentals. If you’re not, we suggest you join an Art and Science of Photography Workshop before the Tour.

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Birding in Wonderland: Thattekad Bird Photography Tour

JAN 21-24, 2021 - OPEN

Bird photography Bootcamp.

Skipper : Gaurav Ramanayanan

Tour Itinerary

We leave Cochin at around 11:30 a.m. and reach Thattekad after a road journey lasting around two hours. After checking in, we venture out on a birding trail near the camp and afterwards enjoy a homely dinner before retiring for the night.

We enjoy full-day’s guided trekking in the Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary looking for the prime attractions of the Tour. This effort offers a high chance of producing the sight of a frogmouth. We will also spend sizeable time near the lodge and surrounding areas, where birds and opportunities are aplenty. Later in the evening we go in search of owls and nightjars. All the while, your Toehold Skipper will assist you in every way possible to ensure a productive time.

After a last morning’s birding in Thattekad, we gather for a conclusive huddle and are transferred back to Cochin from where we depart for our abodes.

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Cost & Terms

Individuals

INR 33,000
  • Per Person on Twin Shared Accommodation

Couples

INR 64,000
  • Per Couple on Twin Shared Accommodation

Toehold Patrons

INR 31,500
  • Per Person on Twin Shared Accommodation

What’s Included?

What’s Not Included?

Payment Terms

Cancellation Fees

All figures per person.

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

Interested? Make a Booking Enquiry

It’s easy. Call us on 1800 1200 901 (Monday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.) or simply fill this form, and we’ll get back to you like the whirring wind.

Enquiry Form

Frequently Asked Questions

Anybody with an interest in birding, photography or birding will thoroughly enjoy this Tour. And although this Tour is optimized for photographers, non-photographers are most welcome too. There are no eligibility criteria except that you must be over 18 unless accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.

Absolutely! This Tour is meant for fledgling as well as experienced photographers. Beginners get all the advantages of learning on and off the field from Toehold’s eminent Skippers. In fact if you are a newbie, you should jump on this terrific learning opportunity and sign up right away! However, in order to make the most of the Tour photographically, we suggest you be familiar with at least the basics of photography. If you are not, please consider signing up for an Art and Science of Photography Workshop first.
Although it is often said about bird photography that the ideal focal length is 100mm more than the one you brought, a lens with a focal length of around 400mm is essential. An additional 100mm often proves very effective. However, if you do not have appropriate equipment, there is no need to fret. Toehold offers an exhaustive array of cameras and lenses for hire, so you can always hire what you need.
Unlike travel agents who plan your holiday from a remote destination to places they sometimes haven’t experienced themselves, Photo Tours offer a comprehensive toehold to experience a place through the guidance of a professional photographer. The common ingredients in all our Photo Tours are fun and a lot of learning and knowledge-sharing. Besides, most or all of our Tour participants are photography enthusiasts, which keeps the group in harmony and helps make your experience focussed.
If you do not have appropriate equipment, there is no need to fret. Toehold offers an exhaustive array of cameras and lenses for hire, so you can always hire what you need. Visit our Rental Store to see what we offer. What’s better, you enjoy a 10% discount on all equipment hired on our Photo Tours!