India’s vast southern peninsula is a tropical paradise, with several mountain ranges carving the region into a variety of habitats ranging from pristine forest and grassy hill-slopes, to placid rivers and man-made lakes.
The World Heritage Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve covers 5,000 km2 of the Western Ghats’ moist, evergreen, dry and tropical forests. On this wildlife and birding trip, discover Bandipur and Mudumalai, two of India’s best wildlife reserves, and parts of this biosphere reserve. Visit protected regions such as Ooty and Valparai (equivalent to AONB in the UK), which also fall under this biosphere reserve. The biodiversity is so astounding that new species continue to be discovered in these forests.
The Periyar Tiger Reserve around its eponymous lake offers a unique opportunity to watch wildlife from a boat. A true birdwatchers’ paradise, sections of the forest can also be explored on foot.
For those seeking a different wildlife experience than the jungles of North or Central India, this is an ideal holiday. Families with teenage children will particularly enjoy being able to trek into the forests accompanied by our knowledgeable naturalist.