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Old Thursday 15th April 2010, 08:34   #1
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India...Kerala

I have posted a full report of our Indian adventure here on my local North Wales Birding web site

http://www.northwalesbirding.co.uk/f...pic.php?t=3716

Like so many "birders" I have a non birding partner and I'm always looking for ways of satisfying both our holiday needs.My report is about the holiday in general as much as specific lists of what I saw.
Without a doubt Kerala is geographically richly diverse as is the wildlife to be found there. Of course what you see is part luck, part dedication to seek them out. The full list of possibilites is huge !
I have decided that in all probability my next visit to India will involve flying in to Kerala ( there are 3 airports served by Qatar Airways) and flying out of Goa (500 miles north). What Kerala can't offer, Goa can and vice versa.
If I can help anyone I'm only to happy to offer advice
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Some excellent pics here, and interesting details on what it's like to take large camera gear on a trip like this. I esp. like the owls, and the colours of the Malabar Trogon: I always suspected that my india fieldguides didn't do it full justice!
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Old Tuesday 20th April 2010, 08:40   #3
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All those views and only one comment. Dave, excellent report and the pics are really coming good now.

Always a treat to have somewhere quite unreported having such a good report. The more "normal" reports like this the better.

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When we first visited India it was one of the first things that my wife and I were stunned by....the colours were totally washed out in the guides.

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What a wonderful report, not just for the birding and the wonderful photos, (which are excellent ) but for the obvious pleasure you showed for being there - I'm sure you will have inspired others to visit.

Thanks for writing it and sharing.
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Excellent trip report. Thanks for taking the time to write about so much of your trip and providing a link to your report. The photos are also fantastic!
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Thanks for your comments everyone, glad you enjoyed the read and if it inspired you to visit, so much the better !
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I'm in the midst' of reading this most excellent report. Your writing and photography is 'top notch'...... I hope it's OK to ask (via personal Email) some questions on culture and location. If not on the top of the list ---- I hope it's OK to (bump') this up a few times.............chris
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Only to happy to help Chris. cheers Dave
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Hi again Dave. Thanks again for the report. My wife and I spent a month in Nepal a few years back. Amazing on many levels. Anymore we're concentrating less on birds and more on cultures ----- but still love and find interest in all flora/fauna/geol/geo etc. Most of our time is spent in Indonesia and Malaysia. The former---- at least 2 months each year. We're aching to get back to Nepal - but I have done loads of research into the part of India you visited. I'm fascinated by Tamils, the Ghats, and everything else. Is there an area or place that you visited that you wouldn't have minded staying longer? Sorry if this is the typical tourist question ---- but then I'm nothing more than a tourist. Granted, we're quite involved in the places we frequent repeatedly, mostly school and medical stuff ---- but we also like to have fun. Really enjoy familes and villages.

If you have the time ---- and any thoughts -post trip, please let me know. Thanks again for the great writing......chris
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Hi Rioja,
Superb trip report and splendid photographs!
Having seen what photographers have to shlep with them to get their pictures, I'm even more impressed, thinking of walking in Kerala's heat with that gear and then composing the shots you got.
Does very much make me want to visit India.
Many thanks for the wonderful glimpse of it.
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Hi again Dave. Thanks again for the report. My wife and I spent a month in Nepal a few years back. Amazing on many levels. Anymore we're concentrating less on birds and more on cultures ----- but still love and find interest in all flora/fauna/geol/geo etc. Most of our time is spent in Indonesia and Malaysia. The former---- at least 2 months each year. We're aching to get back to Nepal - but I have done loads of research into the part of India you visited. I'm fascinated by Tamils, the Ghats, and everything else. Is there an area or place that you visited that you wouldn't have minded staying longer? Sorry if this is the typical tourist question ---- but then I'm nothing more than a tourist. Granted, we're quite involved in the places we frequent repeatedly, mostly school and medical stuff ---- but we also like to have fun. Really enjoy familes and villages.

If you have the time ---- and any thoughts -post trip, please let me know. Thanks again for the great writing......chris
Hi Chris,
In answer to your question without a doubt the two places I would go back to without hesitation would be the Tamil Nadu homestay and Parambikulam Tiger Reserve. Not only because they are superb places, but because they are close to each other too. In actual fact we enjoyed everywhere and would recommend them all but we did feel we spent too much time travelling and although we were away for a month we never actually unpacked our cases.If you intend flying scheduled, I would consider arriving in Trivandrum and departing from Cochin or vice versa and that would cut down the travelling too, Next time I would make fewer stops and stay longer. If you are looking at non birding things there are plenty of interesting things to see and do, temples to visit, elephant camps where you can ride feed and wash the animals, as well as tea and spice plantations which are fascinating to see . I would also recommend an overnight trip on a riceboat, but take a basic one not one with double glazing and air conditioning. Needs to be authentic !
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Hi Rioja,
Superb trip report and splendid photographs!
Having seen what photographers have to shlep with them to get their pictures, I'm even more impressed, thinking of walking in Kerala's heat with that gear and then composing the shots you got.
Does very much make me want to visit India.
Many thanks for the wonderful glimpse of it.
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Indeed. Most excellent. Thanks again..............
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A very enjoyable read Dave. I would concur with your comments that Kerala is a great place for birders to visit and also a little quieter than other parts of India.

Perriyar can be very good for birds especially in the forests alongside the lake, holding numerous babblers, ground thrushes, forest wagtails etc. I also think Thattekad is worthwhile but there is a real palaver required to enter the sanctuary as they need to see your passport and cerify your identity; you will get good views of Frogmouth here though as they are staked out every night. An alternative to the Hornbill camp can be found at Mundackal Homestay (www.mundackalhomestay.com) which I have stayed at and can recommend highly. It's 12 km away from Thattekad and has cold beers!
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A terrific report - as much for the travelogue as the birds and wonderful photos - certainly makes me want to go to Kerala.

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