- Great chances of encountering tiger and leopard in Nagarhole National Park
- Close encounters with Asian elephants, Indian bison, deer and with a little luck even the Indian wild dog Dhole
- Big numbers of endemic birds such as malabar barbet, nilgiri flycatcher, ghats hornbill and nilgiri thrush
- Amazing birds like Indian Pitta, Sri Lanka frogmouth
- Close encounters with lion-tailed macaques, one of the world’s most endangered monkeys
- In addition to the lion-tailed macaques, we have great chances to photograph many other species of monkeys. Southwest langur, Tufted gray langur and nilgiri langur
- Night excursion to look for amphibians and reptiles
- Endemic mammals such as Indian giant squirrel, nilgiritahr
- Boat safari on Kabini river
- The tour guide shows you his best spots and you get your own photographic advice and tips in a small group of like-minded people
ENDEMIC SPECIES IN SOUTH INDIA
India’s nature is not as well-known as Africa’s, but there is an equally exciting animal life here. India is an absolute must for those interested in nature, and for the nature photographer it offers fantastic opportunities for pictures of animals and birds. Here in the world’s largest democracy, we can come across several species of deer and antelope, lots of fantastic birds and the world’s largest cat, the tiger. India is also a country with a large number of endemic species. Here there are many species of birds and mammals that we do not find anywhere else in the world. Southern India in particular is an area with many endemics, and here we can meet, for example, the Indian giant squirrel, nilgiri thar, nilgiri macaque, lion-tailed macaque, Malabar barbet, nilgiri flycatcher and Malabar gray hornbill.
NAGARHOLE NATIONAL PARK
In addition to these endemic species, large parts of India’s “regular” wildlife are found here, both in terms of birds and mammals. On our trip, we have great chances to see and photograph both tiger and leopard in the Nagarhole National Park. At the time of year we made the trip, there are also a large number of Asian elephants in Nagarhole. It is the Kabini River that attracts the large animals at the end of the dry season. Nagarhole National Park also has large populations of Indian bison, or gaur as it is actually called; axis deer and sambar deer are regularly seen. With a bit of luck, our paths cross with those of the Indian wild dog. Dhole, as it is also called, is highly threatened today, partly because their habitats are disappearing, partly because they suffer from diseases transmitted from wild domestic dogs.
THATTEKAD BIRD SANCTUARY
Our tour begins in the Thattekad bird sanctuary, here are some of all the fantastic birds that we want to experience. We will hike in the reserve, and among other things we will look for the very strange bird Sri Lanka frogmouth. On our hikes in the reserve, we will also come across other birds, and here you have good opportunities to work with images of birds in their environment. In the reserve there is also a population of the endemic Indian giant squirrel. During the days in Thattekad, we will also be photographing from the hides, and here we hope for colorful species such as Indian pitta, Malabar barbet, Malabar gray hornbill and many many more.
ERAVIKLUM NATIONAL PARK
After our days in Thattekad, we slowly head north, and our next stop will be Eraviklum National Park. Here lives the endemic Nilgirithar, a goat that can be compared to an ibex but belongs to its own genus called Hemitragus, which also includes the Himalayan and Arabian Thar. Today, there are only about 2,500 individuals left of this animal, and a thousand of these live in Eraviklum.