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Northern India Norther Himalaya, Uttaranchal, Corbett, Kaladhungi, Naini Tal, New Delhi
NorthWest India Rajasthan, Bharatpur, Western Himalaya
North East India West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam, Darjeeling, Lava
Goa Goa, Backwoods, Western Ghats
Southern India (this page) Kerala, Andaman Islands,Mysore,Cochin, Tamil Nadu, Hyderabad

India Footprints

India Footprints

  • India is a country which contiues to amaze and enthrall the world as it unfolds its tremendous cultural and Natural treasures. India Footprints caters to clients who want responsible tourism. We help and support Orphanage house. When you take a tour with India Footprints it is not only about tourism, you contribute to Environment, the Nature & the Wildlife. We cater for Tailormade or customized  tours.

Southern India and the Andamans 21st January - 6th February 2013

  • Half a dozen Black Kites soaring over the runway at Mumbai airport on the look out for road kill, seemed a little disconcerting as we waited for a domestic flight south to Kochi...Chris Hall reports.

South Andaman, and general information on birding the Andaman Islands. November 25th-28th 2010

  • The birds of the Andamans are relatively poorly known but taxonomists seem agreed that the Andamans have 14 more or less endemic species, all but one of which can be seen on South Andaman...Steve Lister reports.

Southern India Trip Report December 25, 2003-January 2, 2004

  • We spent 10 days from December 25 through January 4 in Kerala (and briefly Tamil Nadu), India with the dual objectives of relaxing and searching for Southern Indian specialty birds. The trip was organized for two of us by Kalypso Adventures. Kalypso provided excellent service as did our birding guide....Mark Giordano reports for Kerala Birds

Central Kerala 13 November-19 November 2010

  • The birding was great and the trip both enjoyable and a real success in terms of species found. Kerala is a fabulous part of India, combining excellent scenery and easy birding with a relaxed ambience and sensational food...Oscar Campbell reports.

South India - The Western Ghats March 2007

  • This was a short trip of just 7 days and aimed at seeing as many of the endemic species as possible plus a good range of South Indian birds. We did a standard loop from Cochin taking in the Bird Sanctuary in Thattekkad, Munnar, the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Ooty, Sighur Ghat and river, a small bit of Masinagudi and finally the Koele wetland near Thrissur before heading back to Cochin...Stuart White reports.

Nilgiri Wood Pigeon

Southern India's Endemics Christmas and New Year 2006/7

  • We saw lots of birds around Cloud 9 and during the journey; Nilgiri Woodpigeon, White-browed Wagtail, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Pied Bushchat, Long-tailed Shrike, Shikra (we did stop for us all to see this new bird), Green Bee-eater, Indian Pond Heron and House Crow...Richard Munns reports

Hyderabad, India - Shamirpet Lake and Rollapadu Wildlife Sanctuary, November 25 - 27, 2006

  • There is good birding around Hyderabad, in particular at the Rollapadu Sanctuary. A number of central India dry-country specialties can be found...Gary and Marlene Babic report.

Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka 9th to 22nd Jan 2006 & Goa 22nd Jan to 21st March.

  • The tour was specifically designed to sight as many as possible of the 16 endemics of the Western Ghats and the more than 500 species of birds in the peninsula. It included 13 days of intense birding which covered the Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary at Thattekkad, the highlands of Munnar and Ooty, Indira Gandhi Wildlife sanctuary at Top Slip, the scrub forests at Masinagudi and the wetlands at Ranganthittu and Kokre Bellur near Mysore...Rod and Jeanie Atkins report.

Thattekkad Trip Report   August 18-19, 2004

  • Thattekkad is really God's special gift to Kerala and birders all over the world.  However, it has not received the publicity it deserves.  The area holds potentials for attracting at least a few thousand birders from the world over, but no birding magazine I have seen carry even a single report or even advertisement about this birding haven....K Koshy reports for Kerala Birds

Kerala 31st October - 15th November 2004

  • All in all it was an excellent trip. We thoroughly recommend the company we used. Kerala is definitely a very good place for birders.  Guides are hard to find although we did have a good one in Periyar. Plenty of research needs to be done in advance if birding independently...John Kirby reports

India: The Andaman Islands March 22-25, 2004

  • The Andaman Islands have 11 endemics. In addition, the local Oriental Scops-owl has a call unlike any other Oriental Scops-owl and may be a new species, and the local White-rumped Shama is also quite distinctive with a white breast. Of the endemics, we saw Andaman Serpent-eagle, Andaman Wood-pigeon...Gary and Marlene Babic report.

Southwest India - Endemics and specialties of Western Ghats February 13 - 28, 2003

  • This trip aimed at seeing all Western Ghats endemics, as well as a number of endemics of the Indian Subcontinent. Kolbjørn (KS) had previously visited Sri Lanka, but this was our first trip to India. We planned our itinerary solely using the eminent guide book, and opted for a loop starting in Cochin, driving northwards along the Ghats, then to Mysore and back along the coast to Cochin.....Kolbjørn Schjølberg reports.

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Some Useful bird books for Southern India:
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Birds of the Indian subcontinent
Carol Inskipp, Richard Grimmett, Tim Inskipp: Buy from or

  • This highly recommended field guide covers all the bird species found in India, Pakistian, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and the Maldives. The plates face the descriptions and maps for quick at-a-glance reference. Many of the plates have been repainted for this edition and a number of new species added. This guide also provides tables, summarising identification features of particularly difficult groups such as nightjars, warblers and rosefinches.

Birds of Northern India
Richard Grimmett, Tim Inskipp: Buy from or

  • From the wet evergreen forests and alpine peaks of the Himalayas, to the Thar Desert and the vast wetlands, grasslands, and agricultural habitats that stretch to New Delhi and beyond, northern India is a diverse and welcoming paradise for birders and ecotourists. This field guide provides a concise, fully illustrated introduction to the region's known species.

A Photographic guide to India (including Nepal, Sri Lanka, The maldives, Pakistan, Bhutan and Bangladesh.)
Bikram Grewal: Buy from or

  • This is the most comprehensive photographic guide to the birds of India and the Indian subcontinent. Never before have so many of the region's species been illustrated in one book. This is an essential volume for all birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts as well as for anyone traveling to India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Pakistan, Bangladesh, or Bhutan.

A Field Guide to Birds of the Indian Subcontinent
Krys Kazmierczak: Buy from or

  • This up-to-date pocket-sized guide is essential for anyone interested in the birds of Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, or Sri Lanka. The book includes information on field identification, habitat, range, and status of the 1,300 species of birds found these countries, as well as illustrations and distribution maps for each.

Collins Birds of India
Martin Wedgwood: Buy from or

  • This compact work has full colour illustrations of the more common and striking birds on the Indian sub-continent. It covers 545 bird species in a vast diversity of habitats ranging from the Himalayas to Sri Lanka, and from Pakistan to Bangladesh


Pocket guide to Birds of the Indian subcontinent
Grimmett, Inskipp & Inskipp.(2002): Buy from

  • Concentrating on identification, this guide to the birds of the Indian subcontinent covers over 1300 species, with information on habits and distribution. It also includes a detailed map for each species.

A Photographic Guide to Birds of India and Nepal
Bikram Grewal: Buy from

  • A photographic guide to the bird species most frequently seen in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Over 250 species are included, with thumbnail silhouettes identifying visually the different family groups. The book's introduction explains how to use the guide effectively and also contains information on bird biology and behaviour.

A Pictorial Guide to the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent
Salim Ali & Dillon Ripley: Buy from

  • This comprehensive book depicts all bird species found on the Indian Subcontinent. The entries are arranged familywise on 106 colour plates which follow each other in systematic order and are thus easy to find. Beautifully illustrated by the American bird painter, John Henry Dick, the book provides concise information concerning status, size, habitat and distribution within subcontinental limits. The text has also been completely revised and updated with a great deal of new data.


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Goa: Rough Guide
David Abram: Buy from or

  • If any word could be said to encapsulate the essence of GOA, it would have to be the Portuguese sossegarde, meaning "carefree". For the birder the area is a paradise, two hundred species should be available during a two week period with a hundred more on a long stay. Goa's National Parks all get a mention, along with key access details. Other intriquing wild life notes include, the "Mugger" Crocodile and how to see the endangered "Olive Ridley" Marine Turtle.

Lonely Planet Delhi
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  • includes the Taj Mahal and Jaipur. This covered everything I needed before travelling to India. It is full of useful tips and information and was enough for our limited needs.
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