Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary, also known as the Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is one of the richest bird habitats in peninsular India, comparable only with the Eastern Himalayas. A trip through this sanctuary would certainly be a bonanza for any birder, with over 300 species found in a relatively small area of 25 sq kms. Some of the rarely seen species at Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary are Mottled Wood Owl, Sri Lanka Frogmouth, Rusty-tailed Flycatcher, Indian Pitta, Sri Lanka bay Owl, White - bellied woodpecker, Malabar Trogon, Black Baza etc.
One can find a larger number of Endemic species seen in Western Ghats here -
Malabar Grey Hornbill, White- bellied Blue Flycatcher, Malabar Barbet, Malabar Parakeet, Flame- Throated Bulbul, Malabar Woodshrike, Crimson backed Sunbird, Nilgiri Flowerpecker, White-bellied Treepie, Rufous Babbler, Grey-fronted Green Pigeon
The Hornbill Camp is located on the banks of the River Periyar. On the opposite bank of the river are some of the finest lowland forests of Kerala. A kayaking trip amidst these great swathes of forests is an ideal sport for those inclined to be adventurous and explore the bio-diversity within these forests. You can also kayak to some of the villages upstream to get a first-hand glimpse of life in a typical spice growing and the agrarian village of Kerala.
Kayaking will be chargeable for all in-house guests and others will be done under the strict supervision of our kayaking guide with all safety features.
Half day kayaking from Neriamangalam with guide.
After an early breakfast at Hornbill Camp, you will head towards Neriamangalam which is about 12kms by car. You will commence paddling from Neriamangalam at the foothills of the Western Ghats where the River Periyar finally meanders on to the plains. Kayaking will be a fascinating experience with dense tropical jungles on one side and spice plantations on the other side of the River. You will also see the first-ever rubber estate in India set up over a 100 years ago by Mr. Murphy, who built a huge mansion which is now in ruins, amidst what was once dense impenetrable lowland forests. Along the way, you will also come across a
The location of Hornbill Camp is ideally suited for cycling journeys to the countryside - spice growing villages, farms, forests at Thattekkad and the ever inviting local population. You can go on a full day expedition or wander around at leisure through the friendly countryside! A visit to the hanging bridge near the Camp would be a wonderful experience for the travellers.
Cycling through the local routes will be chargeable for all guests
The quiet and beautiful countryside is ideal for walkers to discover Kerala through its off-the-beaten- track trails and the interior villages. The lush countryside and the friendly villagers are bound to make your walk rewarding. On the walks you can walk into a rubber estate, a spice plantation and numerous farms where our guide will be happy to explain the intricacies of farm life.
Plantation walk will be chargeable for all guests.
The Hornbill Camp is situated on the banks of the Periyar River and overlooks the low land forests of Dr. Salim Ali Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary. Developed in harmony with the surrounding nature and local community, this eco-adventure camp provides unique adventure travel experiences for the visitors thronging this area. Hornbill Camp is an adventure activities-based camp.
After breakfast drive to Hornbill camp, Thattekkad for an activity filled day excursion.
Built in harmony with the environment, without renouncing comfort the eco Lodges has a strategical location for those who really want to be near nature. With its enviably preserved surroundings, is the ideal place for adventure lovers and general nature lovers, who are looking for a comfortable place, and several activity options that have to do with the natural wonders of Kerala.
On arrival, to the huge waterfront open restaurant called gazebo, enjoy your welcome drink. Listen to the songs of a thousand birds and watch the true colours of nature. It would indeed be the ultimate experience to watch the rain forest from the gazebo on the banks of the gently flowing river Periyar and loosen up in the calm atmosphere provided by the evergreen forest
The programme is offered normally in the morning and evening. Our naturalist will guide you throughout the nature trail. The nature walk is the right programme to feel nature, hear her whispers and smell her flowers. This is an interpretive programme offering excellent opportunity to watch birds, butterflies and other wildlife. The trail often pass through moist deciduous forests interspersed with marshy grasslands.
Your experience at Hornbill Camp isn
Sometimes a small get away to the tranquil villages nearby is just what you need to shake off your blues and reconnect with nature and that is why after our pleasant stay at Hornbill, we are readying ourselves for a venturesome jeep safari through the tribal villages close to us. Teeming with all kinds of animals, elephants and more, this is an excellent drive to let yourself go and be one with nature. The earthy smells are sure to get you on an all time natural high. Tagging along is an experienced naturalist who will give us a better idea of the places and wildlife that awaits us. With a sumptuous lunch at our side we reach our first village a short while later at Kalleli Medu. But our journey has just started. Nestled in a heavily forested area, Kalleli Medu, like other tribal villages is home to plentiful plants and animals. And here we are familiarizing ourselves with the myths and legends of a settlement so close but still so distant to us. The beauty in the silent symphony of forests and rivers is hardly ever paralleled. Soon, we find ourselves on top of Koduperikuthu waterfalls. This sparkling cascade is a popular picnic spot and excursion destination round the year. And what is better than a luscious lunch near the waterfalls? After filling ourselves up we walk down and our jeep picks us up at the bottom and we are off to our next stop; the tribal settlement of Kunjipara Kudi. Kunjipara Kudi is the perfect spot to understand the cultural practices of the tribal settlements because our understanding of them is far from adequate. After indulging in the breathtaking views and visiting all the important local sites we leave for the second traditional tribal settlement- the Kandampara settlement. Famous for harboring elephants, we walk along the river in search for these gentle giants. We follow their dusky smell in the hope of seeing one at least from afar. As pleasant as it would be to lodge ourselves there forever, it
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Awaken your sense of adventure by taking this 4-hour long cycle tour through some of the attractions around Hornbill Camp. This tour covers 24 kilometers and your guide will take you through some of the most underrated areas in the region.
Your first destination is the longest hanging bridge, which is a two-kilometer ride from the camp. The experience of taking a ride over this slightly swaying bridge, from a daunting height will stay with you long after you head back home. The ride takes you through a little village known for its plantations- jackfruit, tapioca, rubber and black pepper.
After you pass the village, your tour leads into the Neriamangalam Reserve Forest. The forest is rich with tropical shrubs and trees, and the ground is slightly mountainous. You