We at Thadam Experiences have carefully designed birding trails, spread across the various habitats across the Anamalais, that will cater to an audience of every interest levels – from beginners to ardent birders. These tours will give you an insight into the best of Indian birdlife at one of the unexplored birding havens in the country- the Anamalais, and will ignite your curiosity to learn and know more about the rich birdlife that we host. The tour will also have some fun activities to lighten up the holiday mood and strike a balance between learning and having fun.

Thadam Experiences, Bird Watching, Pollachi, Bird watching in Valparai, Bird watching in Topslip, Bird watching in Parambikulam, Bird watching in Chinnar, Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Chinnar Wildlife Sancturary, Western Ghats

Credits – Pravin Shanmughanandam

These bird watching trips will be accompanied by experienced Naturalists who will impart knowledge on various aspects about birds and their behaviours that will provide a wholesome experience even for a beginner, without much birding experience.

Bird Watching in the Anamalais (Read More)

The Anamalai region, part of the bio-diversity rich Western Ghats is not only famous for large mammals such as the Asiatic Elephant, Gaur, Tiger and Leopard, but also for its rich avifaunal diversity. When we think of the birds of Anamalais, the Great Pied Hornbill is the first bird that pops in our mind.

Thadam Experiences, Bird Watching, Pollachi, Bird watching in Valparai, Bird watching in Topslip, Bird watching in Parambikulam, Bird watching in Chinnar, Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Chinnar Wildlife Sancturary, Western Ghats

The Great Pied Hornbill | Credits – Lingesh Kalingarayar

Indeed, the Anamalais is one of the main strongholds of Great Hornbill populations in the world.

Other interesting birds species that occur in this region are Malabar Trogon, White-bellied Tree Pie, Black Eagle, Rufous-bellied Eagle and Oriental Bay Owl. Several Western Ghats endemics such as the Crimson-backed Sunbird, Kerala and Wynaad Laughing Thrushes, White-bellied Blue Robin are also found here.


Bird Watching at a wetland lake (Read More)

The pristine man-made lakes in the less explored terrains of Pollachi, set against the backdrop of mighty Anamalai hill range are hidden treasures for nature lovers and bird watchers.

Thadam Experiences, Bird Watching, Pollachi, Bird watching in Valparai, Bird watching in Topslip, Bird watching in Parambikulam, Bird watching in Chinnar, Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Chinnar Wildlife Sancturary, Western Ghats

Credits – Keerthana Balaji

Flagship Species you can expect to sight: Spot Billed Ducks, Bronze Winged Jacana, Pied Kingfisher, River Tern, Open Billed Storks, Spoon Bills, Black Headed Ibis, Purple Heron, Darters, Black Crowned Night Herons, Marsh Sandpiper, Painted Stork 

Thadam Experiences, Bird Watching, Pollachi, Bird watching in Valparai, Bird watching in Topslip, Bird watching in Parambikulam, Bird watching in Chinnar, Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Chinnar Wildlife Sancturary, Western Ghats

Credits – Keerthana Balaji

Thadam Experiences, Bird Watching, Pollachi, Bird watching in Valparai, Bird watching in Topslip, Bird watching in Parambikulam, Bird watching in Chinnar, Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Chinnar Wildlife Sancturary, Western Ghats

Purple Heron | Credits – Keerthana Balaji

Winter – Migrants: Osprey, Lesser Fish Eagle, Little Ringed Plover, Snipes, Terns

Bird Watching at Sethumadai (Read More)

Sethumadai is a world of lush green coconut farms, shrub jungle, mountains, trails and canals, just adjacent to Anamalai Tiger Reserve – A paradise for bird watching!

Thadam Experiences, Bird Watching, Feeder Canal, Canal Road, Aliyar, Pollachi, Bird watching in Valparai, Bird watching in Topslip, Bird watching in Parambikulam, Bird watching in Chinnar, Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Chinnar Wildlife Sancturary, Western Ghats

Sethumadai | Credits – Rohit Kalingarayar

Flagship Species you can expect to sight: Blue-faced Malkoha, Sirkheer Malkoha, Emerald Dove, Tickell’s Blue Fly-catcher, Blue-bearded Bee Eater, Vernal Hanging Parakeet, Brown Fish Owl, Flame Throated Bulbul, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Brown Headed Barbet

Thadam Experiences, Bird Watching, Feeder Canal, Canal Road, Aliyar, Pollachi, Bird watching in Valparai, Bird watching in Topslip, Bird watching in Parambikulam, Bird watching in Chinnar, Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Chinnar Wildlife Sancturary, Western Ghats

Emerald Dove, the state bird of TamilNadu | Credits – Keerthana Balaji

Thadam Experiences, Bird Watching, Feeder Canal, Canal Road, Aliyar, Pollachi, Bird watching in Valparai, Bird watching in Topslip, Bird watching in Parambikulam, Bird watching in Chinnar, Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Chinnar Wildlife Sancturary, Western Ghats

Brown Fish Owl, Sethumadai | Credits – Keerthana Balaji

Winter – Migrants:  Grey Wagtail, Asian Brown Fly-catcher, Indian Paradise Fly-catcher, Golden Oriole, Blue Throated Blue Flycatcher, Indian Blue Robin


Bird Watching at Valparai

Valparai Range of Anamalais is situated at an altitude of 3500 feet above the sea level. Interspersed by lush green rainforests and tea plantations, the region is a rich bird watching tract.

Thadam Experiences, Bird Watching, Pollachi, Bird watching in Valparai, Bird watching in Topslip, Bird watching in Parambikulam, Bird watching in Chinnar, Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Chinnar Wildlife Sancturary, Western Ghats

Tiger Valley, en-route Valparai | Credits – Keerthana Balaji

Our birding area is nestled away from the crowded tourist zones and is amidst the undulating tea slopes of private plantations, tall blue mountains and forest patches, providing the perfect getaway, you’ve always dreamt of as bird-watcher.

Thadam Experiences, Bird Watching, Pollachi, Bird watching in Valparai, Bird watching in Topslip, Bird watching in Parambikulam, Bird watching in Chinnar, Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Chinnar Wildlife Sancturary, Western Ghats

Indian Scimitar Babbler | Credits – Keerthana Balaji

Flagship Species you can expect to sight: Great Pied hornbill, Scimitar Babbler, Rufous Babbler, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Kerala Laughing Thrush, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Yellow browed bulbul, Oriental white eye, Velvet fronted Nuthatch, Long tailed shrike, Black bulbul, Hill Mynahs etc.,

Thadam Experiences, Grey Wagtail, Bird Watching, Pollachi, Bird watching in Valparai, Bird watching in Topslip, Bird watching in Parambikulam, Bird watching in Chinnar, Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Chinnar Wildlife Sancturary, Western Ghats

Grey Wagtail | Credits – Keerthana Balaji

Winter – migrants: Grey Wagtail, Osprey, Brown shrike, Asian brown fly-catcher, Kestrel, Indian Pitta, Verditer flycatcher, Blue capped Rock thrush, Rosy Starlings


Bird Watching at Topslip (Read More)

A trek through the thick, dense tropical evergreen forests of the Ulaandy range, Topslip, is the best opportunity to explore a unique ecological tract that has an undulating topography and climate variations which supports a wide variety of birds.

Thadam Experiences, Bird Watching, Pollachi, Bird watching in Valparai, Bird watching in Topslip, Bird watching in Parambikulam, Bird watching in Chinnar, Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Chinnar Wildlife Sancturary, Western Ghats

The evergreen forests of TopSlip | Credits – Harishvara Venkat

Flagship Species You Can Expect To Sight: White-bellied Tree Pie, Wayanad Laughing Thrush, Yellow-footed Green Pigeon, Rufous Bellied Eagle, Orange Headed Ground Thrush, Oriental Bay Owl, Malabar And Great Pied Hornbills, Srilankan Frogmouth and Malabar Trogon.

Thadam Experiences, Bird Watching, Pollachi, Bird watching in Valparai, Bird watching in Topslip, Bird watching in Parambikulam, Bird watching in Chinnar, Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Chinnar Wildlife Sancturary, Western Ghats

White-bellied Tree-pie | Credits – Pravin Shanmughanandam

Winter – Migrants: Grey Wagtail, Osprey, Brown Shrike, Asian Brown Fly-catcher, Kestrel, Indian Pitta, Verditer Flycatcher, Blue Capped Rock Thrush, Rosy Starlings

Thadam Experiences, Bird Watching, Pollachi, Bird watching in Valparai, Bird watching in Topslip, Bird watching in Parambikulam, Bird watching in Chinnar, Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Chinnar Wildlife Sancturary, Western Ghats

Asian Brown Fly Catcher | Credits – Rohit Kalingarayar


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