Every year, during the early winter months of September and October, the coffee and tea gardens of Anally Estate, interspersed with rainforest patches, come alive with a flurry of bird activities, both resident and minter migrants.

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A flock of Great Pied Hornbills in flight | Image – Lingesh Kalingarayar

During those months, Anally also forms the backdrop to the one of the most spectacular natural phenomenon in the region – the Great Hornbill Congregation.

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Great Pied Hornbill taking off | Image – Lingesh Kalingarayar

The Great Pied Hornbills along with Mountain Imperial Pigeons, occur in hundreds of numbers, flitting about everywhere, out on the hunt, busy feeding and preening.

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A pair of Great Pied hornbills in courtship ritual | Image – Keerthana Balaji

Some also exhibit courtship behaviour and prepare nesting sites.

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Great Pied Hornbill preening | I Image – Lingesh Kalingarayar

For the Hornbills, their favourite food is on the offering โ€“ the maesopsis on the umbrella tree have ripened and its feast time for them.

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A pair of Great Pied Hornbills | Image – Lingesh Kalingarayar

The overall experience is drama on a truly epic scale – The blue winter skies decorated with flocks of mountain imperial pigeons, the screeching hill mynas flying across the sky like miniature hornbills, the tuktuks of the efficient woodpeckers echoing across the landscape and the babblers and bulbuls calling from every direction, drowned by the loud, romantic calls of hornbills.

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A pair of Great Pied hornbills in flight | Image – Lingesh Kalingarayar

This exclusive Bird-watching and photography itinerary developed by Thadam Experiences, focus on witnessing and capturing the incredible spectacle of the Great Congregation in its various forms throughout the day.

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Creative Visualization – Keerthana Balaji

These tours are subject to a cap size and have a carrying capacity to eliminate disturbance to the birds and the pristine eco-system.ย  So, get in touch with our team to plan your itinerary. Ultimately, we would like to design a travel plan for you once we have an idea of your dates of travel, level of luxury required and other wishes that will truly make this an experience of a lifetime.

Terms and conditions:

  1. ย Trips are subject to carrying capacity. (restriction applicable on max. no. of participants)
  2. Assistance available on accommodation and food arrangement. Food is only on a set menu basis, not on demand basis
  3. Alcohol strictly prohibited during such tours
  4. Day trips and over-night itineraries are available

Contact +91 83443 30416 or +91 94439 11979 ย for more information.


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