The term “Western Ghats” evokes curiosity, wonder and fascination amongst nature lovers and particularly for birders. The word “ghat” means “steps leading to water” but is often roughly translated as “mountain” or “hill”, and so the “Western Ghats” refers to the chain of mountains and hills that run in a north-south direction in western India and separate the Deccan Plateau from a narrow coastal strip along the Arabian Sea.
In 2012, UNESCO listed the Western Ghats as one of the world’s eight “hottest hotspots” of biological diversity. This elite status is well deserved considering the rich and abundant flora and fauna found in this special region, whose evergreen tropical rainforests are older than the Himalaya mountains.
From a wildlife perspective, the Western Ghats boast some truly awe-inspiring facts and figures. For example, the region holds approx. 5000 flowering plant species, 140 mammals, 179 amphibians, and 508 bird species (about half of the birds of India) with a high rate of endemism.
What is also interesting is that you can get to see the Western Ghats specialties on our tours which take you through some of the most beautiful parks and reserves of the region and you will also have great opportunities to take memorable photographs of the birds and wildlife to remind you of the magical land that is the Western Ghats.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you’re interested in any of our set tour programs or if you have any special target species you wish to see or photograph.
Our 8 days Western Ghats odyssey shall cover three most important birding areas in South India: “Lower Thattekkad” (Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary), hill stations of Munnar in Kerala and mountain zone “Ooty” situated in Tamil Nadu.