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Kerala is home to over 330 species of butterflies.  A good number  of these can be observed in the forests of Periyar Tiger Reserve, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Munnar,  Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary and the hills of Wayanad. The  best season for observations is  from October to March. (For a sample preview of Kerala's butterflies, Click here)

 

Our Tours

 

(A 2-day butterfly tour of the lowland forests for those on a short holiday to Kerala)

 

Day 1 - Arrive Kochi. Drive to Thattekkad. This area is rich butterfly country and one should sight such species as Malabar Rose (Pachliopta pandiyana), Blue Mormon (Papilio polymnestor), Paris Peacock (Papilio paris), Malabar Raven (Papilio dravidarum), Clipper (Parthenos sylvia), Gladeye Bushbrown (Mycalesis patnia), Tamil Catseye (Zipoetis saitis), Whitebar Bushbrown (Mycalesis anaxias), and the Red Pierrot (Talicada nyseus). Overnight at the local camp or Estate Bungalow.

 

Day 2 - Move around to the adjoining areas of Eadmalayar, Pooyamktti and Kuttanpuzha and along the banks of the rivers here. Depart by  evening. Tour ends.

 

Tariff: US $ 210 for 2 Persons 

 

Inclusions: Butterfly guide, dedicated chauffer driven car ex-Kochi, accommodation, full board, all permits & passes.

 

Exclusions: Personal expenditures, tips, laundry, beverages & extras.

 

(7 Day swing through Kerala)

 

A week-long holiday for you in Kerala will take you on a journey of discovery - through the countryside and the forests of Kerala. The itinerary will take you through the sanctuaries of Chinnar in Central Kerala, Periyar Tiger Reserve and through the beautiful countryside of Kerala. You will be staying at comfortable Forest Lodges, Estate & plantation Bungalows and well appointed farm houses situated in the countryside. You will be accompanied by expert guides throughout the journey.

 

Day 1 Kochi. Arrive at Kochi International Airport. Meet assist and transfer to hotel. Evening with ornithologist / lepidopterist for overview of the program. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 2 Thattekkad. This area is rich butterfly country and one should sight such species as Malabar Rose (Pachliopta pandiyana), Blue Mormon (Papilio polymnestor), Paris Peacock (Papilio paris), Malabar Raven (Papilio dravidarum), Clipper (Parthenos sylvia), Gladeye Bushbrown (Mycalesis patnia), Tamil Catseye (Zipoetis saitis), Whitebar Bushbrown (Mycalesis anaxias), and the Red Pierrot (Talicada nyseus). Overnight at the local camp or Estate Bungalow.

 

Day 3   Munnar. Depart Thattekkad by afternoon and  drive to Munnar (120 Kms), the tea town. Afternoon visit to Rajamalai to see the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. This place is also home to several endemic bird and butterfly species. Birds like the Blackwinged Kite, Crested Serpent Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Kestrel, Painted Bush quail, Rufous-backed Shrike, Grey headed Myna etc.. are seen as well as butterflies like Bluebottle (Graphium sarpedon), Common Jezebel ( Delias eucharis) , Indian Cabbage White (Artogeia canidia), Nilgiri Tiger (Parantica nilgiriensis), Red Helen (Paplio helenus), Tailed Jay (Graphium agamemnon), Giant Orange Tip (Hebomoia glaucippe), Red Disk Bushbrown (Mycalesis oculus), Palni Four Ring (Yptima ypthimoides) etc. Overnight at resort.

 

Day 4 - Munnar - Chinnar-Munnar.  Morning drive to Chinnar, (60 kms), the dry deciduous forest sanctuary in the rain shadow region of the Western Ghats. This sanctuary has large bird and butterfly population. Should see the rare Grizzled Giant Squirrel or the Star Tortoise, endemic to this region. Should also see birds such as the Common Peafowl , Grey Partridge, Whitebellied Drongo, Indian black Robin, Greenbilled Malkoha, Redwinged Crested Cuckoo etc..and butterflies like Yellow Pansy, Blue Pansy, Great Eggfly. Should also see Travencore Evening Brown (Parantirrhoea marshalli), Fivebar Swordtail (Pathysa antiphates), Southern Duffer (Discophora lepida),  Cruise (Vindula erota), Tamil Lacewing (Cethosia nietneri) Malabar Banded Swallowtail (Paplio liomedon). Evening return to Munnar and overnight at the resort.

 

Day 5 Periyar. In the afternoon drive to Periyar (120 kms). On arrival check in at the forest lodge. Periyar has a very good wildlife population including the Asiatic Elephants, Indian Bison, sambar Deer, Nilgiri Langur and otter, besides rarely sighted Asiatic Wild Dogs, Indian Sloth Bear, and the tiger. A wide variety of birds such as the Oriental Darter, Whitenecked stork, Black Eagle, Osprey, Grey Junglefowl, Pompadour green pigeon, Blossom headed Parakeet, the Storkbilled Kingfisher, and the Great Indian Hornbill are sighted here. This area is rich butterfly country and one should sight such species as Malabar Rose (Pachliopta pandiyana), Blue Mormon (Papilio polymnestor), Paris Peacock (Papilio paris), Malabar Raven (Papilio dravidarum), Clipper (Parthenos sylvia), Gladeye Bushbrown (Mycalesis patnia), Tamil Catseye (Zipoetis saitis), Whitebar Bushbrown (Mycalesis anaxias), and the Red Pierrot (Talicada nyseus). Overnight at the forest lodge.

 

Day 6 - Early morning butterfly watching trip along - Early morning butterfly watching trip along the banks of the lakes & streams which abound here. Short treks into the forest should yield  very rewarding butterfly sightings.

 

Day 7 - Depart for onward destination. Tour ends.

 

Tariff: US $ 1250.00  for 2 Persons

Inclusions: Butterfly guide, dedicated chauffer driven car, accommodation, full board, all permits & passes.

 

Exclusions: personal expenditures, tips, laundry, beverages & extras.

 

(15-Day Tour of Kerala & Tamil Nadu)

 

Please ask for details of this tour.

 

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