• The trip
  • The plan
  • The tariff, T&C
  • Caveats
The trip

Wake up to the sound of innumerable bird calls in the morning. Traipse through coffee plantations during the afternoon, or laze about, unwind, take a nap. Wonder at the expanse of stars in the night that you rarely get to experience from staying in the city. Feast on the ambrosia that is the Kodava food and copious cups of delectable Arabica coffee. Experience the impeccable hospitality of the Kodava people.

Lose yourself. Find yourself again. In Captivating Kodagu!

Ease India Travel is offering you the chance to visit this magical land for a total of 4 days and 3 nights. Experience the joys of birdwatching and bird photography with Trip Leader Abhilash Pavuluri, who has over 5+ year of experience in the subject. Take a walk through the innumerable coffee plantations that dot the area, learning about the cash crop of Kodagu. Gaze at the stars during the night, and try your luck at photographing the Milky Way. And to wind it all up, go on a short visit to the administrative capital of Kodagu, Madikeri. You will leave Madikeri, only with a yearning to come back soon.

The plan

 Day 01:

Departure from designated point in Bengaluru at 6 am. Distance to our resort is about 260 kms and journey will take 6 – 6.5 hours.
Breakfast on route at any dhaba/eatery
Arrival at the homestay by lunch time
Check in and relax for an hour or so
Ice breaking session at 4 pm, intro to the trip etc. over tea
Birding session till dusk
Night Walk after dinner(if possible)

 Day 02:

Birding by 7 am – great opportunity to see endemic birds
Breakfast at 9 am followed by walk into the coffee plantations
Lunch and rest in the afternoon
Short talk on birding, wildlife conservation etc. by Trip Leader
Evening is free to explore on foot
Dinner followed by a bonfire(and stargazing if the weather permits).

 Day 03:

Trek to Nishani Betta after breakfast – a short hike (2-3 hour round trip) through lush green forest, with great views from the top
Sightseeing in Madikeri after lunch (Madikeri Fort, Abbey Falls etc.)
Back by late evening, retire for the day

 Day 04:

Departure after breakfast
Drop off at designated point in Bengaluru

The tariff, T&C

Cost for this ExperienceTravel will be INR 25,000/- per head.

What’s included:

1. Stay on twin sharing basis in a typical homestay.
2. Transport to and from Bengaluru by comfortable vehicle
3. All meals
4. All sightseeing
5. Birding and other activities within the homestay
6. An excellent experience with the Trip Leader who is a birder, photographer, and amateur astronomer.

What isn’t

1. Travel cost to and from Bengaluru from city of origin
2. Beverages, snacks etc.
3. Shopping, laundry expenses of a personal nature etc.

Caveats

Please do carry comfortable, dull clothing. Since we will be walking around a lot and Madikeri will be rather warm at this time of the year, this is to ensure your comfort. Dull clothing works best when going bird-watching to avoid being detected by the birds.
Binoculars aren’t a necessity while birdwatching but they would add to a great experience. Therefore, we recommend that you get a pair of binoculars(in case you don’t have any, our trip leader will provide a set to share among the group).
Astronomy sessions are subject to the weather being clear. We usually organize all trips with meticulous planning but the weather can play spoilsport sometimes.
Birdwatching is a bit of a gamble, and we cannot guarantee sightings as such. However, our Trip Leader will try their very best to ensure that you do not leave Madikeri without sighting any birds!

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