Jungle Retreat Wayanad: Wayanad, Kerala

Jungle Retreat Wayanad
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Birding in Jungle Retreat Wayanad

We get 350+ different species of birds in Wayanad and on a given day, you could sight close to a 100 different species of birds within our property itself. The meadows and the waterholes attract the herons, lapwings, thick-knees, along with the kingfishers, storks, rails and raptors, the fruiting tress in the estate is where we get to see the parakeets and barbets, the wooded areas is teeming with woodpeckers, drongos, minivets, treepies and the garden is where we have the flowers that attract sunbirds, white-eyes, sunbirds and more. We have multiple birdwatching points within the Retreat and we also arrange birdwatching walks along all these terrain. If you are looking for best birding in Wayanad, look no further, you have come to the right place.

Having a well thought-out checklist prevents you from missing out on important items when packing for your birding trip. Here is a list of items that you may want to bring with you to make your birding experience a pleasant and successful one.

  • Binoculars: Identifying a bird and observing its behavior is the very core of birding and a binocular would be the primary tool to make it happen. We recommend you to bring a binocular with a minimum of 10X zoom.

  • Field Guide: A must for birders, a field guide is an invaluable item to carry along when you go birding. From a distance some of the birds would be hard to distinguish, that is when you need a good binocular and an easy to read field guide.

  • Camouflage clothes: Most of the birds shy away from humans and so it is important to blend in. This is where your attire plays an important role, so we'd recommend camouflage clothes or dull colored ones that would enable you to blend into the surroundings.

  • Hat or caps with brim: More often than not, you will be looking up while watching birds and so it is important to wear comfortable caps or brimmed hats to keep the sun off your eyes.

  • Walking shoes: You will be walking from one spot to another in search of birds, so it would be ideal to wear a pair of comfortable shoes. Rubber-soled ones make less noise and such shoes would be preferred.

  • Water bottle: Good birding is almost always the result of 2 factors. 1 is the location and we can assure you, we will provide you with excellent location for birdwatching or birding. You will also need patience and that means you may spend time waiting for the action to start. So it is better to get your water bottle with you to keep dehydrated

  • Sunscreen and insect repellent lotions: You may want to get your sunscreen lotion to keep the skin in top condition and we also recommend you to bring your insect repellents with you while you go birding. When walking through the jungle or when sitting up on a watch tower, you don't want insects to get attracted to you and disturb you while birding.

  • Camera with Zoom lens: It is always advisable to get a camera with at least 10 fps and we'd also recommend that you carry your telephoto lens with you, preferably a 400mm or more Nothing beats a camera with high fps (frames per second) clubbed with a telephoto prime lens. Do consider getting your tripod too especially if your camera/lens combination is heavy.

  • Birdwatching checklist: It'd be ideal to carry a checklist of birds that is found in a particular region. We find more than 350 different species of birds in Wayanad and more than 100+ species of birds in Jungle Retreat Wayanad itself. You can download the checklist detailing the common birds we see in Wayanad, carry a pen or a pencil and you are all set. Download birding checklist for Wayanad

  • These items should set you up for a good birdwatching experience. Jungle Retreat Wayanad is an excellent spot for birdwatching in Wayanad and we will take you to multiple spots rich in birds, including the watchtower deep in the woods, then close to the waterbodies where you see water birds and we'd also take you to areas where the fruits trees are. This will give you an opportunity to photograph or document various types of birds. You will be accompanied by a trained guide who will assist you along the way. Happy Birding!

    Birdwatching Package

    Rs 6,000/- per person per night; accommodation in Jungle Cottage which has 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1 balcony (best views)
    Rs 5,000/- per person per night; accommodation in Twin Cottage which has 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1 balcony (all private)
    Rs 5,000/- per person per night; accommodation in Jungle Villa which has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 entry room, 1 balcony

    Days Morning Noon Evening Night
    Day-1 1 PM: Check-in

    1:30 PM to 2:30 PM Lunch
    4:00 PM: Relax in the retreat and enjoy the meadows from your balcony

    5:00 PM: Coffee/Tea, Snacks

    5:30 PM to 6:30 PM:
    Go for a walk with our naturalist and visit the teak forest for birding
    7:30 PM to 8:30 PM:
    Night drive to spot the birds of the nights such as the nightjars, owls, frogmouths

    8:30 PM to 9:30 PM: Dinner
    Day-2 7:00 AM: Morning Coffee/Tea

    7:30 AM to 9:00 AM: Trek through our estate full of fruiting trees and spend 30 minutes on the watchtower deep inside the estate. This area is rich in birds.

    9:30 AM to 10:30 AM: Breakfast
    1:30 PM: Enjoy a sumptuous lunch and relax in the Retreat 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM: Spend time on the watchtower overlooking the large waterhole where we are likely to see the water birds, kingfishers, bee-eaters and more

    5:30 PM Coffee/Tea, Snacks
    8:30 PM to 9:30 PM: Dinner
    Day-3 7:00 AM: Morning Coffee/Tea

    7:30 AM to 9:00 AM: Sit in your balcony and look for the birds in the meadows and the ones visiting the many flowering plants in the garden.

    9:30 AM to 10:30 AM: Breakfast
    11:00 AM Check out