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South India: Wildlife, Birds and Cultural Adventures. January 2018

14 days within January 13th - 30th 2018.

Birding tour

Birding tour of South India 2This unique fourteen day tour of South India will take you on a circular journey from Bangalore City, to the ancient Hindu ruins of Hampi, on to the forested mountains of the Western Ghats, to beautiful beaches of the west coast of Karnataka and then following the River Cauvery back through Mysore to Bangalore.

The journey includes time spent in forest sanctuaries where you will see a wide range of forest wildlife and birds. This is the best time to visit India from a birders point of view, when migratory waterfowl and raptors can be seen alongside the vast variety of residential birds. The visit will explore Indian culture and life with time spent visits to some of the most exquisite temples in South India, cycles and walks through farms and rural grasslands, time spent in South Indian cities and markets, and will include a focus on Indian food with visits to spice forests and cookery workshops.

Who is this for? This journey will suit any adult who is interested in safe, genuinely authentic travel experiences and cultural journeys, and who has a particular interest in birding and wildlife.

Who is the visit being organised by? The visit is organised by a study centre in India called Sangam who have been facilitating visits like this since 2004.

What is Sangam? Sangam is a study centre in the village of Silvepura 20 miles north of Bangalore. The centre works closely with local schools, runs study visits for visiting teachers, and facilitates journeys around South India.Sangam means meeting point or confluence, ie between people of different cultures. Imogen and Kiran Sahi run Sangam. Imo is a teacher from the UK and now works as a consultant education advisor and master trainer for the British Council alongside Sangam. Kiran is a designer from India, trained at the National Institute of Design and teaches art and design, and has a personal enthusiasm for birding. Kiran is skilled at interpreting and explaining Indian culture and the ways in which it is changing and developing, so that visitors to Sangam both experience India, and are enabled to understand what they are seeing. Kiran is a keen birder who in the last two years has focussed much time on bird photography. He is very happy to be offering this wildlife and birding tour.Together Imo and Kiran have developed Sangam into a place for enabling learning. They facilitate the process of the visit, the activities, accommodation, transport, and helping to interpret what we encounter.

Where will the group stay? The journey will begin and end at “The Land”, Imo and Kiran’s home stay accommodation where Sangam is based, which has space for up to 20 people. The Land is a spacious leafy garden on the edge of the rural village of Silvepura. The facilities are simple but well developed as a comfortable place for visiting groups from the UK to make themselves at home. During the journey you will stay in comfortable and authentic simple guest houses and hotels. The details of the accommodation options will be sent and updated as the precise details are clarified.

How will we travel? All of the journeys in India will be in comfortable air conditioned vehicles with no more than five people per seven seater car, so that there is space and room for luggage. The group will be accompanied throughout by drivers, and by Kiran Sahi who has had 14 years of professional experience guiding and interpreting India to visitors. He will be able to interpret and explain what you see on the journeys and will facilitate the process.

What will the weather be like? January in India is a post monsoon winter month. It will be green, and warm with temperatures in the mid 20’s. It is very unlikely to rain.

What should we bring? You will be invited to an optional meeting before you travel when you will meet with Kiran, hear more about the programme, and will be a chance for you to ask questions. You will also be sent a comprehensive preparation pack containing advice about kit lists, advice for travelling to India and how to get a visa.

What is the cost? The visit fee will be between £1300- £1400 per person for couples and between £1400- £1500 per person for single travellers. The exact cost will depending on the final programme details. Details of what this fee includes will be sent through with our further information pack.

How to apply: Please mail Kiran at Sangam using the email addresses below and we will send you through all the information about this visit.

Please do be in touch to register your interest and apply as early as you can and before the end of September 2017.

How to find out more:

If there are queries which have not been covered above, or if you would like to talk over details of the visit prior to booking, please contact:

Group leader:

Kiran Sahi at:


(Photos by Kiran Sahi)

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