Southern India: 2 weeks: October/November
This was our first trip to India and since we had heard good things about the South we planned a two week trip to South India. Due to work obligations we could not go any later than the last two weeks of October, which was a bit tricky since this was at the ending of the monsoon period. We managed to see all our main target which included all South India endemics. India is a beautiful country and besides all the special birds there are, we also really enjoyed the friendly people, delicious food and beautiful scenery.
This trip was undertaken by Thomas and Nienke Lameris (brother and sister), Helen Rijkes and Niels Bot. After knowing each other for several years, being together in the same youth association (JNM), and after making several trips independently, we decided to go on a birdwatching trip together. We choose Turkey as our destiny due to the large amount of great bird species that could be seen here, inspiring stories of friends and the relatively low travel costs. Because we were all still studying at that moment and having not much money to spent, we also decided to do the complete trip by public transport. Therefore, we were not able to visit all the birding spots that could have been reached in the same time span using a car, but with good planning we managed to see a great deal of all the species that the area has to offer including the endemics.
Because Helen decided to study in New Zealand for a couple of months we decided to go birding fort wo weeks on the way there. After the trip Helen travelled onwards to New Zealand and Rob travelled back to Amsterdam. We did not rent a car and travelled by bus, taxi, and hitchhiking. In Pak Thale we rented a motorcycle for the day.
Visited sites: Pak Thale & Laem pak bia, Khao Yai, Doi Inthanon, Doi Chang Dao.