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India – Goa

Birds & Bhajees

23 November to 5 December 2017

Leaders: David Walsh and local guides

Maximum of 12 clients.

2017 Cost: £2,899 single room supplement £380

Aformer Portuguese colony, the State of Goa is situated on the west coast of India. The distances between birding sites are never great and, compared with much of India, the road system is surprisingly good! Our tour differs from those of many other companies as we use three centres rather than the traditional two. We start by spending three nights in south Goa, which is surprisingly under-watched given the superb woodland habitat at Cotigao and Netravali in the foothills of the Western Ghats. Next we move north-east to the famous Backwoods Camp for three nights in the heart of an impressive forest, before heading west to end the tour with four nights near the coast at Arpora, from where we can explore a variety of wetland sites. We visit Goa at the best time of year for birding, as temperatures are relatively cool and the endemic breeding species are joined by wintering birds from further north. The pace will be leisurely on most days we will be in the field early and late, taking a siesta in between. The birds are likely to include many new species for everyone, including those who have previously visited northern India or Sri Lanka. In addition to the wonderful avifauna, there are beautiful butterflies and dragonflies as well as some exciting mammals. Some clients have rated the tasty Goan food as the ‘best ever on a bird tour’! Travel with us to this delightful region and see why Goa remains popular both with well-travelled birdwatchers and those visiting Asia for the first time.


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Outline Itinerary
Day 1 Depart London
Days 2-4 Patnem
Days 5-7 Backwoods Camp
Days 8-11 Apora
Day 12 Depart Goa
Day 13 Arrive London