Bird watching in in Ponmudi
Ponmudi at 60 kms from Trivandrum is a hill station in Western Ghats and is renowned its bird watching possibilities. Ponmudi is home to 283 species of birds, many of which are endangered and threatened.
Birds endemic to this region include the Painted Bush Quail, the Malabar Grey Hornbill, the Wayanad Laughing Thrush, the Broad-tailed Grass Bird and the Nilgiri Pipit.
The grasslands of Ponmudi are the breeding grounds of the Broad-tailed Grass Bird, a threatened species. More than half of the 480+ bird species in Kerala are found at Ponmudi.
Besides Birds, Ponmudi is excellent for butterflie and rare ambhibians. Of the 300+ species of butterflies in the Western Ghats, 190+ are found here. Of the 30+ butterfly species endemic to the Ghats, 20+ are found at Ponmudi. Similarly, Ponmudi is also host to many species of reptiles and amphibians, including the highly endangered Travancore Tortoise, the Malabar Flying Frog and the Malabar Tree Toad.