Bird Watching in Munnar
Munnar has been surrounded with various national parks and wild life sanctuaries making it a destination for Bird watching. Eravikulam National Park, which had been established to protect the endangered Nilgiri Tahr, is 13 kms from Munnar. Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Manjampatti Valley and the Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary to the northeast, the Eravikulam National Park and Anamudi Shola National Park to the north, the Pampadum Shola National Park to the south and the proposed Palani Hills National Park to the east.
The shola-grassland eco- system so typical of Munnar is home to large numbers of birds, many of them endemic. Commonly seen endemics are the Nilgiri wood pigeon, Nilgiri pipit, Grey headed bulbul, Black & Orange flycatcher, Broad Tailed grass bird, Crimson backed sunbird, Grey breasted laughing thrush, Nilgiri flycatcher, Indian Rufus babbler, White bellied blue flycatcher, White bellied short wing, White bellied treepie & Wayanad laughing thrush etc.
Munnar may not yet be a full fledged bird watching destination, However there are stay options such as Nature Zone Jungle Park, Camelot and Anaerangal Camp that actively offer and facilitate bird watching.