Chitmagalur & Hassan Birding
When: May 2016 Weather: Coolish 20C
After our meeting in Bangalore, our hosts kindly arranged for us to to visit a hill station in the district of Hassan, staying at a wonderful little resort called the Hoysala Village Resort (HVR). Arriving in the evening after a 3 hour drive from Bangalore, the resort had villas and suites set in a wonderfully flowering garden. The meals were excellent!
Waking up with the sun at 6am the next day, the jackfruit tree house right next to our villa 903 yielded a few sighting…
After a 630am breakfast, we set off on the 40km drive to Chitmagalur, the hill station famed for its coffee plantations with the intention of stopping whenever and wherever to bird….almost as soon as we got onto the main road, I spotted something on a tree….
arriving in the little town of chitmagalur, we visited a little park where there were numerous fruit bats hanging
And as we descended the hill I spotted another large bird perching next to the road….
After lunch we visited the wildlife sanctuary at Muthodi and were delighted that it was actually a tiger reserve where we could go for a safari…the Bhadra tiger reserve…
And that was the end of day 1, a reasonably good day in birding terms…..