Karnataka is a forerunner in ecotourism. It is also the country’s tiger and elephant state. With a wide array of habitats within its boundaries, the state also boasts of over 500 species of birds on its checklist with several rarities and endemics. Above all, there is an enthusiastic birdwatching community.

Bidar is an interesting landscape with a mix of dry woodlands, wetlands and grasslands. Birds that are habitat specialists occur in the region – Indian Coursers, flamingoes, Demoiselle Cranes, sandgrouses, buntings, rosefinches, Greater Short-toed Larks and Rufous-fronted Prinias to mention a few. All in all, Bidar offers great birding opportunities.

This makes it a perfect choice for the fifth edition of the Karnataka Bird Festival, from 8th – 10th February 2019. Talks and sessions will take place at Deva Deva Vana, located a short distance from Bidar town, which is a good spot for birdwatching. 

The event is jointly organised by the Karnataka Forest Department, Karnataka Ecotourism Development Board and Jungle Lodges & Resorts Ltd. It offers ample opportunities for birding, learning and networking. Do come and share the joy of birdwatching.

Bidar is connected by train from Bangalore and is a 3 hour drive from the Hyderabad airport.

Registrations are open. Visit Myecotrip to register and for more details.