Logo of PallyPlanet

Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary

Blog cover for How to explore thattekkad

Why is Thattekkad the Prime Birding Destination In South India? Thattekad, also known as the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, is an Important Birding Area (IBA) and an endemic rich haven for bird lovers in the Indian state of Kerala. This protected area covers 25 square kilometres and is around the banks of river Periyar. The […]

Top Six Birding Locations In South India

Six birding locations in South India

Where to Go Birding in South India? South India is the most important birding zone in the Indian subcontinent, with 35 highly sought-after endemics. Besides great endemics, there are numerous near endemics in South India, shared only with neighbouring Sri Lanka. South India differs greatly from north India in terms of greenery, culture, and socioeconomic […]

Is Birdwatching a Perfect Hobby for Children?

Photo of children watching birds in the open

How can we encourage our children and grandchildren to spend more time outside the home? Spending too much time on the Internet is causing emotional and physical stress in children. Parents worldwide have been trying to find ways to keep their children away from mobile gadgets and computer games. Unfortunatly we parents often fail in […]

Is bird Watching A Healthy Outdoor Activity?

Photo of a healthy girl with a binocular in her hands doing birdwatching

It is. Let me explain why! I recently went to see a friend and his family. When I was about to leave, his wife, who is always a soft-spoken and contented lady, asked me the same question that I put in the title. I picked up on the seriousness and urgency of her question right […]

Birding for Beginners ?

Photo of a group of birdwatchers on the filed watching birds

According to the USFWS, approximately 46.7 million Americans self-identify as birdwatchers. Although we do not have reliable data from various countries worldwide on this topic, the US numbers are staggering. The hobby is now gaining popularity by the day. Birding was once thought to be a retirement activity.  A typical birdwatcher is mostly depicted as […]

Whiskered Pitta: Jewel Of The Philippine Forests

Photo of a Whiskered Pitta

I was shivering and thoroughly soaked in the torrential rain that had been pounding the Philippines’ Luzon province for the past ten hours when I asked my guide from Bangkong Vally to cancel the mission and return to the camp below the hills. Ra Sya Ana, my host and a gifted birder from the Philippines […]

Phoebe Snetsinger: The Lady who went birdwatching on borrowed time

Photo of Phobe Snetsinger, the world-famous birder and author of Birding on borrowed time.

Even now, the majority of us will experience shudders and dread when we receive a cancer diagnosis. Imagine being diagnosed with cancer in the 1980s, when cancer treatment was still in its infancy and almost always entailed a period of excruciating physical and mental suffering, living in a revolting body, palliative care, and anticipating death. […]

Birds of Tamil Nadu

Blog cover for Top Birding Destinations in Tamil Nadu

Important Birding Locations In Tamil Nadu  Tamil Nadu is probably the most rewarding birding destination among all the southern Indian states, especially for beginners. The mighty western ghats (Nilgiris), semi-arid forests in the midlands, and vast coastal lines of the state all provide excellent birding opportunities. It is estimated that Tamil Nadu is home to […]