Matheran bird-watching expedition

Matheran Birdwatching Expedition is a beginning path to the cosmos of birds in the most natural woods nearby Mumbai. Matheran is a scenic hill station in the Western Ghats mountain range, near Karjat.

Although it's relatively small in terms of population, its' natural significance is unmatched. The most common way to get to Matheran is by toy train or car, along with thousands of other weekend escapists flocking there for fun. The most common hiking trail starts at Neral which can get tiring during the winter months!

Matheran Birdwatching is a chance to spend time and appreciate different kinds of birds found locally in the Matheran forests. A visit might bring you face to face with the Orange-headed ground thrush, Indian Cuckoo, Malabar whistling Thrush, Sunbirds, and flowerpeckers, White-rumped shama chirping in the trees around you along the trails!

Matheran bird expedition is accessible in the less trekked trails. We cross our way South to North in search of migratory birds in forested areas. We come across Bombay nightjar, Bombay bushchat, grey-headed canary flycatcher, red-whiskered bulbul & Wyanad laughing thrush along with whistling thrushes and other brilliant color birds.

The single hill station in Asia free of cars is sheltering diverse post-monsoon vegetations and faunas. Monsoon at this time of year is when the Malabar Whistling Thrush appears. It uses its loud, two-tone call to attract mates. The Malabar Grey Hornbill is dull, mainly green, but its face features vivid plumage colors. Female Asian Paradise Flycatchers make nests of thorny grass, weaving them together with silk; their long tails serve as an excellent flyswatter. Hearing the hoot of the Barn Owl brings flashbacks of certain scenes from Harry Potter; like many other owls, these birds are unafraid to hunt near humans. You can also see an Eagle Owl here at the Hornbill Valley! Post Monsoons are the prime birthing season for Squirrels; Malabar Giant Squirrels stick close to cliffs during rains, gnawing on grass stems for food! We've specially customized your tour so you'll have lots to do whether it's pouring or not!


Matheran Bird Expedition Itinerary

Day One - Mumbai to Matheran

Meet our team early morning and transfer to Matheran. From Dasturi, we will walk four kilometers at a slow pace to the Matheran market. We will select different trails through the lush jungle of Matheran for bird watching. Once we reach our hotel, your rooms will be allocated, and you can freshen up and relax. Post lunch, we will start our evening wilderness trail. The late evening will be available at leisure you can explore the famous Matheran market and visit various eateries.

Day Two - Matheran to Mumbai

We will return in time to enjoy our morning breakfast at the resort. Morning is the best time to spot birds, and we will start an early morning visit to the forest and photography session. Post breakfast, pack up and check out from the hotel. We will leave for our final bird-watching trial in the Matheran Hill station. We will visit the Matheran market for lunch not included in the package and transfer to Dasturi. 





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    What is included in the tour

    • Accommodation in Brightland Resort or Similar
    • Accommodation on a triple sharing basis in the hotel mentioned above.
    • Transfers by Vehicle. Mumbai – Matheran – Mumbai
    • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Entry charges for Matheran
    • Birding & Night trails in Matheran
    • Professional Wildlife naturalist host of the experience
    • Please note if you need double sharing accommodation, contact us for a revised quote.

    What is NOT included in the tour

    • Personal use of the vehicle or Additional use of the car.
    • Stay extension due to bad weather, riots, lockdowns, anything out of control, health issues, roadblocks, ill-health.
    • Personal expenses incurred like room service, side orders, water, tips, laundry, etc.
    • Horse riding charges
    • Extra excursions or sightseeing apart from the above-specified itinerary.
    • Camera fees charges.
    • Toy Train Chargers
    • Anything specifically nOT mentioned in cost includes.
    Frequently Asked Questions

    Why visit Matheran for Bird Watching?

    The forest of Matheran is a beautiful place to visit in the winter. The forest walk is a great way to spot many beautiful birds, flowers, plants, butterflies, insects, and animals in its new green cover. There are many paths around the forest in the monsoon season. Every track will take you through a different part of the forest. You can spot beautiful birds like White-rumped Shama, Vigors Sunbird, Orange-headed thrush, Purple-rumped sunbird, Bulbuls, White-cheeked barbett, Herons, Flowerpecker, Malabar Whistling thrush, Fulvetta, Martin.


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    Matheran Bird watching plan details

    • Event Type: Bird walk
    • No of days: Two days and one night
    • Walk Grade: Easy walk around the forest
    • Range: Matheran forest
    • Elevation: 2625 feet above sea level