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To Shoot a Mocking Bird: A Must Feat for Birdwatchers
The Nilgiri’s bird Laughingthrush is an artful dodger. Its mocking laughter challenges those in the vicinity. Though it is audible, it isn't easily visible.
The Nilgiri Laughingthrush is a unique and an endangered species in the Nilgiris. This elusive bird is quite an artful dodger. Its raucous laughter mocks and challenges those in the vicinity attempting to capture it in a frame. Most are left holding their cameras in vain because these creatures are heard more often than seen.
This elusive little bird has striking features such as a black chin, sharp black beak, white brows, and reddish-brown feathers. Hence it is also known as “black-chinned laughingthrush.”
The most popular haunts of the Nilgiri Laughingthrush are old Mysore road, Aramby Shola, by the Arranmore palace and Cairn hill on Avalanche road. It has been caught mocking folks at the Muthorai Potato Research Station as well as at Gori Shola, set in the Doddabetta forest. Recommended bird walks at dawn or dusk may bring one face to face with this little mischief-maker.
A shot of the Nilgiri Laughingthrush is an achievement worth keeping for life.
On Toda Trail - Glimpses of the Earliest Inhabitants of the Nilgiris.3hrs
The Todas, an ethnic group who used to live in the Nilgiris, migrated here more than 2000 years ago. Anthropologists believe that they evolved in seclusion.
Mudumalai National Park- Step Into The Wilderness3hrs
Mudumalai National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is a recognised tiger reserve. Nestled in the Nilgiris, it is home to many endangered species and is rich in flora and fauna.
The Blue Mountain Express: The Steepest Track in Asia3hrs
The charming old world steam coaches, huffing and puffing against the blue and emerald hills of the Nilgiris, are a magnificent sight. Its thrilling to ride in one.
Mukurthi Trek: Nature's Balancing Act3hrs
Discover the treasures of the Shola Forest in Mukurthi National Park. Trek up to a stunning view of the peaks in the Nilgiris.
The Stone House and the Oak Tree: John Sullivan's Legacy3hrs
John Sullivan, the man who designed Ooty, built this picture-perfect bungalow for himself. This charming building, about 150 years old, also has an oak tree of the same age for its companion.
Cairn Hill: Reminiscence of the British Era3hrs
The forests of Cairn Hill are spread over 168 hectares and have a few of the original surviving cypress plantations from the British era.
St. Stephen 's Church: A Reminder of Colonial Heritage3hrs
Made from wood stripped from Tipu’s Palace at Srirangapatna, St Stephen’s Church follows the Gothic style of architecture and has beautiful stained glass windows.
Rose Garden: A Wonderland of Roses3hrs
The Rose Garden of Ooty is India’s most renowned garden, sprawling across 10 acres on the slopes of Elk Hill, housing more than 20,000 varieties of roses.
Jain Mandir: Soul and Solace3hrs
The Nasiyan Jain Temple, greatly revered by the Digambara sect of Jains, is dedicated to the first of the 24 Tirthankaras, Lord Rishabhdev.
History Trails of Ooty: Colonial Era and Beyond3hrs
John Sullivan, the then district collector of Coimbatore is credited to have discovered this beautiful hill town nestled in the Nilgiris. A drive on the old Mysore road is a journey through the history of Ooty.