Bird Festival 2020

Nandi never ceases to spring surprises to birdwatchers with more than 200 species of birds. From spotting unusual birds like Black Baza, Blue-headed rock thrush, white-throated ground thrush, Eurasian Blackbird, Pied thrush, Indian blue robin, Ultramarine Flycatcher, spotted babbler, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Niligiri woodpigeon and many species of migrant Warblers. Nandi is a paradise for birdwatchers. In this most sought-after bird watching destination, we want to share incredible knowledge and experiences on Birds. A flock of circling vultures is quite a familiar scene depicted in literature and motion pictures. It symbolizes the forthcoming danger or scary tales about to unfold in time. Well, is that all about them? We don’t think so. 

Vultures are more than just that. They are often called nature’s clean-up crew as they play a vital role in the clean-up of the environment. They are an extremely important part of our ecosystem. Without them, we’ll be amidst foul-smelling carcasses that linger longer which would cause diseases. They are crucial to our ecosystem’s balance yet poached, poisoned and killed globally. 
it’s valuable to educate people about the true nature of these vulnerable birds. In 2020, we want to tell you more about them on the 17th, 18th and 19th of January on the beautiful hill fortress – Nandi Hills. To New Beginnings because that’s what Bird festival represents…
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided and keep posted for further itinerary updates …
Note : 
It is the responsibility of registered users to reach the venue at scheduled time. Registered users are requested to bring water bottles and binoculars during the event. Kindly make your own arrangements for such equipment and other important necessities.
The events consisting of speakers, addressing, film screening etc will be at the discovery village, at the foothills of Nandi.
Also, the registered users have to arrange for their own transportation from the place of accommodation to the venue.

Program Itinerary

Day Event Topics Time - Slots
17th Jan 2020 Registration   10:00 AM
  Opening ceremony   11:00 AM Onwards
  Lunch   01:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Session 1 Keynote address on Vultures by speakers 1. Mr. Chris Bowden: Saving Asia's Vultures from Extinction – updates on whether we can? 02:30 pm - 03.30 pm
    2. Mr. Shashi Kumar B. : Vultures of Ramadeverabetta Vulture Sanctuary, Ramanagara 03:30 pm - 04:00 pm
    3.Ms. Tanuja – Mysuru City Bird Atlas: A systematic study of birds across space and time 04:00 pm – 04.45 pm
  Tea and Networking   05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Session 2  Nandi and Photography 1. Mr. Dipu K – Birds of Inland Hills of Karnataka & the uniquenss of Nandi Hills

2. Ms. Sujatha Murching : Bird Photography, an Enchanting Experience

3. Ms. Aksheeta Mahapatra : Conservation of Spot-billed Pelican at Kokkarebellur Community Reserve with changing time and attitudes
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
  Film screening   07:30 PM - 08:00 PM
  Dinner   08:00 PM
18th Jan 2020 Birding In groups 06:00 am - 12:00 pm
  Lunch At the venue 01:00 pm - 02:00 pm
Session 3 North Karnataka Birders Network [NKBN] 1. Ms. Apoorva - Wings for Conservation Action: Success stories of community-based bird conservation in India

2. Mr. Hemanth Byataroy - Trends in Illegal wildlife trade - Focus on Birds

3. Mr. Karthik - My journey as a birder, focus on Special Birds of Colleg of Forestry, Sirsi
02:00 pm - 03:30 pm
  Tea & Networking   03:30 pm - 04.00 pm
Session 4  Experiences from across the country 1. Dr. V. Santharam: Spreading the conservation message through birds

2. Dr. Ramana Athreya: Birds, Tribals, and Conservation

3. Ms. Tanuja – Mysuru City Bird Atlas: A systematic study of birds across space and time

4. Dr. Subramanya: On Salim Ali & Trail - Mysore Bird Survey
04:00 pm - 06:30 pm
  Valedictory   06:30 pm – 07:30 pm
  Film screening   07.30 pm – 08.00 pm
  Dinner   08:00 pm
19th Jan 2020 Birding In groups and disperse 06:00 am-12:00 pm


Stay details :

  • These are suggested hotels
  • We do not provide any booking for the hotels
  • Please contact the below-mentioned numbers and confirm your booking
  • One can also book any other hotel of their choice


Sl.No Stay Details
1 Discovery village Next to Kanive Nandishwara Temple, Nandi Foot Hills,Near Sulthanpet, Chikkaballapur, Karnataka 562103 
2 Silver Mist Club & Resort No. 572,573, Opp. Government Forest Nursery, Sultanpete
088848 66804
3 Capital Hill Home Stay Nandi Hills Main Road, State Highway 74, Chikkaballapur
099000 18602
4 Capital O 15965 Hotel Nandi Gateway

Nandi Hills Main Rd, Nandi Hill Cross, Heggadahalli, Dodballapura 

0124 620 1320

5 Prestige Golfshire Club Nandi Hills Road, Karahalli Post, Kundana Hobli, Taluk, Devanahalli
080 2801 5800