An offbeat safari for intrepid Indophiles

Natural World Safaris’ itinerary is an eye-opening introduction to the myriad lesser-known flowers, birds and mammals the country is home to

The great hornbill is one of many bird species guests might spot on Natural World Safaris’ journey through India’s Western Ghats
The great hornbill is one of many bird species guests might spot on Natural World Safaris’ journey through India’s Western Ghats

Wildlife itineraries in India tend to be all about tigers. But this year, Will Bolsover of Natural World Safaris (naturalworldsafaris.com) hopes to turn the more intrepid Indophiles onto the myriad flowering plants, bird species and mammals – from lion-tailed macaques to stripe-necked mongeese – of the Western Ghats. (Yes, there are tigers, too, and leopards, wild dogs and elephants). He’s crafted a several-days-long journey through the southern reaches of the great mountain range, in Kerala and Karnataka; stays (from £5,950) are in small lodges or private colonial-era bungalows, with seasoned naturalists as hosts and guides.

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