A scenic destination which is blessed with some breathtaking natural beauty, Ganeshgudi is located in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka and is home to some lush green forest ranges of the Sahyadris on the banks of the river Kali. The place is blessed with a rich variety of flora and fauna and is well known for adventure sports and is an emerging eco tourist destination.
The morning views of this place are simply stunning with the mist emerging from the river creating a magical setting. Going by its name, the place offers some excellent sightings of the Malabar pied hornbill and Malabar grey hornbill; both of these birds can be seen in abundance feeding on the fruits on the trees. The hornnbill crossing is a routine of the majestic birds crossing across the Kali river every evening which is a sight not to be missed.
The Old Magazine House is haven here for nature enthusiasts and travellers who come seeking some peaceful atmosphere. The forest camp here would be an ideal vacation destination, if you are looking forward to a peaceful and tranquil holiday.
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Best Time To Visit Ganeshgudi
Ganeshgudi can be visited any time throughout the year; however, most visitors prefer to visit the place during the winter season which starts from October and goes up until mid March.
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The Old Magazine House Forest Camp here is situated in a very thick pocket of evergreen forests and offers a thrilling jungle experience. The place is approximately 1800 ft above sea level and offers a cool climate throughout the year. The camp is well known amongst nature lovers and bird watchers. Apart from this, the place offers an excellent trekking path through the jungles and is an experience which cannot be described in words.
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The camp is wrapped up in some of the finest moist deciduous forests, which support a fine assortment of wildlife. The occasional sightings of the sambar, wild dog, Malabar giant squirrel and the flying squirrel add on further to the beauty of the place.
The lack of large animals is compensated by a plethora of birds which begin with the Malabar Grey Hornbill and the Malabar Pied Hornbill. The list goes on further to the flycatchers, orioles, babblers and the shama. The flying lizard can be seen very frequently in these forests.
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The Hornbill Trio
Ganeshgudi is home to the beautiful hornbills. The birds are found in three different species: the first being the Malabar grey hornbill, the second the Malabar pied hornbill and the last one is the great Indian hornbill.
The Malabar grey hornbill is found predominantly in the western ghats and other hills attached to the Sahyadris in south India. These birds have a large beak but lack the casque which is found in some other hornbill species. They move around in small groups and feed on figs and other forest fruits; their loud cackling call makes them familiar to the people of the region.
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The great Indian hornbill is one of the large members of the hornbill family and is found in south and southeast Asia. The bird is impressive in size and colour and holds an important place in many tribal cultures and rituals.