Birds of Hampi

Wake up to the call of that Grey Francolin or see that red spur fowl disappearing amongst the rocks, or see quails running away like balls of cotton and disappearing into the undergrowth.

In Hampi, the Tungabhadra River snakes, splits and flows around the archipelagos of rock and scrub-covered earth that sit within its concourse.  Tufts of spine-like grass erupt from along the riverbank and between the gaps in rocks. Around the river and in the entire region, flora, fauna and stone share a most charming relationship here in Hampi.

Yes- there is a secret story about Hampi. An eco-tourism area due to its unique terrain, flora and fauna, one of the faces of Hampi is its precious wild life and birds. Any discerning visitor in Hampi would have definitely ‘discovered’ a white browed wagtail or a wire tailed swallow or a laughing dove, though not by their names but, the color of the beak or the wings, or the sheer size of the feathered friend.

At Hampi WHS, tourism is not just about historical ruins or religious sites. Rural tourism at Hampi is all-inclusive- heritage tourism, crafts tourism, agri-tourism and eco tourism. Many tourists visit Hampi for the purpose of bird and animal watching and learning about local flora and fauna.

The Kishkinda Trust believes that rural tourism in Hampi should protect and support the conservation of the site not only ecologically but also socially and culturally.  Hence appropriate care and measures must be undertaken to preserve all aspects- historical, biological and cultural conservation and preservation. This shall also aid in sustainable community development.

Of the many activities in conservation and rural development, The Kishkinda Trust had conducted a preliminary documentation of the birds in Hampi WHS, way back in 2002. It is in the process of developing an illustrated Hampi Bird Book with INTACH that documents, informs and celebrates the diverse natural heritage of the Hampi WHS.