Nandi Hills To Host Hakki Habba 2021

Nandi Hills, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka, will be hosting the upcoming Karnataka Bird Festival, also known as Hakki Habba in Kannada. Organised for two days starting 17th January, the festival will be inaugurated at Nandi Hills and the second day will be held at Skandagiri or Kalavarahalli Betta Hills.

Preparing For The Festival of Birds

Sources mention that the preparations for the Hakki Habba Festival by the Eco-Tourism Board of Karnataka are in its final stages, and tasks such as identifying the birding trails, finalising accommodation and transportation facilities for the visitors are currently ongoing. Once this is completed, the Eco-Tourism Board will open an online registration portal for the festival.

Quoting Sanjay Mohan, TNIE, PCIF (Wildlife), “The annual bird festivals in Karnataka attract naturalists and bird enthusiasts across the country. We are expecting a good response to the festival. The last edition of the bird festival was held in Bidar, and this year it will be held in Nandi Hills and surroundings”. Officials from the Board also explained that different birding trails are identified to ensure sightseeing to different groups at the same time.

Why Nandi Hills?

Hakki Habba 2020
Nandi Hills is a familiar spot for migratory birds from the Himalayan region during the winter season. Tiny Himalayan warblers are one of the key attractions during the Hakki Habba Festival. As per one of the officials, “Nandi Hills has traditional trekking path and different locations for birding. Several routes connect hillocks such as Nandi Hills and Skandagiri. Besides these paths, there are smaller unnamed hillocks located around these two famous hills. We will be exploring such paths during the bird festival, and groundwork is being taken up to facilitate birders”.

Also, Manjunath Prabhakar, an expert Wildlife Photographer, acknowledges Nandi Hills as the best birding destination near Bengaluru. Quoting Manjunath, “Pied warbler, booted warbler, Blyth read warbler and olive backed pipit are some of the winter migratory species that can be found during the season."

With such an exciting Bird Festival welcoming 2020, do you plan on visiting Nandi Hills? Let us know in the comments below!

This post was published by Ashutosh Chandra

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