The Edge Of Malabar

Marari Beach is not your average sun, surf and sand beach destination. The resort is a carefully nurtured biodiversity haven that attracts nearly 80 varieties of birds. Sometimes in fact, it is the sunbirds that provide a greeting to arriving guests peeking from their hanging oval-shaped nests on the ivy canopy at the entrance to the resort. Marari Beach has three species of sunbirds—purple, purple-rumped and lotens—that feed mainly on the flowers on trees and shrubs.

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Like bees and butterflies, they play an important role in pollination. While it is not unusual to spot sunbirds in the area, the resort has some bird species, whose presence here flummoxes even the naturalists. The iora is usually not seen in coastal areas, nor  the brown hawk owl.

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At Marari you can actually spot owls even in the daytime. Examples include the jungle owlet, spotted owlet and collared scopes owl. It 's wonderful to hear the call of these “wise” birds when you are resting in a hammock or having a drink at the beach bar. Night varieties comprise the barn owl, brown hawk owl and mottled wood owl.

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A couple of varieties of the woodpecker too, can be seen, (and of course heard)  here. While the pygmy woodpecker is the more commonly spotted one, the property is also has the rufus woodpecker, which makes its home in a live anthill!  It is a bit of a mystery partnership the ants do not attack the chicks, though as is usually the rule in nature for unlikely partnerships, this is not even a mutually beneficial relationship. 

Sea Turtle

This relaxed  fellow was reared and released to the sea by one of our naturalists

Shore Crabs

You can usually see a few of these scuttling about at the edge of the shoreline

Double Hoot

This solemn pair are among the several owl species that make their home at Marari Beach

Marari Beach is an ethnic spot gifted with Arabian sea at its rib. The water bodies are alive with about 28 species of fresh and estuarine local fish stocks attracts the beautiful kingfishers.