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Named after the 'BirdMan of India', Dr Salim Ali, a famous ornithologist, Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is one of the major attractions in Munnar. Finding itself at the foothills of the Western Ghats, it occupies an area of 25 km sq. Also known as Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, the place is even called as the richest bird habitat of Peninsular India. Bird watching is addictive. Once you encounter this beauty there is no turning back. You would wish to watch more and more. Here you can find Crimson-Throated Barbet, Sunbird, Bee-eater, Night Heron, Black-winged Kite, etc.
This place came to light in the year 1983 by recommendations made by famous ornithologist Dr Salim Ali. It shelters 270 avian species. Rufous Babbler, White-bellied blue flycatcher, Wynaad laughingthrush, Malabar grey hornbill, are some species that are found here. While you are here, do savour the joy of bonfire and fishes on the grill under the open sky. The best time to make the most out of this sanctuary is from October to March. During this time you can spot the maximum indigenous and migratory bird species.
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