Located near Kothamangalam in Ernakulam on the northern bank of Periyar River, Thattekad Bird Sanctuary is famous for its rich and varied birdlife. It is the first Bird Sanctuary in Kerala that was surveyed by Dr Salim Ali (the birdman of India), who also called it the richest habitat he has ever seen. This sanctuary came to light in the year 1983 on basis of recommendations made by this famous ornithologist.
Spread over 25 sq.km, it shelters over 500 species of birds and rare birds such as Wayanad laughingthrush, rufous babbler, and white-bellied blue flycatcher. While you traverse the dense forests containing tropical semi-evergreen, deciduous and tropical evergreen plants, do not miss out on the boat cruise along the backwaters. It's habitat diversity and topographical position of the area makes it one of the most popular bird-rich sanctuary in India.
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Very close to major towns in Kerala. Perfect for a weekend outing watching birds in one of the most beautiful forests in the region.
Road travel is the only practical way to reach here. The size of the forest is small, limiting the number of large animals you can see here.
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