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Vedanthangal Tourism

Lying close to the important district of Mahabalipuram, is Vedanthangal, best known for its bird sanctuary. The compact water tank of 30 hectares that the sanctuary is built around is home to at least 30,000 birds every year during migratory season.

The sanctuary attracts multitudes of birds, starting with herons, spoonbills, storks, ibises and egrets in the season. The Vedanthangal sanctuary is protected by the locals in the area for centuries now, ever since they realised that the bird droppings that fall into the tank are rich in nitrogen and make the water a natural fertilizer, saving the cost of industrial fertilizers. The sanctuary is worth a visit when one comes to visit Mahabalipuram for it lets you into the culture of the locals and is a beautiful sight to witness during peak migratory months. It is the oldest water bird sanctuary in the country.

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1. Vedanthangal Bird sanctuary

Vedanthangal Bird sanctuary
Situated in the city of Kancheepuram, Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary is a protected sanctuary covering a total area of 30 hectares. This sanctuary is a popular migratory home for around 40,000 different species of birds from all over the world. It is said that such a vast number of birds are attracted to this location because of its various small lakes that prove to be a fertile feeding ground for the birds. As soon as one enters here, the birds can be seen eating, swimming, homemaking, diving, squawking or simple perching on the trees. They seem to enjoy every bit of their extended vacation before the long flight home. The mighty birds here are accustomed to having visitors and may venture quite to them. 

2. Karikili Bird Sanctuary

Karikili Bird Sanctuary
Counted amongst the most famous bird sanctuaries, the Karikili Bird Sanctuary is situated in the Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu. Consisting of two irrigation tanks which are fed by the rain, the sanctuary is spread over an area of 61.21 hectares and is just 10 km from the well-know Vedanthagal Bird Sanctuary. It is a very peaceful and beautiful place to visit and is a house to many migratory birds which arrive here between September and October. Amidst the natural beauty, the sanctuary also serves as an amazing picnic spot giving the tourists a chance to enjoy in the middle of the chirping birds. Apart from the birds, the sanctuary also has ducks and waders to look at.

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FAQs on Vedanthangal

What is famous about Vedanthangal?

Oldest and largest bird sanctuary in the country. Easily accessible as it located very close to Chennai.

What is not so good about Vedanthangal?

Very few accommodation options and eateries available (best to stay and eat in Mahabalipuram).

Who should visit Vedanthangal?

Vedanthangal is an ideal destination for bird lovers as it offers umpteen opportunities to spot all kinds of birds in their natural habitat. It is perfect for families, kids, couples and solo travellers. 

What is the best time to visit Vedanthangal?

The best time to visit Vedanthangal is between November and February as it is the season for migratory birds. The temperature remains moderate throughout the season and makes it a perfect climate for bird watching, nature walks and safaris. Peak summer and monsoon seasons (between April and September) are not advisable; however, one may choose to visit at the beginning or the end of the seasons when the temperature is pleasant/ rainfall is low.


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What is the local food in Vedanthangal?

Eating from Mahabalipuram is the best option you have, because you can find all kinds of cuisines to suit your taste buds. You are allowed to carry your own food into the sanctuary, so most visitors make picnic plans and carry their own food items for the day.
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What is the best way to reach Vedanthangal?

Vedanthangal is well connected to the rest of India only via roadways. Regular bus services ply to and fro the city of Vedanthangal, owing to its popularity as a wildlife haven, and the buses being operated both by private and government owners, especially the Tamil Nadu State Road Transport Corporation. There is no direct flight or rail connectivity, however, to Dhamtari. Approximately 65 km away is the Chennai International Airport, which is the nearest airport that connects Vedanthangal via airways to the rest of India. The nearest railway station, regarding local connections, is the Chengalpattu station, barely 25 km away from Vedanthangal. Broad rail connections wise, Chennai is the nearest rail stop, which is approximately 88 km away from Vedanthangal.

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What are the places near Vedanthangal?

The top places near to Vedanthangal are Pondicherry which is 68 km from Vedanthangal, Mahabalipuram which is located 38 km from Vedanthangal, Kanchipuram which is located 37 km from Vedanthangal, Chennai which is located 73 km from Vedanthangal, Auroville which is located 58 km from Vedanthangal

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