Thattekkadu bird sanctuary near kothamangalam – variety of birds and best time to visit
Thattekkadu bird sanctuary – first bird sanctuary in kerala
Thattekkadu bird sanctuary is one of the less bird sanctuaries in kerala, which popular by the name of ornithologist mr.salim ali, he was the bird man of india so it got the name of that great man. thattekkadu bird sanctuary is situated at a small village of ernakulam named thattekkad. it located near to kothamangalam. thattekkad bird sanctuary is also known as salim ali bird sanctuary, salim ali wrote many book about birds. the birds of trvancore is a famous book by him. thattekkadu bird sanctuary is the first bird sanctuary in kerala. it covers an area of 25 km sq. the bird sanctuary is located at the banks of periyar river.
As the name suggests the bird sanctuary preserves many birds here, it is the paradise of birds in kerala,, the near by area is rich with forests. it not only includes the birds from forests but also the river birds. salim ali was a keen watcher of birds and hence the sanctuary rename by his name. the birthday of salim ali is on november 12, it declared as bird watching day all over india. uncountable species of birds is found here. rather than birds it also preserved variety of butterflies.
the main birds added in the sanctuary are the following red kingfisher, water hen, yellow-browed bulbuls, grey-fronted green pigeon, collared scops owl, cormorants, cormorants, large-billed leaf-warbler, oriental darter, indian cuckoo, jerdon’s nightjar, whiskered terns, ceylon frogmouth, little tern, jungle mynah, emerald dove, crested eagle, indian pitta etc. 6.00 am to 6.00 pm is the visiting time.
During winter season the migratory birds are reach here from himalayas, it is the best time to visit thattekkad bird sanctuary, the nearest bus station is at kothamangalam at distance of 13 km. the nearest railway station at aluva at 45km from the destination.the nearest airport is located at kochi.