Thattekad Bird Santuary has a rich and varied birdlife. Several species of birds, including tropical birds, sub tropical birds, migratory birds & aquatic birds visits the Thattekad Bird Santuary. The sanctuary is a habitat for different varieties of Cuckoos and a region of the sanctuary popularly called Cuckoo Paradise is home to them. Thattekad Bird Santuary is 35 m to 523 m above sealevel. The best time to visit is August to March.
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary was notified by Kerala government based on a recommendation by Dr Salim Ali in 1983. Thattekad Bird Sanctuary spread over an area of 25 sq km, is home to over 280 species of birds including Crimson-throated Barbet, Sunbird and Fairy Blue bird. The Thattekad Birdsanctuary is open from 6 AM-6 PM. Indian nationals will have to pay an entry fee of Rs. 10. An additional fee is applicable for camera.
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary..
The Thattekad Sanctuary, also known as Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is located in the Kothamangalam Taluk of Ernakulam district on the northern bank of the Periyar river. Thattekad was developed by the untiring efforts of India's birdman Dr Salim Ali. Ali described Thattekad in the 1930's as the richest bird habitat in peninsular India, comparable only with the eastern Himalayas.
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary region is an evergreen lowland forest located between the branches of Periyar river in the Malayattoor forest division. The sanctuary is in the catchments of the Bhoothathankett dam.
It is advisable that plans to visit Thattekad bird sanctuary are not made during the rainy season. Large part of the sanctuary becomes inaccessible because of the rains.
Birds from Siberia travel over 7,000 kms. and reach Thattekad in 9-10 days. These include the large Siberian Stork and small birds which weigh only 25 grams. A total of 42 % bird species are migratory in Thattekad Bird Santuary