Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary

Thattekkad Bird SanctuarySandwiched between the two branches of the Periyar River and surrounded by the serenity of the Anamalai hills, this pristine 25 sq km region is a heaven for avid birdwatchers. Also known as Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, it was the frst to be officially recognized as a bird sanctuary in Kerala.The Thattekad Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for its dense avian population, as it houses as many as 500 exotic bird species. Spread across 25 square kilometers of forests interspersed with some grassland, the sanctuary lies between tributaries of the Periyar River.

This one time rubber plantation was declared a sanctuary in 1984, with the help of the late Dr Salim Ali, renowned orthithlogist. Nearly 320 species if birds thrive there. Scores of crow pheasants, nightjars, drongos, woodpeckers, robins, babblers and darters colonize the towering trees. Rare birds such as the crimson – throated barbet, bee-eater, fairy blue bird, grey headed fishing eagle, peninsular bay owl, night heron and the Malabar grey hornbill are also found.

Sprawled over an undulating area, this sanctuary has tropical evergreen, semi evergreen and moist deciduous forests, interspersed with plantations of teak and mahogany. The wildlife found here includes elephants, leopards, sloth bears, mongoose, slender loris, porcupines, pythons and king cobras.

Getting There

By Air : The nearest airport is Kochi International Airport,42 km.

By rail : The nearest railhead is Aluva ,48 km.

By Road : The sanctuary is 13 km northeast of Kothamangalam along the Pooyamkutty Road.. 

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