Thattekad Bird Sanctuary also known as Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is one of the best spots for bird watchers and is located in Kothamangalam on the banks of the Periyar River, Kerala. Thattekad is not for the regular tourists thriving on sightseeing but for those who look to relax and enjoy bird watching. Thattekad Bird Sanctuary has a rich and varied birdlife which includes both forest birds as well as the wetland birds.
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary is home to many species like the Indian Pitta, Ground Thrush, Large-billed Warbler, Jerdons Nightjar, Indian Cuckoo, Darters, Whiskered Terns, Collared Scops Owl, Cormorant, Frogmouths, Pompadour Green Pigeon, Yellow-browed Bulbuls.
Birds like Srilankan Frogmouth, Racket tailed Drongo, Bronzed Drongo, Whitebellied Treepie, Shama, Yellow-browed Bulbul, Rufous Babbler, Malabar Parakeet, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Whitebellied Blue Flycatcher are some of the birds that can be easily seen here
Thattekkad also has extensive plantations of teak, rosewood, mahogany. The dense forest is also home to nearly 28 species of mammals and about 9 species of reptiles.
The pictureaque Bhoothnathkettu Dam is located nearby and is about 10 km from the Thattekad. This dam is easly acessible and is worth for a day trip along with Thattekad, Idamalayar Forest & Pooyamkutty River – which are all nearby places.
History of Thattekad Bird Santuary:
Thattekkadu Santuary is made up of tropical evergreen and deciduous forests. This Sanctuary came to light in the year 1983 on basis of the recommendations made by the famous ornithologist Dr. Salim Ali. During 1930’s He reported that this area is extremely rich in bird diversity and that it should be made into a bird sanctuary. Thus his efforts were instrumental in the formation of this sanctuary to a large extent.
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary Trekking / Thattekad Treking:
There are few trekking options in Thattekad bird sanctuary, which include the following:
- Black Baza Birding Trail
- Togon Bird Trail – Kallipara
- Border Hiking – Urulanthanny – Bharanikuzhy – Sahyadri Waterfalls, Pullassery Waterfalls.
More details and the cost of the trekking packages can found on the below image. Reservation facilaties are also availalble for the packages, which can be done with a call to their contact numbers.
Basic information about Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Thattekad:
|Name:||Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary|
|Name in Malayalam:||സലിം അലി പക്ഷിസങ്കേതം|
|Other Names:||Thattekad Sanctuary /Thattekad Bird Sanctuary|
|Famous for:||Birding, Trekking|
|Forest type:||Tropical semi-evergreen and tropical deciduous|
|Area:||25.16 sq. Km|
|Rainfall:||2500 mm annually|
|Bird species:||greater than 250|
|Entry Fees:||Adult: 40rs, Children: 35rs, Foreigner: 180rs|
|Vechicle Parking Fees||Two Wheeler: 10rs, Three Wheeler: 15rs, Jeep/Car: 25rs, HMV:50rs|
|Camera Entry Fees:|| Still: 38 rs
|Best Season to Visit:||October to February|
How to Reach Thattekad Bird Sanctuary:
Thattekad Sanctuary is about 64kms from Ernakulam and is nearby Bhoothathankettu Dam, which is one of the main attraction in Kothamangalam.
- From Ernakulalm: Ernakulam -> Muvattupuzha-> Kothamangalam -> Thattekadu.
- From Thrissur: Thrissur -> Angamaly -> Perumbavoor -> Kothamangalam -> Thattekadu.
Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport, about 65kms away
Nearest Railway Station: Aluva, about 48 km away
Places to visit near Thattekad Bird Sanctuary:
- Inchathotty Thookupalam
- Pooyamkutty River & Forest
- Bhoothathankettu Dam
- Idamalayar Reserve
- Neriyamangalam Forest