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Bird Watching in India


Bird watching in India is an attraction for wildlife enthusiasts. You will surprise to discover how fascinating and fun it can be. Bird watching is a great way of cheering. In India, the reason for this richness of species is the climate and the diversity of vegetation. Chirping noises are that everybody love to listen and enjoy its sweetness. Their sweet noises make your heart and soul full with happiness and joy. With more than 1250 species of birds from India and entire South Asia, offers a rare opportunity to watch paradise at water spots. So if you are a curious bird watcher who just desire to clear up questions regarding birds and their habitats then just check out the bird sanctuaries of India.

Overa Wildlife Sanctuary: Overa Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for its population of pheasants. The park has a diverse flora and offers 13 species of mammals and over 80 species of birds. It is best to visit this Indian wildlife sanctuary with a person having some knowledge about the local wild species and birds.

Location: Pahalgam, Jammu & Kashmir
Area: 32 sq kms
Prime attractions: Pheasants
How to reach: Buses and taxis are available at regular interval from Pahalgam.


Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary: A little way outside the town of Srirangpatna, is a bunch of islands in the river. It is a natural refuge to variety of waterbird species that flock here. Boating out into the crocodile-filled waters can make your adrenaline pump up and makes this a real adventure birdwatching tour of India.


Location: Mysore, Karnataka
Prime attractions: Flying Fox, Otter, Python, Tortoise, Crocodile, Cormorant, Darter, Egrets, Heron, Ibis, Kingfisher, Plover, Parakeet, Spoonbill, Whistling Teal and Peregrine.
How to reach: Buses and taxis are available at regular interval from Bangalore, which is the nearest railhead and airport.


Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary: The sanctuary is spread over a cluster of islands in a scenic area surrounded by hillocks where the Kadalundipuzha river flows into the Arabian Sea. Over a hundred varieties of native birds and over 60 varieties of migratory birds flock here in large numbers.


Location: 19 km from Kozhikode, Kerala
Area: 3 sq kms
Prime attractions: Terns, Gulls, Herons, Sandpipers, Whimbrels and other migratory birds.
How to reach: Buses and taxis ply at regular intervals from Kozhikode.


Thattekad Bird Sanctuary: Thattekad, on the banks of the River Periyar, is a dense monsoon forest, located near Cochin. A plantation forest with teak, mahogany and fruit-bearing trees along with the natural wild tropical deciduous vegetation, it is home to nearly 350 species of birds.


Location: 19 km from Kozhikode, Kerala
Area: 3 sq kms
Prime attractions: House Swift, Brahminy Kite, Little Cormorant and Common Kingfisher.
How to reach: Buses and taxis ply at regular intervals from Cochin.


Kumarakoam Bird Sanctuary: The Kumarakoam Bird Sanctuary is famous across the world for its varied avian population. The migratory siberian cranes add to the attraction of the park. The natural beauty of the park is sure to leave you spellbound and makes this a great Indian bird sanctuary.


Location: 12 kms from Kottayam, Kerala
Prime attractions: Water Fowls, Siberian Cranes


Keoladeo National Park: The fascinating world of feathered species is seen at Keoladeo National Park. The park derives its name from the Shiva Temple in the heart of the sanctuary. The park was formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary and was brought into the light by the famous ornithologist Mr. Salim Ali. It is one of the most famous bird sanctuaries of India.


Location: Bharatpur, Rajasthan
Area: 232 sq kms
Prime attractions: Coot Snipes, Spanish Sparrow, Red Crested Porhard, Rosy Pelican and Flamingo.
How to reach: The best way to reach this place is by bus, which is readily available from Delhi, Jaipur and Agra.


Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary: The Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary is reputed as a haven to several migratory and resident water birds. The sanctuary offers enough opportunities for bird watching and photography. It is a huge marshland and shallow lake bordered with mixed dry forest. Altogether, a complete bird sanctuary tour of India.


Location: 45 kms from Lucknow, the state capital of Uttar Pradesh
Area: 395 sq kms
Prime attractions: Pochard, Shoveller, Woodpecker, Parakeet, Coot, Purple Moorhen and Common Teal.
How to reach: The sanctuary is located on National Highway No. 25, 45 kms both from Lucknow and Kanpur. Nawabganj is well connected by bus to Lucknow and Kanpur.

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