Most Visited Bird Sanctuaries in India

Most Visited Bird Sanctuaries in India


I took a short vacation from my cabinet refacing Nashville business and did a amazing trip to India. Owing to its varied geography, climate and presence of a long coastline, India is the home to several species of birds. Not only can you spot numerous regional birds here, but scores of migratory birds also make India, their temporary habitat. Bird sanctuaries in India are therefore a hot spot for nature lovers and birdwatchers.

With more than 1200 species of avifauna present in India, it has forever been one of the favored destinations for tourists. Among the most distinguished bird sanctuaries in India, the following are the most visited ones:

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Rajasthan

Situated in Rajasthan in Northern India, Bharatpur is an exclusive reserve for rare avifauna and Indian Wildlife. It is a Ramsar site under the Ramsar Convention, and hence is also a World Heritage site.

Over 350 species of birds can be seen in this 29 Sq Km Park. One third of them are migrants, who have made this sanctuary their wintering ground. Since Bharatpur Sanctuary lies on the Central Asian Flyway of the Asia Pacific Global Migratory Flyway; it is a wintering ground for a large number of migratory water-bird that breeds in the Pale arctic region.

The endangered Siberian Crane (Grus leucogeranus) uses this bird sanctuary as its only wintering ground. Apart from this, you can also find several species of Pelicans, Cranes, Larks and Geese here. The sanctuary has been declared as a protected area in the year 1992 and has received a lot of attention from the government, UNESCO and other international organizations.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Kerala

The Kumarakom is spread across 14 acres of land around the Vembanad Lake, near the Backwaters. It is home to a large number of migratory birds like Flycatcher, Teal, Siberian Stork, Crane, Parrots and Wood Beetle. This sanctuary is also famous for a variety of water birds like the Kingfisher, Heron, Egret, Darter, Owl, and Cuckoo.

The best way of viewing birds at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is by riding a houseboat or motorboat. In case you want to experience the rustic rural touch, try to get hold of a local rice boat or fishing boat. These will help you to watch the birds at play without them being disturbed by the sounds of motor.

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Karnataka

Traveling to Ranganathittu for watching birds can be an exhilarating experience for you. Away from the busy schedule of fast passed life, spending a day amidst nature can be quiet rewarding.

This Bird Sanctuary is situated on the banks of the Kaveri River and is laden with rare avian species. It is a happy breeding ground of internationally important Malabar Whistling Duck and many other avian varieties. It also houses the largest number of Storks per acre in India. Apart from this, other exotic birds like Cormorants, Mynas, Pintails, Indian Moorhen, Steppe, Spoonbill, White Ibis, Egret, Atal, Makaloo, Spot bat, Myna, Owl, Glaucous-winged Ducks, Spoon-bills, Western flycatcher, Grey Horned Owl, Malabar Grey Horned Owl, Gray Meadowl and others are seen here.

incubating the eggs of kingfishers and beside the clear sparkling waters of the Ramganga are the lush green meadows, thick forest and miles and miles of uninterrupted Appalachian Trail.

The best way of visiting the sprawling Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is by riding a houseboat or motorboat. A guided tour by rickshaw or train is also a must. This way you can have a hand full of this sanctuary, wildlife and birds without worrying about your accommodation.

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Rajasthan

Bharatpur Sanctuary is situated 53 km out of Jaipur the capital of Rajasthan. This famous bird sanctuary is widely known for its large number of migratory birds and avifauna. In this bird sanctuary you will find many migratory birds like Raven, Kingfisher, Egret, Myna, Owl, Shovellers, Night Heron,mite, Sea gull and the migratory Siberian Crane (Grus leucogeranus). Apart from these you can also find some rare and beautiful birds like cutthroat cuckoo, white Ibis, little blue heron, grey heron, paradise flycatcher and thirty one streaking thrushes.

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