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Thattekad Bird Sanctuary

The Thattekad Bird Sanctuary lies near the Kothamangalam in the Idukki District. The sanctuary is spread over an area of 25 square kilometers, covering evergreen, semi evergreen and deciduous forests. The area came into limelight when Dr. Salim Ali, the famous ornithologist, recommended that the rich biodiversity and bird population of the area be preserved. As a result, today the Thattekad Bird Sanctuary is a safe haven for more than 200 species of indigenous and migratory birds. The gently sloping sanctuary lies 60 to 450 meters above sea level. The Periyar River flows quietly by the lush forests.

The Thattekad Bird Sanctuary is as famous for its trees as for its avian population. The lush forests include those of teak, rosewood, mahogany and many kinds of herbs used in traditional medicine. The forests include tropical, evergreen, semi evergreen and deciduous trees. The trees shelter most of the bird population of the Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, while the water birds nest in the tall reeds by the lakes and rivers of this delta sanctuary.

The animal population of the Thattekad Bird Sanctuary includes around 30 kinds of animals and 10 species of reptiles including snakes and turtles.

The Thattekad Bird Sanctuary is home to birds like the gray jungle fowl, water hen, Indian hornbill, bush quail, crimson-throated barbet, bee-eater, sunbird, rose-billed roller, Ceylon frogmouth, kite and shrike and many kinds of aquatic birds.

A three-storey watchtower in the Thattekad Bird Sanctuary is ideal for some serious bird watching. The watchtower has nothing but the most basic amenities, but a sight of the rare birds of the Thattekad Bird Sanctuary is worth the effort.

Kerala Houseboats organizes tours to the Thattekad Bird Sanctuary. You can choose from one of the many tour packages offered by Kerala Houseboats. For online bookings or more information, please fill the form below

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