Thattekad Bird Sanctuary is the 1st bird sanctuary in Kerala. Dr. Salim Ali described it as the richest bird habitat on peninsular India. Several bird species can be observed here, which includes water birds & forest birds.
The sanctuary is known as Cuckoo Paradise as different varieties of cuckoos are seen here like Drongo cuckoo, Indian hawk cuckoo, Large hawk cuckoo etc.
Birds commonly seen:
Indian pitta is a winter visitor to the sanctuary.
Other birds seen are-
- Jerdons Nightjar
- Ceylon frogmouth
- Grey-fronted green pigeon
- Red Kingfisher
- Orange Minivet
These are just to name a few.
Edamalayar forest is 15 kilometers away from Thattekad bird sanctuary.
Birds commonly seen in Edamalayar forest are-
Mountain hawk eagles, Dark-fronted babbler, Brown cheeked fulvetta, Brown-backed needletail, White-rumped needletail, Emerald green pigeon.
Kochi – 71 kilometers
Nearest Railway station:
Aluva – 48 kilometers
Nearest Bus station:
Kothamangalam – 13 kilometers
Best Time to Visit Thattekad National Park for birding
November to February
6 am to 6 pm for all 7 days of week
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