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The Incredible Bird Sanctuaries of India You Must Explore

“Bird Sanctuaries in India – Witness the Majestic Flights, Vivid Colors and Lose Yourself in the Sweetest Melodies”

India plays host to a sizable population of birds and the best places to sight these amazing creatures are the various bird sanctuaries situated in almost all the states in the country. The varied topography and climate are the factors that make India one of the largest breeding grounds in the world. About 1200 species of birds are found in India (including migratory birds) making it a paradise for birdwatchers and ornithologists. If you are also someone who takes keen interest in birdwatching and enjoys the chirp and flight of birds, then the list here can be of great help to you.

List of Most Popular Bird Watching Sanctuaries in India-

  • Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Rajasthan
  • Chilka Lake Bird Sanctuary, Odisha
  • Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary, Gurgaon
  • Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Kerala
  • Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, Gujarat
  • Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Goa
  • Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Karnataka
  • Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu
  • Mayani Bird Sanctuary, Maharashtra
  • Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary, Kerala
  • Pathiramanal Bird Sanctuary, Kerala
  • Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Kerala
  • Atapaka Bird Sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh
  • Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh
  • Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu
  • Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh
  • Attiveri Bird Sanctuary, Karnataka
  • Bonal Bird Sanctuary, Karnataka
  • Gudavi Bird Sanctuary, Karnataka
  • Kaggaladu Bird Sanctuary, Karnataka
  • Magadi Bird Sanctuary, Karnataka
  • Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary, Karnataka
  • Chitrangudi Bird Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu
  • Kanjirankulam Bird Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu
  • Koonthankulam Bird Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu
  • Suchindram Theroor Birds Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu
  • Udayamarthandapuram Bird Sanctuary
  • Vaduvoor Bird Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu
  • Vellode Birds Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu
  • Vettangudi Bird Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu
  • Najafgarh Drain Bird Sanctuary, Delhi
  • Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary, Uttar Pradesh
  • Patna Bird Sanctuary, Uttar Pradesh
  • Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary, Gujarat
  • Porbandar Bird Sanctuary, Gujarat
  • Chintamoni Kar Bird Sanctuary, Kolkata
  • Jayakwadi Bird Sanctuary, Maharashtra
  • Nandurmadhmeshwar Bird Sanctuary, Maharashtra
  • Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary, Kerala
  • Karnala Bird Sanctuary, Maharashtra
  • Assan Barrage Bird Sanctuary, Uttarakhand
  • Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary, Hyderabad

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Indian Bird Sanctuaries at Quick Glance

Total Bird Sanctuaries in India 72 Bird Sanctuaries
Largest Bird Sanctuary in India Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
Smallest Bird Sanctuary in India Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
First Bird Sanctuary in India Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
Popular Bird Sanctuaries in East India Chilika Lake, Chintamoni Kar Bird Sanctuary, Pani Dihing Bird Sanctuary, Satajaan Bird Sanctuary, Ghosu Bird Sanctuary etc.
Popular Bird Sanctuaries in North India Najafgarh Drain Bird Sanctuary, Gamgul, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Okhla Sanctuary, Hokera Wetland, Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary,
Popular Bird Sanctuaries in South India Atapaka Bird Sanctuary, Pullicat Lake Bird Sanctuary, Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary, Pathiramanal, Chitrangudi Bird Sanctuary, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary etc.
Popular Bird Sanctuaries in West India Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary, Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Porbandar Bird Sanctuary, Karnala Bird Sanctuary
Best Time for Bird Watching in India Winter- October to March

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Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Rajasthan

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

Also known as the Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is amongst the most famous bird sanctuaries in India. You will be spellbound to know that Kaladeo got its name from an old temple of Lord Shiva located in the park. The sanctuary sprawls across 29 sq kms and is home to about 366 species of birds.

Other than that, the national park also provides shelter to 379 floral species, 50 species of fish, 13 species of snakes, 5 species of lizards, 7 amphibian species and 7 turtle species. The wetland system of Keoladeo is part of Indo-Gangetic Great Plains and consists of varying types of microhabitats having trees, mounds, dykes and open water with or without submerged or emergent plants.

Best Things to Do – Elephant Safari, Jeep Safari, Rickshaw Safari

Best Time to Visit – August to November (Local Birds) and October to February (Migratory Birds)

How to Reach?

Jaipur, Agra and Delhi are the nearest airports from where you can easily get a cab or taxi to reach Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. You can also reach Bharatpur via NH11.

Best Places to Stay – The Birder’s Inn, Bharatpur Forest Lodge, The Bagh Resort, Surya Vilas Palace and Sonar Haveli Resort

Best Places to Visit Near Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary –

  • Deeg Palace
  • Bharatpur Palace
  • Ganga Mandir
  • Government Museum Bharatpur
  • Lohagarh Fort
  • Laxman Mandir
  • Bankey Bihari Temple
  • Kaman

Chilka Lake Bird Sanctuary, Odisha

Chilka Lake Bird Sanctuary

It is Asia’s biggest internal salt water pond, which is studded with a few tiny islands. Chilka Lake Sanctuary has a wide range of flora, and aquatic faunas, which can be observed in and around the brackish water of the lake. The sanctuary is spread across Puri, Khurda and Ganjam districts. The lagoon is a home to 160 species of birds in the migratory season and birds from as far as the Caspian Sea, Lake Baikal, Aral Sea and other remote parts of Russia, Kirghiz steppes of Mongolia, Central and Southeast Asia, Ladakh and Himalayas fly to this place. There are also fisheries and salt pans around its shores. Apart from the birds and wildlife, Chilka Lake Sanctuary is also known for its magnificent sunrise and sunset views and thus is amongst the most popular bird sanctuaries in India.

Best Time to Visit – October to March

Best Places to Visit in and around Chilka Lake Bird Sanctuary

  • Govt college of Arts & Craft
  • Banapur
  • Salia Dam
  • Puri
  • Narayani
  • Brahmaputra
  • Satapada
  • Nalabana
  • Bird Island
  • Kalijai Island
  • Mangalajodi

How to Reach Chilka Lake Bird Sanctuary?

OSRTC buses from Bhubaneswar are one of the best ways to reach Chilka Lake Bird Sanctuary. The nearest airport at Bhubaneswar will make your reach to this bird sanctuary accessible through taxi, trains or cab. If you want to go by train, Balugaon Rail station is the nearest railhead.

Best Places to Stay

  • Daveen’s Island Resort
  • Swosti Chilika Resort
  • Sterling Puri
  • Hotel Trinath
  • Eco Retreat Konark
  • Eco Retreat Hirakud

Top Things to Do

  • Wildlife Safari
  • Dolphin Watching
  • Boating
  • Bird Watching
  • Temple hopping
  • Village Tours

Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary, Gurgaon

Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary

Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary is situated in Gurgaon district and is home to about 250 species of birds. The sanctuary is ideal for birding and the best time to visit it is in winters when a large number of migratory birds visit here. Each year more than 100 migratory bird species arrive at Sultanpur bird sanctuary to pass the winter. In winter, a picturesque panorama of migratory birds such as Siberian Cranes, Ruff, and Black winged Stilt, Common Teal, Common Greenshank, Greater Flamingo, Northern Pintail, Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail, Northern Shoveler and Rosy Pelican can be seen here.

Best Time to Visit – October to February

Top Places to Visit around Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary

  • Sheetala Devi Temple
  • Golden Greens Golf and Resort
  • Baoli Ghaus Ali Shah
  • Cawn Sarai
  • John Hall

Top Things to Do

  • Photography
  • Sunset at Sultanpur Lake
  • Panoramic views from watchtowers
  • Bird Watching

How to Reach?

Indira Gandhi International Airport is the nearest airport to Sultanpur National Park and Gurugram- Farrukhnagar Road is also well connected to Sultanpur National Park.  However, Sultanpur Metro Station is another best and cheap option to reach here.

Best Places to Stay

  • Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary complex guest House
  • Hyatt Regency Gurgaon
  • Ginger Hotel Manesar
  • Aapno Ghar Resort

Resident Birds: White ibis, Black-headed ibis, Spotted Owlet, Rock Pigeon, Greater coucal, Red Vented Bulbul, Black Francolin, Cattle Egret, Laughing Dove, Indian Cormorant etc.

Note- The park remains closed on Tuesdays.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Kerala

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Located in Kottayam district of Kerala, Kumarakom bird sanctuary is quite famous amongst the bird watchers. The sanctuary is set in the backwaters of Kerala and is spread over an area of 14 acres. The main attractions in Kumarakom sanctuary are birds like the waterfowl, cuckoo, owl, egret, moorhen, darter, heron, cormorant, Brahminy kite and the duck, as well as the migratory Siberian crane. Lark, flycatcher, Parrot, teal and a few other birds are seen here during their respective migratory seasons.

Best Time to Visit – June and August and for migratory birds- November to February

Top Things to Do –

  • Feeding forest birds
  • Houseboat and Motorboat cruise
  • Vembanad Lake Tour and blissful boating
  • Bird Watching at Pathiramanal Island
  • Nature photography
  • Nature Walk

Best Places to Visit

  • Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall
  • Lakeside Strolls
  • Nehru Snake Boat Race
  • Visit street Markets
  • Vembanad Lake
  • Vagamon Hill Station

Best Places to Stay

  • Kumarakom Pearlspot Resort
  • Cocobay Resort
  • Kumarakom Lake Resort
  • Backwater Heritage
  • Meenakshi Homestay

How to Reach?

Cochin International airport is 94km away from Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is the best way to reach here.

Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, Gujarat

Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary

Nal Sarovar is a popular bird sanctuary in Gujarat and is situated about 64kms from Ahmedabad city. This bird sanctuary is spread over a 120 sq km area and comprises about 200 species of birds. Each year from November to February a large number of migratory birds make Nal Sarovar their home for a few months; therefore, it is ideal to visit the sanctuary during this time. At Nal Sarovar, apart from bird watching, one can greatly enjoy boating and horse riding.

Best Time to Visit – October to April

Best Places to Visit –

  • Wild Ass Sanctuary
  • Thol Lake Sanctuary
  • Lothal

How to Reach?

Sardar Vallabhbhai Airport, Ahmedabad Airport is the nearest airport to Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary and Viramgam is the nearest bus station (40km).

Top Things to Do- Bird Watching, Bamboo boat rides, nature and bird photography

Prominent Birds- Pelicans, Flamingoes, Coots, Ducks, Cyperus, Scirpus sp, cranes, cormorants, herons, egrets, moorhens, waders, teals etc

Best Places to Stay-

  • Toran Gandhi Ashram
  • The House of mangaldas and Girdhardas
  • Holiday Inn Express
  • Palace Utelia
  • Forest Rest house

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Goa

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Located on the western tip of the Island of Chorao along the River Mandovi in Goa, Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is actually an estuarine mangrove and is reckoned as one of the best bird sanctuaries in India. It can be accessed through a ferry and there are fixed pavements built between the mangroves. This place is one of its kinds and is an ideal place for ornithologists and bird watchers. The common birds that one can see here include the striated heron and western reef heron. Other species that have been seen here are the little bitten, black bittern, red knot, jack snipe and pied avocet.

Best Time to Visit – October to March

How to Reach?

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is located at Chorao Island at Mandovi. It is accessible through ferry (Ribandar Ferry) which is only a 15 minutes’ drive from Panaji.

Best Things to Do –

  • Christ Hill Hiking
  • Boat Ride
  • Village Tour
  • Bicycle Tour
  • Bird Watching

Best Places to Visit –

  • Chorao island
  • Reis Magos Fort
  • Casino Royale Goa
  • Mandovi River

Best Places to Stay –

  • Serene Waters Goa
  • Hospedaria Abrigo De Botelho
  • The white Balcao
  • Abrigo
  • BHK Apartment with Riverview

Note- Take permission from the Chief Wildlife Warden of the Forest Department of Goa.

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Karnataka

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

The largest bird sanctuary in Karnataka, Ranganthittu is situated in Mandya district and only 3kms away from the historic Srirangapatna town. It is spread over 40 acres of land and has roughly about 170 species of birds. Ranganthittu is amongst the best places for bird watching holidays in India; it has small islets which are host to numerous small mammals, including Bonnet Macaque, colonies of Flying Fox and common small mammals like Common Palm Civet and Indian Gray Mongoose and the monitor lizard. Ranganathittu has the largest freshwater crocodile population in Karnataka and the Marsh Crocodile is also a common inhabitant of the riverine reed beds.

Best Time to Visit – September, May June and November

How to Reach?

It is located near Brindavan Gardens, Mandya and it is located 19km away from Mysore. You can hire a taxi or bus to reach the sanctuary.

Best Things to Do –

  • Boating
  • Birdwatching
  • Photography
  • Sightseeing

Best Places to Visit –

  • Devaraja Market
  • Mysore Palace
  • Melkote
  • Gumbaz Burial Chamber
  • Venugopala Swamy Temple
  • Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens
  • Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple

   

Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu

Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary

Probably one of the smallest bird sanctuaries in India, the Vedanthangal bird sanctuary is situated in Kancheepuram district in Tamil Nadu. The sanctuary is believed to have about 40000 birds out of which 26 species are rare. Although birds are the major attraction here, one can’t ignore the beauty of the landscape of Vedanthangal as well. Some easily found bird species here include Cormorants, Pintails, Pond Heron, Sandpiper, Darter, Grebes, Large Egret, Little Egrets, Moorhen, Night Herons, Paddy Bird, Painted Stork, Shovellers, Terns, White Ibis and many more. The migratory birds include Gray Pelican Australia, Gray Heron Bangladesh, Open-billed Stork Bangladesh, Glossy Ibis Sri Lanka, Garganey Teals Canada, Snake Bird Sri Lanka, Painted Stork Siberia, Spoonbill Burma and the Spot Bill Duck.

Best Time to Visit – November and March

How to Reach?

From Chennai it will take an hour and half to reach Vedanthangal Bird sanctuary. Regular Buses are also available from Chennai, Tambaram and Chengalpattu.

Best Things to do – You can explore Mahabalipuram and Karikili Bird Sanctuary along with Bird Watching at Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary.

Best Places to Visit –

  • Dutch Fort
  • Kailashnath Temple
  • Mahishasuramardini Cave
  • Ekambareswarar Temple
  • Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham
  • Karikili BirdSanctuary

Best Places to Stay – Forest Rest House at Vedanthangal. Do your booking in advance.

Mayani Bird Sanctuary, Maharashtra

Mayani Bird Sanctuary

This sanctuary is situated near Vaduj, in Maharashtra, and is known for its dense population of flora and fauna. Mayani Bird Sanctuary is located near an old dam that was constructed during British rule. About 400 types of migratory birds are believed to have been sighted here in the sanctuary with the common ones being Flamingo, Coot, Brahminy Ducks, Black Ibis, Painted storks and Common Spoonbills.

Best Time to Visit – November to January

How to Reach?

You will get buses from Satara to reach Mayani Bird Sanctuary. Mumbai International Airport is the nearest airport to reach Mayani Bird Sanctuary.

Best Things to Do –Birdwatching, photography and Nature walks

Best Places to Visit –

  • Kaas Pathar
  • Koyna Dam and Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Panhala
  • Sajjangarh Fort
  • Pandharpur

Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary, Kerala

Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary

Mangalavanam is an ecologically sensitive bird sanctuary and is situated in the center of Kochi in Kerala. It is also known as ‘Green lung of Kochi’.  It is a major nesting ground for migratory birds in Kerala and therefore has caught the eyes of many ornithologists. It is amongst the best birding tourism destinations in India and has about 72 species of birds. There are also 17 species of butterflies and 51 species of spiders that can be found here. Indian flying-fox, painted bat, three-striped palm squirrel/dusky palm squirrel, house rat/black rat, bandicota, and Eurasian otter are some of the common animals that can be spotted here. Also, mangrove forests of various varieties and refreshing vibes will blow your heart away.

Best Time to Visit – January to March

How to Reach?

From Cochin, you will get buses, trains and taxis to reach Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary.

Best Things to Do –

  • Visit to Mangrove Forests
  • Bird Watching
  • Nature and Wildlife photography
  • Climb the watchtower for marvelous views
  • Tour of cochin Backwaters

Best Places to Visit –

  • Mattancherry Palace
  • Cherai Beach
  • St Francis Church
  • Ernakulam Shiva Temple
  • Fort Kochi
  • Thrikkakara Temple
  • Pallipuram Fort
  • Mahatma Gandhi Beach
  • Vypin Lighthouse

Best Places to Stay –

  • Podamadan Homestay
  • Mart View
  • North Grande
  • Senate by Nextel Group
  • Hotel Imperial Regency
  • Springfield Billets

Pathiramanal Bird Sanctuary, Kerala

Pathiramanal Bird Sanctuary

Pathiramanal is a small island that has been recognized as a bird sanctuary in the Alappuzha district in Kerala. This sanctuary is the best destination for migratory bird watching in India as it is a home to about 50 species of migratory and 91 species of indigenous birds. One can see Pintail Ducks, Common Teal, Night Heron, Cormorant, Darter, Indian Shag, Purple Heron, gulls, Stork-billed Kingfisher, terns, Cattle Egret, Indian Pond Heron, Little Egret, Pheasant-tailed and Bronze-winged Jacanas, large egrets, Intermediate Egret, Watercock, Whistling Duck, Cotton Pygmy-Goose, Little Cormorant and Whiskered Tern here. The island can be accessed through a ferry that one can take from Alappuzha town.

Best Time to Visit – March to June

How to Reach?

It is located 13 km away from Alleppey and it can only be accessible by a motor boat ride from Alleppey. Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport to reach Alleppey.

Best Places to See-

  • Kumarakom bird sanctuary
  • Marari beach
  • Bay island driftwood museum
  • Thanneermukkom bund
  • St Andrew Basilica Church

Best Things to Do

  • Bird Watching
  • Photography
  • Backwater cruise
  • Picnic

Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Kerala

Thattekad Bird Sanctuary

Reckoned to be one of the richest bird sanctuaries in Kerala, Thattekad bird sanctuary is one of the famous places for birdwatching in India. The sanctuary is spread across 25 sq km of area and is home to a large number of both forest birds as well as the water birds. In this evergreen lowland forest birds like Indian Pitta, Orange-headed Thrush, Large-billed Leaf-warbler, Jerdon’s Nightjar, Indian Cuckoo, Oriental Darter, Cormorants, Whiskered Terns, Collared Scops Owl, Ceylon Frogmouth, Pompadour Green Pigeon and Yellow-browed Bulbuls are common sights.

Best Time to Visit – October to March

How to Reach?

Kochi is the nearest city to reach Thattekad Bird Sanctuary. Aluva (47km) is the nearest railway station which is well connected to other cities.

Best Places to See-

  • Nadukani
  • Bhoothathankettu
  • Malayattoor
  • Kodanad
  • Kalady
  • Wellington Island
  • Bolgatty
  • Mattancherry

Best Things to Do

  • Kayaking
  • Bird Watching
  • Visit Bhoothathankettu Dam

Best Places to Stay

  • Athirapally Resort
  • Casario Resorts
  • Rainforest Resort
  • Elephant Pass Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat

Atapaka Bird Sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh

Atapaka Bird Sanctuary

Home to the Pelicans, Atapaka bird sanctuary is located in Ramsar site in Andhra Pradesh. The sanctuary sprawls over 673 sq. km area and includes the marsh lands near the Kolleru Lake. According to an estimate there are about 200000 birds in the Atapaka and the major attractions here include Asian Openbill, Painted Storks, Glossy Ibises, Black-headed Ibises, teals, Northern Pintails, Northern Shovelers, Red-crested Pochards, Black-winged Stilts, Pied Avocets, Common Redshanks and cormorants. Atapaka also attracts migratory birds from Australia, Siberia, Egypt and the Philippines.

Best Time to Visit – October to March

How to Reach?

It is located near Kolleru lake. Vijayawada Airport is the nearest airport to Atapaka Bird Sanctuary.

Best Places to See

  • Kolleru Lake
  • Perupalem Beach
  • Balayogi Science Park
  • Dwaraka Tirumala

Best Things to Do

  • Boating
  • Birdwatching
  • Photography
  • Sightseeing

Best Places to Stay

  • Haritha Lake Resort
  • Siddhartha Residency Hotel
  • Eco Tourism resort

Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh

Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary

Known as one of the largest habitats for pelicans in Southeast Asia, the Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary is situated in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. This bird sanctuary is the breeding ground of many species that are considered endangered. Some of the commonly found species here are Spotted Billed Pelican, Spoonbill, White Ibis, Night Heron, Open Billed Stork, Painted Stork, little Cormorant and Spoonbill. There is also an environmental education center, a museum and a library that set it apart from other bird sanctuaries in India. It is also very popular for its seasonal festival – Flamingo Festival.

Best Time to Visit – October to February

How to Reach?

Located at Nelapattu Village, you can easily reach Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary from Chennai. The nearest railway station is Sullurpet.

Best Places to See

  • Ramalingeshwara Temple
  • Pattu Ru
  • Ranganatha Temple
  • Mypadu Beach
  • Bara Shaheed Dargah

Best Things to Do

  • Birdwatching
  • Nature photography
  • Sightseeing

Best Places to Stay

  • Hotel Royal Park
  • Inn the Center
  • Kings Court Guest Inn
  • Space Villa

Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu

Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary

Situated in Thiruvallur district in TamilNadu, Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary is the second largest brackish-water ecosystem after the famous Chilka Lake. Pulicat makes for the best bird watching and photography tours in India as it has an incredible landscape and plethora of birds and aquatic animals. There are about 100 bird species, 160 species of fish, 25 species of polychaete worms, 12 species of prawn and 19 species of mollusk that can be found in and around Pulicat Lake. Amongst the many birds that can be spotted here, Greater Flamingo birds are most noteworthy. It is one of the top birdwatching visiting places in India.

Best Time to Visit – October to March

How to Reach?

From Andhra Pradesh Sullurpeta and from Tamil Nadu Ponneri is the nearest place to reach Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary.

Best Things to Do

  • Birdwatching
  • Flamingo Festival at Nalla Pattu Bird Sanctuary
  • Boating

Best Places to Stay

You can book a budget accommodation at Tada Town in Andhra Pradesh and Chennai also offers best accommodation options for a relaxing stay.

Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh

Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuary

Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuary is situated near Guntur City. It is home to around 40 species of migratory birds from Siberia including pelicans and white ibis. Painted Storks, Spotted Pelicans and other birds migrate from countries like Australia and Siberia, to the sanctuary in the winter season. The bird population in the tanks in Uppalapadu and around the bird sanctuary are between 7000 and 12000.

Best Time to Visit – October to March

How to Reach?

Vijayawada is the nearest airport to reach Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuary.

Best Places to See

  • Kakani Malleswara Swamy Temple
  • Chebrole
  • Mahachaitya
  • Undavalli Caves
  • Mangalagiri
  • Amravati

Best Things to Do

  • View from the watch tower
  • Birdwatching
  • Photography
  • Picnic

Best Places to Stay

  • Amaravathi Hotel
  • V Royal Park
  • Hotel Geetha Regency
  • Ostin Viceroy Grand
  • Iroomz Hotel Nandini Lodge

Attiveri Bird Sanctuary, Karnataka

Attiveri Bird Sanctuary

A small bird sanctuary in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, Attiveri Bird Sanctuary was formed as a result of the construction of a dam on Tayawwanahalla in the village of Attiveri. The area of the sanctuary has riverine and deciduous forests in the surrounding area. There are around 79 species of birds, which includes migratory birds from 22 countries. Also, there are about 50 species of aquatic birds while the other birds are arboreal and terrestrial in nature.

Best Time to Visit – November to March

How to Reach?

Hubli is the nearest airport and Hubli Railway station is the nearest railhead to reach Attiveri Bird Sanctuary.

Best Places to See

  • Dandeli
  • Unchalli Falls
  • Banavasi
  • Anshi National Park

Best Things to Do – Bird Watching and Photography

Best Places to Stay

  • Lords Eco Inn Belagavi
  • Hotel Adarsha Palace
  • UK 27, the Fern Belagavi
  • Pooja Residency

Bonal Bird Sanctuary, Karnataka

Bonal Bird Sanctuary

Reckoned to be the second largest bird sanctuary in the state of Karnataka, Bonal Bird Sanctuary is home to about 21 species of birds. This bird sanctuary is located close to Bonal village in Shorapurtaluk, Yadgir region in Karnataka. The purple heron, white-necked stork, white ibis, dark ibis, brahminy duck, and bar-headed goose are some of the common birds sighted in this bird sanctuary. So, if you are planning for Birding in India, you must visit this place.

Best Time to Visit – June to November

How to Reach?

Kalaburagi is the closest airport and Raichur is the nearest railway station to reach Bonal Bird Sanctuary.

Best Places to See

  • Yadagiri Fort
  • Sleeping Buddha
  • Basava Sagara
  • Kavala Caves

Prominent Birds – Purple heron, white-necked stork, white ibis, black ibis, brahminy duck, bar-headed goose, Indian shag, snake bird, purple moorhen, Indian moorhen, large egret, pond heron, and cattle egret.

Best Things to Do – Birdwatching, photography and nature walks

Best Places to Stay

Shorapur is just 11km away from Bonal and you will get good accommodation options for a comfortable stay.

Gudavi Bird Sanctuary, Karnataka

Gudavi Bird Sanctuary

Gudavi Bird Sanctuary is located in the midst of a dense forest in Gudavi in Sorab taluk of Shimoga district. It is one of the most popular bird watching destinations in India. The Bird Sanctuary is surrounded by moist deciduous forest and is spread over an area of 0.73 sq. km and offers a number of exquisite bird species. Various birds migrate to Gudavi between the months of June and December for breeding. There is a natural lake that shelters the birds, which mainly include White Pebis, Stone Bill, Egret, Cormorant, Snake bird and Heron.

Best Time to Visit – June to December

How to Reach?

Hubli Airport is the nearest airport and Shimoga Railway Station is the nearest railway station to reach Gudavi Bird Sanctuary.

Best Places to See-

  • Jog Falls
  • Keladi Falls
  • Murudeshwara
  • Kollur
  • Shimoga Zoo
  • Agumbe

Best Things to Do

  • Enjoy Shimoga Zoo Safari
  • Birdwatching
  • Photography
  • Trekking
  • Camping
  • Kayaking

Best Places to Stay

  • Ibbani Homestay
  • Kamanabillu Homestay
  • Vanavaasika Homestay

Kaggaladu Bird Sanctuary, Karnataka

Kaggaladu Bird Sanctuary

The second largest home of the Painted Stork in Karnataka, Kaggaladu Bird Sanctuary is a must visit destination for bird watchers. One can see beautiful birds nesting all through the peak season that starts in February and runs through till August. Kaggaladu is a village in the Sira Taluk of Tumkur District, and is located around 130 km from Bangalore. Other than Stork, Blackbuck and the Gray Pelican can be commonly seen here.

Best Time to Visit – February to August

How to Reach?

Bengaluru international Airport is the nearest airport and Gubbi railway station is the nearest railway station to reach Kaggaladu Bird Sanctuary.

Best Places to See-

  • Madhugiri Betta
  • Vani Vilasa Sagara
  • Jayamangali Blackbuck Reserve
  • Devarayanadurga Hill
  • Jogimatti Forest and Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Chitradurga Fort
  • Seebe Village
  • Kallambella Wetland

Best Things to Do –

  • Sightseeing
  • Picnic
  • nature walks
  • Birdwatching
  • photography

Best Places to Stay

  • Hotel Shri Nanjundeswara
  • Sri Vigneshwara Comfort
  • Aralaguppe Hotel
  • Kalleshwara Temple Hotel
  • Dwarka Hotel
  • Hotel Surya
  • Prabhu Inn

Magadi Bird Sanctuary, Karnataka

Magadi Bird Sanctuary

Established on the Magadi Tank, which is located 26 km from Gadag in Karnataka, Magadi Tank sprawls over an area of 134 acre and has 900 hectare of catchment area. This sanctuary is known for the Bar Headed Goose, which is a migratory bird that feeds on crops instead of amphibians. There are more than 134 species of birds that can be seen in this sanctuary. Some of the bird species spotted at this sanctuary are Oriental Ibis, Comb Duck, Purple Heron, Gray Heron, and Greater Flamingo. White Breasted Water Hen, Black winged stilt, painted stork, Wooly necked stork, Ruddy Shed Duck or Brahminy Duck and Eurasian Spoonbill can be seen at this sanctuary.

Best Time to Visit – November to March

How to Reach?

Bangalore Airport is the nearest airport and Gadag is the nearest railhead to reach Magadi Bird Sanctuary.

Best Things to Do

  • Nature walks
  • Birdwatching
  • Photography
  • Village Tour

Best Places to See

  • Sri Someshwara Temple
  • Village around Magadi
  • Hydroelectric Power Station

Best Places to Stay – You will find the best accommodation options at Lakshmeshwar Shirahatti and Gadag.

Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary, Karnataka

Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary

Mandagadde is situated near Shimoga town and is one of the best places to go birdwatching in India. This sanctuary is surrounded by a dense forest and the gurgling River Tunga forms an island that is a habitat for migratory birds like the median egret, the cormorant, Pied Kingfisher, Wooly Necked Stork, Night Herons, Open-billed storks the darter. In the month of August one can be greeted by as many as 5000 birds in the Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary. One can also enjoy trekking in the sanctuary as well.

Best Time to Visit – July to October

How to Reach?

The closest railway station is at Shimoga and the closest airport is at Mangalore. KSRTC and private buses are also available to reach here.

Best Things to Do

  • Birdwatching
  • Trekking
  • Boating

Best Places to See –

  • Gajanur Dam
  • Sakrebailu Elephant Camp

Best Places to Stay

  • Royal Orchid Central
  • Green View Clarks inn
  • Blue Crystal Lodge
  • Akash Inn
  • MG Palace
  • Vamoose Barekal

Chitrangudi Bird Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu

Chitrangudi Bird Sanctuary

This bird sanctuary is in Chitrangudi village, Ramanathapuram District, Tamil Nadu. Spread over an area of about 4673 sq km, Chitrangudi is the nesting site for several migratory Heron species that roost in the prominent Babul trees here. Birds like Spot-billed Pelican, Asian Openbill Stork, Gray Heron, Purple Heron, Pond Heron, Little Egret and Great Egret can be seen here. You will also witness beautiful Babul trees, tamarind trees, fig trees, neem trees and drumsticks etc.

Best Time to Visit – October to February

How to Reach?

The best way to reach Chitrangudi Bird Sanctuary is by road. It has very good road connectivity.  Mudukalathur, Sayalkudi, Ramanathapuram, Madurai You can easily reach this place. The nearest airport is at Paramakudi.

Best Things to Do

  • Nature walks
  • Photography
  • Birdwatching

Best Places to See

  • Chitrangudi Village Tour
  • Kanjirankulam bird Sanctuary

Best Places to Stay

  • Kushi Beach Resort
  • Kalaimagal Residency
  • SSK Green palace
  • Golden Residency
  • Abirami Residency

Kanjirankulam Bird Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu

Kanjirankulam Bird Sanctuary

Adjacent to the Chitrangudi Bird Sanctuary, Kanjirankulam is yet another important bird sanctuary in South India. Kanjirankulam is situated in Mudukulathur Ramanathapuram District and is a natural habitat for winter migratory birds. It provides a safe place for roosting, breeding and feeding for the birds and thus offers the bird watchers a variety that can be found nowhere. Some of the most commonly sighted birds in the sanctuary are Gray Heron, Open billed stork, Painted Stork, Spoonbill, Gray pelicans, Block ibis, White ibis, Dabchick, Night heron, Cattle egret, Indian darter, Little egret and Pond heron.

Best Time to Visit – November to February

How to Reach?

Kanjirankulam Bird Sanctuary can be easily reached via Mudukulathur and Madurai.

Flora- Tropical Dry Deciduous Type

Best Things to Do –

  • Picnic
  • Nature walks
  • Photography
  • Birdwatching

Best Places to See

  • Chitrangudi Bird Sanctuary
  • Devipattinam
  • Uthirakosamangai

Best Places to Stay – You will get good accommodation options at Paramakudi and Tirupathur.

Koonthankulam Bird Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu

Koonthankulam Bird Sanctuary

Koonthankulam Birds Sanctuary is an exceptionally protected sanctuary actively protected by the Koonthankulam village community. This is the largest breeding water bird reserve in south India and it attracts more than one lakh birds annually. The sanctuary is located 35 kms away from Tirunelveli and has significance for the local people who take keen interest in protecting this sanctuary and live together in a total symbiotic relationship. It is believed that the villagers and the birds coming to their backyards for five generations are protected vehemently by villagers collecting the excreta of birds in summer along with silt to use as fertilizer in their fields. Koonthankulam is a perfect place to learn how to stay in peace with nature and birdwatching holidays in India.

Best Time to Visit- January to February

How to Reach?

From Nanguneri Taluk in Tirunelveli district, Koonthankulam Bird Sanctuary is only 38km away.

Best Things to Do – Birdwatching and Photography

Best Places to See – Nellaiappar temple, Thamirabarani River and Papanasam.

Best Places to Stay

  • Hotel Singaar International
  • Isola di Cocco
  • The Gopinivas Grand Hotel
  • Hotel tri sea
  • Poovar Island Resort
  • The Seashore Hotel
  • Hotel Chitra Park

Suchindram Theroor Birds Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu

Suchindram Theroor Birds Sanctuary

The Suchindram Theroor Birds Sanctuary is situated in Kanyakumari district in Tamil Nadu. It is one of the best places for exploring top Bird Sanctuaries in India. It comprises two wetlands namely, Suchindram Kulam wetlands and Theroor Kulam wetlands. The Suchindram pond is rich in flora and fauna and is home to migratory water birds like Painted Stork and Spot Billed Pelicans. Other birds that one can spot in Suchindram Theroor Bird Sanctuary are cattle egrets, great cormorants, darters, purple swamphen, and bronze-winged Jacanas. Resident raptors include pied kingfisher, brahminy kite and marsh harrier. Other water birds are dabchick, gray heron, Garganey, purple heron, cinnamon Bittern, open bill stork, cotton pygmy goose, whiskered tern and little tern, black-winged stilt, greenshank, little ringed plover and the common sandpiper.

Best Time to Visit – October to April

How to Reach?

Suchindram Theroor Birds Sanctuary is accessible via NH44. Kodai Road is the nearest railway station and Madurai Airport is the nearest airport to reach here.

Best Places to See

  • Pazhayar and Parakkai Lake
  • Thanumalayan Temple
  • Nagaraja Temple
  • Putheri Lake
  • Azad Park
  • Sanguthurai Beach

Best Things to Do

  • Birdwatching
  • Sightseeing
  • Photography

Best Places to Stay

  • Ferdin cottage
  • Indien Hermitage
  • Sparsa
  • Sunshine Villas
  • Hotel Temple City

Udayamarthandapuram Bird Sanctuary

Udayamarthandapuram Bird Sanctuary

Udayamarthandapuram Bird Sanctuary is an exciting place and is spread over an area of 45 sq kms. The bird sanctuary is situated in Tiruvarur District in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is believed that the population of the birds increases to 10,000 in winters. The sanctuary is a home to a large species of birds especially the migratory one such as white-necked stork, gray-heron, white-ibis, coot, night heron, purple-heron, spoonbill, darter, Indian reef heron and little cormorant. For migratory bird watching experience, this is one of the best places to explore in India.

Best Time to Visit – November to March

How to Reach?

The nearest airport is at Thanjavur and the nearest railhead is at Thiruthuraipoondi to reach here.

Best Places to See

  • Muthupet Lagoon
  • Muthupet Dargah
  • Ayyanar Temple
  • Saraswati Temple

Best Things to Do

  • Muthupet Mangroves Boating
  • Visit Muthupet Mangroves Island
  • Birdwatching
  • Photography
  • Birdwatching
  • Photography

Best Places to Stay – Thiruvarur will offer comfortable and budget stay options and private lodges of Muthupet are also good for comfortable stay.

Note- Take permission from the forest range officer to reach Udayamarthandapuram Bird Sanctuary.

Vaduvoor Bird Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu

Vaduvoor Bird Sanctuary

Vaduvoor Bird Sanctuary is situated 25 kms from Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu. The sanctuary is home to several types of birds and is located near a large irrigation tank that receives water from Mettur dam. There are about more than 40 species of water birds like Ibis, Painted Stork, Grey Pelican, Pintail, Cormorant, Teals and Herons that call Vaduvoor their home. It is reckoned that about 20000 birds during the month of November migrate to Vadavoor from different countries of the world. So, don’t wait and plan a trip to this top birding destination in South India.

Best Time to Visit – November and December

How to Reach?

You can reach Vaduvoor Bird Sanctuary via NH44. Tiruchirapalli International Airport is the nearest airport and Mannargudi railway station is the nearest railhead to reach here.

Best Things to Do

  • Photography
  • Nature sightseeing
  • Birdwatching

Best Places to Stay

Mannargudi has a plethora of good accommodation options for a comfortable stay.

Vellode Birds Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu

Vellode Sanctuary sprawls over an area of 77.1 hectares, and is situated in Vadamugam Vellode village, Erode district in Tamil Nadu. The sanctuary is host to several migratory birds as well as fishes and other aquatic animals. Some commonly found bird species include cormorants, teals, pintail ducks, Pelicans and Darters. Various beautiful trees like neem trees, Palmyra trees and eucalyptus trees will also captivate your soul.

Best Time to Visit – November to March

How to Reach?

It is located 15km away from Erode. Coimbatore Airport is the nearest airport to reach here.

Best Places to See

  • Thindal Murugan Temple
  • CSI brough MemorialChurch
  • Arudra Kapaleeswarar Temple
  • Bhavanisagar Dam
  • Bannari Amman Temple
  • Murugan Temples

Best Things to Do – Photography, Sightseeing and Birdwatching

Best Places to Stay

  • P.R.M Aruna Lodge
  • Hotel Aishwaryaa
  • Hotel Atrium
  • Shree Residency
  • Westland Hotel

Vettangudi Bird Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu

Vettangudi Bird Sanctuary

The Vettangudi Bird sanctuary is situated in Sivaganga District in Tamil Nadu and is at a short distance from Madurai (51kms). It includes Periya Kollukudi Patti, Chinna Kollukudi Patti and Vettangudi Patti tanks and is spread over an area of 38.4 ha. The bird sanctuary is rich in flora and fauna and has several natural breeding habitats for winter migratory birds; it is in fact amongst the best bird watching destinations in South India. Open billed stork, White ibis, Grey herons, Asian Openbill Stork, Night herons, Darters and Spoon bills are the common migratory birds seen here in the winter season. It is also believed that during the peak migrating season 8,000 winter migratory birds belonging to 217 species can be spotted here. The sanctuary is also the habitat for indigenous endangered species such as Painted Stork, Little Cormorant, Little Egret, Intermediate Egret, Cattle Egret, Common Teal, Spotbills, pintail, and flamingos.

Best Time to Visit – November to February

How to Reach?

Madurai airport is the nearest airport and Karaikudi is the nearest railway station to reach Vettangudi Bird Sanctuary.

Best Places to See: Vettangudi, Periya Kallukudi and China Kallukudi villages.

Best Things to Do – Birdwatching and Photography

Best Places to Stay – Karaikudi, Madurai and Tirupattur are the best places for good accommodation on a budget.

Najafgarh Drain Bird Sanctuary, Delhi

Najafgarh Drain Bird Sanctuary

Najafgarh drain bird sanctuary and wetland ecosystem is a wide drain. This area is a very significant habitat for migratory water birds along with important wildlife habitat. The Najafgarh drain is another name for the River Sahibi, which is famous for its wetland ecosystem, water birds and wildlife. Black Kite, Red-wattled Lapwing, Cattle Egret, Golden Eagle, pigeons, koel bird, Myna Bird, Tailor Bird, Warbler, are some of the most exotic bird species found here.

Best Time to Visit – November to March

How to Reach?

Indira Gandhi International airport is the nearest airport and Dwarka sector 21 is the nearest metro station to reach here.

Best Places to See – Delhi is the capital of India. You can enjoy the Delhi sightseeing tour by visiting the most beautiful historical places and monuments.

Best Things to Do

  • Picnics
  • Birdwatching
  • Photography
  • Delhi Sightseeing Tour

Best Places to Stay

  • The Leela Palace New Delhi
  • hotel sehej continental
  • The Lodhi Hotel
  • Radisson Blu Kaushambi Delhi NCR
  • Seven Seas Hotel

Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary, Uttar Pradesh

Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary

Nawabganj is one of the major bird sanctuaries in Uttar Pradesh. It is a small bird sanctuary that is spread over an area of about 3 sq. km between Lucknow and Kanpur. The sanctuary attracts hundreds of migratory bird species during winters and is amongst the best birding destinations in north India. It is mainly the area around a lake that creates a perfect place for the migratory and water birds. This picturesque sanctuary is an ideal place for family picnics and photographers. Some of the major migratory birds visiting here are Greylag Goose, Pintail, Cotton teal, and Red Crested pochard, Gadwall, Shoveller, Coot and Mallard. Some major local migratory and residential birds are Spotbill, Sarus crane, Painted Stork, Peacock, White Ibis, Dabchick, whistling teal, Open billed stork, White necked stork, Pheasant tailed jacana, Bronze winged Jacana, Purple moorhen, Lapwing, Tern vulture, Pigeon, King crow, Indian roller and Bee eater.

Best Time to Visit – November to March

How to Reach?

Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary is accessible via NH25. Kanpur airport is the nearest airport and Unnao Junction Railway Station is the nearest railhead to reach here.

Best Places to See

  • Deer Park
  • Bird Interpretation Center
  • Reptile Enclosure
  • Lucknow
  • Agra

Best Things to Do

  • Nature photography
  • Birdwatching
  • Sightseeing

Best Places to Stay

  • Treebo Trend Allsian International
  • Lemon Tree Hotel
  • Hotel Crossroad
  • Hotel Mangalam Palace

Patna Bird Sanctuary, Uttar Pradesh

Patna Bird Sanctuary

The Patna Bird Sanctuary is located in Etah district of Uttar Pradesh. It is spread across an area of 108 hectare and reportedly has about 300 different species of birds. For a long time, it has been a favorite breeding center for a sizable population of migratory birds, which makes it the best destination for migratory bird watching experience in India.  There is even an old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva here that attracts thousands of pilgrims.

Little Gerbs, Cormorants, Sarus Crane, Darter, Gray Heron, Purple Heron, Paddy Bird, Cattle Egrets, Large Egrets, Smaller Egrets, Little Egrets, Night Heron, Indian Reef Heron, Black necked Stork, white Ibis, SpoonBill, Graying Goose, Bar headed Goose, Lesser Whistling Teal, Ruddy Shelduck, Pintail, Common Teal, Spot Billed Duck, Gadwall, Wigeon, Shoveler and Comb Duck are some commonly spotted birds here.

Best Time to Visit – October to March

<>How to Reach?

Kheria Airport in Agra is the nearest Airport and Jalesar Railway Station is the nearest railhead to reach here.

Best Places to See

  • Agra Fort
  • Taj Mahal
  • Aligarh Fort
  • Banke Bihari Temple
  • Shri Radha Raman Ji Temple
  • Etah

Best things to Do

  • Agar City Tour
  • Nature walks
  • Birdwatching
  • Photography

Best Places to Stay

  • Hotel Palm Galaxy
  • Hotel Parador
  • Goroomgo Nature Resort Agra
  • Hotel Madhushrie

Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary, Gujarat

Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary

Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary is a paradise for birds and is home to 300 varieties of migratory birds. The sanctuary is located in Jamnagar, Gujarat and is widely known for its unique habitat of freshwater lakes, salt and freshwater marshlands and coral reef which also makes it one of the best birdwatching holiday destinations in India.  Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary is spread over 6 sq. km of area but bears a splendid diversity of habitats and ecosystems, which include marine habitat, freshwater habitat, marshy lands, mangroves, prosopis areas, salt pans, open mudflats, intertidal mudflats, creeks, scrubs sandy beaches and adjoining farmlands.

Best Time to Visit – October to March

How to Reach?

Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary is accessible via NH48. Jamnagar’s Govardhanpur Airport is the nearest airport and Jamnagar’s railway station is the nearest railhead to reach here.

Best Places to See

  • Narara Marine National Park
  • Lakhota Talav
  • Bala Hanuman Temple
  • Dwarkadhish Temple
  • Rozi Port
  • Aradhana Dham
  • Balachadi Beach

Best Things to Do

  • Birdwatching
  • Sightseeing
  • Photography

Best Places to Stay

  • Anaya Beacon Hotel
  • Sayaji Jamnagar
  • The Fern Residency
  • Hotel Fortune Palace
  • Svasti Inn Jamnagar
  • Eco Inn Hotel by Lime Tree

Porbandar Bird Sanctuary, Gujarat

Porbandar Bird Sanctuary

It is probably one of the smallest bird sanctuaries in India. The bird sanctuary is situated in the heart of Porbandar and protects many avifauna and migratory birds. The lake in the sanctuary serves as a home to the migratory birds like teals, fowls, flamingos, ibis and curlews. In total there are about 150 species of birds that can be found in Porbandar Bird Sanctuary. This is the only bird sanctuary which helps in the conservation of various exotic varieties of bird species.

Best Time to Visit – October to March

How to Reach?

It is located at Chhaya Road in Porbandar. Porbandar Railway station is the nearest railhead and Porbandar airport is the nearest airport to reach here.

Best Places to See-

  • Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
  • Sudama Temple
  • Kirti Mandir
  • Huzoor Palace
  • Jambuvan Cave
  • Shri Hari Mandir Temple

Best Things to Do – Birdwatching and Birding Photography

Best Places to Stay

  • Hotel Balaji Palace
  • The Fern Leo Beach Resort
  • Hotel Kuber
  • Kailash Guest House

Chintamoni Kar Bird Sanctuary, Kolkata

Chintamoni Kar Bird Sanctuary

Chintamoni Kar Bird Sanctuary is situated in south Kolkata and is famous for the availability of a wide variety of birds, butterflies, ferns and orchids. Chintamoni Kar is the safe shelter for bird species like Common Hawk Cuckoo, Streak-throated Woodpecker, Emerald Dove, Crested Serpent Eagle, White-throated Fantail and Large-tailed Nightjar. Apart from being the best birding destinations in North East India, it is also home to wild animals like Civet Cat, Jungle Cat, Jackal and Monitor Lizard.

Best Time to Visit – September to April

How to Reach?

Chintamoni Kar Bird Sanctuary is accessible via NH19. You can take a direct bus from Howrah to reach here. Sonarpur rail station is the closest railway station if you want to go by train.

Best Places to See

  • Tripura Sundari Devi Temple
  • Ramkrishna Mission
  • Floating Market Patuli Kolkata
  • Jora Shiva Temple
  • Chintamoni Kar Sculpture Museum

Best Things to Do

  • Wildlife Exploration
  • Butterfly and Birdwatching
  • Nature photography

Best Places to Stay –

  • Hotel Coco Inn
  • Royal guest House
  • Southern Plaza
  • Metropole

Jayakwadi Bird Sanctuary, Maharashtra

Jayakwadi Bird Sanctuary

Situated in Aurangabad and Ahmednagar district in Marathwada region, Jayakwadi bird sanctuary is rich in aquatic life. The Nathsagar Lake, situated in the sanctuary is host to aquatic vegetation such as Spirogyra, Hydrilla, Chara, Potamogeton, Vallisneria etc. Argemone Maxicana and Ipomea Fistulosa are found in the adjoining area. There are about 200 species of resident and migrant birds; out of these, 45 species are that of migratory birds. Cranes, Flamingos, Pintails, Wigeon, Shoveller, Brahminy Duck, Pochards, Teals, God Wit, Shauces, Glossy Ibis are some notable birds here. For birding photography, it is one of the top birding destinations in India.

Best Time to Visit – October to March

How to Reach?

You can easily reach Jayakwadi Bird Sanctuary via Mumbai- Agra National Highway.

Best Places to See

  • Paithan Village
  • Aurangabad Caves
  • Himayat Bagh
  • Ajanta and Ellora
  • Grishneshwar Temple
  • Kailash Temple

Best Things to Do

  • Photography
  • Birdwatching

Best Places to Stay

Paithan and Aurangabad will offer best accommodation options that will be on budget and provide all the comforts and basic facilities to the tourists.

Nandurmadhmeshwar Bird Sanctuary, Maharashtra

Nandurmadhmeshwar Bird Sanctuary

The Nandur Madhmeshwar sanctuary is situated on the confluence of River Godavari and River Kadwa in the state of Maharashtra. It is one of the most popular bird sanctuaries in India. The sanctuary is spread over an area of about 1765 ha of land and is a remarkable place for the winged creatures. About 220 species of birds can be found here along with 400 species of plants and 24 species of fish. Also, the sanctuary is the temporary shelter for about 80 species of migratory birds. Black Ibis, Spot Bills, Teals, Little Grabe, Cormorants, Egrets, Herons, Stork, Kites, Vultures, Buzzards and Harriers are some of common avifauna seen here. Whereas, White Stork, Glossy Ibis, Spoonbills, Flamingo, Goose Brahminy Duck, Pintails, Mallard, Widgeon, Gargenery Shoveller, Pochards, Cranes Shanks and Curlews are some migratory birds that can be sighted here in the peak season.

Best Time to Visit – October to March

How to Reach?

The nearest airport is Aurangabad and the nearest railhead is Niphad to reach Nandur Madhmeshwar Sanctuary. You can also reach by road via Niphad, Sinnar and Nashik.

Best Places to See –

  • Muktidham
  • Tapovan
  • Ramkund
  • Kalaram Temple
  • Pandavleni Caves
  • Trimbakeshwar Temple
  • Sita Gumpha
  • DudhSagar Falls

Best Things to Do

  • Birdwatching
  • Photography
  • Temple Tour

Best Places to Stay – Niphad offers best accommodation options for comfortable and budget stay. Hotel Saiways, Godavari Inn, Panchavati Motels are some of the better stay options here.

Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary, Kerala

Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary

Kadalundi is a community reserve and is located in Malappuram district of Kerala. The sanctuary is spread over a small area of 3kms and is popular for its wide variety of avifauna. It is also home to 60 species of migratory birds that include terns, gulls, herons, sandpipers and cormorants. However, the major attractions of the sanctuary are kingfisher, Malabar hornbills, woodpeckers, darters, plovers and brahminy kites. Other than the birds, one can also spot a variety of fish, mussels and crabs here. The sanctuary also houses several species of snakes such as the cobra, krait and the viper; in addition, turtles can be spotted here as well. So, if you are a bird lover and looking for the best destinations for birding photography, this is a perfect place to be in.

Best Time to Visit- November to April

How to Reach?

Kozhikode railway station is 19km away from Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary and Calicut International airport is the nearest airport to reach Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary.

Best Places to See

  • Kozhikode Beach
  • Kadalundi river
  • Kozhippara Falls
  • Beypore
  • Kakkayam

Best Things to Do

  • Trekking
  • Birdwatching
  • Photography

Best Places to Stay

  • Treebo Trend Casino Hotel
  • The Raviz Calicut
  • Le Candles Resort
  • SAAS Residency
  • The Raviz Kadavu
  • La Mer Inn
  • Malabar Palace

Karnala Bird Sanctuary, Maharashtra

Karnala Bird Sanctuary

Karnala is situated about 60kms from Mumbai between Matheran and Kajrat. It is one of the best destinations for birdwatchers. The sanctuary is small and is spread over 12.11 sq km in Raigad district of Maharashtra. It is home to over 150 species of avifauna and 37 species of migratory birds, out of which three are rare birds and are called Ashy Minivet, Three-toed kingfisher and Malabar Trogon. Karnala is a popular picnic spot and is also a good place for trekking. There are four nature trails in the sanctuary and the most popular one leads to Karnala fort, also called Funnel Hill. Winter is the best time to spot migratory birds like the blue throat, the black headed cuckoo-shrike, the blue-headed rock-thrush, blackbird and the red breasted flycatcher flock.

Best Time to Visit – October to April

How to Reach?

Mumbai – Goa National Highway will lead you to Karnala Bird Sanctuary. The nearest railhead is Panvel if you want to go by train and Mumbai is the nearest Airport to reach Karnala Bird Sanctuary.

Best Places to See

  • Karnala fort
  • Shiva Temple
  • Matheran
  • Elephanta Caves
  • Lonavala

Best Things to Do

  • Shopping
  • Birdwatching
  • Photography
  • Nature walks
  • Picnics
  • Trekking

Best Places to Stay – Panvel will give you better accommodation options when it comes to budget and comfortable stay.

Assan Barrage Bird Sanctuary, Uttarakhand

Assan Barrage Bird Sanctuary

Located on the confluence of Eastern Yamuna Canal and the Assan River, this Bird sanctuary is a best visiting destination for bird lovers in North India. One can see as many as 53 species of birds among which 19 are migrants from Eurasia. Shoveller, Ruddy Shelduck, Mallard, Coot, Cormorant, Egrets, Wagtails, Pond Heron, Brahminy Duck, Common Pochard, Common Teal, Gadwall, Pintail, Red Crested Pochard and Tufted Duck are the common birds that migrate in the winter season here. Apart from bird watching, visitors can also go for a nature walk in the nearby Sal Forest of Timli.

Best Time to Visit- October to April

How to Reach?

Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport to reach Assan Barrage Bird Sanctuary. This sanctuary is on the way to Paonta Sahib at Dehradun.

Best Places to See

  • Asan and Yamuna River
  • Paonta Sahib
  • Dakpathar
  • Paltan Bazaar
  • Robbers Cave
  • Sahastradhara
  • Mall Road

Best Things to Do

  • Rowing
  • Kayaking
  • Motor Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Water Skiing
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Trekking

Best Places to Stay – It’s in Dehradun So, you will get very good accommodation options.

Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary, Hyderabad

Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary

Located in Adilabad district and about 250 kms away from the city of Hyderabad, Kawal Sanctuary is a popular wildlife reserve in India. It is spread over an area of about 893 sq km and is home to many wildlife species like Sambar, Cheetal, Nilgai, Barking Deer, Indian Bison, Sloth Bear, Panther and Tiger. One also has the opportunity to spot birds like Partridge, Quails, Peacocks, Eagles, Kites, Owls, Mynahs, and Kingfishers here along with the large population of migratory birds in the winter season.

Best Time to Visit – June to September

How to Reach?

Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary is 50km away from Mancherial and 260km from Hyderabad. There are three routes to follow if you are going via road – SH1-SH7, AH-43, NH163-SH7.

Best Places to Visit

  • Gayatri Waterfalls
  • Jainath Temple
  • Basar Saraswati Temple
  • Kuntala Waterfalls
  • Kadam Dam
  • Pochera Waterfalls

Best Things to Do

  • Explore wildlife
  • Nature walks
  • Birdwatching
  • Nature Photography

Best Places to Stay

  • Haritha Hotel
  • Jannaram Forest Hotel
  • Forest Guest House

Bird lovers, India can be the perfect ground for you to learn more about birds AND if you are giving it a thought to visit a bird sanctuary in the country, winter can be the best time. Choose from the above given list of sanctuaries and get the best bird watching experience.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How many bird sanctuaries are there in India?

There are 72 Bird Sanctuaries in India according to Bombay Natural History Society.

Which is the most famous bird sanctuary in India?

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Rajasthan is the most famous bird sanctuary in India. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Which are the best destinations for migratory bird watching experience in India?

  • Bharatpur bird Sanctuary
  • Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
  • Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary
  • Thattekkad bird Sanctuary
  • Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
  • Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary
  • Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
  • Patna Bird Sanctuary
  • Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary
  • Assan Barrage Bird Sanctuary

What is the best season in India for bird watching experience?

Winter season is the best season in India for bird watching as India’s beautiful landscapes and rich biodiversity attracts many migratory birds.

Which is the largest bird sanctuary in India?

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is the largest bird sanctuary in India.

Which is the smallest bird sanctuary in India?

Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is the smallest Bird Sanctuary in India.

Published: 22 Feb, 2022 | Last Updated: 24 Feb, 2022

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Nidhi Singh

From the Lake District, Nainital, Nidhi Singh is a travel writer whose love for mountains can be seen in her write ups. Talk about solo travelling, indulging in adventure activities, binging on good food, planning budget trips or the Aurora Borealis and you will get all her attention. It is the wanderlust that keeps her going and if at all she could get one wish granted she would love to live a life less ordinary. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.