Spread over a cluster of islands, the Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary is a virgin land, which houses a large number of beautiful migratory birds and hundreds of native birds and offers a splendid view of the Kadalundi River. This phenomenal destination is surrounded by hillocks where the Kadalundi River meets the Arabian Sea. Nature lovers and wildlife enthusiast, visits this stunning location to spot exotic birds and capture their movements in cameras. The Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary is located in the Malappuram District of the state of Kerala in India and is around 200 meters above sea level.
The Kadalundi River, which flows inside the sanctuary meets the Arabian Sea at a particular point and that point is locally known as Kadalundi Nagaram. The sanctuary is managed by the Gram Panchayat of Kadalundi and Vallikunnu, as appointed by the government to take care of the exotic reserve, which houses so many beautiful birds and water animals. The tourists can take a ride on the boats operated by the Forest Department and experience the endless beauty of the lush green forest and bird population.
Other activities that keep tourists engaged are trekking, photography, boating, etc. The best time to visit this sanctuary is between December and April, as the forest looks its best during winter with surrounding covered in a green blanket of nature. There is no option to stay in the sanctuary, so, the tourists can stay in Kozhikode, which is around 19 km from the sanctuary.
There are over a hundred species of native birds in the sanctuary and close to 60 species of migratory birds, that visits the jungle seasonally. The birds spotted here include terns, gulls, herons, sandpipers, sandplovers, red & greenshanks, turnstones, cormorants, whimbrels, and brahminy kites. The major attractions of the sanctuary are Kingfisher, Malabar Hornbills, Woodpeckers, Darters, etc. These birds flock in large number here, especially in the months between November and April.
Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary is also known for a wide variety of fish, mussels, & crabs, that can be spotted easily during a boat ride in the tranquil water of the Kadalundi River. The river also houses several species of snakes such as the cobra, Krait, and viper, crocodile, and turtles.