Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is also known as the Thattekad Bird Sanctuary.
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary is named after Dr. Salim Ali, fondly referred to the world-renowned Indian ornithologist Dr. Salim Ali. In 1930s, he had described Thattekad as the richest bird habitat in peninsular India, comparable only with the Eastern Himalayan region.
Established in 1983 on the insistence of Dr. Salim Ali, this small sanctuary is an ideal haven for around 500 species of birds. More than 50 species of butterflies have been recorded by Madras Naturalists Society. Also, around 28 varieties of animals and nine varieties of reptiles reside in the sanctuary.
The sanctuary is the catchment area of Bhoothathankett Dam, and the scenic terrain is covered with tropical evergreen and deciduous forests and punctuated with grasslands.
Bird Watching: Thattekad Bird Sanctuary is an ideal place to observe incredibly varied population of birds. Its a paradise for both amateur and experienced bird watchers. Here you will be able to spot a number of native and migratory species, including some of the rare and endangered species.
Flora: Teak, Rosewood, Mahogany, Venteak, Vellapine, Karanjili, Palley, Kunthirikam, Bhadraksham, Kanala, Angili, Kambacom, Kurangatti, Venga and Maruthi, and more.
Fauna: Elephant, Leopard, Bear, Porcupine, Python and Cobra, and more.
Avian-Fauna: Large Falcon, Crow Pheasant, Indian roller, White-breasted Water Hen, Kite, Cuckoo, Jungle Nightjar, Common Snipe, Grey Drongo, Baya Sparrow, Woodpecker, Large Pied Wagtail, Darter, Malabar Trogon, Grey Jungle Fowl, Indian Hill Myna, Jungle Babbler, Robin Bird, Hornbill, and more
Exact Location: Thattekad Bird Sanctuary is located in the Kothamangalam taluk of Ernakulam district on the northern bank of the Periyar River in the state of Kerala.
Area: 25 sq. km
Route: Nearest airport is in Kochi, and the nearest railhead is at Aluva. From Kochi, one can go via Thattekkad and Munnar to reach Periyar. Regular buses connect Kothamangalam with Thattekad Bird Sanctuary.
Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year.
Things to keep in mind
- For those who want to spend some time within the sanctuary and observe birds, there is a tower house with double bed and bath. The tower house has to be booked in advance.