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Bird Sanctuaries in India

Sanctuaries in India, India Bird Sanctuary Tweeting and chirping are a bird watcher's favorite sounds, and in Indian Bird Sanctuaries these sounds reverberate copiously. Owing to its varied topography, climate and long coastline, India provides a home to several species of birds. The nation attracts scores of migratory birds as well.

Out of the 8650 species of birds' known in the world, India boasts of being a home to as many as 1200 species. Popular bird species in Indian bird sanctuaries include Racquet Tailed Drogas, Sun Birds, Kingfishers, Drogas, Tree Pies Jungle Owlets, Minvets, Mynas, Pipits, Larks, Siberia Crane, and more.

Located in the midst of verdant greens, Indian bird sanctuaries support thick forests and a variety of vegetation. Generally these bird sanctuaries surround natural or made-made water bodies such as rivers and lakes.

Among the most distinguished bird sanctuaries in India are - Keoladeo Ghana National Park at Bharatpur in Rajasthan, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary in North Goa, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary in Karnataka, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary in Kerala, Chilka Lake Bird Sanctuary in Orissa, Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary in Gujarat.

Keoladeo Ghana National Park at Bharatpur in Rajasthan

Find here Siberian Cranes, Ruddy Shelducks, Gulls, Northern Shovelers, Northern Pintails, Coots, Garganey, Tufted Ducks and Common Pochard.

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary in North Goa

Find here migratory birds such as Black Faced Cormorants and Storks.

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary in Karnataka

Find here Painted Storks, Asian Openbill Storks, Common Spoonbills, Woolly-Necked Storks, Black-Headed Ibis, White Ibis, Lesser Whistling Ducks, Indian Shags, Stork-Billed Kingfishers, Egrets, Cormorants, Oriental Darter, Herons, Great Stone Plovers, River Terns and Streak-throated Swallows.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary in Kerala

Find here Darters, Egrets, Herons, Siberian Storks, Cranes, Teals, Cuckoos, Water Ducks, Waterfowls, Owl, Parrots, Wood Beetles and Flycatchers.

Chilka Lake Bird Sanctuary in Orissa

Find here White bellied Sea Eagles, Greylag Geese, Purple Moorhens, Jacanas, Herons, Flamingos and more.

Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary in Gujarat

Find here Waterfowls, Rosy Pelicans, Flamingoes, White Storks, Brahminy Ducks, Herons and more.

Be sure to visit bird sanctuaries in India to revel in the wonders of nature and to make your trip complete.

Best Places for Birding in India

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Located 12 kilometers away from Kottayam, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is counted amongst the finest bird sanctuaries in India. It is quite well-known for its avian population and offers a range of bird watching spots.

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

Located around 18 kilometers away from Mysore, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is home to some of the most exotic bird species. It is a group of small islands in the Cauvery River. The sanctuary is not very large but covers an area of 0.67 square kilometers.

Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary

One of the most famous bird sanctuaries in Ahmedabad, Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary holds the power to enchant and mesmerize an ornithologist. It experiences extreme fluctuations in the temperature throughout the year

Assan Barrage

Recently declared as a sanctuary, Asan Barrage is situated in the Dehradun districts. The Asan Reservoir is a small man-made wetland and a paradise for the bird watchers. During winter months, 11 migratory bird species visit here which include Brahminy Duck, Pintail, Gadwall and Mallard among others.

Karnala Bird Sanctuary

The densely forested Karnala Bird Sanctuary is located 120 kilometers away from Pune and 13 kilometers away from Panvel. The latest wildlife census proved that the sanctuary is a refuge for over 140 species of resident and 40 species of migratory birds.

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Located along the western tip of Chorao Island in Goa, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is simply a paradise for ornithologists, nature and bird lovers. The sanctuary was named after the very famous Ornithologist Dr. Salim Ali.

Thattekad Bird Sanctuary

Also known as Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Thattekad Bird Sanctuary is situated at the foot of Western Ghats. In his report on the Avifauna life of the region, he described this place as a richest bird habitat in peninsular region.

Kunthakulam Bird Sanctuary

Located 33 kilometers south from Tirunelveli in Nanguneri Taluk, Kunthakulam Bird Sanctuary is one of the most charming sanctuaries in India. The enamoring greenery, natural beauty and much more of Kunthakulam is really inexplicable.

Khijadia Bird Sanctuary

Located at a distance of 15 kilometers, close to the Jamnagar coast, Khijadia Bird Sanctuary houses a large number of resident and migratory birds in a relatively small area. The bird sanctuary is accentuated by two man-made structures in the middle of natural relief features.

Jayakwadi Bird Sanctuary

Spanning across an area of 1.25 square kilometers, Jayakwadi Bird Sanctuary is a bird watcher’s paradise as several migratory and resident birds can be spotted here. There are more than 70 species of migratory birds that can be spotted here.

Nandurmadhmeshwar Bird Sanctuary

Located in Niphad Tehsil of Nashik district in the Western Maharashtra, Nandurmadhmeshwar Bird Sanctuary is aptly known as Maharashtra’s Bharatpur. It is a wonderful bird sanctuary that has been developed here in 1950’s.

Chilka Lake Bird Sanctuary

Spanning over an area of 1100 square kilometers and situated to the south-west of Puri, the Chilka Lake Bird Sanctuary is the home to some of the most amazing avifauna of the world. It has been reported that as many as 9 lakh migratory birds fly to this bird sanctuary during winters.

Nawab Ganj Bird Sanctuary

One of the most popular sanctuaries that have such enormous range of wildlife creatures, Nawab Ganj Bird Sanctuary houses rare species of deer, also known as Hangul in the local dialects. Here you can see numerous species of reptiles such as Vipers, Cobra and Karait.

Porbandar Bird Sanctuary

Situated in the heart of the Porbandar City, Porbandar Bird Sanctuary spans across an area of 1 square kilometers. In the evening, the environment echoes with the twitter of birds that nests here.

Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary

One of the smallest and oldest bird sanctuaries in the world, Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary has a unique story. The sanctuary is home to many migratory birds and some local birds as well. There are around 3000 birds of different varieties found during season.

Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary

Located at a distance of 30 kilometers from Shimoga, Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary is not considered as one of the biggest bird sanctuaries of Karnataka. It is a habitat for a variety of birds. The picnic spot houses some of the migratory birds.

Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary

A well-known bird sanctuary in India, Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary is the best spot for migration of pelicans. The sanctuary covers an area of 40,040 hectares and is also located near Pulicat Lake, which is also known as the 2nd largest salt water lake in India.

Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary

Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary is spread over a cluster of islands in a scenic area, encompassed by little hillocks. It is famous for its diverse avifauna, which involve as many as hundred varieties of indigenous birds.