Best Places for Birding in India

Are you planning a bird watching tour in India? Here’s a list of some of the best places for birding in India to help you plan your tours to India especially if it’s for birding.

Sweet chirping and tweeting of birds is the most fascinating part of India’s wildlife sanctuaries. Being one of the most explicit and wonderful destinations for the wildlife species and an inevitable paradise for ornithologists, with the presence of 1250 bird species, different wildlife sanctuaries, the Indian Bird Sanctuaries has a significant value to add to wildlife tours.

Birding tour to one or two of the famous Indian Bird Sanctuaries lets the nature lovers and bird enthusiasts take home wonderful experiences. Tourists can actually figure out the noteworthy and commendable existence of distinctive birds by paying a visit to the bird sanctuaries to relish the marvelous and lasting unique opportunity. The famous Indian bird sanctuaries mentioned below will surely prompt you to make a plan soon with a bag full of binoculars, camera and maps.

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Bharatpur

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

Blue- Jay -aka -Indian -Roller- aka- Nilkant

Famously known as Keoladeo Ghana National Park,  Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is one of the best places for birding in India, established almost 250 years ago. It was awarded as a protective sanctuary in 1971.

Being an ornithologist’s paradise, it offers an adventurous opportunity to stay near the sanctuary at one of the well-fabricated hotels. The bird lovers can find great stays at its different attractive resorts and lodges such as Bharatpur Forest Lodge, Chandra Mahal Haveli, Laxmi Vilas Palace and The Bagh Resort.

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Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Kumarakom

bird at kumarakom bird sanctuary

Bird- at- Kumarakom- Bird- Sanctuary

Also known as Vembanad Bird Sanctuary, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, nestled in Kottayam district, is the ultimate ornithologist’s paradise in Kerala backwaters and one of the best places to go for bird watching in India.

The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake, and this tiny water region is a part of the Kuttanad region. The region is home for local birds such as the waterfowl, cuckoo, owl egret, heron and the water duck. Migratory birds such as the Siberian Stork, Flycatchers, Larks and Teal.

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Goa

birds in salim ali bird sanctuary goa

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Situated along the western tip of the Chorao Island in Goa, the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is indeed a paradise for ornithologists, bird & nature lovers. Spanned across 1.8 square kilometers of area, it boasts of being the only bird sanctuary in Goa.

The entire Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is full of mangroves and its ecosystem is considered one of the most productive ones. The reason, why it is so popular with birds, is that mangroves are homes to various kinds of insects and fish.

Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary, Karnataka

ranganathittu bird sanctuary

Ranganathittu- Bird -Sanctuary

Located in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary is another important tourist destination for bird watchers. The sanctuary is now a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts, bird watchers and nature lovers.

The sanctuary is located in proximity to the historic town Srirangapatna and comprises of six islets on the banks of Kaveri River. Some popular bird species in Karnataka include Painted Stork, Indian Shag, Black-headed Ibis and Stork-billed Kingfisher among others.

Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Kerala

plum headed parakeet in thattekad bird sanctuary

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Nestled on the banks of Priyer River in Kerala, Thattekad Bird Sanctuary is one of the most visited and admired bird sanctuaries in India. It comprises of about 253 birds and exists amidst teak and sandalwood vegetation.

The sanctuary was designed by the famous ornithologists Dr. Salim Ali. The commonly seen birds in this sanctuary are black winged kite, bee-eater, shrike, sunbird and grey headed fishing eagle.

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Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary, Gujarat

Nalsarovar- Bird- Sanctuary- Gujarat

Nalsarovar- Bird Sanctuary- Gujarat

Touted as the largest wetland bird sanctuary in Gujarat, the Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary is also one of the largest in India. It is located around 64 kilometers from Ahmedabad. This bird sanctuary comprises of a large lake with 123 square kilometers of area. With the arrival of autumn season in India, a large number of birds start visiting Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary whose sojourn lasts throughout the spring and winter season.

Nameri National Park, Assam

great hornbill at nameri national park

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Spanned across an area of 200 square kilometers, Nameri National Park, located at the foothills of the eastern Himalayas, is the second Tiger Reserve in Assam. Considered one of the best national parks in East India, Nameri is a refuge for many rare animals such as tiger, black bear, elephant, leopard, clouded leopard, deer, Indian wild dog, jackals, Civet Cap, Capped Langur and Indian bison. It is also famous for Golden Masheer, which has made the place a paradise for the wildlife lovers.

Jim Corbett National Park, Nainital

bird at corbett national park

Bird -at -Corbett -National- Park

Originally established as Hailey National Park, Jim Corbett National Park was established in the honor of the hunter of man eating tigers in Kumaon Hill in Uttarakhand.

Considered one of the best national parks in India, Corbett National Park has 585 species of migratory as well as resident birds, some of the famous ones; include Red Jungle Fowl, Crested Serpent Eagle and Blossom Headed Parakeet etc.

Apart from bird watching, you can indulge in various other activities such as Jeep Safari, Elephant Safari and visit to the Corbett Museum.

So, ask for a wildlife tour package, pack your bags and leave at the earliest. And yes, do not forget to bring your camera with you. I can assure you that you’ll certainly love each and every moment of bird watching in India and preserve the pictures for the rest of your life.

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Ashish Gupta

is a travel writer by profession who earns his bread and butter by writing and uses his skills to market holiday destinations in India. Beware and brace yourself for a 30 minute lecture on travel, if you happen to mention about Kerala and Goa in front of him.

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3 Responses

  1. George says:

    What a lovely bird watching blog about India with an incredible photos. I just learned of the many best places to watch birds in India through your blog. Keep up with the good work

  2. Dr Vasant says:

    Nice information .

  3. Raj says:

    Indian subcontinent plays host to a number of migratory birds in summers as well as winters. It is estimated that over hundred species of migratory birds fly to India, either in search of feeding grounds or to escape the severe winter of their native habitat.

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