Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
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Kodhamangalam, Palamattam PO, Thattekad 686681 India
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Danny B
Banjar, Indonesia8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
I stayed at Jewel Homes which is only 10 - 15 minutes walk away from the ticket office. Once you have a ticket you can then walk along the Salim Ali Trail where you will see some interesting birds. However for the best experience you will need to engage a guide who will take you to other more interesting areas within the forest. There are some hides open in the afternoons for photographers so ask about how to get to them. .
Written 18 February 2024
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MarkJGibbons
Cape Town, South Africa25 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We had taken a local guide to go birding the day before outside the sanctuary and were astounded by the rich diversity. This morning we opted for the Baza trail inside the sanctuary, which was capably hosted. Didn't see much, but thats birding, though the teak forests were pleasant enough. That said, the facilities are old, broken or simply no longer there: disappointing.
Written 5 December 2023
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BOJOThomas
Bridgend, UK73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The bird sanctuary is located in the forest. Roads to the sanctuary are fairly decent. The entry fee was waived today as for 5 days in October it is advertised as free on a sign at the entrance which is in Malayalam with no translation in any other language so no one else can read it. There is a parking fee and a camera fee if you wish to use a camera which totalled to Rs 70. The entry fee will allow you entry to the Salim Ali trail only. Any other trail is Rs 500 extra on top of the entry fee. A list of trails is available on a leaflet at the ticket counter. There is a shop selling T-shirts, hats etc at the ticket counter. The gates/ticket counter/shop opens at 7 am. There is a small corner tea shop which sells good hot tea, coffee, water, biscuits and nibbles. Behind the ticket counter there are a few cages with a peacock, a monkey, a snake (which happened to be a king cobra ) and a number of poorly kept glass fish tanks. There are a few benches close to the river and this is the place to be to see the kingfishers that fly back and forth to the perches in the water and across the river. The benches are in the shade and lots of different fish can be seen in the water too as closer to the shore the water is clear. No wonder the kingfishers want to fish here. The Salim Ali trail is about 100 meters away from the ticket counter on the opposite side of the road. A warden checks the ticket and asks you to write your name and contact details in a book. The trail itself is circular and good. We saw lots of birds. The trail is mostly under the canopy and in the shade. We also came across elephant poo. The warden did tell us elephants were sighted on the paths a couple of days ago. One side of the path has an electric fence. We had a very good day birdwatching. If you are a foreigner and not interested in birdwatching it will be an expensive day out.
Written 5 October 2023
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Adrian E
Newport, UK50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Wonderful wilderness sanctuary with so many endemic species. Needed an expert and patient guide Praveen and we saw >80 spp in 3 days and 47 lifers! Including white bellied eagle owl, Sri Lanka Bay owl, black baza, orioles, flame backed woodpecker, Indian portrait, frogmouth, Malabar trogon, cuckoos, flycatchers, thrushes, sunbirds and more
Written 4 March 2023
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Ria
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
We visited thattekad bird sanctuary recently and it was a nice experience. Every body may not find this place interesting because of some reasons. Visiting time is most important amount them as one can find birds mainly in the morning and evening. Also day time temperatures are quite high.
Another factor is your knowledge of bird habits and bird calls which makes birding trips easy. If you are interested in birding, try to get a professional bird guide, which is not easy to find.
We contacted through a website named thattekad trails.com and their service was affordable and excellent as they provide private tours and not in large groups. I will leave their number here 8547680759.
Written 8 November 2022
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Kalkiavatar5
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India153 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Great place for bird watching - some that are specific to south India and the Malabar region. Oct-Feb is best time . But we had unseasonal thundershowers in Oct. So I would say -play safe . Nov-Feb should be little risk. beware of the Leeches. Take appropriate steps to avoid blood loss:) Beautiful Landscape too. heavenly!!!
Written 27 October 2022
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jomon
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This place is a must visit location for birding enthusiasts and nature lovers, because of the wide variety of birds and habitats found in a relatively small area. But this place may not seem attractive to all visitors because of the lack of much activities or attractions, other than boating. Also visiting time of the day is very important as mid day will be hot and humid with very less birds and wildlife activity compared to early mornings and afternoons. For birders it is important to reach around 7:00 am and avail the service of an experienced birding guide to get the most out of your trip. Entry tickets can be purchased on site from the ticket counter but for good guides you have to pre book one. I found a website named thattekad trails who provides online booking for guide service, which was very convenient and professional. During the rainy wet season there are lot of leaches in the trails.
Written 31 July 2022
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Vijay@HisMercy
Alappuzha, India4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
Not a great spot to visit for the time being. It is an off season now. Need to add more attractions in the place. Otherwise this will become a hub for the bird watching enthusiasts only!
Written 15 July 2022
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mohamedriji
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India264 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
The Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary at Thattekkad is situarted near to Bhoothathankettu dam in Ernakulam district , about 10 km away from the town of Kothamangalam and 50 km away from the main city of Kochi. The region is an evergreen low-land forest located between the branches of the Periyar River.You can find many scenic spots along the way.The sanctuary is a habitat for different varieties of birds. The preferred time to visit is early morning. There is entry fee. A butterfly park is there inside the sanctuary. Boating facility is also available.A good place to spend with family.
Written 10 July 2021
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Yedu R
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Solo
Very good place. Must visit. Early morning entry is one you should opt. 500 rs plus 100 rs for entry. You will spot few birds, not much as in a hides. But in natural habitat. Pitta, trogan, hornbill, few woodpeckers etc are the few birds you might see.butterfly park is also a treat to watch. One day trip. Many options to stay around the place.
Written 5 February 2021
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