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“A Truly Wonderful Experience”

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Thattakad
Certificate of Excellence
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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762 reviews
382 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 362 helpful votes
“A Truly Wonderful Experience”
Reviewed 29 February 2012

We arranged a very early morning trip to enjoy the sanctuary at dawn via dug out canoe. Our guide was Uday Mandrekar (contact [--]) Our taxi driver took us to the ferry where we crossed as foot passengers and Uday was waiting for us the other side. He purchased some sweet breads which he served us warm in his home with a drink of tea then we went down to the river where we got into his dug out canoe. He has an outboard motor which helps to cover more ground but when he is in an area where we might spot birds he cuts the engine and you slip silently along without disturbing the wildlife all around.
We saw the sun rise over the river which was very special and saw a total of 34 varieties of birds during our hour long boat trip. We had an excellent view of a Balck Kite and a pair of Crested Hawks. We spotted 5 varieties of Kingfisher and a rarer visitor to the region, the Terek Sandpiper. along with all the usual and slightly more unusual heron type birds.
We returned to Uday's home for another drink while he hosed the mud off our sandals before taking us back to the ferry.
This trip is worth doing for anyone who enjoys nature even if you know little about it as Uday will point out the birds and identify them for you. Be certain to wear practical clothing and footwear which will not be spoiled if it gets wet or muddy.
We plan to go again next year and will probably do both dawn and dusk and combine it with some daytime nature watching in the sanctuary.
Our Taxi from Candolim was £750 rupees.
Uday charges 800 rupees per person
The entry fee for the sanctuary is 50 rupees per person with a fee for a camera of 20 rp
TIP: When paying for entry to the sanctuary be certain to ask for your receipt! If you are not given a receipt then there is a known risk the official will pocket the money instead! Uday warned us about this and it is a great shame that money intended to fund the sanctuary might be diverted away but us visitors can help to ensure this does not happen

Visited February 2012
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English first
Mumbai, India
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73 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Paradise for BIRDING”
Reviewed 23 February 2012

If you have a good guide its a stuido ike setting for bird watching.

Your guide should help you with good spots all you gotta do it reach there, walk aorund and enjoy effortless Birding

It is good place to spot the elusive frog mouth and great forest birds...You shoud nt miss the elusive Malabar Hill torgon. It is place with basic stay for facilities but it is excellent place for Birds and nature visit

Visited January 2012
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2 Thank Shona_Traveller
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Seattle, Washington
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22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great Birding Near Kochi”
Reviewed 5 February 2012

Stop here if you have only a couple of days to get outside of Kochi, or if you are on your way to Munnar or elsewhere in the Western Ghats. You will easily see dozens of new birds. You will also experience a lowland habitat that is different from much of the Western Ghat region.

Visited January 2012
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United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Little info.”
Reviewed 21 January 2012

Fantastic park but no maps or detailed information, much like elsewhere in india.

Visited January 2012
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Thank adocatdog
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13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Walk,listen and sharpen your eyes..”
Reviewed 20 January 2012

Beautiful natural site!Be shure to be there by opening-hour,8 o'clock,I think,to profit from the bird's morning-songs and activities.Not forget your binoculars!
Our wonderful guide Shoda keeps a home-stay within the reservation:so that would have been extraordinary,to sleep there and have a guided tour beginning before sunrise..

Visited January 2012
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3 Thank Daigra
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