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Kingdom of Birds: Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary

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Published: Thursday, October 6, 2016, 18:30 [IST]
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The world of birds is entirely different and vibrant unlike any other species. One doesn't even have to be an avid bird lover to enjoy it. Just go and silently watch them in their natural habitat to feel the magic. You will definitely feel the difference between the chaotic human world and their musical world!

Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary

Entrance
Photo Courtesy: Shannon Dosemagen

Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu is one such abode of birds that gives us a unique experience.

Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary

Grey Heron
Photo Courtesy: Vivekpuliyeri

Once the region of Vedanthangal was a hunting ground but the locals realized the importance of this habitat and with the help of the support from the local government bodies this area turned out to be a protected zone Since the 18th century, the villagers have been very protective about the birds in the sanctuary.

Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary

Golden Oriole
Photo Courtesy: Shravantamaskar

Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary is one of the oldest lake bird sanctuaries in India. The efforts of the Forest Department and the villagers has been fruitful as it houses native as well as migratory birds.

Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary

Photo Courtesy: Manvendra Bhangui

Ofcourse, its unique ecosystem is a major factor in the sustenance of birds. The sanctuary is covered by a large lake with an inflow from small canals. Hence, it is also one of the best habitats for water birds as well.

Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary


Photo Courtesy: Ashwin Kumar

Avifauna in Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary

Vedanthangal is a home to many species of birds. Native birds often stay in the reserve whereas migratory birds come in the winter season. It is a bliss to see birds like moorhens, painted storks, sandpipers, egrets and so on. Some migratory birds fly from different continents like Australia and countries like Srilanka, Siberia and Burma. Open billed stork, gray pelicans and garganeys are some of the migratory birds found in this sanctuary.

Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary

Photo Courtesy: GnanaskandanK

Best Time to Visit Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary

The period from November to February is the best time to visit Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary. Tourists can see native as well as migratory birds in this season.

Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary

Photo Courtesy: Vinoth Chandar

How to Reach Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary

Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary is around 87km from Chennai. It is connected through NH45 (NH48) via Chengalpet.

By Bus: You can take buses from Chennai to Chengalpet and from there take a bus to Padalam Junction. The bird sanctuary is 16km from Padalam Junction.

By Train: Catch trains from Chennai towards Chengalpet or Padalam Railway Station.

Easy way to reach from Padalam Junction is to take shared transport.

Important Things to Know About Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary

  • Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary is a well-maintained area, please don't litter the place.
  • Entry Fee has to be paid along with the camera and webcam fee.
  • Don't forget to get the binoculars which are available at the counter.
  • Please don't disturb the birds or hurt them in any way.

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Nowadays, birds are a rare sight in the cities. Some years ago, small birds like sparrows used to be in abundance but due to urbanisation they have reduced in number. So, we can seen them in abundance only in such bird sanctuaries. Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary is surely one of the top bird sanctuaries in Tamil Nadu.

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