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Travel to the Top 5 Bird Sanctuaries in India

Written By: Manoj Menon

India is a home to many species of birds. Bird sanctuaries in India are therefore a hot spot for bird lovers and birdwatchers. Some of the beautiful birds that can be seen across India includes Peacocks, Great Indian bustard, Indian Horn-bill, Kingfishers and Indian Eagle. There are over 1,200 species of birds found in the India. It is an ideal tourist destination for nature lovers and bird watchers who can escape to these places and relax amidst nature.

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Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

The famous Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary also known as Keoladeo Ghana National Park is situated in Rajasthan. It is one of the best bird sanctuaries in India. Thousands of rare and highly endangered birds come here during the winter season. The Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is paradise for bird lover's who come here to watch some of the most exotic birds in the world.

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
 

Picture of a spotted eagle.
Photo Courtesy: Greg Schechter

Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary

A delight to all the bird-watchers is the Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary in Gurgaon. Declared as a Bird Sanctuary in 1972 by the government, it is a protected area which boasts of being a home to about 250 species of birds, both resident and migratory birds. Apart from bird-watching, this sanctuary is also a popular picnic-spot to the tourists and houses a library, watch towers, a children's park, an education center and so on. Some of the resident birds found here include Common Hoopoe, Paddyfield Pipit, Purple sunbird, Indian roller, White ibis, Common spoonbill, Laughing Dove and more. The migratory birds that are seen here include Siberian Crane, Greater Flamingo, Wood sandpiper, Indian Golden Oriole, Comb Duck, Yellow Wagtail and more.

Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary
 

A Siberian Crane resting
Photo Courtesy: River Wanderer

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

The Salim Ali bird sanctuary is home to many varieties of local and migratory birds and is situated along the river Mandovi in Goa. It is one of the best known bird sanctuary in India. It boasts of birds like Sparrows, Peafowl, Parrots, Pelican and many more. It is one of the best places to head to in Goa if you ever get tired of the beaches.

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
 

A flock of pelicans
Photo Courtesy: David Stanley

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary or Vembanad Bird Sanctuary is located on the eastern shore of Vembanad Lake. The sanctuary is set in the backdrop of the backwaters and is a truly mesmerizing locality. It is a seasonal home to hundreds of migratory birds and serves as an absolute treat to birdwatchers.

The major bird species of the sanctuary include cuckoo, waterfowl, heron, cormorant, owl, teal, lark, egret, moorhen, Siberian crane, darter, Brahminy kite, parrot, and flycatcher. A trek during the sunrise or sunset will delight birdwatchers for they get to watch flocks of birds flying across the scenic setting of the tranquil skies.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
  

A stork billed Kingfisher sighted at the Sanctuary.
Photo Courtesy: Devu Satish

Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary

Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary is situated near to the banks of the Kaveri river in Karnataka. The exotic migratory birds like light Ibis, Egret, Partridge, Heron, River Tern, Snake Bird, Stone Plougher are the attraction for the tourist.

Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary
 

Birds at the Sanctuary.
Photo Courtesy: Hari Prasad Nadig

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