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Vedanthangal – A True Delight For Birdwatchers

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Vedanthangal, a small hamlet located in the Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu is best known for the bird sanctuary it houses. Vedanthankal Bird Sanctuary (officially named as Vedanthankal Lake Bird Sanctuary) has the distinction of being one of the oldest bird sanctuaries of the country.

The preservation of the sanctuary has been carried out by the local inhabitants for about 250 years, which speaks volumes of its good condition. The area constituting the sanctuary is spread over 74 acres and is at a distance of about 80 km from the city of Chennai.

History has it that about three centuries ago, the region was used as hunting spot by the local kings and landlords. The name of place testifies to the truth of this historical fact: the Tamil word Vedanthangal, when translated, means ‘the hamlet of the hunter’.

Tourist Places In And Around Vedanthangal

The region of Vedanthangal is strategically speckled with small lakes, which attract various kinds of migratory birds. Vedanthangal was transformed into a bird sanctuary during the reign of the British who realized the ornithological significance of the area.

Government orders announcing the area as a bird sanctuary was released in mid nineteenth century, and the village became a popular travel destination ever since. Apart from housing a wide variety of birdlife, Vedanthangal serves as a seasonal home to a number of migratory birds including the Pintail, Blue-Winged Teal, Garganey, Grey Wagtail and Common Sandpiper.

About 9 km away from Vedanthankal Bird Sanctuary is Karikili Bird sanctuary, and travellers can club their trips to cover both these sanctuaries in a single day.

Best Time To Visit

Vedanthangal The best time to visit Vedanthangal is after the monsoon (November) and before the summer heat begins (March).

How To Reach Vedanthangal

Vedanthangal enjoys excellent connectivity by road and can be reached from Chennai within an hour and a half.

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How to Reach Vedanthangal

  • By Road
    Vedanthangal receives remarkable connectivity by road as there are regular bus services available from the city of Chennai. State Transport buses, as well as private buses are available from nearby towns such as Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram and Chengalpet. Buses provide travelers with an easier and more economical way to reach Vedanthangal.
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  • By Train
    Chengalpet Railway Station lies at a distance of 26 km from Vedanthangal and is the nearest railway station. Local trains from different parts of Tamil Nadu pass through this station. The major railhead is located at Chennai which is connected to all major cities in India. Those who arrive by trains can take buses or taxis from Chennai Railway Station to reach Vedanthangal.
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  • By Air
    The airport situated nearest to Vedanthangal is Chennai International Airport which lies at a distance of about 60 km. Chennai airport enjoys excellent connectivity to all the major cities in India such as Bangalore, New Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad. The airport has a number of international flights to connecting some of the cities abroad. Travelers arriving by air can hire a taxi from the airport or take buses to reach Vedanthangal.
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