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Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Wildlife | Nature

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Distance (From Kochi): 62 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 4-6 Hours

Place Location: In Thattekkad Near Kothamangalam

Transportation Options: Bus / Cab

Travel Tips: This place can be visited along with Bhuthathankettu (15 Kms)

At a distance of 62 Kms from Kochi and 13 Kms from Kothamangalam, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary located in Thattekkad is one of the best bird sanctuaries in India. Spread across 25 Sq. Kms at the foothills of Western Ghats in Ernakulam District, the sanctuary lies across the Periyar River. This sanctuary owes much of its fame to Dr. Salim Ali, the famous ornithologist. This is one of the popular tourist places to visit near Kochi.

The entrance to the sanctuary lies across the bridge at Thattekkad. The guides can be hired at Assistant Wildlife Office near the entrance gate. The sanctuary is home for about 300 species of birds including Peninsular Bay Owl, Ceylon Fragmouth, Malabar Gray Hornbill, Crested Serpaent Eagle, Rose-Billed Roller, etc. There is a deer park inside the sanctuary. Adjacent to the deer park, the Taxidermic Museum showcases the denizens of the region.

Vehicles are not allowed inside sanctuary. Thattekkad is connected by private/public vehicles from Kothamangalam which is connected with Kochi by Bus.

Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM.

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