Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
At a distance of 53 km from Mahabalipuram, and 89 km from Chennai, Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary is a protected sanctuary situated at Vedanthangal near Mahabalipuram. It is one of the oldest water bird sanctuaries in India, and among the popular weekend getaways from Chennai.
Vedanthangal literally means 'the hamlet of a hunter' in the local Tamil language. It was so named as being a famous hunting grounds for the local landlords during the 18th century. Realizing this ornithological importance of the region, the British government declared it as a bird sanctuary in the year 1798, making it the oldest of its kind in the country. And, among the most popular places to visit near Mahabalipuram.
Covering a total area of 30 hectares, the Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary is a popular migratory home for around 40,000 different species of birds from all over the world. This region seems to have attracted birds because it has several small lakes that became convenient feeding grounds for the birds.
The sanctuary is a haven for bird watchers and wildlife photographers. The Barringtonia mangroves, the rich floating habitat, extensive paddy field, and those mighty flying creatures make the Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary a beautiful setting to escape to the crowd and noise of busy city life as part of Mahabalipuram tour packages. Two watchtowers are available here that provide a clear view of the birds from the binoculars stationed there. There is also a viewing platform that provides a vantage point.
The best time to visit the place from November to March as this is the time when both the native as well as migratory birds can be seen building and maintaining their nests.
Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM
Entry: Rs. 25 for Adults, Rs. 5 for Children, Rs. 25 for Camera, & Rs. 10 for Parking