the establishment of such a sanctuary. The sanctuary is now a
paradise for wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers and bird
Birds in the Ranganathittu Bird
The Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is a delightful place to
visit. It is an important Asian nesting and breeding ground
for migratory birds from all across the world including
Siberia, Australia and North America. Some species of birds
that have made Ranganathittu their breeding abode are
Spoonbills, Open bill storks, Darters, White Ibis, Little
cormorants, Egrets, Herons, Partridges, River terns, Stone
plougher, Snake bird, Cormorant, kingfishers, peacocks and
other exotic bird species.
Migratory birds lay their eggs on islets in the river. The
authorities have created additional islets at the sanctuary to
make way for more number of birds to lay eggs and breed. The
birds begin arriving in the sanctuary in December every year.
The migratory birds lay eggs and breed until they finally move
out of the sanctuary with their little ones in August, only to
return yet again the following year.
How to visit Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
Boats are available at the sanctuary to take the tourists for
a ride along the river and the islets, where they can witness
trees full of beautiful birds of myriad varieties. Most of the
oarsmen are also excellent guides and can provide tourists the
exact location as to where the birds may be spotted.
Best Time to Visit Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
The best time to visit Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is from
June to November (9:00 am to 6:00 pm).
How to reach Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
The nearest international airport is Bangalore (125 km).
The nearest rail junction is Mysore (18 km).
Since the sanctuary is on the Bangalore-Mysore highway,
approach is through either of the two cities.