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Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary Facts
67 sq km
Best Time to Visit: June to November

Information about Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is situated in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. The bird sanctuary, situated on the banks of the Kaveri River, includes of a group of six islets as well. The isolated islets and the abundance of aquatic insects during the monsoon make Ranganathittu a favorite abode for birds. Ranganathittu attained the status of a bird sanctuary in 1940 by the help of noted ornithologist. Dr. Salim Ali. who, during his survey of the birds of Mysore,

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advocated for the establishment of such a sanctuary. The sanctuary is now a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers and bird watchers.

Birds in the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
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

By Air:
The nearest international airport is Bangalore (125 km).

By Rail:
The nearest rail junction is Mysore (18 km).

By Road:
Since the sanctuary is on the Bangalore-Mysore highway, approach is through either of the two cities.


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