Information about Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary
Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary or Dr. Salim Ali Bird
Sanctuary is located in the Ernakulam district,
about 13 kms. northeast of Kothamangalam along the
Pooyamkutty Road in Kerala. The Thattekkad Bird
Sanctuary was established in 1983 and occupies the
catchments area of the Bhoothathankettu Dam. This
bird sanctuary is the only one of its kind in
Kerala. The Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary was designed
by Dr. Salim Ali, the renowned ornithologist. He
identified about 167 bird species and his student,
Dr. Sugathan, identified about 207 species of
birds. The Bombay Natural History Society has also
identified about 253 species of birds here. The
Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary attracts nature lovers
from all over the world. The Thattekkad Bird
Sanctuary covers an area of 25.16 square kms.,
between the tributaries of river Periyar. This
bird sanctuary is located at an altitude of 35 to
523 meters above sea level. The highest point is
the Njayapilli peak (523 m). This small sanctuary
is a paradise for bird watchers.
Vegetation in the Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary
The vegetation in the Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary
comprises of tropical evergreen forest of
Vellapine, Karanjili, Palai Kunthirikam,
Bhadraksham, Kanala and Kurangatti; tropical semi
evergreen forest of Anjili, Kambacom; tropical
deciduous forest; trees of commercial value like
Teak, Rosewood, Venteak, Venga, Maruthau and
patches of grasslands.
Wildlife attractions in the Thattekkad Bird
Some of the major wildlife animals found in this
sanctuary are the Leopard, bear and porcupine. The
elephant also occasionally visit this sanctuary.
Besides this some of the birds which are found in
this sanctuary are Indian roller, cuckoo, common
snipe, crow pheasant, jungle nightjar, kite, grey drongo, Malabar trogon, woodpecker, large pied
wagtail, baya, sparrow, grey jungle fowl, Indian
hill myna, robin, jungle babbler and darter. Some
of the birds which are found very rare are Crimson
– throated barbet, bee-eater, rose-billed rollers,
sunbirds, shrike, fairy bluebird, grey-headed
fishing eagle, black winged kite, night heron,
grey heron, grey hornbill, Malabar shama, Malabar
grey hornbill, Malayan night herons, and rusty –
tailed flycatchers. There is also a rich variety
of butterflies at the sanctuary.
How to reach Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary
The nearest airport is located at Kochi (Cochin)
which is about 71 kms.
The nearest railway station is located at Aluva,
about 48 kms.
The Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary is easily connected
with Cochin and various other cities of Kerala.