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Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Kothamangalam, Kerala

The Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary, covering an area of barely 25 km, and located about 12 km from Kothamangalam (Keralastate, India), was the first bird sanctuary in Kerala. Salim Ali, one of the best known ornithologist described this sanctuary as the richest bird habitat on peninsular India. Thattekkad literally means flat forest, and the region is an evergreen low-land forest located between the branches of Periyar River, the longest river in Kerala.

 This Sanctuary came to light in the year 1983 on basis of recommendations made by famous ornithologist Dr. Salim Ali. Spread over 25 sq. km, it shelters over 500 species of birds and rare birds such as Wayanad laughingthrush, rufous babbler, and white-bellied blue flycatcher. While you traverse the dense forests containing tropical semi-evergreen, deciduous and tropical evergreen plants, do not miss out on the boat cruise along the backwaters. The Bhoothnathkettu Dam is also located nearby and is just 10 km from the Thattekad in the Ernakulam District. This dam is used as a picnic spot by the locals.

How to reach: 
Thattekad is about 54 kms from Cochin. The drive is along Muvattupuzha and Kothamangalam and takes under two hours. Since here are no train services, available public transport is limited to taxis and buses. You will have to take a bus to Muvattupuzha or kothamangalam and to Thattekad Bird Sanctuary thereof.

Nearest towns
Kochi at 65 kms, Muvattupuzha at 26 Kms, Kothamangalam at 13 kms and Perumbavoor at 32 Kms.
Bus Station:
Kothamangalam at 13 kms.
Taxi/ Auto-rikshaw Hire: Cochin Town at 65 Km or North Kothamangalam at 13 kms.
Railway Station: Aluva Railway Station at 45 kms and Ernakulam Railway Station at 64 kms.
Air port: Cochin Int’l Airport (COK) at 45 kms
Food Options: No restaurants in the Sanctuary. Restaurants at Kothamangalam and Muvattupuzha.
Accommodation Options: Inspection Bungalow and Watch tower accommodation within the sanctuary. A couple of home stays and resorts nearby.
Best time to visit: October till February. Can be visited throughout the year, heavy monsoon rain (Jun-Aug) can be wet.

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