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Thattekad Bird Sanctuary- A place to be for nature lovers
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary is amongst the most visited tourist spots of Kerala and the word Thattekad means flat forests. The Thattekad bird sanctuary is housed in Kothamangalam Taluk, located in the heart of a district named Ernakulam. This bird sanctuary has lush green surroundings, due to the presence of thick cover of evergreen forests with abundance of deciduous forests and small patches of grasslands. The place was declared officially as a bird reserve in the year 1983 after numerous recommendations from Dr. Salim Ali in the past.
This bird reserve serves as a house to more than 500 different species of Indian birds. The sanctuary has been designed under the guidance of Dr. Salim Ali, a famous ornithologist and is spread across an area of roughly 25 square km. Common trees found here include rosewood, teak, etc. Some of the rare bird species, like Crimson Throated Barbet, Sunbird, Shrike, Bee-eater, Night Heron, Fairy blue bird and Black winged kite can be spotted in this bird reserve easily.
Thattekad Bird sanctuary is not just popular amongst keen bird watchers, but also amongst nature lovers due to the umpteen beautiful landscapes and natural views present here. Nearly 253 different species of birds have been identified by the famous Bombay Natural History Society. The rivers flowing throughout the sanctuary flaunt a rich variety of aquatic life all round the year. Near the sanctuary is located the massive Bhoothatankett Dam, while the sanctuary itself is housed near the Periyar River. This bird sanctuary and its enclosing area is a must visit on your journey to Kerala.