Sunday, March 14, 2010
Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary - India's oldes bird sanctuary in Tamilnadu
This bird sanctuary, with a 30 hectre wide lake, is the oldest in India(1858). Migratory birds come down here after the monsoon to make nests. Among them are heron, ibis, pelican, spoonbill, stork, cormorant, egret, greeve and other birds from tropical zones. Best time to visit the sanctuary is in the morning and evening and during November to February. But to get maximum number of birds December-January is the best. It is a treat to watch the birds collecting their food before retiring to their nests. No firearms are allowed in the bird sanctuary nor any body can go near the nests. One can watch the birds from the rest house on observation tower with the help of a telescope. Hence, tourists should come here with their binocular.
How to reach Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary:
On Chennai-Trichy-Kottayam NH 45,75 km south of Chennai and 1 km to the east of Mathuranthakam is situated Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary, a paradise for bird watchers. Frequent bus services and plenty of taxis make it a convenient place to visit. Kanchi is 61 Km , Viliupuram 91 Km and Trichy is 252 km from here. One can go there direct from Chennai Broadway Bus stand or via Mahabalipuram and Kanchi. From Egmore trains are going south wards to arrive at Chengalpattu (56 km) in one and half hrs. From Chengalpattu Old Bus Stand buses are available every hour to reach Vedanthangal Forest Rest House, 20 Km from there.
Where to stay at Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
For lodging, the 3-room Vedanthangal Forest Rest House is there near the bus stand, only 1 km away from the bird sanctuary. For booking, contact The Forest-in-charge, Vedanthangal Forest Rest House or, the Wildlife Warden, Forest Department, DMS Compound, Anna Salai, Chennai-600006, Ph:(044) 24321471. Food is also served against advance booking.
Hotel Tamilnadu- Vedanthangal of TTDC is also available for staying.
This article is originally published in Travel India and India Study Channel