Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary Tamilnadu
Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary is the best tourist attraction of Tamilnadu. It is located in the Kancheepuram District of Tamil Nadu and is spread over 70 acres of land and is one of the oldest sanctuaries in India. This Vedanthangal bird sanctuary is situated about 75 km from Chennai city and is popularly called as "home for migratory birds". It is also a good place for ornithologist, a zoologist who studies about birds, who camp here for observing the birds.
History of the Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
The Vedanthangal lake bird sanctuary was a small lake in the end of the 18th century and the ancient people living in and around Vedanthangal lake bird sanctuary has a practice of protecting the birds which come flying here from all around the world. They protected the birds since the excreta of the birds act as fertilizers. The Britishers shot the birds in the lake and so the people gave a complaint to the collector of Chengalpet Lionel Palace and he passed the orders for protecting the birds. The lake was recognized as a sanctuary in the year 1936 by the collector. Under the Madras Forest Act the place was announced as the reserved forest and after 10 years the place was declared as a wildlife sanctuary. A rest house was built and thousands of trees were planted after this declaration as a wildlife sanctuary.
Overview of Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
1. The Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary contains a very large lake which covers the maximum area and thus acts as a habitat for the birds.
2. Many small pools and ponds are also present in the Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary.
3. The Vedanthangal lake Bird Sanctuary also contains many open fields and paddy fields all of which makes the place ideal for the birds.
4. About 110 species of birds and 75,000 numbers of birds have been estimated to be present in the Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary.
Bird Species found in the Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
The Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary is filled with thousands of birds which come flying here from all over the world. Some of the bird species found here are as follows:
• Large Egret
• Night Herons
• Paddy Bird
• Painted Stork
• Pond Heron
• Open-billed Stork Bangladesh
• Spoonbill Burma
• Spot Bill Duck Canada
Best time to visit Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary is best to view in the period between November and March. It is the nesting period for the birds and one can have a good sight of many variety of birds in the early morning.
Important Information about Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
• There are no shops inside so all types of eatables are available just outside the sanctuary.
• Guides are also there to give information about the birds.
• The Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary is over crowded in weekends and so it is advisable to visit in the weekdays.
• Binoculars, a book about birds and a camera makes your visit enjoyable and amazing.
Charges in Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
Entry fee: Rs. 5.00
Parking fee: Rs. 10
Camera fee: Rs. 25
Timings of Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary: From Sunrise to Sunset
How to Reach Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
How to Reach in Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary by air: The nearest airport to reach Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary is the Chennai aiport which is well-connected by all the Indian Airlines flights.
How to Reach Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary by train: Chengalpattu station is the nearest station to reach Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary. There are a number of daily trains running from Chennai to Chengalpattu which are listed below:
1. Nellai Express
2. Kanyakumari Express
3. Pandian Express
4. Pearl City Express
5. Anantapuri Express
6. Rock Fort Express
How to Reach Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary by road: To reach Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary there are number of State Government buses which run between Chennai and Chengalpattu. One can also take their own car as the route is clear from Chennai.
Accomodation in Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
Accomodation is available for the visitors coming from far away places but prior booking is needed. The details are as follows:
1. Rest house provided by the Forest Department.
2. Hotel Tamilnadu of Tamilnadu tourism development Corporation (TTDC).