Vedanthangal Birds Sanctuary
Vedanthangal Birds Sanctuary : This bird sanctuary is one of the oldest sanctuaries in india which is more than 200 years old. Vedanthangal bird sanctuary is located at about 86 km from Chennai. The sanctuary spreads over to about 72 acres in area. The term ‘Vedanthangal’ is derived from the Tamil language and it means ‘place of the hunter’ Legend goes that this area was the favorite hunting spot for the local landlords some 300 years ago. This region seems to have attracted birds because it has a number of small lakes that became convenient feeding grounds for the birds.
The sanctuary is an amazing place to be in, especially during the Sunset, as you can spot thousands of birds returning to their nests and dotting trees. You can spot several species of birds of which most are migratory. The trees are dotted with numerous nests, which contain little chicks and eggs. For over two hundred years the villagers around have zealously protected the birds in this sanctuary. It is interesting to note that the villagers protect the birds with the same zeal, which their forefathers had shown.
Some of the birds that visit the bird sanctuary every year are Grey Heron, Cormorant, Egrets, Darter, Open-billed Stork, Spoonbill, White Ibis, Grebes, Night Herons and Grey Pelican. In all, around 115 species of birds have been recorded at the Vedanthangal bird sanctuary.
How to Reach Vedanthangal Birds Sanctuary :
By Air :
nearest airport is at chennai which is 58 kms away.
By Rail :
The nearest railhead is Chinglepet (26 km).
By Road :
State transport buses and private buses connect Tirunelveli with the major towns and cities within the south india such as Chennai, Bangalore, Salem, Coimbatore, Nagapattinam, Tambaram and Chengalpattu.
When to visit : The best season to visit is from November to January.
Accommodation :Is available at the Forest Department Rest House or Hotel Tamil Nadu of the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation. Reservations for the latter could be made at the Chennai office, through money order or bank drafts.