The Thattekkad bird sanctuary was set up in the year 1983 by the renowned ornithologist of India, Dr. Salim Ali. It is located in the Kothamangalam district of Idukki. One of the most famous landmarks in Kerala, Thattekkad bird sanctuary is home to almost 500 species of exotic birds. The thick tropical deciduous and evergreen cover is a safe haven for these winged creatures.
The sanctuary is spread over an area of 25 square kilometers and is
located between the tributaries of the Periyar River. The fascinating
birds that are found here are Bee-eater, Falcon Grey, Jungle Fowl, Black
Winged Kite, Shrike, Crimson-throated Barbet, Ceylon Frogmoth, Sunbird,
Night Heron, Blue winged parakeet, white-breasted water hen, rose-billed
Roller, Hornbill, etc. The sanctuary is a paradise for bird watchers and
Apart from the birds, one can find atleast 28 species of animals and
many varieties of reptiles here. Animals like the leopard, bear and
porcupine are found over here often. One can see herds of elephants also
occasionally. Among the reptiles, one can find cobra and pythons resting
here and there.
The sanctuary flourishes not only in wildlife but also has a variety of
plants. One can find teak, mahogany and rosewood in large numbers in
this sanctuary. Such trees are responsible for the lush green cover that
blankets the sanctuary.
How to Reach Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary Idukki
The nearest airport is at Kochi, located at a distance of around 70
Located at a distance of 48 kilometers, Aluva is the nearest railway
The sanctuary is well connected to the rest of Kerala by a wide network
of roads and is easily accessible.