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Thattekad - Birder Paradise, Kerala

posted Sep 14, 2014, 8:23 AM by sandip mishra   [ updated Mar 3, 2015, 1:57 AM by Sandip Mishra ]

During our last trip to Kerala, we decided to go to Thattekad famous for the Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary.  It is a short drive of 45 - 60  mins from Kochi (Airport) or 45 Kms from the closet railway station at Aluva. This place has one of the richest bird habitat in India compared close to the Himalayas and bird species of ~250-270 can be seen here. One of the most sought after ones is the Ceylon Frogmouth.

We  checked-in at the Hornbill Camp a nice resort amongst coconut groove and other plantations. It is nicely located at the banks of the river Periyar, overlooking the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. Nice place to stay and there are a few other places around - Soma Bird Lagoon, some Home Stays(Gireesh Chandran) and if you go around 50 Kms a few more places to stay.
We did couple of Birding trips from the resort to the nearby Urulanthanni Reserved Forest and there it was the sight of the Ceylonese Frogmouth and the Malabar giant Squirrel.
Kayaking in the serene waters of Periyar river and cycling around the plantations & nearby areas are good options.
For the bird lovers this is one of the places in India to visit definitely and you can plan up-to three days here.
Periyar River
Two resorts at Thattekad