The first place that comes to mind when you mention bird sanctuary is Vedanthangal.
Naturally, as this sanctuary is a heaven for bird watchers, with 115 species of birds being recorded.
The oldest water bird sanctuary in the country, Vedanthangal is spread over 30 hectares. It is located in Kanchipuram district, 86 km from Chennai.
A grove of Barringtonia acacia nilotica trees in a tank forms part of the sanctuary.
Migratory birds: Teals, Shovellers, pintails and sandpipers
Breeding birds: Cormorants, egrets, grey herons, open-billed storks, darters, spoonbills, white ibises, night herons, grey pelicans and painted storks.
Resident birds:Coots, terns and moorhens
Best Time to visit:
Between November and February. The nesting season commences late October, and the birds are through with breeding and return to their feeding grounds by about February.
Rooms are available at the Forest Rest House in Vedanthangal.
How to reach there:
By Air: Chennai – 58 km away
By Rail: Chengalpattu – 30 km away
By Road: Regular buses from Chennai, Tambaram and Chengalpattu.
The sanctuary is open between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. A guide will accompany visitors, if requested. The entry fee is Rs.5 for adults and Rs.2 for children.
For More Details Contact:
For details, call the Wildlife Warden at 044 – 2432147 or visit www.forests.tn.nic.in