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Covering just 25 sq. km of area, Thattekad bird sanctuary was the first bird sanctuary in Kerala, the southern state of India. It is situated 60 km north-east of Kochi and is also called as Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. According to Salim Ali, one of the best known ornithologists described this sanctuary as the richest bird habitat on peninsular India. The region is an evergreen low-land forest located between the branches of Periyar River, the longest river in Kerala. You can explore more of the rich natural surroundings of the place through availing Thattekad Bird Sanctuary tour packages. Thattekad bird sanctuary is available with the wide variety of bird species Indian Pitta, Ground Thrush (an orange-headed bird), Large-billed Leaf-warbler, Jerdon’s Nightjar, Indian Cuckoo, Darters, Cormorants, Whiskered Terns, Collared Scops Owl, Frogmouths, which are nocturnal birds, Pompadour Green Pigeon and Yellow-browed Bulbuls. Thattekad is the home for various different varieties of cuckoo birds including few important names such as Drongo Cuckoo, Indian Hawk Cuckoo and the Large Hawk Cuckoo. Thattekad Bird Sanctuary travel and tourism is one of the best ways to explore the place.
Other than exploring the wild aspects of this sanctuary, there are some amazing places to visit around Thattekad bird sanctuary such as Cardamom Hills and Alleppey. Another must visit destination while here in sanctuary is the Periyar tiger reserve. It will definitely add more charm in your trip to the place. Other than that, boating in backwater is one of the major tourist attractions at the Thattekad bird sanctuary.