Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary

If a birdwatcher dies and is told that he can spend the rest of his time on a paradise he chooses on earth, he might pick a beautiful spot on earth named Thattekkad. The name signifies a flat piece of wooded land. What an understatement for such a magical piece of earth!  

Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary with barely 25 square kilometers, which is the first bird sanctuary of Kerala, is also one of the most popular ones in the country. Thanks to the world-renowned ornithologist, Dr. Salim Ali, the legendary ‘Bird man of India’, who during his Travancore - Cochin ornithological survey found to his pleasant surprise this patch of evergreen lowland forest on the banks of Periyar. Today the sanctuary is known after his name, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. 

Thattekkad ecotourism with the guided support of tribal guides offers bird treks and stays for the travellers

JUNGLE SAFARIS

Boating in Periyar

The place offers one of the best boating options in River Periyar. A brief ride on the river might take you close to cormorants, kingfishers, and many other birds, which feed off fish and other small creatures in water.
Best time for boating: February – July

Cost of the package

Rs. 150/- for 20 persons 


TREKKING TRAILS

Salim Ali Bird Trail

A trail for chasing the birds, Salim Ali Bird Trail is a self-guided trekking programme for the daily visitors. A walk through the interior of the woods will be a great experience and it also help you in spotting and identifying those birds, which otherwise for the untrained eyes of a traveller, remain invisible.  This trail includes a visit to the Butterfly garden and the interpretation centre. You may also have a talk with the bird monitoring cell here to know about the kinds of birds at Thattekkad. 

Cost of the package

Rs. 45/-  per person


Black Baza Trail

This is a bird watching trail to the wild world of birds at Thattekkad. This three hours guided trail will take you to the core of Sanctuary. The exhilarating joys of being in birds’ own country have to be experienced right from early morning. You will be woken up from your sleep by a birdsong. The package includes a guide, entry fee and cost of one bottle drinking water.  Maximum 15 persons in a trail. 
Timings- 06.00 am to 09.00 am, 03.00 pm to 06.00 pm 

Cost of the package

Rs. 500/-  per person


Trogon Trail

Another bird watching trail initiated at Thattekkad is the Trogon trail. What the guides might impart you as your first lessons of observation and bird watching will stay with you all your life. The package includes a guide, entry fee and cost of one bottle drinking water. Maximum 15 persons in a trail 
Timing: 06.00 am to 09.00 am, 03.00 pm to 06.00 pm

Cost of the package

Rs. 500/-  per person


JUNGLE CAMPS

Frogmouth Watch Tower

This jungle night camping programme in the watch tower of Thattakkad offers a peaceful stay in amidst the jungle. And feel yourself cloaked in the chillness of tree crowns. This one-night stay programme cover all costs including accommodation, dinner, breakfast and any one of the bird watching trails.
Check-in: 03.00 pm and Check-out 12.00 pm 

Cost of the package

Rs. 2500/- for two persons
Rs.500/ for extra person


Hornbill View Tower

A stay with the view of the nearby reservoir on top of view tower is the Hornbill tower stay over programme. This night camping programme offers a serene and comfortable stay in the home of birds. The programme cover all costs including accommodation, dinner, breakfast and any one of the bird watching trails.
Check-in: 03.00 pm and Check-out 12.00 pm 

Cost of the package

Rs. 2500/- for two persons
 Rs.500/ for extra person


Tree Hut

It is a package which offers night stay on the tree top machan at Ovunkal.   The package includes accommodation, bird watching, dinner and breakfast. 
Check-in: 03.00 pm and Check-out 12.00 pm 

Cost of the package

Rs. 2500/- for two persons
Rs.500/ for extra person


Paid Nature Camp

This is a nature awareness camp for students, NGOs, professionals, self financing students and business groups. Different tariffs are offered for different types of target groups.  Minimum of 15 persons are required for conducting a camp.


Contact

Kothamangalam, 
Palamattam P.O., 
Thattekad, Kerala - 686681
Ph: +91 485 2588302
mail@thattekadbirdsanctuary.org
www.thattekadbirdsanctuary.org

Getting there

By Road: Kothamangalam is the nearest town and is about 38 kms from Aluva Town. 
By Rail:  48  km from Aluva Railway Station
By Air: 44 Kms from Cochin International Airport 


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