As urban settlers, we have grown up watching a limited species of birds like parrots, crows, sparrows and pigeons. The variety of avians is way beyond the 10-12 birds that we can recognize. As in everything else, India is diverse when it comes to birds too. It is hope to more than 1200 exotic species of birds and attracts some migratory birds over the year too.
In this day of globalization, the trend of bird watching can be seen as being the top most recreational activity of the gen X. With a stunning variety of birds and a large number of sanctuaries, India is a haven for bird watchers.
Here is a list of the amazing bird sanctuaries of India that one must not fail to visit.
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
Situated in Rajasthan, it is also known as Keoladeo Ghana National Park. It is one of the finest bird sanctuaries in the world and the best in India. During winters, thousands of rare as well as highly endangered birds flock to this sanctuary making it a paradise for viewing exotic birds in the world.
Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary
Situated near Ahmedabad in Gujarat, it is one of the largest bird sanctuaries in India. It comprises of a huge lake and ambient marshes and is the largest wetland bird sanctuary in Gujarat. Birds like Pelicans, Flamingoes, Pintails, Shovellers, Spoonbills and Avocets can be easily spotted here.
Chilka Lake Bird Sanctuary
Located near Puri in Orissa (now Odisha), it is a popular sanctuary amongst tourists. Chilka Lake is the most beautiful salt water lake in Asia one of the largest in India. It is the largest wintering ground for migratory birds in India.
Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary
Located in Gurgaon district of Haryana, it plays host to several colourful migratory species. It comprises of a shallow fresh water lake. Hundreds of winged species visit it for feeding every year.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Also known as Vembanad sanctuary, it is situated near the Vembanad Lake. It has amazing visitors like Flycatcher, Teal, Siberian Stork, Wood Beetle, etc. Houseboat rides through the lake make it all more attractive.
Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary
It is situated near the banks of River Kaveri in Karnataka. Exotic migratory birds like Ibis, Patridge, Egret, Heron and River Tern are the attractions of this sanctuary.
Currently based in Ahmedabad, Manasi is a Mechanical Engineering student. She loves to travel to off- track places that are frequently left unvisited. Her passion for writing and travelling resulted in this blog.