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Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
67 sq km
Kannada, English, Hindi
Best Time to Visit
June to November (9:00 am to 6:00 pm)
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, in the southern Indian
state of Karnataka, is an important tourist destination from Mysore city orthe
adjoining Vrindavan gardens, both of which are barely 20 km away. The bird sanctuary,
situated on the banks of the Kaveri River, includes of a group of six islets as
well. The isolated islets and the abundance of aquatic insects during the monsoon
make Ranganathittu a favorite abode for birds. Ranganathittu attained the status
of a bird sanctuary in 1940, courtesy of the visions of India. s noted ornithologist.
Dr. Salim Ali. who, during his survey of the birds of Mysore, advocated for the
establishment of such a sanctuary. The sanctuary is now a paradise for wildlife
enthusiasts, nature lovers and bird watchers. The large number of birds at the
sanctuary appears to have attracted a sizable number of tourists as well. A total
of 2,080 foreign tourists, besides 2,02,417 domestic tourists, had visited the
bird sanctuary in 1999. 2000, according to officials.
There are no extremities of temperature at Ranganathittu
Sanctuary. The temperature stays between the 23. 29°C range for most parts
of the year. In June, when the southwest monsoon peaks throughout Karnataka state,
heavy to very heavy rainfall, accompanied by waterlogging and mild flooding, has
been reported from the area.
Sanctuary- Paradise of Birds
The sanctuary, even though it lacks a sprawling
area, is a delightful place to visit. What makes it inviting is that it is an
important Asian nesting and breeding ground for migratory birds from all across
the earth. Some species of birds that are known to have made Ranganathittu their
breeding abode are spoonbills, open bill storks, darters, white Ibis, little cormorants,
egret, heron, partridge, river tern, stone plougher, snake bird, and other exotic
bird species that fly to the sanctuary in large flocks. Park officials and experts
have traced the origins of some of these bird species to as far as Siberia, Australia
and even North America. A record number of 1,400 painted storks visited the area
in 1999. 2000. Local inhabitants like kingfishers and peacocks are also found
in this avian bliss.
Migratory birds lay their eggs on islets in the
river. The authorities have created additional islets at the sanctuary to make
way for more number of birds to lay eggs and breed. The birds begin arriving in
the sanctuary in December every year. The migratory birds lay eggs and breed until
they finally move out of the sanctuary with their little ones in August, only
to return yet again the following year.
Boats are available at the sanctuary
to take the tourists for a ride along the river and the islets, where they can
witness trees full of beautiful birds of myriad varieties. Most of the oarsmen
are also excellent guides and can provide tourists the exact location as to where
the birds may be spotted. The Kaveri riverbank also offers excellent spots for
Places Nearby Ranganathittu Wildlife
The picturesque town of Mysore and the garden city of Bangalore
are the nearby attractions from the bird sanctuary.
Reaching There (Ranganathittu
We(indianvisit.com) can provide you all tourist permit
car/coach, for the city and intercity drives and can look after all your travel
related services. Since the sanctuary is on the Bangalore. Mysore highway, approach
is through either of the two cities. The nearest rail junction is Mysore (18 km).
The nearest international airport is Bangalore (125 km).
to the Outside World
Nearest town where communication (post, telegraph,
fax and telephones) facilities are available is Mysore at distance of less than
20 km. Since 1995, the number of Internet cafés in Mysore is on the rise.