Are you are a bird lover? Do you love bird watching? Are you in search of rare species? A visit to the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is a must for you. If you are enjoying a trip to Kerala and you are fond of birds, this sanctuary will be a haven for you. Though the sanctuary is small, you will find various rare and endangered species prevalent in the Western Ghats of India. Located in Thattekad, this sanctuary attracts bird watchers from all over the world. For the same reason it has become one of the major Kerala attractions at present.
Set against the Bhoothathankettu reservoir, this bird sanctuary is also an ideal destination for nature lovers.The greenery around will soothe your eyes and refresh your tired soul. What is more interesting is that this sanctuary also gives you an opportunity to enjoy a bit of adventure. It is an ideal trail for trekkers who are new to this field. One can trek up to the foothills of Munnar if they wish. Hiring a guide is a must. But you should be aware of leeches, especially if you visit the place during monsoon. The weather also remains humid.
You can enter the forest area all by yourself. You will have to hire a local tribal guide at the ticket counter near the gate. You can negotiate the rate as it depends on the length of your trek. Having a guide on your side is a good idea because they know exactly where you can see the rare species. If you want to watch birds, dawn is the perfect time to start your trek. Those who wish to see butterflies should start at around 9 pm. Chances are high that you will get to see Nilgiri Langurs and Giant Malabar Squirrels on your way.
One of the most popular residents of this forest is the Ceylon Frogmouth. These birds are counted amongst the most highly endangered species with froggy faces. The guides are aware of their whereabouts. So your opportunity to see these birds is guaranteed. Other than birds, butterflies and insects, you can also get to see elephants if you are lucky enough. So make sure to include a visit to this bird sanctuary when you make a list of things to do in Kerala.
The sanctuary is only 45 minutes from the Ernakulam city and 30 minutes from the Nedumbassery aiport. You can stay at Kothamangalam if you wish to. Many hotels in Kerala are just 10 minutes drive from the sanctuary. So you can also choose to stay in any hotel Kerala that is located near the Salim Ali Bird sanctuary.