Thattekad – A Birder’s Paradise

Thattekad Bird Sanctuary also known as Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary lies on the northern bank of river Periyar is considered as the first bird sanctuary in Kerala. The bird man of India, Dr. Salim Ali described Thattekad as the richest bird habitat in peninsular India. It spreads over an area of 25 km2 with one of the most diverse regions of forest in Kerala state.  The forest in Thattekad consists of distributed, evergreen, semi-evergreen and moist deciduous. More than 300 species have been recorded at the sanctuary. It is absolutely a paradise for birders and enthusiasts.

Flora and Fauna – There is a great variety of forest types in the region. Tropical forests range from coastal mangroves to wet, dense evergreen, dry deciduous and open thorn forests. The forests of the region are vitally important for many of its birds, including both globally threatened and restricted-range species. The region is remarkable for the abundance of birds such as Srilankan Frogmouth, Malabar Trogon, White Cheeked Barbet, Malabar Barbet, Flame Throated Bulbul, Red Spurfowl, Grey Jungle fowl, Malabar Parakeet, Malabar Grey Hornbill, White Bellied Treepie, Dollar Bird, Ashy Wood Swallow, Jerdons Nightjar, Brown hawk Owl, Black Throated Munia and many more. Further adding to the sanctuary’s flora and fauna are various plants, butterflies, elephants, porcupines, Giant Squirrels, Sambar Deer, Mouse Deer, Barking Deer and amphibious organisms.

How to reach Thattekad

By Airways

Cochin International Airport (COK) is the nearest International airport, which is 40 km away from Thattekad. From the airport taxis and buses will be readily available.

By Railways

Aluva Railway station, about 36 km away from Thattekad, is the nearest railhead. Regular train services are available from major cities in India.

By Road

Thattekad is only 10 km away from Kothamangalam (gateway to Munnar) which is the nearest city. One can take a bus or taxi from Kothamangalam to Thattekad.

The best time to visit Thattekad is from mid of September-March.

Last updated: May 1, 2023