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Vedanthangal & Karikili Bird Sanctuaries

TTDC / Vedanthangal & Karikili Bird Sanctuaries

Established in 1858 in an area of 70 acres, the Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary’s season begins between November to March where thousands of migratory birds congregate from all over the world. The word Vedanthangal means the Hamlet of the Hunter. For centuries this sanctuary has been protected by the local populace who use the water from the tank to irrigate fields – the high nitrogen content that comes from the bird droppings, helps them save on the cost of fertilisers. It was as early as 1798 that the locals convinced authorities to protect the birds. Every year around 40,000 birds [including 26 rare species] roost here and hatch their chicks to fly back to varying destinations.
The Karikili Bird Sanctuary is located around 10 kms from Vedanthangal. Surrounded by open areas, a scrub forest and paddy fields it is one of the most important bird habitats in Tamil Nadu. Around 100 species of birds were recorded from this sanctuary.

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