Thattekad Bird Sanctuary

Thattekad Bird Sanctuary (Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary) located in Kothamangalam Taluk of Ernakulam district, about 58 km from Kochi city and 13 km northeast of Kothamangalam on the northern banks of the Periyar River. Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary is a home to some of the rarest species of birds in India. Thattekkad sanctuary was set up in the year 1983 by the renowned ornithologist of India, Dr. Salim Ali.

Thattekad Bird Sanctuary spread over an area of 25 square kilometers and is located between the tributaries of the Periyar River. This sanctuary is home to almost 500 species of exotic birds. The thick tropical deciduous and evergreen cover is a safe haven for these winged creatures. The fascinating birds that are found here are Bee-eater, Falcon Grey, Jungle Fowl, Black Winged Kite, Shrike, Crimson-throated Barbet, Ceylon Frogmoth, Sunbird, Night Heron, Blue winged parakeet, white-breasted water hen, rose-billed Roller, Hornbill, etc.

Apart from the birds, one can find atleast 28 species of animals and many varieties of reptiles here. Animals like the leopard, bear and porcupine are found over here often. One can see herds of elephants also occasionally. Among the reptiles, one can find cobra and pythons resting here and there.

The sanctuary also is abounding in plant life with mahogany, teak and rosewood vying for places. There are also a variety of plants which are endogenous to the region .These huge trees provide the lush canopy. The thick forest coverer apart from being a safe haven for birds is also a treat for wildlife lovers and bird watchers.