Bird Watching Tourism

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (Rajasthan)

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

The famous Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary also known as Keoladeo Ghana National Park is situated in Rajasthan. Bharatpur bird sanctuary is one of the best bird sanctuaries in India and one of the finest bird parks in the world. Apart from the Great Thar Desert, Big forts and beautiful lakes, Birds of bharatpur sanctuary are one of the major tourist attractions in Rajasthan. Thousands of rare and highly endangered birds come here during the winter season. The bharatpur bird sanctuary is paradise for the bird lover's to watch some of the most exotic birds in the world.

Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary (Haryana)

Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary

Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary is a popular national park in Gurgaon, Haryana. It is an ideal place for bird watchers and is mostly frequented by tourists during winters when a large number of migratory birds visit this sanctuary. There are a number of facilities for bird watchers such as a library, an education and interpretation centre, slides, films and many types of equipment. Some of the resident and migratory birds that take shelter in this sanctuary are Indian roller, weaver bird, common mynah, rosy pelican, black-tailed godwit cuckoos and many more.

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary (Goa)

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

The Salim Ali bird sanctuary is home to many varieties of local and migratory birds, situated in chorao Island along the river Mandovi in Goa. Salim Ali Bird sanctuary is one of the best known bird sanctuaries and very famous bird sanctuary in India. It is one of the smallest bird sanctuaries where flying Sparrows, Beautiful peafowl, Parrots, pelican, Indian giant squirral and other rare species of fauna can be spotted. Beyond the Beaches of Goa, Salim Ali bird sanctuary is one of the major tourist attractions in Goa.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary (Kerala)

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Kumarakom bird sanctuary also known as Vembanad bird sanctuary is situated at in land of attraction Kerala, near to the famous Vembanad lake. It offers a home to a large number of migratory birds like Flycatcher, Teal, Siberian Stork, Crane, Parrots and Wood Beetle. by riding a houseboat will be the best way for birdwatching in Kerala. It is a favorite spot for migratory birds and paradise for the bird lovers. Another bird sanctuaries in Kerala are Mangalavanam and Thattekkad bird sanctuary, situated on the banks of the Periyar river and famous for some of the rarest species of birds and other unique fauna.

Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary (Karnataka)

Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary

Ranganthittu bird sanctuary is situated near to the banks of the Kaveri river in Karnataka. The exotic migratory birds like light Ibis, Egret, Partridge, Heron, River Tern, Snake Bird, stone Plougher are the attraction for the tourist. This is an important tourist destination of Mysore and is located about 20 kilometers from the famous Brindavan garden lies adjoining the Krishnarajasagara dam.

Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary (Tamil Nadu)

Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary

The Vedanthangal bird sanctuary is the oldest bird sanctuary in India, situated in Tamil Nadu. The vedanthankal lake region attracted a variety of birds such as pintail, garganey, grey wagtail, blue-winged teal, common sandpiper. One sixth of landmass of Tamil Nadu is covered with forests, which is paradise for animal lover and bird watchers. Kunthakulam bird sanctuary and Pulicat lake bird sanctuary are also famous for bird watching situated at border of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

Kaundinya Bird Sanctuary (Andhra Pradesh)

Kaundinya Bird Sanctuary

Kaundinya bird sanctuary is one of the best bird sanctuaries in India, situated near Chittor in Andhra Pradesh. The habitat is rugged with high hills and deep valleys and Kaigal and Kaundinya are two beautiful streams, which flow through the sanctuary. Kaundinya sanctuary offers the best of wildlife and bird watching in India. Kolleru lake bird sanctuary also offers variety of migratory birds to its largest fresh water Kolleru Lake.

Chilka Lake Bird Sanctuary (Orissa)

Chilka Lake Bird Sanctuary

The Chilka Lake bird sanctuary is located in Puri, Odisha, and is one of the popular salt lakes in the state. It is famous for the different varieties of birds that have made this sanctuary their home. Some of the various resident and migratory birds that are found here include flamingo, brahminy kite, wigeon pintail, bar-headed goose, avocet and many more. Apart from birds, the aquatic wildlife is also found here. Dolphin, limbless lizard, crab, golden jackals, hyenas and many animals can be spotted here. The Chilka Lake Bird Sanctuary is surely a paradise for ornithologists. It is dotted with several islands which attract many tourists, who also come to catch a glimpse of its majestic sunrise and sunset.

Mayani Bird Sanctuary (Maharashtra)

Mayani Bird Sanctuary

The Mayani bird sanctuary is globally reckoned for its gigantic range of species for migratory birds situated in Satara district of Maharashtra. Many migratory birds pass through the area, such as flamingos from Siberia come in large numbers. It is one of the most prominent and famous bird sanctuaries in India.

Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary (Gujarat)

Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary

Nal Sarovar bird sanctuary comprising of a huge lake and ambient marshes, is situated in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Nal Sarovar bird sanctuary is the largest wetland bird sanctuary in Gujarat, and one of the largest in India, spot birds like Flamingos, Pelicans, Spoonbills, Avocets, Coots, Pintails, small Cormorants, small Grebes and Shovellers. It is count as one of the busiest tourist attraction spot in India.One of the famous sanctuary in Gujarat is "Porbandar Bird Sanctuary". The Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park is India's first marine national park in the Indian Ocean at Gujarat.

Jaldapara Bird Sanctuary (West Bengal)

Jaldapara Bird Sanctuary

Set out with a binocular and see the majestic flight of Hornbill, Racket-Tailed Drongo and Asian Paradise Fycatcher. See the splendors of sun set beyond the vast grassland of Jaldapara from you Bungalow deck. Jaldapara is exceptionally rich in avifauna because of varied terrain, mosaic of vegetation and rich insect life. More than 240 species of birds are found in variety of habitat- Grassland, water bodies, woodland. The varied tree forests and rich shrub growth on the forest floor provide ideal setting for many woodland birds, such as Green Pigeons, Hornbills, Barbets, Parakeets, Woodpeckers, Cuckoos, Orioles, Drongos, Babblers, Thrushes etc. Brahminy ducks, whistling teals and Goosanders are winter visitors. The most common water birds are the large and little cormorant, Indian Shag, Darter, Egrets, Lesser Adjutant Stork, Pied Wagtail, Spur Winged Lapwing, Moorhen, White Breasted Waterhen etc. The night hunters in Jaldapara are the owls and the nightjars.

Rasikbill Bird Sanctuary (West Bengal)

Rasikbill Bird Sanctuary

Covering an area of around 2500 hectares on the Alipurduar-Kamakhyaguri road is Rasikbil, a large lake that is famous for its large population of migratory birds. A deer park and a crocodile rehabilitation centre are located close by. Also around it are a leopard house, a python house, an aviary and a tortoise rescue and rehabilitation centre. Various kind of local birds are available in and around the Rasikbil all over the year and also some migrant birds are available in winter.

The bird variety includes cormorants, different varieties of storks, ibis, spoonbill, kingfisher, parrots, owl,Mynas, Orioles, Owls, Parakeets, Partridges, Sunbirds, Swallows, Swifts, Woodpeckers, cormorants and many others. and many others. There is a large aquarium, a dear Park, crocodile rehabilitation, a leopard rehabilitation center. Park and beautiful lawn and a forest bungalow are all that can be availed by guest. This is actually one extreme end of Buxa reserve forest and the forested region is comparatively less dense than Buxa.

Bird Watching in Sundarban (West Bengal)

Bird Watching in Sundarban

There are about 248 bird species found in Sunderban national park including a large number of migratory birds from higher latitudes that visits the park in winter months Herons, Egrets, Cormorants, Storks, Green Pigeons, Sand Pipers, Large and Small Spoonbills, Darters, Seagulls, Teal, Partridges, great variety of Wild Geese and Ducks.

Key to birding in Sundarbans national park is overcoming the geographic and physical hurdles because of its difficult terrain as well as the limited view one gets from a noisy boat.

The main species of birds in Sunderban national park are: Small Minivet, Black-hooded Oriole, Mangrove Whistler, Cinnamon Bittern, Swamp francolin, Grey-headed fishing eagle, Brown fish owl, Osprey, Purple Sunbird, Pale-billed Flowerpecker etc.

Bird Watching in Neora Valley (West Bengal)

Bird Watching in Neora Valley

Neora Valley National Park is situated in the Kalimpong subdivision under Darjeeling District, West Bengal, India and was established in 1986. It spreads over an area of 88 kmĀ² and is one of the richest biological zones in the entire Northeast.

Birds belonging to varied genus can be found in the park. Neora Valley National Park thus is known as birders' paradise; some of India's most sought-after birds are found here in winter months as well. The semi-evergreen forests between 1600 m and 2700 m is the home of several rarities like rufous-throated partridge, satyr tragopan, crimson-breasted woodpecker, Darjeeling woodpecker, bay woodpecker, golden-throated barbet, Hodgson's hawk cuckoo, lesser cuckoo, Hoary throated, brown wood owl, ashy wood pigeon, and many other rarities.

Like that of birds and mammalian fauna, reptilian fauna also coexists in park's ecosystem; which includes King cobra, common krait, green pit viper, blind snake, lizards etc.

Birding in Sikkim (Sikkim)

Birding in Sikkim

Sikkim is rich in avifauna and is considered to be a birdwatchers paradise. Its avian population extends to almost 550 species. The climate varies between the tropical heat of the valleys and the alpine cold of the snowy regions. The altitudinal zones of vegetation range from tropical, sub tropical, temperate to Alpine. In some places only 10 Kms in a direct line separate the warm valleys from perpetual snow. The telescoping of terrain has created marked altitudinal zonation in the humidity, rainfall, climate and vegetation. This factor is responsible for the great variety and abundance of the resident bird life, making this area arguably one of the richest areas of its size anywhere in the world.

West Sikkim offers great birding opportunities. Barsey, located at 3300 m, on a massive ridge covered with protected forests of Silver Fir, hemlocks, magnolia, and Rhododendrons is one of the best birding areas in Sikkim. The Khecheopheri Lake hosts migrant ducks and occasionally some rare species such as Black-necked Crane, Black-tailed Crane and many others.

Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary (Arunachal Pradesh)

Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary

The north east is a paradise for any nature lover and this amazing wildlife sanctuary in Bugun Liocichla is one of the bird sanctuaries in India for bird watching. This wildlife sanctuary has a wide range of flora like bamboo thickets, alpine forests and evergreen trees which ensure a large number of birds in that region. The sanctuary is very special for small birds like Tit, Sibia, Nuthatch, Yuhina and Bush Robin. The best time for bird watching here is in the months of March- April or November- January.

Pangot and Sattal (Uttaranchal)

Pangot and Sattal

One may combine the tour of Jim Corbett National Park along with higher elevation birding at Pangot and Sattal. These are two different destinations located in the Kumaon region which are quite popular for Himalayan Birding experience. Both these locations are a short drive from the town of Nainital. Pangot showcases the birds of higher altitude, whereas Sattal has the birds from the lower Himalayan range. Spot the Cheer Pheasant and the Koklass in Pangot surely.

Little Rann of Kutch (Gujarat)

Little Rann of Kutch

Imagine a scene of pink flamingos all around you on a vast dessert of salt. Does not it sound amazing? Yes, this is what you can experience if you visit Little Rann of Kutch in Gujarat. Little Rann of Kutch is the southern part of the Great Rann and offers beautiful wildlife viewing facilities. It is home to the flamingos in India and you can truly spend an entire week gazing at them. One may also spot the Houbara Bustard, cranes, Macqueen's Bustard, Sociable Lapwing, reef egrets and some other dessert birds.

Pong Dam (Himachal Pradesh)

Pong Dam

The Pong Dam Wetlands are considered as the hidden gems of Kangra as many people are unaware of the prettiness of the place. It is located both on the Himachal Pradesh side as well as on the Punjab side. What you can visualise here is the background of snow capped Dhaula Duan ranges, the wheat and mustard fields in front of it and a large number of bar headed geese out there. Well, this is the common sight during every winter, and this makes it one of the best destinations for bird watching. Apart from these bar headed geese, you may also see waterfowls.

Lava (West Bengal)

Lava

If you wish to have a walk through the best birding mile, then you must surely visit Lava. Lava is located in the foothills of the Eastern Himalaya in the district of Darjeeling. One just has to agree that eastern Himalayas can offer you a large biodiversity range for you to explore. The Lava Valley along with the nearby Neora Valley is a blissful treat for every bird lover and one can spot the Satyr Tragon and the Rusty- Bellied Shortwing out there.