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Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary, Chennai

Vedanthangal is one of the largest bird sanctuaries in India. It is a marshy park with a lake in which over 1,00,000 migratory birds make their home every year. The majority of birds can be seen between November to March.

Vedanthangal is the oldest water bird sanctuary in the country. Vedanthangal in Tamil language means 'hamlet of the hunter'. This area was a favourite hunting spot of the local landlords in the early 18th century. The region attracted a variety of birds because it was dotted with small lakes that acted as feeding grounds for the birds.

The Vedanthangal Lake Bird Sanctuary features thousands of birds coming from various countries, some of which can be easily identified. Some easily found birds include cormorants, darters, grebes, large egrets, little egrets, moorhens, night herons, paddy birds, painted storks, pintails, pond herons, sandpipers, shovellers, terns, white ibises and many more.

Fauna: monkeys and other common mammals can be spotted.

Timing : 6 AM to 6PM
Area : 74 acres
Best Time to Visit : November - March
Established : 1936
Best Time to Visit : November - March

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