Mangalavanam bird sanctuary is spotted on the backdrops of Kerala backwaters, and thus you can find it just at the heart of this city of Southern India, Kochi.
This famous bird sanctuary is counted among the most sensitive zones of Kerala if ecological perspective is concerned. A wide range of migratory as well as exotic birds find this sanctuary as their home. Mangalavanam proudly hosts 6 kinds of mammals’ species, 51 varieties of spiders’ species and 17 types of butterflies’ species.
Thus, this cool bird sanctuary is known to support an interesting and very delicate ecological web. And, this attracts more and more tourists, bird-watchers and ornithologists every year to Mangalavanam. In fact, people travel from different corners of the world to catch a sight of such exclusive range of birds throughout their migratory movements.
Tourists also like to visit Mangalavanam bird sanctuary Kochi for its dark mangrove forests. You can spot a number of varieties of mangroves here, which is rare! Thus the sanctuary offers a relaxing and calm atmosphere which is desired every traveller to come out of the daily humdrums of city life.
So, Mangalavanam is a complete package of visual and mental treat. This beautiful place on earth has everything to satisfy the souls of every nature lover.
How to reach Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary :
Cochi is well connected with most of the big cities of India. You can easily reach this place by train, bus or air routes. After reaching this beautiful city in Kerala you can reach the sanctuary by hiring local buses, taxis or auto-rickshaws.
By air – nearest airport is Ernakulam South
By train – nearby railway station is Ernakulam South railway station
The sanctuary is spotted just behind the high court of Cochi.
Best time to visit Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary Kochi:
Are you a bird-lover? Catch a wide range of species of exotic birds during January-March. Also, this time climate remains quite enjoyable and pleasant this time.
• The paths across the sanctuary are somehow rocky in different zones. So, tourists are suggested to wear comfortable pairs during their visit.
• The weekend time remains crowded here. Do you want to avoid the crowd? Visit on weekdays.
Interesting facts about Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary:
It is spread over 2.74 hectares area and i.e. too at the heart of Kochi.
It has a wide variety of mangroves which comprise of nearly 18 acres count. This large count of mangroves species provide many thousands of migratory birds.
In its middle, there is a little deep tidal lake surrounded by dense mangroves which connect Kochi backwaters through a canal.
Its explicit range of flora and fauna has brought it the name of ‘Green lung of Kochi’. The name suggests its pollution-free condition different from the other locations of Kochi.
If you get some luck, you can spot some rare mammals including flying fox, Eurasian otter and three-striped squirrel.
The watch tower is another major attraction here. You can grab some superb snaps here from the top.
Due to hosting distinctive mangrove vegetation and many breeding birds, in 2004, this bird sanctuary was declared to be a protected zone. According to 2006 survey, Mangalavanam had a record of 32 different species’ birds which was 194 in total.
The wildlife and forest departments of Kerala conduct free nature camp every year in this sanctuary which is another major attraction for the tourists. The assistant conservator of forest and wildlife warden of this sanctuary administers this camp, which ensures its success and popularity among the group of tourists.
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