Bangalore is visited not only by people but also birds, migratory birds from different parts of the world. A large number of these winged and feather-covered visitors specifically arrive at the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary in winter. This is one of the most popular bird sanctuaries in all of India.
Located in South India, Bangalore is the capital city of the state of Karnataka. It is widely known the world over for its hi-tech IT industry, sealing the city’s reputation as the information technology hub of India. While the usual hustle and bustle of this modern and upbeat metropolis could easily shoo away birds, the bird sanctuary is blissfully situated on the banks of the Kaveri River, including six islets in the area.
Some of the rare and amazing birds that find rest in the different islets within the sanctuary are the stork-billed kingfisher, red-whiskered bulbul, painted stork, open-bill stork, cormorant, spoonbill, egret, ibis, night heron, spot-billed pelican, Asian paradise flycatcher, pied wagtail, and the resident pied kingfisher. They are mostly spotted on the banks of the river and islets feeding on the many insects whose numbers are also flourishing in the sanctuary. According to experts and park officials, many of the visiting birds have come all the way from Siberia, Australia, and North America. They come here to escape the winter, breed and lay their eggs. Their favorite nesting areas are on the islets, which is why park officials have added man-made islets to attract more birds. The first ones to arrive come in December, and the last ones to leave fly out in August. There are also ducks, waders and swallows.
This large number of migratory birds draws in tourists, nature lovers, nature photographers, wildlife enthusiasts and bird watchers from all over India and the rest of the world. According to sanctuary officials, more than 2 million tourists come every year. Not many people arrive in June when rains are hard and flooding takes place. The best months to visit are July and October where a number of young birds can be seen perched on branches everywhere.
Other than the birds, which clearly are the stars of the show, there are also crocodiles, reptiles, monkeys, and bats in the area. Large trees, rich green vegetation and open grasslands are some of the features within the park.
It is not difficult locating the sanctuary since it is near the International Airport in Bangalore. It is located between the state capital and Mysore city. The Mysore train station is 18 kilometers away. For the utmost convenience, the sanctuary can arrange hotel pickups from Bangalore and arrange intercity drives and travel-related services.
Finally, to make one’s visit to the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary comfortable and memorable, the park offers many kinds of services and conveniences, such as internet service, baby sitting service, money exchange, safe deposit and travel desk. Found within the park are restaurants, bars, a library, health center, swimming pool, business center and amphitheater. The sanctuary also provides a doctor on call to promote safety and good health within its premises.