The one and only sanctuary of its kind
in Kerala, the Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary was constituted
in 1983. Situated in Eranakulam district, this bird sanctuary
is a feast to the eyes and music to the ears. Several
kinds of birds usually found in South India are seen here.
The famous ornithologist, Dr. Salim Ali, was the architect
of this sanctuary. He is reported to have identified 167
birds and his student, Dr. Sugathan, 207. In addition,
the Bombay Natural History Society has identified 253
kinds of birds. Spread over an extent of 25.16 sq.kms,
Thattekkad attracts nature lovers from far and wide.
is common on the Western Ghats, the terrian is undulating
and elevation ranges between 35m and 523m. The tallest
point is the Njayapilli peak (523m high).
: 76° 40'
- 76° 45' N
Longitude : 10° 7' - 11°
average 2,500 mm
the sancutary is the catchment area of Bhoothanthankett
evergreen forests, tropical semi-evergreen forests
and tropical deciduous forests. There are patches
of grasslands also.
evergreen forests harbour Vellapine, Karanjili, Palley,
Kunthirikam, Bhadraksham, Kanala, Kurangatti, etc.
Tropical semi evergreen forests harbour Angili, Kambacom
etc. and trees of commercial value like Teak, Rose
wood, Venteak, Venga, Maruthi also grow.
elephant is an occasional visitor. Leopard, bear,
porcupine, python and cobra are sighted.
roller, cuckoo, common snipe, crow pheasant, jungle
nightjar, kite, grey drongo, Malabar trogon, woodpeckeer,
large pied wagtail, baya sparrow, grey jungle fowl,
Indian hill myna, robin bird, jungle babbler and darter.
barbet, bee-eater, sunbird, shrike, fairy blue-bird,
grey-headed fishing eagle, blackwinged kite, night
heron, grey heron, Malabar shama, common grey hornbill
and Malabar hornbill.
Wildlife Warden, who is in charge of the Idukki Wildlife
Division, with headquarters at Vellappara, is responsible
for the management of the sanctuary. The day-to-day
administration is in the hands of the Assistant Wildlife
sanctuary is 13 kms North-East of Kothamangalam along
the Pooyamkutti road. The nearest railway station
is Aluva, at a distance of 48 kms. Kochi, the nearest
airport, is 71 kms from Thattekkad.
facilities are available at the PWD rest house near
the dam. Private lodges are available at Kothamangalam.
1. TheChief Conservator
of Forests (Wildlife)
Kerala - 695 014
Phone : 322217.
2. The Wildlife Warden,
Idukki Wildlife Division,
Vellappara, Painavu P.O.
Idukki District - 685 603
Phone : 271.
3. The Assistant Wild life Warden,
Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary,
Njayapilli P.O., Kothamanagalam