Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
: Kanchipuram District, Tamil Nadu
Area : 30
Best Time to Visit
: November and February
A grove of Barringatonia and Acacia nilotica trees in a tank from part of the sanctuary. In additional dry evergreen scrub and thorn forests can also be seen. Both these sanctuaries are situated in Kancheepuram district and sprawling in 30-ha and 61-ha area respectively. Vedanthangal is the oldest birds sanctuary in the country.
The Villagers had documented their right to protect the winged visitors to this sanctuary. The migrating birds come from far-off lands like Siberia, Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka for nesting and breeding.
Breeding birds like Cormorants, Egrets, Grey Heron, Open-billed stork, Darter, Spoonbill, White lbris, Night Herons, Grebes, Grey Pelican etc visit the Sanctuary.
The population of migratory birds included Garganey Teals, Shovellers, Pintails, Stilts, and Sandpipers etc. Some of the resident birds listed are Coots and Moorhen, Terns. In all 115 species of birds have been recorded in this sanctuary.
How To Get There
Air : The nearest airport is at Chennai (85-km)
Rail : Chengalpattu (30-kms) is the nearest railway station.
: Tourists visiting Vedanthangal by bus can catch the direct metro bus to Chengalpattu either from Parry's Corner or Tambaram, Chennai. It takes anywhere between 40 minutes to one and a half-hours to reach Chengalpattu. From there, private buses ply to Vedanthangal at an interval of every 40 minutes reaching the destination in roughly about half an hour. In addition, they wait at the sanctuary for about 30 minutes, sufficient time to complete bird watching, as the sanctuary is not very large.
Where To Stay
Accommodation is available at the Forest Rest House in Vedanthangal.