Kerala is well known as a tropical paradise because of waving palms and white sandy beaches. Its backwaters, mountains, coconuts and art forms make it perfect for a holiday destination. Thattekad is a beautiful picture destination in Kerala. Therefore you can enjoy in Thattekad birding sanctuary since it is positioned on the Njiyapilli Hill. It has India’s best Bird Sanctuary, ‘Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary’ since it offers an amazing view of birds and their landscapes.
Thattekad aviary is found to the north of the Periyar River but at the foot of the mighty Western Ghats. Therefore, the simplest time to go to the sanctuary is between October and March. The closest airport is the Cochin International Airport, and therefore the nearest railroad station is at Aluva.
It was Dr. Salim Ali who first recognized the avifaunal richness of Thattekkad Forest during his Travancore Cochin Ornithological survey during 1983. As recommended by Dr. Salim Ali, in 1983 a neighborhood of 25.16 sq. Km. At Thattekkad was notified as Kerala’s first Tropical aviary. The world may be a part of Western Ghats due to its western slope and almost at the bottom of the very best peak Anamudi 2695 m above MSL. Since 322 species of birds including long-distance migratory ones comprise the avifaunal world of Thattekkad aviary. So visit this place. Because this is a beautiful place for traveling.
Attraction to explore in Thattekad birding
Religious Places- Siva Temple, St Peter’s & St Paul’s Jacobite Chapel, St. Joseph’s Church
Point of Interest- Hanging bridge in Palamattom, Bhoothathankettu, Wellington Island, Mattancherry, Kaalakadavu Eco Point, Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
The trip from Munnar or Coimbatore to Thattekad
Route from Munnar to Thattekad – Munnar-Kallar Vattiyar-Adimali-Neriamangalam-Thattekad
Distance from Munnar to Thattekad – 70 km
Route from Coimbatore to Thattekad – Coimbatore-Walayar-Kuzhalmannam-Alathur-Chalakudy-Haritha Nagar-Thattekad
Distance from Coimbatore to Thattekad – 190 km
12.00 pm: Check-in 01.30 pm: Buffet Lunch 03.30 pm: Plantation Walk 04.15 pm: Tea & Snacks 04.30 pm: Kayaking through Periyar River 07.00 pm: Introduction & Orientation of Bird watching 08.00 pm: Buffet Dinner OverNight stay at CampsiteDay 02: Bird Watching and a visit to Hanging Bridge
06.30 am: Bird watching tour with our naturalist (carrying packed Breakfast) 11.00 am: Back to Campsite 01.30 pm: Buffet Lunch 04.30 pm: Cycle through villages and visit Hanging Bridge 07.00 pm: Day Analysis about your bird watching tour 08.00 pm: Buffet Dinner OverNight stay at Campsite
?Day 03: Tribal village visit
?07.30 am: Breakfast 08.00 am: Leave camp by jeep with packed lunch for an activity-filled day 10.30 am: Arrive at the first village (Kalleli Medu) 11.00 am: Reach the top of the waterfall (Koduperikuthu) and begin to walk down 12.00 pm: Picnic Lunch at waterfalls (Koduperikuthu) 01.00 pm: Jeep will pick up guests from waterfalls and begin to drive to a tribal village. 02.00 pm: Arrive at tribal settlement (Kunjipara Kudi). See local sites, Culture, etc. 03.00 pm: Leave the tribal village and begin driving back. 04.00 pm: Arrive at second traditional tribal settlement(Kandampara Settlement) walk along the river (Kandampara Kuthu) looking for elephants. 05.00 pm: Leave the village 06.00 pm: Arrive back at camp 08.00 pm: Buffet Dinner OverNight stay at Campsite?
Day 04: Trek to Bats Cave
?07.00 am: Trek to Bats Cave with our naturalist (carrying packed Breakfast) 08.00 am: Picnic Breakfast at Urulanthani 09.15 am: Proceed to pinavurkudi 09.30 am: Reach Pinavurkudi and trek to the bats cave 01.00 pm: Back to Camp 01.30 pm: Buffet Lunch 04.30 pm: Tea & Snacks 08.00 pm: Buffet Dinner OverNight stay at Campsite?
Day 05: Checkout
?09.00 am: Breakfast 10.30 pm: Check out