Want to escape from the huzzle buzzle of city life? Want to listen to the melodious chirping of birds? Want to listen to the sound of water flow? Ranganatittu Bird Sanctuary is the right choice. Yes, this beautiful place has water, greenery, and birds in huge numbers, blissful serenity. What else do you need to refresh your body and soul?
About the place:
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is also known as Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. The name is derived after the founder of the sanctuary, Ornithologist, Dr. Salim Ali. It is also known as Pakshi Kashi of Karnataka. This Birds Sanctuary gets the credit of Largest Bird Sanctuary as it is spread in an area of about 40 acres. River Cauvery has crafted this wonderful place. Small Islands in the river have become the hot favorite place of migratory birds. All kinds of birds throng this place throughout the year, though the number increases amazingly during season.
The entire trees and bushes will be covered with birds and it is a spectacular scene to watch them moving, chirping and flying restlessly. These migratory birds come here for breeding, and move back once the young ones are fit enough to fly. About 170 species of birds are noticed here and some of them are permanent residents. Some wild birds may also be cited during the season. The visitors here include birds from North India, Siberia and Latin America. Display cards giving information about birds are placed aside the walking track to impart information to visitors. Boating is allowed depending on the water flow in the river. The boat takes you around the small islands which gets you a closer look at the birds. The experience is beyond words. Apart from boating, there are watch towers from where you can watch the birds. Pedestrian path takes you on a stroll along the river. One can enjoy the cold breeze, rumbling of bamboo trees and chirps of the birds.
Where it is
Ranganatittu Bird Sanctuary is on the banks of the river Cauvery, near Srirangapatna. Just 3 Kms. Deviation on the Bengaluru Mysoru highway.
How to reach
Ranganatittu is just 4 Kms. From Srirangapatna Bus stand, if you want to travel by bus. If you are travelling on your own vehicle, it is 16 Kms. from Mysore and about 120 Kms. from Bengaluru.
Best time to visit
All migratory birds visit this place during June to October. If you want to watch birds, this is the best time to visit. Other times are also fine, but the number of birds may not be so much.
There is no accommodation available at the sanctuary. People have to stay at Srirangapatna or better in Mysore where plenty of hotels of all ranges are available.
There is an entry fee to get into the park and timings of visit is 8.30 am to 6.00 pm on all days.
Other places of interest around
There are lots of places to see around. Most important among them are Ranganathaswamy Temple, Nimishamba Temple, Sangam and Dariya Daulat.
A humble request
Please remember that you are a visitor and the place belongs to the birds. Do not harm them or litter the place. Extra care needs to be taken not to throw plastic around. Enjoy the place without disturbing the serenity of the place. Insist this on children also.