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“Walk,listen and sharpen your eyes..” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
Njayappally P.O., Thattakad, India
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“Walk,listen and sharpen your eyes..”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2012

Beautiful natural site!Be shure to be there by opening-hour,8 o'clock,I think,to profit from the bird's morning-songs and activities.Not forget your binoculars!
Our wonderful guide Shoda keeps a home-stay within the reservation:so that would have been extraordinary,to sleep there and have a guided tour beginning before sunrise..

Visited January 2012
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“Bird watching paradise...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2011

Just a short drive from Cochin - 2 hours - is the Dr.Salim Ali's Bird Sanctury - Thattakad. As soon as we entered the gates we saw at least 5 Hornbills....We met Dr.R.Sugathan the resident ornithologist who gave us an outline of the history and work being done. 
We stayed at the ''watch tower''. It is a three storied concrete structure with the guest room on the top floor. Fantastic location surrounded by forest and a lake in front. There is no electricity but there are solar lamps.

The watch tower is 2 kms inside the park. The trek was very good. We were also watching out for elephants as there was news that elephants were around. So that pumped up the excitement.
The watch tower is protected by an electric fense which is switched on in case of elephants straying close to the tower. The beauty of the tower is the lack of comforts. Though the bed, sheets & toilet were clean and neat.

We enjoyed hearing the sounds of the jungle....and with the help of our experienced guide Mr.Mani, we spend a lot of time identifying the birds from their calls.

The variety of bird species we saw were diverse. However the Grey Malabar Hornbill, Baza & Ceylon Frogmouth were unique. In the morning our guide took us for a 2 to 3 hour trek which was great. More than 20 varieties of birds were seen. Food was arranged by the guide from the canteen at the entrance of the park.

This is a must visit site for bird lovers and staying at this watch tower completes the experience. Recommended stay is minimum 1 night. Not adviseable if u have kids accompanying you. Lack of TV makes the stay more attractive to genuine nature lovers.

You have to contact the park/forest department for the booking. It is very reasonable in cost. Food to be arranged at the entrance of the park or through the guide allocated by the park..

Visited September 2010
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“peace and quiet”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2010

Totally changed my view of India - this is total relaxation -sunrises and sunsets to die for

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“Bird sanctuary near Kochi airport”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2009

The Salim Ali or Thattekad Bird Sanctuary is a relatively small area but chock full of rare and endangered species endemic to the Western Ghats. It is set against the tranquil Bhoothathankettu reservoir.

Getting there: By road: 30 min drive from Nedumbassery airport or 45 min from Ernakulam city. Aluva / Angamali are convenient railway stations. Accommodation is available at Kothamangalam, 10 min drive away or at a couple of resorts beyond the sanctuary.

To enter the forest area, it is mandatory to engage a local tribal guide from the ticket counter at the entrance gate. Rates are negotiable depending on length of trek but usually most reasonable. For optimal bird sightings, start at the crack of dawn, for butterflies about 9am. Giant malabar squirrels and Nilgiri langurs are usually spotted.

The most famous denizen of this forest is the Ceylon Frogmouth. These are highly endangered nocturnal birds with froggy faces. The guides usually know where they perch during the day time, so a guaranteed photo opportunity of this rare species awaits. A huge selection of moths, big butterflies and other insects are easily visible. Elephants occur in season. It is possible to trek through the elephant corridors all the way to the foothills of Munnar, for whoever is so inclined.

Watch out for leeches in moist, warm seasons. It can get unbearably humid in summer and closer to the monsoons. Also well worth visiting are the Bhoothathankettu reservoir, the Periyar barrage and the Edamalayar reservoir, all close by.

This is one of the best, most easily accessible places to experience a tropical rain forest, so close to Cochin. A must visit for the serious bird watcher.

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