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Wildlife in Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary


Situated on the banks of the Kaveri, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is located near Mysore in Karnataka. The six isles on the river are also part of the sanctuary. The sanctuary was declared a bird sanctuary in 1940, when the noted ornithologist Dr Salim Ali while surveying the birds of the area put emphasis on declaring Ranganathittu a bird sanctuary. Since then, the sanctuary has become a paradise for bird watchers.

Every year a number of bird lovers throng the sanctuary to see the avian in-habitants of the sanctuary. The sanctuary is quite popular both among Indian and foreign tourists. Apart from home to native avian habitants, the sanctuary each year attracts a large number of migratory birds. Wildlife experts believe that migratory birds come to this sanctuary as far as from Siberia, Australia and even North America.

Some of the birds you come across on your birding tour to Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary include snake bird, darters, spoonbills, river tern, open bill storks, white Ibis, little cormorants, egret, heron, stone plougher, kingfisher and partridge.

A boat ride takes you to the six islets that teem with a number of species of birds. Oarsmen serve as experienced guide, who take you to some popular spots where you can spot birds in flocks.

Around Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
Mysore is a wonderful tourist destination that you can visit on your tour to Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary. Mysore is famous for its historical monuments and gardens. If you want to extend your tour, you can visit Bangalore, the capital city of Karanataka.

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