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Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary, Jamnagar

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Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary is a bird sanctuary located in Jamnagar district of Gujarat, India. It has about 300 types of migratory birds.SanctuaryThe sanctuary is unique having both fresh water lakes, salt and freshwater marshlands. It is spread over an area of 6.05 km2. Before Indian independence, a check dam was built for storing the waters of river Ruparel just before it entered the sea. Over the years with fresh water of the rain and river on one side and salt water of the sea on the other side, a unique area was formed here. On the other side of the bund large creeks flowing from the Gulf of Kutch are located. These creeks supports mangroves and other marine vegetation while on land side of the sanctuary inland vegetation like Deshi babul, Pilu, Prosopis and others are found profusely. The sanctuary is located at the watershed of Ruparel river and Kalindri at the North East coastal region of Jamnagar district in the Gulf of Kutch and has a very special and unique ecosystem. Further, as sanctuary is located near Narara Island, therefore it also has a beautiful and bio-diversified coral reef.LocationIt is located about 12 km away from Jamnagar. The nearest airport is at Jamnagar having daily direct flight to Mumbai. It was declared as a Sanctuary on 6 November 1982. It is the biggest bird sanctuary in Gujarat. Buses and taxis are available for going to sanctuary, form where in you have to walk about 3 km to reach inside the sanctuary.It is divided into 2 major parts: Part 1 and Part 2 mainly dividing salt waters and fresh waters.It is also a good place to capture a perfect sunrise and sunset.
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  • You can definitely get to see common cranes, demoiselle cranes, flamingoes and storks during this time. Though we couldn't see much ducks and other waders, but we enjoyed seeing sandgrouse, rosy starl...  more »
  • Though this time I was very disappointed with lack of enthusiasm by authorities and increased bunds have stopped water flow. The ever increasing pressure for land has resulted in very little or no wat...  more »
  • Variety of birds... Easy access... Can see lot of birds effortlessly at close distance... We saw more than 30 species in just 3 hours including Thick knee, Rosy Pelicans, Shoveller, Teals etc  more »
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  • Best Place to visit in Jamnagar. I have been visiting KBS from my childhood days. I am living in Khijadiya. I love photography and I have done lots of Photography for the Street Food & Travel TV India.
  • Contact any Bird expert before plan to visit this place. In 2015-16 winter saw no birds as lack of water to attract star birds mostly winter visiters.
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  • Great place to watch birds.... Make sure you have binoculars. Not well connected by public transport, be prepared to walk some distance.
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