Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary, Kanchipuram

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Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary is a 30ha protected area located in the Kancheepuram District of the state of Tamil Nadu, India. The sanctuary is about from Chennai on National Highway 45 (NH45), south of Chengalpattu. More than 40,000 birds (including 26 rare species), from various parts of the world visit the sanctuary during the migratory season every year.Vedanthangal is home to migratory birds such as pintail, garganey, grey wagtail, blue-winged teal, common sandpiper and the like.Vedanthangal is the oldest water bird sanctuary in the country. Vedanthangal in Tamil language means 'hamlet of the hunter'. This area was a favourite hunting spot of the local landlords in the early 18th century. The region attracted a variety of birds because it was dotted with small lakes that acted as feeding grounds for the birds. Realising its ornithological importance, the British government undertook steps to develop Vedanthangal into a bird sanctuary as early as 1798. This was established in 1858 by the order of the Collector of Chengalpattu.The best time to visit this sanctuary is from November to March. During this time, birds are seen busy building and maintaining their nests.Villagers near this sanctuary are very concerned about the sanctuary and its winged residents, and they have taken many serious steps to avoid disturbance to the flow of birds.
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  • One of most popular bird sanctuary situated tamilnadu.variety of migratory birds visits this place every year.it is a smallest bird sanctuary in India.  more »
  • The bird sanctuary is located at a distance of around 85 k.m from Chennai and it takes around 2.30 hours drive. It appeared to be another ordinary village till we entered the lake. When we entered we ...  more »
  • A real surprise, to come across this vast water world, with teeming birdlife. As a photographer, I had a ball, as the afternoon sun played brightly onto the vivid colours of a wide variety of water bi...  more »
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  • We visited Vedanthangal first 10 years back. After that we have been visiting it regularly. We visited 2 weeks back and the birds that were there are, Open billed stork, Painted stork, Grey heron, Pond heron, Night heron, Little egret, Cattle egret, Great white egret, Grey pelican, White ibis, Glossy ibis, Spoon bill, Little cormorant and Snake bird. There was not much crowd, so I could watch these varieties one by one with the official binoculars provided by them from the tower. The staff at the tower was knowledgeable and friendly and showed me these birds one by one. There are more bird species that visit Vedanthangal. The best time to visit it is, Feb end to March beginning. That is the time when there will be maximum number of birds with eggs and chicks which can be seen with binoculars.
  • Now a days birds are not coming in large scale like previous year. The population of birds visiting this place reducing year by year. I have been visiting this place for relaxing myself from stress. A good bike ride from Chennai and bird watch from tower for few hours is a very good combo to relax. I would recommend you guys to carry your own binoculars. You will get binoculars their but rents is very high. 100 rupee per hour. Good place to relax
  • Wonderful place to visit with kids. Wise to rent binoculars for better observation. Early morning and evening are the best time to watch more birds. The walk ways are maintained well, neat and clean. There is small room with information about birds, visit that first and go for bird watching.
  • It's a place for the photographers to get all the birds on screen. There are so many variety of birds which you can watch only here in open environment. There is a tower so that one can watch entire vedanthangal lake. Best season to watch is winter season. Place is kept clean and have good maintenance too. Went with a 300mm lens. For getting more closer pictures get bigger lens before you go there.
  • Visit between November to March - Perfect period to witness some beautiful birds. Neatly maintained. No good hotels nearby.. 1 or 2 hotels found a km before this place can just feed your hunger. Early morning or late afternoon is the best time to photograph beautiful birds.

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