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 Chingleput.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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  • A calm and serene place.Dont go expecting any magical views.Whatever the trend of migratory birds you can have a can get a clear picture from this visit.The impact of climate change including.Good thi...  more »
  • This is located 15 km away from Chennai - Tirchy highway. Take right at Kolambakkam while coming from chennai. Very Beautiful bird Sanctuary with lot of birds flying around. Tower is arranged inside t...  more »
  • Reached there at 7:45 am on a saturday morning.. apart from a few school kids screaming around (they were on an excursion trip)... spent about 4 hours just mesmerized by Grey Pelicans, Eurasian Spoonb...  more »
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  • february and march good time to visit if u like birds u would definitely see this my personal opinion not worth to go thre is no attraction place
  • This place is amazing if visited during the right season and right time of the day. Good maintanence. Had a lovely time.... :-)
  • Been there on Jan 26,nice and well maintained,beautiful birds in huge numbers.Binoculars are a must to watch the birds closely,the charges for taking photos using cell phone is bit too high(Rs.25),but if you don't want take the mobile camera inside you can leave it for free at the ticket counter.Would suggest the government to run a video about the birds in the Photo gallery present near the ticket counter.If you are visiting in the afternoon it will be ideal to stay till closing time for that is when all the birds return and it is a magnificent sight.
  • Too interior. Wants to go by bike or car only. Bus services are not soooo frequent. Car parking 30 rupees. Entry fee 5 rupees per adult 2 per children from 3 to 12. Binoculars starting from 50 rupees to 150 rupees per hour. No big food shop near by. Neatly maintained and clean.
  • 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 the oldest water bird sanctuary in the country. You can relax with a beautiful scenario...