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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  • Awesome experience and thoroughly enjoyed with my friends.Fantastic experience in watching plenty of bird species. I go here during seasonal times. Every time I go here, I used to wonder how they coul...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • We had a family picnic and bird-watching afternoon here. It was wonderful. BYOB - Bring your own binoculars if you have them - or else you can rent them outside. As soon as you enter, the walkway to the left of the entrance is only a very short distance and is mostly to picnic as there are benches, a tap and dustbins. The walkway to your right of the entrance is the one that goes on for about a kilometer or maybe a little less. That's it! There's this large wetland in the middle with bushes and trees, and you can see birds with your naked eye. There is a watchtower that you can climb up and see through the binoculars at the top. We saw owls tamely sitting on trees right by the walkway. The only thing we wished was that the walkway be longer so we could see more! All in all a wonderful place to go in season, especially when the birds come back to roost in the evenings. The people who worked there including the sweeper women were extremely helpful and didn't expect a single rupee for pointing out birds of interest to us. They were happy to answer questions.
  • Fantastic place for birding.. Its also happens to be the first wild life sanctuary of India..
  • 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.

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Typical hotels make up the bulk of the accommodation choices in Kanchipuram, with beach resorts in nearby Chennai. If you're looking for a different experience during your trip, explore the few guesthouses and smaller inns in the area. Many of the local residences have restaurants with vegetarian Indian meals. If you only plan on seeing a few attractions in Kanchipuram, it is easy to make a day trip from nearby Mamallapuram or Chennai.
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