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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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  • 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 »
  • Even though the migratory season is coming to an end we got see good numbers of birds.we enjoyed the singing and chirping noise thoroughly. Forest department has done a lot of improvement.Kudos  more »
  • we can take beautiful birds photos....Telephoto lens must....Regarding the route,I saw a video in Youtube which was very helpful..the title was "Chennai to Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary, Tamilnadu full ...  more »
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  • Unless you are a photographer, This is jus a one time time visit... There are charging even for cell phone cameras that too 25 rupees for each phone.. This is too much... Do during season time otherwise nothing s ter to see... Better buy snacks, water bottle and go... The shops near the sanctuary are too bad... Also get a decent pair of binoculars to see the birds... Birds are not very near most of the times.... You will get bored in 30 to 45 minutes....don't go alone... Go in a group... Car parking charge is 20 rupees...
  • Fantastic experience in watching plenty of bird species. I always go here during seasonal times. Every time I go here, I used to wonder how they could reach the place correctly every year. Awesome experience and thoroughly enjoyed with my friends.
  • A nice place for bird lovers and my camera has been satisfied with good sightings of painted storks and snake bird, building nests and hatching eggs. At the location there is no hotels or parking have to move to the NH-45 to stay in hotels. Can be a nice picnic from Chennai city.
  • Good place to go . You will see totally different environment around here . Best time to visit November-January
  • Pretty good for a place near the city. Visited in January this year, and found quite an assortment of birds including painted storks, pelicans, spoonbills, among others.