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Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary, Kanchipuram

Categories: Forests, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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3.7/5 based on 65+ reviews on the web
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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  • We have found this place after searching in google.It was 1.5 hours from kanchipuram and went there in 1st week of September.To our shock,after travelling so much,we came to know that sanctury was clo...  read more »
  • Visit this place after rain That's the perfect season Never forget your binoculars n extra zoom lenses for camera. Visit without any expectation 
  • I am a bird watcher. Really great to see these many birds together in a sanctuary. Painted storks are majorly found. Apart from that you may find black ibis, etc. Open during major part of the year. C...  read more »
  • I visited mid of January. Recent rains had filled the lake with abundant water. Lot of winged visitors this year. You won't see too many exotic bird species. Painted stork and grey pelican were on large numbers. Good place to take your kids too, safe for family. A zoom lens is a must if you want to shoot.
  • It's a nice place to visit for in the November to February months you can find a large number of variety of birds. It has some nice photography places and good sceneries, many people come here to take some professional photos. Even though the place inside a village most people do come here for a small holiday visit with their families and friends.
  • Very bad this time no maintances waiting for apirl and may that time only all birds come
  • Good plave to visit. Roads till sanctuary is good. Best time to visit is from November till march. Rest of the days th to sanctuary is closed with "no admission" board in front of the gate.
  • Lake . preserved by the hunters . they took a oath not to kill the birds. And later it become bird sanctuary