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Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, covering an area of hardly 25 km, and located about 60 km north-east of Cochin (Kerala state,India), is one of the important bird sanctuaries of India. The literal meaning of Thattekad is flat forest; the region is an evergreen low-land forest and is located between the branches of Periyar River, the longest river in Kerala.

The Thattekad Bird Sanctuary has a rich and varied bird life. Around 210 species of birds have been identified here so far. Birds like – Indian Roller, Cuckoo, Common snipe, Crow pheasant, Jungle Nightjar, Kite, Grey Drongo, Malabar Trogon, Woodpecker, Large pied wagtail, Baya sparrow, Grey jungle fowl, Indian hill myna, Robin, Jungle babbler and darter are found here. Crimson-throated Barbet, Bee-eater, Sun bird, Shrike, Fairy blue bird, Grey-headed fishing eagle, Black winged kite, Night heron, Grey heron, Common Grey Hornbill and Malabar Hornbill are some of the rarer birds found.

The best time to sight The Thattekad Wildlife Sanctuary from September to March.

How to Get there:

Air: Nearest airport Cochin 71 kms.
Rail: Nearest railway station Aluva, 48 kms
Road: The sanctuary is 13 km north-east of Kothamangalam

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