Bird Sanctuary (Devikulam Taluk):
one and only sanctuary of its kind in Kerala, the Thattekkad Bird sanctuary was
constituted in 1983. This bird sanctuary, a peninsular land of 25 sq. km is covered
with deciduous forests and plantation of rosewood, teak etc.
sanctuary was designed by Dr.Salim Ali, the renowned ornithologist. He is reported
to have identified 167 birds and his student, Dr. Sugathan, 207, In addition,
the Bombay Natural History Society has identified 253 species here. The Thattekkad
bird sanctuary attract nature lovers from all over the world.
rivers are rich in fishlife and are shallow for most of the year. One may even
spot the rare Ceylon frog-mouth or the rose billed roller here while enjoying
the boat cruise from Bhoothathankettu to Thattekkad or looking out of the room
from the Hornbill Inspection Bungalow at Thattekkad.
attractions: Birds: Indian rollers, cuckoos, common snipes, crow pheasants, jungle nightjar,
kites, grey drongos, Malabar trongons, woodpeckers, large pied wagtails, baya
sparrows, grey jngle fowls, Indian hill mynas, robins, jungle babblers, sunbirds
Rare Birds: Crimson-throated barbets, bee-eaters, shrikes,
fairy bluebirds, grey-headed fishing eagles, black winged kites, night herons,
grey hornbills and Malabar hornbills.