Places to Visit in Thattekad
Thattekad is a district in the region of South India that is known for its forest and grassland patches. Its picturesque landscape makes it the choicest place for those who love being close to nature. Thattekad also has extensive plantations of teak, rosewood, mahogany, etc. A variety of flowers and trees combine to form the enchanting fauna at its wildlife park.
There are majorly 2 places to visit in Thattekad, one is a bird sanctuary, and the other one is a dam.
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary is also known by the name of Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. Located near Kothamangalam in Ernakulam on the northern bank of the Periyar River, this bird sanctuary was noted in the year 1983 by recommendations of Dr Salim Ali, one of the famous Ornithologist of India, who described this bird sanctuary as one of the richest bird habitats in India. Earlier described as the most precious bird habitat, much of this sanctuary has been converted into agricultural plantation whereas the remaining areas still house some of the rare species of birds. In a total area of 25 sq. Km, over 270 species of birds, are there. Some of the rare species found here include Wynaad Laughing Thrush, Rufous Babbler, White-bellied Blue-flycatcher and others.
While other species found here include Indian roller, cuckoo, common snipe, crow pheasant, jungle nightjar, kite, grey drongo and others species.
Other than the birds found here, Thattekad is also popular for tropical semi-evergreen forests, deciduous forests and tropical evergreen forests located here.
Bhoothathankettu, a scenic dam site with boating facilities is situated in a vast virgin forest. It is located outside the village of Pindimana. A myth connected with the origin of this place says that this natural fortification of forests and hills was built by Bhoothams (spirit/ghosts) overnight. They planned to submerge the Trikkariyoor temple. Suspecting this, trick, omnipotent Lord Shiva came up with a plan to deter them. Lord Shiva faked the coming dawn by a rooster’s sound and demons fearing the arrival of light went away from the place. Hence, it is known by the name Bhoothathan Kettu (Monster Fort). Later, this natural topography helped in building a dam here.