If you are an avid bird watcher then this is a good read for you. Bird watching is a pleasing and quite informative task. You also meet other bird watchers and collect an immense amount of knowledge about birds and other animals as well. In India, there are various places to have this beautiful sight of birds, some rare and lesser in number while some in hundreds. From migratory to regional species you can find a bunch of surprising colors and striking features.
Let have a look at the places where you can watch birds in India.
- 1 1.Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
- 2 2.Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Rajasthan
- 3 3.Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh
- 4 4.Chilka Lake Bird Sanctuary, Odisha
- 5 5.Eaglenest Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh
- 6 6.Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary, Haryana
- 7 7.Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Kerala
- 8 8.Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Kerala
- 9 9.Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, Gujarat
- 10 10.Lava and Neora Valley National Park, West Bengal
1.Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
The Jim Corbett National Park is the oldest national park in the country. A paradise for the bird watchers it is situated in Nainital district of Uttarakhand and is known for having more than 500 species of bird. The best time to visit this park is from Mid-March to April-end followed by the winter months when the chances of watching migratory birds increases.
2.Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Rajasthan
It is also known as Keoladeo Ghana National Park and is an extremely popular destination for bird watching. Many exotic and endangered migratory birds can be spotted during winters months every year. There are approx 300 bird species at the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. It is a man-made wetland and the national park has also been declared a world heritage site. Several species of cranes, pelicans, geese, ducks, eagles, are found there. The months of August to November are the ideal for spotting resident breeding birds, and October to February for migrant birds.
3.Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh
The sanctuary is famous for hosting Greater Flamingos. The best time to visit the sanctuary is between October and March. Other water birds in the area include Spot-billed Pelican, seven species of herons and egrets, Painted Stork, Greater Flamingos, ducks etc. Birds of prey which appear in winter are there, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Osprey, Harriers and Peregrine Falcons, are some of them. The largest strength of Flamingos can be seen in the Andhra Pradesh part of the sanctuary, around the islands of Vendadu and Irukkam.
4.Chilka Lake Bird Sanctuary, Odisha
The Chilka Lake Bird Sanctuary near Puri, Odisha, has Asia’s largest inland sea water lagoon which is the Chilka Lake. Some of the unique species like sea eagles, greylag geese, and purple moorhen are found on the small islands in the Chilka Lake giving a marvelous view of the migratory birds flocking here from October to March. Chilka proudly hosts the world’s largest breeding colonies of flamingos as well.
5.Eaglenest Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh
The Eaglenest Sanctuary boasts 454 species of birds. This sanctuary is the site where Bugun Liocichla was first discovered in 1995 and again observed and described in 2006 by Ramana Athreya, a famous bird watcher. Bugun Liocichla is an endangered bird. The best time to visit this sanctuary is between November and May. The Lama Camp is one of the famous base camps there where birds can be easily spotted.
6.Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary, Haryana
Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary, located in Gurugram, hosts some of the most colorful bird species. Some of the birds found here include Northern Pintail, Greater Flamingo, Common Teal, and Siberian cranes. It has a shallow freshwater lake called the Sultanpur Lake in which several birds can be spotted. The sanctuary hosts approximately 250 bird species and the best time to watch migratory birds is in winter months of the year.
7.Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Kerala
Well-known ornithologist Salim Ali once called the Thattekad Bird Sanctuary “the richest bird habitat on peninsular India.” It is the first bird sanctuary in Kerala and has some of the most beautiful species of birds such as the Oriental Darter, the Indian Hawk Cuckoo, and the brilliant Ceylon Frogmouth. A section of the sanctuary is known as the ‘Cuckoo Paradise’ as it is a habitat for different varieties of cuckoos.
8.Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Kerala
It is a part of Vembanad backwater labyrinth which is located 80 km away from Kochi. Birds like Little Cormorants and Pond Herons, local birds like cuckoo, owl, egret, heron and the water duck are some of the major attractions of this sanctuary. The sanctuary also provides houseboats for bird watching which and the best time to visit is between June and August, and from November to February for migratory birds.
9.Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, Gujarat
It is one of the largest wetland bird sanctuaries in India. The Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary is located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat and is famous for Indian Owl, and rare bird species like Spoonbills and Small Grebes. 225 types of birds have been recorded at an interpretation center called ‘Abhiruchi Kendra’ developed in the sanctuary by the forest department. The best time to visit the Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary is from November to February.
10.Lava and Neora Valley National Park, West Bengal
The Algarah Road in Lava is known to be the best “birding mile” of India. Lava and Neora Valley is home to several rare species such as the Satyr Tragon, Rufous-throated Partridge, the White-Tailed Robin, and the Rusty-bellied Shortwing. There are about 265 species of birds in the Lava and Neora Valley National Park. In the monsoon months, the sanctuary remains closed.