Winters are a time for lazing around at home, warm and cosy. But did you know that winters are also the best season for bird watching in India? The next time you have a short break or a weekend with nothing to do, why don’t you take your little bird lovers to some bird sanctuaries that are just a few hours away? Not only will this be a good change from the daily grind, but also an educational one! Check out some of the popular bird sanctuaries in India:
Near Bangalore: Ranganathittu Wildlife Sanctuary
Ranganathittu is situated around 20 kms. from Mysore. It is a small sanctuary but one that boasts of a profusion of birds. An important nesting ground for birds that migrate from across the world, this sanctuary plays host to spoonbills, ibises, cormorants, egrets, herons, partridges and storks, to name a few. One can also spot regional birds like the peacock and kingfisher. The best time to visit the sanctuary is from December to August. Situated on the Bangalore-Mysore highway, the Ranganathittu Sanctuary can be reached from either city, with the nearest railway station being the one in Mysore.
Near Mumbai: Karnala Bird Sanctuary
The Karnala Bird Sanctuary is located on the Mumbai-Pune highway, at a distance of around 50 kms. from the former. The sanctuary shelters about 147 domestic species and 37 migratory species. You can easily spot the peregrine falcon, serpent eagle and the king vulture. If you are lucky, you will also get to see the rarer spotted heart woodpecker and ashy minimet. The best time to visit is from October to March. An additional bonus is the Karnala fort that is located inside the sanctuary. The Karnala Bird Sanctuary is easily accessible by road. Click here to read the full article.