Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary, Kanchipuram

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Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary is a 30-hectare (74-acre) protected area located in the Chengalpattu District and Madurantakam taluk of the state of Tamil Nadu, India. The sanctuary is about 75 kilometres (47 mi) from Chennai on National Highway 45 ([NH45]). Easily reachable from Madurantakam and Chengalpattu. More than 40,000 birds (including 26 rare species), from various parts of the world visit the sanctuary during the migratory season every year.
Vedanthangal is home to migratory birds such as pintail, garganey, grey wagtail, blue-winged teal, common sandpiper and the like.
Vedanthangal is the oldest water bird sanctuary in the country. Vedanthangal in Tamil language means 'hamlet of the hunter'. This area was a favourite hunting spot of the local landlords in the early 18th century. The region attracted a variety of birds because it was dotted with small lakes that acted as feeding grounds for the birds. Realising its ornithological importance, the British government undertook steps to develop Vedanthangal into a bird sanctuary as early as 1798. This was established in 1858 by the order of the Collector of Chengalpattu.

The best time to visit this sanctuary is from November to March. During this time, birds are seen busy building and maintaining their nests.

Villagers near this sanctuary are very concerned about the sanctuary and its winged residents, and they have taken many serious steps to avoid disturbance to the flow of birds.

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  • I had been to this sanctuary on Feb13 and I could see lot of migratory birds.The whole sanctaury is full of painted storks,Asian open bill storks,Darters,Pelicans,Coromorants,Gre herons, Blackheaded.....  more »
  • when is visited this sanctuary in the month of december 2018,I am very disappointed as there is not a single bird.That is why this time I planned to visit this sanctuary in yesterday.Now the...  more »
  • Beautiful place. Serene lake with plenty of green tree laid islands for bird's to perch on the canopy. One can enjoy a wonderful sight of migratory birds. Native bird's on the trees along the pathway , with their melodious bird song's is blissful. Well maintained and clean walking path. Water available along the way.
  • Good place to break out from city.. reach there by 9 AM enjoy the weather... You can rent a binoculars and buy toy binoculars for kids... Have small walk, see birds, take cool pics and return back... Half day picnic spot.
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