Inviting bird lovers and nature enthusiasts alike, Thattekad Bird Sanctuary is Kerala’s very first bird sanctuary. In 1983, the 25-sqkm area in Thattekad was declared a sanctuary. Earlier, in the same year, the legendary ‘Bird Man of India’ Dr. Salim Ali had surveyed Thattekkad, and called it the richest bird habitat he had ever seen. There are 284 species of birds that have been recorded at the sanctuary.
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary is located to the north of the Periyar River, at the foot of the mighty Western Ghats. The best time to visit the sanctuary is between October and March. The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport, and the nearest railway station is at Aluva.
It was Dr. Salim Ali who first recognised the avifaunal richness of Thattekkad Forest during his Travancore Cochin Ornithological survey during 1983. As recommended by Dr. Salim Ali, in 1983 an area of 25.16 Sq. Km. at Thattekkad was notified as Kerala’s first Tropical bird sanctuary. The area is a part of western Ghats, on its western slope and almost at the base of the highest peak Anamudi 2695 m above msl.
Habitat diversity and topographical position of the area is the main reason to make it bird rich. 322 species of birds including long distance migratory ones comprise the avifaunal world of Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary.