The massive sanctuary sprawling over 7 acres is situated in the heart of the lively city of Kochi and comprises of 18-acres of mangroves which are filled with various species of trees and plants. The sanctuary remains one of the major tourist attractions and conducts a free nature camp which is attended by tourists, nature lovers and botanists from different parts of the world. The sanctuary is home to a large variety of rare migratory birds and is like a heaven for all the bird watchers and nature lovers. In the middle of the sanctuary, there is a shallow tidal lake present which is surrounded by thick mangrove vegetation and is connected to the backwaters of Kochi via a canal. The sanctuary houses six species of mammals, seven species of fishes and species of amphibians, and close to 194 birds belonging to 32 different species along with 17 species of butterflies and 51 species of spiders.