The Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary is located in the Kancheepuram District of Tamil Nadu. Spread around a 74-acre area, the sanctuary is 75 kilometers away from Chennai. Every year between the months of November and March, the place comes to life with over 40,000 birds migrating from various parts of the world. Vedanthangal is the oldest bird sanctuary in the country and is home to migratory birds like grey wigtail, sandpiper, pintail, blue-winged teal and many more. The place is dotted with many small lakes making it an attractive spot for birds to build nests and feed.
Bird Species Visiting Vedanthangal
There are thousands of birds which come from various countries during the migratory season, most of which can be easily identified. The easily found birds include sandpipers, pintails, night herons, little egrets, terns, white ibises and many more. The migratory birds are grey pelicans from Australia, spoonbills from Burma, teals from Canada and painted storks from Siberia.
The birds are busy during the nesting season when they build their own nests. During this time it is apt to visit the park in the evening when birds group up and return back to their nests. This is the same time when the park closes and will be a visual treat for visitors.
Best time to Visit: Between November and March
Opening Time: 6am to 6pm (All days of the week)
Entry Fee: Rs 5 for Children, Rs 25 for Adults
Binoculars: Available on Rent
How to Visit Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
Since the sanctuary is a little near Chennai, it can be reached in 2 hours from the city. Travel by road is best option to reach the place. Take the NH45 from Chennai to Chengalpattu and continue till Padalam junction from which the sanctuary road turns right. There are buses regularly available to the sanctuary from Chengalpattu Old Bus Stand. Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary can also be reached from Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram.