September 14, 2009


Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is about 18km form Mysore and is home to some of the most exotic birds. It is a group of small islands in the Cauvery River. it includes of a group of six islets, the isolated islets and the abundance of aquatic insects during the monsoon make Ranganathitttu a favorite abode for birds. Sanctuary is a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts nature lover and bird watchers. 

Ranganthittu was formed as a result of a small dam across the river Cauvery in the 1600s. The Bird Sanctuary at Ranganathittu owes its existence to the world famous ornithologist Dr. Salim Ali who convinced the Maharaja of Mysore in 1940 to declare Ranganthittu as a protected area.

The sanctuary is not very large it covers an area of But is home to a great variety of birds and a few reptiles. 
The sanctuary is home to a wide species of birds including cormorants, darters, white ibis, spoon billed storks, open billed storks, painted storks, white necked storks, egrets, herons, terns, kingfishers, sandpiper etc.

There are a few mammals in the sanctuary like fruit bats, bonnet macaques, palm civets, common mongoose and common otters. 

there were hundres of bats in this bush
Marsh crocodiles make up the reptile population of the sanctuary.

It was pretty scarry to get so close to this guy

The sight of fruit bats, crocodiles and birds flying around is a beautiful sight to watch. You can take a boat ride around the sanctuary and get a closer look at the birds and the crocodiles. 

The entrance of the park has huge bamboo surrounding the winding path. On both sides of the path are boards with pictures and information about the different birds that are found in the sanctuary. There is a small canteen situated near the lake made in a clearing between the bamboos.

If you are a nature enthusiast it is best to visit the sanctuary in the early hours of the morning before the sanctuary gets crowded with visitors.

It is said that some of the birds come here from far off place like Siberia, Australia, and even North America.  Authorities have created additional islets at the sanctuary to make way for more number of birds to lay eggs and breed. the birds begin arriving in sanctuary in December every year and finally leave with their little ones in August only to return yet again the following year.

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  1. The place is really nature loving! Crocodile is the living thing that scares the hell out of me !
    The birds are beautiful pictured! And the bats are pretty funny!!

  2. Thanks, Ya the bats looked pretty funny... they looked like cats with wings... but they were pretty big with huge wings... looked straight out of a horror movie

  3. Hello Samson. You have some wonderful shots here especially those of the ibis. This looks like a place I could spend a lot of time in looking for bugs. :)

  4. That is an extraordinary place. What a range of wildlife. The croc so near the bird was a surreal image.

  5. Wow, great pictures, lovely birds. Nice place to visit.

  6. Wow. Great location - wonderful pictures. Thanks for sharing.

  7. What a nice place. I loved reading about the sanctuary and all the birds and animals. I would love to see some of these birds, especially the storks.
    Thanks for sharing, I really enjoyed this post.

  8. What amazing birds and reptiles. interesting place. Lovely photos!

  9. What a marvelous sanctuary and what terrific shots! Really amazing! Thanks for sharing and thanks also for stopping by and for your comments! Always appreciated!



  10. What a great sancuary, no matter how small. There are many species there. I like the curve billed birds up in the trees. You are very brave to get that close to that croc, and so is that bird. Great tour and captures.

  11. Thanks Joan, sure you'll find a lot of bugs here, i had very little time on hand when i visited this place or else i would've come up with some macro's :) if you ever come to this side of the world i'll sure take u around to place's of your interest :)

  12. Thanks Sandy, Croc tried to catch the bird just few min after i took that shot... i had my camera pointed in another direction and i missed that shot :(

  13. Fantastic snaps. The birds are definitely exotic and you have covered the sanctuary beautifully. I had been to this place long back as a kid.

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  14. hi friends..well written post.keep blogging.planning a trip to br hills resort and also near by place bandipur resorts..its really an awesome place.their sevices and Wildlife Safari really really visit once in your life tome..