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Kunthakulam Bird Sanctuary, Tirunelveli (Tamilnadu), India Photo Gallery

Facts & Figure

Altitude : 100m
Temperature Range : 34.8°C to 17.8°C
Best time to Visit : January to April


About Kunthakulam Sanctuary

If you are a bird lover, if those beautiful feathered creatures fascinate you to no end, then you surely cannot afford to miss a tour to the Kunthakulam Bird Sanctuary. At a distance of about 33 km from Tirunelveli, an important railway junction in the Southern railways lies this bird reserve. Kunthakulam is a small hamlet in the Nanguneri Taluk of Tamil Nadu. It's a picturesque place abounding in forests and ponds.

Nature has generously bestowed her with a lot of beauty and it therefore comes as less of a surprise that a large number of birds make it their temporary home for a part of the year. They cover miles flying from as far flung areas as USA, Australia to seek shelter in the Kunthakulam Bird Sanctuary. Birds from our neighboring countries like Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Myanmar also flock in to this southern part of India during the winters and reside for several months.

It is indeed a pleasure and a delight to be seeing so many kinds of birds at the same place. Apart from admiring the beauty of these winged creatures, it is also an enthralling experience to be listening to their twittering sounds. And as reaching Kunthakulam Bird Sanctuary is also no problem at all, it definitely deserves to be a part of your tour itinerary of Tamil Nadu.

Birds In Kunthakulam Bird Sanctuary

Kunthakulam Bird Sanctuary is most popular bird sanctuary and paradise for bird watchers and the natural lovers. Between January and April, more than 10000 birds from various countries - including Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, the U.S. and Australia - migrate to this sanctuary.

Some of the species of the birds that can be easily spotted here are Painted Storks, Pelicans, Cormorants, Spot-bill Ducks, White Ibis, Egrets, Herons, Minivets, Flycatchers, Kingfishers, Partridges, Quails, Spotted and Brown Doves, Babblers and occasionally, Chipmunks and Pheasant-tailed Jacanas.

Special Attractions In Kunthakulam Bird Sanctuary

It's not only birds that the sanctuary offers to its tourists. Trekking, explore, walking, adventures and much more! If you are seeking a break from hustle bustle of city life, pollution and desire for a peaceful and clean atmosphere then Kunthakulam is the best place to come. People come here with their friends, family and loved ones to enjoy the beauty of the place!

Kunthakulam is well connected by the roads and has a modernized infrastructure. You can easily hire cab or any other means of transportation to the sanctuary. Whenever you come to Kunthakulam, do not miss out the neighboring Ariyakulam bird sanctuary that is only 13 kilometers east from Kunthakulam!
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The practice closest station is at Tirunelveli, which is an important railway junction in southern railway and is connected to all major cities of South India.






Access by RoadwaysAccess From Roadways

Tirunelveli, there are regular buses to the sanctuary. A good road network serves Tirunelveli. There are bus services from Chennai, Madurai, Trichy, Coimbatore, Kanyakumari, etc.
Follow the below given Travel Tips For Bird Warching

• Be sure you have a decent pair of binoculars and have adjusted and practiced using them.

• Always locate a bird first with your naked eye. The field of view through binoculars is much narrower, making it harder to search.

• Consider colors a bonus. Except under the best of conditions, it is hard to see feather colors accurately. Light reflection and shadows often distort, dull, or exaggerate colors. Consider other factors first. If conditions are good, consider color a bonus. Of course, there are species for which accurate color determination is essential for accurate identification.

• Size is helpful, but conditions can be misleading. A bird soaring overhead or flying by may seem much larger or smaller than reality. A reference object is helpful - a tree, fence post, telephone pole, etc.

• Observe the shape or profile of the bird. A long-bill, long legs, or tufted head immediately eliminates many possibilities.

• Habitat is always a useful consideration. In the midst of a coniferous forest you expect to see a different set of birds (avifauna) than you would on an ocean shore or in a city park.

• Note the behavior. Wading in shallow water, climbing a tree trunk, swimming, diving through the air, emerging from a mud nest, or sitting on a fence post, all narrow the choices down considerably. India Birding Tours, India Bird Watching.

• Songs and calls are excellent identification mechanisms and sometimes the only way to identify a bird because some species can only be distinguished in the field by their calls; and it is not uncommon to hear birds but not be able to find them. This takes a lot more practice than learning visual characters. I find it easiest to learn songs and calls if I am able to watch the bird singing or calling.

• Use a good field guide as they identify characteristics (field marks) most helpful to identification.

• Finally, my most important recommendation for the beginning birdwatcher: go out in the field with those folks who know the birds.
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