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Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary


River Safaris To Marsh Crocodiles: Head Off To The Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary This Weekend

Buzzing posted on 03 February


An ideal spot for a day trip from Bangalore, Ranganathittu is Karnataka’s largest bird sanctuary. It is also a great place to spot migratory birds and marsh crocodiles.

Of Birds And Crocs

Ranganathittu, a peaceful and unspoiled spot on the banks of River Cauvery is the largest bird sanctuary in Karnataka. Home to migratory birds, it is a popular nesting place for these avian creatures and a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and shutterbugs. The travel time from Bangalore is about 2.5 hours, even if you do take a short break en route. Plan your day trip such that you leave early to avoid any traffic hiccups while exiting Bangalore.

On the way we stopped at Kamat restaurant on the Bangalore-Mysore highway to relish their famous Kadubu {idlis wrapped in plantain leaves and steamed}. A clean and hygienic place, Kamat serves fresh and tasty food. The restrooms are well maintained and clean. A convenience store next to the restaurant stocks up on mineral water and snacks.

Field Trip

From Bangalore it’s a great destination for a day trip and an opportunity for the little nature enthusiast to see various species of migratory birds like darters, partridge, heron, egret, white ibis, little cormorants, and also marsh crocodiles. We visited Ranganathittu in July, but it is recommended to you visit the sanctuary between June and October.

Sanctuary Life

What a sanctuary this is. Set amidst serene surroundings — ponds adorned with lotus, lush green parks, and guided path ways, the sanctuary makes for quite a pleasant walk. For a closer look at the crocodiles and migratory birds, we decided to take a guided boat tour. We bought tickets and waited for some time until the boat was fully occupied. We were provided life jackets and given a safety briefing, “Do not put your hands in the water, you don’t want to get bitten by the crocs, they are not very friendly!”

Our boatman was a well-informed guide and shared insights about the migratory birds and the crocs. We spotted pelicans, kingfisher, painted storks, black ibis, and crocs sunbathing on the rocks, including the special sighting of a 100-year-old croc as well. One of the crocs had his mouth wide open and looked like a statue. We were told that because they are cold blooded, they derive their body temperature from the surrounding air and can stay still for a long time.

Though parking is ample here, the weekends tend to get very crowded at the sanctuary due to it being a popular spot for day trips.

Where: Mandya, Srirangapatna, Karnataka

Driving time from Bangalore: 2 hours, 40 minutes

Price: Entry fee INR 50 for adults and INR 25 for kids; boat rides: INR 50 for adults and INR 25 for kids

Contact: 080 22352828

Timings: 9am-4pm

Check out their website here.

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Mandya, Karnataka

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Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary