Ten-Second Takeaway

About 70 migratory flamingos have been spotted in the wetlands of Kelwe, a coastal village in Palghar, about two months ahead of their scheduled arrival, making it the perfect time to pay this beautiful village near Mumbai, a visit.

What’s The Buzz?

Photo source: Dr. Raju Kasambe via Wikimedia Commons [CC BY-SA 3.0]

Photo source: Dr. Raju Kasambe via Wikimedia Commons [CC BY-SA 3.0]

The Flamingo Festival traditionally takes place in March along the Sewri-Mahul wetlands {the festival has been around for a decade} where over 15,000 flamingos are seen against the backdrop of lush mangroves along the central Mumbai coastline.

This month, according to The Hindu, about 70 migratory flamingos have already arrived at the wetlands of Kelwe, a small coastal village in Palghar, two months prior to their scheduled time of arrival. And what makes this is special is that this sighting has happened after a gap of two years.

And it’s not just the flamingos {they’re an endangered species} that are creating a stir among birdwatchers, but there are also storks, Openbills and White Ibis that have been spotted.

So We’re Thinking…

If you’re wondering what to do this long weekend or the next, and are in the mood to do some birdwatching, head to Kelwe and spot these beauties. Located about 12 kms from Palghar, the beautiful and quaint Kelwe beach is a 20-25 minute auto ride from Palghar station.

We recommend you head there for a day trip from Mumbai, soak in some greenery, gorge on good food and treat yourself to a quick getaway from the city.

Where: Kelwa Beach

Nearest Airport: Chhatrapati Shivaji Internation Airport, Mumbai

Featured photo source: Bendale.kaustubh via Wikimedia Commons [CC-BY-SA 3.0]