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 a visit.

What’s The Buzz?

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 newspaper, 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.

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]

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 in the wetlands.

So We’re Thinking…

If you’re wondering what to do this weekend or the next and are in the mood to do some birdwatching, head to Kelwe and spot┬áthese beauties. Located about 12kms 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 and soak in some greenery, gorge on good food and treat yourself to a quick getaway from the city.

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