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Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary…Almost!

On Sunday, we drove to the Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary about 75 kms from Chennai, hoping to spot some exotic birds. The road is awesome (NH45) and we made it to the sanctuary in about an hour and a half, including a stop for coffee. But as we got out of the car, we saw a huge ‘No Admission’ sign across the entrance 🙁 The caretakers told us that the migratory birds that the sanctuary is famous for, hadn’t arrived yet because of the delayed rains in these parts. And that visitors aren’t allowed until then because it scares the birds away when they start coming in.

 

Having woken up really early and driven all the way (we should’ve called and checked!), we were a little disappointed, but the sanctuary is about 10 kms off the highway, and this stretch is FULL of birds of many many many kinds. The route to Vedanthangal was gorgeous too, so it wasn’t a wasted trip after all!

Indian Roller Bird

The gorgeous Indian Roller Bird

Indian Roller Bird

The Indian Roller Bird in flight

Yellow Billed Babbler

A bunch of noisy Yellow Billed Babblers

Red Vented Bulbul

Red Vented Bulbul

Drongo

Wonder what this is?

Common Myna

A common myna crossing the road

Drongo

A drongo of some kind – check out the typical split tail

The drive to the sanctuary is beautiful with beautiful lakes, railway tracks, the sandy bed of an extinct river (River Palar, I believe) and dense woods. When you get off the highway to drive into Vedanthangal, you are greeted by lush green fields dotted with ponds that attract many kinds of birds.

We stopped at a cute coffee place on the way called Lip Sip – I loved their funky logo!The beverages in this shop are served in pretty brass dabara – tumblers:Kumbakonam Degree Coffee Kumbakonam Degree CoffeeWe plan to return to Vedanthangal once the migratory birds arrive, but I’d go again and again just for the drive. If you decide to go, and are a coffee fan, remember to stop at one of the filter coffee shops along the way – there are tons. But most importantly, please find out if the sanctuary is open before you go!!

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7 Comments

  • Reply Anonymous February 4, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    it is really nice

  • Reply Pree Banerjie January 8, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    amazing pictures!

  • Reply Aravind January 7, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    The 5th pic – that's a juvenile Black drongo.
    And, the 7th is an Ashy Drongo.

  • Reply Madhu Gopalan November 7, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Thank you Sindhu!

  • Reply Madhu Gopalan November 7, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Thank you!

  • Reply Sindhu October 30, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Lovely post, Madhu. Loved the pictures of the birds and how you made the most of the trip – just enjoying the journey!

  • Reply Gopalan October 30, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Awesome pictures!

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