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!
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: We 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!!