Vedanthangal Birds Sanctuary is one of the popular tourist attractions. Tamil Nadu is the state where tourists find the history and the natural beauty in there most attractive form. The wildlife sanctuaries and the national parks unveil the other section of Tamil Nadu. The state is the store house of various attractions.
Vedathangal Bird Sanctuary is 90 minutes journey from Chennai. The sanctuary is the nest for various bird families. The local and the migratory birds have made this place a homeland for them.300 years ago the land was popular as the hunting ground for the then land lords of the local areas. But at present hunting or causing any harm to the birds and other animals are criminal offences.
The vegetation, the pool and the tranquil ambience attracts birds and make them to stay in this place. The region remains crowded with water and other kind of birds. The polls remains dotted with water fowls and ducks. The sanctuary was established by the British government in the year 1798 to protect these birds from being extinct.
Wildlife Attractions in Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
As you enter the gates of the sanctuary, the sight of numerous trees flocked by birds busy in their chirping and chatting catches your attention. The migratory birds as if packing their luggage before flying off to their permanent habitats thousands of miles away. The birds here are accustomed to the visitors and are not afraid to venture quite close to them.
Prominent among the birds found in the sanctuary are Painted Stork, Cormorant, Egret, Spoonbill, Oriental Darter, White Ibis, Grey Pelican, Grebe, Sandpiper, Shoveller, Tern, Open Billed Stork and Pin Tailed Duck. The migratory birds which include Brahminy Kite, Booted and Short Toed Snake Eagle, Montagu’s and Eurasian Marsh Harriers, come from as far as Australia, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
It is an excellent place to spend some quite hours watching birds go about their daily routine. There are paved paths dotted with watchtowers and benches that are especially good for bird watching. The birds are best viewed if they do not notice the visitors. It is advisable to sit in a quite corner without making any noise and observe the birds.
How to Reach
By Air : Chennai is the nearest and most convenient airport, connected by daily Indian Airlines flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata .
By Rail : Chengalpattu is the nearest railhead. Delhi is conveniently connected through the Thirukkural Exp. & T N Smprk Krnti while Mumbai through the Madurai Exp. & Nagarcoil Exp.. Daily trains running Chennai-Chengalpattu include the Nellai Exp., Kanyakumari Exp., Pandian Exp. Pearl City Exp., Anantapuri Exp. & Rock Fort Exp..
By Road : To travel by road from Chennai, take the national highway no. 45 to Chengalpattu and head south towards Padalam junction. A right turn here will lead to the sanctuary road. The sanctuary can also be accessed from other nearby towns of Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram, but the road is not very well maintained. State transport buses ply between Chennai and Chengalpattu, the best option however would be to travel in your own four wheeler or hire a taxi from Chennai.