On a cloudy, overcast day,we managed to find time to visit Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, a tiny 40 acre place that sustains so much wildlife. Only some 130 km from Bangalore, one can easily make the trip in a day. The sanctuary is more like a public park, with cemented parking lot, paved walkways etc and even a canteen. Its tiny, and you should be able to cover it quickly. Do take time out for a boat safari through the waters.
Around 1648 when an embankment was made on the Kaveri River, islets were formed by the resultant water rising. These islets became fantastic breeding habitats for birds. The noted ornithologist Salim Ali persuaded the Wodiyar Kings of Mysore to protect this habitat and in 1940 it was declared a sanctuary. More than 170 bird species and many mammals like Indian Flying Foxes, Common Palm Civet, Bonnet Macaques, Indian Grey Mongoose are found here. Ranganathittu also has one of the largest populations of fresh water crocodiles in Karnataka. Overall, a great place to visit, but we wished it were much much larger.
[box type=”success” width=”100%” ]Where to stay at Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary: Although there is no stay within the sanctuary, you can find good accommodation at KSTDC Mayura at Srirangapatna. Best Time to Visit: Avoid the monssons. Which is mid- June to August.[/box]