Watching birds roaming around their natural habitat, or hearing the chirps of different species of birds surrounded by nature is an amazing experience. Bird sanctuaries in India are open throughout the year. During the winter season, you can spot a colourful, vibrant, and rare variety of resident birds, migratory birds, and different types of flora and fauna in various sanctuaries.
- Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Rajasthan
Bharatpur bird sanctuary is a paradise for bird lovers. It is one of the most iconic spots to find various species of birds in Rajasthan. The sanctuary is now called Keoladeo Ghana National Park. It is home to more than 360 species of birds of different colours. Here you can also find 300 species of flowering plants and other animals.
Best time to visit: August to November to witness the resident birds. October to February to see migratory birds.
Timings: 8 AM- 5 PM. Entry Fee: Rs 50 to 400.
- Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Kerala
One of the most stunning bird sanctuaries is that of Thattekad in Kerala. Here you will find hundreds of rare and endemic species of birds and other animals. You can explore the sanctuary by walking, on bicycle trips, and kayaking on the lakes. Visit this amazing place, and immerse yourself in the lush natural surroundings.
Best time to visit: October to February to spot migratory birds.
Timings: 7 AM- 5 PM. Entry Fee: Rs 20/- per person.
- Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu
One of the oldest and smallest water bird sanctuaries in the nation is Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary. Even though the area is quite small, there are a variety of local birds and multiple rare migratory birds like grey wagtails, herons, common sandpipers, and pintails. The villagers who stayed near the sanctuary took serious steps to avoid any disturbance to the flow of birds.
Best time to visit: November to March. During this time, various birds are seen building and maintaining their nests.
Timings: 6 AM-6 PM. Entry Fee: Rs 25/- per person.
- Chilika Lake Bird Sanctuary, Orissa
Chilika lake bird Sanctuary is one of the largest brackish water lakes in India. The lake is used as a fishing spot now. The sanctuary is famous for spotting several migratory birds. More than 260 species of birds migrate here from the Caspian sea, Russia, Mongolia, and the Himalayas. In this beautiful sanctuary, you will find various birds like flamingoes, eagles, and geese.
Best time to visit: October to March
Timings: 8 AM-5 PM. Entry fee: Free Entry.
- Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary, Haryana
Sultanpur bird sanctuary is a popular and famous bird sanctuary in India. Every year several nomadic birds fly here. The sanctuary is home to more than 250 species of local birds and 100 species of migratory birds that visit this place during different parts of the year.
Best time to visit: November to February
Timings: 6 AM-4:30 PM. Entry fee: Rs 5/- to 40/- per person.
- Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, Gujarat.
Nal Sarovar bird sanctuary was a wetland before. A lot of birds got attracted to this place because of the freshwater, and plenty of food. During the winter, the bird sanctuary is home to over 250 different species of wetland birds. You can also enjoy boating and participate in other fun activities as well.
Best time to visit: November to February.
Timings: 6 AM-6 PM. Entry fee: Rs 75/- per person on weekdays. Rs 85/- on weekends.
Boating: Rs 150/- per person.
- Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Goa
Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is named after the popular ornithologist Salim Moizuddin Abdul Ali. You can spot a variety of local and migratory birds in the sanctuary. The bird sanctuary lies along a narrow stretch of mangrove forest and the Mandovi river. You can find ample species of birds, and other animals like crocodiles, jackals, and foxes.
Best time to visit: November to February
Timings: 6 AM-6 PM. Entry Price: Rs 10/- to 100/- per person.
- Kaundinya Bird Sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh
Kaundinya bird sanctuary is located close to Horsley hills, and it is a delightful place for bird watchers and nature lovers. The bird sanctuary is known for its vibrant, and rich biodiversity. Along with the variety of migratory and endemic birds, other animals that can be seen include elephants, porcupines, sloth bears, spotted bears, tigers, and jungle cats.
Best time to visit: October to April.
Timings: 8 AM-6 PM. Entry Fee: Free Entry
Conclusion: There are several more bird sanctuaries across India for bird-watching lovers. Visit these amazing bird sanctuaries during the winter if you want to learn more about different species of birds and their behaviour patterns