Thattekad is the first bird sanctuary in Kerala discovered by one of the best ornithologist- Salim Ali known as the ‘birdman of India’. He stumbled upon this hidden gem while scouting the area and learned that the 25km sq of land was inhabited by 500 species of wild and exotic birds including mammals like leopards, monkeys and elephants.

Thatekkad, literally translated to ‘flat forest’, is described as the richest bird habitat on peninsular India as good as eastern Himalayas; but birds are not the only star attractions of this place. The area is also home to many species of butterflies, a pond which has dozens of carps and a river that runs alongside the forest.

A land of subtle beauty that hides exotic creatures behind a pair of binoculars.

 

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