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Kokkarebellur is an entire village dedicated to conservation of birds. Named after Painted Storks (Kokkare in Kannada), Kokkarebellur is a village in Maddur Taluk of Mandya district on the outskirts of Bengaluru. A brief and wonderful documentary shot of this village by WWF-India in the year 2017 gives the audience a strong reason to visit this village.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qm41gyKM–0&t=15s here goes the link to the documentary shot by WWF India.
Pelicans and Painted storks are found in large numbers in Kokkarebellur, often nesting on top of tamarind and mango trees in the village. About 200 other bird species are reportedly spotted in Kokkarebellur.
Best time/Season to visit Kokkarebellur:
November to May is the best season to visit Kokkarebellur with very high probability of spotting thousands of Pelicans and Painted Storks
Timing & Entry point to Kokkarebellur:
Kokkarebellur Community Reserve does not have any definitive boundary or entry points. There are no timing restrictions either. Visitors need to explore a large area to locate. Locals will be glad to guide visitors.
How to reach Kokkarebellur:
Kokkarebellur is 90 kms from Bengaluru and 70 kms from Mysuru. Mysuru airport is the closest (80 kms). Buses are available till Maddur (15 kms from Kokkarebellur) from where auto or taxi can be hired to reach Kokkarebellur.
Places to stay in and around Kokkarebellur:
Madduru town (15 kms from Kokkarebellur) has budget hotels. Bheemeshwari Adventure and Nature camp (40 kms) operated by Jungle Lodges & Resorts is a nice accommodation option in the middle of nature. More stay options are available at Mysuru and Bengaluru cities.