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Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

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Declared a sanctuary in 1940 at the behest of the famed ornithologist Dr Salim Ali, the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is a paradise for bird watchers and nature lovers, spread across a small area of 0.67 sq km. Located on the banks of River Cauvery, this bird paradise is the preferred nesting ground for the resident birds as well as migratory species from Europe, Americas and Siberia. Go boating on the river, get a fascinating view of the various species of birds, and catch a glimpse of the marsh crocodiles in the water at this avian haven.

Birds: Around 170 different species of birds have been spotted in Ranganathittu. Most commonly seen birds are Painted Stork, Kingfishers, Cormorants, Darter, Herons, River Tern, Egrets, Indian Roller, Ibis, Spoonbill, Great Stone Plover and Pelicans. 

Boat ride in Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary:

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary offers guided boat rides during which trained staff will help visitors spot and identify birds. Boat ride is highly recommended as most of the bird sanctuary comprises islands. You may spot marsh crocodiles during the boat ride.

Timings to visit Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary:

Ranganathittu bird sanctuary is open to visitors between 9 AM and 6 PM on all days. 

Places to visit near Ranganathittu:  

Srirangapatna (5 kms), KRS Dam (16 kms) and Mysuru city (18 kms) can be visited along with Ranganathittu.

How to reach Ranganathittu:

Ranganathittu is 131 kms from Bengaluru and 18 kms from Mysuru. Mysuru airport is the closest airport just 25 kms away. Mysuru is also the closest train station. Taxis can be hired from Mysuru city to reach Ranganathittu bird sanctuary.

Places to stay near Ranganathittu: No stay options inside the bird sanctuary. Nearby Mysuru city has accommodations suitable to all budget groups. 

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