Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
Vedanthangal water bird sanctuary is the India's oldest sanctuary established in 1858.
It is spread over 72 acres of marshy land with trees ideal for nesting are home to many
species of water birds.
Vedanthangal is one of the largest bird sanctuaries in India.
It is a marshy park with a lake in which over 1,00,000 migratory birds make their home
every year. Along the lake bund there is 24' high observation tower commanding the panoramic
view of the sactuary. The majority of birds can be seen between November and February.
Paradise for Bird-watchers
It continues to be a paradise for bird watchers, especially during the winter season,
when birds in myriad colours and kinds descend on the lake in hordes. The variety of birds
includes Herons, Darters, Spoonbills, Pelicans, Sandpipers, White Ibis, Cormorants,
Bullwinged teals storks, egrets, and Swans.
They can be viewed from an observation tower on
the tank bund and the best time to watch them is in the early morning or in the evenings
between 3pm and 6pm. Some of them travel thousands of miles all the way from Siberia, to
avoid the biting cold.
Information for tourists
Reservations for the Vedanthangal Rest House can be made with the Wildlife Warden, Adayar, Chennai.
To visit Vedanthangal by bus, catch the direct metro bus to Chingleput,
either from Parry's Corner or Tambaram.
At a distance of about 86 kms. from Chennai.
It can be reached by bus from the little town of Chengalpattu.