6 Top Bird-Watching Destinations in India

Do you love watching birds? Do you love entertaining your ears with the melodious rhythmic sounds of the chirping birds? If Yes, then you would surely love today’s article on the top bird-watching destinations in India. Imagine being surrounded by beautiful vibrant colored birds all around in their natural habitat. Isn’t it amazing? Frequented by local birds and migratory birds, these places are a paradise for bird lovers and bird watchers.

India is fortunate to house many bird-watching sanctuaries hosting special tours to enjoy amid the tweeting of birds. Almost 1300 species of birds are present in India including domestic and migratory birds. Let’s now explore the bird-watching destinations in India.

Keoladeo Ghana National Park in Rajasthan

Keoladeo Ghana National Park in Rajasthan is one of the spectacular bird-watching destinations in India. It was declared a national park on 10th March 1982. The park was earlier known by the name of Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. In 1985, it was included in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. Spread over a stretch of about 29 km, it is the residence of about 370 species of birds. The unique attraction of the park is the visit of the migratory endangered Siberian cranes. The other common birds dwelling in the park are the ducks, pelicans, geese, cranes, hawks, eagles, larks, flycatchers, shanks, stints, wagtails, warblers, pipits, and wheateaters.

You can avail yourself of the jeep ride or the rickshaw safari to roam about the sanctuary and spot the birds. When the water level is high, some people even ride the boats. If you are willing to spend a sufficient amount of time with the birds, it is recommended to walk or ride a bicycle.

Entry Fee

500 rupees for foreigners and 75 rupees for the Indians

How to reach?

The nearest airport is Agra and the nearest railway station is Bharatpur Junction. Numerous buses ply between Bharatpur and the other prominent cities in India.

Best Time to visit the Park

For watching the migratory birds, the best months are November, December, January, February, and March. August, September, October, and November are best for watching the resident birds.

Courtesy: https://www.outlookindia.com/outlooktraveller/explore/story/47228/quick-guide-keoladeo-ghana-national-park

Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttarakhand

Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttarakhand is one of the finest bird-watching destinations in India. Covering an area of about 45 square km, it is home to almost 200 species of birds. The sanctuary is majorly inhabited by birds and hence a perfect place for bird watchers to observe and click some exclusive photos. The flora of the sanctuary with oak trees, Chir pine trees, and vast areas of agricultural land have made it a perfect dwelling for innumerable varieties of local and migratory birds. The key ones among them are blue whistling thrush, bar-tailed treecreeper, brown-fronted woodpecker, coal tit, Eurasian jay, Grey-winged Blackbird, Himalayan vulture, Long-tailed broadbill, oriental turtle dove, and Verditer Flycatcher.

Trekking opportunities are there for adventure lovers. You can also walk along the trails if you want to relax and leisure around. The tree and plant species in the sanctuary are a treat to the eyes with their lush greenery and dense vegetation.

Entry Fee

600 rupees for foreigners and 150 rupees for the Indians.

How to reach?

The nearest airport is Pantnagar and the nearest railway station is Kathgodam railway station. Numerous buses, private and shared taxis ply between Binsar and the other prominent cities in Uttarakhand and north India.

Best Time to visit the Park

The best months are February, March, April or October, and November. You can spend a good time watching the birds.

Courtesy: https://www.euttaranchal.com/tourism/binsar.php

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary in Kerala

Spread across an area of 14 hectares, Kumarakom bird sanctuary in Kerala is one of the fascinating bird-watching destinations in India. The location of the sanctuary is awesome, along the banks of the Vembanad Lake in Kottayam. Siberian migratory birds are found in abundance along with the local birds. Besides, several rare bird species reside in the sanctuary. Among the domestic birds, the prominent ones are heron, duck, waterfowl, owl, cuckoo, egret, parrots, larks, teal, flycatchers, and wood beetles. The Siberian cranes are the key attractions among the migratory birds.

Motorboats, houseboats, and small boat cruises are available for bird watching. You can even leisure at the banks of the lake, relaxing amid the melodious chirping of birds.

Entry Fee

600 rupees for foreigners and 150 rupees for the Indians.

How to reach?

The nearest airport is Kochi and the nearest railway station is at Kottayam. Buses, cabs, and autorickshaws ply in large numbers between Kumarakom and other major cities of the state.

Best Time to visit the Park

The best months are June, July, and August since those are the breeding season for the local birds. If you wish to watch the Siberian cranes, the best time is November, December, January, February, and March.

Courtesy: https://www.keralatourism.org/destination/kumarakom-bird-sanctuary/525

Chilika Wildlife Sanctuary in Odisha

Chilika Wildlife Sanctuary in Odisha is my favorite and one of the most popular bird-watching destinations in India. Innumerable species of birds huddle up at the sanctuary, a marvelous treat for the bird watchers. Waterbirds like herons, spot-billed pelicans, open-billed storks, seagulls, stilts, kingfishers, and white-billed storks are the key attractions in the sanctuary. Observing the birds in their natural habitat along with the enigmatic flora of the sanctuary is a blissful experience. The special attraction of the sanctuary is the spectacular flamingoes.

You can avail a boat ride at the lake to be in the vicinity of the birds. Along with the birds, you can spend a great time watching the dolphins in the lake. Two small islands – The Breakfast Island and the Honeymoon Island are its other key attractions.

Entry Fee

There is no entry fee for the park but charges are there for the ferry or the boat ride.

How to reach?

The nearest airport is Bhubaneshwar and the nearest railway station is at Puri. Buses, cabs, and autorickshaws operate in abundance between Chilika lake and other parts of the state.

Best Time to visit the Park

The best months are October, November, December, January, February, and March. The migratory birds arrive near the lake premises during that time.

Courtesy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chilika_Lake

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary in Karnataka

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary in Karnataka is one of the exclusive bird-watching destinations in India. The sanctuary has derived its name from the Sri Ranganatha Swamy, the Hindu god, and incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Doctor Salim Ali, a renowned ornithologist, was instrumental in the establishment and recognition of the sanctuary. Located at the banks of the river Cauvery, its beauty is enthralling spanning across six surreal calm islands. Migratory birds from North America, Siberia, and Australia visit the sanctuary in large numbers. A wide variety of bird species reside inside the sanctuary, the prominent ones being kingfisher, cormorant, duck, heron, peafowl, stork, swallow, river tern, and white ibis.

You can avail of their guided boat rides for a tour along the sanctuary watching the exquisite local and migratory birds.

Entry Fee

300 rupees for foreigners and 50 rupees for the Indians.

How to reach?

The nearest airport is Mysore and the nearest railway station is at Srirangapatna. Regular buses and cabs ply between the sanctuary and other cities of the state.

Best Time to visit the Park

The best months are June, July, August, September, October, and November. These are the breeding seasons for the birds.

Courtesy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranganathittu_Bird_Sanctuary

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary in Goa

Salim Ali Bird sanctuary in Goa is one of the famous bird-watching destinations in India. Named after Dr. Salim Ali, the sanctuary attracts many visitors from India and abroad. Hosting innumerable species of domestic and migratory birds, the sanctuary is a paradise for bird lovers. There are about 473 species of birds, truly a haven for ornithologists and bird admirers. The location is excellent, being situated at the banks of the River Mandovi. The key attractions of the sanctuary are drongos, cormorants, black kites, woodpeckers, white egrets, myna, and others.

There is an observation tower inside the sanctuary, the best place to wait and watch the birds.

Entry Fee

300 rupees for foreigners and 50 rupees for the Indians.

How to reach?

The nearest airport is Dabolim International airport and the nearest railway station is at Karmali. Buses, rental cars, taxis, and bikes operate in large numbers almost daily between the sanctuary and other parts of Goa and other cities of Maharashtra.

Best Time to visit the Park

The best months are October, November, December, January, February, and March. During this time, the migratory birds arrive at the sanctuary.

Courtesy: https://www.indiamart.com/proddetail/dr-salim-ali-bird-sanctuary-tour-2390292497.html

Hope you have enjoyed reading about the bird-watching destinations in India. Please share some of your experiences as well.

Kuntala

A blogger interested in travelling and exploring new places and sharing ideas with all. Curious about the unique features of a place and its ethereal beauty.

24 thoughts on “6 Top Bird-Watching Destinations in India

  • August 3, 2021 at 4:06 pm
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    I would have a field day watching the birds/ other animals at all of these parks. I best get my camera ready because I would be taking pics like there was no tomorrow.

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  • August 3, 2021 at 4:09 pm
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    Those birds are fascinating. Bird sanctuaries not only offer a chance to see colorful birds but it’s also a great chance to commune with nature.

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  • August 3, 2021 at 6:56 pm
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    I’ve always been somewhat of a bird watcher. How amazing would it be to do that in India.

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  • August 3, 2021 at 7:21 pm
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    Nnniiiiccceeeee…however, I am most fascinated with the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary!

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  • August 3, 2021 at 9:28 pm
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    India has such beautiful, colorful birds! I’d love to visit all of these places and just watch the birds all day.

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  • August 3, 2021 at 9:33 pm
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    I had no idea that India has so many amazing places to go bird watching! They all sound incredible.

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  • August 3, 2021 at 9:41 pm
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    Bird watching is such a soothing activity. I love to watch birds going about their daily lives. I think watching the beautiful birds in India would be amazing.

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  • August 4, 2021 at 7:56 am
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    There are so many interesting bird species to see here! What a neat place to observe wildlife.

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  • August 4, 2021 at 9:37 am
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    These look like lovely and relaxing places to visit. They would feel very calming.

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  • August 4, 2021 at 9:48 am
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    Look at all of these beautiful birds! WOW! My in laws LOVE bird watching. And it’s such a joy to be with them when they do; I always learn so much. It would be a joy to visit some of these wonderful places in India and see those beautiful birds with them <3

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  • August 4, 2021 at 1:12 pm
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    I love to see flock of birds flying in the sky. It brings piece in me and happiness too. I wish I can visit bird sactuaries like this too. Hopefully everything will be back to normal again so we can visit anything we want.

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  • August 4, 2021 at 3:01 pm
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    Wow! I hope to see all these birds. Maybe I can visit these sanctuaries after the pandemic? I miss traveling!

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  • August 4, 2021 at 4:33 pm
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    I had been to the kumarokom bird sanctuary in kerala and totally loved it. I will mark the other 3 to visit sometime in near future.

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  • August 4, 2021 at 5:43 pm
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    I live in Goa but still haven’t made it to Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, your post has surely inspired me to do so soon.

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  • August 4, 2021 at 8:19 pm
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    thanks for this list about India places not to be missed, I will save this for my future travel reference to India

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  • August 5, 2021 at 1:07 am
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    I’ve never tried bird watching before but that sounds like a great idea and thanks for sharing this with us.

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  • August 5, 2021 at 1:10 am
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    Bird watching is quite an interesting thing to do and would love to experience it someday. Thanks for the share.

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  • August 5, 2021 at 9:25 am
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    I never really knew that there are lots of bird sanctuaries in India. Another reason why i should include India on my bucket list of travel destinations!

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  • August 5, 2021 at 12:39 pm
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    not a big on bird watching but it sure is relaxing (and if combined with something more active might be also pretty good)

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  • August 5, 2021 at 2:47 pm
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    I bet you have some amazing wildlife in India! My friend and I are in the midst of creating a set of 10 books based on Irish wildlife and water systems. I’ve learned about so many creatures I didn’t know we had.

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  • August 5, 2021 at 7:06 pm
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    What wonderful places to see a variety of birds. I would love to visit these places and see wonderful birds!

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  • August 6, 2021 at 2:50 am
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    I’ve never been bird watching but I do find birds very fascinating and these are all really good sites

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  • September 3, 2021 at 3:12 pm
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    Thank You! For sharing such a great article, It’s been a amazing article. It’s provide lot’s of information, I really enjoyed to read this.

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