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History and Overview of Thattekad
The Bird Sanctuary at Thattekad was the first of its kind in Kerala. Every year, during seasonal times, around 300 different varieties of birds come visiting this place, making it an Ornithologist’s delight. The location of the bird sanctuary, in itself, is a huge crowd puller as it nicely sandwiched between Periyar River on one side and green, thick forests on the other side. Malayalam is the local language that is spoken and according to this, Thattekad literally means “forests that are flat”.
This bird sanctuary was established during 1983 and ranks on par with international sanctuaries. It is probably one of the best in India and is treated equally with the prestigious sanctuaries found on the mighty Himalayan mountain ranges. Dr. Salim Ali was the key person behind the establishment of this sanctuary, as it was based on his advice that the government invested in this sanctuary. Today, this sanctuary is one of the top-earning places in terms of tourism revenue for the state. With every passing year, tourists are delighted to discover that the number of birds only keeps on increasing. This has been the main reason as to why most of the bird lovers come back every year during a particular season to watch the new and exotic birds in action.
Some of the birds that attract lots of international and domestic tourists are the barbet with crimson throat, Fairy blue, Sun bird, Thrush with orange head, Owl with collared scops, Leaf-warbler with large bills, Cuckoo of Indian Origin, Terns that have whiskers, Cormorants, Nightjar of Jerdon, Pigeon that is green, frog mouth from Ceylon, Bulbuls with a yellowish-brown shade and Oriental Darter. Also known as the Paradise of Cuckoos, this bird sanctuary is home to Indian Haw Cuckoo, Large Hawk Cuckoo and Drongo Cuckoo.
This sanctuary is located 10.34 degrees towards the North and 76.43 degrees to the East.
How to reach, local transport, attractions and things to do in Thattekad
Air – Cochin airport, at around 45km from this place, is the closet airport.
Rail – Aluva, an important railway junction that connects Kerala with important places like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore, etc. is located at a distance of 48km from Thattekad and is the nearest rail station.
Road – Lots of private and government buses run between Kochi and Thattekad every day. These buses are either air-conditioned, luxury coaches, deluxe coaches, non AC or sleeper coaches.
Local mode – Since the bird sanctuary is the only attraction here, travelling by foot is the best option for exploring the place.
Sight-seeing places and things to do
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary is one of the major tourist attractions here. Tourists who come here can engage in trekking and bird-watching as this place is a visual delight for ornithologists.
Famous places to eat and stay
There is excellent food available in the various hotels of Thattekad that offer accommodation options for their tourists. There are no specific restaurants outside as this is quite a small village. The Jungle Bird Homestay is one of the best places to stay when tourists come to Thattekad. This place makes the guests feel absolutely at ease. All hotels provide authentic Kerala food with an overdose of coconut milk, fish and meat curries. Some nice options to stay apart from this Homestay are Hotel Maria International, Cloud 9 Hotel, VKJ International, Birds Lagoon Village Resort and Hornbill Camp. The last two are of star-hotel categories while the others are budget hotels.
STD, PIN and Emergency Contact numbers in Thattekad
The STD and PIN codes of Thattekad are 0484 and 686691 respectively. Police, Fire, Ambulance, Women’s Help, Kids Help line and Blood Bank services can be reached at 100, 101, 102, 1091, 1098 and 1910 respectively.
Banks, Hospitals and Tourist Office in Thattekad
Banks – There are no banks in Thattekad.
1 - St. Joseph’s Hospital,
Dharmagiri, Kothamangalam – 686691
Ph: 0485 2862391
2 - Mar Baselios Medical Mission Hospital
Mathirapally, Kothamangalam – 686691
Ph: 0485 2822203.
Kerala State Tourism Development Corporation
Shanmugam Road, Ernakulam district – 682031
Ph: 0484 2353234