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Crocodile Park

Rom and Zai Whitaker established the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust in 1976 with a specific goal of breeding the crocodile population of the Mugger .

Guindy National Park

The 2.70 km� CHENNAI - Guindy National Park, is unique in more ways than one.
Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
Vedanthangal Lake is at an altitude of 122 m. This Bird Sanctuary established in 1858 in an area of 70 acres, is 85 kms from Chennai
Gulf Of Manner Marine National Park
This Marine park of Mannar spreads along 560 Km stretch between Rameswaram and Tuticorin. It is lying within the Bio Sphere of Mannar
Mukkurthi National Park
Short 45 Kms drive from Udhagamandalam, martenspread over an area 79 km on the south eastern corner of the Nilgiris Plateau.

Vedanthangal & Karikili Bird Sanctuary

Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary - Vedanthangal : Vedanthangal Lake is at an altitude of vedan122 m. This Bird Sanctuary established in 1858 in an area of 70 acres, is 85 kms from Chennai. The peak season period between November - March attracts thousands of birds like: Darter, Grebes, Egrets, White Ibis, Garganey Teals, Grey Pelican, Grey Heron, Siberian Painted Storks, Spoonbill and Spot Bill Duck from different parts of the globe, visit and breed here. Vedanthangal birds sanctuary is one of the smallest and oldest in the country with a unique history. The local people have been protecting the sanctuary for centuries now, because they have realized that the bird droppings falling into the tank increases nitrogen content of the water and when used to irrigate crop increases the yield greatly and saves the cost of fertilizers. In 1798, the village folk convinced the authorities to give protection to the birds of the 30 ha. area of the Vedanthangal tank. Around 30000 birds come every season even though the area is small in size. It then attracts multitudes of herons, egrets, storks, ibises and spoon bills. If the monsoon is heavy, these trees can be partially submerged. Despite its compact size, Vedanthangal is worth a visit, especially between October and January, for the experience of seeing nesting birds in close range.  

Other Information

Location Vedanthangal Karikili Kancheepuram district - 85 kms from Chenna i.
Area   30 hectares.
Vedanthangal    Karikili 70 hectares with a belt of 5 kms width around.
Forest type A tank having a compact grove of Barringtonia acacia nilotica trees and the dry evergreen scrub and thorn forests.
Animals found  These sanctuaries are famous for their breeding heronry including Cormorants, Egrets, Grey heron, Open-billed stork, Darter, Spoonbill, White Ibis, Night Herons, Grebes, Grey Pelican etc . Many migratory birds like teals, shovellers, pintails, sandpipers etc.   visit the sanctuary in winter.  A variety of resident birds like Coots, Moorhen and Terns can also be seen . Vedanthangal is the oldest water bird sanctuary in the country.
Annual rainfall  About 1200 mm
Nearest airport Chennai - 85  kms away
Nearest Railway station Chengalpattu - 30 kms away
Best Season The nesting season commences late in October and the birds are through with breeding and disperse to their feeding grounds about February. The best season is November to February.
Accommodation Forest Rest House at Vedanthangal with catering arrangements, P.W.D. Rest House at Karunguzhi.
Other facilities Regular bus services from Chennai, Tambaram and Chengalpattu.