Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary – Srirangapatna near Mysore

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Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is one of the must visit place if you are traveling in or around Mysore. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is also know as the Pakshi Kashi of Karnataka and the person who convinced the King of Mysore Kantirava Wadiyaar to develop this place was a ornithologist Dr Salim Ali in the year 1940

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Type of Birds at Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

There are about 200 species of birds found at this bird sanctuary from about 8 countries.

  1. Indian Peafowl
  2. Large Green or Brown Headed Barbet
  3. Common Hoopoe
  4. Common Kingfisher
  5. Stork Billed Kingfisher
  6. White Breaseted Kingfisher
  7. Pied Kingfisher
  8. Small gree Bee Eater
  9. Asian Koel
  10. Spotted Owlet
  11. Spotted Dove
  12. White Breasted Waterhen
  13. Common Sandpiper
  14. Red Wattled Lapwing
  15. Great Stone Plover
  16. Indian River Tern
  17. Black Winged Kite
  18. Brahaminy Kite
  19. Grey Headed Fishing Eagle
  20. Eurasian Marsh harrier
  21. Littel Cormorant
  22. Darter
  23. Little / Large / Great Egret
  24. Median
  25. Cattle Egret
  26. Purple / Grey Heron
  27. Open Billed Stork
  28. Indian Myna
  29. Spoonbill
  30. And more ….

Other than birds you can find bonnet macaque, mongoose, civet, bat and crocodiles here.

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary Timings, Ticket / Entrance Fees

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Open between 8am to 6pm on all days. The best time to visit this place is between January and July. During October – November, this place is closed if there are heavy rain and the water is released from the KRS Dam.

Entrance fees

Rs 70 for Adults, Rs 10 for Kids, Rs 50 for Parking. If you have a normal camera, then you do not have to pay, but a SLR camera there are charges.

Boating charges

Rs 70 per person, Rs 1500 for personal boat, you can go alone if you hire a personal boat, maximum allowed on a personal boat are 4 people. For foreigners, the charges are more than double.

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You should not miss the boating if you go Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary. You can see the birds at a very nearby distance.

Best time for boating

The best time suggested by a guide there was to come at around 5pm and do the boating till 6 pm, you will get to see all kinds of birds and the view would be an experience of lifetime.

Suggested Reading – Roadtrip – Mysore to Coorg / Madikeri / Kodagu

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary Images

Resorts / Hotels Nearby Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

There are some good resorts nearby the bird Sanctuary. There is a property at KSTDC’s Mayura Riverside Cottages in Srirangapatna which has 20 rooms. As this place is very near to Mysore, you have a good option to stay at any place in Mysore.

Good Place to have Vegetarian food near this place is Thotada Mane Restaurant

If you are in Mysore and would like to have some Non-Vegetarian Food, then Olive Garden is good, for the best Coorg or Kodava Food, Simply Kodavas is the best.

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary Restaurant

Distance from Bangalore and Mysore to Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

From Mysore 16kms and from Bangalore around 140kms. You can come to Srirangapatan by train if you are coming from Bangalore or by road is a good option.

Video of Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

Over all Experience at the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

You will experience a very calm and cool environment as soon as you enter the gates of this wonderful Bird Sanctuary. The place is very clean, well maintained, basic facilities like toilets, drinking water, restaurants are available. You are not allowed to carry any plastic products, you need to maintain silence.

Kaveri Trail Track near Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

This is a place where KTM happens every year and this has been happening for the past 10 years now. Nice place to practice marathon close to the nature, away from pollution

Check out the Noel Home Farm Stay in the Video

Further Reading

  1. Mysore Zoo – A must visit place in Mysore
  2. Official Website 

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