Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Mandya, Karnataka

It is sad news from Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, near Mysore. Incessant rains, overflowing of Cauvery River has played havoc in this region.

Every year around 70,000 birds, including those from Europe migrate to this sanctuary for three to four months to nest. Usually this is from June to November. Karnataka tourism has developed this place well, spruced it up with little gardens, a couple of eateries and ‘boating’ facilities. The boats take you reasonably close to their nests and one can get good pictures of the birds. This place is a favorite weekend picnic destination for many Bangalore families. These pictures were taken a couple of years back.

The sanctuary has six islets, it is such a treat to eyes seeing the birds: Pelicans, Painted Storks, Asian Openbill Stork, more (170 varieties recorded) at such close distance totally unmindful of the tourists around. Different birds choose different islands and experienced boatman can steer you to your desired bird’s nesting grounds. Ask for Spoonbill Island, you will be taken to the island where Spoonbill birds have been nesting for decades… as long as his memory… the boatman says.

Unfortunately today none of these islets are visible; water level has risen 10ft. above the average mark. Cauvery River washed away their nests, along with them the eggs and tiny hatch-lings. The worst affected are the breeds which build nests on lower branches (Snake Bird). Many birds have left for safer grounds. They are now seen nesting in the trees of Kokkare Bellur, near Maddur, on the Bangalore-Mysore highway. The sanctuary is now shut for boating to public for the next six weeks.

Ranganthittu is located three kilometers away from the historic town of Srirangapatna and 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) north of Mysore. It is 130kms south west Of Bangalore.

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41 Responses

  1. Sylvia K says:

    Oh, how sad that the rising water levels have destroyed so many nests, eggs and birds!! I do hope more survived than than died! Wonderful captures for the day, Indrani!

  2. TexWisGirl says:

    that is sad about the flooding and destruction of their nesting!

  3. George says:

    I'm sorry that the rise in water levels destroyed so many nesting sites and nests. Your pictures are wonderful.

  4. Very sad indeed. A terrible tragedy!

  5. Cloudia says:

    your pictures make us care!

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  6. That is unfortunate about the waters. What a beautiful place with a great mission, though.

  7. Sad to know 🙁
    Nice pics and Thanks for your sharing your post.

  8. Rajesh says:

    That is a very sad news. I was hoping to go this place this year.

  9. This is an usual scene here during the monsoon. And this year monsoon have been really good.

  10. Indeed, it's a sad news. i can feel your sad when you got this news.

  11. Kusum Sanu says:

    It is one of my favorite places to visit! And I heard about the swollen Cauvery has caused much of destruction! Nice post!

  12. That is sad. I had been there 9 years back. Thanks for sharing this info.

  13. That is sad news Indrani.

  14. Sad! I have made some memorable pics here

  15. Oh how distressing
    Hugs and thanks for sharing such wonderful pics
    Hugs
    SueAnn

  16. Gary says:

    Great tour,but too bad about the floods. Boom & gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  17. i feel sad for the birds and other creatures that have lost their sanctuary from rising waters. i hope the situation would improve soon.

  18. Sridharan says:

    I've been to this beautiful place..

  19. It is depressing to learn how nature has played havoc with what used to be the temporary shelter of birds. The pictures are beautiful.

  20. Indiawilds says:

    NIce to see a post about Ranganathittu. There are also mugger or marsh crocodiles in this place and one can find them sunning themselves in the rocks. Kingfishers of various species, small sunbirds, baya weavers etc are commonly seen. If you are lucky then you can also see otters.

  21. Very beautiful pictures..!

  22. Its really hurting to hear the Nature Havoc there…
    But I guess the Birds will be there as I guess they can't forget their Migrating Place..

  23. Sangeeta says:

    Oh god! That's so sad! I have been visiting Ranganatittu regularly the past 3 years. Cant imagine the nests getting washed away…so many lives…

  24. That's sad. Poor birds. They touch my heart.

  25. i don't know when we will learn to conserve the nature ..

  26. itz really disheartening dat such rare species r being affected by d natural calamities…imp steps shud b taken 2 prevent such incidents…

  27. bnomadic says:

    Beautiful. And the Storks.

  28. Very sad indeed..but you were lucky to have beautifully captured what was there and thanks for sharing with us..very disheartening but an informative post..

  29. I absolutely love this place – its closest to my heart – so many reasons… thanks for this share…

  30. ashok says:

    I feel ashamed to say I have not visited this place..living in Bangalore for past 7 years!

  31. mysay.in says:

    beautiful captures !!! 🙂

  32. Jeevan says:

    While we are glad about the large inflow in Cauvery here… I feel sorry for their sad state.

  33. i love sanctuaries…last week, i had my first brush with such a park….bharatpur bird park….it was fun…btw, the last pic u posted is really fantabulous

  34. eileeninmd says:

    Sad to hear about the flooding and the loss of the nest. What a great sanctuary. I love all the birds! Thanks for sharing! PS, I hope you do not mind I linked up your blog on my recent post..as one of my favorites to visit.

  35. Beautiful shots. It sounds like a great place. Sad news about the flooding though.

  36. Sorry to hear about the devastation with the flooding however great photographs and it looks a lovely place.

  37. Stories like this break my heart…none-the-less…those are some gorgeous birds!!! And, all in all, a beautiful surrounding.

    This is Anni @ I'd rather b birdin'…just in my personal blog admin today [Hootin' Anni]. I'm too lazy to switch. :o)

  38. wow, that is some nicely colored storks. Never seen anything like it before. Thanks for sharing.

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