Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary also known as Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, is one of the most popular attractions in Munnar. Located in the foothills of the Western Ghats, this wildlife reserve covers an area of 25 square km. Several resident and migratory birds call this place their home that was declared a bird sanctuary in 1983. Around 73 km away from Munnar, this sanctuary is named after Dr. Salim Ali, a famous scientist and ornithologist. In his words, this place is ‘richest bird habitat in peninsular India’.
You can spot as many as 270 avifauna species here such as crested serpent eagle, crimson-throated barber, rose billed roller, great Indian hornbill, Night Heron, Shrike, Sunbird, Bee-eater, black winged kite, fairy bluebird, Sri Lanka frogmouth, rufous babbler, Malabar grey hornbill, Wynaad laughingthrush and white-bellied blue flycatcher.
The best time to visit Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is from October to March when one can spot several colorful indigenous and migratory bird species. Do not forget to click photographs at this bird watching paradise. The sanctuary is placed on the northern banks of Periyar River.