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Kokkare Bellur

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Kokkare Bellur is village in Karnataka famous for its rare birds.

Spottbilled Pelican at Kokkare Bellur

Understand

Kokkare Bellur (Village of Storks), a small village off the main highway between Bangalore and Mysore, is one of the few nesting sites in India of the spotbilled pelican. In addition, it is also home to hundreds of painted storks. The best time to see the pelicans is in December and January. The place is not a sanctuary, and the storks and pelicans live freely in the trees in the middle of village and are quite used to their human neighbors. Mysore Amateur Naturalists (MAN) have been working with the inhabitants of village to preserve the nesting site of the spotbilled pelicans, which are an endangered species.

Get in

The village is located off the Mysore highway, about 75 km from Bangalore. There is a road sign for Kokkare Bellur, but it is easy to miss. The village is 12 km from the main highway.

If you are approaching from Bangalore side of the Mysore road, look out for a left after the first Cafe Coffee Day on the highway. Alternatively, ask for BPL factory which is around the corner of that turn.

By Bus

There are buses to Mysore after every minute from Bangalore KSRTC bus stand. You can choose variety of buses ranging from Volvo, AC and normal passenger bus. Get down at Maddur bus stand, usually all buses to Mysore will stop here for breakfast, lunch or just to let you relax. From there board the bus to Kokkare Bellur.

Fare

From Bangalore to Maddur ordinary bus charges 45 India Rupee ($1) From Maddur to Kokkare Bellur bus fare is 10 INR.

Get around

See Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary - 18 km from Mysore

See

The main attraction in Belur is the Chennakesava temple complex which contains the Chennakesava Temple as the centre piece, surrounded by the Kappe Chennigraya temple built by Shantaladevi, queen of king Vishnuvardhana.The temple is one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture.

Do

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Eat

Its a small village there is no restaurant. Nearest place to eat is Channapatna or Maddur. There is a Kamath Upahar near channapatna. Maddur or Cafe Coffee Day/ MTR joint on the way to Bangalore (20 km).

Drink

Fresh tender coconut.

Sleep

There are a couple of hotel in Maddur but the best option is to stay in Bangalore, Srirangapatna or Mysore and make a day trip.

Get out


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