Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
Ranganathittu covers an area of less than 1sq km, but the bird population density is very high. The most common birds in the sanctuary are painted storks, spoon bills, white ibises, egrets, herons and partridges. Most of the birds stay on tiny islands within the river, which you can approach by boat. However, the river is also home to a few crocodiles, so don't jump in for a swim!
The best times to visit are from March to May.
Ranganathittu attained the status of a bird sanctuary in 1940, courtesy of the visions of India's noted ornithologist. Dr. Salim Ali. who, during his survey of the birds of Mysore, advocated for the establishment of such a sanctuary.
Flora and fauna
Entry fee: Indians – Rs 10, foreigners – Rs 50 Boat-ride tickets: Indians – Rs 10, foreigners – Rs 50 Unofficial facilities: Private boat – Rs 100, longer boat ride – Rs 200
A canteen at the sanctury sells tea, coffee and snacks.
There is no lodge or hotels inside the sanctury. However, the nearest town Srirangapatna is just a few kms from here.