Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary


14.4/5(43 Ratings)

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary Overview

Ranked 3 of 147 sightseeing in Mysore

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is a major tourist attraction of Mysore. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is a small island on the River Cauvery which is home to many indigenous and migratory avian species.

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, located about 5 km from Srirangapatna and 19 km from Mysore, spreads over 57 hectares of land. Ranganathittu was formed as a result of the construction of a dam across the River Cauvery in the 1600s.

There are six small islands at Ranganathittu on River Cauvery, which in turn became a haven for the avian species. In 1940, Ranganathittu was declared a protected area by the Maharaja of Mysore due to the persuasion of the famous ornithologist Dr. Salim Ali.

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is a nesting and breeding centre of birds like cormorants, white ibis, spoon-billed storks, open-billed storks, painted storks, white-necked storks, herons, terns, etc. Ranganathittu is also home to other species like bonnet macaques, palm civets, common mongoose, marsh crocodiles, etc.   

Visitors can take a boat ride around the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary to get a closer look at the avian as well as reptilian species. The birds are found here in large numbers from June to October, which is also the peak tourist season at this sanctuary.

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 2-3hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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9:00 AM -6:00 PM
9:00 AM -6:00 PM

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Calm and serene place  Video Review

Calm and serene place

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Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

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Best Bird sanctuary with crocodiles also

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Great place to know more about birds

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Great place for Nature Enthusiasts

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Good place for Bird watchers.

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Weekend getaway

Very nice birdwatching place  Video Review

Very nice birdwatching place

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Reviews and Ratings



2 reviews

Birders' Paradise

A fantastic spot for bird lovers and bird photographers as well, with opportunity to take pics of flying birds while boating. One can see a wide range of birds here and its a great weekend time to spend.
  • Birders' Paradise
  • Birders' Paradise

Anand Shivraj

Anand Shivraj4.3/5

1 review

Great place to see Birds sanctuary.

We had visited this when we went to Mysore and we really had great experience and I should definitely say that this place won't upset you or your kids at all. Here you need to take the boat ride to enjoy the birds and we have seen different varieties of birds and the most surprised visit was crocodiles around 4 crocodiles but they don't disturb the boat ride. The road View to reach the sanctuary is also really nice filled with greenary and it's photography place.

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  • Great place to see Birds sanctuary.
  • Great place to see Birds sanctuary.
  • Great place to see Birds sanctuary.
  • Great place to see Birds sanctuary.



1 review

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

One of best places to watch migratory birds. The boats to go round the lakes are non-motorized to preserve the place in its natural beauty. We saw birds from Siberia, Australia, to name a few. If I say the names of the birds, it's not worth watching as you may check in google and close. But these birds are very beautiful from closeup. I will shortly add the photos

Pradeep Ramachandran

Pradeep Ramachandran4.3/5

225 reviews

Must visit by natural lovers ...

Good place to visit. well maintained and neatly arranged everything. it is close to Mysore around 12 km only. we can see many verities of of birds from across the globe. many birds coming from south and North america.also more than 200 crocodile in this place. it is amazing and not attack any tourists. entry fee per head 60 and boating for 60 Rs respectively. need good camera while visiting this place.

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  • Must visit by natural lovers ...
  • Must visit by natural lovers ...
  • Must visit by natural lovers ...
  • Must visit by natural lovers ...

Jigar Vador

Jigar Vador3.6/5

9 reviews

Very nice place to visit for nature lovers, bird watchers and photographers

The place is very good and well maintained. The main attraction is the boat ride where they take us to see the migratory birds and huge crocodiles. The boat ride seems pretty short but considering that these are rowing boats we must understand the limitations . A good place for any kinda group, family or friends close to Bangalore.

Venkatesh V

Venkatesh V4.3/5

23 reviews

Worth the visit

We visited the same during the month of November 2015. It was a wonderful trip, which was well coordinated and scheduled prior to our visit to KRS. Its on the way. The area is huge and full of greenery.. For those interested, they can opt in for boating too. It gives a great opportunity for us to see croc's lazying out on rocks. Not many of the birds were sighted. There is also a observatory on top. Overall a different experience

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Manjith Babu

Manjith Babu4.3/5

4 reviews

A must visit for the birders and nature lovers

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, situated on the banks of River Kaveri is the largest bird sanctuary in Karnataka. It is located just 3 kms away from the historic town SriRanganapatna and 130kms from Bangalore. The place is well connected. You can get numerous buses from Bangalore. All buses going to Mysore will stop at Sriranganapatna. And it is also well connected by train. From Srirangapatna you can take an auto and reach the sanctuary. The Sanctuary is home to around 170 species of birds. Painted stork, Asian openbill stork, Common Spoonbill, Woolly-necked stork, Black-headed ibis, Lesser whistling duck, Indian shag, Stork-billed kingfisher, Egret, Cormorant, Oriental darter, Night heron, Great stone plover, River tern, Pied Kingfisher and the list goes on. The sanctuary is also home to Mugger crocodile also known as March crocodile. And you can find flying fox, mongoose, palm civets and some other mammals. Boating is the best way to explore the place and watch birds. Best season is from September to January.

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  • A must visit for the birders and nature lovers
  • A must visit for the birders and nature lovers
  • A must visit for the birders and nature lovers
  • A must visit for the birders and nature lovers

Dibyendu Ghosh

Dibyendu Ghosh3.6/5

16 reviews

A Nice place to feel the Nature

It is a beautiful Bird Sanctuary named as Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary . But the thing is that if you go in the perfect season then your feel will be better. Here huge kinds of Birds of the world are here. We can find the Beauty of Nature Here. A must place to be if you are visiting Mysore.

Ann Kurian

Ann Kurian3.9/5

4 reviews

Good place to spend time with family

one beautiful bird sanctuary close to bangalore...its a nice place to spend time with family watching different types of birds... also kids enjoyed the boat ride around the place thereby getting to see many types of birds...

Samarth Raj

Samarth Raj4.3/5

30 reviews

Not just another Nature park, its Par Excellence

Until this review, I had only heard of Ranganthittu and that too for getting inundated in floods whenever KRS was opened during monsoon and how birds were getting affected and I would think, how accessible this place must be with regular floods every year??But I was in for a surprise when I visited this place in 33rd year of my life. why do i mention this, you ask? Because I had to ask myself, being a Bengalurean, what took me so long??!!!Except the last 200 mtrs, the road to Ranganthittu is good from Both Bengaluru and Mysuru. Once you take the ticket and cross the check post you drive into a different world. Here, I would like to mention, this is by far the best maintained sanctuary among all i have visited in India till date.The gardens, the walk ways, the small hanging bridge, the watch towers, the small pond filled with lotus flowers, the pergolas (gazebos).. All maintained clean, trimmed, well painted.The only off putting thing was apathy shown by us travelers (I include myself coz' quite a few years back, in my childhood and teens, i too a bit negligent). In spite of requests, cautions and warnings, a few plastic bottles, covers, beer cans have found their way into the eco zone.The only area of improvement are the facilities (dining and washroom). That's why i rate this place 4...Coming to the main attraction. The Boat ride into the world of birds and crocs! To maintain the sanctity of the area, motor boats have not been permitted. The boats are manual ones and people are taken around the sanctuary in batch of 10-12. The oarsman doubles up as a guide and good guides they are.. The ride ranges from 30-40 minutes and takes you close to the islets, where you can see crocs resting and birds of various species, sizes and ages chirping and hooting around.One can see storks, cranes and many other birds flying, feeding, nesting attending to their young ones. Its a fascinating world! We were lucky to see a croc hunt quite close to our boat. It came from no where, dived and caught a fish and then swam away oblivious to the stares of all the people on our boat,The surroundings are picturesque!

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Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Mysore
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Mysore