Timings - Opening & Closing:
Summer: 9.00 AM - 6.00 PM ,
Winter: 9.00 AM - 6.00 PM
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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