Thattekad Tourism

Thattekad Tourism

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Thattekad Info

  • State: Kerala
  • Famous for/as: Jungle
  • District: Ernakulam
Situated in 'Godís own country', Kerala, Thattekad at a height of 35-523 m is 60 km away from Kochi. It is located between two branches of the longest river in Kerala, the Periyar. The area is spread over 25.16 km. It is situated in the Kothamangalam taluk of Ernakulam and is known for its sanctuary that has a host of birds and some animals.

Thattekad is located on the Njiyapilli hill and is well known for the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. This was named after the great ornithologist, Dr. Salim Ali. He conducted a survey and found that this area attracted the highest number of birds in India.

He recommended that it be turned into a sanctuary in the early 1930s. Owing to his suggestion, the sanctuary was established in the year 1983 by the Kerala Government that maintains the sanctuary.

Thattekad bird sanctuary has about 280 odd species of water and land birds. The most popular birds in the sanctuary include that of the crimson throated Barbet, black winged Kite, the night heron, the grey heron, the sun bird, the bee eater, woodpeckers, the cuckoos, the jungle nightjar and many others. There are animals in the vicinity too like elephants, leopards, sloths and other mammals.

The sanctuary can be entered only with guides who can also help with getting permits. Guides are available at around INR1000 per day. Accommodation is available within the sanctuary, in the form of a watch tower which has two beds, a toilet and a kitchen. In addition, there is also a dormitory and a Forest Department inspection bungalow. More information regarding the sanctuary and accommodation can be obtained by contacting:
The Wildlife Warden,
Idukki Wildlife Division,
Vellappara, Painavu P.O. Idukki District 685603
Tele: 0486 232271

The Assistant Wildlife Warden,
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Njayapilli P.O., Kothamangalam,
Tele: 0485 588302

Thattekad can be reached by first reaching the nearest airport or railway station. The nearest airport is at Nedumbassery and also Kochi and the nearest railway station is at Aluva. By road, it can be reached by buses that ply from Kothamangalam to Thattekad. Kothamangalam is well connected by buses to Ernakulam. Places close to Thattekad like Alleppey, Cardamom Hills and the Periyar Tiger Reserve can also be visited from here.

The best time to visit Thattekad is from the month of September till the month of March. During the summer months, the temperature of Thattekad ranges from 24⁰-32⁰ Celsius. The winter season from September to January experience a maximum temperature of 25⁰ Celsius and a minimum of 18⁰ Celsius.  The region receives heavy rainfall from June to August, which is the reason for its lush green scenery.

Thattekad is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Munnar and Valparai.

Best time to visit Thattekad in the next six months

  • August
  • September
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  • January

Thattekad Traveller Reviews

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Dev  Raj

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  • Dev Raj
  • Lives in Cochin
  • 2 Reviews
  •  503 readers

"Very nice place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 8, 2017
I like soo much ... Very silent area to relax. My money spent on this trip was totally worth it. I stayed there for 2 days and discovered beautiful species of birds including Indian Pitta, Malabar Trogon, Malabar Barbet, Srilankan Frogmouth, Indian Robin, Blue throated Blue flycatcher, Asian Paradise flycatcher, Black Baza, Crested Goshawk, Dollar Bird, Asian fairy blue, White bellied woodpecker, flame throated bulbul, Grey headed bulbul, Brown breasted flycatcher. Wao it was a great feeling.
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Chidambarakrishnan krishnamurthi

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  • Chidambarakrishnan krishnamurthi
  • 5 Reviews
  •  534 readers

"Very hot place even during winter"

  • 1.0/7
  • Posted Jan 2, 2017
This place has nothing to offer to travelers. Although this place is perceived to be good for nature lovers, there was hardly anything. We visited Thattekad Bird Sanctuary and a children's park at Bhuththathengat dam. The bird sanctuary was awful with only 2 birds spotted.
There were hardly any restaurants nearby. Remember that this place is not Munnar and Munnar is 75 km away from it. If one needs to have food, they need to travel 15 km for the first vegetarian restaurant.
The place was very hot. We went during end of December and were sweating during day and evening hours. On the whole, this place can best be avoided.
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Kiron Vijay

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  • Kiron Vijay
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  •  6 helpful votes
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"An excellent place for bird watching"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 29, 2015
If you are looking for a place to do some bird watching, you can't find any other place better than thattekad. You can find more than 200 variety of birds here. The birding season starts from September to February. The place is ideal for sightseeing and boating. This place is full of greenery and will be loved by all your of tourists.
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  • Mani
  • 2 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  2284 readers

"Enjoyed the Kerala food"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jan 14, 2014
My visit to Thattekad was indeed sightseeing, it was very academic and official. I hadn't had sufficient time to spend at Thattekad sanctuary. I come from a place which is land locked. Fish is seldom cooked and served. I found liberal serve of Fish curry as a toaster for lunch, I was taken aback. If you are a vegetarian kindly forget your diet for one day and enjoy the Kerala food and hospitality.
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Malcolm Stevens

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  • Malcolm Stevens
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  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 5 Reviews
  •  10 helpful votes
  •  5385 readers


  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 5, 2013
Great place to stay. Excellent place for a bird watcher. Amazing birds to see

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Good local food

Activities & things to do: Bird watching

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Bird watching nothing else
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