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kokrebellur bird sanctuary  

  Mysuru , Karnataka.
FREE

  • Botanical garden and park
    Category
    Botanical garden and park
  • duration
    Duration
    4 - 5 Hours
  • mobile_voucher
    Mobile Voucher
    Accepted
  • bird spotting
    Bird spotting
    Zone
  • parking
    Parking
    Available
  • baby friendly
    Couple
    Friendly
  • ExploreBees
    Baby
    Friendly
  • activity zone
    Activity Zone
    Available
  • boating
    Boating
    Available
  • lake
    Lake
    Available
  • souvenir shop
    Souvenir shop
    Available
  • security guard
    Security guard
    Available
  • dustbin
    Dustbin
    Available

Ticket

  • free entry
    free entry
  • adult ticket
    Adult
    FREE
  • children ticket
    Children
    FREE
  • mobile camera
    Mobile Camera
    FREE
  • still camera
    still camera
    FREE
  • video camera
    Video Camera
    FREE

Description

Kokrebellur Bird Sanctuary is a natural habitat of birds It is situated near Maddur 85 KM from Bangalore and 70 KM from Mysore, and 12 KM from Maddur towards Halagur it's must-visit place for Birds and nature lovers. The village is named after the painted stork (Ibis leucocephalus) called "kokkare" in the Kannada language. The village is famous for its painted storks (Kokkare in Kannada)  Also spot-billed pelicans can be found here, which the villagers have adopted as their heritage and believes that this bird brings them luck and prosperity. Both Painted storks and spot-billed pelicans have been classified as ‘near threatened category by the IUCN.

The village is on the banks of river Shimsha, which flows ahead and meets river Kaveri. Madya district is known for its agricultural fields and sugarcane is a major crop produced here. The birds mainly make nests in ficus and tamarind trees. The birds and villagers have co-existed in total harmony for several decades. The Karnataka forest department compensates the farmers for the crop loss due to the nesting of birds. The other birds found in this region are Little Cormorant, Black Ibis, Grey Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, and Indian Pond Heron, Ring-Necked Parakeets. Kokkrebellur is not a reserved forest sanctuary, The Karnataka Forest Department (KFD), The Department of Minor Irrigation and Department of Fisheries and the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) supports the local level village committee and NGO’s to conserve and develop the facilities for the birds. Another attraction near this area is the Chennakesava Temple complex, which is a tourist spot built according to the Hoysala style of architecture. The Ranganathittu bird sanctuary is also located nearby.

The birds

Kokkare Bellur is a must-visit destination for bird lovers and conservationists because it is heartening to observe the harmonious relationship that the villagers share with the birds. Bird watchers will also take delight in the knowledge that Kokkare Bellur is a retreat for migratory birds. It’s exciting and pleasing to see Painted Storks and Pelicans roam around without restraint in the heart of the rural community. Even more heartening is the way the spot-billed pelicans, which are an endangered species, build their nests in the trees next to the villagers’ homes. The villagers look after the birds, train them and they fly back to their nests.

The spot-billed pelicans are protected by law in India and also in several other countries in Southeast Asia. In Kokkare Bellur, a community-based project has been instituted to carry on the historical links of the pelicans with the villagers. As a result of these initiatives, nesting activity has increased in the past few years. Consequently, efforts to safeguard these birds have been successful and have been praised as a role model to be replicated at other places.


Operational Hours

January to to December
Monday 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Thursday 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Last Admission 05:30 PM

Things to carry

  • id card
    Id card
  • camera
    camera
  • selfi stick
    Selfi stick
  • water bottle
    Water bottle
  • sunglasses
    Sunglasses
  • cap
    Cap
  • first aid kit
    First aid kit
  • medicine
    Medicine
  • sun cream
    Sunscreen
  • power bank
    Power Bank
  • binoculars
    Binoculars
  • Food or Snacks
    Food or Snacks

Things Not Allowed

  • no alcohol
    alcohol
  • no weapons
    Weapons
  • no smoking
    Smoking
  • no wifi
    Wifi
  • no plastic bag
    Plastic Bag

Near By

  • atm
    ATM
    6.5 KM
  • fuel station
    Fuel Station
    7.0 KM
  • restaurant
    Restaurant
    10.0 KM
  • hospital
    Hospital
    30.0 KM
  • pharmacy
    Pharmacy
    30.0 KM
  • hotel
    Hotel
    35.0 KM
  • bus stop
    Bus Stop
    13. 0 KM

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