Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary is a 30-hectare (74-acre) protected area some 75 kilometres from Chennai on National Highway 45 (NH45), south of Chengalpattu. More than 40,000 birds (including 26 rare species), from various parts of the world visit the sanctuary during the migratory season every year. It is the oldest water bird sanctuary in the country. This area was a favourite hunting spot of the local landlords in the early 1700s.
The region attracted a variety of birds because it was dotted with small lakes that acted as feeding grounds for the birds. Realising its ornithological importance, the British government took steps to develop Vedanthangal (meaning hamlet of the hunter) into a bird sanctuary as early as 1798. This was established in 1858 by the order of the Collector of Chengalpattu. The best time to visit is between Nov - Mar, when birds are busy building and maintaining their nests and is open to public from 6am to 6pm.
100 Kms to the North (1h 40min drive)
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