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Official bird Sanctuary working hours are 7 am to 5 pm.Early mornings are the best time to visit Thattekad bird sanctuary as birds are more active feeding at that time.Afternoons are also good but better to avoid hot midday time.You have to be at the sanctuary entrance atleast before 4.00 pm in order to get enough time to a look around the place.Thattekad bird sanctuary birding trail areas are thick forest with plenty of wild life and reptiles.so visitors have to leave the sanctuary before 6.00 pm .Dr.Salim Ali bird sanctuary welcomes visitors all around the year .Try to avoid the monsoon time as this forest area receives very high rainfall, which may lead to park closure or road blocks.October to March is the best time to visit Thattekad bird sanctuary .Number of bird watchers and bird photographers peak between November and February,mainly because of the migratory birds season .


Entry ticket can be purchased directly from the ticket counter near the main entrance area, during park open hours. No need for advance booking.

Assistance of a guide is not compulsory for walk along Salim Ali trail. But if you are really interested in birds and watching, service of an experienced naturalist is worth.

You may not be able to avail the service of an experienced naturalist on the spot , but you can pre book one on the contact number given below.

Thattekad bird sanctuary is open on Saturdays and Sundays and almost all public holidays.

lesser yellow nape woodpecker




ADULTS                                 :                    50.00

CHILDREN                             :                    45.00

  FOREIGNERS                         :                   200.00

 BOATING / Person                :                  150.00

BOATING CHILD / Person    :                   70.00

STILL CAMARA                       :                  45.00

  VIDEO CAMARA                     :                  255.00


TWO WHEELER                      :                  10.00

THREE WHEELER                   :                  15.00

 LMV (CAR & JEEP)                 :                   25.00

   HMV                                       :                   50.00  

Thattekad guided birdwatching tours fee.


Minimum charges 1600/- Rs (up to 3 pax)

500/- Rs Per person (if more than 3 pax)

Morning session – 7:00 am to 10:30 am.

Evening session – 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm.

Entry fee applicable.

Call or WhatsApp  –   +91 8547680759

(Reserve your session now by paying advance via UPI)

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Thattekad bird sanctuary attractions and timings


Salim Ali trail is the main attraction and activity at Thattekad Bird Sanctuary.This self-guided trekking trail allows visitors to experience the thick jungle and avian life as they walk through the well maintained trails in a safe zone.Salim Ali trail is a birder’s delight and this trail is open to visitors throughout the working hours.Try to visit this trail in the morning (7:30-10:30 am) to find more birds.Guides assistance is not mandatory for this trail.But if you are really interested in bird watching then it is always better to take the service of a professional bird guide.

Black Bazza trail is a guided birding tour at Thattekad Bird sanctuary.This trail takes you through dense forest with lots of birds and wildlife.This trip is available only in early morning and evening.

Butterfly park is a must visit attraction at Thattekad Bird Sanctuary.This small sanctuary for butterflies set on 30 cents of land is a visual treat for both kids and adults.Here you can observe the different cycles in the life of butterflies and their respective host plants.

salim ali trail entrance

Dr.Salim Ali bird sanctuary is famous for its population of westernghat endemics like,Malabar trogan,Malabar barbet,Malabar parakeets,Malabar grey hornbills ,vernal hanging parakeet and the list goes on. Around Thattekad you will get varied species of Woodpeckers,pegions,cuckoo,drongos,owls,birds of prey and a large number of wet land birds. Here visitors can find a large number of bird species in a small area.

Birding in and around Thattekad bird sanctuary will be most fruitful with the help of a local bird guide as they can take you to several other birding spots other than the ones offered by sanctuary.There are a number of experienced bird guides at Thattekad,but visitors need to pre book them,especially during peak season(November to March)

common tiger butterfly


Getting There

Nearest Railway station-   Aluva (50 km)
Nearest Airport –  Cochin (45km)
Nearest city –  Kothamangalam (13 kms)


Altitude – 35 – 523m (Njayapilly peak)

Rainfall – 2500 mm average per year



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