Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary Mysore Entry Fee
Entry fee for IndiansAdult: Rs.50/-
Entry fee for ForeignersAdult: Rs.300/-
Parking FeesBus: Rs.125/-
Camera ChargesLarge Video Camera: Rs.500/-
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Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary Mysore Timings
|Monday||9:00 am – 6:00 pm|
|Tuesday||9:00 am – 6:00 pm|
|Wedesday||9:00 am – 6:00 pm|
|Thursday||9:00 am – 6:00 pm|
|Friday||9:00 am – 6:00 pm|
|Saturday||9:00 am – 6:00 pm|
|Sunday||9:00 am – 6:00 pm|
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Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary Mysore Address: Near Brindavan gardens, Krishnarajasagar Dam Road, Mandya, Karnataka, 571401, IndiaLinks: Website | Map
Spread across an area of 0.67 sq. km, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is located at a distance of 19 km from Mysore city, and about 128 km away from the city of Bangalore. It is at a distance of just 5km from the Srirangapatna. Lying beautifully on the banks of River Cauvery, this sanctuary is the home to some of the most exquisite birds.
Named after the Hindu God Sri Ranganatha Swamy, who is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, this bird sanctuary is spread across an area of 40 acres. In the 1600s, a small dam across the Cauvery River led to the formation of Ranganathittu.
It was because of world renowned ornithologist Doctor Salim Ali's determination and ability to convince the then Mysore maharaja that Ranganathittu was declared as a protected area. He while surveying the area noticed a wide variety of birds here and hence highlighted the importance of declaring this area as a bird sanctuary. Comprising six small islands, this place was declared as a bird sanctuary in the year of 1940.
This bird sanctuary also offers picturesque setting. As you enter the area, you will find huge spread of bamboo trees. Throughout the path, you can see various boards with pictures and names of the birds that can be spotted here.
There is also a facility of a small canteen near the lake. However, there is no facility of accommodation here, so tourists are required to either stay at Mysore or Srirangapatna.
Flora and Fauna at Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
Flora at this place consists of deciduous forests, bamboo, figs, jamun, karanji and eucalyptus, etc.
It boasts of a wide variety of avian fauna. You can spot a wide array of migratory birds that have flown from places like Siberia, Australia and North America. Some of the birds that you can spot here are shag, white ibis, Little Egret, little cormorant, open-billed stork, Spoon bills, painted stork, White Ibis, river tern, Darter, Peafowl, Pond Heron, Wild Duck, large cormorant, heron, great stone plover, kingfisher, Cattle Egret, the lesser whistling teal, Indian cliff swallow Great Stone Plover, River Tern, of Streak-throated Swallows and many more.
A variety of mammals and reptiles can also be spotted such as common mongoose, flying fox, palm civet, common otter, bonnet macaque, and the marsh crocodile.
Boating at Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
You can go for a boat ride at the river and the islets as there are many boats with experienced guides and oarsmen available at the sanctuary. It offers you not just with a breath-taking scenic beauty but also with glimpses of a wide variety of beautiful birds as well.
Visitors can enjoy guided boat rides and catch glimpses of crocodiles, bats, and otters along with birds. The bank of Cauvery River is also popular as picnic spots. Boating charges for Indians is Rs.50 per person while for foreigners it is Rs.300 per person.
It is best to take a boat ride in the morning to witness the unparalleled natural beauty of the area. It is also ideal so as to avoid the crowd during the day.
Best time to visit Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
The best time to visit the sanctuary is between the months of June and November as these are nesting months for the birds.
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary Timings and Entry fee
You can enter the sanctuary by paying a minimal amount of entry fee. The entry fee for Indians is Rs.50 per person while for visitors with nationality other than Indian, it is Rs.300 per person. The entry timings of Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary are from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm.
Reaching Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is easily accessible via road. As it is only 19 km away from Mysore, you can either hire a taxi to the sanctuary or travel by buses. There are regular government as well as private buses that run between Mysore and Srirangapatna. In Srirangapatna you can hire an auto-rickshaw and reach the bird sanctuary. One can travel via train till the Srirangapatna railway station. From Bangalore city, it is at a distance of about 129 km.