Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is the home to some of the most exquisite birds of Karnataka. Lying beautifully across the banks of river Cauvery, this sanctuary is easily accessible from different cities of the state. It is located at a distance of 19km from Mysore city, 128km from Bangalore and 5km from Srirangapatna. Also Read - CM Yediyurappa Rules Out Imposing Lockdown in Karnataka Now, Calls All-party Meet on April 18

Named after the Hindu God Sri Ranganatha Swamy, who was an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, this bird sanctuary is actually quite old. The credit for the sanctuary goes to the world renowned ornithologist Doctor Salim Ali, who highlighted the importance of declaring this as a protected area to the Maharaja of Mysore back in the 1940s. Also Read - Karnataka: Not In Position to Impose Complete Lockdown in State, Says Health Minister Sudhakar

This bird sanctuary is super picturesque; as you enter, you will find huge spread of bamboo trees all across the area. Various sign boards with pictures and names of the birds that can be spotted here, are planted throughout to make bird-watching a rather immersive and educative experience for you. There is also a facility of a small canteen near the lake. However, there is no facility of accommodation here, so travellers are required to either stay at Mysore or Srirangapatna. Also Read - COVID-19: Karnataka to Go Ahead With University Exams, Academic Activities, Says Deputy CM

The flora at this place is quite impressive and comprises of deciduous forests, figs, jamun, karanji and eucalyptus, apart from a whole lot of bamboo. And of course, it naturally also boasts of a wide variety of avian fauna. You can spot a wide array of migratory birds that have flown here 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, river tern, darter, peafowl, pond heron, wild duck, large cormorant, great stone plover, kingfisher, the lesser whistling teal and many, many more.

A variety of mammals and reptiles can also be spotted here such as common mongoose, flying fox, palm civet, common otter, bonnet macaque, and marsh crocodile. You can even go for a boat ride at the river Cauvery when you’re here; it not only offers you with breath-taking scenic beauty but also with glimpses of a wide variety of birds as well. Travellers can also expect to catch glimpses of crocodiles, bats on the guided boat rides.

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. The best time to visit the sanctuary is between the months of June and November as that is the nesting period for birds.