Ranganathittu bird sanctuary is one of the the famous attractions around Bangalore Mysore area. It is the largest bird sanctuary in Karnataka, India located just 3 km from the historic town of Srirangapatna. Mysore is about 15 km and the city of Bangalore is about 120 km from Ranganathittu.
We have been meaning to visit this place since November, finally were able to make it happen in March. So, today Saturday 30th March 2013, we are all set for Ranganathittu bird sanctuary and excited about the trip. We went by our own vehicle. We left our home at Bangalore at about 9 AM, joined Banaglore-Mysore highway via Hosur Road and then Nice Road. We stopped at Kamat Upchar for snacks at 10:30 AM. Kamat Upchar is located on the Banaglore-Mysore highway after Channapatna and just before Maddur. There are two Kamat Upchar restaurants within 2 km distance. The second one is the good one. We had dosa, fresh juice, walked around in the parking lot for few minutes and continued our journey. We reached the bird sanctuary at 12:30 PM.
The bird sanctuary is maintained by Karnataka Forest Department. Entrance fee of Rs. 50 for adults, Rs 25 for kids was collected. Also Rs. 30 was collected for car parking. Parking lot is huge and there is place for lot of cars. We had come with hats and umbrellas as it was a hot sunny day. But we did not need either of them as there are lot of trees and we were walking around in the shade. Also since the park is located on the banks of river Kaveri backwaters formed from the KRS dam, it was quite good to be outdoors. The whole park is small, but maintained very well.
We saw many birds sitting on the tree branches at the other side of the river. There were also so many of them sitting on the rocks in the river. We could see crocodiles in the water. There is a boat ride which takes people around in the water. It was closing for the lunch hours at 1:30 PM, so we hurried and took the ride. The ride lasts for about only 20 minutes, but it is still very enjoyable and you get to see the birds up-close. Boat ride costs Rs. 50 for adults and Rs. 25 for kids. My camera was giving trouble and hence couldn’t take the right pictures. Here is one of the photos from my camera.
After the boat ride we went for lunch. There are many covered picnic spots with benches. We were afraid that food may go bad due to the hot weather if we get it from home and hence no picnic food for us. But there is a vegetarian restaurant which serves many items including both South Indian and North Indian dishes. We had our lunch at this restaurant and went back to enjoy the birds. We walked around in the shade, relaxed sitting on the benches, watched birds and crocodiles and had pop corn. It was all a very relaxing and enjoying. We initially meant to stay up to 6 PM to see the many other birds coming home, but left the park around 4 PM and reached back home at 7 PM.
Ranganathittu bird sanctuary is a must visit if you are in the area. You do not really need a lot of time if you are just visiting, a couple of hours is good enough. But it is a very nice place to plan for a relaxing picnic day and you can spend all day here with family and friends. Both kids and adults will enjoy the variety of birds, crocodiles, boat ride and the scenery. The best thing is any time of the year is good to visit!