Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary, Mysore - Karnataka

Facts & Figures

Area : 0.67 Sq. Km
Altitude : 920m
Temperature Range : 35°C to 15°C
Best time to Visit : June to November

About Ranganthittu Sanctuary

Located on the banks of the Cauvery River, the Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary is spread over a group of six islets. The islets were formed when a dam was constructed across the Cauvery River in the 1700s. Its small size notwithstanding - Ranganathittu covers an area of only 0.67 km² - the isolated islets and the abundance of aquatic insects during the monsoon make Ranganthittu a favorite destination for the avian species.

Due to the visionary efforts of noted ornithologist Dr. Salim Ali, Ranganthittu became a designated bird sanctuary in 1940. During his survey of the birds of Mysore, Dr. Ali advocated for the establishment of such a sanctuary and eventually impressed upon the Woodeyar kings of Mysore to declare the area a wildlife sanctuary.

Birds In Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary

The sanctuary is home to a myriad of bird species such as cormorants, darters, white ibis, storks (spoonbilled, openbilled, painted, white necked), egrets, herons, terns, swallows, streaked weavers, ducks, teals, sandpipers, kingfishers, and other exotic bird species that fly to the sanctuary in large flocks. The mammal population consists of fruit bats, bonnet macaques, palm civets, common mongoose and common otters.



Access From Airport

Mysore domestic airport is the nearest air terminal, which is nearly 14 km away from Srirangapatnam. Bangalore is the nearest international airport which is at a distance of 140 km away from Mysore. There are regular flights to Bangalore from all the major cities in India. Bangalore is connected to many international cities as well.

Access From Railways

Mysore railway station is the nearest railhead to Srirangapatna. Mysore is connected to Bangalore, which is 140 km away. Bangalore is well connected to all the other cities in India.

Access From Roadways

There are excellent bus services provided by Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation connecting Srirangapatna to other nearby cities. Vanities of tourist buses, A/C, super fast and Deluxe Volvo buses, are available from Bangalore to Srirangapatna