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Thattekad is categorised as Adventure / Bird Watching / Plantations

Periyar River around Thattekad
Spotted Deer in Thattekad (Nivalink Trip Dated - 20 September 2014)
Giant Malabar Squirrel in Thattekad (Nivalink Trip Dated - 20 September 2014)
Common Kingfisher
Red Whiskered Bulbul
Lesser Whistling Teal
Malabar Parakeet (Nivalink Trip Dated - 20 September 2014)
Pied Kingfisher (Nivalink Trip Dated - 20 September 2014)
Cormorant (Nivalink Trip Dated - 20 September 2014)
Inside Thattekad (Nivalink Trip Dated - 20 September 2014)
Misty morning in Thattekad
Rubber Forest around Thattekad
Walking in Thattekad reserve foreset
Pineapple farms around Thattekad
Temple inside Reserve Forest (Nivalink Trip Dated - 20 September 2014)
Forests around Thattekad Sanctuary
Rare Frogmouth around Thattekad
Inside Thattekad Forest
Water Bodies inside Thattekad
Photo Courtesy Lip Kee Yap

Reasons to Visit
  • Thattekad Sanctuary, also known, as Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is located 30 km from Cochin Airport
  • Thattekad is one of the best spots for birding in the area.
  • Thattekad lies in thick forest around and the Bamboo rafting offer nature centric experience.
  • Thattekad is not for the regular tourists thriving on sightseeing but for those who look to relax and enjoy bird watching.
  • Thattekad Bird Sanctuary has a rich and varied birdlife. Several species of birds, both forest birds as well as the water birds, visit the sanctuaries.
  • For a birder there are few better places than Thattekad in South India and therefore highly recommended for any itinerary a night.
Know It
  • The Thattekad Bird Sanctuary is home to Indian Pitta, Ground Thrush (an orange-headed bird), Large-billed Warbler, Jerdons Nightjar, Indian Cuckoo, Darters, Cormorants, Whiskered Terns, Collared Scops Owl, Frogmouths (which are nocturnal birds), Pompadour Green Pigeon, Yellow-browed Bulbuls
  • Destinations in Kerala offering Bird Watching"Thatekkad Bird Sanctuary is situated in the tropical grassland patches. Thattekad Sanctuary is located in the Kothamangalam 25 kms from Kochi Airport on the bank of the Periyar River. The Sanctuary has a population of about 500 species spread over 25 sq. km. Rare birds like the Crimson-Throated Barbet, Bee-eater, Sunbird, Shrike, Black winged Kite, and the Night Heron are also commonly sighted here. Bamboo rafting is offered for guests to explore the lake and surrounding areas. "
  • Ex-Cochin Getaways within 100 kms"Thattekad (70 kms) near Cochin Airport is a renowned bird watching destination. Thattekad is set around rubber plantations and offer travellers excellent nature centric getaway experience."
Access Information

Thattekad has 2 Hotels approved and listed with Nivalink

Type of HotelsCount
Adventure / Camp1

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2 verified holiday itineraries are listed for Thattekad

Getaway (1-3 nights)1
Short Break (4-6 nights)1

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List of Holidays for Thattekad


  • Thattekad Experiential Getaway (2 Nights)

Short Break

  • Kerala Experiential Break (6 Nights)

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Thattekad has 2 Transport services that can be booked online. Click here for reviewing and booking them.

Airport Pickup or Drop

ServicesRates Starting From
Pickup/Drop between Cochin Airport and ThattekkadRs. 3404

Day Sightseeing

ServicesRates Starting From
Cochin to Thattekad Day Visit for Bird Watching and backRs. 2231

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Thattekad has 4 Add Ons approved and listed with Nivalink.

Bird Watching2

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List of Service Add Ons for Thattekad


Services Rates Starting From
Hike Bike & Kayak in KeralaRs. 4300
Kayaking at ThattekkadRs. 4000

Bird Watching

Services Rates Starting From
Full Day Guided Bird Watching in ThattekadRs. 1445
Half Day Guided Bird Watching in ThattekadRs. 1167


Services Rates Starting From
Hike Bike & Kayak in KeralaRs. 4300


Services Rates Starting From
Hike Bike & Kayak in KeralaRs. 4300

9 Travel Ideas listed for Thattekad. Click here for reviewing them.

Destination Ideas

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Stay Ideas

  • Ayurveda / Yoga / Meditation centric Stays in Kerala and South India
  • Hornbill Camp Thattekkad
  • Mundackal Home stay
  • Soma Birds Lagoon Resort – A Destination Getaway

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  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    Bhoothathankettu is a dam and tourist site. It is situated in the village of Pindimana, about 50 km away from the Kochi. Bhoothathankettu is connected to the Salim Ali/Thattekad Bird Sanctuary,
    Lake or Riverside
    The Cheria Pally, an ancient Church belonging to the Malankara Orthodox Church is a well-preserved church with wall murals dating back to ancient times.
    Syrian Catholic
  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    An elephant training camp on Cochin - Munnar route and a popular for overseas travellers and families with kids for a bit of fun with elephants and a touristy elephant ride.
    Elephant Experience
  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    The Thattekad Bird Sanctuary has a rich and varied birdlife. Several species of birds, both forest birds as well as the water birds, visit the sanctuaries. Guests typically do a guided tour on a Bamboo rafting for bird watching.
    Activity, Rides
    Boating, Bird Watching
    The Edamalayar forest is an evergreen forest at about 15 kms from Thattekad Bird Sanctuary. The Mountain Hawk Eagles are found in this forest besides others.
    Bird Watching

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Getting There

Locality NameDescriptionSuitable ForHotels (Nos)
PalamattamLakeside area 12 kms from Kothamangalam and from where one can take a boat ride / Bamboo raft into thattekad bird sanctuaryGetaway/Experiential1
KothamangalamPoint of access for thattekad bird sanctuary (12 kms). The area has plantations and farms around it. Getaway/Experiential1
KuttampuzhaKuttampuzha lies 12 kms ahead of Thattekad Sanctuary gate and is renowned for its riverside and reserve forests around it (known for bird watching)Getaway/Experiential-
Near Sanctuary EntranceThattekad (Kerala) is a renowned bird sanctuary (also known as Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary). Sanctuary Entrance is an area where a few homestays are located. Bird watchers arrive here for a stay close to the sanctuary.Experiential-
Paniely PoruPaniely Poru lies on the edge of the Thattekad reserve forest and rubber plantation area at about 25 kms from Thattekad EntranceGetaway/Experiential-
Nearest Airport in Thattekad
  • Cochin International Airport ( COK ) , Cochin (Ernakulam)-65 Kms
Nearest Railway Stations in Thattekad
  • Ernakulam Junction (South) ( ERS ), Cochin (Ernakulam)-65 Kms
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