Constituted during 1983 it is the only Bird sanctuary in Kerala and is licated in Kothamangalam Taluk of Eranakulam District.
Location: 76º40’ and 76º 45’ East Longitide and 10º 7’ and 11º North Latitude.
Area: 25.16 sq.km
Year of formation: 1983 (GO. 35743/FM3/83/AD/27.08.83)
Climate: Temperature varies from 20ºC to 32ºC. Hottest period is April-May and coolest period is December- January
Topography: Altitude ranging from 35 to 488 m. Major peaks in the sanctuary are Thoppimudi and Nyayapillimudi.
Rainfall: Rainfall varies from 1400 to 2300 mm.
Drainage: Several marshy land/vayals are found in certain areas bordering with the Periyar and Idamalayar Rivers. A part pf the
sanctuary is sumerge due to Bhoothathankettu Irrigation Dam.
Forest Types: Forest Types includes Tropical Evergreen Forests, Tropical Semi-evergreen forests, Moist Decidious forests,
Riparian Forests, Plantations of Teak, Rosewood, Mahagony and Fruit Orchard.
Bio diversity: Common tree species are Eleocarpus tuberculatus, Canarium strictum, Evodia aiunenkanda, Nephelium longata,
Dipterocarpus indicus, Palanquium ellipticum, Myristica dactyloides, Hopea parviflora, Tetrameles mudiflora,
Dysoxylum malabaricum and Lagerstroemia microcarpa, Tectona grandis, Dalbergia latifolia, Terminalia bellarica,
T.paniculata, T.chebula, Bridelia retusa, Emblica officinalis, Grewia tiliaefolia etc
There are 34 species of mammals, 270 sp of birds,30 species of reptiles, 15 species of amphigians and 47 species of fishes are
reported from the sanctuary.
The common animals found are Leopard, sloth bear., porcupine etc. Elephants are occasional vistors
Common birds are Indian roller, Cuckoo, common snipe, crow phesant, grey drongo, Malabar trogon, wood peckers, lare pied
wagtail, Indian hill myna etc.
Rare birds found are Ceylon Frogmouth, Bourdillon’s Long eared Indian Nightjar, Peninsular Bay owl, Crimson throated barbet,
Malabar hornbill, Malabar horn bill, Malabar shama, Greyheaded fising eagle etc.
Approach: By Road – 13km from Kothamangalam, kottayam(83km)
Nearest railway station: Aluva(48kms)
Nearest Airport: Kochi – 71 km.
Accomodation: IB, (6beds), Dormitory (50beds)
One PWD Rest House at Kothamangalam
The Wildlife Warden,
Idukki Wild life Division,
Painavu.P.O, Idukki – 685 603
Phone: 0486 2232271 Mobile:9447979094
3. The Asst Wildlife Warden,
Thattekkad bird Sanctuary
Njayappilli P.O, Kothamangalam,
Phone: 0485 2588302