Vedanthangal – Birds Sanctuary
There are places which are really closer to us and still we generally don’t pick them as our touring spots. It’s unfortunate. This feeling was itching in us and hence we came to a conclusion of a widely regarded touring spot Vedanthangal. After a very long time, I travelled in local Bus and the town bus to reach Vendanthangal. For a person who was away from all these at least since 2004, it is not that easy. Somehow I could manage it. For Mukund it was not that difficult as touring to places at least once a year has been his practice for sometime by now. Recently he had been to Nepal, Sikkim, Darjeeling etc.,
May be he is influencing me a bit in these areas. We discuss a lot of things about the nature and its beauty.
At a distance of about 86 kms. from Chennai, it can be reached by bus from the little town of Chengalpattu. It is spread over 72 acres of marshy land with trees ideal for nesting are home to many species of water birds. Vedanthangal is one of the largest bird sanctuaries in India. It is a marshy park with a lake in which over 1,00,000 migratory birds make their home every year. The majority of birds can be seen between November and February.
It continues to be a paradise for bird watchers, especially during the winter season, when birds in myriad colours and kinds descend on the lake in hordes. The variety of birds includes Herons, Darters, Spoonbills, Pelicans, Sandpipers, White Ibis, Cormorants, Bullwinged teals storks, egrets, and Swans. They can be viewed from an observation tower on the tank bund and the best time to watch them is in the early morning or in the evenings between 3pm and 6pm. Some of them travel thousands of miles all the way from Siberia, to avoid the biting cold.
Here I should admit few things that we needed a good digital SLR camera to go closer to the birds. With his Nikon and my digital canon, we cannot really capture the delights of Vendanthagal. But still we succeeded to an extent.
When we just ended our time at Vendanthangal and waiting for the Bus, we found a place which looked like backwaters. I think the place is filled with Rain water if I am not wrong. I don’t know how many people would have noticed that place. Just for our naked eyes it looked like a painting. “Amazing and Surprising” are the best words to express the beauty of the place. We took personal photograph.
Also, we felt there should be boating facility which can take us near the birds to capture them in our cameras. This also is a problem because bird hunters may misuse this facility for their business purposes. In tamil there is a proverb “Dhoorathu Pachai Kannukku Kulumai” meaning things remain good if we keep a distance away from them. This proverb exactly suits for this place.
I am yet to find out why this name (Vedanthangal) has come for this place. I will try to find out and let you all now. We will meet next once we finish the Mamallapuram trip. We have planned it for this Saturday (16th Dec, 2006).
Photos will be posted in a seperate blog (next blog).