Kerala in South India is the abode of luscious green forests. Coconut trees, palm trees and green landscapes allow the travelers to discover a new realm of their journey. The calm and tranquility of the state beckon visitors from India and abroad. The popularity of the national parks and wildlife sanctuaries has added a new dimension to the tourism industry of the state. Kadalundi bird sanctuary is one of the famous tourist attractions. This sanctuary in Malappuram district is blessed with dense leafy vegetation, fascinating fauna and landscaped surroundings.
The sanctuary is located in a place that is locally known as Kadalundi Nagaram. The Kadalundi River flows beside the area. The sanctuary derives its name from the area and the river.
It is located about 19 km from Kozhikode and 7 km from Beypore Port on the Arabian Sea. It is situated in the Malappuram district in North Kerala. The sanctuary spreads over a cluster of islands in a picturesque area that is surrounded by hillocks where the Kadalundi River meets the mighty Arabian Sea.
It sprawls across an area of 3 km in a place that is locally known as Kadalundi Nagaram. The nearby hillock that is 200 m above the sea level adds to the picturesque beauty of the park. The sight of the river meeting the sea and birds flying while their foot touching the waves of the sea is simply amazing.
Kadalundi bird sanctuary holds a large number of birds compared to the other sanctuaries in the state. It is a paradise for the birdwatchers. You will watch a number of native and migratory birds. Almost 60 varieties of migratory birds find refuge here. These are Sandpipers, Terns, Herons, Brahminy Kites, Gulls, Cormorants, etc. Other birds are Black Bulbul, Kingfisher, Myna, Jungle Fowl, Laughing Thrush, Woodpecker and Peafowl.
Other than the birds, you will also find many snakes in the area like Cobra, Viper and Krait. You will also find many rare species of Fishes, Crabs and Mussels.
Where to stay?
There are many cheap and luxury hotels in Malappuram. City Light Hotel, Hotel Shalimar, Reem International, Leena Tourist Home, Hotel Embassy, etc. are some of the best hotels.
When to visit?
The months between December and March are the best time to visit the sanctuary.
Kozhikode is about 19 km from Kadalundi. This is the nearest railway station.
Karipur International Airport is the nearest airport. It is 23 km away from the Kozhikode town.
Some other places to visit:
Malappuram is a historical city that has a number of attractions like temples, rivers and other places. You can tour the important pilgrim center of Thirumandhamkunnu Temple, Canoli plot that is world's oldest teak plantation, Tanur famous for its beach and Keraladeshpuram Temple. Along with the sanctuary, you can pay a visit to all these places.
The Kadalundi bird sanctuary will be a treat for you. So plan your vacation to this beautiful place far away from the noises of city life in the tranquility and serenity of the forests in Kerala.