Ranganathittu Wildlife Sanctuary

Ranganathittu Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is one of the famous wildlife projects in India and a major tourist attraction in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. There are many places of utmost tourist importance in this state and the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary contributes a lot in elevating the tourism industry of the state.

The Sanctuary is located just 20 km away from the famous places like Mysore City and Vrindavan Garden. It is situated on the river banks of Kaveri and includes a group of six islets.

The bird sanctuary, situated on the banks of the Kaveri River, includes a group of six islets as well. The islets are the most isolated places in this region and during the monsoon season, aquatic insects grow here in plenty which attract various species of birds here in this sanctuary. It was in 1940 that the Ranganathittu was given the status of a bird sanctuary and the credit goes to the veteran Indian ornithologist. Dr. Salim Ali. He during his survey of the birds of Mysore found that the place has the worth to be established into a sanctuary and advocated the need to do so.

Now the sanctuary has become a paragon for bird watchers, wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers and wildlife photographers. The abundance of various species of birds attracts thousands of tourists from different parts of the world throughout the year.


Ranganathittu Sanctuary enjoys moderate and pleasant climate with no extremities of temperature. The temperature ranges from 23°C to 29°C for most parts of the year. Monsoons are beautiful; destructive as well. Monsoon starts in June here. There have been many reports so far about the water logging and flood like situation in this area during monsoon.

Paradise of Birds:

Even though the sanctuary is not among the sprawling ones in the country, it is a treat to watch the activities of birds and animals found here. It is one of the most important Asian destinations for the migratory birds coming from far off places across the globe. Some of the prominent species of birds that are found in the Ranganathittu sanctuary include spoonbills, white Ibis, little cormorants, open bill storks, darters, egret, river tern, heron, partridge, plougher, snake bird, stone and many other exotic avian species that flock the sanctuary in large numbers.

Ornithologists have managed to trace the origins of some of these bird species to as far as Siberia, Australia and even North America. In the year 1999-2000 a record number of 1,400 painted storks came to this area. Local inhabitants like kingfishers and peacocks are among the prominent local inhabitants.

Migratory birds choose the islets in the river here for breeding and lay eggs on these islets. Additional islets have been created artificially to encourage this breeding process of the birds and thus it is one of the admirable attempts of conservation of this avian treasure. Every year around the month of December, birds start approaching here. The breeding process of the birds continued till August when they move out of the sanctuary and return to their origins. Interestingly these birds are spotted out next year along with their young ones and thus the tradition of migration continues.

Boat Ride:

You can enjoy the exhilarating boat ride along the river and the islets and drink the beauty of the place with all your senses awake.

Around the Sanctuary:

The picturesque city of Mysore and the capital of Karnataka: Bangalore are the nearby tourist attractions.

How to reach?

  • By Rail: Bangalore is the nearest railhead from the sanctuary. (125km)
  • By Air: Bangalore is the nearest airport from here. (125km)
  • By Road: The sanctuary is connected to places like Bangalore (125 km), Madya (98 km) and Maddur (78 km) with a good network of roads.


You can get good accommodation in the three Riverside Cottages. Most of the tourists prefer staying at Mysore in quality resorts.

All in all it's a wonderful trip to the Ranganathittu Sanctuary in Karnataka. When you set out on your "Mission Exploration of India", forget you not the Ranganathittu Wildlife Sanctuary. It will be an exhilarating tour indeed!