(Last Updated on : 13/05/2014)
Vedanthangal has drawn the admiration of the tourists due to its treasure of wild flora and fauna. Infact , Vadanthangal is one of the most prominent ground for numerous aquatic birds. Cormorants, Darters, Herons, Egrets, Open billed Stork, Spoonbill and White Ibis, Little Grebe, Indian Moorhen, Black Winged Stilts, and many others are quite note worthy.
The local inhabitants of Vedanthangal have given protection to the Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary for the last two hundred and fifty years. In fact, Vedanthangal has been named after a village in the neighborhood. It is located only seventy-five kms from Chennai city. Quite a few migratory ducks and also Grey Pelicans throng the Vedanthangal. The ideal time to go to the sanctuary is from November to February. The populace of the wandering birds swells up to approximately forty thousands by the middle of the month January.
Vedanthangal is an abode not only to migratory birds but also to many bird watchers who visit there for several days in order to observe the birds in close proximity.
With the help of instruments like binoculars, one can locate a Cormorant or a Snake Bird making spontaneous diving under the water to catch any small fish, which is its favorite food. Immediately after catching hold of its prey, the cormorants have to approach to the shores to dry up their wet feathers. This drying process is very much needed for endowing it with oil glands thereby waterproofing the feathers.
The sight of swamps of birds like spot-billed gray pelican slashing the water with strong wing strokes and then diving in to the water bodies to catch hold of small fish . The Spoon Bill, however, prefers to consume frogs and insects from the marshy lands full of half opened bills and water bodies.
To make Vedanthangal easily accessible, it is interconnected with all the important cities of the country. Chennai is the nearby airport and a tourist can even take a vehicle to drive a distance of a hundred kilometers, taking the passage of NH 45. The adjacent railway station is Chinglepet , which is almost twenty six kms from the place.
Entry to the sanctuary is not free. For adults, five rupees and for children two rupees are being allotted. It is open from 7 am to 6 pm for public viewing. Best accommodation is accessible at the resting houses of the forest department and also 'Hotel Tamil Nadu of the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation'. Before hand reservations for the latter could be done from the Chennai office, either through money orders or any bank drafts.