Highlights: This bird sanctuary is home to many varieties of
resident and migratory birds
How to Reach: You can take taxi, auto-rickshaw or bus to reach
Eranakulam. The bird sanctuary is located behind the High Court
Best Time to Visit: Mid-January to Early-March.
Mangalavanam is a popular bird sanctuary frequented by tourists, bird
lovers, ornithologists as well as locals. It is located in the heart of
the Eranakulam region of Kerala, adjoining the backwaters and the
Arabian Sea. The area happens to a roosting place for exotic varieties
of resident and migratory birds. Mangalavanam, infact, is a mangrove
area consisting of a shallow lake in the middle, with its edges covered
with thick mangrove vegetation.
This water body is connected with famous Kochi backwaters via a canal.
In the heart of this lake, there is a small island with mangrove growth.
Mangalavanam bird sanctuary of Kerala became prominent because of its
lush mangrove and the resident and migratory birds that come here. It's
understandable then why people refer to this belt as the 'green lung' of
Ernakulam, which is otherwise polluted by its various industries and
Earlier, a timber yard also operated in this area and it exported
timber to foreign countries. But at present, no such activity is carried
out here. A guesthouse located in this region was revamped in 1986 and
regular staffers were appointed to protect the birds in this sanctuary.
Tourists coming to Mangalavanam bird sanctuary put up at the forest
guesthouse, the government guesthouse, the PWD rest houses and the
numerous private lodges in Ernakulam.
Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary is home to wide variety of birds. Explore Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary of Cochin/Kochi, Kerala.