Karaivetti bird sanctuary is located in a small village called Karaivetti in the district of Perambalur, Tamil Nadu. Karaivetti is a remote village with a population of 50, with farming being the chief source of income. The bird sanctuary is open to the public and entry is free of cost. When you enter the sanctuary, there is a stream on the right hand side, which supplies the water to the area. If you’re lucky enough, you’d spot the grey pelican or a white-necked Stork flying about the stream. Beyond the stream, you’ll find farms and irrigation systems set up for the cultivation of rice. When you walk further along the stream, you’ll find a massive water body in the front and that’s where the bird-watching actually commences!
Obviously, it is important that one researches a place before embarking on any kind of journey. Hence, mentioned below are some facts about this gift from nature. The aim of this piece is to educate a visitor about something that lies beyond our mobile phones and laptops. Something that would entice groups or individuals interested in watching birds, experimenting with photography, taking the kids for a memorable outing or even getting lost into wilderness. It would be helpful to know the following about Karaivetti bird sanctuary.
7 Unknown And Amazing Facts About Karaivetti Bird Sanctuary
1. It is situated between two temple towns (Tanjore and Kumbakonam) and is virtually unknown by the locals of these towns. It is similar to being ignorant of a hidden superpower. If you’re trying to locate this bird sanctuary, you’re better off asking for Ariyalur, Karaivetti or Perambalur. For the locals there, this place is more of an irrigation tank rather than a bird sanctuary.
2. Best times to visit the place are between November and January, preferably early in the morning (5am-8am) or late in the evening (5.30 pm to 7 pm), which means, whatever you do, visiting on a hot summer afternoon is something you shouldn’t; you’d rather sit at home and catch this on Discovery.
3. It has around 100 different species of birds visiting from all parts of the world and is a treat for bird-watching enthusiasts. Species such as the painted stork, wood sandpiper and the purple heron can be found throughout the year. These birds fly in all the way from Siberia, Mongolia and Germany. With proper equipment and lenses, you may be lucky to catch ‘em all!
4. Only two forest department officials take care of the 110 sq. km area citing the reason that they go on “forest duty” to other villages for at least 15 days a month. This may not be favorable to visitors, as they would have no clue about where to begin and in case of any emergency of sort. It is important that they are around at least during the ideal visiting time.
5. This place has tremendous potential if the Forest Department could add equipment like fixed binoculars, bicycles and an information hub. If more investors cash in, it could possibly become a great tourist attraction. Also some awareness programs, advertisements and nature walks wouldn’t be a bad idea. Hope the Forest Department realizes this soon.
6. Highly inaccessible by public transport. Going by own vehicle is preferable. To go to this place, starting from Tanjore would be ideal. The public buses take you until Paluvar. And from Paluvar, private buses such as Rajan take you to Karaivetti. It is a struggle, since private buses are not too frequent and could be problematic early in the morning or late in the evening. Hence, try to rent a vehicle or get your own!
7. Beautiful and scenic water-bodies present that could enthuse budding photographers.At least 30x lenses are needed to capture these magnificent winged creatures. And you couldn’t go wrong in carrying along nice pair of binoculars.
Summing It Up
Overall, this would be a splendid experience for people of all age groups. In addition to your temple tour in Tanjore, this would be a nice addition to spice things up.