Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary


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Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary islets were formed when an embankment across the Kaveri river was built between 1645 and 1648 by the then king of Mysore, Kanteerava Narasimharaja Wadiyar. These islets, originally numbering 25, soon started attracting birds. The ornithologist Salim Ali observed that the islets formed an important nesting ground for a large variety of birds, and persuaded the king of Mysore to declare the area a protected area in 1940. The sanctuary is currently maintained by the Forest Department of Karnataka and efforts are ongoing to improve the sanctuary, including purchasing nearby private land to expand the protected area.  In 2014, around 28 square km around the sanctuary was declared as an eco-sensitive zone

Flora at this place consists of deciduous forests, bamboo, figs, Jamun, karanji and eucalyptus, etc. It boasts of a wide variety of avian fauna. You can spot a wide array of migratory birds that have flown from places like Siberia, Australia, and North America. Some of the birds that you can spot here are shag, white ibis, Little Egret, little cormorant, open-billed stork, Spoonbills, painted stork, White Ibis, river tern, Darter, Peafowl, Pond Heron, Wild Duck, large cormorant, heron, great stone plover, kingfisher, Cattle Egret, the lesser whistling teal, Indian cliff swallow Great Stone Plover, River Tern, of Streak-throated Swallows and many more. A variety of mammals and reptiles can also be spotted such as common mongoose, flying fox, palm civet, common otter, bonnet macaque, and the marsh crocodile.

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

Timings to Visit

09:00 AM – 06:00  PM

Best Season to Visit Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

June – September

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Entry Fee

Entry fee for Indians
Adults Rs.75/-
Children Rs.25/-
Entry fee for foreigners
Adults Rs.500/-
Children Rs.250/-

Battery Operated Vehicle:

Indians: Adults – Rs.75/-, Children – Rs.35/-

Photography Charges:

Digital SLR – Below 200mm Lens – Rs.150/-

Above 500mm Lens – Rs.600/-

 Boating Charges:

Indians: Adults – Rs.100/-, Child – Rs.35/-

Foreigners : Adults – Rs.500/-, Child – Rs.250/-

Special Boating Charges:

Indians – Rs.2000 per trip, Foreigners – Rs.3500 per trip.

Parking Fees:

Bus / Truck – Rs.150/-

LCV / Van – Rs.125/-

Car – Rs.60/-

Auto Rickshaw – Rs.20/-

MotorCycle – Rs.15/-

Bicycle – Rs.5/-

How to Reach Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

By Air: Mysore Airport – 25 km

By Train: Srirangapatna – 4.9 km

By Bus:  Srirangapatna – 3 km, Mysore – 19 km


Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary Mysore, Near Brindavan gardens, Krishnarajasagar Dam Road, Mandya, Karnataka, 571438, India

Karnataka Tourism Official Website for Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

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Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary Map 


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