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  • Thattekkad is made up of dense tropical evergreen and deciduous forest and grassland patches, housing a population of over 500 species of exotic birds. This globally acclaimed bird sanctuary owes much of its fame to Dr. Salim Ali, the internationally renowned ornithologist. It is the exotic microcosm of India's bird population that brought Dr. Salim Ali to this place. His efforts were instrumental in the formation of this sanctuary to a large extent. Spread across 25 sq. km. the sanctuary lies between the tributaries of the River Periyar like a peninsula. Rare birds like the crimson-throated barbet, beeeater, sunbird, shrike, black winged Kite, night heron, falcon, grey jungle fowl, white-breasted water hen, hornbill, ceylon frogmouth, rose-billed Roller and blue-winged parakeet live here. Some of the rare species of birds are Malabar grey hornbill, crested serpent eagle, crimson throated barber, peninsular bay owl, rose billed roller, fairy bluebird, great Indian hornbill, and many more to captivate the visitors. Thattekkad also has extensive plantations of teak, rosewood, mahogany, etc. The dense forest is also the home to nearly 28 varieties of animals and nine varieties of reptiles.
  • Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary
  • Salim Ali Bird sanctuary commonly known as Thattekkad bird sanctuary in the village of Kuttambuzha in Kothamangalam Taluk on the northern banks of the Periyar river is at a distance of 58kms from Kochi. Established in 1983, the sanctuary is Kerala's first officially recognised bird sanctuary. Sprawling over an area of, the lush green sanctuary at an altitude of 35-523m above sea level is home to 500 species of exotic birds including the rarest species like Crimson-Throated Barbet, Bee-eater, Sunbird, Shrike, Pariah Kite etc. It also has extensive plantations of teak, rosewood, mahogany etc. There is a demonstration plot for medicinal plants, Bird research centre, Interpretation center and a refuge for deers towards the entrance of the sanctuary. One can go through the sancturary and can also enjoy the boating through Periyar.
  • Edamalayar
  • Edamalayar is a place near to Boothathankettu , both these places hold a major reservoirs of kerala, which is surrounded by immense wild life and. You can see and experience virgin forest land on the banks of Edamalayar rivers. Boating through the river will be a special experience when you visit this place. Edamalayar is a heaven people interested in Birding and trekking activities. You can find different species of birds in the forest of edamalayar .Trips to these places will give you a pleasant a mind refreshing experience in your life.
  • Bhoothathankettu
  • Set amidst lush greens and Kerala's swiftly flowing Periyar River, Bhoothathankettu is a popular tourist spot. Boothathankettu is situated 63 kms away from Kochi. Despite the fact that there is no rail route connecting Bhoothathankettu with other major or small towns and cities of Kerala, it is visited by people in large numbers. The nearest town of Kothamangalam is at least 10 km from here. A myth connected with the origin of this place says that this natural fortification of forests and hills was built by Bhoothams (spirit/ghosts) overnight. Hence the name Bhoothathankettu (fort of the spirits). Later, this natural topography helped in building a dam here.
  • Kodanadu
  • Kodanadu lies on the southern banks of Periyar amongst the scenic beauty of the high ranges. It was once the largest elephant taming centers of South India. This is a forest elephant care centre. Here you can see baby elephants rescued from the forests being cared for. There is an elephant training center and a mini zoo here. Kodanadu is 15 km from Perumbavoor which is on the Kochi-Munnar route (via Aluva).
  • Bird Watching
  • Thattekkad salim Ali Bird Sanctuar, situated on the Periyar river bank is one of the best bird sanctuaries in India . Some of the rare species of birds are Malabar grey hornbill, crested serpent eagle, crimson throated barber, peninsular bay owl, rose billed roller, fairy bluebird, great Indian hornbill, and many more to captivate the visitors. It is a favourite stopping point of migratory birds and you can spot some which you have never seen.
  • Boating
  • Boating facility available at Thettakkad. The boating takes you to the vicinity of Bird sanctuary and is the best option to spot the birds.
  • Visit Thommankuthu Waterfalls
  • If you are a nature lover or an adventure seeker, Thommankuthu is just the right place in Kerala. 20 km away from Thodupuzha, this site draws the attention of several tourists. The exhilarating beauty of Thommankuthu waterfalls captures the heart and soul of every traveler. Thommankuthu waterfall is a beautiful seven-step waterfall offering salubrious weather. Amidst verdure foliage, this shimmering waterfall is a perfect place to spend time in the lap of nature. Thommankuthu waterfall tours will allow tourist to savor the wild beauty of forest and stream.
  • Business Hours
  • Offices: 10:00 to 17:00, Monday to Saturday
    Banks: 10:00 to 14:00, Monday to Friday; 10:00 to 12:00, Saturday
    Post offices: 10:00 to 19:00, Monday to Friday
    Shops: 10:00 to 20:00, Monday to Saturday
  • Electricity
  • 240 volts AC, 50Hz.
  • Health
  • One of the main health problems that visitors to India often encounter is upset stomachs. Visitors are advised to seek the appropriate vaccinations and/or medication to avoid any health dangers before arrival to India. There are no specific vaccinations needed for India.
  • Emergency services
  • Police control room: 100
    Fire station: 101
    Ambulance: 102
  • Language
  • Malayalam is the dominant language in Kannur. English is widely spoken, particularly by those working in the tourist industry.
  • Currency
  • The Indian rupee is the currency of choice here. The lowest denomination is 1 rupee with 5, 10, 20 and 100 rupee notes the most commonly used. Changing larger sums like the 500 or 1000 rupee notes often proves difficult.
  • Currency Exchange
  • Few banks in Kannur will be able to change international currency. Travellers should make the US dollar the currency of choice when visiting the city, the next best being euros and British sterling. There are ATMs in Kannur and this is the best way to get rupees, with a good exchange rate. Just be sure your ATM card is accepted in India.
  • Customs
  • There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency that visitors can bring. Adults 18 years and over can import 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco; 2 litres of alcohol; and 60ml of perfume.
  • Electronic equipment such as laptop and camera or video equipment requires filling out a Tourist Baggage Re-Export form. This is to protect you, as you may be asked to show the form when you leave India. Bringing in any livestock or pork products, live plants, or gold and silver bullion, is not permitted.
    • Visitors are expected to abide by local laws, customs and etiquettes.
    • Visitors to most Kerala houses leave their footwear outside before entering the house.
    • Behaviour demonstrating affection in public like hugging or kissing is not an accepted practice in Kerala.
    • Nudity is not allowed in Kerala
    • Footwear inside the temple and entry into the sanctum sanctorum is banned in all the temples.
    • Other customs and codes of conduct and dress in temples across the State vary from each other.
    • Some temples do not permit entry to non-Hindus, while some do. Shirts for men and pants are banned from some temples and allowed in some others. Where they are banned, men have to be in mundus and women, in saris, half-saris or long skirts.
    • At the table, main dishes are served in the middle, while each person takes individual spoons from each plate to their own dish in front of them. Eating is done with the right hand only, as the left is used for personal hygiene. Average tipping is 10%.
  • Visa and Passports
  • For entry into India, you must apply for a visa from your local Indian consulate or embassy before leaving home. You won’t even make it onto the airplane without a visa, so be sure to arrange one beforehand.
  • The majority of Western tourists will be eligible for a 6-month visa for visiting India, which is activated from the moment it is placed inside your passport.
  • Make sure you have at least one passport page free to receive the visa stamp and that your travel document is valid for at least 6 months after your intended departure from India.
  • Carry your visa for entry to India/Kerala on your holiday.
    For further clarifications, contact the Indian High Commission.
    For visa extension, contact Office of the Commissioner of Police,
    Thiruvananthapuram. Ph: 0471-2320579.
  • Tourist Information Offices
  • The Free Travel Information Service is one of the best in town for personal service and trustworthy advice on the area. The District Tourism Office and DTPC Information Centre also offer good services for various matters in thattekkad. Ask at your hotel for contact details.
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