Attiveri Bird Sanctuary
Attiveri Bird Sanctuary situated at a distance of around 43 km from Hubli-Dhawad is surrounded by dense forest and sees around 79 species of colorful birds flocking around from as many as 22 countries. Rare species of chirpy feathered friends including the Black-headed Ibis, White throated Kingfishers, Pied, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Green Bee-eater, Indian Grey Hornbill, Grey Francolin, Southern Grey Shrike, Darter, Intermediate Egret, Great Egret, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Little Cormorants, Barn Swallow, Indian Pond Heron, Brown Shrike, Bay-backed Shrike, and Eurasian Spoonbill may be seen here. Those who love to observe the mannerisms of different species of birds will get immense opportunity to do so at this place.
Bird watcher's paradise
The sanctuary is spread across 2.23 sq km in and around the Attiveri reservoir that came into being with the construction of a dam on Tayawwanahalla in Attiveri village. It was built around 2 decades back, in the year 1994 and has been a popular tourist spot since then. Visitors are not only attracted to the place because of the tweeting birds that are found here but also because it is a perfect place to be one with the nature. The aura here is enchanting and serene. The farmlands located near the reservoir have a wide variety of insects that serve as food for the aquatic birds found here.
The best time to visit the Attiveri Bird Sanctuary is from November to March. A wide variety of birds flow to the sanctuary during monsoon that is between June and October but walking past the place can be quite a task during this season and hence tourists are suggested to avoid visiting around this time. The sanctuary is open for visitors between 6 am to 6 pm everyday.
Since the sanctuary lies amid dense forest, a number of wild animals including the likes of Wild Boar, Jackal, Jungle Cat, Indian Porcupine, Common Palm Civet, Grey Mongoose, Small Indian Civet, Indian Pangolin and Black-naped Hare may also be spotted in the vicinity. Thus, you must stay vigilant and carry something, preferably a stick, to guard yourself as you trail across the Attiveri Bird Sanctuary to get glimpses of various birds. It is also the right place for those who love trekking. A number of tracks are constructed in the sanctuary for this purpose.
People from Hubli-Dharwad as well as other parts of the state often prefer an overnight stay here to enjoy the serenity of the place during early morning hours. Hence a number of private rest rooms have been set up near the sanctuary. There are rooms to suit the budget of different segments of customers; you choose one based on yours. People visiting from other parts of Karnataka may even book a hotel in Hubli or Dharwad.
There are several trains that connect Hubli to different parts of the country; you may catch one to reach the city from where you can get to the Attiveri Bird Sanctuary by road. If you plan to come by air then fly to the Hubli Airport where you will easily find a cab that would take you to this beautiful bird sanctuary.
Don’t forget to get your binoculars and cameras along. You will get plenty of opportunities to capture the scenic beauty of the sanctuary as well as the multi-hued birds found here.
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