Kokkarebellur: During November – December, a quiet village in Mandya comes alive with the arrival of Spot-billed Pelicans and Painted Storks. Bird-watchers and nature en thusiasts from around the world make a beeline to this tiny hamlet to witness the spectacle every year. Apart from the pelicans, the other birds found nesting and breeding in the village trees are Cormorants, Red-naped Ibis, Grey Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, and Indian Pond Heron. The villagers use the bird droppings as manure for their fields as it is rich in potassium. It is fascinating to observe the birds living in perfect harmony with the villagers and enjoying their protection.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qm41gyKM–0&t=15s here goes the link to the documentary shot by WWF India.
Pelicans and Painted storks are found in large numbers in Kokkarebellur, often nesting on top of tamarind and mango trees in the village. About 200 other bird species are reportedly spotted in Kokkarebellur.
Timing & Entry point to Kokkarebellur:
Kokkarebellur Community Reserve does not have any definitive boundary or entry points. There are no timing restrictions either. Visitors need to explore a large area to locate. Locals will be glad to guide visitors.
Best Season To Visit
November - May
About 200 species of birds like Pelicans and Painted Storks are found in large numbers in Kokrebellur
Places To Stay
The Nearest Hotels to Stay are located at Mandya City (26 Kms from Kokkarbellur)
How To Reach
Bengaluru Kempegowda International Airport (BLR) is the closest Airport ( 120 Kms )
Mysore Railway Station is the nearest railway station ( 73 Kms )
One can drive from Bengaluru to Kokrebellur which is 87 Kms
Mysuru Palace (71 Kms), KRS Dam (75 Kms), Karighatta Temple (57 Kms) are some of the destinations to visit along with Kokrebellur Bird Sanctuary.