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abhinay1189 posted a topic in OthersRide for the trip Layout of the Sanctuary of Ranganathittu bird sanctuary. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/QDfaf6KLFR72 Location: It is located on the outskirts of Srirangapatna, about 16 Km before Mysore. Where to Stay: Both Mysore and Srirangapatna are convenient places to stay to visit the sanctuary. Besides, there are also home stays and farm stays away from the city, and near the sanctuary. How to Reach: This sanctuary is 135kms (3 Hrs) from Bangalore on Bangalore-Mysore highway (NH275),Take a right turn after Srirangapatna (This road also connects to KRS and Coorg road) Price of Entrance and Boat ride: The entrance Rs. 60 per person and for children it is Rs. 10 (Age-5 to 12 yrs). No charges for children below 5 years. The best way to see birds is to take a boat ride inside the sanctuary. The normal rate is Rs.60 per head, but these are short rides, with a boat load of people. A longer ride (Special boat service) costs around Rs. 1000, The experience is worth it. Park Timings and Best Season: The park timings are from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM. Go early in the morning, or in the evening, just before sunset, for the best experience. Tourist footfall increases after 10 AM and continues through till 5 PM. The times just before and after are best for watching the most birds and enjoying the peace and solitude!The best season to watch birds is winter, but we can see birds here throughout the year. Which birds you see depends on the season though. Painted Storks Egret in breeding plumage Stone Plovers Crocodile- up close View point View of Lake Tips: While one day is more than enough for the entire circuit, if you are an ardent birdwatcher or wildlife enthusiast, you might enjoy staying somewhere near the sanctuary and making multiple visits. The next destination was Balmuri Falls, Which is 11kms from this sanctuary. Balmuri Falls: Maps link https://goo.gl/maps/mCYZfXJ15tk It is a popular picnic spot. In this area Cauvery river flows wide over a rocky bed. This is basically a check dam runs across the river more like a wall trying to stop the flow.It is a man-made reservoir.When the check dam is filled to the maximum, water overflows in a neat long cascade. Youngsters and nature lovers adore the place because of its isolated location. One can bathe in the shallow waters of the fall.One of the major attraction is to get into the water where it cascades down. And then there is the seasonal boat ride. The scenery is great and the general ambiance is relaxing. So that makes its an ideal picnic spot. There is a old and ancient Ganapati temple. This location is a popular backdrop for song scenes in many Kannada movies. The weak hearted can always use the bridge that is built across the river or sit on the ghat and enjoy the scenery. I couldn't capture more pictures as it was dark and raining. Note:The only annoying thing it seems are those cheeky monkeys ever trying to snatch food stuffs. It is ideal one day trip from Bangalore. Total distance covered 2 way is 300kms. Few more random pictures from our drive