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A day trip to Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary and Balmuri Falls from Bangalore

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Layout of the Sanctuary of Ranganathittu bird sanctuary.

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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)IMG_20170604_150421068.jpg.bed01f83f1c379c784bfa7d3040a19ad.jpg
 

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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.

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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. 

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Painted Storks

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Egret in breeding plumage

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Stone Plovers

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Crocodile- up close

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View point

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View of Lake

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Brilliant pictures.
I have been to this place in 2012/2013, en-route to Mysuru.
It was small stop over, the walking path around the lake is very refreshing.

Crowd was very less during our visit, it is week day and little drizzle made the place look heavenly. 
We did not do any boating due to time constrain. 
 

16 hours ago, abhinay1189 said:

Crocodile- up close

We never knew about crocodile part. :o
We literally stood in water. 

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Nice pictures [mention=616]abhinay1189[/mention], Could you throw more light on the location of this waterfalls and the distance from Hyderabad and Bangalore?

The waterfalls are 721 kms from Hyderabad(11 to 12hrs Journey time) and 145 Kms from Bangalore(3hrs journey time).

This waterfalls is not naturally​ formed but it is scenic waterfall stretch along a small dam. I can call it a ideal picnic spot .

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Brilliant pictures.
I have been to this place in 2012/2013, en-route to Mysuru.
It was small stop over, the walking path around the lake is very refreshing.

Crowd was very less during our visit, it is week day and little drizzle made the place look heavenly. 
We did not do any boating due to time constrain. 
 
We never knew about crocodile part.
We literally stood in water. 

I heard their are lot of crocodiles in water but people say it is safe to go inside water and crocodiles attacks here are rare.

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Brilliant captures mate.
lovely pictures. 

 

I can see the mad Bangalore - Mysuru traffic in your picture.
It simply need multiple routes.

I felt like driving inside city limits. 


 

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Brilliant captures mate.
lovely pictures. 
 
I can see the mad Bangalore - Mysuru traffic in your picture.
It simply need multiple routes.
I felt like driving inside city limits. 

 

Thanks Uday, Yeah Bangalore to Mysore traffic is terrible in weekends. Alternative route is via Kanakpura road which is scenic to drive but little long.

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Lovely log @abhinay1189 I am shifting to Bengaluru next month, Will surely add this place to my check list one weekend. Please keep adding up a few more less known places as such so that i can cover up after my transfer :D TIA 

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Lovely log [mention=616]abhinay1189[/mention] I am shifting to Bengaluru next month, Will surely add this place to my check list one weekend. Please keep adding up a few more less known places as such so that i can cover up after my transfer  TIA 

Sure Vivek, There are so many lesser known places. I need to make a list and will add in some days.

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