Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary – The Green Lung of Kochi
Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary is situated at the heart of Kochi, Kerala. It is spread over an area of about 2.74 hectares. This sanctuary is around a shallow tidal lake, behind the Kerala High Court building, connected with Kochi backwaters by a canal.
Vegetation of Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary mainly consists of mangroves and associated species. It is the nesting area for many a migratory bird species. Recent sprang up of high-rise buildings around the bird sanctuary is a major cause of worry, as these buildings obstructs the pathway of the birds. It also hinders the birds in bringing their nesting and food materials.
Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary has a total of around 72 bird species, along with six species of mammals. Two species of amphibians and seven species of fishes are also seen in this sanctuary. 17 butterfly species were seen here. Mangala vanam is also habitat for 51 species of spiders.
This bird sanctuary is the ‘Green lung of Kochi’ and absorbs a portion of the air pollution of the city.
How Do I Go to Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary?
Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary is right in the heart of Cochin or Kochi city, behind the high court. Buses are available to high court. You may hire a cab to go to this bird Sanctuary.
Ernakulam North railway station alias Ernakulam town railway station is the nearest railway station to the bird sanctuary, at around 2 kilometers distance. Ernakulam Junction alias Ernakulam south railway station is another nearby major railway station at around 4 kilometers away.
The nearest airport to this bird sanctuary is Nedumbrassery International airport, at around 35 kilometers distance.