This post is going to be about Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary. There is not much to write about it, come to think about it, but this is one place that has been the perennial back-up plan. It was the place the Usual Suspects and I would go to spend a quite afternoon reading – and observing both avian and biped fauna. The bipeds were always good for a couple of laughs – especially when they went boating and saw a river crocodile floating a kilometre past them. You could hear the female of the species screaming and the male trying to be very nonchalant about the corcs. Secure in the knowledge that there is at-least one crocodile that is not going to take a swipe at them. Each time I went, I would promise myself that I’ll take a special boat – you could till about 2 years ago, I didn’t ask this time around – and make sure that I avoid fellow very vocal bipeds, and each time I wouldn’t. I went back recently. As usual there were only the black-headed ibis, some painted storks and the ever present marsh crocodiles. The place has been spruced up some and the day we went, the eatery on the banks of the river was closed. Don’t know if that is the permanent state now. What follows are some photos over the years. Somehow, I’ve never got a good shot there.
Not that I profess to be a good photog or for that matter possess the patience required for such photography. And it does require a lot of patience. Oh well.
But then I’ve never claimed patience to be one of my virtues. Or for that matter that I have too many of them. Virtues that is. But the Ranganathittu has many. It is close, the drive is pleasant (for those who want to take public transport will not be disappointed either) and once you get there all you have to do is take in the birds. Avian that is.
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary (RBS) is about 2.5 KM from Srirangapatna and about 16 KM from Mysore. It is on the Bengaluru-Mysore SH 17. If you are travelling from Bengaluru, you will have to cross Srirangapatna and look for the Hunsur bypass to Kodagu. Once on this road, you will cross a railway level crossing and there will be signs to guide you to RBS. It is good to visit any time of the year but during monsoons boat rides are usually suspended.