Sprawling on 17.26-sq-kms surrounded by sea and shore, comprising forests of
tidal swamps, dry evergreen forests of mangroves, this coastal sanctuary
also known as "Kodikkarai", is 90-km southeast of Thanjavur in a
wetland which juts out into the Palk Strait separating India and Sri Lanka.
It is noted for the vast flocks of migratory waterfowl, especially
flamingos, which congregate here every winter.
The sanctuary is vast, mostly shrub-land, shaped by the violent monsoon
winds and treated mercilessly by feral cattle, horses and the graceful buck.
At present cultivation of lobster has been started as the number of birds is
Point Calimere sanctuary is bestowed with population of varied wild life
such as Chital, Wild boar, Bonnet macaque, Black Buck, Flamingos, Teals,
Gulls, Terns, Plavers and Stilts. Special attractions are close encounters
with Dolphins and Turtles, which often come quite close to the shore.
Variety Of Birds Visiting The Sanctuary
Between November and January, the tidal mud flats and marshes are covered
with Teals, Curlews, Gulls, Terns, Plovers, Sandpipers, Shanks, Herons and
up to 3000 Flamingoes at one time.
In the spring, a different set of birds - Koels, Mynas and Barbets are
drawn here by the profusion of wild berries. From April to June there's very
little activity; the main rainy season is between October and December.
Places to stay in Tamilnadu
There's a Forest Department Rest House with adequate rooms at Point
Calimere, though all meals will have to be arranged with the staff. It's
best to make a reservation for the rest house with the Forest Officer in