is also known as Kodikkarai, this coastal sanctuary is 90 km south-east
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 water
fowl, especially flamingos, which congregate here every winter.
Best Time To Visit is between November and January when the tidal mud flats
and marshes are covered with teals, shovellers, 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. Black buck, spotted deer
and wild pig also congregate here. From April to June there's very little
activity; the main rainy season is between October and December.