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  Kokkare Bellur.

The Crane is called "kokre" and hence lends its name to a place that these magnificent birds have been visiting for years. Kokre bellur lies about 88 kms from Bangalore, one proceeds along Mysore road for 75+kms until a rather prominent sign tell you to turn left into the smaller, potholed rut that leads inwards.

The birds come to nest in a few trees close to the village itself.So making oneself comfortable amongst the cane fields and the chickens,and using binoculars for a good look at the Pelicans nestling there. This scene here is entirely different from that of Ranganthittu, but the waterholes from where the birds get their fish is some distance away.

The best time to visit seems to between Feb. and may,according to a local. The Pelicans come earlier in the winter to breed, and when the chicks take to the air, they return. The piece de resistance of the place(from what's told),is the painted stork,which stands as tall as man.

Note: Knowing the local language helps,the local can then guide you around and explain the intricacies of the bird visitors. Avoid the weekends,cos' that's when the rather noisy city-bred riffraff tend to make it less than amiable for bird watching.

  Fact File

Distance ...
From Bangalore 88+ kms
From Nearest Town Channapatna

From Nearest Petrol Bunk Channapatna
Nearest Medical Help same
Nearest Hotel Channapatna/off Mysore road
Season :
seems to be october to march,but Pelicans and Storks have different seasons.

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