Kokkare Bellur Pelicanary
Kokkrebellur is a village in mandya district, Karnataka. The village is famous for its painted storks (Kokkare in kannada) and hence the place got its name. Also spot billed pelicans can be found here, which the villagers have adopted as their heritage and believes that this bird brings them luck and prosperity. Both Painted storks and spot billed pelicans has been classified as ‘near threatened category by the IUCN.
The village is on the banks of river Shimsha, which flows ahead and meets river kaveri. Madya district is known for its agricultural fields and sugarcane is a major crop produced here. The birds mainly make nests in ficus and tamarind trees. The birds and villagers have co-existed in total harmony for several decades. The Karnataka forest department compensates the farmers for the crop lost due to the nestling of birds. The other birds found in this region are Little Cormorant, Black Ibis, Grey Heron, Black crowned Night Heron, and Indian Pond Heron, Ring Necked Parakeets.Kokkrebellur is not a reserved forest sanctuary, The Karnataka Forest Department (KFD), The Department of Minor Irrigation and Department of Fisheries and the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) supports the local level village committee and NGO’s to conserve and develop the facilities for the birds. Another attraction near this area is the Chennakesava Temple complex, which is a tourist spot built according to hoysala style of architecture. The Ranganathittu bird sanctuary is also located nearby.
How to Reach :
Kokkrebellur is well connected by rail, road and air. The place is at a distance of about 83 kilometres from Bangalore. It is 20 kms north-east of mandya. The closest railway stations are maddur and mandya. The nearest airport is in bangalore.