Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary
Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary is also known as Pakshi Kashi of Karnataka. it is a Bird Sanctuary in the Mandya District of the state of Karnataka in India. It is the largest bird sanctuary in the state,only 0.67 km². in area, which is about 40 acres and comprises six islets on the banks of the Kaveri river. Ranganthittu is located three kilometers away from the historic town of Srirangapatna and 16 kilometres north of Mysore.The sanctuary attracted about 2.90 lakh visitors during 2011-12, which shows its notability as important bird sanctuary of India.
The islets came into being when an embarkment across the Kaveri river was built in 1648 by the then Mysore King, Kantirava Narasimharaja Wadeyar.The ornithologist Dr. Salim Ali observed that the isles formed an important nesting ground for birds, and persuaded the Wodeyar kings of Mysore to declare the area a wildlife sanctuary in 1940. The Forest Department of Karnataka State is maintaining the bird sanctuary and puts its efforts to improve the sanctuary, which include purchase of nearby private lands to expand the protected area.
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