Located in the periphery of Kochi, Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is a haven for bird watchers, boasting over 320 species of avifauna. One of the best sanctuaries in the country, it is spread over an area of 25 sq km and lies at the foothills of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Western Ghats. Some of the popular birds you can spot are Malabar gray hornbill, crested eagle, rose-billed roller, peninsular bay owl and ceylon frogmouth, besides a number of migratory birds. The sanctuary is also home to a deer park,  a souvenir shop, a library, an open enclosure for spotted deer and sambar as well as an animal rehabilitation centre. It has been named after renowned Indian ornithologist, Dr Salim Ali.