Just 3 km from Sringapatna and 16 km from Mysuru, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, also known locally as Pakshi Kashi of Karnataka, plays host to a multiple of birds and other flora and fauna. Spread of over 40 acres over six islets formed by the river Kaveri, Ranganathittu attracts birds from far and wide. The islets came into existence because of the construction of an embankment on the river Kaveri in 1648 by the then Mysore King, KanteeravaNarasimharaja Wadiyar. The Birdman of India, ornithologist Salim Ali observed that the islets formed an important nesting ground for birds, and persuaded the Wadiyar kings to declare the area a wildlife sanctuary in 1940. About 170 species of birds, including the painted stork, Asian openbill stork, common spoonbill, woolly-necked stork, black-headed ibis, lesser whistling duck, Indian shag, stork-billed kingfisher, egret, cormorant, Oriental darter, spot-billed pelican and heron breed here regularly. The great stone plover, and river tern also nest here. The sanctuary is home to a large flock of streak-throated swallows as well. Visit the Salim Ali Interpretation Center and get to know the avifauna better.
The boat ride that takes you within touching distance of the birds, as marsh Crocodiles bask in the sun. Delight in watching the winged visitors making happy forays into the water. You can also test your observation skills by trying to spot Flying Foxes hanging from the trees at dusk.