Kunathakulam Bird Sanctuary is situated near by Tirunveli district of Tamilnadu state of India. It covers an area of 1.3 sq km, a combination of Koonthankulam and Kadankulam irrigation tanks. The sanctuary is considered as the largest reserve for breeding water birds in south India, declared as protected area for birds in 1994.
The sanctuary is located around the tiny village koonathakulam. The villagers take keen interest in habitation of birds and it is due to their interest the bird sanctuary has become one of the most visited bird sanctuary in India. All villagers take care of birds, their nests and Fallen chicks are rescued at medical centre till they are able to fly on their own and anyone who disturbs the nests, are socially humiliated by shaving their head or making public procession on donkey. Even the people of the village can not celebrate the great Indian festival Diwali since the sound of crackers drive away birds from their natural habitat.
More than 43 species of domestic and migratory birds visits the sanctuary during December and April. Last year the number of migratory recorded more than 100000 from salient corner of world like Australia, US, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Pakistan and other parts of Indian subcontinent. The birds include Pheasant-tailed Jacanas, Chipmunks, Doves, Babblers, Quails, Partridges, Kingfishers, Flycatchers, Minivets, Herons, Egrets, White Ibis, Spot-bill Ducks, Cormorants, Pelicans, and Painted Storks so on.
Apart from the birds, the region emerges as major centre of adventure tourism such as Trekking, explore, walking, adventures and much more. If you want to break from the fast life of city, Kunthakulam bird sanctuary is the best place for persons who seek tranquility and solace. The city is well connected by any mode of transportation and you can get hassle free unforgettable visit to the sanctuary.