Fast Facts :
Location : 90-Km Southeast Of Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu
Area : 17.26-Sqkms
Also Known as : Kodikkarai Wildlife Sanctuary
Time To Visit : Between November And January
Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary is also known as “Kodikarai”. It is located at 90km southeast of Thanjavur in a wetland. Widely spread around 17.26-sq-km is encircled by shore and sea. It comprises of evergreen forest covered with mangroves and the forest of tidal swamps. This Kodikarai opens into the Palk Strait unraveling India and Sri Lanka. The huge flock of migratory flamingos assembles here every winter.
Calimere wildlife sanctuary is endowed with variety of wildlife such as Wild boar, Black Buck, Teals, Terns, Plavers, Chital, Bonnet macaque, Flamingos, Gulls and Stilts. Stumbling with the Turtles and Dolphins is most attractive for the visitors that come to the shore very rarely.
Birds Visiting Sanctuary :
In the month of November and January, the shore is beautifully decorated with Curlews, Terns, Sandpipers, Herons, Teals, Gulls, Plovers, and Shanks. The flock of flamingos around 3000 visits this place is worth watching.
There is also an array of birds like Mynas, Barbets and Koels gets attracted to this sanctuary because of wild berries. The summer here, from April to June is not happening as that of rainy season between October to December.
Where to Stay?
The Forest department has come up with the facility of rest house where the rooms are available along with the meals by staff. The best is to confirm the reservation with the Forest Officer of Thanjavur prior to visit the sanctuary.