The Karaivetti Birds Sanctuary with an area of 453.71 ha. has been notified under section 18(1) of Wildlife Protection Act 1972 as per Government Order No.219 E&F (FR.VI) Dept dt. 10.06.1997. The sanctuary is basically an irrigation tank that receives water from the Mettur dam from September onwards which is supplemented by the northeast monsoons from October till January.

The sanctuary is one of the most important fresh water feeding ground for migratory water birds in the state of Tamil Nadu. One of the largest tanks in the state, it has recorded the largest congregation of water birds among all the tanks in the state. Of the 188 species of birds recorded in the sanctuary, 82 are water birds. Among the important visitors to the tank is the endangered Bar Headed Goose. The best time to visit the sanctuary for bird watching is October-March.

Photo Gallery

  • Birds on Fly
  • Birds on Land
  • Birds on Plant

How to Reach:

By Air

Nearest Airport : Trichy Airport. Ariyalur can be reached by bus or train from Trichy.

By Train

Chennai - Trichy Route, Stop: Ariyalur Railway Station

By Road

Ariyalur Bus Stand - via NH 136 ( ~20 K.M.)