Khijadia Bird Sanctuary is a unique wetland area with sea water on one side and fresh water on one side. This area which is about 12 km from Jamnagar (Gujarat), was declared as a Sanctuary in 1982.
The area of this Sanctuary is 605 Hectares. There are 3 Watch Tower for bird watchers, as well as inspection paths leading deep into the foliage There are also provisions for Paddle boats, in the main as well as the Jamnbuda watch tower area.
One can find both types of sea and shore birds. Watching the arrival of the Cranes during sunset for roosting is a fantastic experience.
Flora and Fauna:
The sanctuary has three watchtowers from where you can have a wider spectrum of the birds. It also has provisions for paddle boats in the main watchtower area as well as the Jamnbuda watchtower area.
Some of the birds that you can catch a glimpse of during your tour to Khijadia Bird Sanctuary include the Blackwinged Kite, Black Ibis, Imperial Eagle, Brahminy Kite and a lot of other species of herons and ducks. The wild animals that you can find here are the Blue Bulls, Jackal, Wolf, Mongoose, Rabbits, Jungle Cat, Cobra and others.
Major Wildlife Attractions:
Some of the notable birds found here are Black Ibis, Black-winged Kite, Brahminy Kite, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Great Thick-knee, Common Greenshank, Grey Francolin, Imperial Eagle, Indian Pond Heron, Little Tern, Black-tailed Godwit, Comb Duck, Common Crane, Common Teal, Dunlin, Garganey, Marsh Harrier, Northern Pintail, Shoveler, Eurasian Wigeon, Pale Harrier, Demoiselle Crane, Sanderling and Darters.
The other wild life found here are Blue Bulls, Jackal, Wolf, Jungle Cat, Mongoose, Rabbits, Cobra, etc.
Best Time to Visit:
The months of October to March is considered the best time to visit the sanctuary.
Air: There is an airport 10 km from town. Various domestic airlines connect Jamnagar to Mumbai.
Rail: There are daily trains on the Western Railway with direct connections to Ahmedabad.
Road: Buses and private luxury coaches connect Jamnagar with various centres of Gujarat.
General Info / Tips
Conservator of Forests Office,
Nagnath Gate, Van Sankul, Ganjiwada, Jamnagar.
Black Ibis, Black-winged Kite, Brahminy Kite