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Monday, July 30, 2007

Kokkare Bellur

29th July 2007
Sunday morning, I got up with a lazy mood. With nothing to do, I felt bored and decided to visit Kokkare Bellur, a bird sanctuary near Bangalore. I and my wife started towards Mysore and reached Maddur in an hour. It took quite an effort to find the route to Kokkare Bellur. I had a make a couple of U turns and ask 4-5 people to get into the right path.

Direction: After Channapatna, go towards Maddur. Before Maddur, is a village Rudrakshipura. It is just before the BPL factory. Take a left turn here and Kokkare Bellur is another 12 kms on this village road.

The road was quite bumpy. In a state where the National Highways are in a pathetic condition, to expect a good village road would be ridiculous.

When we reached Kokkare Bellur village, we could not see any birds. We asked a villager and he said that the season was over and there were only 3 or 4 Pelicans left!! Needless to say, we were disappointed. I should have checked for the birding season before. We went inside the village to see the remaining Pelicans. As soon as I stopped my car, we were surrounded by a group of children. They took us to a place where there was a lone Pelican sitting on a tree. We came to know that during season they will be in hundreds and everywhere. Unlike typical bird sanctuaries, Kokkare Bellur does not have a lake. But there are water source like Shimsa River some kms away. We decided to return back as there was nothing much to do other than watching the lone Pelican. The children then started begging for money. There were some twenty of them. Usually, I shoo away the people who indulge on begging. But looking at their innocent faces, we gave away whatever coins we had. We cannot blame them, the poverty that is driving them to beg.

While returning, another gang of people were heading towards Kokkare Bellur. We suggested them to return as the place was devoid of any birds. We continued our journey as they started discussing themselves about their future course of action. We had our lunch at Kamath Lokaruchi.

It was not a great trip, but definitely I will visit the place again on next March for the Pelicans.

16 comments:

Prashanth M said...

You were late & I went early (in Jan). But I was bit lucky there were some 30-35 Pelicans at that time...

Better luck next time :)

Aravind GJ said...

Next time I will go only during "season".

M A Ravinder said...

The kids are quite professional in their approach in asking the city-dwelling visitors for money. Not that they are not poor, but it is best not to succumb to this "begging". When I visited a few years back, a village elder chased the boys away saying that they were bringing a bad name to the village by their behaviour. Since you do plan to return during the season, suggest that you take notebooks, pencils, erasers or some interesting books in Kannada etc. to distribute among these kids.

Aravind GJ said...

Ravinder,

Thanks for your comments.

Bobby said...

Hi Aravind, I had been to the Kokkarebellur village with my wife yesterday, 10th May 2009. I was pleasantly surprised to see more than 200 painted storks, pelicans, and a few other big birds... Please check out.

Subbu said...

Dear Arvind,

I would like to use your pelican image in my PowerPoint presentation to be presented in a bird conference (non-commercial). Can you please send me a high rez image: subbu.subramanya@gmail.com. Will sure acknowledge your support.
- Subbu.

devarajum said...

This is Devaraju.M

Iam from Kokkarebellur

Now season Starts If more information about Please Contact me 9880317149 and 9591125400

devarajum said...

This is Devaraju.M

Iam from Kokkarebellur

Now season Starts If more information about Please Contact me 9880317149 and 9591125400

devarajum said...

This is Devaraju.M

Iam from Kokkarebellur

Now season Starts If more information about Please Contact me 9880317149 and 9591125400

devarajum said...

This is Devaraju.M

Iam from Kokkarebellur

Now season Starts If more information about Please Contact me 9880317149 and 9591125400

devarajum said...

This is Devaraju.M

Iam from Kokkarebellur

Now season Starts If more information about Please Contact me 9880317149 and 9591125400

visual said...

I recently visited Kokkere Bellur. I was told by villagers that most bird come after January 15 every year. However, we are still lucky to see many painted stork and pelicans.

visual said...

I recently visited Kokkere Bellur. I suggest you visit after Jan 15th. Read about my trip there at - http://www.travelingbeats.com/blog/trip-kokkere-bellur-bird-pictures

Devaraju.M said...

This is Devaraju.M from Kokkarebellur....

Now season is Starts Pelicons are there but still Painted starks are not come still....

End of the January is the best time for see the birds

If any more information Please Call me....9880317149

Devaraju.M said...

This is Devaraju.M from Kokkarebellur....

Now season is Starts Pelicons are there but still Painted starks are not come still....

End of the January is the best time for see the birds

If any more information Please Call me....9880317149

Devaraju.M said...

Now Season ends..............