Kokkare Bellur is a small village in Mandya district of Karnataka. This village is named due to high presence of storks (called Kokkare in Kannada). While there are numerous storks that have made this village their home, you can also spot several other birds like pelicans, parakeets, herons among many others.
Painted Stork at Kokkare Bellur
Kokkare Bellur is not a bird sanctuary. This is a village inhibited as usual by humans. The locals do farming for their living. The birds co-exist and mingle freely with the villagers. You can spot the birds everywhere in the village, on tree tops, on top of houses, on roads, on fields and just everywhere. The locals treat the high presence of birds as a blessing in disguise, as the droppings from these birds are rich in potassium and forms rich manure that is needed for cultivation. It is this wonderful bonding between the humans and the birds that makes this village so special.
Kokkare Bellur is located at around 85 km from Bangalore, slightly off Bangalore-Mysore Highway near Maddur. The deviation to Kokkare Bellur is very easy to miss, and hence keep your eyes towards the Karnataka Tourism board as you approach near Maddur. The route from the highway to Kokkare Bellur runs almost on the banks of River Shimsa (a tributary of River Cauvery).
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