Mela-Keela Selvanoor Bird Sanctuary is located near Sayalkudi in Ramanathapuram district. The sanctuary was declared in the year 1998. This is the biggest birds sanctuary in Tamil nadu. The total area of the sanctuary is 593.08 ha
Cattle Egret in breeding plumage
Melaselvanoor, Keelaselvanoor Bird Sanctuary is located in Melaselvanoor, Kelaselvanor village tanks at 9o13’ N and 78 o 32’30 E graticule. It forms part of Melaselvanoor and Keelaselvanoor villages of Kadaladi taluk of Ramanathapuram district.
Majority of its area is now invaded and covered with prospis thickets. The Acacia nilotica plantation situated in the area is the nesting site for Migratory birds.
Pelicans, Painted Storks, Open billed Storks, White ibis, Spoon bills and Egrets regularly nest in the sanctuary. This sanctuary is considered to be the best heronry site in Ramanathapuram district. The vegetation of the tank is dominated by Prosopis in few locations with babul and on the boundaries with tamarind trees.
The sanctuary is only approachable by road and is 130 Kms. away from Madurai . The nearest towns are Sayalkudi (12 Km.), Kadaladi (15 Km.), Mudukulathur (27 Km.) & Ramanathapuram (45 Km.).
The nearest raialway station is Ramanathapuram (45 Km.).
The nearest Air port is in Madurai.
The boarding and lodging facilities are available at Sayalkudi (12 Km.), Ramanathapuram (45 Km.) and Paramakudi (52 Km.).
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