Saturday, 11 August 2012

Karaivetti Birds Sanctuary Ariyalur District Tamil Nadu

Karaivetti Birds Sanctuary Ariyalur District Tamil Nadu ,India.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.Karaivetti Birds  least 188 species of birds have been recorded in the sanctuary. It is one of the largest freshwater lakes in southern Tamil Nadu. An important aspect of this sanctuary is the presence of water till the month of May as most nearby water bodies dry up by the month of March. It remains dry from June till August. Rainfall ranges from 800 mm. It is often referred to together with another nearby tank and called Vettakudi-Karaivetti Bird Sanctuary.

Karaivetti Birds Sanctuary Flora

Aquatic vegetation includes: ganthian spp., sedge sp., bullrush and hydrilla. Shoreline trees include wattle, neem, Indian beech sp., and casuarina sp.. These trees provide habitats necessary for breeding waterbirds. The Social Forestry Department has planted Cassia trees along the northern and western shores of the reservoir

Karaivetti Birds Sanctuary Fauna

Karaivetti Birds Sanctuary Fauna Up to 50,000 migratory water birds birds have been recorded visiting the sanctuary during the peak season in January. Birds start arriving in November and stay till May. Important birds here are long migrants including the high flying bar-headed goose, white stork, woolly-necked stork, rosy pelican, spoonbill, openbill stork, and grey heron, night heron, Pond heron,purple heron, egrets and glossy ibis.
The diving birds little cormorant, kingfisher, and indian cormorant and sixteen species of ducks, includingspot-billed duck, common pochard, tufted pochard and northern shoveler, plusCoots and twenty three species of waders, including whiskered tern, gull-billed tern, and little tern,sandpipers, little ringed plover and kentish plover, have been recorded in the sanctuary.

 Best time to visit Karaivetti Birds Sanctuary  :- The best time to visit the sanctuary is in February and November , but it remains open throughtout the year
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Kamarasavalli Soundaresvarar Temple District Tamilnadu

Kamarasavalli  Soundaresvarar temple Ariyalur district Tamilnadu with goddess Valambal in this village was built during the period of Sundra Chola in A.D. 962. Local traditions say that it was the place where Rathi did penance and got back her husband Manmatha and hence the village name Kama-rathi-valli. A village called Alagiyamanavalam is located east of this village. It is held that it was named after the beautiful husband of Rathi Alagiyamanavalan (beautiful husband-manmathan.) A beautiful bronze image of Rathi is also preserved in this temple.
Kamarasavalli Soundaresvarar Temple District Tamil Nadu
 Another story preserved  in this temple is that Karkotaka, the serpent King, got relieved of his curse by worshipping Lord Siva in this village and hence the God of the temple is called as Karkodaka Isvaram. A slab with figures depicting this lore is also preserved in this temple. There are more than 40 inscriptions of Chola, Pandya and Hoysala periods in this temple. Inscriptions mention this temple name as Tirunallur Srikoyil Mahadevar, Tirunallurparamesvarar and Tirukkarkotaga Isvarattu Mahadevar. Inscriptions refer to this village as Kamadavallichaturvedi Mangalam a brahmadeya in Mirai kurram. There are beautiful sculptures and bronzes of Chola period in this temple.
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