Sunday, February 14, 2016

Bird Photography at Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuary, AP

Drive from Hyderabad to Uppalapadu and Suryalanka


  • Leave Hyderabad on Saturday morning 8 AM 
  • Reach Suryalanka by 3 PM 
  • Enjoy at the beach 
  • Stay at APTDC Haritha Resort 
  • Sunday morning have breakfast and check out by 8 AM 
  • Reach Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuary by 9-30 AM 
  • Leave Uppalapadu at 10-30 AM 
  • Reach Hyderabad 3 PM 
Few Points regarding the drive:

  • Route Map: Hyderabad - Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuary - Suryalanka Beach
  • Total Distance: 840 km (to and fro) 
  • Total Time: 7 hours 
  • Left Hyderabad at 8 AM reached Suryalanka around 3 PM (owing to traffic rerouting at Vijayawada Kanakadurga road) 
  • Take Vijayawada bypass road until Kanakadurga flyover work is complete 
  • Uppalapadu to Suryalanka: about 1.5 hours 
  • Road condition: brilliant (4 lane until Vijayawada) and 6 lane from Vijayawada to Guntur
Few Points regarding Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuary:

  • Entry ticket: Rs. 20 per head 
  • Camera Charge: Rs. 25 
  • No information board at the site confirming the above though 
  • Only 2 cars can be parked near the gate - else you might have to park on the main road 
  • Pelicans and Painted Storks aplenty - see it to believe it 
  • Worth one visit if you happen to be passing nearby or if you stay in Andhra and Telengana

Monday, February 8, 2016

Bird Photography at Mrugavani National Park

Amongst many Ashy Prinias, Indian Robins, Red-vented Bulbuls, the only bird that caught my eye was the Coppersmith Barbet. However this place is not for birding. One can't go inside the core area on foot and remaining area is too small for birding. Opens at 9 AM and closes at 5 PM which is again not the timing for serious birding.

Coppersmith Barbet