Thattekad is blessed with various natural wonders, which make it a picturesque destination, wrapped in abundant flora and fauna. The surreal destination is located on the Njiyapilli Hill and is famous for the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary aka Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, that is named after the great Ornithologist, Dr Salim Ali. Kerala Government established the sanctuary in the year 1983. This famous bird sanctuary houses about 280 rare species of water and land birds.
The scenic beauty of this sanctuary cannot be described in words; it can only be witnessed! Sprawling over 25 km sq and at around 60 km towards the north-east of Kochi, Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary is situated in the Kothamangalam Taluk of Ernakulam district on the northern bank of the Periyar River.
The other places worth-visiting around Thattekad are Nadukani, Bhoothathankettu, Wellington Island, Malayattoor, Kodanad, Kalady, Bolgatty, Mattancherry, etc.
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