Godwit a migratory bird in Thol Bird Sanctuary

Godwit a migratory bird in Thol who migrates from northern breeding areas to Thol lake as its southern wintering grounds. Godwit bird is one of the rare birds who travel thousand kilometers from their native place to Thol once in a year. There are almost 200 different species along with Godwits. They fly hundreds and thousands of kilometers to Thol Lake in Gujarat, India for feeding. Breeding and raising their young. Thol is a bird watcher’s paradise; tourists coming to Thol enjoy watching Godwit bird during the Indian winters.

Godwit a migratory bird in Thol
Godwit a migratory bird in Thol

Hundreds of birds mainly waterfowl inhabit this lake and come from as far as Siberia. Thol in Gujarat is a bird watcher’s paradise, one can find rosy pelicans, lesser and greater flamingos, crakes, brahminy ducks, purple moorhen, herons, white storks, various species of bitterns, grebes etc in the lake. Best time to visit Thol is in winter between November to February. However, migratory birds starts arriving in October and stay until April but their population reaches its peak in mid winter. Best time to see the birds is early in the morning and in the evening.


Thol Lake is an artificial lake near Thol village in Kalol area of Mehsana District in Gujarat, India. It is a reservoir made for irrigation in 1912. It is a fresh water lake same as Nalsarovar and is a marshland. Thol is a Bird Sanctuary since the year of 1988. Godwit a migratory bird in Thol is a fun to watch here.


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