A nondescript village in Tumkur district wakes up each year to the raucous cries and colourful plumage of painted storks and grey herons as they nest on old tamarind trees amidst the houses. This is the only place in Karnataka where these species nest side by side. The birds live in perfect harmony and mutual tolerance with the villagers and enjoy their protection - a perfect example of peaceful co-existence between man and nature.
Kaggaladu is a small village in the historic Sira Taluk of Tumkur district in south-eastern part of Karnataka state. Since 1999, the villagers have been a welcome host for Painted Storks and Grey Herons, which annually breed on the trees inside the village and raise their young ones. Kaggaladu is located about 9 km to the north-west of Sira town on the Sira-Chengavara Main Road and the heronry was first made known to the outside world in 1999 by members of the Tumkur-based NGO Wildlife Aware Nature Club.
The birds usually stay in Kaggaladu Bird Sanctuary for about six months, starting from the month of February. The birds start arriving in groups for the nestling season. By the end of August month, the migratory birds go back.
Kaggaladu is said to be the second largest painted storks sanctuary in South India, after Kokkare bellur sanctuary in Mandya district, Karnataka. It has been observed that, many birds of the foreign origin also migrate to Kaggaladu during the nestling season.
In this bird sanctuary, one can find the birds in hundreds of number, but the big gathering of birds is not of the same feather. The tamarind trees have been maintained exclusively for birds shelter and nestling. It has been reported that, the villagers of Kaggaladu are very much attached to these migrating birds.