Animal enthusiasts have plenty to see, from migratory birds to lumbering pachyderms. The Mangalavanam bird sanctuary is a green abode right in the heart of the bustling city and is frequented by migratory birds of all kinds. Bird lovers would be remiss to avoid the Thattekkadu bird sanctuary, named after renowned ornithologist Dr. Salim Ali and located around 60 kilometres from the city. Indigenous birds like the Malabar grey-hornbill and rare ones like the Ceylon frog-moth have been sighted here. For those who prefer something larger, the Kodanad elephant training centre 50 kilometres outside the city is also worth a visit.

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