Mumbai, the flamingos have arrived! « Mummy Knows Best - The hands-on mum's guide to cool kids' stuff

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I have to be fair and say that although the Sewri mudflats do have flamingos in the thousands; pink feathers are not the only

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type of birds to be seen here. The lesser and greater flamingos sure are the main draw having come all the way from probably the Rann of Kutch but the sandpipers, terns, plovers, herons, stints, curlews and godwits are also waiting to be observed.

We set out to see the flamingos with plans to take a boat from the Mahul jetty and get an up-close and personal view. How naïve we were to think post 26/11 hiring a boat to see the birds would be easy. Even with a toddler in tow it’s not just difficult, it’s impossible. So don’t try. Just head towards Sewri, avoid the regular jetty road – it’s dug and impassable – go left if you have approached it from Imax Wadala when you see the Sewri railway crossing on your right. Take the first right and then a left when you see a small temple on the right. If it is filthy and seems impossible to go any further, you are almost there. Head right and straight onto the jetty for an awesome experience.

Carry binoculars, camera, caps, water, snacks, wet wipes, spare clothes for the kids and toilet paper.

The best time to be there is an hour after the tide has turned or mid tide. The birds should be in town till the monsoons 2010.

Do write in and tell us about your experience if you head out flamingo watching!

3 Responses to “Mumbai, the flamingos have arrived!”

  1. Priya Pathiyan says:

    I go there quite often and, I must say, this piece is very nicely written! Would love it if you posted some pics too. Mums and dads should be careful to keep the kiddies close though… the jetty ends rather abruptly and there are some rusty old boats etc that you definitely don’t want your tots getting close to! The scene is quite starkly picturesque even so :)

  2. Priya Pathiyan says:

    Pics of the jetty too, I meant. So parents could get an idea of what to expect when they get there. Your flamingo images are beautiful.

  3. Priya says:

    Thank you Priya. Glad you enjoyed the post and you are absolutely right about the jetty. Boisterous kids should either not be taken or watched carefully.