Vellode Birds Sanctuary of Erode District of Tamil Nadu has an area of 77.185 ha.
The Vellode Birds Sanctuary is visited by large number of resident and migratory bird species. The migratory birds start arriving to the Sanctuary at the onset of the Northeast monsoon. The Sanctuary becomes an ideal habitat for the birds, because of the availability of abundant feed in the tank and in the neighbouring agricultural fields and plenty of trees for perching and nesting. There are abundant fishes and other aquatic organism present in the tank, which form part of food for many resident birds.
The Vellode Birds Sanctuary is a storage tank and as such there are no forests in this tank. The main vegetation of the sanctuary consists of Acacia nilotica plantation. The other tree species present in the sanctuary includes Azadirachta indica, Palmyra and eucalyptus plantation all along the bund and profuse growth of Prosopis juliflora.
Approach-This sanctuary is situated 12 km away from Erode toward Chennimalai main road and is easily accessible by road Erode is 12 km and Chennimalai is 14 km. ON Erode-Chennimalai road from Mettupalayam, a diversion road towards North to a distance of 1 km takes you to this sanctuary.
For the benefit of the visitors, a watch tower is constructed. An interpretation center was also constructed for creating awareness among the visitors especially to the student visiting the sanctuary.
Best time to visit - November to April