Nellai villages flight of fancy - Green carpet welcome for migratory birds

V Krithiga | ENS Tirunelveli THIRUPPADAIMARUDUR has an ongoing love affair, one that keeps touching new heights. This tiny hamlet, about 30 km off Tirunelveli, receives thousands of migratory birds from Asian and East European countries and villagers go out of their way to make them feel welcome. There are about 300 families in the hamlet and all have planted saplings in front of their houses to provide shelter to the birds. Over 75 species of birds come calling each year and they have been visiting the village for breeding for the last 10 years.