Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Friday, April 19, 2024

Community Reserve


Kadalundy Vallikunnu Community Reserve

Area- 1.5sq.km

Year of formation- 2007

Districts- Kozhikkode and Malappuram

            The Kadalundi estuary is located at the mouth of the river Kada-lundi that drains into the Arabian Sea onthe west coast of Kerala. Apart from scattered patches of mangroves, the estuary is bordered by human habitation and coconut groves. Around 8 ha of mudflats, exposed during low tides, offers potential foraging ground for several hundreds of wintering and resident water birds, particularly waders.It also provides significant socio-economic and livelihood services for the people around (fishing, oyster farming andsand mining). A total of 110  species of water birds  including 53 migrants have been recorded.  The estuary is one of the few habitats on the west coast where a small population of Lesser Sand Plover (Charadrius mongolus), Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) and Common Redshank (Tringa totanus) are observed to over-winter. A good regional population of Brown-headed Gulls (Larus brunnicephalus), Black-headed Gulls (Larus ridibundus) and the critically endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper (Eurynorhynchus pygmacus). Considering its importance in terms of diversity of wetland birds and heavy anthropogenic pressures, the estuary has been officially declared as the Kadalundi Vallikunnu community reserve.



  • Kerala Forest and Wildlife Department
  • K.M. Aarif, P.K. Prasadan and S Babu, Conservation significance of the Kadalundi–Vallikkunnu communityreserve, Current Science 101(6), Sept 2011