The sanctuary is unique having both fresh water lakes, salt and freshwater marshlands. It is spread over an area of 6.05 km2. Before Indian independence, a check dam was built for storing the waters of river Ruparel just before it entered the sea. Over the years with fresh water of the rain and river on one side and salt water of the sea on the other side, a unique area was formed here.
It is located about 12 km away from Jamnagar. The nearest airport is at Jamnagar having daily direct flight to Mumbai. It was declared as a Sanctuary on 6 November 1982. It is the biggest bird sanctuary in Gujarat. Buses and taxis are available for going to sanctuary, form where in you have to walk about 3 km to reach inside the sanctuary. It is divided into 2 major parts: Part 1 and Part 2 mainly dividing salt waters and fresh waters.
One can find both sea and shore birds, Every year over a hundreds of migratory birds species visit here to feed. In winter the sanctuary provides is a panorama of both migratory and resident birds like the Grey hypocolius, Forest wagtail,Etc.
To make the most of your visit, it's best to plan your trip from November to February when the migratory birds flock to the sanctuary. Khijadia Bird Sanctuary is a must-visit destination for anyone who loves nature, birds, and wildlife. Khijadiya Village, cocooned by untouched natural beauty, is the proud host of the Jamnagar-Best Tourism Village 2023. At its core lies the illustrious Ramsar Site - Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary, a refuge for various migratory bird species. With various different bird species taking residence here, it has become a focal point for tourists, cementing its status as a premier tourist attraction.