Pulicat Bird Sanctuary, Nellore District

4.2
#8 of 17 in Wildlife in Andhra Pradesh
Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary is a famous 481 km² located in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh and Protected area in Thiruvallur District of Tamil Nadu state in South India. Pulicat Lake is the second largest brackish-water eco-system in India after Chilka lake in Orissa. International name: Pulicat Lake Wildlife Sanctuary, IBA Code: IN261, Criteria: A1, A4iii.
Central location is:. 327.33 km² is managed by the Andhra Pradesh Forest Department and 153.67 km² is managed by the Tamil Nadu Forest Department. 108 km² is National Park area. Rainfall ranges from 800 - 2000mm. Temperature varies from 14 °C to 33 °C. Altitude ranges from 100’ MSL to 1200’ MSL.
The sanctuary is most noted for the many greater flamingos seen here. The biodiversity of this lake attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors per year.
Pulicat Lake may disappear within 100 years by being filled up with silt. Government and private NGO efforts are working to halt lake destruction.
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  • Very good to enjoy Sea Gulls , other seasonal birds Boat ride & Light House !! Reach Ponneri station by Electric train Proceed to bus stand by auto from there. Every 20 to 30 min bus to Pulicat...  more »
  • We arranged a morning trip with Meru Cabs($40+$7 for tolls and border fee) from our La Woods Hotel in Chennai. The 130 mile round trip began at 8:30 AM, arriving at the causeway crossing over this...  more »
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  • It was a wonderful evening.. can experience a good sunset with a beautiful natural ambience.. road to sanctuary is good but lack of street light. Sanctuary is in renovation phase. It'll be better if you reach there before 4.00pm if you want to see birds..
  • This place has awesome scenic views and when I visited in December there were a lot of birds. But a few things need to be clarified first. Google map shows this place as a bird sanctuary but this place is completely open not like any other sanctuary you will see. And there is no entry point here, so the exact location which shows that this is Pulicat Bird Sanctuary isn’t completely true. That’s why unlike any other bird sanctuary there isn’t any entrance fee. You can find the flock of birds on the side of the road which is going to Shriharikota from Sullurupetta. There are a few watch towers on the roads, but frankly speaking you may not get benefit from most of the watch towers as the flock of birds generally is at a distance from the watch towers. And most of the watch towers are dirty and have debris all around it. If you know the local language then you may get some help from the local but if you are not familiar with the local language like me then you are most likely not going to get any help from them. The best way to get the views of the birds is to travel along the road and wherever you spot a flock of birds stop there and observe them but be aware of the passing cars and bikes. The best time to travel is from the end of November to the beginning of February as you can get glimpses of Flamingos. And try to visit during the Flamingo Festival which is normally held during the January. During that time boating is also available.
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