Pulicat Lake, an ecologically fragile salt-water lagoon, about 60 kms north of Chennai,
is the second largest lagoon in India. It is situated on the route taken by migrating
birds, tempting them to stop for a break. The lake is separated from the Bay of
Bengal by a strip of land, in which the town of Pulicat is located.
The lagoon is protected as a Wildlife Sanctuary because of its rich biodiversity.
It boasts 65 different species of fish, 30 varieties of terrestrial and aquatic
birds and a host of small mammals and reptiles. Flamingos are the most frequent
visitors to the lake, about 15,000 of them visit every year. Pelicans, Kingfishers,
Herons, Painted Storks, Spoonbills and Ducks are some of the other birds that show
up at Pulicat Lake every year. : Birds on the lake can be seen from 1. Shar Road,
2. Vedurupathi and 3. NH 5 from Chennai.
How to get there:
By Air: Nearest airpot is Chennai
By Rail: Nearest railway station is Chennai
By Road: 60 kms north of Chennai
Best time to visit:
October - March
Can stay either at Chennai or Tirupathi. Accommodation easily available in both
Regular Ferry across the Lake, to the Lighthouse - Rs 2.00 per person. Exclusive
boat, for the day - Rs 400/- per day.