Pulicat is one of the oldest lakes and this is a place to watch the migratory birds | Shar center and Pelican Parade can also be visited
A natural salt water lake with naturally formed islands, a waterfall which has not lost its natural charm, an abode for migrated birds, temples of Chengalamma and Kesava. Visit all these at Pralaya Kaveri.
Shar Center: The permission of PRO has to be taken to visit Shar Center. Visitors are not allowed in to some special zones. The zones in which the tourists are allowed are also very important. This tour is beneficial for the college education age group but is not much helpful to kids.
Pulicat Lake: Boating facilities are available at this Lake. Chilka Lake in Orissa is the biggest lake in India and Pulicat occupies the second place. The water in Pulicat lake are salty as water from Bay of Bengal enters this lake. But they are not exactly like sea water. This is a brackish water lake. In normal days the area of the lake is 250 sqm, while in rainy season it expands to 460sqkm. Earlier this was called Pralaya Kaveri Lake. Local people still call this as Pralaya Kaveri. Part of this lake is in Tamilnadu.
Pelican Parade: Migratory birds which come here every year are the main cause for the popularity of this lake. Pelican birds come here from Australia to lay eggs. Flamingoes, spotted ducks, bill birds, white cranes etc roam in this lake. The legs and nose of these Flamingoes are pink in colour. May be legs and beaks of these birds are created like this so that they do not drown in water when they go deep in to water to catch fishes with their beaks. Celebrations are held in the months of February and March which is the peak season in which the birds come here. Collectors and higher authorities attend this festival.
Even when birds are not there, the beauty of the lake, the skillful fishermen, historic constructions of Portugese etc can be enjoyed all through the year.
Observing the life style of the fishermen closely will be a sweet memory. Fishermen put all the fishes they catch in a basket and they go singing songs. Wives of fishermen wait for them with a basket, a bag, oil bottle and a bowl carrying food for their husbands. Bag and oil bottle are for purchasing groceries from the money they get by selling fishes. They bring Ragi Ambali for their husbands.
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Where is spice village located? | Why is spice village famous and why are tourists attracted towards this village?
The spice village is a beautiful one and it is above 2000 feet above the Periyar forest. It is located at 110 kilometers from Kottayam and Munnar. There is continuous snowfall in this area and the houses in this area are very creative. They are constructed in a traditional way and they can enjoy the whole day with the smell of the coffee plants. As soon as we land in this village, we will be very happy and we can enjoy the life on the earth. This is the best place for holiday and the tourists can enjoy their holidays and it is like a heaven for them.
Periyar protection center:
There is another small village on the other side of this forest and it is called as Kumili. The Periyar protection center is only 4 kilometers away from the village. There are more numbers of flowers which will attract the people. There are many other animals which move around easily and they attract the tourists easily. There is a boating place also and the tourists can go around the place in the boat. They can also visit the old temple in this area which is in 777 acres of land. They can see 143 varieties of birds here.
Places which attract:
We should first remember the CGH aurvedic center and the doctors here treat for many diseases. Many tourists bring their family members and get the treatment done. Everyone should visit this spice village as it is very attractive and beautiful.
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October – March is Best time to watch Nelapattu bird sanctuary is | Road map to Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary fro Tirupati via Srikalahasti
Nelapattu bird sanctuary: Pulicat is a picnic spot for the migratory birds and Nelapattu is the abode for them. This is at a distance of 20kms from Pulicat and 4 kms from Doravarisatram Mandal. Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary is one of the biggest bird preservation centers in Asian countries. Pelicans can be seen here. Attigunta, Neredugunta lakes are very big. They are spread at a distance of 202 acres. Innumerable trees are there on the banks of the lakes. Pelicans have large pouched bills. They catch the fishes and store them in the pouch to eat them leisurely. Nearly 1500 birds come here to lay eggs. When the little birds grow wings, they go back to their places. There is also a dense forest here. Various deers, tortoises, foxes and snakes can be seen here. Environmental Education center is also situated here. There is a library, museum, auditorium, audio visual equipment etc. October to March is the perfect time to watch migratory birds. This is also a good place to spend summer holidays.
Road map to Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary fro Tirupati via Srikalahasti:
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Pulicat Lake is one of the big lakes in Andhra Pradesh | Location and history of Pulicat Lake
Pulicat Lake is one of the big lakes in Andhra Pradesh. This is a salt water lake. But the water is not very salty because three major rivers also feed the lagoon with their waters along with the sea water. Original name of this lake was Pralaya Kaveri. Gradually it has become Pulicat. Pulicat Lake is spread over 250km in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu states. The area increases to 460sq kilometers in rainy reason. Sriharikota Island separates Pulicat Lake from Bay of Bengal. On the southern banks of Pulicat Lake is the Pulicat town in Tiruvallur district of Tamil Nadu.
Pulicat Lake is at a distance of 27kms from Pottisriramulu Nellore district in Andhra Pradesh. This lake is the abode to many birds and beautiful nature. ‘Periplus of Erythraean sea’ is a book written by an author in 1st century in which Pulicat Lake was referred as one of the three ports in eastern part of India. Pulicat was also mentioned in the list of ports prepared by Ptolomey in 2nd century. In the 13th century, some people were expelled from Mecca because they refused to pay the tax to newly elected Khalifa. They travelled in four boats and reached Pulicat.
Later in 1515 a church was built here by the people of Portugese ruins of which can be found even today. History also tells that Dutch people also migrated to this place.
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Accommodation and How to reach details of Pelican Parade, and Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary| Road map to Pulicat lake from Sullurpet via Sriharikota
- The nearest airport is Chennai.
- Train route: Tourists has to get down at Sullupet and catch a bus. They can visit the temple of Goddess Chengalamma and then continue their trip. If the planning is perfect, one can visit the temple, Nelapattu bird sanctuary, Shar center and Pulicat lake in one day. If the tour includes Tada waterfalls the trip should be planned for two days.
- To reach Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary one has to take local autos from Doravari Satram. From there the tourists have to go to Sriharikota via Sullurpet. Pulicat lake is situated after Sriharikota. This route has to be covered depending on the locally available transport facililties. Allah Tata Dargah at Venadu and Sriranga Perumal at Sringeswara can also be visited. Sun rays fall on the idol in the sanctum sanctorum for 3 days in a year in the Sringeswara Temple.
- Cars and Vans can be hired.
PWD rest house at Sullurpet and Andhra Pradesh Tourism Guest house at Nelapattu provide accommodation to tourists.
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