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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