India’s second largest brackish water lagoon, the Pulicat Lake is also a Ramsar Wetlands Site. Covering an area of six hundred square kilometers, the lake lies along the Bay of Bengal with the island of Sriharikota separating it from the sea. Sriharikota is famous as the place from where India launches its satellites. With most of the lake a protected sanctuary, the area attracts a large number of migratory birds. They along with the resident avian population make this place an ornithologist’s paradise. During the winters, from November to February, one can spot pelicans, storks, flamingoes, curlews, terns and ducks in large numbers congregating in the lakes shallow waters.
The best way to explore this area is to get the local fishermen to take you out on a boat. The Buckingham Canal in Pulicat has a boat jetty from where you can hire a boat to go across the lake to the lighthouse. Towards the southern edge of the lake you will come across the remains of old British and Dutch settlements where you can visit the church – one of the oldest in India and the Dutch cemetery. Also located here are the remains of the settlement established in the 13th century by the Arab Muslims who came to this place. With over fifteen fishing villages dotting the shores of the lake, there is no dearth of boats to take you on a serene and calm ride as you explore the lake and its denizens.
|Overview||Nature Lovers, Experience Seekers, Photo Fanatics |
|Timings||All days of the week 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM |
|Visit Duration||1 to 2 hours |