Reckoned as the second largest lagoon in India after the Chilika Lake of Odisha, Pulicat is a wonderful destination for a short time-off near Chennai (approximately 60Kms). With presence of natural abundance blending with bird sanctuary, coastline and Dutch cemetery, a step around Pulicat leaves a visitor completely amazed. However, the magnificent tale of this beautiful destination doesn’t confine it to the colonialism alone. There are many other cultural significances as well that are associated with this location, which were established in the province way back by the British and the Portuguese.
So when in Pulicat, make sure to leave your presence entirely spellbound by exploring some of the leading attractions:
Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary
One more attraction to this picturesque landscape of Pulicat is Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary. Located in Nellore district, Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary came into existence in 1976.
A blend of Barringtonia acutangula tree and fresh water tank around the location make this Sanctuary a worth visiting destination in the entire region. Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary is an abode to several species of birds including waders, egrets, ducks and tern. Besides, various mammals like tortoise, jackals and loris can also be observed here in the sanctuary.
Accessing to a committal ground is always exhilarating! The Dutch Cemetery in Pulicat is one such exciting place to behold. Surrounded by the ruins of the Dutch architecture and skeleton engraved tombs, this age old site was setup in 1657 depicting the concept of life and death. A blend of some broken walls and ruined Chola temple next to the cemetery leaves one completely spellbound in Pulicat. If you want to explore any off-beat locations in Pulicat, look no further than the Dutch Cemetery.
Pulicat Bird Sanctuary
Adding one more quill to its alluring side, Pulicat Bird Sanctuary is an absolute delight for visitors. This Sanctuary is an abode to some endangered species of migrated birds. If you visit the site anytime between October and March, the site becomes complete ecstasy for birth watchers, nature lovers and photographers. The reason being; this is the time when ample of birds flock here from various parts of the sphere making this place an enchanting destination to explore. Some of the commonly viewed birds near the marshy region include painted storks, herons, flamingos, cranes and ducks. So anyone with passion to capture some animated birds amidst the bush, don’t forget to carry your camera when in the Pulicat Bird Sanctuary.
Detached by the rocket launching centre of Sriharikota, Pulicat Lake is one of the major tourist puller in the city. This lake is considered as the second largest brackish water lake in India with ample of breath-taking vistas to behold. The picturesque grandeur of Pulicat is evenly eminent for housing a famous bird sanctuary, which pulls plenty of local, national and international visitors.
Earlier, Pulicat Lake used to be popular as Palaverkaadu Eri. Over the years, the site has gained spectacular attention from various parts of the country. Pulicat Lake can best be explored during the Flamingo Festival (mid-December to start of January) when, various cultural programs and thrilling activities are performed around the lake area. The sparking fiesta of this lake lasts here for three days filled-up with electrifying music, dance, angling, boating and other aquatic sport activities. Besides, there is also a lighthouse that stands its existence opposite to the bank of the Lake. Therefore, when in Pulicat make sure to resume your passion for the captivating blend of fiesta and escapade.
The small coastline of Pulicat city boasts an ancient church, which is evenly frequented by plenty of visitors from different parts of the country. Having mentioned the subsistence of Dutch culture in the region, Dutch Church is a significant site to step around when in Pulicat. If sources are said to be believed, the cemetery of the church was constructed way back in 1657 portraying the architectural majesty of the Dutch inhabitants.
Over the years, the church has undergone several renovations to sustain its age old significance in the region. The church is an antique memorial that attests to the glory of Dutch supremacy, and every year plenty of tourists visit here from all over the country to catch a glimpse of the architectural existence of this iconic establishment.
How to reach
For visitors, reaching Pulicat is not a matter of fuss. One can easily get there by any of the following modes of commutation:
By Air: For air travellers, the nearest airport to Pulicat is Chennai International Airport (approximately 60Kms), which has good air connectivity with various domestic as well as international destinations. From the airport, one can easily hire a cab to travel further till Pulicat conveniently.
By Train: The nearest railhead to Pulicat is Chennai, which hosts three important railway stations connecting the city with several nearby destinations. Anyone planning a trip to Pulicat by train can book the ticket till Chennai and travel further by taxi or cab. There are several trains that ply between Chennai and Pulicat. Some of the trains in this route include Yercaud Express, Chennai Mail, Trl Mas Local, Chennai Mail Express and Avd Mas Local.
By Road: Thanks to the good road network for making the distance between Chennai and Pulicat quite convenient. Several state transports and private vehicles can be availed from Chennai to reach Pulicat conveniently. By car the distance between these two locations can be covered approximately in 1 hour and 20 minutes. On the other hand, by bus the distance can be travelled in approximately 3 hours time. So anyone planning a road trip to Pulicat from Chennai may prefer three major bus stops located in Everest, Periyamet and Periyamedu. Another reason to make the distance covered by road is its breathtaking panorama on the go.
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