404 sq kms/40,040 ha
Location: 50-km From Chennai, Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh
Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary is in Nelapattu village. It is located on the East
Coast about 20-km north of Pulicat in the Nellore district. It is just 50-km
from Chennai. The Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary is one of the largest pelican habitats
in Southeast Asia.
Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary provides fine breeding ground for rare and endangered
species like Spoted Billed Pelican, Open-Billed Stork, Painted Stork, Little
Cormorant, Spoon-Bill, White-Ibis and Night Heron. It is a small fresh water
irrigation tank with Barringtonia trees spread in the water, which can withstand
inundation for longer periods in the tank bed.
The birds for perching and nesting prefer the foreshore areas. It is a good
place to seea diverse species of waders and water birds. Apart from it it
is a huge peliconry.
The reserve forest area has mammals like jackals, slender loris and spotted
deer and reptiles like snakes, tortoises and monitor lizards. Nelapattu has
an environmental education centre, museum, library and an auditorium with
October To March
By Air: Chennai is the nearest airport to Nelapattu.
By Rail The nearest railway station is at Sulurpet.
By Road: Nelapattu is 50-km by road from Chennai highway. It is well connected
Accommodation and facilities:
PWD Rest House, Sulurpet
The area is a very good palce to see birds like Open Bill Stork, Coot, Night
Heron, Pelicans, Flamingos, Babblers and several species of warblers. It is
also a good place to see waders.