Bird Watchers Haven – Pulicat Lake

Pulicat lake is a nature lover’s retreat. This is not the place for those who like excitement and adventure because this place which sports the second biggest lagoon in India is for those who want peace and quiet environment. Pulicat is a bird watcher’s haven as nearly 15,000 flamingoes flock here along with herons, kingfishers, spoon bills, storks and ducks. There are more than 50 varieties of fish in this lake. Pulicat is a convenient resting place for migratory birds which fly further South.

There is also a dutch cemetry, centuries old, and a dilapidated church built in 1609 in the little town of Pulicat . The town is situated on the narrow strip of land which seperates the lake from the Bay of Bengal. Pulicat was a center for colorful cotton fabrics in the 17th century.

There are regular ferry trips across the lake to the light house  and  you can also hire a boat for a day and the cost is affordable.   It offers opportunities for angling and several beach activities.

On your excursions from Chennai, Pulicat offers an exhilarating tour experience. Located in the thiruvallur district, in the state of Tamil Nadu, Pulicat offers an unmatched experience. Pulicat boasts of being the second largest brackish-water eco-system on the East Coast, after Chilka Lake in Orissa.


About 60 kilometers to the north of Chennai, the town attracts tourists from far and wide.


Pack your food and carry it with you.

Other Attractions

A fort was built by the Dutch here in the year 1609, which was for long their principal settlement on the Coromandel Coast.    It passed from the hands of the Dutch to the British who annexed the place in 1825. It became part of the Madras Presidency, which in later years became Madras state in independent India and later renamed Tamil Nadu in 1968.   The Dutch church was reconstructed various times and almost lay in a deplorable condition today and the Dutch fort lay in a ruinous state.

The old lighthouse is located at the opposite bank of the lake.   The cemetery built in 1600 has survived the rigors of time and is now maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India.  The colossal Latin inscribed tombs and graves engraved with skeletons rather than the cross are well maintained.

  • Best Time to Visit : 01-Nov to 29-Feb
  • Nearest Bus station and Railway Station : Ponneri (19 km way)
  • Nearest Airport : Chennai or Tirupati
Forest Rest House with 2 suites available for stay.
Contact :
Wildlife Warden,
259 Anna Salai, DMS compound,
Teynampet. Chennai 600 006
Ph. 044-24321471

How to reach Pulicat 

By Car

The journey is 54 Kms from CMBT (Koyambedu) and  the road is good so it takes just over an hour to get here. Return taxi fare is Rs 2,000 approx.

Directions :

From Koyambedu, take the 100 ft Road, from Koyambedu towards reterri side; go straight until you reach a dead end. From here you take a left turn, crossing entry point of   Ennore Port Trust .  After you enter Minjur, (opposite to Inidan Oil Bunk) take a right turn, cross the Railway level crossing, turn first left and take the road, for the next 17 kms. You arrive at  Ponneri- Pulicat  main road, from where you take a right turn and the 4 kilometers drive takes you to Pulicat Jetty.

Posted on November 16, 2011, in Attractions and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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