Have you ever thought of replacing the traditional New Year celebrations with something different and more exciting? After a night of partying, drinking and eating our hearts out, we needed to do something refreshing on the first day of the year. That was when I landed on a documentary video of the Pulicat Lake. And something told me that this is what we should be doing instead of huddling into a room full of loud music and free-flowing beer. Luckily, some people in our clique are wildlife enthusiasts and absolute nature lovers. The immediate next thing was to book a decent cab from Chennai to Pulicat the next morning. And there we were, on our way to an unusual bringing-in of the New Year!
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.