22 Jan A Weekend @ Pulicat Lake
Pulicat Lake in earlier times called as Palaverkaadu Eri is the second largest saline water marine or bay in India, after Chilika Lake. It was on my Hit List since I re-located to Chennai. I had heard from my peers that it’s a beautiful spot to spend a weekend. The lake and its river sinks are positioned mutually in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu states. Most of the lake area counting its water exit to the sea is positioned in Andhra Pradesh.
The bay has amusing flora and fauna uniformity, which cares lively profitable fisheries and a huge and diverse bird population. Fishing is the chief livelihood in most of the villages situated in and around the lake boundary and on the islands.
We fixed an appointment with Pulicat last Sunday, packed our back packs which were filled with eatables and all. We opted to go in two-wheeler. We left early in the morning by around 4:00AM to see the sunrise, as that was our first preference. The bike ride to Pulicat was very worthy with the green fields.
We went via NH16; it was a superb ride, early in the morning, traffic less on roads, and cold breeze. It took around 1.45hrs to reach Pulicat. We reached at 6.AM and we were able to spot the sun rising above the sea, which was amazing scenic. After capturing few pics & a short walk through the beach, we started our bike in search of any Hotels nearby. Our bad, as the place is very interior we couldn’t find any decent hotels over there.
Attractions @ Pulicat:
There was Dutch Fort which was built in 1609 for the halt of Dutch army; also a Church which was built by the Dutch but, today, only the remains are left of both, the fort as well as the Church. There is a Lighthouse of the antique eras which is in the opposite of the Lake, now taken care by Tourism Board.
We had spotted an Island there, and asked a Locale if he can arrange for boating to that Island, he himself was a fisherman by profession and owns a fishing boat. He was Charging 300/head for boating, we got into his boat.
It was so pleasant boating, moreover my long time wish to go boating in real waters. He took us to the 1st Island, wherein tourists always prefer to step down 1st to have their breakfast and all. We got to know that, they used to cook food from there, maybe due to unavailability of Hotels. We just walked into the Island and it open ups to another pretty beach. It was not crowed at all. Maybe this is the 1st time am finding a beautiful beach without crowd.
Our main intention to visit Pulicat was to capture pics of Flamingos; every year in the middle of October and March, thousands of wandering birds can be witnessed here which turns into their residence place. Among those wanderers, flamingos come in a huge number and at that time is the main point of magnetism. They shield the marshy region of the lake, giving it a drop of pink color. In mid-December or the beginning of January, the Flamingo fiesta is planned by the Tourism Development Board each year.
We inquired the boat driver if he can help us in finding where flamingos will be. He took us to few others Islands too, but we couldn’t find any. But we managed to capture few pics of Pelican.
After 1 hr of boat riding we had found a Ancient Temple which is very close to the Beach. We packed ourselves and moved towards Pulicat Bird sanctuary. If we can spot any flamingos. But the results were zero.
After spending few hours there we decided to move back to the City.
Advise to Tourists:- Carry Food and drinks, Carry Jackets, People who don’t like smell of fish carry a mask, locality is not clean. Migratory bird are more often found in Sulurpet, which is in Andra, you will be lucky if you can find some here.