Pulikat Lake - Tamilnadu

Pulikat Lake is a large brackish water lagoon in Tamil Nadu. It is located on the Coromandel Coast, near the border of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. The lake covers an area of approximately 720 square kilometers and is one of the largest salt lakes in India. Pulicat Lake is known for its rich biodiversity and is an important habitat for many animal and plant species. The lake is surrounded by swampy wetlands and mangroves, creating a unique ecosystem that supports a variety of wildlife. The lake is home to many species of migratory birds, making it a popular destination for bird watchers and nature lovers. During the winter months, Pulicat Lake is a home to thousands of migratory birds coming from Siberia and Europe. Pulicat Lake is famous for its beautiful scenery and diverse ecosystem, making it an attractive destination for nature lovers.

History of Pulikat Lake

Pulikat Lake has a rich history since the 16th century. During the rule of the Vijayanagar Empire, the lake was an important source of water for the nearby village of Tiruvallur. The lake is also a popular fishing spot with its abundance of fish. In the 19th century, the British East India Company took control of the lake and established a fishing facility for it that still now being practiced in the area. Later then, since many birds from various regions settle here for a certain period of time

Nearby sightseeing places

Sriharikota, Irukkam island.

Visiting time

6 AM – 6 PM

Boating charges

Rs. 400 per person

How to reach Pulikat Lake?

By air- Chennai airport is the nearest to reach Pulikat lake that covers about 70 km.
By train - Wimco Nagar Railway Station in Saidapet, Chennai is the nearest junction to reach Pulicat Lake
By road – Driving from Chennai is the easiest way to reach Pulicat Lake as it is located 54 km away from Chennai. National Highways - NH – 16