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Pulicat Lake - Andhra Pradesh

Pulicat Lake

For more than 2,000 years, Pulicat ruled as a prosperous port under various empires such as the Pallavas, the Cholas and the Vijayanagara kingdoms, before it became a Portuguese trading post in the 16th century.

The Dutch followed 100 years later and went on to take over the profitable textile businesses that inspired the “Madras” pattern and also encouraged the less-publicized slave trade in the region after crowning Pulicat (then Pallaicatta) as their capital.

Pulicat is located on the Coromandal coast, 60km north of Chennai.

The amazing scenic beauty of this sea shore offers a thrilling experience to the travellers during their visit to Pulicat. The lake in Pulicat and the Pulicat Bird Sanctuary are the two most prominent attractions here.

The second largest lake with Brackish water makes everyone surprised with its sprawling scenic area visited by thousands of travellers every year. Pulicat is an ideal weekend getaway for those living in Bangalore, Chennai and Pondicherry.

The Lagoon, Lighthouse, Dutch Cemetry, Birds sanctuary, beaches and the islands are the places one should not miss while planning a trip to Pulicat.


If you are keen on serenity, nature and birds, then Pulicat will be the ideal choice for you. Located between Andhra and Tamil Nadu, Pulicat is best to be enjoyed within the arms of nature. Birds like Kingfishers, storks and Flemingoes adorn this landscape, a visual retreat for the bird watchers and ornithologists.

Major Attractions:

The lake area, country’s second largest saltwater lake, Flemingoe bird, Satish Dawan Space centre, influence of the Dutch, Portueguese and British traditions.

Activities Suggested:

Trekking, water sporting activities, watching the sunrise and sunset, Bird photography, visiting the Dutch Fort.

Way to Reach:

 By Air -  Nearest to Pulicat is the Chennai International Airport at a distance of 66kms.

 By Rail -  Sulurpet is the nearest railhead, at a distance of 13kms.

 By Road -  The roads across the Tamilnadu and Andhra borders can take you to Pulicat in a hassle free travel.