Kolleru Bird Sanctuary in Andhra Pradesh

Kolleru Lake Bird Sanctuary got its name from the Kolleru lake of Andhra Pradesh, which is very popular throughout India as it is the largest fresh water lakes. The Kolleru lake is connected to the Krishna and Godavari river systems by 30 inflowing drains and channels. The area in the vicinity of the Kolleru Fresh Water Lake is considered suitable habitats for birds and hence the Kolleru Lake Bird Sanctuary is situated there. Ornithologists who are looking for a dynamic ecosystem with a complex association of both floral and faunal species may find the Kolleru Lake Bird Sanctuary as the right place to visit.

Kolleru Lake Bird Sanctuary: Introduction

The Kolleru Lake Bird Sanctuary is situated 65 kilometers away from Vijaywada in Andhra Pradesh, India. Kolleru Bird Sanctuary Kolleru, Bird Sanctuary Kolleru, Kolleru Wildlife Park, Wildlife Bird Sanctuary Kolleru, Bird Sanctuary Kolleru Andhra Pradesh This bird sanctuary is also known by the name Colair Lake in Andhra Pradesh. The Kolleru Lake Bird Sanctuary occupies an area of 673 sq kilometers and is situated between the deltas of the Krishna and Godavari rivers, in Krishna and West Godavari districts. Its rich and diverse variety of flora and fauna makes the sanctuary a natural home for a number of birds and hence plays an important role in the ecological system.

The largest fresh water lake in Asia, Kolleru lake is a virtual paradise for nature lovers. Rich in flora and fauna, it attracts migratory birds from Australia, Siberia, Egypt and Philippines between the months of October and March. During this season, the lake is visited by an estimated 2,00,000 birds, which include Open Bill Storks, Painted Storks, Glossy Ibises, White Ibises, Teals, Pintails, Shovellers, Red-Crested Pochards, Blackwinged Stilts, Avocets, Common Redshanks, Wigeons, Gadwalls and Cormorants, among Others.

It is known the world over for the famous Kolleru Bird Sanctuary. This 673 sq.Kms wet land marsh habitat supports a large veriety of Water birds which include Garganys,ducks,Open bill storks, Herons, Flamingos & grey pelicans.

Tourist facilities
The sanctuary has the following watch towers for sighting the birds.

Atapaka: 1.5 km from Kaikaluru to see varieties of waterfowl.
Murthyraju tank 8 km from Nidamarru
East Chodavaram: 53 km from Eluru where Open Bill Storks nest in colonies from July - December.

The sanctuary is approachable from all four sides of the lake by road, directly to the following places.

Atapaka - 1.5 km from Kaikaluru town
Murthiraju Tanks - 8 km from Nidamarru
Gudivakalanka - 3 km from Gudivakalanka or 15 km from Eluru
Nearest city is Vijayawada, which is 65 km by road or rail. Nearest town is Eluru

Best season to visit
November to March.

Hotels in Eluru,Kaikaluru and .Vijayawada.

How to Reach This Place

Road : 60 km from Vijayawada, 15-km from Eluru. One can take buses from Vijayawada.
1.5-km from Kaikaluru town
8-km from Nidamarru
3-km from Gudivakalankas

60 km from Vijayawada

More great attractions can be found in the Explore Wildlife in India page.

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