Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary is in Nelapattu
village. It is located on the East Coast about 20-km north of the
Pulicat Bird Sanctuary in the
Nellore district. It is just 50-km
from Chennai . The
Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary is one of the largest pelican habitats in
Southeast Asia. The total area of this bird sanctuary of India is 404-kms.
A Breeding Centre For Endangered Species
Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary provides fine breeding ground for rare and endangered species like Grey Pelicans, Open-Billed Storks, Little Cormo- Rants, Spoon-Bills, White-Ibises and Night Herons. It is a small fresh water irrigation tank with Barringtonia trees spread in the water, which can withstand inundation for longer periods in the tank bed.
The birds for perching and nesting prefer the foreshore areas. It is a best visiting place for the migratory birds for a long time apart from it more than 1,500 pelican's breed here every year. It is also considered as an ideal roosting place for many birds like egrets, terns and ducks.
Barringtonia trees and people young and old, of surrounding villages take it as their responsibility and protect them from any kind of disturbance. The reserve forest area has mammals like jackals, slender loris and spotted deer and reptiles like snakes, tortoises and monitor lizards. Nelapattu has an environmental education centre, museum, library and an auditorium with audio-visual equipment.
Rail: The nearest railway station
is at Sulurpet.
Road: Nelapattu is 50-km by road from Chennai highway. It is well connected by buses.
PWD Rest House, Sulurpet