Best 5 Sanctuaries to See Pelican Birds in Andhra Pradesh

Pelican is a large coastal water bird nest in large colonies and breeds in southern Asia and across India. The Spot billed pelican or grey pelican species in found to breed only in peninsular India and have become popular tourist attractions in Andhra Pradesh such as Kokrebellur, Koothankulam and Uppalapadu village.

Kolleru Lake Bird Sanctuary


Kolleru Bird Sanctuary is located in state of Andhra Pradesh between Krishna and Godavari deltas. The lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes in India and listed under Ramsar Convention wetland of international importance.

Kolleru Lake was declared as a bird sanctuary and visited by two million birds including grey pelicans,glossy ibises,painted storks and Asian openbill.

Atapaka Bird Sanctuary in Kolleru Lake in the Kaikalur mandal is the centre of attraction for tourists to spot pelicans birds in Andhra Pradesh.

Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary

Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary is located near the village of Nelapattu in Andhra Pradesh and an important breeding site for spot billed pelicans in India along with migratory water birds such as pintail,darter and coot.

Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuary


Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuary in Uppalapadu village of Andhra Pradesh is nesting ground for spot billed pelicans in India. There is a bird center located just after the village of Uppalapadu that provide refuge to many species of birds.

Chitrangudi Bird Sanctuary

Chitrangudi Bird Sanctuary is part of Chitrangudi village located adjacent to Kanjirankulam Bird Sanctuary. The sanctuary offers home to breeding population of migratory waterbirds including spot-billed pelican,Asian openbill stork and several migratory heron species.

Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary

Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary at the border of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu state is most noted for the greater flamingos and spot billed pelicans. The lake sanctuary is second largest brackish water eco-system in India after Chilka lake and attracts hundreds of thousands of birds every year.

Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary, Gujarat

Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary is the largest wetland bird sanctuary in Gujarat, situated near Sanand Village of Ahmedabad. The sanctuary is home to large migratory birds such as rosy pelicans, flamingoes and waterfowl as well as endangered wild ass and the black buck antelope.