Ranked 6 among Places to Visit in Nellore
Time Required: 2-3 hrs
Renowned for being one of the most significant pelican habitats in the South-east Asia, the Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary in the Nellore District of Andhra Pradesh in India is every bird watcher's dream come true. This mesmerising sanctuary is located just near the village of Nelapattu and is spread over a total area of about 459 hectares. The sanctuary is also a crucial breeding site for the spot-billed pelicans and is also home to significant plant communities like the Barringtonia swamp forests and the southern dry evergreen scrub.
Other than the spot-billed pelican, the sanctuary is an important breeding ground for other birds as well, such as white ibis, openbill stork, night heron and little cormorant. In all, 189 different species of birds can be found at the Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary, of which 50 species are migratory. These migratory birds include common teal, shoveler, Spot-bill duck, grey heron, black-winged stilt, and garganey gadwall. Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary got its name from its neighbouring village, located in the Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. It was declared as a sanctuary in the year 1997 by the government of India. The famous festival 'Flamingo' is also organised here by the government every year in January and witnesses huge footfall.
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