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 facilitiesThe sanctuary has the following watch towers for sighting the birds.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
East Chodavaram: 53 km from Eluru where Open Bill Storks nest in colonies from July - December.
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 visitNovember to March.
AccommodationHotels in Eluru,Kaikaluru and .Vijayawada.
ContactDivisional Forest Officer, Wildlife Management Division, Eluru - 534006
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
Flora :The flora mainly consists of aquatic weeds like Ipomea Aquatics, Scripus, Water Hyacinth, Pharagmites, Ottelia, Typha etc. and certain tree species like Babul, Albezzia, Rain tree, Palmyrah, Prosopis and coconut trees.
A Pelican Haven :This lake supports a rich biodiversity and high biomass of fish, plankton that forms the source of food for birds. Pelicans arrive here during the nesting season to raise their young. In winter great activity can be seen here. The babble of Pelicans can be heard a quarter of a mile away. Apart from pelicans, one can find grey herons, white ibis, pond herons, egrets and many migratory ducks and water birds.
The Aquatic Life :Invertebrates like Crustaceans and Molluscs and 63 species of fish belonging to 29 families are found in the lake. Main ones are Boccha, Valugah, Korramenu, Gurak, Bangaru Teega, Jella, Ingilayh and Bommidaya. Ingilayh and Bommidaya are two species, which are under threat of extinction.
Fauna :Birds like Teals and Pintails are the main species. Other species include painted storks, open bill storks, grey Herons, cormorants, white Ibises, glossy Ibises, egrets, Reef Herons, Ducks, Coots, Shovellers, Terns, Jacanas, Moorhens etc can be seen here.
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