Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuary
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The Uppalapadu, a freshwater tank situated in Uppalapadu village under Village Council (Gram Panchayat) revenue land, is small but very important for the globally threatened Spot-billed Pelican Pelecanus philippensis. The depth of the tank is c. 3 m. Uppalapadu is c. 8 km from Guntur town. The pelicanry is of recent origin, and nesting was first recorded in the winter of 2000
Uppalapadu is a place of bird migration and a village near Guntur City. It is also a reputed bird sanctuary. Home to around 40 species of migratory birds from Siberia including pelicans and white ibis, this sanctuary is equivalent to Pulicat Sanctuary in Nellore District. From countries like Siberia, Australia, Painted Storks, Spotted Pelicans and other birds migrate to this sanctuary. Many species birds including endangered Spot-Billed Pelicans and Painted Storks take refuge in this water tanks in the village. The bird population here is around 7000, however birds about 12000 were roost in this dwindling habitat through the year. But some initiatives have taken place such as adding artificial trees, local awareness, proper water supply to the ponds etc. The artificial trees are added in the pond on which the birds can perch in addition to the natural trees.
How to Reach
Guntur is nearest place which is 11 km away from Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuary. You can reach here in less than 15 Min and Vijayawada is nearest airport to Uppalapadu.
Best time to visit
Timings: 9:00AM to 5:00PM. January, February and September to December is the best time to visit.
There are no hotels available in Uppalapadu. But there are some good nearby hotels in Guntur to stay.
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