Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary

Nellore District

Andhra Pradesh

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How to get there

Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary got its name from its neighbouring village, located in the Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. It is one of the biggest habitats for some hundreds of pelicans and other birds. It is located about 20 km north of the Pulicat Lake on the Andhra Pradesh-Tamil Nadu border. This sanctuary spread in an area about 459 hectares and plays important role in nesting of various birds especially migratory birds. Every year during winter season from October to March, different species of migratory birds, roosting migrants and some rare and endangered species from various parts of the world visit the habitat. 

The Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary is located just near the Pulicat Lake, which is the second largest salt lake in all of India. The easy accessibility to the sanctuary from nearby major towns and cities is a bonus, which makes this destination on the top of the list of places to visit in Andhra Pradesh. It is an important breeding site for spot-billed pelicans (Pelecanus philippensis). The Sanctuary is divided into the following components: Kallur Reserve Forest Area (288.14 ha), Nelapattu Tank Area (82.56 ha) and Unreserved Forest Area (88.22 ha). The Sanctuary supports the largest pelicanry of Spot-billed or Grey Pelican Pelecanus philippensis in India. It is also a breeding site for the White or Black-headed Ibis Threskiornis melanocephalus, Asian Openbill Anastomus oscitans, Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax, and Little Cormorant Phalacrocorax niger. It is a haven for a broad spectrum of bird species for both breeding and roosting.

How to Reach

Sullurupet APSRTC Bus Station are the nearby by Bus Stations to Nelapattu. APSRTC runs Number of busses from major cities to here. Other nearby bus stations are: Naidupet APSRTC Bus Station , Sullurupet Bypass APSRTC Bus Station.

Best time to visit

The ideal time to plan a visit to the Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary is between October and March when the weather is the most pleasant in Andhra Pradesh, and tourists get the chance to witness a myriad of birds in all their beauty and grandeur.


Budget hotels are available in Nayudupeta and Gudur. 

Travel tips

Timings: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm and is Daily. Birds show will be played daily at the theater inside Sanctuary. Show runs from 10 am to 5 pm with 1 hour gap.

Explore the Popular Sightseeing locations
Places Nearby

Nelapattu-Ranganatha temple

Ranganatha Temple

Lying on the banks of River Pennar, Ranganatha Temple is one of the most revered temples of Nellore. The temple is great religious significance and is considered to be the oldest temples of the area which attracts devotees in such large number.



Pulicat Lake

Pulicat is a small and beautiful seaside town. The major attractions of Pulicat are the beach and, particularly, the bird sanctuary. Every year between October and March, thousands of migratory birds can be observed here among which Flamingos are the most common.


Mypadu Beach

Mypadu Beach is located some 22 km away from Nellore. The road that leads to Mypadu is well maintained. It is easily approachable from Nellore. The beach front is lengthy, and not many resorts or hotels are found here. 

Nelapattu-Narasimha swamy

Vedagiri Narasimhaswamy Temple

The Sri Vedagiri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple in Nellore is located about 13 km away from the heart of the city of Nellore. Lord Vishnu is the presiding deity in this temple.



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