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“The attractive place - Pulicat”
Review of Pulicat Lake

Pulicat Lake
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The second largest brackish water lake in India is along the Coromandel Coast, just 990 kilometers from Chennai. Visit here for the bird sanctuary and the exotic barrier island of Sriharikota, which divides the lake from the Bay of Bengal. The island also houses the Satish Dhawan Space Centre and several commercial fisheries.
Reviewed 15 December 2013

Chennai central to pulicat 50 km. The route through manali is almost crowded due to vehicles.So i suggest you to travel in electric train. From chennai central to ponneri you get the train and from there the bus is available. Ponneri to pulicat 19km. On the way to pulicat paddy fields and more birds can be seen.The best duration to visit there is november - february timings are early morning around 6am evening after 3.30 pm.

8  Thank Bommi146
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Reviewed 1 November 2013

Pulicat lake is worth going in sundays.Being far from chennai city,only few visitors come to this place on working days.Better to go in the day time and to return before night as the place is not safe for family during working days and late evenings.No much development has been done in the location except opening of a bridge which connects the main land to pulicat village.Now we can drive to the island village connected through bridge. Being a fishing hamlet the shores will wear a dirty look and backwaters near the mainland will be dark and dirty with the smell of dry fish.Have a good deal with the local fisherman who will offer for boating and go for a ride.Few accidents recently has affected the boatsmen who used to charge a bit high for boating. You can have a glimpse of beautiful birds during boating and find fishermen washing and clearing their nets in the island. You can have stop there for sometime preferably in the evening time from 4 to 6pm with family and then return back.Kindly pack necessary food,snacks and water before you go for boating as you wont get any refreshment in any of the islands with sea view.
While return you can purchase good variety of fishes.Avoid buying fishes inside the fish market as you will get mostly old stocks of fish.Some shops near the market collects fresh fish and prawns directly from fishermen.You can contact them and purchase. Else you have to wait in the shores for the fishing boats to arrive and have a purchase from them.Some fishermen refuse to sell as their main wholesale purchaser will be available nearby but some will provide at a reasonable cheap price.Avoid late evenings as you will find local youth and people will conver t the place as drinking spots with all sort of beverages.

12  Thank BOOPATHIRAJAKUMAR
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

This was a nice trip which we had with 14-15 friends. It was quite thrilling & refreshing. The journey to the location can be tiring (as the connecting roads are not so good) but it is worth the drive. Of course the boating is now banned, but there are fishermen, who have taken permissions from the local police station to use their boats and has jackets and rings for any potential hazard (there is not much that can be done, if visitors don't comply by their instructions). The trip to the pine forest and the spot where the sea waters meets the inland waters are really good and entertaining. We made arrangements for food with the fishermen themselves for veg & non-veg meals and the fish items were too good and fresh. As of now, the place is not so ideal for women as there are not many women visitors for companionship.

My verdict: This is a good place to visit for a 5-6 hours stay, provided you are clear that your safety relies on how your conduct yourself to the surroundings.

11  Thank EmersonSamuel
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Reviewed 22 February 2013

It was a long drive from Chennai but felt it worthwhile. Boating is banned in the Pulicat lake but some fishermen did oblidge to take us to the small islands scattered around the lake. We went to have a picnic in one of the islands....100mts from the lake we walked into a pine forest and 500mts into the pine forest brought us to a beach. It was a very beautiful and clean beach. family and children would love it here. The water was so clean we could see the sea floor :)

Then the boatman took us to an island where we can see the ocean and sea meeting. We could see this from a small island. It is so small we can walk around it. We were told that during high tide most of this island goes into water. Here we were warned not to go into the water as the tides were strong.

Then we also did some bird watching. All in all it was a beautiful experience. my son loved it so much he wants to go again!!!!

During our return we got some fresh fish from the market. my family said that is was the best fish they have eaten so far.


Only negative side is that there are no good eateries. We have to pack food and enough water.

10  Thank Chinth_Shobana
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Reviewed 25 January 2013

with lot of hope and eagerness we had packed our lunch and started off in a Scorpio to Pulicat lake from Porur. After almost 3-4 hours travelling on bumpy roads we somehow reached pulvercad and lo behold we were surprised to see no one on the banks of the lake except for some fishermen loitering around. boating was banned due to a mishap occurred during christmas ,2011 , even birds were not to be seen maybe due to off season Disappointed , fatigued , famished we started looking out for a suitable place so that we can atleast get ourselves seated and have our lunch which we had brought along with us ( thankfully)
finally we saw one government guest house we took permission from the caretaker to sit in the garden and satisfy our stomach !!

14  Thank NirmalaVeeraghanta
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