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Kolleru Lake

Kolleru Lake is a 2nd largest freshwater lake located in Andhra Pradesh state, India. Kolleru is located between Krishna and Godavari delta. Kolleru spans into two districts - Krishna and West Godavari. The lake serves as a natural flood-balancing reservoir for these two rivers.This lake is a major tourist attraction. Many birds migrate here in winter, such as Siberian crane, Ibises, and Painted storks. The lake was an important habitat for an estimated 20 million resident and migratory birds, including the Grey or Spot-billed Pelican (Pelecanus philippensis). The lake was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in November 1999 under India's Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, and designated a wetland of international importance in November 2002 under the international Ramsar Convention. The wildlife sanctuary covers an area of 308 km².
Best time to visit Kolleru Lake is between November and March. It's difficult to find accommodation near Kolleru Lake but there is a Zilla Parishad Guest House, Eluru.Hotels in Eluru, Kaikaluru, Akividu, Bhimavaram and Vijayawada.
The sanctuary has the following watch towers for sighting the birds. Atapaka - 1.5 km from Kaikaluru to see varieties of waterfowl.Murthyraju tank 8 km from Nidamarru East Chodavaram: 53 km from Eluru where Open Bill Storks nest in colonies from July – December. The sanctuary is approachable from all four sides of the lake by road, directly to the following places. Atapaka – 2.5 km from Kaikaluru town Bhujabalapatnam - 6 km from Kaikaluru town Murthiraju Tanks – 8 km from Nidamarru Gudivakalanka – 3 km from Gudivakalanka or 15 km from Eluru the recent president of Gudivakalanka is Gantasala Rambabugaru. It is the most beautiful village with customs and traditions. The nearest city is Vijayawada, which is 65 km by road or rail; nearest town is Eluru.

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