Kolleru Lake - Tourist Places of Andhra Pradesh

About Kolleru Lake

It is the largest shallow freshwater lake in Asia, situated about 15 kms from the town of Eluru in the West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, spanning an area of 308 square kilometres. Functioning as a natural flood balancing reservoir between the deltas of Rivers Krishna and Godavari, Kolleru Lake is a natural habitat for several species of fishes, amphibians and freshwater organisms. It is also a recognized international Ramsar wetland centre, announced in 2002.

How to reach

By Air : Vijayawada airport is the nearest airport which is about 72 kms away. From Vijayawada, there are buses to Eluru. From Eluru, Kolleru or Colair Lake is about 15 kms.  
By Rail : The nearest railway station is in Eluru which can be reached from Vijayawada railway station by suburban trains. From Eluru, state or private buses take you to Kolleru Lake. 
By Road : APSRTC and other private travels operate regular bus services to Vijayawada from major cities of the state. After reaching there, you can take a city bus which will take you to Eluru, and from there by private car, cab or local transport to Kolleru Lake.

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  • When to visit
  • The best time to visit this place is during the months of October to March, because this is the time when the migratory birds come to visit this lake and make it their breeding centre.

  • What to eat
  • There are very limited options of eating around here, carrying light food and water with oneself is preferable. Good restaurants are there in Eluru.

  • Attractions
  • The major attractions around this lake are- 
    - The Kolleru bird sanctuary, spanning an area of 673 square kilometres, where migratory birds from the countries of Central Asia like Siberia, Australia, Egypt, and Philippines visit in winter for breeding and surviving in the tropical climate. Birds like red-crested pochards, avocets, common red shanks, widgeons, cormorants, garganys, herons, flamingos, and black winged stilts visit here.
    - This lake is also a haven for fishermen during the monsoons as several fishes teem here in abundance during this time. 
    - Atapaka bird sanctuary near Kolleru Lake has one of the largest species of grey Pelicans in the world.
    - Gangeshwaralayam temple, 19 kms from the Lake, built by Bhisma from the Mahabharata times, dedicated to lord shiva. (Swayambhu Gangeshwar Shivalinga)
    - Dwaraka tirumala temple, 51 kms from the Lake, dedicated to lord Venkateshwara. 
    - Eluru Ashram, 19 kms from Kolleru Lake. 
    - Sri Adikesava EmberMannar Swamy Temple, about 22 kms from the Lake, built 200 years ago, worshipped by local Vaishnavites.

  • Activities
  • - There are watch towers in Atapaka, Mudivaraju, and Gudivalanka a few kms from the lake which facilitates bird watching for the tourists visiting here. Photography and boating in the lake is also available for the tourists who want to enjoy the complete view of the Lake.

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