Located on the Coromandel Coast, Pulicat is a tiny yet picturesque seashore town in Tamil Nadu. As a prominent Dutch settlement in the seventeenth century, this small town boats of a vibrant and diverse cultural tradition. But, the history of this region is not limited to the Dutch colonialism alone; the Portuguese and the British established their stronghold in Pulicat at different times in the history contributing to the culture and heritage of the place.
As a seaport and commercial hub, this place contributed massively to the trade and economy of Tamil Nadu in the previous centuries.
Among travelers, Pulicat is best known for two things: Pulicat Lake and Pulicat Bird Sanctuary. The lake in Pulicat is regarded as the second biggest brackish water body in India and attracts millions of tourists every year.
The geographical region is included in the Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary which serves as seasonal home to a wide variety of migratory birds. The abundance of rare species of birds makes bird-watching a favorite tourist activity in the area.
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Pulicat has a number of other attractions as well including the Dutch Church, Dutch Cemetery, lighthouse, Chintamaneeswarar Temple and Periya Pallivasal.
The influence of the Dutch is nest manifested in the structures and architectural styles of churches, ancient building and tombs in the region.
Located at a distance of about 60 km from the city of Chennai, Pulicat is easily accessible by road.
Though the climate is tropical, the town could be visited any time of the year except the months of extreme summers and heavy monsoons. Natural beauty, exotic birdlife, heritage buildings and a rich cultural history make Pulicat an absolute favorite with backpackers and history lovers alike.