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Pulicat - A Little Seashore Town!


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.

Tourist Places In And Around Pulicat

Among travellers, 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 a seasonal home to a wide variety of migratory birds. The abundance of rare species of birds makes bird-watching a favourite tourist activity in the area.

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 manifested in the structures and architectural styles of churches, ancient building and tombs in the region.

How To Reach Pulicat

Located at a distance of about 60 km from the city of Chennai, Pulicat is easily accessible by road.

Best Time To Visit Pulicat

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 favourite with backpackers and history lovers alike.

Pulicat Weather

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How to Reach Pulicat

  • By Road
    The most cost effective mode of transportation to reach Pulicat is by means of buses. Both State Transport Buses and privately operated ones are available to Pulicat from Chennai Moffusil Bus Terminus. The journey to Pulicat town from Chennai city will take about a couple of hours and ticket charges come around 50 INR per trip.
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  • By Train
    The major railhead closest to Pulicat town is in the city of Chennai. The railway station at Chennai has regular trains running to all other parts of India. Travellers who arrive by trains can either hire taxis from the railway station or take buses to reach Pulicat. Chennai railway station is well connected to southern cities such as Thiruvananthapuram, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Regular trains are available to and fro other major Indian cities like New Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai as well.
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  • By Air
    The nearest airport to Pulicat is the Chennai International Airport (about 74 km from the town of Pulicat). Chennai airport is well connected to all the major cities in India such as Bangalore, New Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad. The airport has international flights flying to some of the cities abroad as well. Those who arrive by air can hire a taxi from the airport to reach the small town of Pulicat at a charge of about 1500 INR per trip.
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