Pulicat Bird Sanctuary (known internationally as Pulicat Lake Wildlife Sanctuary) serves as one of the chief attractions in the small seashore town of Pulicat. The protected area of the sanctuary spans across 481 km covering a number of districts in both Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. The lake and the sanctuary gather nationwide attention for being the largest brackish-water eco-system of the country, next to the renowned Chilka Lake of Orissa.
The exciting biodiversity of the sanctuary draws millions of travelers and wildlife enthusiasts every year to this region. The birdlife of the sanctuary includes Greater Flamingos, Pelicans, Sea Gulls, Egrets, Herons, a wide variety of ducks and Kites. The area forming the sanctuary is under the administration of Tamil Nadu Forest Department and Andhra Pradesh Forest Department.
The sanctuary acts as a seasonal home to a number of migratory birds and is best visited during the months of November and February. The Flamingo Festival organized annually by the Department of Tourism during December-January attracts a huge numbers of tourists to this place.