Flamingo Festival 2018 starts on 7th Jan

Flamingo Festival 2018 is a three day event to welcome and celebrate the arrival of migratory birds, especially Flamingos. The annual Flamingo Festival is celebrated at the bird sanctuary at Nelapattu, Pulicat lake and the nearby Sullurupet town in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. Various migratory birds including Flamingo come to this part of Andhra Pradesh. This festival attracts tourists from all over the world.

Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary is one of the largest Pelicanry in South-East Asia with more than 1,500 Pelicans breeding an average every year.

The Festival will take place in 4 locations

Sullurpeta (Main Stage – Stalls & Entertainment)

Nelapattu (Stalls & Entertainment)

Atakani Thippa – Pulicat (Stalls)

BV Palem – Pulicat (Stalls – Entertainment – Boat Riding)


Photography Competitions

Gala Night

showcasing local talent

Celebrity Performer



Food Courts

Bird Sanctuary Tours

Trip to Sriharikota Space Centre

Source: http://flamingofestival.com/


Nellore tourist spots to get a facelift with central funds

Irakam Island


Nellore District Collector Ms M. Janaki said that efforts are being made to develop Nellore as a coastal tourism hub. The district administration has taken works to transform beaches, lakes, bird sanctuaries and islands into an integrated hub for coastal tourism in Nellore district.

The central government released Rs. 63 crore for developing tourist facilities in beaches at Mypadu, Ramatheertham, Isukapalli, and Kotha Koduru. Plans have also been made for developing Nellore Swarnala Cheruvu tank, B.V. Palem boating point and Irakam island.

A few major works are nearing completion at Irakam island, Nelapattu bird sanctuary and Atakanithippa point in Pulicat lake and also the Venadu Dargah located in the Pulicat lake. Mypadu now boasts of a beach side resort with sea-view cottages. Ramatheertham and Kotha Koduru beaches are getting a facelift now. A bicycle track and facilitation centre are proposed at Nelapattu bird sanctuary.

About Rs. 10.47 crore is being spent on the development of basic infrastructure such as easy access by road and water to the famous Irakam island which is located in the middle of the Pulicat brackish water lake near Sullurupeta.


Three days Flamingo Festival to start from January 9

AP Government is going to organize three days Flamingo festival from January 9th to 11th.  As part of this festival the Government has decided to organize road shows to mobilise wide support and participation in the festival. This festival is organised every year at the Sullurpet, Nellore Dt.


Many migratory birds, especially Flamingos arrive at  Nelapattu Birds sanctuary and Pulicat lake. It is known to be their winter home.

To attract the attention of the public and tourists many road shows will be organised in Chennai, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, and Nellore. Many Film artistes and cultural troupes and experts will also be involved in mobilising their support for the event.

The officials released the posters and theme song CDs at a meeting which took place at Collectorate.

The festival events would be held at four venues, Sullurupeta High School Grounds, BV Palem, Nelapattu Bird sanctuary and Atakanithippa.

A panaoramic video is prepared with the help of a helicopter robot video camera will also be shown to the visitors during the three days festival.


Pulicat & Nelapattu Bird Sanctuaries, Nellore: Paradise for migratory birdse 

Flemingo Festival attracts huge crowds near Sullurupeta in Nellore

Flamingo festival at Sullurpeta, Nellore attracted huge crowds this year. The festival is held every year when the migratory birds arrive at their winter destination here, from all around the country and also from places as far as Siberia.

Nellore district forest officials have been taking census of the migratory birds at both the locations on a daily basis. As of now, there are more than 58,000 migratory birds in Pulicat lake area and 8000 in Nelapattu bird sanctuary.


Nelapattu bird sanctuary is buzzing with with the birds especially the Grey Pelicans, Open billed Storks, Little Cormorants and Oriental White Ibis. Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary has about 13000 Grey Pelicans and 2000 each of Open Billed Stork, Little Cormorant and Oriental White Ibis.

However, the migratory bird population at Pulicat Lake seems to have gone down this year due to shortage of water in the Lake. Pulicat lake is home to the famous Greater Flamingoes apart from 35 other varieties of birds. There are 17,000 Flamingoes, 1150 Pond Herons, 2700 Painted Storks, 3600 Little Egrets, 3700 Cattle Egrets, 4000 Little Stints, 1000 River Terns, 1500 Common Coots, 3500 Northern Shovelers, 2000 Spot Bills and 3000 Pin Tailed Snipe apart from different local varieties in Pulicat lake area.

Flamingo Festival to begin on 8th Jan in 2014 in Sullurpet, Nellore

The three-day bird festival of Sullurupet in Nellore district, the Flamingo Festival is scheduled to begin on January 8th 2014. The district administration has been organising the festival every year to mark the arrival of thousands of migratory birds, especially flamingos, to Nelapattu Birds sanctuary and Pulicat lake, their winter home.


The festival was planned about a decade ago to attract tourists to the sanctuary from the state and neighbouring states. Stalls of various government departments and cultural prorgammes would be arranged at the junior college ground at Sullurpeta during the festival. Seminars on bio-diversity, birds and protection of Pulicat lake would also be conducted. Boat rides will be arranged for the visitors at Bheemulavaripalem in Tada mandal.

Flamingo festival added to state tourism calendar

The famous Flamingo Festival will be celebrated officially as a three-day annual event from January 7 to 9, 2013 at Sullurupet in Nellore district. The Andhra Pradesh State Government passed orders to include this festival in the list of State Tourism calendar of festivals.

Thousands of people visit the Pulicat Lake and Nelapattu Bird Sanctuaries near Sullurupet every year. Special arrangements are also made for conducting cultural programmes, exhibition of various departments and rural sports at the sprawling grounds of Government Junior College in Sullurupet during the three days. The Flamingo Festival was celebrated by a committee in the past, without direct participation from the administration.

Flamingo Festival poster released in Sullurupeta, SPSR Nellore district

SPSR Nellore district collector Sridhar release the event publicity poster for Flemingo Festival to be held in Sullurupeta, Tada and Doravari Satram mandals of SPSR Nellore district on 7th and 8th January 2012. Flemingo Festival convenor Ravi Prakash said that the Flemingo Festival will be inaugurated by the finance minister Mr Anam Ramanarayana Reddy on 7th morning.

Tourists can travel for free during these two days from Sullurupeta to Nelapattu bird sanctuary and Bheemunivari Palem boating area in Pulicat lake. Boat rides also will be free of cost.

Program details for Flamingo Festival in Nellore district

Flamingo Festival will be conducted on 7th and 8th of Jan 2012 at Boys High School, Sullurupet, SPSR Nellore District. The Flamingo Festival is an annual event being held to foster a bond with the migratory birds like flamingoes that migrate from Russia and other parts of the world during the winter season. Pulicat lake and Nelapattu bird sanctuary are the two prominent places of interest for bird watchers and nature lovers.

The organizers have arranged a musical program by music director Koti followed by ghazals by Srinivas and mimicry by Siva Reddy. Actress Priyamani will be the chief guest. Junior Jackie Chan will also be coming from Vijayawada.

On the second day, another Telugu actress Charmi will perform a dance show. Other rural sports events like kabaddi, kho kho and boat race from Irakam island are going to be some other major attractions. Other rural music and dance shows like kolatam, keelu gurralu and tholu bommalata (puppetry) will also be performed during the festival.


Pralayakaveri Kathalu – S.V.Ramesh

This is a book that I would recommend to every telugu in this world. If you are from Nellore, or you know about Nellore dialect it will be a feast to you. The author  Samala Venkata Ramesh transports you into a different world, his own childhood world, which he expertly recreates using simple daily life telugu. He casts a spell on you. Your eyes see what he sees, you feel what he felt. This book is a collection of stories inspired by the author’s childhood days at Pralayakaveri, in the local dialect. Oh! by the way do you know what is Pralayakaveri? Pulikat lake and its islands were called as Pralayakaveri before it got anglicised.

Ramesh brings alive the past glory of Pralayakaveri in his stories. He introduces you to its people, customs, places, birds, islands and fishes. The author does a great job of cataloging a lot of historic data like types of fishes to types of snacks people ate in the stories in a very unobtrusive way.

This book takes you on an emotional roller coaster. It makes you laugh aloud, float with joy, it burdens your heart, makes your eyes moist, makes you nostalgic, it touches you. I can bet that you can’t escape Ramesh’s spell. You are bound to connect with the author at some level. This book will without fail remind you of something in your life and make you ponder over that for a while. It could be your childhood incidents, friends or your village.

Ramesh wrote this book, after seeing the Pulikat deteriorate, and it is his effort to record the beauty and glory of Pralayakaveri. And Ramesh has more than succeeded in what he has set out to do.

After reading this book, I don’t plan to visit Pulikat. I don’t want the sad reality of today’s Pulikat to ruin the beautiful and soulful picture that Ramesh has etched in my heart. Thank you Ramesh for a great book.

Here is a much better review of this book in Telugu.

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