Pelican Bird Festival at Atapaka Bird Sanctuary on Kolleru Lake in Andhra Pradesh (Download PDF)


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The first Pelican Festival was hosted by Andhra Pradesh Tourism department at Atapaka Bird Sanctuary on Kolleru Lake in Andhra Pradesh. Recently, Atapaka Bird Sanctuary was recognised as one of the largest pelicanry in the world.

Map of Kolleru Lake in Andhra Pradesh

Map of Kolleru Lake in Andhra Pradesh

Map of Kolleru Lake in Andhra Pradesh

How Did the Festival Take Place?

  • The festival began with a rally of colourfully dressed-up folk artists and local fishermen with pomp and gaiety and the ‘dappu’ and metallic beats from Kaikaluru to the venue adjoining the Atapaka Bird Sanctuary.

Problem for The Birds?

  • The birds, which usually hangout in large numbers on the very first island of the lake moved towards the other end.

  • The number of birds was comparatively low due to lowest ever water level of three feet in the lake.

  • The motorcycle traffic on the road sharing the border of lake has also been a trouble.


  • During winter season, thousands of pelicans, painted storks and other birds migrate to Kolleru lake.

  • During their stay they roost, breed, and later fly away with their off springs.

Kolleru Lake

  • Kolleru Lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes in India located in Andhra Pradesh. It is located between Krishna and Godavari deltas. It spans into 2 districts of Andhra Pradesh Krishna and West Godavari.

  • It was declared a wildlife sanctuary in November 1999 under Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, and designated a wetland of international importance in November 2001 under Ramsar convention.

  • It is important habitat for resident and migratory birds, including the grey or spot-billed pelican (Pelecanus philippensis). Many birds migrate here in winter, such as Siberian crane, ibis, and painted storks.

- Published/Last Modified on: March 21, 2018

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