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Kolleru Lake

Kolleru Lake

The lake named Kolleru is the second largest freshwater lake lying in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh state. The lake is nestled in the midst of the deltas of Krishna and Godaveri, which is about 15 km Eluru and is a paradise on earth, spreading over an area of about 308 sq km.

It functions as a natural flood balancing reservoir lying between the two deltas. The lake is fed directly by waters of the seasonal rivers namely Budameru and Tammileru. The lake is home to as many as 63 species of fishes, fresh water turtles and other amphibians, apart from being a hiding place for many migratory birds, forming Kolleru Bird Sanctuary.

Some of them are Siberian crane, ibises, painted storks etc. are a common view on the lake and has been an important habitat for about 20 million domestic and migratory birds, which includes Grey or Spot-billed Pelican (Pelecanus philippensis).

The lake was honored with the status of Wildlife Sanctuary in November 1999 under Indias Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, and chosen as a wetland of international importance in November 2002 under the international Ramsar Convention.

This serene place with tranquil ambience and water serves as one of the best places to spend your weekends.

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