Nelapattu in Nellore

Are you looking for options to escape the busy city life and work stress? Then Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary is the ideal place to visit for refreshments. You can experience a sense of relief by viewing the scenic nature with the sounds of migratory birds flying around. It is located at Nelapattu village in Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh. 

Why visit?

The major attraction of the place is migratory birds from seven different countries. It is one of the unique and most prominent birders’ spots in South India. You find 186 species of birds flying around. It is the most sought-after place for photographers. You can click beautiful pictures of birds and the green surroundings.

How to Reach

By Air: The nearest airport is Renigunta airport near Tirupati which is at a distance of around 70 kms. From here, one can take private vehicles or public transport to reach Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary.

By Rail: Sullurupeta Railway Station (19 kms) and Naidupeta Railway Station (14 kms) are the nearest railway stations to reach Nelapattu.

By Road: Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary is easily accessible from major cities. It is at a distance of around 82 kms from Nellore and 98 kms from Chennai. The nearest town to Nelapattu is Naidupeta with a distance of 15 kms.

Ideal Time to Visit Nelapattu

After months of travel, these migratory birds reach Nelapattu in October and reside there until April. So, you should make it a point to visit anytime in these five months. The visitors grow in numbers because of this bird sanctuary on the Kolkata – Chennai highway.

You can see how farmers pamper these birds and the bond they develop with them. The locals believe that the visit of birds brings rain to Nelapattu. Therefore, these birds are considered holy and taken care of by farmers, locals and the government. 

The sanctuary is open from 9 am to 5 pm and the entry fee will be very nominal.

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Accommodation and Food

There is no accommodation facility available in Nelapattu and you find few food outlets. But one can visit Naidupeta which is at a distance of around 15 kms to find food outlets and lodges to stay. It is suggested to carry some snacks and a water bottle.

Nearby Attractions

  • Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary

Like Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary, the 60 km sprawling Pulicat lake houses a bird sanctuary that hosts migratory birds. The abundance of different bird species and viewing the flying birds is an eye feast. It is located in the Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh.

  • Penchalakona Narasimha Swamy Temple

You go into a spiritual trance seeing the deity Lord Narsimha Swami Temple. The temple is 81 kms from Nellore city. The pleasant temple ambience refreshes your mind and keeps you stress-free.

  • Ranganayaka Swami temple

Ranganayaka Swami Temple should be on your must visit list. The spacious temple is dedicated to Lord ranganayaka, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The tourists flock to the temple to see the deity in the sleeping position. This temple is located within the Nellore district.

  • Mypadu Beach

It is a famous beach located 25-30km from the Nellore district. You can enjoy the beach ambience and play with heading waves. Unfortunately, you find few food outlets on the shore. 


Nellore district hosts nature-centric and spiritual tourist destinations. Nelapaattu Bird Sanctuary is worth visiting especially if you are a bird enthusiast. Children and photography freaks enjoy the most. Do make a point to visit surrounding places in one visit to Nellore.

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Sushma Nagaraju

Sushma Nagaraju is a working journalist with a postgraduate degree in media studies who is passionate about discovering underrated travel destinations.