Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary is in Nelapattu village. It is located on the East Coast about 20-km north of the Pulicat Bird Sanctuary in the Nellore district. It is just 50-km from Chennai. The Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary is one of the largest pelican habitats in Southeast Asia. The total area of the sanctuary is 404-kms.
Flora and Fauna :
This sanctuary provides fine breeding ground for rare and endangered species like Grey Pelicans, Open-Billed Storks, Little Cormo- Rants, Spoon-Bills, White-Ibises and Night Herons. It is a small fresh water irrigation tank with Barringtonia trees spread in the water, which can withstand inundation for longer periods in the tank bed.
The birds for perching and nesting prefer the foreshore areas. It is a best visiting place for the migratory birds for a long time apart from it more than 1,500 pelican's breed here every year. It is also considered as an ideal roosting place for many birds like egrets, terns and ducks.