Tour to Sriharikota from Chennai
Distance from Chennai : 120km
Specialty of Sriharikota : Lake Pulicat, Bird sanctuary, boating, Rocket launch station, attractive pathway to lead to the Island, Sriharikota forest.
Mode of transport from Chennai : Van or mini bus can be booked; Bike can also be a convenient mode of transport.
Route from Chennai : Chennai – Red hills – Tada – Sriharikota.
Sriharikota is a Rocket launch station that is situated in the border of Andhra Pradesh and Bay of Bengal. Sriharikota is an island that is surrounded by the lakes and the small islands. The route is taken from the Andhra Pradesh towards the Sriharikota Island. The route that leads to the island are very interesting and there are also many wonderful spots present in the Sriharikota land and the route that leads to the island. Sriharikota is one of the restricted zones in Andhra Pradesh and not everyone have permission to get inside Sriharikota. If we have permission we can go inside and view the rocket launch station. There is also one forest inside the Sriharikota which is wonderful to view.
To visit the forest in Sriharikota it is very much necessary that the permission should be obtained earlier from the forest officers and the Sriharikota department. Moreover the permissions will not be granted to anyone during the launching time. From the forest the birds that are present in the Pulicat Lake will be wonderful to view. The Sriharikota rocket launch station itself is located in the Sriharikota forest only. The external vehicles that get inside Sriharikota is checked thoroughly for the confirmation that the people should not carry any dangerous things inside. In the security point of view the government takes all necessary precautions.
Attractions in Sriharikota
There are many source of attraction in Sriharikota. The Sriharikota Island is surrounded by the Pulicat Lake which is the biggest lake in India. The pathway that leads to the Island is wonderful with the Bird sanctuary. There are many beautiful birds that swim and fly around the lakes in the Sriharikota Lake. The Sriharikota forest is also very special and if we get permit to visit the Sriharikota forest then we will get good photography from there. Sriharikota Rocket Launch station is very strict that the outsiders are not allowed to get inside it without mere permission.
If we get inside Sriharikota then we can have a look at the rocket launching process and the internal process. For the students the Rocket Launch station provides good facilities to visit. If the people plan to visit inside as a student group then people can easily get permission and have a look at it. Sriharikota Rocket launch station is providing permission for the college students who come for an industrial visit.
The people who are interested in photography and shooting the nature can bring the camera and tripod so that they can get some best snaps from the Pulicat Lake. There will be wonderful groups of birds in the Bird sanctuary in the Pulicat Lake. If we have some good communication with the village people who live there near Pulicat Lake then they will provide a ride in the boat to sail in the Pulicat Lake. Fishing is also done by the fisherman who lives near the Pulicat Lake. There are also many birds that feed on the Fish in the water. Visitors can also have a look at the great scene of birds catching the fish from the water. This is also one of the wonderful shot for the photography.
How to reach Sriharikota from Chennai
It is very easy to reach Sriharikota from Chennai through our own transport. If you are planning to go with your partner then the car and bike is the best means of transportation. It is just 120 km from Chennai to reach Sriharikota. The route is also very clear and the journey will be very much comfortable. If you are planning to visit the forest and the Rocket Launch station, then it is very much necessary that you should get permission earlier from the officers there. The route that leads to the Sriharikota Island from the main road is very good for a ride with lots of attractions.
The route to reach Sriharikota from Chennai is through the red hills road. When we start from Chennai we should first reach Puzhal in Red Hills and catch the national highway. In the same road we will cross the Andhra Pradesh check post and after that the road will first lead to the Tada which is in the border of Andhra Pradesh. Tada is also one of the beautiful attraction spot for the tourists which have the waterfalls with fresh water. Tada is situated in the Andhra and Tamilnadu border. From Tada, Sriharikota can be reached in 30 km. There will be a junction in the national highway where the route to Kalahasthi will be towards the left and the route to Sriharikota will be towards right.
From the national highway Sriharikota is 17 km. The road that leads to Sriharikota is excellent and that contains the maximum attractions. The road fully covered with the Pulicat Lake to the left side and the right side and finally it leads to the Sriharikota Island. The Pulicat Lake bird sanctuary is situated in the route that leads to Sriharikota Island. For the shooting and photography that road is supposed to be one of the best spot. During the exact season time we can also find lots of attractive birds and the visitors who come to visit the birds.
Boating in Pulicat Lake near Sriharikota
Even though there is no perfect boating provided in the Pulicat Lake people can go for sailing in the Pulicat lake to view the birds and the beauty of the birds with the help of the people who live there. If we give some money to the people who live there we can go on a sail in the Pulicat Lake. There will also be many individual islands that are present near the Sriharikota main island. The people and the fisherman will take us to the individual small islands and we can view the scenic beauty from those islands. Then the sailors will bring us back to the main island.
Just because the Rocket launch station is present near the Pulicat Lake, Sriharikota cannot be made as the best tourist spot. The zones inside the Sriharikota Island are highly restricted zones and moreover the people cannot get inside the Sriharikota Island just like that. The restrictions are done for the purpose of security issues. If the equipments and the necessary things are taken then people can also do fishing in the Pulicat Lake. The fishermen there will help in all the aspects if we provide them some money.
Bird Sanctuary in Pulicat Lake
In the Pulicat Lake we can see lots of birds flying and this constitutes to the beauty of the Pulicat Lake. The visitors from various parts of the world and from India, come to see these birds and also for the purpose of Photography and shooting the birds. The Pulicat Lake constitutes to be the best place for the survival of the Birds in the Pulicat Lake. This is the reason why the Andhra Government has approved this place to be the bird sanctuary officially even though this is one of the restricted zones in Andhra Pradesh.
Bird sanctuary in Sriharikota also contains many towers in the roadways that will be more helpful for viewing the birds from the long distances. Moreover the beauty of the birds are seen when they are in a group and fly together. People from various shooting sectors come to this place to shoot the birds. There are also boating facilities provided in the Pulicat Lake so that the shooting and photography is very easy. There are also individual islands present in the Pulicat Lake and if the visitors are interested they can go to those islands and make a tent to enjoy the beauty of the Pulicat lake bird sanctuary. There are many kinds of birds in the Pulicat lake sanctuary so that it gives a good show to the eyes.