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Vattakudi Tamilnadu Tour

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Location: near Kilapalavoor, about 60 km from Tiruchi, Tiruchi district, Tamil Nadu
Area: 8630 ha
Altitude: c.150m

Description of site: A large water-storage reservoir on the plains south of the Kaveri river; one of the largest freshwater lakes in southern Tamil Nadu. It is one of three interconnected reservoirs and is fed by the Pullambadi canal, from the Kaveri. It is subject to wide fluctuations in water level, and occasionally dries out completly during the summer months

Climatic conditions: Tropical monsoon climate, with most of the rainfall occurring during the northeast monsoon in October and November

Principal vegetation: The aquatic vegetation includes: Ipomoea spp., Cyperus sp.,Typha, and Hydrilla. Other vegetation includes Acacia nilotica, Aadiracta indica, Pongamia sp., and Casuarina sp.

Economic and social values: The water of the tank is used for irrigation and fishing. The wetland has potential for nature education

Fauna: One of the most important wetlands for migratory waterfowl in southern Tamil Nadu. Over 5100 waterfowl of 37 species were recorded during a waterfowl census in January 1987. These included Pelecanus philippensis (18), Phalacrocorax niger (150) , 630 herons and egrets of seven species, Anastomus oscitans (32), Threskiornis melanocephalus (28), about 4000 ducks (mainly cotton teal, common teal, spotbill, pintail, common pochard, garganey, and shoveler), 60 black-winged stilts (Himantopus himantopus), and 120 wood sandpiper (Tringaglareola). Very large numbers of ducks were present in late February 1988, mainly wigeon, spotbill, pintail, garganey, shoveler, and pochard. Also present were painted storks, and about 25 white storks (Ciconia ciconia)

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