|Landscape near Siruthavur Lake|
Siruthavur Lake is a fresh water lake located off the Tiruporur – Thirukazhikundram road which is roughly 50 kms from Chennai. This water body is primarily used for irrigation of the nearby lands and for fishing. This lake is surrounded by thorny bushes and shrubs. One side of the lake is having an embankment with gates constructed for the purpose of storing the rain water and using it for irrigational purpose. The boundaries of the lake and the embankment have a lot of vegetation and are home to many birds, insects and other creatures.
There are many resident birds in
the surroundings of the lake like the Common Kingfisher, White Breasted Kingfisher
and Pied Kingfisher. The Eurasian Widgeons flock the lake in the winter months.
Also during the winter months the lake is full of waders like Painted Stork,
Open Bill Stork, Eurasian Spoonbill, Black Headed Ibis and Pelicans etc.
This place also provides lot of
opportunity for macro photography as the vegetation supports different types of
Butterflies, Dragonflies, Bees, Golden Tortoise Beetle and other small forms of
life. The land on the either side of the
Tiruporur – Thirukazhikundram road is also rich in birds and insects and is
marked as reserve forest. The vegetation here is mainly thorny bushes, shrubs
and small trees. These bushes serve as a nesting place for several land
dwelling birds like Pied Bush Chat, Ashy Crowned Sparrow – Lark and Paddy field
Pipit. One can even find these birds on the roads when there are no vehicles.
|Lime Swallowtail or Small Citrus Swallowtail|
|Golden Tortoise Beetle|
The place is yet to be affected by urbanisation, but the place is vulnerable for poaching due to its isolated location. A few incidents of poaching were reported in the newspapers and blogs. In one of the incidents, the forest guards were even able to arrest the poachers based on the information provided by an alert bird watcher.
|Tiruporur - Thirukazhikundram Road|
To reach Siruthavur Lake, one has to take the OMR road to reach Thiruporur, continue on the OMR after passing the Thiruporur bus stand and take a right turn towards Chengalpattu road. When you have driven roughly a kilometre, there will be a left deviation which is the Tiruporur – Thirukazhikundram road. Another one and a half kilometre, the lake will be on the right side. It is not visible from the road, but can ask for directions.