Pelican a migratory bird in Thol Lake Bird Sanctuary

Pelican a migratory bird in Thol, who migrates from northern breeding areas to Thol lake as its southern wintering grounds. Pelican bird is one of the rare birds who travel thousand kilometres from their native place to Thol once in a year. There are almost 200 different species along with Pelicans who fly hundreds and thousands of kilometres to Thol lake in Gujarat, India. Tourists coming to Thol enjoy watching Pelican bird during the Indian winters.

Pelican a migratory bird in Thol
Pelican a migratory bird in Thol Lake Bird Sanctuary

More than 150 types of birds mainly waterfowl inhabit this lake and come from as far as Siberia. Thol in Gujarat is a bird watcher’s paradise, one can find rosy pelicans, lesser and greater flamingos, crakes, brahminy ducks, purple moorhen, herons, white storks, grebes etc in the lake. Best time to visit Thol is in winter between November to February. However, migratory birds starts arriving in October and stay until April.


Thol Lake is an artificial lake near Thol village in Kalol area of Mehsana District in Gujarat, India. It is a reservoir made for irrigation in 1912. It is a fresh water lake same as Thol and is a marshland. Thol is a Bird Sanctuary since the year of 1988.

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