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Ousteri Lake

The Ousteri Lake is a century old artificial lake located 10 km from Pondicherry. A wide range of aquatic species is found here. The Ousteri Lake of Pondicherry has been declared as a wildlife sanctuary by the government of pondicherry. The government has decided to promote and develop the 390-hectare lake to a full-fledged sanctuary. Ousteri Lake will be developed on the lines of Vedanthangal water bird sanctuary near Chennai. More than forty migratory birds reside throughout the year at the Ousteri Lake. According to tourism department different species of golden oriole, openbill stork, tailor bird, painted stork, white ibis, white-breasted  water-hen and  spotted owlets visit  the  water-body  particularly
after November every year. The forest department has decided to document the varieties of birds visiting Pondicherry to update and  prepare  a  comprehensive  database  about  the  winger  visitors.  Under   the government's renovation plan the region near the lake will be make litter-free so that it becomes favorable of the migratory birds.
The lake region will be declared as no-horn and plastic free zone. They will take care of the maintenance of the newly declared bird sanctuary. Sign boards with complete details of birds and eight feet by six feet multicolor paintings of birds will be set up at different places of the sanctuary. The department will also plant more tress near the water body. Apart from these, a three-floor interpretation centre with library and audiovisual room and a small park will also be established. The centre will enable visitors to attain complete information about the birds visiting the water body. Two telescopes are also proposed to be set up at the top of the centre to watch the birds. The government has  planned to develop
the region as a complete eco-tourism tourist destination. The tourism department has proposed to ban motor boating  and  fishing in  the lake. Instead, pedal boating is introduced for visitor's leisure.  The  best  time to visit  here  is from October to March.