Surha Taal Bird Sanctuary BalliaOne of the most popular tourist attractions of Ballia is Surha Taal Bird Sanctuary.
Surha Taal was earlier just a lake and was attracting many birds and animals. Due to the presence of this huge lake and suitable climate, slowly this place also became a home for few migratory birds from the colder regions of the world. Finally, in 1991 Divisional forest officer declared this lake as Bird Sanctuary. This sanctuary falls under forest division of Kashi village.
Importance of Surha TaalThis lake is very important for Ballia as it covers a large area of the city. There is a huge fountain which is built at one of the ends of this lake. The fountain is built in the memory of all freedom fighters who lost their lives for the country. If you go deep into the lake, you will find weed siwar in huge quantities.
The main lake of Surha Taal which is about 34 sq kilometer is worth watching. The peaceful and calm water gives a serene experience. Apart from the lake, there are various species of birds and animals which are found in Surha Taal and are worth watching. In winters you will also find few Siberian birds which migrate here for a temporary period. It is highly possible that you see many birds and animals drinking water near this lake.
When to visit Surha TaalSurha Taal is open all round the year; however, it is not advisable to visit this place during summer as it becomes very difficult to bear the scorching heat of the sun. During the rains, it is little difficult to visit this sanctuary. Hence, the best time to visit Surha Taal is winters, October to February. The climate here becomes pleasant and also during winters you get to see many migratory birds which make Surha Taal their home place. Apart from the season, you also need to consider the time of the day you visit Surha Taal sanctuary. Ideally, it is advisable to visit this sanctuary early in the morning; however, if you miss the early morning slot, you should opt to go in afternoon when it is more likely for birds and animals to come near the lake and hence you can capture the same in your cameras.
How to reach Surha Taal bird sanctuarySurha Taal is about eighteen kilometres from Ballia. It is on the roads towards Maniar. You can either hire a car of take a local bus to reach Surha Taal bird sanctuary.
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