Anzali Lagoon | Land of birds and Water Lilies

Anzali Lagoon

Anzali Lagoon | Land of birds and Water Lilies

With 11 rivers flowing into this wetland, Anzali Lagoon is known to be one of the most important wetlands of Iran. This beautiful natural attraction is well known mainly for its magnificent swamp flowers such as Lotus and being one of Iran’s most praised birdwatching sites.

Location and Specifics

Located at the southwest of Bandar Anzali and the Caspian Sea, this Lagoon span an area of 120 square kilometers and is the largest natural habitat of animals in Iran. The Lagoon water depth is around 2.5 meters in spring, but this varies according to the amount of rainfalls and drought duration. Anzali Lagoon outstands among any other Iran’s Lagoons in terms of high humidity and rainfall due to its geographical location.

Vegetation cover and Animal Resources

One of the most attractive things about Lagoons around the world, is its vegetation cover and animal resources. Like any other Wetlands, Anzali Lagoon is also a home to a variety of plants such as Water Lily, Lotus and so many other flowers. Next to this, Anzali Wetland is well known for being the home to various bird species such as herons, egrets, western marsh harriers, purple swamphens, pygmy cormorant, white-tailed eagle, ducks, geese, swans and coots; the list goes on and on. Therefore, at specific times, Anzali hosts birdwatchers and nature lovers for an amazing experience to see the life that it presents.

When is the best time to visit Anzali Lagoon?

As mentioned, Anzali Lagoon is well known for its Lotus flowers. So, if your time is manageable for travel, you will have a great chance to see these beautiful flowers during the summer. At that time, all the Lagoon is full of Lotus that gives the place perfect color. When arriving at the Lagoon, you can catch a boat and row your way through the birds and flowers of the Iran northern Wetland.

So, if you are a birdwatcher, or just a nature lover adventurer, what are you waiting for? Grab your passport and your backpack and tell the boatman to go slow so you do not miss a thing.

* Written by Mahsa Ashouri.


Official Website: N/A Entrance fee:N/A
Wikipedia: Click hereتالاب انزلی :Name(s) in Persian
UNESCO Website:   N/A Public transportation availability: Yes
Province: Gilan Accommodation availability: Yes
Phone: N/A Facilities: Yes
Working days: All days Restaurant & Cafe availability: Yes
Opening hours: :N/ABest time to visit: All Seasons

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