Surha-Tal-Bird-Sanctuary

LocationAbout 17 km from Ballia bus stand, on the road leading to Maniar & 1 km from Maniar, total distance 18 km from Ballia city, 159 km from Varanasi, in district Ballia, U.P., India
Ideal time to visit Oct.- March
Timings best time morning & evening
Attractions Nature & Wildlife
How to reachBy Road-Ballia is well connected by road from Varanasi & other major cities
By Rail- Ballia is located on the Railway line of NER
By Air-Babatpur Airport, Varanasi, 179 km

This lake was declared as Bird Sanctuary in 1991, covering an area of about 34.32 km2 and comes under Divisional Forest Officer, Kashi Wildlife Division. Ramnagar Nepali King Surat got the digging work done for the lake. Fishing is the main occupation of the local natives (Mallah-the boatman & Bind).
On one end of this lake a big fountain has been built in the memory of freedom fighters with the efforts of Late Prime Minister Mr. Chandrashekhar. Migratory birds from Siberia, and other colder regions, migrate to this lake to spend their winters here. The Bird Sanctuary is worth watching during that period.