Anzali Lagoon is one of the most beautiful natural attractions of the northern Iranian province of Gilan. The lagoon, which is actually a wetland, divides the city of Bandar-e-Anzali into two parts and is considered to be one of the best locations for bird watching. That is to say, until 2012, around 187 bird species have been observed and recorded here.
It is also home to more than 80,000 wintering birds such as ducks, geese, swans, and coots. This astonishing wetland is surrounded by paddy fields and fish ponds and about two-thirds of the whole lagoon is covered by reeds.
In addition, the lotus and yellow flag iris flowers have created a very picturesque view and have turned this wetland to a great destination for nature lovers and photographers.
The most common attraction of the Anzali wetland would be the boat ride. An experienced boatman who knows the area well will take you to different parts of the lagoon and you can enjoy watching birds as well as beautiful flowers and canebrakes.
You will also see many fishermen fishing in the surrounding areas. The whole complex is known as Anzali wetland and a lovely restaurant has been located in the center of the lagoon, where you can try amazing local food of the northern part of Iran as well.
Photos by Mojtaba Mohammadi @irna.com