Pichavaram Mangrove Forest, Chidambaram

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Traverse some of the 400 waterways in search of spectacular wildlife at Pichavaram Mangrove Forest, considered one of the best examples of its kind in the world. Between September and April, a diverse range of resident and migratory birds inhabit the forest, including snipes, spoonbills, and egrets, with November to January being the busiest months. Take an hour-long boat tour through the water-rooted trees, where a guide will provide ample information regarding the natural world around you. Consider choosing a rowboat as your mode so as not to scare away your quarry, and travel with plenty of water to stay hydrated. Put Pichavaram Mangrove Forest on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Chidambaram itinerary planner .
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  • Pichavaram Mangrove forest is the world's second largest mangrove forest.. The right time to visit there is between November to April, since it is time of birds transisting from around the world.. You...  more »
  • It’s an spectacular place .. one must surely visit if they ever happen to be in pondicherrry It’s around 70-80km from Pondicherry , so it’ll take about 1-1 and half hours of travelling We were a group...  more »
  • 1.5 hours drive from Pondy along the ECR.is a hidden treasure called Pichavaram. The mangroves with criss-crossing "water caves" is a thrill seeker's pleasure. I was told by the boatman that the depth...  more »
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  • Best place to hang out with your friends and family members. We hired a government and don't get fooled by the boat person as they will ask you extra money for showing some beautiful place.The locations are very superb n especially the mangroves.its better to carry some food with you as u cant get anything over here except chips n icecreams .
  • Boat House : We took authorized boat service provided by govt. You may interrupted by other out side of the boat house as they offer in low cost, hence considering safety we avoided it. Boating : You can see a detailed chart there with cost and boat type. We took a row boat costs 300 INR / 1Hour - If you interested to pay some extra money to the rower you will be taken to some more area.(but it's worthy). Food / water: Only one hotel is available with few menus, cost is too high (double cost compared to outside) and quality is average. Packaged water is not good there better avoid those and bring your own. Timing : 8 AM - 6PM, row boats don't have a roof top and it's hard to ride on noon(sunny) times better choose morning or evening time for pleasant experience and take drinking water with you. Mangrove Forest : Beautiful and you can feel the nature at it's core. just go and experience the ride.
  • Visiting the Pichavaram Mangrove forests was as informative a trip as it was fascinating. These trees reach their full growth in about 10 years and survive on the salts of the water. These forests protected the neighbouring villages from the deadly tsunami waves in 2004 and continue to protect the villages from high tidal waves. The oarsman narrates more of such fa fascinating stories and facts about the forest while boating through the canals under the canopy of mangrove trees. The entire experience of going though the Pichavaram forests is very peaceful and must be experienced by whoever wants to be amazed by the beauty of nature.
  • Went in a group, nice place to visit. Government boats you can hire, but beware of the boat rider they will ask you extra money by saying that they gonna show some nice place. Instead of listening to them you can complaint about the same.
  • Its a once in a lifetime experience which one must not miss for anything! Breathtaking beautiful and the flora and fauna leaves you spell bound! It's like entering a magical faraway land that leaves you wondering how much more beautiful can Gods creation be?

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