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Pichavaram Mangrove Forests

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About Pichavaram Mangrove Forests


Open Time: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Cost: Forest: No entry fee,
Paddle Boats: INR 150 per hour,
Motorboats: INR 1000 per hour.


Pichavaram Mangrove Forests, Chidambram Overview

The second largest Mangrove forest in the world, Pichavaram is located off the tourist trail but is totally worth the effort. One can be enchanted by the complex river system and canal network that bind this beautiful place together and support the rich biodiversity of the place.

Situated nearby the temple town of Chidambaram, Pichavaram can be enjoyed through a boat ride around the 1100 hectare area of the forest, which takes you through narrow canal, breathtaking sceneries and allows you to witness the amazing life forms of the Mangrove tress while adoring the bird life of the forest. The sea is just 6 km from the forest and one can see the sand bank which separates the forest from the Bay of Bengal during the boat ride.

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Best time to visit Pichavaram Mangrove Forests

The best time to visit Pichavaram is during winter months of December and January due to pleasant weather and low humidity levels. The day time can still get hotter so carry lots of light cotton clothes for your trip. The forest looks at its mesmerizing best during the winter months as it plays host to countless migratory birds during that time, providing a blissful experience which is second to none.

How to Reach Pichavaram Mangrove Forests

  • Air: Nearest airport is at Tiruchirappalli which is 170 km from Chidambaram

  • Rail: Nearest rail head is at Chidambaram, from here one can hail a taxi or catch public bus till Pichavaram

  • Road: Pichavaram is well connected by road with Chidambaram. One can easily get a taxi till the town or catch state buses which ply every hour between Chidambaram and Pichavaram.

Where to Stay

Pichavaram itself has only one forest department guest lodge for accommodation. Otherwise one can find more suitable accommodation options in the temple town of Chidambaram which is located near by.

Sightseeing in Pichavaram Mangrove Forests

The second largest mangrove forests in the world are what will keep you spellbound here.

Activities in Pichavaram Mangrove Forests

Boating, Paddling and Bird watching can be enjoyed at Pichavaram.

The Pichavaram Mangrove Forests Experience

Apart from Sunderbans, Pichavaram is the only other mangrove forest in the country. One can experience the fragile ecosystem of these forests and understand the importance these mangrove forests hold the people of Pichavaram.

Pichavaram Mangrove Forests's Cuisine

Try the local Tamil cuisines such as Sambar, Dosa and Idli combined with Pan-Indian food like Chicken Curry, Chinese preparations and Paneer.

Best Restaurants Nearby

TTDC Restaurant


Pichavaram is best visited on a day trip from Chidambaram. Reach Chidambaram, and follow it with Pichavaram and a boat ride through the forest.


Day time can be very hot so go for either an early morning or a late evening boating trip. Also if you wish to explore the narrow canals then go for the paddle boats instead of motorboats.

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