Pichavaram Mangrove Forest

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Pichavaram Mangrove Forest
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Rajesh K K
Bangalore, India1 025 bidrag
des. 2021
We went to Pichavaram after visiting the Chidambaram. But the place was absolutely packed - cheek to jowl! There were serpentine queues for the boating. Parking was crazy and haphazard - and there we no one to manage. Facilities-wise, there were no good places to eat also.
Skrevet 13. januar 2022
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AmarNaik
Bangalore, India92 bidrag
des. 2021 • Par
A good place to visit to get a glimpse of nature. Negotiation with boatmen key despite paying 400 for ticket . Extra payment to boatmen will help in seeing additional places.

Overall the place has some good spots called caves where we saw all boatmen were taking people.
Skrevet 28. desember 2021
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gauri9769
Navi Mumbai, India29 bidrag
nov. 2021 • Par
Had a nice pleasant boat ride in this mangrove forest. It is 1.5 to 2 hrs driving distance from Pondicherry.
There are 2 types of boats- Rowboats & Motor boats. Boats are not in the best condition, but not too bad either. Life jackets were provided. Proper ticket counter with fixed prices present. We went in row boat right thru the small waterlanes of the mangroves
Plz note-
1. Go for rowboats. Motorboats cannot enter the narrow water pathways thru the mangroves, they will only circle them. In rowboat, we actually had to duck a couple of times to avoid the branches of mangroves, we were so close!! Got some great clicks.
2. Motor boats have a roof, rowboats do not( probably since they enter into the narrow lanes of mangroves). So be sure to carry glares, caps, sun tan lotion etc.
Overall a nice trip, you can club it with a visit to Nataraj temple in Chidambaram, or a half day trip from Pondy
Skrevet 21. november 2021
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Madan
Chennai (Madras), India12 bidrag
nov. 2021 • Familie
2 days trip to Pichavaram and Chidambaram from Chennai

We planned a 2days trip to Pichaviram and Chidambaram from Chennai. One day in Chidambaram and second day in Pichavaram (Exotic camp in backwaters). We started in our car on Friday from Chennai, Tambaram around 6 30 AM, google maps gave us 2 option to reach our destination with the average time around 4.5 hours. The option were, Option 1 ECR and the other one was via Dindevam. We chose the second option because the road showed was 80 percent National Highway which will be faster and double lane. Best route is Chennai (NH32) —> Pondicherry —> Cuddalore —> Chidambaram

Day 1 (5th Nov 2021 - Friday) : Itinerary - Pichavaram Mangrove forest, Thillikalli temple and Tillinataraja Temple

- We started at 6:30 AM from Chennai (Tambaram) and took NH32. We stopped in Balaajee Bhavan (Veg restaurant) for breakfast (Around 45 Kms from Tambaram) which is immediately after Melmeuvathur (Famous place for Amman temple and worth a visit), decent hotel, staff were very courtesies and food was decent (There are many hotel options on the way and reputed ones like Muragan Idle, etc). We ate Idle, Rava dosa and mini coffee (you get mine coffee and it was really good one)
-We continued our journey on NH32 and missed to take a turn towards Pondy and Google suggested NH36 which is after the toll “Vikkravamdi”. This was a bad choice and the road is extremely bad with so many patholes (maximum speed of 5 km per hour) - DO NOT TAKE THIS ROAD
- NH36 which became NH42C and finally after few small roads, we reached Pondicherry and Chidambaram state highway which is a single road but good one
- We reached Pichavaram around 11:00 AM. You will need to pay-municipal tax of Rs 100 before the entering Pichavaram tourist center
- There are 2 boating options to see the mangrove forest, One by TamilNaidu tourism and other by Forest department. Below are the tariff for both but Forest department one is better option and our guide was excellent.
- We finished our 1 hour long tour and started to Chidambaram around 12:15 PM. It’s a 20 mins drive and we had booked in “Vandayar Hotel” which is located in the center of city and walkable to temples. Its a decent hotel and please do not expect any 4 starts hotels in Chidambaram, its a small city and this the best you can get.
- We visited temples in the evening and ate famous Chilli Porato in Mansrow hotel which is south car street and close to temple South Gate.

Day 2 (6th Nov 20201 - Saturday) : Itinerary - Katturmannar Perumal temple, Gangaikonda Chollarpuram and Exotic adventure camp

- We started from our hotel around 8:45 am and reached permal temple around 9:45 (beautiful scenic view, single and good road). It’s a ancient temple. We spent around 30 mins and its a very old temple.
- Second in out trip was Gangaikonda Chollarpuram, which Is a heritage site constructed by Chola dynasty and every sculpture is so beautiful and still the lingam (Which is very huge) is still worshiped.
- We had our lunch in Chidambaram as there are no good hotels (not even 1 start) on the way. We ate in Sarvana hotel, decent and clean place but very expensive (Lunch was 180 Rs)
- We then headed to paddle for future camp which is about 20 minutes from Chidambaram, bad roads however it is manageable.we were welcomed by the camp host after which we prepared to go kayaking. We kayaked in two double kayaks as we were a family of four. Kayak guide taught us the basics and also accompanied us into the water. We kayaked for about 1.5 hours which was a great experience and also quite a workout. The weather was pleasant as it was drizzling and breezy. We retired back to the camp and had a much needed Kadak chai. Slept in tent house which was a unique experience next to the backwaters.
Skrevet 14. november 2021
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Dr Mohan Kumar H
Chandigarh, India254 bidrag
des. 2020 • Familie
This is a must visit place if you are around Pondicherry

This is the second largest mangroves in india

The Tamil Nadu tourism department has maintained it well with clear instructions and advices for tourists

You have two options to enter mangrove
1) Row boat
2) Motor boat

Row boat is the best choice, you get a lot of time to enjoy the scenery

Water in the mangroves is barely 3-4 feet deep

You can spot few birds here and there
Skrevet 2. januar 2021
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yasseriqbalkidwai
New Delhi, India29 bidrag
des. 2020
Travel was safe and nice, it was 1 km inside the Mangrove trees through a manual rowboat. The trip from pondicherry to Pichavam is quite hectic with a broken road. It takes about 5 hours from Chennai for a distance of 220 km. However, it is all worth it once you reach Pichavaram. Seafood is good in local restaurants.
Skrevet 30. desember 2020
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Sekhar
59 bidrag
des. 2020 • Familie
Very Nice place, decently developed. Can take either motor boat or row boat. There are different cost depending on the duration of ride. They are sanitizing the jackets, taking safety measures. But apart from boat ticket, u should plan to spend few hundreds extra to give to the boat person so he will take care of well.. Also there is ticket for camera, watch tower. Worth spending couple of hours. Attached the price list
Skrevet 28. desember 2020
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Fathia S
Goussainville, Frankrike12 bidrag
feb. 2020 • Par
C'est juste magnifique nous y avons passé une matinée c'était agréable avec une belle traversée en barque.
Skrevet 29. februar 2020
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Priya
Chennai (Madras), India7 bidrag
feb. 2020 • Venner
We went from Chennai to Chidambaram through ECR and it was a smooth ride till Pondicherry with amazing early morning sceneries. The Cuddalore is being a bit chaotic as the national highway is going through the center of the city..! Finally we reached Pichavaram around 10.30 after breakfast and temple visit. The 2 hour boat ride which will take you to interior canals are not available on weekends and hence we have chosen the 1 hour row boat option. The ride is enjoyable. It was our first time for mangrove forests and it's worth the visit. We have seen the mangroves closely and the boat rower told us about the natural canals,  development canals which was created by our government, the lives of the locals and the story of Pichavaram. The water level will be high in the evenings and low in the mornings. So he advised us to come during afternoon hours (3-5) to see the best of Pichavaram. You can enjoy the full view from the watch tower and there is a small museum about the flora and fauna found in mangroves. The place is having small park and a snack shop for refreshments. We had our lunch at the nearby Home/hotel (That is the only one hotel available in that area)  which is too good on sea foods according to my Non-vegetarian friends.  We started after lunch and reached Chennai in the evening.
Skrevet 17. februar 2020
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Ngwe001
Dublin, Irland126 bidrag
feb. 2020 • Par
What has the potential to be a worthwhile experience was in fact underwhelming, boring and frustrating.

Having paid for our boat and then our foreigner fee, our boatman requested 500rupee more to go faster and further into the Mangroves, which of course he didn't do.

We saw a couple of birds fly for their lives from the noise of the 6 boats of school children who were also on the same route. That was it for wildlife!

This was a waste of money, time and effort. Such a shame because it has great potential.

Skrevet 7. februar 2020
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