Pichavaram is located near Chidambaram in Cuddalore District, Tamil Nadu, in South India. Pichavaram is just four hours drive from Chennai. The nearest railway station is Chidambaram from where it is accessible by road. Pichavaram has the only Mangroves which were untouched and undisturbed by the tsunami.
Pichavaram is home to the second largest Mangrove forest in the world, and it is one of the unique eco-tourism spots in South India. The backwaters, interconnected by the Vellar and Coleroon river systems, offer abundant scope for water sports such as rowing, kayaking and canoeing. The Pichavaram forest not only offers waterscape and backwater cruises, but also another very rare sight - the mangrove forest trees are permanently rooted in a few feet of water.
The mangroves are spread over 3000 acres with trees rooted in a few feet of water. One of the best ways (or the only way), is to hire a boat and discover the many fascinating water ways. You will encounter hanging branches, dark channels, birds and spiders.
The mangrove forests in Pichavaram is the second largest mangrove forest in the world, located near Chidambaram. Pichavaram consists of a number of islands interspersing a vast expanse of water covered with green trees. The area is about 2,800 acres (11 km) and is separated from the sea by a sand bar which is a patch of extraordinary loveliness.
The Pichavaram mangroves attract an appreciable bird population of residents, local migrants and true migrants. Amongst others, one can view birds like Water snips, Cormorants, Egrets, Storks, Herons, Spoonbills and Pelicans. At the mangroves, so far, 177 species of birds belonging to 15 orders and 41 families have been recorded.
The season for birds is from September to April every year. Peak population of birds could be seen from November to January. This is due to high productive nature (in terms of prey organisms) of the ecosystem and coincidence of the time of arrival of true migrants from foreign countries and local migrants from their breeding grounds across India. The availability of different habitat types such as channels, creeks, gullies, mud flats and sand flats and adjacent sea shore offers ideal habitat for difference species of birds.
Hotels in Pichavaram & Resorts
Saradharam Eco Resort Pichavaram is located in the pristine back drop of the pichavaram mangrove forest with its maze of canals, gorgeous backwaters and silver beaches, Saradharam Eco Resort is one of its kind in Tamilnadu. Be it a romantic sojourn, a business retreat and family-fin holiday, a visit to Saradharam Eco Resort will prove to be an experience so unique.
Reach Pichavaram Tourist Spot
By Air : The nearest air head is Tiruchirapalli, 168 km. from Chidambaram.
By Rail : The Chidambaram railhead connects to Chennai, Kumbakonam, Madurai, Tiruchirapalli and Thanjavur.
By Road : East Coast Road to Pondicherry, Cuddalore Road and then the bypass to Chidambaram, a total of 248 km from Chennai and 357 km from Coimbatore.
The Pichavaram, Tamilnadu India is home to the second largest Mangrove forest in the world. Pichavaram has the only Mangroves which were untouched and undisturbed by the tsunami.
Facilities at Pichavaram
Their is a TTDC Hotel and a snack bar serving meals and Indian Chinese. The TTDC also runs a boat house with options of motor boats and rowing boats available. The boats cost from anywhere from Rs. 300 and Rs. 1200.
Weather at Pichavaram
While the temperature and climate are very similar to Chennai, the almost negligible level of pollution makes the place much more comfortable. Ideal time to visit Pichavaram is November to February.
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