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  • Writer's pictureKarthik Nagappan

Exploring Pichavaram : Tamil Nadu's Enchanted Mangrove Paradise

Updated: Nov 25, 2023

Curled up in the coastal beauty of Tamil Nadu, Pichavaram is an unspoiled gem that beckons travelers with its mystical charm. This unexplored wonderland is a tapestry of mangrove forests, pristine beaches, and thrilling adventure sports. In this comprehensive guide, we invite you to embark on a journey through Pichavaram, uncovering its natural splendor, diverse experiences, and the best places to stay near this ecological marvel.


A serene view of Pichavaram Mangrove forests
A serene view of Pichavaram Mangrove forests




Two attractions of Chidambaram Tamil Nadu

Think about tourism in Chidambaram two things will come to mind, The divinity of the Nataraja temple and the serenity of the Pichavaram mangrove forests.


Chidambaram Nataraja Temple

Located 2km from Chidambaram Railway station is the Nataraja temple. Once you enter the shrine of Lord Shiva, who is sitting looking at the sky from the beginning, the open space will be a spiritual sight. Sivagama Sundari Amman gives a spectacle to be seen by those who are absent and those who are inside.Only here is the sanctum facing south. Except for the sanctum sanctorum, whichever door one enters, it faces the sky.



A breathtaking view of Chidambaram Nataraja Temple
A breathtaking view of Chidambaram Nataraja Temple

The roof of the sanctum sanctorum with its nine doors was decorated with 21,000 gold tiles. The spiritual experience of the temple in the wide open with nature will gently caress our heart and give us new inspiration. Daily darshan timings 6:00 AM - 12:30 PM, 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM.


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Pichavaram: A Natural Marvel


Pichavaram, located near the town of Chidambaram, is renowned for its intricate network of mangrove forests. This coastal expanse is known as the "second largest mangrove forest in the world," making it a haven for nature enthusiasts and eco-tourists.


Pichavaram Mangrove Forest

The Pichavaram mangrove ecosystem is a mesmerizing labyrinth of waterways, with intertwined roots of various mangrove species. Explore this enchanting maze on a serene boat ride to witness the vibrant birdlife and marine creatures that call this place home



An enchanting mangrove maze at the Pichavaram Mangrove forests
An enchanting mangrove maze at the Pichavaram Mangrove forests


30 mins (18 kms) drive from the Chidambaram Natraja temple is located the Pichavaram Mangrove forests. If you are by road the best route is to take the East coast road from Chennai enroute Pondicherry, Cuddalore and reach Chidambaram.

Motor boat, rowing boat rides are available at Pichavaram. It will cost Rs.800 for a 40-minute ride in a motor boat for 8 people, and Rs.400 for a 1-hour ride in a paddle boat for 4 people. Boat trips are available daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.



Tourists enjoy an enchanting boat ride at the Pichavaram Mangrove forests
Tourists enjoy an enchanting boat ride at the Pichavaram Mangrove forests


The motorboat tears through the water without swaying. The sound of the boat's engine is incessant, and the vast expanse of water and the mangroves stretch as far as the eye can see.If you gaze at the sky, your mind wanders in the world of silence. The ride on the paddle boat was magical. It's like taking an adventure into a cross-alley. When the paddle enters and exits the water, the 'clunk' sound is heard consistently.



A motorboat tears through the water at the Pichavaram Mangrove Forests
A motorboat tears through the water at the Pichavaram Mangrove Forests


The fortress of roots raised by the mangrove forests hides the passage of water and leaves us in awe. We have to watch out for the extension of the thick mangrove plant roots without poking the eye. 2 to 3 feet above the water depth to add foliage by spreading the branches without drooping the roots. Hundreds of red crabs can be seen walking in the shallows adjacent to the roots. Touch them and they will hide inside the arch.Another wonder here is that the roots of some plants emerge from the water and breathe air like humans. This trip can be done up to the extent permitted by the forest department.


Pichavaram Beach

Apart from its mangroves, Pichavaram boasts a picturesque beach offering tranquillity and breathtaking views of the Bay of Bengal. It's a perfect spot for relaxing and unwinding.



View of the beach near Pichavaram mangrove forests
View of the beach near Pichavaram mangrove forests


Hotels Near Pichavaram

Hotel Tamil Nādu Pichavaram


A view of Hotel Tamil Nadu in Pichavaram that's run by Tamil Nadu tourism
A view of Hotel Tamil Nadu in Pichavaram that's run by Tamil Nadu tourism

This Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation hotel offers a range of rooms and cottages. Located in close proximity to Pichavaram, it provides convenience and comfortable stays.


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Hotels in Chidambaram

If you prefer to stay in Chidambaram, you'll find a variety of hotels and guesthouses. Chidambaram is well-connected to Pichavaram and serves as a great base for exploration.


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Adventure Sports in Pichavaram

Pichavaram is not just about tranquil boat rides and serene beach strolls; it offers adventure enthusiasts a taste of excitement. Here are some adventure sports you can enjoy:


Kayaking


A tourist having a great time Kayaking at the Pichavaram Mangrove forests
A tourist having a great time Kayaking at the Pichavaram Mangrove forests

Explore the intricate mangrove waterways on a kayak, paddling through narrow channels, and experiencing the thrill of adventure. Canoeing

Navigate the dense mangroves in a canoe, immersing yourself in the natural beauty while engaging in a physical challenge. Bird Watching


Bird watching at the Pichavaram Mangrove forests
Bird watching at the Pichavaram Mangrove forests

The mangrove forests are a paradise for bird watchers. Bring your binoculars and camera to capture the vibrant birdlife that thrives here. Fishing


fishing in full swing at the Pichavaram Mangrove forests
fishing in full swing at the Pichavaram Mangrove forests

Pichavaram is a great spot for fishing. Join local fishermen to learn the ropes or try your hand at catching some fish.


Pichavaram Boat House


Rate card displayed at the Pichavaram boat house
Rate card displayed at the Pichavaram boat house

The Pichavaram Boat House is the gateway to your mangrove adventure. From here, you can hire a boat or canoe to explore the intricate waterways of the mangrove forest. The boat house offers guided tours, ensuring you make the most of your visit. You can choose from different types of boats, including rowboats and motorboats, depending on your preferences and the experience you seek.


Mangrove Forest Reviews

If you're looking for reviews and experiences from other travelers, you'll find many positive testimonials about Pichavaram's mangrove forest. Visitors often praise the serene boat rides, the rich biodiversity of the mangroves, and the stunning landscapes. The area's tranquillity and natural beauty are frequently highlighted, making it an ideal destination for nature lovers and photographers.


A must visit destination to connect with nature

Pichavaram in Tamil Nadu is a destination that invites travelers to connect with nature, explore its enchanting mangrove forests, and enjoy a range of adventure activities. With comfortable accommodations nearby, including Hotel Tamilnadu Pichavaram, and the cultural delights of Chidambaram, it's a perfect destination for those seeking a unique blend of nature, adventure, and culture. Make your way to this hidden gem and experience the magic of Pichavaram for yourself.


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