Facts to know about Pichavaram Mangrove Forest
Place: Pichavaram Mangrove Forest
Pichavaram Mangrove Forest is the world's second largest mangrove jungle (the Sundarbans National Park in West Bengal is the largest).
It is spread over nearly 3,000 acres and joins the Bay of Bengal, around six kilometers away, where its separated by a lengthy sand bank. Apparently, the forest has 4,400 big and small canals. The small canals are sun-flecked tunnels of roots and branches, some hanging so low that there's hardly any room to pass through. Except for the swish of paddles, sound of birds, and roar of the sea in the distance, all is silent and still.
How to Get There:
Pichavaram is located around 30 minutes from the temple town of Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu. It's a picturesque drive past paddy fields, villages with colorfully painted houses, traditional style huts with thatched roofs, and women selling fish by the roadside. A taxi will cost around 700 rupees for a return trip. Alternatively, buses run hourly between Chidambaram and Pichavaram, with tickets costing less than 10 rupees. Chidambaram can easily be reached by train in under four hours from Chennai. The nearest airport is in Tiruchirapalli, 170 kilometers from Chidambaram.
How to See It:
Both paddle boats and motor boats, operated by the Tamil Nadu tourism department, take passengers through the mangrove forest daily from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Best time to visit :
November to February