Located in the Cuddalore district, Pichavaram is a beautiful place tucked away in the mangrove forests and backwaters of Tamil Nadu. It is famous amongst tourists for its mangrove forest, which is located in-between Vellar and Coleroon estuaries and is a treat to savour.
If you are looking for a hidden beauty away from the crowds of common tourists, then Pichavaram is the place where you should be this season. Even though it is least visited during the summer season, it is still a beauty which can be enjoyed anytime during a year, especially by adventure lovers, as there is a lot to explore in the backwaters of Pichavaram. Read on to know more about this beautiful destination.
Best Time To Visit Pichavaram
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Pichavaram is a year-round destination for all adventure seekers and nature lovers. However, during the summer season, the humidity level rises above the mean level, thereby, making the atmosphere hot and humid. Hence, it is not a preferable choice for tourists during the summers. The best time to visit Pichavaram is from September until the end of February.
Mangrove Forests Of Pichavaram
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Pichavaram is famous amongst tourists and travellers for its mangrove forest, which is considered to be the second largest of them all in the world. Spread across 1100 hectares over several islands, the mangrove forest of Pichavaram is one of the rarest beauties in India, which you shouldn't miss as this wondrous beauty gives more than 400 water routes, where you can go boating, fishing and do a lot of recreational activities.
The area of this beautiful forest is also rich in avifauna and hence, you can also spot a lot of colourful birds chirping all around and nesting in the region. More than 177 species of birds have been recorded till date, which include pelicans, spoonbills, snipes and storks. Isn't it a wonderful place to witness the majesty of nature amid forests, backwaters and wildlife?
Things To Do In And Around Pichavaram
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Apart from visiting its mangrove forest and capturing its scenic beauty and photogenic frames, you can also go for several adventurous and fun-filled activities in its backwaters surrounding the mangrove forest. The major activities which can be done here include kayaking, boating, fishing, canoeing and rowing. So, how about getting adventurous in the backwaters of Pichavaram this season? Pichavaram is also a weekend destination for birdwatchers.
How To Reach Pichavaram
By Air: Pondicherry Airport is the nearest airport from Pichavaram at a distance of around 75 km. Once you have reached the airport, you can either hire a cab directly to Pichavaram or you can take a bus to Chidambaram and then from there, a cab to Pichavaram.
By Rail: The nearest railway station from Pichavaram is located at Chidambaram at a distance of about 20 km. However, you will need a boat from the last road near Pichavaram to reach its mangrove forest.
By Road: Pichavaram is well connected to nearby cities and towns by road. However, there are certain areas of its mangrove forest and other islands which can only be accessed by boats and ferries.