A serene island located far off from cities, Pichavaram is famous for the mangrove forests. Pichavaram has the distinction of being the second largest mangrove forest in the world. Take a boat or a canoe and paddle the lanes between the mangroves, and feel secluded from the rest of the world.
On stepping foot outside the district of Cuddalore, one could find himself/herself caught amid the stupefying beauty of bunch of mango trees spread across the water body. If you had watched Kamal Hassan’s blockbuster hit “Kallai mattum kandaal” song in “Dasavathaaram” movie never would you resist the urge to jot a plan for the forest in Pichavaram.
Pichavaram, a tiny torpid hamlet which is just about 250 KM away from Chennai is recognized by the second largest Mangrove Forest in the world and boating in the island adds beauty to one’s trip. Rhizophora and Avicennia are the two widely distributed tree species throughout the forest. Visiting the island in between November and January is ideal for bird seeing. Situated in between two estuaries namely Vellar and Coolerine, it is an extraordinaire place for water sports such as Kayaking, rowing, and canoeing.
The boatmen who offer ride are friendly and innocent. Row boats are most preferred than the motor boats as it would avail us to delve and go to the interior parts of the mangroves and it takes 2 to 2.30 hrs for a round. The depth of the water is three feet, not-so-dangerous to perform stunts but it is advisable not to venture as the water is muddy. The rich water species such as pied kingfishers, dolphins, sea otters, crabs, and silver hued fishes adds beauty to the vacation tour.
The dawn festival attracts multitudes of tourists to witness the fest. The features of the festival are observing the fishing style of Irula tribes, folk and traditional music shows, sea food dinner, and bird watch and boat ride early in the morning.
The place is accessible by road from Chidambaram, bus from Pondicherry and a four hour drive from Chennai.
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