Pichavaram is on the Bay of Bengal coast in Cuddalore district of Tamilnadu state, India, and the second largest mangrove forest in the world is found here.
Pichavaram Mangrove Forests, spread over an area of around 1100 Hectares, has mangrove trees which are rooted, all through the year in feet(s) of water. The Mangrove forest is separated from the Bay of Bengal waters by sand bars. There are many islands inside the Pichavaram Mangrove Forests.
Situated in between the Vellar estuary in the north and Coleroon estuary in the south, Pichavaram Mangrove Forest on the Killai backwaters, offers one of the best experience for a tourist. You can go for boating in the backwaters or deep inside the forests. You may also go for canoeing, kayaking or rowing. Tourists can also go to the viewing tower and enjoy the beauty of the forest.
Pichavaram Mangrove Forest and its surrounding areas have resisted the devastating Tsunami in 2004. These forests are very helpful in maintaining the shell, finfish and many other species and are home to many birds including migratory birds. 177 species of birds were found in the this Mangrove Forest. November to January are the months when maximum number of migratory birds visits this Mangrove Forests.
How do I Go to Pichavaram Mangrove Forest?
Pichavaram Mangrove Forest is at a distance of around 15 kilometers from Chidambaram town. Chidambaram railway station with station code “CDM”, is the nearest railway station to Pichavaram forest.
Pichavaram Mangrove Forest is at a distance of around 220 kilometers from Chennai, the capital of Tamilnadu state. Pondichery town is at around 70 kilometers from Pichavaram forests. Trichy city is at around 160 kilometers distance from Pichavaram Mangrove Forests.