Best time to visit the Mangrove Forests
Winters are best from December to January as the forest plays host to countless migratory birds.
Summers should be avoided as it's extremely hot & humid.
How to Reach the Mangrove Forests
Air: Nearest airport is at Tiruchirappalli which is 170 km from Chidambaram
Rail: Nearest rail is at Chidambaram and then one can hire taxi or take a public bus to Pichavaram
Road: Pichavaram is well connected by road with Chidambaram. One plan a trip from Chennai, Pondicherry through car, cabs or can a catch state buses which is available every hour between Chidambaram and Pichavaram.
Where to Stay
There are not many options to stay although one can check forest department guest lodge, Pichavaram Adventure Resort or can find more suitable accommodation options in the temple town of Chidambaram or french captial of India- Pondicherry. Its best to club it with the weekend getaway to Pondicherry or just a day trip.
Boating, Paddling and Bird watching.
Boat trips are available from 09:00 am to 06:00pm but day time can be very hot so go for either an early morning or a late evening boating trip. Also, if you wish to explore the narrow canals then row boats are better instead of motorboats.