Pichavaram Tourism & Travel Guide

Pichavaram in Tamil Nadu offers a rare sight – mangrove trees permanently rooted in a few feet of water. Together these thousands of trees make up the world's second largest mangrove forest, a spectacle that draws several tourists here every month. To get a closer look, backwater cruises are available and there are more than 400 routes that can be traversed on a boat. Your heartbeat is sure to increase as you penetrate further into the channels of the mangroves. Though it is quite exciting, it can also be risky, for sometimes the boats get stuck in the mud beneath. The playful shades of blue and green, light and dark will keep you glued to this magical topography for hours. The backwaters are interconnected with the Vellar and Coleroon rivers, making it a great spot for rowing, canoeing and kayaking. You can witness a large number of migratory birds on your boat ride, especially if you travel during winter. This includes cormorants, snipes, storks, herons, egrets, spoonbills and pelicans. Besides the forest, Pichavaram is also popular for the Dawn Fest. Organised every year, this is a great event to enjoy folk songs and performances on floating stages, fishing by Irula tribes and yoga too. Pichavaram is easily accessible from Chennai and Pondicherry, which makes it ideal for a day or weekend trip.

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Pichavaram is simply stunning and was one of the biggest highlight of our trip and we were thankful that we visited this place as initially we had a debate whether we should visit Pichavaram or not as it is very far and we might loose on visiting some good places in Pondicherry....

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The NH32 highway to Pichavaram is straight and in good condition....

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Weekend Getaways from Pichavaram  

Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,June,October,November,December
Bangalore or Bengaluru, also known as the Silicon valley of India, will greet you with dreamy weather, Carnatic fusion melodies, a signature breakfast of masala dosa and filter coffee, and notorious traffic. Bangalore serves as a comfortable cohabitation of tradition and modernisation that can be seen throughout the places to visit in the city, with throngs of vibrant Kannada temples coexisting with budding start-ups. Travel to Bangalore city for the lively cafes, quirky shops and a fascinating contemporary culture. Visit classic attractions such as the Bangalore castle known for its Tudor-style architecture and Tipu Sultan’s summer palace that dates back to the 17th century. To get your art fix in Bengaluru, you could head to the fascinating Venkatappa Art Gallery. One of the more popular things to do in Bangalore city is to take a walk through the green spaces of the 19th century old Cubbon Park, that were once the reason why Bangalore was known as the Garden City. Bengaluru’s Vidhana Soudha, the Neo-Dravidian granite palace is also must visit places for the architecture aficionados. Tourists can head to Bengaluru’s much revered Mavalli Tiffin Rooms (MTR), for authentic south Indian food and Toit’s, the brick-walled microbrewery for a cold beer.


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