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Day Trip to Pichavaram Mangrove Forest and Thillai Nataraja Temple in Chidambaram from Pondicherry with lunch

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What to Expect
You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and driven to the village of Pichavaram that is situated at a distance of 40 miles from Pondicherry.

Upon reaching Pichavaram, you will be taken for a boat ride on the waters of the  mangrove forest that join the Bay of Bengal. There are around 20 different varieties of trees in the mangrove forest. The forest is spread over a diverse range of habitats - channels, creeks, gullies, mud flats and sand flats - and is home to over 200 species of birds. Among the birds seen here are Snipes, Cormorants, Egrets, Storks, Herons, Spoonbills and Pelicans. Many varieties of seaweed, fish, prawns, crabs, oysters, turtles, and otters can also to be seen here.

After the tour of the mangrove forest, drive over to the town of Chidambaram, an half an hour’s drive away. Once in Chidambaram, visit the ancient 10th century Nataraja Temple, one of the few temples in India where God Shiva is worshipped in his dancing form called Nataraja. The huge temple complex is spread over 50 acres and has shrines dedicated to a few more Gods as well, among them are Devi, Vishnu, Surya, Ganesha and Nandi.

Next enjoy lunch (beverage excluded) at a local restaurant.

After lunch you will be driven back to Pondicherry and dropped off at your hotel
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Important Information
Departure Point
Your hotel in the city of Pondicherry
Departure Time
8:30 AM
Return Details
Same as departure location
  • Transport by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Lunch (beverage excluded)
  • 02 bottles of mineral water per person
  • Lunch
  • Bottled water
  • Food or drink, unless specified
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers.
  • Not recommended for pregnant women and people with back problems.
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops are allowed. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women.
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved. Comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen and hats are highly recommended
  • Temple visit timings are 06:00 a.m. to 12 :00 Noon in the morning and 05:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the evening.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


Key Details
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Instant confirmation
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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