Pichavaram Mangrove Forest
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  • Vrushali1704
    Noida, India
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome Mangrove Tour
    Breathtaking views of the mangroves. Enjoy a 40 minute boat ride, gentle splash of the water along the boat side, absorb the serenity of these silent sentinels of the sea coast. The State Tourism board has a streamlined efficient system. Enjoy a scrumptious meal at Hotel Mangrove 2 km away.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written July 12, 2023
  • 4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pichawaram worth visiting Mangrove forest but dont fall into trap of local food served there by women around there.
    Take a row boat for better experience of the place. They are for Rs 400 for 4 people for 1hr. The boatman will ask if you want to go extra and will charge extra 300 for it. Go coz the scenery is best in those parts. Now after you come out your taxi driver will take you to eat local seafood. But don’t don’t go to eat there. They are cheaters. In the name of fish curry they will give a inch of fish tail and prawn curry is one small button in some plates and none in some. Had very bad experience. One thin sliched piece of king fish fry was for Rs 190 🤣 even exotic seafood restaurants won’t charge that much. Also the driver put his lunch in our bill. So don’t don’t don’t eat there. Move out and eat outside anywhere.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written December 7, 2023
  • smriti14
    New Delhi, India
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit - Beautiful experience
    Would highly recommend . Simply beautiful and mesmerising experience . We were in twominds whether to make the effort of 2 hours car ride from Pondicherry; I would say it’s totally worth it. Here are some tips : 1. Definitely go for row boat option and NOT the motor boat option. The row boat explores deeper parts ; there is no noise of motor ; you will be able to hear the silence and chirping of birds if on row boat . 2. The rowing people are making lots of effort . They will offer to take you into deeper parts of the mangroves . Should definitely go for that offer . It will add 20 mins to your ride ; getting to unbelievable sections of mangroves . We paid 500 bucks for that additional experience and felt it was worth it ; especially the time spent to reach there . 3. Get there early . It will let you get you first set of boats and you can enjoy the boat ride without the harsh sun . We got there by 8:40 am and there was already a small queue . They start selling tickets by around 8:50 am . We got the first set of boats and were back by 10 am and sun was not harsh till then .
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written December 30, 2023
  • Mohit Choudhary
    Bengaluru, India
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lush green mangrove forests with lots of canopies
    Today, I traveled to the mangrove forest popularly known as Pichawaram Forest. I traveled from Pondicherry and there are two ways to travel to the forest: First - By taking public bus from New Bus Stand to Chidambram Forest (Rs 100 per person) and then booking auto from Chidambaram bus stand to the forest. (Rs 800 both side including waiting charge) Second - By renting a cab (Rs 3000 around trip) We hired a row boat which is actually recommended since it will go to inner areas and deep forest where motor boats can’t go. The boat charges is Rs 450 per boat. However, rower will ask for extra Rs 500 for going to deep forest which is actually the main part of the boating. It’s actually a scenic ride with lush green forest, mesmerising trees, large canopies, water animals and lots of fun. The best part of the trip is the deep forest ride which the rower will go only after taking Rs 500 extra charge and its totally worth it. I will recommend to go for it!!!!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written February 10, 2024
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    we had a WOW Experience.
    we had a joy trip for 3 days , on the way to chidambaram ,we visited this place taken a boat for us since we 6 of them. we had WOW experience , had feel that we are in some other country. chill water , nice brieeze .we had a 1.20 mts trip enjoyed very well.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written February 22, 2024
  • Smeeta G
    Mumbai, India
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pichavaran mangroves
    Very serene . 2nd largest mangroves next to Sundarbans in india. 15kms from Chidambaram. Timngs 9am to 4p. Go early to avoid Queues. Basic toilet facilities.TTDC has boating rowboat,motor boat options. Take the row boat as estuaries are narrow and these can manoeuvre not motor boats. Row boats take you deeper into the mangroves too for an extra charge. Water depth is 2 metres . Popular location for south indian film shooting.There are restaurants with veg ,sea food options.prawn and shell fishing done here.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 8, 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
It's an Amazing day,the first day in mangrove forest is memorable experience and the person Veera parthivan ,he so cool and so friendly,,must go place 😃
Written May 15, 2024
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Smeeta G
Mumbai, India
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Very serene . 2nd largest mangroves next to Sundarbans in india. 15kms from Chidambaram. Timngs 9am to 4p. Go early to avoid Queues. Basic toilet facilities.TTDC has boating rowboat,motor boat options. Take the row boat as estuaries are narrow and these can manoeuvre not motor boats. Row boats take you deeper into the mangroves too for an extra charge. Water depth is 2 metres . Popular location for south indian film shooting.There are restaurants with veg ,sea food options.prawn and shell fishing done here.

Written May 8, 2024
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Awesome experience but the place can be developed a bit more for food options for teb tourists. The staff seems to be a little laidback and the live jackets need to be cleaned and repaired. The place seems unexplored and unpopular. It's magestic and pretty awesome. The government should make it better!
Written March 8, 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
we had a joy trip for 3 days , on the way to chidambaram ,we visited this place taken a boat for us since we 6 of them. we had WOW experience , had feel that we are in some other country. chill water , nice brieeze .we had a 1.20 mts trip enjoyed very well.
Written February 23, 2024
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Mohit Choudhary
Bengaluru, India
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Today, I traveled to the mangrove forest popularly known as Pichawaram Forest.

I traveled from Pondicherry and there are two ways to travel to the forest:
First - By taking public bus from New Bus Stand to Chidambram Forest (Rs 100 per person) and then booking auto from Chidambaram bus stand to the forest. (Rs 800 both side including waiting charge)

Second - By renting a cab (Rs 3000 around trip)

We hired a row boat which is actually recommended since it will go to inner areas and deep forest where motor boats can’t go. The boat charges is Rs 450 per boat. However, rower will ask for extra Rs 500 for going to deep forest which is actually the main part of the boating.

It’s actually a scenic ride with lush green forest, mesmerising trees, large canopies, water animals and lots of fun. The best part of the trip is the deep forest ride which the rower will go only after taking Rs 500 extra charge and its totally worth it. I will recommend to go for it!!!!
Written February 10, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

smriti14
New Delhi, India
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Would highly recommend . Simply beautiful and mesmerising experience . We were in twominds whether to make the effort of 2 hours car ride from Pondicherry; I would say it’s totally worth it. Here are some tips :

1. Definitely go for row boat option and NOT the motor boat option. The row boat explores deeper parts ; there is no noise of motor ; you will be able to hear the silence and chirping of birds if on row boat .
2. The rowing people are making lots of effort . They will offer to take you into deeper parts of the mangroves . Should definitely go for that offer . It will add 20 mins to your ride ; getting to unbelievable sections of mangroves . We paid 500 bucks for that additional experience and felt it was worth it ; especially the time spent to reach there .
3. Get there early . It will let you get you first set of boats and you can enjoy the boat ride without the harsh sun . We got there by 8:40 am and there was already a small queue . They start selling tickets by around 8:50 am . We got the first set of boats and were back by 10 am and sun was not harsh till then .
Written December 31, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Take a row boat for better experience of the place. They are for Rs 400 for 4 people for 1hr. The boatman will ask if you want to go extra and will charge extra 300 for it. Go coz the scenery is best in those parts. Now after you come out your taxi driver will take you to eat local seafood. But don’t don’t go to eat there. They are cheaters. In the name of fish curry they will give a inch of fish tail and prawn curry is one small button in some plates and none in some. Had very bad experience. One thin sliched piece of king fish fry was for Rs 190 🤣 even exotic seafood restaurants won’t charge that much. Also the driver put his lunch in our bill. So don’t don’t don’t eat there. Move out and eat outside anywhere.
Written December 8, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

luckyprati
Chennai (Madras), India
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Beautiful but underdeveloped and not tourist friendly and not promoted as well. This can be showcased more to attract more tourists.
Written August 5, 2023
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Wonderful experience at nature sight. Experiencing first hand the mangrove forest and its surrounding is one of its kind. The travel here is rather challenging.
Govt needs to look into this.
Written August 5, 2023
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Vrushali1704
Noida, India
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Breathtaking views of the mangroves. Enjoy a 40 minute boat ride, gentle splash of the water along the boat side, absorb the serenity of these silent sentinels of the sea coast. The State Tourism board has a streamlined efficient system. Enjoy a scrumptious meal at Hotel Mangrove 2 km away.
Written July 12, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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