Pichavaram Mangrove Forest
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  • Sameesh
    Bengaluru, India1 contribution
    Awesome mangroves!
    Great place to experience a canoe ride in between the mangroves. A few movies were shot here and is the 2nd largest after Sunderbans. This is couple of hours for pondicherry and will have to set aside a day. You may also experience lunch here at 2 homely places with fish, crab and prawns. Overall a good place for family.
    Visited November 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written March 10, 2023
  • sunshin_p
    Greater Noida, India130 contributions
    Must visit if you are in pondy.
    This is a must visit place to experience back waters like kerala. But be ready to pay in extra cash to driver to take you inside the channels. Take one hour as it's not worth more than that. Near by Light house is a waste. Take a row boat only to enjoy. Motor boat will not take you inside the channels. It take 2-3 hrs to reach this place and the road is really bad.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 31, 2023
  • The_Shouvik
    New Delhi, India72 contributions
    Mangroves - Up close and personal
    On the way back from Tranquebar to Chennai, we stopped over for our much awaited first experience with mangroves. Location: Google Maps is spot on and will take you to the Tourist Information Centre. Tickets: Row Boats (prices vary from INR 400 per person) to Speed Boats (INR 1800 per boat, up to a max of 8 passengers, 2km, 40 minutes). Facilities: There are some food stalls. Rest rooms are reasonably clean. Weekends are crowded. Overall, the whole thing is slightly disorganized, but ultimately you get a boat number and a departure time. You can see mangroves all along the water body, with roots hanging down into the waters. It is quite a beautiful area. If you tip the boatman, he will take you deeper inside, where the mangroves become tunnels or caves. That is an experience. You will need to be careful and duck low to avoid being hit by the low hanging roots. The overall ride was for about an hour and it was truly exciting to go through the mangroves. As a bird photographer, captured a Striated Heron (see photograph), but did not have the right settings for eagles in flight, just as we emerged from the dark tunnels! But such is life for a bird photographer.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 11, 2023
  • am_a_pirate
    3 contributions
    Unimaginable experience
    No need to travel foreign land outside India to have a look of mangrove forest. It's best here. And it gave me a experience which is unimaginable. I had to made some effort to reach that place and it was totally worth it.
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 28, 2023
  • Vrushali1704
    Noida, India20 contributions
    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
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 12, 2023
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Ngwe001
Dublin, Ireland131 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
What has the potential to be a worthwhile experience was in fact underwhelming, boring and frustrating.

Having paid for our boat and then our foreigner fee, our boatman requested 500rupee more to go faster and further into the Mangroves, which of course he didn't do.

We saw a couple of birds fly for their lives from the noise of the 6 boats of school children who were also on the same route. That was it for wildlife!

This was a waste of money, time and effort. Such a shame because it has great potential.

Written February 7, 2020
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The_Shouvik
New Delhi, India72 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
On the way back from Tranquebar to Chennai, we stopped over for our much awaited first experience with mangroves.

Location: Google Maps is spot on and will take you to the Tourist Information Centre.
Tickets: Row Boats (prices vary from INR 400 per person) to Speed Boats (INR 1800 per boat, up to a max of 8 passengers, 2km, 40 minutes).

Facilities: There are some food stalls. Rest rooms are reasonably clean. Weekends are crowded.

Overall, the whole thing is slightly disorganized, but ultimately you get a boat number and a departure time.

You can see mangroves all along the water body, with roots hanging down into the waters. It is quite a beautiful area.

If you tip the boatman, he will take you deeper inside, where the mangroves become tunnels or caves. That is an experience. You will need to be careful and duck low to avoid being hit by the low hanging roots.

The overall ride was for about an hour and it was truly exciting to go through the mangroves. As a bird photographer, captured a Striated Heron (see photograph), but did not have the right settings for eagles in flight, just as we emerged from the dark tunnels! But such is life for a bird photographer.
Written April 12, 2023
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Ravinder
Bengaluru, India57 contributions
Dec 2019
Most underrated place ever and is a must visit. Best of all, we timed it brilliantly from weather and season perspective. This is must go during Nov/Dec timeframe otherwise be ready for getting roasted. I would definitely recommend row boat for the paddle and just pay the guy the extra amount. You will not be disappointed.
Written January 4, 2020
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srinivasanrathinam
Manama, Bahrain8 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
We visited this after visiting Chidambaram temple . Motor boat costs Rs.1800 whether one single person or 8 max . Manual boat cost Rs400. We bought motor boat ride payijg 1800 for two of us but a family of 5 offered to contribute and join us .BBot duration is 40 minutes but boatman asked extra 500 for taking ride to narrow lanes ,shooting spots; but everywhere same spot just mangrove trees and nice ride experience. Better to carry water bottle . Once again mismanaged tourism in terms of pricing, organising, parking etc - same old tendering for parking, ticketing queue . Good pleasure trip for anyone to chill out .

Written May 28, 2022
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gauri9769
Navi Mumbai, India29 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Had a nice pleasant boat ride in this mangrove forest. It is 1.5 to 2 hrs driving distance from Pondicherry.
There are 2 types of boats- Rowboats & Motor boats. Boats are not in the best condition, but not too bad either. Life jackets were provided. Proper ticket counter with fixed prices present. We went in row boat right thru the small waterlanes of the mangroves
Plz note-
1. Go for rowboats. Motorboats cannot enter the narrow water pathways thru the mangroves, they will only circle them. In rowboat, we actually had to duck a couple of times to avoid the branches of mangroves, we were so close!! Got some great clicks.
2. Motor boats have a roof, rowboats do not( probably since they enter into the narrow lanes of mangroves). So be sure to carry glares, caps, sun tan lotion etc.
Overall a nice trip, you can club it with a visit to Nataraj temple in Chidambaram, or a half day trip from Pondy
Written November 21, 2021
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Sekhar
59 contributions
Dec 2020 • Family
Very Nice place, decently developed. Can take either motor boat or row boat. There are different cost depending on the duration of ride. They are sanitizing the jackets, taking safety measures. But apart from boat ticket, u should plan to spend few hundreds extra to give to the boat person so he will take care of well.. Also there is ticket for camera, watch tower. Worth spending couple of hours. Attached the price list
Written December 28, 2020
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yasseriqbalkidwai
New Delhi, India33 contributions
Dec 2020
Travel was safe and nice, it was 1 km inside the Mangrove trees through a manual rowboat. The trip from pondicherry to Pichavam is quite hectic with a broken road. It takes about 5 hours from Chennai for a distance of 220 km. However, it is all worth it once you reach Pichavaram. Seafood is good in local restaurants.
Written December 30, 2020
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dr_tanvi
Ahmedabad District, India130 contributions
May 2022
While entering this place for ticket I was in Big doubt as that place was not maintained by tourism, No cleanliness and overpriced ticket for boating....but after entering Mangrove forest I forgot all my complaints....again as read in earlier reviews the boatman asked for extra money if we want to go further (I can't understand that almost all reviewers write this still there is no action from Govt or Tourism Dept there. The walk on board track was damaged...The nature has given boon to this place but due to mismanagement and typical human behaviour make you to return with bitterness even after visiting such amazing place
Written May 30, 2022
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Vrushali1704
Noida, India20 contributions
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.

sunshin_p
Greater Noida, India130 contributions
Mar 2023 • Family
This is a must visit place to experience back waters like kerala. But be ready to pay in extra cash to driver to take you inside the channels. Take one hour as it's not worth more than that. Near by Light house is a waste. Take a row boat only to enjoy. Motor boat will not take you inside the channels.

It take 2-3 hrs to reach this place and the road is really bad.
Written March 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.

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