We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
$25 Amazon.com Gift Card Get yours when you book a hotel on TripAdvisor and review your stay!

Pichavaram Mangrove Forest

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: | Uppanaru River, Pichavaram, Chidambaram, India

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 186 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 94
  • 74
    Very good
  • 12
  • 2
  • 0
Calm and beautiful

We took a row boat for 4(row boats can only go deep in the forest) for 550 INR. The boatman was expecting some tips(as expected) and was rowing very slowly. Once we discussed... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Chennai (Madras), India
Add Photo Write a Review

186 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 182: English reviews
Chennai (Madras), India
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We took a row boat for 4(row boats can only go deep in the forest) for 550 INR. The boatman was expecting some tips(as expected) and was rowing very slowly. Once we discussed and decided on the tips, he started rowing faster; so negotiate on the tip asap after you get into the boat to make best use of the... More 

Thank ssshobhankumar
Level Contributor
18 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I with my wife visited Chidambaram on the Day of Shiv ratri in Mercedes first weak. The Nataraja temple is one of is kind in the World. From Chidambaram we will go to Pichavaram on the way to Pondicherry, which is only 12km from Chidambaram. It is better to start early morning, because when Sun go up, Sea or Backwaters... More 

Thank vishnukul09
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A good boating place but you should plan to have a boat with you which is meant for 6 people not costly. Once you are in the boat can negotiate for a better deal.

Thank 718vijay
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went with family including 2 kids under 7 years. There was lot of exitement but after taking a motor boat our exitement was zero...its just a boat ride...nothing else no birds and animals sights. But yes the scenery was good for a photo shoot.

Thank Deepa_sahu
Level Contributor
24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Pichavaram Mangrove is the 3rd largest in the world. Not only does it provide a habitat for diverse biology, according to the boatman, it protected the villagers when the South Asia tsunami hit. We saw a fox from afar, many birds, dragonflies.... The Mangrove is a feast to the senses. The scenery and sounds of different birds. Make sure... More 

1 Thank Janet T
Kathmandu Valley, Nepal
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited this forest on June, 2016. Very quite and perfect place to find out inner peace. Golden Globe inside Aurovilla was a great architectural area that i visited here.

Thank geeksagar
Level Contributor
3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was very nice, calm and beautiful. We recommend to visit in the early morning hours, before ten, to avoid the crowds and hot sun. The boats are available from 8:00 AM to 06:00 PM. We were a party of four people who took the one hour/one Km ride around the Mangrove forest. The boat charge came around 280... More 

Thank Rajesh S
Bilimora, India
Level Contributor
179 reviews
147 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Its location is 13 km from chidambaram. Local tamil government buses are available every 30 minutes. Auto charged 500 rupee including 1 hour waiting for boating. Pichavaram is big mangroves forests. Nature lovers must visit. I love it very much. For charges rate for boats i uploaded photo.

1 Thank Shreekant P
New Delhi, India
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

This place is located near Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu. We visited with family. As I heard this mangrove forest is the second largest in the world after the Sunarbans in West Bengal. Entry and parking fee is Rs.50 while boat charges are different according to the seating capacity and divided into category of row boat and motor boat. If you really... More 

1 Thank ge0rgemic
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
Level Contributor
10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

We visited the Pichavaram Mangroves while visiting Pondicherry. Boats include one that takes visitors through the mangrove to a secluded beach and back. We couldn't avail the same because of time constraints. Hence will advice everyone to visit early morning. The other include a motor boat that takes you around the mangrove and asks for INR 200 extra for going... More 

7 Thank DebaSen

Travelers who viewed Pichavaram Mangrove Forest also viewed

Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu
Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu
Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu

Been to Pichavaram Mangrove Forest? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Pichavaram Mangrove Forest and other visitors
4 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (4)

Questions? Get answers from Pichavaram Mangrove Forest staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?