is located at a distance of 16-km from
Chidambaram and 75-km to the
south from Pondicherry
. It ranks among the most exquisite scenic spot with abundant and varied
tourism resources. The backwaters, which are interconnected by the Vallar
and Coleroon system, offer abundant scope for water
sports - rowing, kayaking and canoeing.
A Natural Bliss
The Pichavaram forest not only offer waterscape and backwater cruises but combines another very rare occurrence- the mangrove forest trees permanently rooted in a few feet of water. The Pichavaram mangroves are considered among the healthiest mangrove occurrence in the world.
Pichavaram consists of a number of islands interspersing a vast expanse of water and covered with green trees. The area is about 2800 acres and is separated from the sea by a sand bar, which is a patch of extraordinary loveliness. To a botanist, rare species like Avicennia and Rhizophora will present a special attraction; to a zoologist, no doubt, the sight of numerous birds like Water snipes, Cormorants, Egrets, Storks, Herons, Spoonbills and Pelicans holds great interest.
TTD offers boating facilities to the visiting tourists. Pichavaram can be visited at any time of the year.
Air: The nearest airport is at
Rail: The nearest railway station is at Chidambaram, which is on the Chennai Tiruchirappalli main line, between +Villuppuram and Thanjavur and is well connected by rail with Trichy, Madurai, Chennai, etc.
Road: Bus routes connect Chidambaram to various places in Tamil Nadu like Thanjavur, Madurai, Chennai, Thanjavur, Kumbakonam, Nagapattinam, etc. From Chidambaram there are regular buses to Pichavaram.
TTD'S Aringar Anna Tourist complex houses, cottages, youth hostels and a restaurant cater to the needs of tourists.