Pitchavaram Mangrove Forests

Cuddalore is a pretty small district in Tamil Nadu having Bay of Bengal as its border on east. The smell of dried fish and the humid air sets Cuddalore as the best example of Indian coastal land.


Though being a small district, it too has some noteworthy places to spend our leisure time. This small city has one of the treasures of India “one of the world’s largest mangrove forests”. This remarkable place is definitely worth the visit.


Between Vellar and coleroon estuaries is the world second largest mangrove forest ‘the Pichavaram mangrove Forest’. It is a spectacular sight to see the lush trees arousing out the water and spread their green umbrella over the sea. This forest is a safe haven for lots of endangered species and this rare beauty attracts many tourists.

This colossal mangrove forest sprawls across an area of 1,100 hectares and ends at Bay of Bengal. Approximately this forest has some amazing 50 islands. The cruise through this amazing forest will leave you spell bound. The whole canal is dotted all side with mangrove forest, tunnels of roots and branches. It is surely a daring trip to take.


Cruise in these narrow canals witness all rare types of plants and trees will be surely an adventurous entertainment. Though this forest got devastated in the 2004 cyclone that hit Tamilnadu banks, it still maintains it beauty. Take your family to this amazing place for this vacation and enjoy.

Best time to visit

Pitchavaram mangrove forest can be visited any time of the year. The best time to visit this place will be the months of January to June.

Way To Reach :

By Air - There no airport in Cuddalore, the nearest airport will be Chennai from where you have to take a bus or taxi to reach Cuddalore.

By Rail - There a lot of local travels from all cities to Cuddalore, it will take 4 hours to reach Cuddalore from Chennai via ECR road.

By Road - Trains are available for Cuddalore from Chennai, Madurai and Trichy. It is 5 hours – 6 hours travel.