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Raghu Feb 7, 2014 9:51 PM

Pichavaram mangrove forest
The mangrove forest in Pichavaram, near Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, is the second largest in the world, after Sundarbans in Bengal. The thick growth in some 1,000+ hectares in the Killai backwaters between Vellar and Coleroon estuaries, permanently rooted in only a few feet of water, is a popular picnic spot. Thousands of narrow passage ways have been made to take visitors through, offering a sudden out-of-the-world scene within a few minutes of boat ride. Glad to share a few photos:

The first view as you get near the mangroves:

Wider waterways intially:

Gradually leading into narrower lanes:

With space for just one boat to row,

traffic jams can happen here too:

You come across natives fishing for a living, old as they may be:

Or a young man squatting (yes, he is stting!) patiently to catch shrimp:

Occasionally you get to see other people too:

Birds are there, big and small:

Crossing the mangrove stretch,you hit the beach

So desolate there is no one but us and the boatman. This is my wife and son.

Hope you like these. C&C welcome.

lisalonewolf Feb 7, 2014 10:39 PM

Beautiful Photos and place.

catalex54 Feb 8, 2014 1:16 AM

Thanks for sharing these beautiful places of unspoilt and serene nature!

blkms Feb 8, 2014 2:13 AM

Looks like a place you could easily get lost in.
Great series, thanks for showing us another part of the world. :)


Raghu Feb 8, 2014 9:09 AM

Lisa, Alex & Mike: So glad you all liked the photos and the place. Though I live comparatively near the place and have heard of it many times, it has taken a long time for me to finally make it, and i am glad I made it at least now! Thanks for your appreciation.

Forzahibs Feb 9, 2014 12:47 PM

What a fascinating place and captured so well

Raghu Feb 10, 2014 11:19 AM

Thank you, Darren. It was an interesting trip, and I enjoyed testing the FZ200 there.

John J Feb 11, 2014 6:04 PM

A very interesting series Raghu, I am glad you eventually got there !
I am glad you found your way out of the thousands of passage ways :)
The FZ200 is doing very well.

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