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Old Feb 7, 2014, 9:51 PM   #1
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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.
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Old Feb 7, 2014, 10:39 PM   #2
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Beautiful Photos and place.
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Thanks for sharing these beautiful places of unspoilt and serene nature!
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Looks like a place you could easily get lost in.
Great series, thanks for showing us another part of the world.

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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.
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What a fascinating place and captured so well
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Thank you, Darren. It was an interesting trip, and I enjoyed testing the FZ200 there.
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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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