May 25, 2017

Chennai to Pichavaram Mangrove Forest (Via Puducherry, Chidambaram): A Small Trip




We were planning long for pichavaram and finally, we made it.  I will be sharing the approximate expense details, travel time, bus fares, important tips and other miscellaneous things to note.

Number of people: 7 (All from Chennai)

We had earlier discussed that we will be starting from Chennai Koyambedu by 7 AM.
Chennai to Puducherry.

We started by 8 AM from CMBT to Puducherry and we reached Pondy by 12PM.

From there by auto we reached Hotel Pleasant Inn. Auto charge rupees 80 and do not pay more than that. The drivers in the auto stand will charge you 150 rupees.  So take a passing auto.

Below is our planned itinerary

Day
Expense Particualrs
Amount
Place
Notes
Day 1
Tickets
770
Chennai
Starting by 8 or 9

Auto fare to room
160
Pondy Bus stop
Reaching pondy by 1 or 2

2 Rooms
6300
Hotel Pleasant Inn Pondy
 4 beds+ 2 beds + extra bed

Limited Drinks
1000
Room, Pondy


Side dish + Cigars + Misc
500
Room, Pondy


Lunch
700
Room, Pondy
100 rupees per head

Night Moderate Drink
1500
Room, Pondy


Dinner
490
Room, Pondy
70 rupees per head
Day 2
2 Rooms
6300
Hotel Pleasant Inn Pondy
 4 beds+ 2 beds + extra bed

Room to Bus stop auto fare
160
Pondy Bus Stop
Complimentary breakfast / Need to start by 9 or 10 / Light drink from yesterday's micha meethi

Pondy to Chidambaram fare
420
Chidamabram
60 rs per head

Chidambaram to Pitchavaram fare
105
Pitchavaram
15 rs per head

Nungu
100



Mangrove Forest Boating Fare
880
Mangrove forest
4 person - 1 boat - 2 kms

Pitchavaram to Chidamabaram
105
Chidamabram
15 rs per head

Lunch
420
Chidamabram
Lunch at Pitchavaram/Chidamabaram

Chidambaram to Pondy fare
420
Pondy Bus Stop
Have to make sure we are at pondy by 5 or 6

Drinks
3000
Room, Pondy


Side dish + Cigars + Misc
800
Room, Pondy


Bajji
200



Dinner
350
Room, Pondy
Buying very little, as not to waste
Day 3
Pondy to Chennai
770
Chennai
Complimentary breakfast
Drinks
1500
Total
26950
Total Individual Contribution
3850
May - 3000 / June -900


Travelling Time and Fare

From
To
Time
Fare
Chennai
Puducherry
4 HRS
105
Puducherry
Chidambaram
2HRS
45
Chidambaram
Pichavaram
15 MINS
9

(No frequent buses. Buses available half an hour once. Bus fare 9 rs)

Note: If you are boarding from Puducherry to Chidambram, it is best advised to get down on the road connecting the main road and Pichavaram road. This will save you some time.


Pics
A small walk in the waters

Serene boating


Beautiful view of the mangrove

Mangrove Forest

On the way towards the forest
See more pics here

Tips:

  1. Best time visit: Except summer
  2. Saturday and Sunday, you can travel for 1 KM only
  3. Prefer row boat than motor boat
  4. Talk with the boatman, he can take you deep into the forest.
  5. Boating time : 8AM to 5PM