Pitchavaram, India, 2nd largest mangrove forest in the world

Pitchavaram has the second largest mangrove forest in the world. It is an ecosystem which sustains a wide variety of flora and fauna, birds, snakes, snails…………..and human beings (the mangroves protect against tidal waves and tsunamis!!).
There is vast expanse of evergreen shrubs and trees, which remain permanently immersed in the water. There are islands and waterways, ideal for boating and other water sports. In some areas, the dense foliage does not allow sunlight to penetrate through, it offers a unique thrill to pass through the mangroves in the poorly lit areas through which the narrow boats can barely pass……….along with the sound of the chirping birds and the hissing snakes…….
“At the mangroves, so far, 177 species of birds belonging to 15 orders and 41 families have been recorded. The season for birds is from September to April every year. Peak population of birds could be seen from November to January. This is due to high productive nature (in terms of prey organisms) of the ecosystem and coincidence of the time of arrival of true migrants from foreign countries and local migrants from their breeding grounds across India. The availability of different habitat types such as channels, creeks, gullies, mud flats and sand flats and adjacent sea shore offers ideal habitat for difference species of birds and animals.”( source: the local guides and Wikepedia).

The sign greets you….


There are a lot of boats in the vast area…………


I wanted to go ‘inside” that huge collections of evergreen shrubs…and we did…


It is quiet, still, mysterious and exciting to be within the mangrove…..


We came out to a clearing to go in another passage/ cluster of tiny trees…


The submerged roots, the open sky…..


Everywhere, surrounded by greenery….


The sound of the birds accompanies the paddle of the boat…


Take a deep breath of pure air…

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Yes, in the belly of the forest…..

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I could not stop grinning….I was probably the only one with a life jacket on 🙂


Snails stick to the roots of the trees, near the place where the water touches them…

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One could get lost in here…..

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The magnificent sunset….

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A bird flies overhead….


The hues of the sky…ever changing, ever fascinating…


I loved the areas where the branches meet overhead…


A few of the species here….


Till we meet again….


A must see and experience place…..

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