Eco Tourism at Peechavaram, Mangrove Forests

I did a bit of eco tourism a week back (Dec 2009) at Peechavaram, near Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu. Peechavaram is the World’s second largest mangrove forest in the world covering an area of 2800 acres. It is an ideal eco tourism spot of India. Till then I had only read in books and seen pictures of the mangrove trees, it was always very difficult for me to visualize these floating trees. At Peechavaram, I saw them for real… trees floating… their long finger like roots extending into the water searching for a firm grip of land.

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The boat man took us to the interiors, through the canals and creeks, the scene was absolutely breathtaking. Many song sequences of different Tamil movies have been shot here, he told us proudly, the most recent one was of Kamal Hassan’s Dasavataram. The huge stretch of the mangrove trees is separated from the sea, The Bay of Bengal in the east by a sand bar. It seems there are 4000 canals encircling 1700 islands.

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I spotted numerous birds and could identify a few of them. I scanned the tree roots to see if I could spot any water snakes wound around the roots well camouflaged.

During the Tsunami of Dec 2004, the loss of lives around this particular stretch of mangrove trees was less compared to other parts of coastal Tamil Nadu. The entire stretch of trees were uprooted and ravaged by the wild waves, but they absorbed the shock and protected the people living around. The boatman narrated how fishermen who saw the approaching tall waves moved in to the mangrove trees escaped the wrath of the deadly Tsunami.

People around now care for these trees more, having learnt the lesson that: If man protects nature, it will protect man from its fury.

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This is eco tourism: responsible travel to fragile, pristine, and usually protected areas that strives to be low impact and (often) small scale. It helps educate the traveler; provides funds for conservation; directly benefits the economic development and political empowerment of local communities; and fosters respect for different cultures and for human rights.

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60 Responses to “Eco Tourism at Peechavaram, Mangrove Forests

  • Hello! It has been months! I float like a tree for other reasons..does that count? Hehe..

    Ah..what marvelous creations we have. You capture so well in words and pictures. So glad to be back and reading what inspires me to be better. Thank you!

    Happy New Year! :0)

  • Hi Indrani, great post! How the mangrove swamps saved lives during the tsunami. people should protect the natural environment and not contribute to the degradation.

  • A fascinating post with lovely photographs of this very beautiful area. Wise words: "If man protects nature, it will protect man from its fury." Thank you Indrani. I always feel I learn something new when I visit here.

  • what a fab post and so informative. thank you for sharing this info with us. enjoyed very much.

  • What a neat, neat place! Thanks for taking us along for the ride.

  • It's a enchanting place I think. I would love to see this in person. Another thing to put on the list of must-see in India.

  • I would love to go on a trip like that. Wonderful shots. So sad to think about the loss of lives from the Tsunami. Hopefully the care of the trees will help if that happens again. Great post from a fascinating trip.

  • It is indeed a fascinating post and terrific photos as always, Indrani!
    And I, too, always learn something. Thanks for sharing and for the wise words!

    Hope your new year is off to a great start!


  • Fascinating Place. I would love to be in this place myself to see this fantastic nature.

  • Never knew all that about mangrove trees – fascinating stuff. Great trip you took.

  • Seems a lovely journey. Thanks for sharing Indrani.

  • Mangrove just proved its vital importance. Very interesting post with neat photos. Liked much the reflection frame.

  • these mangroves and the deserts in kutch are the natural protection for our country from the cyclones… !!!

    i m yet to ever visit a mangrove but dying tooo !!!!

    lovely pictures !!!

  • fascinating place indeed!
    heres wishing you and yours a super duper 2010!

  • Very interesting and lovely landscapes.

  • Great pictures. And such a valuable lesson – that nature can protect us from natural disasters, so we should take care of her (Nature, that is)…

  • If we have neglected our responsibility to nature we shouldn't wonder anymore why when calamities strike. I love boat trips among mangroves. So Indrani, did you spot snakes wound around those roots? 🙂

  • It is a wonderful place, the mangrove trees are a great place for the birds. I would like to take a triplike this too. Thanks for the tour. Very nice!

  • Nature's bounty!

    Thanks for reminding..

  • Truly interesting. We have all these wonderful places closeby and never know or take the time off to visit. Thank you

  • Nice pics !

    I have chance to see mangrove forest in Bhitarkanika and Andaman.

    Traveling through those creeks where u feel totally isolated from outside world in complete peace with your environment.

  • what a beautiful place, thanks for sharing indrani

    love the post ghost crabs too… lovely photo's


  • Great pics….. pichavaram is high on my list of places to visit… lets see if i can visit it at least this year…

    and wish u a very happy, prosperous and travel filled year ahead…

  • Great place. Such wonderful captures.

    Happy New Year!

  • What a wonderful and peaceful place to visit.Nice shots taken.


  • What amazing pictures! Thank you so much for sharing them and for stopping by for a visit! I have so enjoyed reading your blog!

  • Is exactly right what you write:
    if we want to survive we must uphold the balance of nature!
    Thanks, wonderful post and magnificent pictures!

  • Very true! there is a famous saying in sanskrit which goes like this – "Vriksho rakshati rakshitaha", meaning the same; those who save trees will be saved. simple yet a powerful that only through experience we can feel.

    Great post as always 🙂 I have marked this place into my list of to visit places. Thanks for the nice pics too.

  • Wonderful place, isn't it ! Am so glad you visited it .

  • An enchanting place.

    Wish you a very happy new year.

  • Hi Indrani! Very interesting post! I am always interested in mangrove forests. I saw in Australia many mangrove trees along the Endeavour River. They were home to crocs and other animals. Happy New Year!

  • Hi Indrani,
    Thanks for sharing your photo & interesting eco -tourism.
    I do love this kind of trip..nature.
    Thanks again & do have a nice day.

  • Very informative. The pictures are breath-taking.

  • Amazing pictures! I like seeing these kinds A LOT. 🙂

  • Nice one! This is on our things to do list.
    Wish you a very Happy New Year

  • The area is full of natural beauties. Thanks for the info. I will try to visit this place one day.

  • Lovely pictures. Did you travel on a boat like the one in your picture? That is a little scary! But the place seems so beautiful, and worth all that trouble to just be around there!

  • sounds fabulous…I hope they leave it alone for the future and not rip it apart like they are doing in Brazil…

  • Great post, will visit this place soon.

  • Thanks for sharing your photo and nice eco -tourism spot.
    The spot is full of natural beauties.I will try to visit the spot place one day.

  • A good Post.. The Photographs are so fascinating.. Reminds us one of our visits to Coorg interiors.. Thanks for sharing, Indrani!

  • Great post …Would like to share it with our readers too. It would be great if you share it on our portal too.

    • Indrani Ghose
      2 years ago

      Hello Greenmoksha, please feel free to share the post in your portal and share with your readers. Thank you!

  • Have grown up hearing about this place but have never been there! Thank you for taking me there. 🙂

  • Pichavaram with its mango groves look like a paradise

  • worlds second largest mangrove…awesome Indrani 🙂

  • a true nature’s beauty
    But I am afraid of forest

  • A great post. You surely had a great experience in this beautiful place 🙂

  • I had plans to go see Pichavaram last year and didn’t work out. I’m so desperate to see this mangrove forest.
    Thank you for the sights. The info about how the mangrove and how it received the 2004 tsunami was news to me. Thank you, Indrani. 🙂

  • They do use motor boats and cause some oil spill

    • Indrani Ghose
      2 years ago

      That is unfortunate! Long since I have been there now.

  • Would love to go there. Thanks for writing about this Indrani.

  • Very interesting Indrani! Thanks for sharing.

  • Nice location
    But does one has to ride one of those canoes in the picture. That would be scary

  • Enjoyed the tour!

  • Yogi Saraswat
    2 years ago

    These types of journey recharges us !! Beautiful post

  • Would love to visit this someday! To be honest, I had no idea about this. Thanks Indrani 🙂

  • Very interesting to hear about these floating trees. First time I heard about such trees. But what happens when roots of these trees find land?.

  • Was on my list. Wanted to visit it when I went to Pondicherry. May be next time. Thanks for sharing Indrani!

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