Pichavaram is placed near Chidambaram in Cuddalore District, Tamil Nadu, in South India.
Pichavaram is home to the 2nd largest Mangrove forest in the world, and it is one of the unique eco-tourism spots in South India. The Pichavaram forest not only proposes waterscape and backwater cruises, but also one more very rare sight – the mangrove forest trees are permanently rooted in a few feet of water.
The Pichavaram mangroves are well thought-out among the healthiest mangrove episode in the world. Pichavaram consists of a number of islands interspersing a vast expanse of water enclosed with green trees. The area is about 28×100 acres and is separated from the sea by a sand bar which is a patch of extraordinary loveliness.
The Pichavaram mangrove biotope, consisting of rare species like Avicennia and Rhizophara; presents a special appeal, with its peculiar landscape and environmental condition. It supports the existence of many rare varieties of economically important shell and finfishes.
The Pichavaram mangroves attract substantial bird inhabitants of residents, local migrant and true migrants. Amongst others, one can view birds like Watersnips, Cormorants, Egrets, Storks, Herons, Spoonbills and Pelicans. At the mangroves, so far, 177 species of birds belonging to fifteen orders and 41 families have been recorded. The period for birds is from September to April every year. Peak .The ease of use of different environment types such as channels, creeks, gullies, mud flats and sand flats and neighboring sea shore offers ideal habitat for difference species of birds.
In the above backdrop, the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation and the District Administration of Cuddalore District have proposed to conduct an Eco Tourism carnival namely ” Dawn Fest ” (Vidiyal Vizha) at Pichavaram.
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