Temples & Mangroves of Cuddalore | Pondicherry | Swadesee - Be Local, See Local
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Swadesee / Temples & Mangroves of Cuddalore

Temples & Mangroves of Cuddalore


per person

Discover one of South India’s most ancient temples and the world’s second largest mangrove forest on a day packed with marvels of culture, nature and history!

On this Swadesee experience, we will leave from Pondicherry with local expert Roshan Sureka. Roshan was born and brought up in Pondicherry and lives and breathes the city and its many tales.

Our first visit will be the temple town of Chidambaram. We will catch hot breakfast and a cup or two of locally brewed filter coffee en route.

In Chidambaram we’ll visit one of the five holiest Shiva temples, called Thillai Nataraja Temple. It’s a UNESCO world heritage site as it is one of the finest examples of Dravidian Architecture. The temple complex is spread over a massive 50 acres. This is a unique opportunity to experience a place that got stuck in a time that has long faded.

Before moving from Chidambaram to the mangrove forest of Pichavaram, we will have traditional Tamil lunch at a local farm.

After lunch we will will go on a boat ride through the second largest mangrove forest in the world at Pichavaram. Dense and beautiful, this pristine mangrove forest is one of the natural wonders of Tamil Nadu. We’ll be silent, alert and observant so as to spot the many beautiful birds animals that are integral part of the eco-system there.

We’ll end our day with a glass of juice as we share our thoughts on the way back to Pondicherry.


  • A bottle of water
  • Transport from/to Pondicherry
  • An interactive visit of the Thillai Nataraja temple
  • 1 hour boat ride through the mangrove forest
  • Breakfast and coffee
  • Traditional Tamil lunch at a farm
  • Departure
  • Departure Time
    7:30 am
  • Return Time
    4:30 pm
  • Dress Code
    Simple and comfortable

  • Reporting time: 7:15am
  • Depart from Pondicherry : 7:30am
  • Breakfast : 8:30 am
  • Chidambaram Temple Visit: 9:30am to 11:30am
  • Lunch at a farm: 12pm to 1pm
  • Boat ride through Pichavaram's Mangrove Forest : 1:30 to 2:30 pm
  • Back to Pondicherry: 4:30 pm

At this moment, we do not have any fixed departures scheduled for this experience. Please email us at or call/Whatsapp us on +91-9920286319 for any queries. Prices for private groups are as follows:

  • 1 or 2 people - Rs. 5000
  • 3 to 7 people - Rs. 2500/ person
  • 8 people and above - Rs. 1500/ person