We enquired an auto driver about the nearby places worth to have a look. He throws a list at us which contains Pichavaram, Vaitheeswaran Temple, Pombuhar and some other temples in and around Chidambaram.
Pichavaram is just 10-15 km from Chidambaram is a must see tourist spot where you can witness the second largest mangrove forest in the world. The forest provides habitat for more than 150 bird species. If you are lucky you can see some wild animals like fox, Jackal.
TTDC is offering Boat rides to enjoy the mangrove forest. There will be three to four types of boat rides offered.
Tariff @ TTDC
Row boat 150 per hour fwo persons
Motor boat 1500 per hour
The fare varies based on the number of persons. If u have enough time please choose Row boats as the boat men are very friendly they will expect some extra tips Rs20/ .
They will take you to places where motor boats cannot enter and I was thrilled to be there. The distance covered will be based on the hours you hired the boat. The trip to sea shore will take around three hours but my advice will be to take one hour so that u will not be bored.
And then we decided to enlighten our spiritual senses :) :)
Then we caught a local bus to Chidambaram and then we (me and sreeni) thought of getting refreshment, and had a fresh juice near Chidambaram bus stand.
After a hour break we moved towards Vaitheeswaran temple. Don’t waste money for taxi/auto. There are several buses run by Govt to Vaitheeswaran temple. The place is approx 30 mins from Chidambaram. Believe me once you got down from the bus you will be surrounded by Beggars/Brokers for Nadi Joditham (Astorlogy). Please don’t listen to them, Although Vaitheeswaran temple is famous for Nadi Joditham nowadays there are many culprits who are cheating people cheaply. Be aware it.
Don’t forget to buy a dozen of bananas for temple pachyderm :p