Pichavaram Boat House: Location, Tickets and Prices, How to book a Boat Ride?


Pichavaram is the second-largest mangrove forest with its myriad islands houses a number of unique flora and fauna. Come and explore the magic of Pichavaram, with its breathtaking beauty, enchanting backwaters, and diverse range of experiences. The beauty of this coastal hamlet fill your heart with wonder and delight.

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Pichavaram Boat House

Tamil Nadu Tourist Development Corporation (TTDC) offers boating services to tourists in Pichavaram. The boat takes a turn into the endless labyrinth of mangroves, leaving you with lingering awe. Many range of boats and multiple packages are also available according to your time and convenience. If you pay some extra charges, the boatman will take you inside the mangroves through narrow interior canals where you can also spot the wildlife and birds.

Things to Note when you visit Pichavaram

1.People waiving hands in front of the car

Once you see the “Killai Town Panchayat Pichavaram Arignar Anna Tourism Center Toll Gate”, beware of the local people waiving their hands to invite to have a meal at their shops. Some people decently stand in the road end and some people come in front of the car which leads to get fear that they might fall in front of the car. You can also taste the local shops fish fry which is very tasty.

*Toll fees for bikes, auto is Rs. 50/-; Cars: Rs. 100/-; Vans: Rs. 150/- and for buses: Rs. 200/-

2. Pay Entry fees for Forest department 

If you take boat house ticket online / offline, you also need to pay entry fees for forest department.

Entry fee for Child: Rs. 5/-

For Adult: Rs. 10/-

If you have still camera, charge is Rs. 25/-

3. Do not encourage extra fees to boat riding

Giving Extra charges should be avoided to boat attendants. You can complaint to office to get refund only if you have proof.

Contact: 9176995838

When we visit Pichavaram, the same story happened.

3 boats were taken ride for 18 members. There was a board from Tamil Nadu Government as “After this premises, no one will be allowed”.  But boat riders ask “Do you want to go?” If we say “Yes”, they will charge 400 per boat. One person in the spot argued with the office manager, this kind of things happened at the boat and we need refund. He replied “if you have the proof, show me. I will refund”.

So beware of this scam also.

Address: Aringnar Anna Tourism Complex, TTDC, Pichavaram, Killai Post, Chidambaram, Kadalur, Tamil Nadu 608102

Phone: 1800 4253 1111; 044-25333113

Manager: 9176995838, 09:00 AM – 5:00 PM (All Days)

Email: support@ttdconline.com

Hours: Every day from 09:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.

Website: www.ttdconline.com/boat-house-pichavaram

Map: View Google direction here.

How to reach Pichavaram Boat House by Bus, Train, Air?

By Bus

  • There are many local buses running from Chidambaram to reach Pichavaram. You can also hire Taxi on hourly basis to travel.

Nearby Railway Station

  • From Chidambaram Railway Station (16 km), you can reach Pichavaram within 30 minutes.

Nearest Airport

Pichavaram Boat House Booking Counter

Pichavaram Boat House booking Center

Pichavaram Boat Riding Hours | Ticket Prices

Pichavaram Boat Types

Types of Boat  No. of Seats Riding Hours Price (Per Boat) Cost (Per Ticket)
Row Boat 4 60 Minutes Rs.450
6 60 Minutes Rs.650
Motor Boat 8 40 minutes Rs.1850 Rs.230
8 20 minutes Rs.900 Rs.100

Entry Fees to Pichavaram

Fees Adult Child (above 4 years)
Forest Entrance Indians: Rs. 10
For Foreigners: Rs. 100
Indians: Rs. 5
For Foreigners: Rs. 50
Camera Still Camera: Rs. 25
Video Camera: Rs. 150
Documentary: Rs. 2000
Vehicle Entry Rs. 70  (500m from the entrance)

How to book for Boat Ride in Pichavaram?

  • You may visit for booking a boat here.
  • Choose the boat (Row/Motor)
  • Select the date
  • Enter no. of visitors to ride

How to book Boat House in Pichavaram

Pichavaram Boating

Facilities at Pichavaram

  • Drinking Water
  • Restroom
  • View Tower
  • Parking Area
  • Life Jacket
  • Life Bouy
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Rescue Team
  • Accommodation
  • Coffee Shop
  • Snacks Bar
  • Digital Payment
  • CCTV
  • Event Area
  • Selfi Point

Pichavaram facilities

What are the places to visit near Pichavaram?

  • Chidambaram Lord Nataraja (20 km)
  • Thillai Kali Amman Temple
  • Pitchavaram Beach
  • Poompuhar (30 km)
  • Vaitheeswaran Kovil (40 km)
  • Mayiladuthurai (50 km)
  • Tarangambadi (60 km)


1. Which month is best to visit Pichavaram?

  • Winter months (November to February)

2. What is the starting time of Pichavaram boating?

  • 9:00 AM

3. Did kids are allowed in Pichavaram?

  • Yes, Children above 4 years have to take a Full ticket.

4. Can i take Photos on my Camera?

  • Yes, Extra fee is charged for Cameras.


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