Muthupettai Mangrove Forest – Thiruvarur District
The marshy land in Muthupet is the main tourist attraction in this area. This scenic spot is always evergreen with mangrove forest trees, in a sprawling area of 120 square kms. It is a wonderful sight for the tourists to see the wide expanse of backwater and the mangrove forests dotting over the entire area.
Along with the deep rooted mangrove trees the other kinds of trees like Thandal, Thillai, Narikanthal, Neermulli also grow and add to the beauty of the lagoon. This lagoon has seventy-three colourful varieties of fish. Tourists can reach the Thalaimunai Mangrove Forest in a motorboat. It is an hour’s from the Jambavanodai point near Muthupettai.
A wooden pathway 162 mtrs long has been built for the benefit of the tourists to enjoying the mangrove forest. During the monsoon season November-January, a large number of birds migrate here from all over the world. Eighty different species of migratory birds congregate here having travelled a long distances.
The birds come from Siberia, Russia, Iran, and Europe. Among them the notable species of birds are the heron, egret, flamingo, the painted stork, pelican, teal and tern. The migration of these birds is an extraordinary sight that adds to the beauty of this district.
The mangrove forests in Muthuppettai, occupies an important place among the nature’s beauty of this district. The government declared the Muthupettai mangrove forest as revenue forest in February 1937 and, accordingly, the mangrove forest was handed over to the forest department of the Madras presidency. The forest is maintained by the Tamil Nadu Forest Department.
How to Reach Muthupet Lagoon & Mangrove Forest :
The nearest International Airport from Muthupettai is Tiruchirapalli International Airport, Tamil Nadu, roughly three and a half hour drive from Muthupettai (116 Km). It is well connected to a spectrum of cities in India and abroad such as Bangalore, Chennai, Singapore, and Malaysia etc. through Air India, Spice Jet and Jet Airways etc.
Nearest railway station is Muthupettai. The Karaikudi – Thiruvarur – Mayiladuthurai broad gauge Railway line passing through the place.
Muthupettai is linked by road from important places of the state. Nearest bus-stop Muthupettai. Lagoon is 3.5 Kms from Muthupettai. 58 Kms from Thiruvarur. 40 Kms from Mannargudi.