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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Vedaranyam Salt Pans

On day 2 at Nagapattinam our plan was to drive past Vedaranyam to Point Calimere - a bird sanctuary as well as wild life sanctuary.Unfortunately no birds could be sighted.We were informed by locals that the birds had all flown of during early January owing to some cyclonic disturbance of their habitat. Disappointed we turned towards the Kodikkarai wild life sanctuary. We bought entry ticket for the car and were informed that we could drive 6 kms into the sanctuary, see wild animals en`route and finally reach the sea shore and see the remains of the historic Chola lighthouse, destroyed in the tsunami of 2004. .But after driving for about a kilometre we were forced to turn back as the road was badly damaged and I ran the risk of a tire puncture.
On our return journey we stopped briefly at Vedaranyam to click pictures of the salt pans.
The Vedaranyam March or Vedaranyam Satyagraha was organised to protest the salt tax imposed by theBritish Raj in in India. The march took place in April 1930 and was the second of its kind following the Dandi March organised by Mahatma Gandhi both in the framework of the Civil Disobedience Movement. The march was led by a group of 100 volunteers from the Indian National Congress under the leadership of C.Rajagopalachari often referred to as "Rajaji". It began at Tiruchirappalli and ended in Vedaranyam a small coastal town in Thanjavur district. Rajaji later went on to become the first Indian Governor General of Independent India.


  1. The pictures look beautiful! I haven't visited these sanctuaries. Must tell my son!

  2. Excellent capture on the salt-pans! I have been to Kodiyakarai and drive up to the ruin of Chola lighthouse… yes, the road was in bad state but our Scoprio (SUV) took us all the way to the pristine beach. We say many black-bucks, spotted deer, jackal and wild horses…

  3. Namaste....
    Hmmmmm, very interesting. "well the best laid plans" its great you found an alternative.

    Thanks for sharing.

    “The highest education is that which does not merely give us information, but makes our life in harmony with all existence”-Rabindranath Tagore

  4. Nice!
    I'd like to see some salt pans, sometime. Are visitors allowed really close to a part of it, like where we can see the crystals and touch it, maybe. Or try harvesting the salt?

  5. Of course you can touch feel taste or carry some home 😃 No restrictions whatsoever !

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  7. Love capture. And the touch of history added to it

  8. Wow... to see salt pans in real. Are the crystals as fine as we consume them?

  9. Lovely captures Rama! Reminded me of Jamnahar where I used to see similar salt pans adjacent to our training academy!

  10. Beautiful pictures and place!

    How are you? I miss your gorgeous and amazing posts!
    Wishing you and yours a lovely weekend.

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