Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park is 29 km from Port Blair and is a national park in Wandoor on the Andaman Islands. The park’s total area is 28.5 square kilometers and consists of 15 islands. The park is an important tourist destination in Port Blair because it attracts visitors with its varied ecosystem and water sports.

The story of Mahatma Gandhi Park

Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park was established under the 1972 Law. Wildlife Protection was intended to protect marine life on the islands, such as coral and sea turtles. The park, now under the protection of the Chief Wildlife Warden of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands forestry division, was established on May 24, 1983. Although the islands around the park are uninhabited land according to the census in 1981, eight neighboring cities have 3,000 inhabitants.

Ecosystems in Mahatma Gandhi Park

The type and composition of the vegetation in Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park varies from island to island. The tourist islands here, however, have more anthropocentric changes, and others do not. Fringing reef covers most of the coral reefs in the park. Some isolated islands are protected from the weather in the Bengal Bay.

Attractions in the park

• Belle: fragmentary coral reef

• Boat: fragmentary coral reefs

• Alexandra: Reef wall, Sea fan Jungle

• Chester: big coral rock, sea fan

• Hobday: Underwater cave, saltwater crocodile habitat, giant grouper

• Grub: outstanding coral reefs, giant, calm, feather stars

• Malaya: irregular coral reefs

• Pluto: irregular coral reefs

• Jolly Buoy: Good variety of coral and reefs, big fishing schools

• Redskin: reefs, saltwater crocodile habitat, large variety of corals

• Rifleman: strong power, sea fan

• Twins: Turtle nesting beach, morary ells, sharks, manta rays

• Tarmugli: Turtle Beach, crystal clear saltwater crocodile habitat

• Snob: fragmentary coral reefs, seagrass fields

• Rutland

The area of ​​Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park is characterized by islands, most of which are within the visual distance of each other and are covered by mangroves or tropical forests. Exposed parts of the country are obsessed with beaches and rocky plains. The only two open islands for tourists, Jolly Buoy and Redskin are shallow waters.

Have the fauna

Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park presents a fascinating world of tropical forests and coral reefs and offers excellent recreational facilities in the sandy beaches. Different sea creatures, ranging from the big sea mammals to dolphins to the smallest planktons.

Coral

The ragged coral reef grows around the islands resembling a forest in the ocean. More than fifty species of coral found here are not only a tourist attraction, but also a study material for researchers and researchers. Acropora, Pacillopora, Montipora, Fungia, Leptoseris, Forties, Gorgonians and Tubipora are the most important corals in the area.

Fish

The park is home to hundreds of colorful truths coral reef fish such as clown fish fisherman sergeon, butterfly fish, angel fish, bat fish, parrot fish, hammer sharks, manta ray and blue whale.

Reptile

You can first and foremost four species of sea turtles, green sea, hawax bill, leatherback and olive ridlay explore the park, especially on the beaches of twin island and island of rutland. Saltwater crocodile is another common reptile here because mountains in the park are ideal for them. It also houses other important reptiles, such as Lizard, Water Meter, Sea Snakes like Banded Sea Snake.

Other most common marine animals in the park are off-shore fishing, sea LiYY, feather star, giant clam, trochus, crowries, sea cucumber, sailors and mushrooms.

Land Fauna

Andaman Wild Pig, Civet, Spotted Deer, Fruit Bat, etc. You can also buy several species of birds like Andaman Teal, White Opposed Eagle, Whistling Twal, Andaman Seerpeant Eagle, Terner, Birds, Waders, Swifts, Reef Herons, Lorokaet , parakeets, pigeons, etc. It also houses a variety of reptiles such as Charit, King Cobra, Cobra and Vinake Snake.

Flora of the parks

The main plant in the area of ​​Andaman padauk, DipterocarpousSpp, Andaman Bullet tree, Silk Cotton Tree, TerminaliaSpp, Pandanas, Thespesia, Canes, Cycas bamboo, ferns and orchids. Mangrove forests on the islands with different types of mangroves such as Auicennia, Rhizophora and Herittiera offer a beautiful view.

Transport to the park

You can drive via the road to Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park from Port Blair. There are regular public transport and private buses from Port Blair to Wandoor, the headquarters of the park. The tour desk in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands also offers transport facilities to the park. You can also count on the tours of Port Blair to the park, conducted by private travel agencies.

The number of trips in Red Skin and Jolly Buoy beach from Wandoor Wharf is limited to five in all days, except on Monday, to prevent overload and consequent damage to marine life. However, it may vary depending on the weather conditions and availability of both. Visitors must receive the boat tickets with time stamp on the trip. The time of trips is between 8.30 am and 10.30 am.

A large park that has been well accepted by international tourists and another idea and implementation in India to preserve the sensitive and endangered species of marine species is Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park in Andaman. It consists of 15 islands mangrovekreken, rainforests, beautiful coral reefs with about 50 species and a huge collection of rare but colorful fish, etc.

This park was established in 1983 under the 1973 Solid Wildlife Protection Act to preserve and preserve the life of marine animals because the underwater ecosystem was on the brink of destruction. The best time to visit the park is in the months of November to February and during the Monsoon it stays closed.

Highlights: The park is made up of two major archipelagos known as the Labyrinth Islands and Twin Islands, which are located about 16 km from Port Blair to the south. This park has the unimaginable size it spreads, which is about 281.5 sq. Ft. Km, with 17 small islands and open sea craters. The reef is plentiful in the park and it is one of the special reefs that can be found on the island. Each island has a different type of vegetation. Tarmugli is the tallest island in the park, showing the vast areas of mangrove vegetation, sandy beaches, leaf stones, etc.

Distance from Port Blair: The park is located in Wandoor, about 29 km from Port Blair. There are ferry connections every 30 minutes from Port Blair Bridge. The park is also easily accessible via the road.

Location: Wandoor, Andaman and Nicobar

Entrance fee: Indian: INR 50, Aliens: INR 500

For Camera: INR 25 and for video: INR 500

Timings: The park is open all day from Tuesday to Sunday.