MAHATMA GANDHI MARINE NATIONAL PARK
Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park is a national park of India sited in famous Wandoor beach, 29 km from Port Blair by road. Well known for picturesque beauty, calm waters, blindingly white sand and is very popular amongst tourist. The park was created 24th May 1983 under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 to protect marine life such as the corals and nesting sea turtles prevalent in the area. Most of the coral reefs in the park are fringing reefs.
A great park that has been accepted well by the international tourists and a distinct idea and execution 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 of mangrove creeks, rainforests, splendid coral reefs which have around 50 types and a huge collection of rare but colourful fish etc.
This park came into existence in the year of 1983 under the solid Wildlife Protection Act of 1973 to keep the lives of marine animals safe and preserved as the underwater ecosystem was on the verge of destruction. The best time to visit the park is during the months from November to February and during monsoon, it remains closed.
Highlights: The park is comprised of two major island groups known as the Labyrinth Islands and Twin Islands which are situated about 16 km away from Port Blair to the south of it. This park boasts of the unimaginable size it spreads that is about 281.5 sq.km which have 17 small islands and the open sea creeks. The fringing reefs are abundantly found in the park and that is one of the special reef species found on the island. Each island holds different type of vegetation. Tarmugli is the highest island in the park that displays the vast area of mangrove vegetation, sand covered beaches, sheet rocks etc.
Don’t forget to book a Tour Package of Andaman including a tour to this park, because a visit to this park will be immensely memorable.
Distance from Port Blair: The park is located in Wandoor which is lying about 29 kms away from Port Blair. There are ferry services every 30 minutes from Port Blair boat jetty. The park is easily accessible via road as well.
Location: Wandoor, Andaman and Nicobar
Entry fee: Indian: INR 50, foreigner: INR 500
For camera: INR 25 and for video: INR 500
Timings: The park will be open all days from Tuesday to Sunday.