Covering an area of 281.50 square km, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park is one of the most popular attractions of Andamans. The park was founded in the year 1983 and is a paradise for animal lovers and nature enthusiast. Also known as Wandoor National Park, this beautiful place is situated on the South Western coast of South Andaman, in the Bay of Bengal. The national park was founded with an aim to protect stunning corals, sea turtles, and marine life of the region. The park is covered with tropical forest and is spotted with 15 rocky islands.
The rich animal life in the Mahatma Gandhi National Park comprises of different kinds of colorful fishes, coral reefs, molluscs, salt-water crocodiles, shells, turtles, starfish, and so on. Over 271 avifauna species call this place their home including Andaman teal, swifts, terns, waders, white-bellied sea eagle, and parakeets etc.
The area of the national park has bushy vegetated islands, marine waters, mangroves, sandy beaches and stunning coral reefs. At the beaches and in the azure waters of the park, visitors can partake in a number of exciting recreational facilities such as scuba diving & snorkeling, trekking and island camping. Red Skin, and Jolly Boys are the two islands, which are worth-visiting here with the viewpoint of ecotourism.
Best Time to Visit Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park
The best time to visit the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park is from the month of November to February. Due to heavy rains, the park remains closed between June and August.
How to Reach
By Air: The nearest airport to the national park is Port Blair airport, which is around 30 km away. This airport is well-connected to important destinations of India as well as the World.
By Road: A well-maintained road connects the national park is to the important cities nearby. One can hire government or privately operated vehicles that go to the National Park, which are available at frequent intervals. Private and state-run buses are also available from, Port Blair to Wandoor, which is the headquarter of the park. Transportation to the park is also provided by the Department of Information, Publicity and Tourism, Andaman and Nicobar islands.