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Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park

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 enthusiasts. 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 to protect the region's stunning corals, sea turtles, and marine life. The park is covered with tropical forests and is spotted with 15 rocky islands.

The rich animal life in the Mahatma Gandhi National Park comprises 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 eagles, 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 from 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 Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park

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 in India and the world.

By Road: A well-maintained road connects the national park to the important cities nearby. One can hire government or privately-operated vehicles that go to the National Park, which is 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.

Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park Boat timings

Here are the boating timings to refer to while on your visit to Mahatma Gandhi National Park -

  • 1st boat trip - 8.30 am
  • 2nd boat trip - 9 am
  • 3rd boat trip - 9.30 am
  • 4th boat trip - 10 am
  • 5th boat trip & final trip - 10.30 am

Things to do & see in and around Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park

Check out this list of things to do in Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park -

  • Exploring beaches
  • Scuba diving
  • Sea walking
  • Trekking
  • Island camping
  • Snorkeling
  • Exploring the tropical forests
  • Witnessing the rich marine life at the beaches

Once you have had your fun at the national park, here are some places to visit near Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park -

  • Anthropological Museum
  • Elephant Beach
  • Wandoor Beach
  • Chidiya Tapu
  • Jolly Buoy Island
  • Cellular Jail
  • Red Skin Island



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FAQs about Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park

Q: What is special about Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park?

Ans. Besides being one of the most beautiful places in Andaman, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park is home to 15 serene islands with the most exotic marine life. Most islands are protected, so the general public could not access them. Moreover, the park encompasses rainforests, lagoons, coral reefs, and a lush mangrove creek that appeals to tourists.

Q: Which is India's first National Marine park?

Ans. India’s first national marine park was built in 1982 in the Gulf of Kutch in Gujarat.

Q: What fauna is found in Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park?

Ans. Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park has different fish species, like Butterflyfish, Angelfish, White tip sharks, and more. The bird species include white-bellied sea eagles, doves, parakeets, etc. And reptiles include water monitor lizards, hawksbill, cobras, pit vipers, krait, etc.

Q: How many marine parks are there in India?

Ans. India has six marine national parks, namely -

  • Marine National Park, Gulf of Kutch
  • Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Andaman & Nicobar Island
  • Malvan Marine Sanctuary, Sindhudurg district in the Konkan region of Maharashtra
  • Rani Jhansi Marine National Park In Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  • Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary In Odisha
  • Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park In Tamil Nadu
Q: Is Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park expensive?

Ans. No. For Indian adults, the charges are ?50, and for kids, ?25. And for foreign visitors, the charges are ?500. Note that there are separate charges for cameras (?25), Red Skin Island (?300 per person), and Jolly Buoy Island (?650 per person).