Jamnagar has the Countrys
first Marine National Park, since 1982
This is one of the rare places in the
world where one can look at corals without having to dive down into the
One just has to walk in the water, when
the tide ebbs, in about 1 to 2 feet of water and watch this facinating
underwater world of corals.
The fascinating underwater world of the
Marine Sanctury & National Park.
162.89 Square Kilometers of Marine
National Park and 457.92 Square Kilometers of Marine Sanctury
in the Gulf of Kutch at Jamnagar offers
exotic sightings for people willing to go
on an adventure trip in this area.
In the Gulf of Kutch, 42 islands sit like
little gems in theArabian Sea. Fringed
by coral reefs, sandy beaches and mangrove swamps, these islands are a
treasure-trove of marine species and a paradise for birdwatchers.
One can see, octopus, jelly fish, star
fish, colourful corals, exotic marine flowering plants, puffer fish, sea
horse, huge green sea turtles, lobsters, dolphins, etc.
And if one is very lucky then maybe a
dugong which resembles seals.
Of the 42
islands, the most popular island is Pirotan (old name is "Pir jo thaan"
meaning the place of the holy Saint Khwaja
The Marine Sanctury area has :
Island is about 12
nautical miles from Bedi port. Its a 2 hours journey by the boats
available. You have to board the boat from Bedi port (20 minute
drive from the city)
Sailing admist the
creeks, taking the curves covered with Mangroves on bothsides on the way
to Pirotan is also a wonderful experience...
You are sure
to see lots of birds on the Islands and you also have a chance of
spotting the playful dolphins..
For access to the Marine National Park,
one has to take permissions from the Forest Department, The Customs
Department & the Port.
In case of foreign tourists additional
permission from the Police Department is also needed.
The fact which makes it worth planning a
trip beforehand is that, one has to confirm the tide timings, as the
boat can reach the pirotan island only when its full tide, the high tide
has a 12 hours cycle...ie; if today high tide is at 6AM then next high
tide will be at 6PM..
The tide timings keep
changing everyday, so one should checkup the tide timings with
organizers as to when the day will be favorable...
a rule of thumb, the lunar or the Gujarati dates of 5th, 6th & 7th
are the most favorable, when the high tide time is at day break
One should be able to
go to the island for the adventure trip, in the morning and come back in
the evening as the Island is so unexploited that no facilities have been
developed yet... Not even drinking water is available on the island.
The only people there
on the island are the Forest Guard, the Light House people & the
Mujhavar (Server) at the Holy Saint Khwaja Khizer R.A. Dargah
For doing the coral
walk, its advised to wear thick soled shoes or sandals, because some of
the places in the reef are sharp. In winter it gets quite cold and the
boats available do not have covering, so its always better to wear warm
clothes and carry cold creams to protect your skin from getting dry and
in summer, lots of sun block cream, cap and dark glasses...
For a group of 20
people a Basic trip would cost about Rs. 1100 per person (which
includes Permits, Boat rental, Guide, all Meals and potable Water).
The Island accessible by road...
the dates of ones arrival do not coincide with the favorable dates for
Pirotan, then one can just drive down to Narara Island, which is about
60 KMS from Jamnagar for doing the Coral Walk without sailing to the
Most people do
the coral walking at Narara only, as not every time one can reach
Jamnagar on the favorable dates.
Narara is as good as Pirotan island with
the same kind of Marine life and Birds found there.
this part of the Marine Sanctuary also you need permission from the