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Introduction

Transport & Sight Seeing
  The Bird Watchers Paradise  
  National Park  

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State Gujarat
City Ahmedabad
Airports Ahmedabad International and Domestic Airport
Distance from City Centre 10 Km/ 6 Mile
Railway Junctions Ahmedabad
Local Languages Gujarati
Jamnagar - National Park

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 water.

 

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 Khizer Alaihisalaam).

The Marine Sanctury area has :

 

Pirotan Island

Pirotan 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...

As 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).

Narara Island

The Island accessible by road...

If 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 Islands

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.

For visiting this part of the Marine Sanctuary also you need permission from the Forest Department.

 

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