Have you ever explored the Andaman and Nicobar Islands beyond its pristine beaches? If you are an avid fan of wildlife photography or you love to see the wild beasts, you can visit the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park situated near Wandoor. It belongs to the south Andaman administrative district and is a part of the Indian Union Territory. It is interesting to note that Wandoor is the entrance to the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. The primary purpose behind the conception of this national park is to protect the fauna and flora which are on the verge of extinction. Enjoy the lush green surroundings and soak yourself in the spirit of adventurism by visiting this famous marine national park.
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Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park- Brief history
The park was created on 24 May 1983 under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. It serves the primary purpose to protect marine life such as nesting sea turtles and corals that are prominently found in this area. Quite interestingly, this park is under the supervision of Chief Wildlife Warden of the forest department of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The geography of this park is quite fascinating. There are two major islands in this park. They are named the Labyrinth Islands and the Twin Islands.
Ecotourism is one of the major reasons why you should visit the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. You would enjoy a totally different experience of wildlife by entering through the gates of this national park. This national park is a paradise for the marine life that is being found in the islands. It is popular for its pristine beaches, blue water and velvety Soft Island. The park has an area of about 280 square kilometers.
How to travel across the length of the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park?
If you are an ardent fan of wildlife photography and want to travel across the length of the park, you can do that by boat rides. The boat ride would usually cost you three hundred rupees per person. You carry a wide variety of camera lenses and you can also carry a lot of equipment. These types of boats also comprises of glass boats that can appeal to the natural sceneries of the park. There are also separate packages available for diving and snorkeling. You can also travel across the length of the park with your own private boat.
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Requirements of permit
If you want to enter the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, you need to pay an entry fee. As per the forest department, you need to pay rupees 50 per person. You can also avail these tickets from the Wandoor Jetty. Normally, around 150 permits are issued per day and it is dependent on first come first serve basis. The Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park has a very clean and composed environment that can truly appeal to the likes of any traveler. You cannot carry any plastic material inside the park. But you have to pay 100 rupees for each item you are carrying inside. You cannot stay in the island during night.
If you are on a day trip to this park, then accommodation would not be much of a problem. However, you can stay at Port Blair to relieve your dreams of wildlife photography. You can also stay in these pocket-friendly accommodations to witness the beauty of nature that it has bestowed on this national park. Visit this national park in south Andaman for a whirlwind experience.
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