Fast Facts :
Located At : Coast of Ramannathapum and Tuthukudi (Tuticorin) Dsitricts, Tamil Nadu
Significance : First Marine Biosphere Reserve
Special Attraction : Fauna and Flora with more than 3,600 species.
Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park is breath taking marine biosphere flowing and marking its imprint on the coast of the Ramananthapuram and Tuticorin districts. The entire Gulf of Mannar engulfs distinct marine life casing 10,500-sq-kms with 21 marvelous islands with the incessant extend of coral reefs.
Fun with Flora and Fauna :
The beautiful blue ground at the Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park is the first Marine Biosphere Reserve not only in India but in the entire South East Asia. It encompasses Turtles, Balano-Glossus, Coral reefs and Dugong. Dolphin adds ecstasy to the journey of visitor. The presence of flora, coral reef and fauna adds journey in its own way. The coral reefs surrounding this region are extremely productive and are well known as “Underwater tropical Rain Forest” along with the treasure home for ornamental fishes.
The Marine Reserve :
Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park is considered to be one of the richest affluent for the biodiversity resource in the entire Indian subcontinent. The prosperity of its marine life can be judged from the reality that has more than 3,600 species of flora and fauna. Kurasadai Islands has infinite expense of Shallow waters.
Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park is exceeding more than 138 villages and towns that are stretch over five districts rely on the fishery resource that comes from the gulf. Fishing is done here on the commercial basis and at very large scale in an area of about 5,500 sq.km. and nearly 50,000 people residing in 47 villages on the coastline of the Gulf of Mannar. All the people are directly or indirectly depend upon biodiversity resource of the marine biosphere reserve for their source of revenue.
Where to Stay ?
Hotels are available in Mandapam, Ramanathapuram and Tuticorin.