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Crocodile Park

Rom and Zai Whitaker established the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust in 1976 with a specific goal of breeding the crocodile population of the Mugger .

Guindy National Park

The 2.70 km� CHENNAI - Guindy National Park, is unique in more ways than one.
Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
Vedanthangal Lake is at an altitude of 122 m. This Bird Sanctuary established in 1858 in an area of 70 acres, is 85 kms from Chennai
Gulf Of Manner Marine National Park
This Marine park of Mannar spreads along 560 Km stretch between Rameswaram and Tuticorin. It is lying within the Bio Sphere of Mannar
Mukkurthi National Park
Short 45 Kms drive from Udhagamandalam, martenspread over an area 79 km on the south eastern corner of the Nilgiris Plateau.

Gulf Of Manner Marine National Park

turtuleMannar Marine National Park: This Marine park of Mannar spreads along 560 Km stretch between Rameswaram and Tuticorin. It is lying within the Bio Sphere of Mannar. Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve covers an area of 10,500 Sq.KM. on the south-east coast of India. This biosphere covers the coasts of Rameswaram, Tuticorin, Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari. It is one of the world's richest regions from marine bio diversity perspective and it is also the first marine Biosphere Reserve in Southeast Asia. The Biosphere Reserve comprises of 21 islands with estuaries, Mudflats, Beaches, Forests of the on- shore environment, including marine components like Algae communities, Sea grasses, coral reefs, Salt marshes and Mangroves. Among the Gulf's 3600 plant and animal species, there are globally endangered species of Sea Cow (Dugong) and six mangrove species endemic to peninsular India.

Marakairs, a local community is engaged in fishing. The Coastal Biosphere comprises of more than 125 villages and about 1,00,000 human population. The Biosphere conservation is becoming increasingly difficult because of the Dynamite fishing, Mechanised fishing boats, danger of fishing nets hauling un-targeted marine population and Coral  Population,  and excessive harvesting of fish.


Other Information

Location Located in the areas of Thoothukudi and Ramanathapuram districts near Mandapam � 150 kms away from Madurai
Area 623 ha. (21 islands)
Marine species Characteristic tropical Flora and Fauna, Coral reefs, Dugongs, Turtles, Dolphins and Balano-glossus.    
Nearest Railway station Mandapam - Thoothukudi
Best season Throughout the year
Accommodation Hotels at Mandapam
Other facilities Boats  
For more details The Wildlife Warden, Gulf of Mannar, Marine National Park, 76/1, Madurai Salai, Mandapam, Ramanathapuram District 623 501.