About Marine National Park
Marine National Park in the Gulf of Kutch is situated on the southern shore of the Gulf of Kutch in the Dwarka district of Gujarat state, India.
Established in the early 1980s, Marine National Park was the first one of its kind in India.
It is the first national marine park of India with 42 islands on the Jamnagar coast in the Marine National Park. The best-known island is Pirotan.
Inundated by temperamental seawaters twice a day, the Marine National Park stands as a vanguard to a very fragile eco-system, which is as good as any underwater forest eco-system. The protected area has a great diversity of habitats- ranging from coral reefs, mangroves, mudflats, creeks, estuaries, sandy strands to saline grasslands, marshy areas, and rocky shores.
Turtles, shrimp, sponges, eels, sea urchins lurk among the corals and huge schools of fish create a brilliance of colors that are unknown, unseen, and unimaginable
The Fauna and Flora
70 species of sponges are found. Coral 52 species including 44 species of hard coral 10 species of soft coral and almost 90 species of birds.
Jellyfish, Portuguese man of war, and sea anemones are other coelenterates found here. Arthropods include 27 species of prawns, 30 species of crabs, lobsters, shrimps, and other crustaceans. Mollusks like pearl oysters and sea slugs are present.
Octopus which changes color is also found.
There are 7 species of mangroves here, performing vital functions such as maintaining the balance between salt and fresh water systems and protecting the coast from erosion. The mangrove trees can be identified by their peculiar roots, which reach up through the mud and out of the water.
Best Time To Visit
October to March is the fair period to visit the sanctuary.
- Lakhota Talav Jamnagar
- Bala Hanuman Temple
- Lakhota Palace & Museum
- Darbargadh Palace
- Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary
How To Reach Marine National Park
From Jamnagar 7 km.