Posted by : sandeep April 20, 2019

 As you leave from  Rameshwaram to Tuticorin, a new face of nature unleashes. Mannar Marine National Park is a UNESCO declared natural biosphere and is one of the richest areas in terms of marine biodiversity. The first Marine Biosphere Reserve in south-east Asia it is blessed with a  mix of marine, intertidal and shore habitats.

The  Mannar Biosphere Reserve covers a huge area of 1050000 hectares, on the south-east coast of India across from Sri Lanka and considered as one of the world’s richest regions from a marine biodiversity perspective. 

Complete combo of beaches, forest, algal community, sea grasses, coral reefs, mangroves and salt marshes, this biosphere reserve comprises 21 mesmerizing islands.

Considered biologically the richest coastal region, Gulf of Mannar has around 3,600 species of plants and animals known to live within its boundaries.

World famous “Adam's Bridge” or Ram Seth provides a natural division to Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay between India and Sri Lanka.

Recognized in 1989 by Indian Government with the assistance of UNEP, it is a home to sea horses, diverse species of fish, sea cucumbers, sponges, assorted kinds of corals and species of sea grass. In addition more than 150 species of bird are found nowhere else. More than 10 species of mangrove forms a natural ecosystem  provide a chosen habitat and important fish nurseries.

Located in Ramanathapuram and Tuticorin district Mannar Biosphere reserve is a place which give pleasure to mind aesthetically. The biosphere is divided into three explicit Marine ecosystems like Coral reefs, Sea grass and Mangroves accompanied by salt marshes and Algal communities and the enchanting beaches accentuate the beauty of this place.

Though it experience tropical climate condition but receives heavy pour down during October to December due to both Southwest and Northwest monsoon.

Other Places to Visit- 

 Rameshwaram Comorin Cape (S India), Ramen Point, Pamban Pass, Tuticorin, Kanyakumari Port, Vivekananda rock - Thiruvalluvar Statue. The park has certain visiting hours with a very nominal entry fees [Rs. 10 per adult and Rs. 5 per child].

Best time to visit :

October to March is the best season to visit Mannar, as the climate is favorable for those not accustomed  to Humid and Hot Climate.

How to Reach Gulf of Mannar :

By Air- 

Madurai is the nearest airport which is about 150 Km away from the Gulf of Mannar- Marine National Park. Car on Rent Madurai ,may be hired since the airport is well connected to the road routes.

By Train – 

Rameshwaram is the nearest railway station. A well defined railway connectivity from Madurai , Kanyakumari, Chennai, Tirupati. Okha to Rameshwaram is a special train for the people travelling from Gujarat.

By Road – 

Cab hire services from Chennai , Madurai and all the major locations is available through clear car rental, providing chauffeur driven car and cab, trusted and authentic travel partner.You may book Taxi or Cab from multiple cities to enjoy an enchanting experince at Gulf of Mannar.

Accommodation in Gulf of Mannar – 

Travellers looking for accommodation may choose to stay as per their budget.Many hotels with tariff ranging from 1200 Rs /Night to 3000 Rs /Night are available out side the park .

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 Stay tuned to explore other Biosphere Reserves in India ! Also read Pachmarhi biosphere 

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