This National Park Has Been Hiding All Along


You are hovering over the liquid domains, the sunlight playing peekaboo with your eyes bounces off the sparkling surface, a deafening silence engulfs you for seldom. Now, can you imagine what remains beneath? You peep into the calm blue waters through the mirrored-bottomed boat. Hide-and-seek is, these are the vibes that rejuvenate you while drifting near the Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park- fun and frolic just like its dwellers.

Extending from Rameshwaram to Tuticorin, marine majesty stands on an unfamiliar light at the Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park. Spread across a territory of 560 sq km and in the Coromandel Coast zone, the national park comprises 21 islets enclosed by coral reef areas and the shallow underwater environment of aquatic biodiversity.

The national park is regarded amongst the wealthiest areas in terms of aquatic biodiversity and is endowed with three marine ecosystems; Seagrass, Coral Reefs, and Mangroves. Such is the allure and magnificence of the coral reefs of the Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park that they are usually revered as the Underwater Tropical Rainforest.

The place remains a rich natural history of relevance. The Pearl Banks of Pinctada fucata and Pinctada Radiata have been a pearl-harvesting abode. Now, the national park situation does not allow this, but tourism is being disclosed as a vast moment, recognitions to the wealth of raw and living beauty.

Glass-bottom boats are accessible to probe this beaut attraction in Tamil Nadu. The national park offers a vision into the 11 species of seagrass and 117 species of hard coral present in the reservoir’s biodiversity. Whereas aquatic creatures are concerned, the reserve houses five species of turtles along with other marine species.

Apart from a lazy boat ride over the crystal clear waters, Dhanushkodi, Rameshwaram and the neighbouring places of Marine National Park offer several pathways for visitors.