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15 islands and several islets of the labyrinth group of islands, like Alexandra, '''Red Skin''', Boat, Hobday, Tarmugli, Grub, Chester, Snob, Bell, Pluto, Malay, '''Jolly Boys''', Riflemen, Twins and parts of Rutland island make up this park.   
 
15 islands and several islets of the labyrinth group of islands, like Alexandra, '''Red Skin''', Boat, Hobday, Tarmugli, Grub, Chester, Snob, Bell, Pluto, Malay, '''Jolly Boys''', Riflemen, Twins and parts of Rutland island make up this park.   
  
Fortunately the damage by Tsunami was not extensive and the park has been  reopened.  Both Red Skin and Jolly Bouy islands are open during season.
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The park was closed for rehabilitation after the 2004 tsunami, but has since reopened, with damage seeming to be less than originally reported.  Both Red Skin and Jolly Bouy islands are open during season.
 
The park is under the overall administrative control of the Chief Wildlife Warden of the forest department of A&N islands administration. Though the park is uninhabited, there are 8 villages adjacent to the park area with a population of about 3000 (1981 census).
 
The park is under the overall administrative control of the Chief Wildlife Warden of the forest department of A&N islands administration. Though the park is uninhabited, there are 8 villages adjacent to the park area with a population of about 3000 (1981 census).
  
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==See==
 
==See==
 
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
wandoor is good place
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1.jolly bay is a coral islands tourist like place
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The alternative to other overrun tourist spots in the Andamans. Snorkeling here is excellent during the season when the water is flat and clear. A very professionally run PADI/CMAS dive centre is now at Wandoor -  Lacadives.
2.red skin islands
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==Buy==
 
==Buy==
Being a Marine park the place does not offer any opportunity for shopping.30km by road
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Being a Marine park the place it does offer an opportunity for excellent snorkelling.26 km by road
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
Food options are limited. There are few small joints which offer limited options of eating. One can get "puri" (fried Indian bread) and potato / peas gravy etc. for breakfast & lunch. Visitors are advised to bring packed lunch packs from Port Blair.
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It is a MUST to carry food and water to Jolly Buoy as you won't find anything there. You can pick up something from Wandoor, however Visitors are advised to bring packed lunch packs and Water bottles from Port Blair.  PLEASE DO NOT THROW RUBBISH ALL OVER THE AREA.  PLEASE KEEP WANDOOR BEACH CLEAN!
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Food options are limited in Wandoor. There are few small joints which offer limited options of eating. One can get "puri" (fried Indian bread) and potato / peas gravy etc. for breakfast & lunch.
  
 
There are some small eating joints near/ on Wandoor beach (~1.5 km from Jetty) which offer Indian, Chinese and Sea Food.
 
There are some small eating joints near/ on Wandoor beach (~1.5 km from Jetty) which offer Indian, Chinese and Sea Food.
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Packaged  water, aerated drinks and fresh coconut water is available in Wandoor. Visitors should carry their own water when entering the park.  
 
Packaged  water, aerated drinks and fresh coconut water is available in Wandoor. Visitors should carry their own water when entering the park.  
  
Beer or other drinks are not available.
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Beer or other drinks are available at bars or resorts nearby.
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
  
===Lodging===
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===Lodging
Most of the visitors arrive in the morning and leave by evening. For more enthusiastic visitors Forest Guest house Wandoor offers 2 double room with attached bath and toilet for Rs. 300/600 for 1/ 2 persons respectively.
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Wandoor Guest House contact: ++91 (0)3192 280119
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ANUGAMA RESORT contact 91-9434293983 or 65-91540452
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The  rest house was under renovation in Dec 2006 and expected to add two more rooms soon. For booking one needs to make reservation via Forest Department  office (Van Sadan) located in Haddo, Port Blair.
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Simple, fresh food is prepared by the cook, if informed in advance.
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There are a few resorts/hotels at Wandoor, like Sea Princess or Anugama resort. Food and refreshments are available at these places. There are bars where one can get a cold beer.
  
There are no other places to stay at Wandoor but a high end resort is under its final stages of completion right above Wandoor beach and is called "Sea Princess Resort".
 
  
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*<sleep name="anugama resort" alt="" address="wandoor village" directions="about 1.5 km before Wanndoor jetty" phone="9775277233" url="www.anugamaresort.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="$45" lat="" long="">Anugama resort is located on the left side of the road just before reaching the jetty at Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park.</sleep>
 
===Camping===
 
===Camping===
  

Revision as of 10:15, 20 July 2012

Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park is in Andaman and Nicobar.

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Understand

Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park

Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park is a national park of India in Wandoor on the Andaman Islands. Situated 29 km. from Port Blair, the Park is located on the South Western coast of South Andaman, in the Bay of Bengal. The parks boundary runs along the coasts as well as some time along island within the range of latitude between 11°22, 06" and 11° 36 -34" N and longitude between 92° 30.00"W and 92° 40.33' E covering a total area of 281 50 ha (281.5 sq km).

15 islands and several islets of the labyrinth group of islands, like Alexandra, Red Skin, Boat, Hobday, Tarmugli, Grub, Chester, Snob, Bell, Pluto, Malay, Jolly Boys, Riflemen, Twins and parts of Rutland island make up this park.

The park was closed for rehabilitation after the 2004 tsunami, but has since reopened, with damage seeming to be less than originally reported. Both Red Skin and Jolly Bouy islands are open during season. The park is under the overall administrative control of the Chief Wildlife Warden of the forest department of A&N islands administration. Though the park is uninhabited, there are 8 villages adjacent to the park area with a population of about 3000 (1981 census).

History

Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Wandoor was established on 24th May 1983 for the protection of marine life including corals and nesting sea turtles.

Landscape

The area is dotted with islands, most of them within visual distance from each other. The islands are rocky and most of them are covered with mangroves or tropical forest. Exposed parts of the lands are beaches and rocks faces. Beaches open for tourists are shallow.

Flora and fauna

The area includes vast stretch of enchanting marine waters, bushy vegetated islands, magnificent coral reefs and sparkling sandy beaches and mangroves. Rich marine life consists of variety of coral reefs, colourful fishes, molluscs, shells, starfish, turtles, salt-water crocodile etc.

One can also view a variety of birds like White-Bellied Sea Eagle,Parakeets,Andaman Teal,Heron, Terns, Waders, Swifts etc. To see these one would required more than few hours in the park and thus ant serious birdwatcher should consider taking special permission from the forest department for a longer stay.

Climate

Climate is typically tropical. During Oct- Feb is most comfortable. Nights are quite cool and comfortable.

June to August is monsoon and practically all tourist activities are closed down due to heavy rains.

Get in

Wandoor, a small fishing hamlet is the entry point to the park. Wandoor is about 30 km from Port Blair.

One can reach Wandoor by hired taxi or by bus in about 45 min. from Port Blair.

Local bus service is reliable and offer economical alternative to taxies. Buses are available from and for Port Blair every 30 min. or so. Tickets cost Rs.10 one-way. Local buses ply from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Tourist Department of Andaman runs 2-3 mini bus trip each day. Return trip costs about Rs.90. The buses start from Andaman Teal House and can be boarded from office of Director of Information and Publicity and Tourism (IP & T), Port Blair.

Fees/Permits

The general visitors permit you receive on arrival is good for here, but additional fees will apply when hiring a boat or arranging a dive trip since this is a National Park.

To enter the park, you need entry permit. The Forest Department permit costs Rs. 50/person and is available at the counter on Wandoor jetty. Normally only 150 permits are issued each day on first come first serve basis, but in high season the number of permits are sometimes increased by Forest department.

Each camera requires additional permit of Rs. 25.

Apart from the park permit, one needs ticket for the boat ride to Red skin island which is for Rs. 300/person and includes a small boat ride in glass bottom dingy, snorkeling and return.

Plastic bottles and bags are not permitted in the park and one need to deposit money for each bottle carried. The security deposit is Rs. 100 for up to 3 bottles. On completion of the trip, you are expected to show the required number of bottles to the forest official to claim your deposit.

Jute bags are available in the forest office for hire.

Boat operators approved by forest department seems to be the only means to get around. One may explore hiring smaller dingies for moving around the park. Apart from boats in Wandoor jetty which take you in the park, local powered boats are also available at Wandoor beach which take you around for snorkeling in glass bottom boats.

See

Do

The alternative to other overrun tourist spots in the Andamans. Snorkeling here is excellent during the season when the water is flat and clear. A very professionally run PADI/CMAS dive centre is now at Wandoor - Lacadives.

Buy

Being a Marine park the place it does offer an opportunity for excellent snorkelling.26 km by road

Eat

It is a MUST to carry food and water to Jolly Buoy as you won't find anything there. You can pick up something from Wandoor, however Visitors are advised to bring packed lunch packs and Water bottles from Port Blair. PLEASE DO NOT THROW RUBBISH ALL OVER THE AREA. PLEASE KEEP WANDOOR BEACH CLEAN!

Food options are limited in Wandoor. There are few small joints which offer limited options of eating. One can get "puri" (fried Indian bread) and potato / peas gravy etc. for breakfast & lunch.

There are some small eating joints near/ on Wandoor beach (~1.5 km from Jetty) which offer Indian, Chinese and Sea Food.

Drink

Packaged water, aerated drinks and fresh coconut water is available in Wandoor. Visitors should carry their own water when entering the park.

Beer or other drinks are available at bars or resorts nearby.

Sleep

===Lodging

There are a few resorts/hotels at Wandoor, like Sea Princess or Anugama resort. Food and refreshments are available at these places. There are bars where one can get a cold beer.


  • anugama resort, wandoor village (about 1.5 km before Wanndoor jetty), 9775277233, [1]. Anugama resort is located on the left side of the road just before reaching the jetty at Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. $45.

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