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Gulf Of Mannar Marine National Park

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Gulf Of Mannar Marine National Park Overview

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Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park is a famous national park in the Gulf of Mannar with a core area of 560 sq km. This national park lies in the Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve and covers an area of over 10,500 sq km. The biosphere is popular for its rich marine biodiversity.

The park consists of 21 islands along with estuaries, mudflats, beaches and forests. Among 21 islands, seven islands belong to Mandapam group, other 7 islands to Keelakarai group, 3 islands to Vembar group and remaining to Tuticorin group.

In 1986, the Pamban to Tuticorin Barrier Reef was declared as a national park. However, it was converted into a Biosphere Reserve in 1989. The Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park is a home to various species such as sea horse, sea cow, dolphins and sea cucumbers. There are around 3,600 different species of flora and fauna in the marine national park. The reef of the Gulf of Mannar also provides shelter to sprats, herrings, barracuda, sea horses, dolphins, balanoglossus, pearl oysters and turtles. Migratory birds can also be seen in this national park.
 

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Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park, Dhanushkodi

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