Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park

Gulf Of Mannar Marine National Park

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Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park

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The Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park is a protected area of India consisting of 21 small islands (islets) and adjacent coral reefs in the Gulf of Mannar in the Indian Ocean. It lies 1 to 10 km away from the east coast of Tamil Nadu, South India for 160 km between Thoothukudi (Tuticorin) and Dhanushkodi. It is the core area of the Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve which includes a 10 km buffer zone around the park, including the populated coastal area. The park has a high diversity of plants and animals in its marine, intertidal and near shore habitats. Public access inside the Park is limited to glass bottom boat rides.

Geography

The park is part of the 140 km long and 25 km wide Mannar barrier reef. It lies between 8° 47’ to 9° 15’ N latitude and 78° 12’ to 79° 14’ E longitude. The 21 islands vary from 0.25 ha (.6 acre) to 130 ha. (321.2 acres). Total area of the islands is

The islands (listed southwest to northeast) include four in the Tuticorin group:<br />Vaan, 16.00 ha Kariyachalli, 16.46 ha ;

three in the Vembar group: <br />Uppu Thanni, 22.94 ha, elevation 4 m <br />Puluvini Challi, 6.12 ha, elevation 5.5 m <br...
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