Located on the south-western coast of the Andaman Islands, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park or Wandur National Park is a marine life conservation area situated at a distance of 25 km from the capital city of Port Blair. The wildlife sanctuary consists of a group of 12 islands which are situated in a labyrinthine shape and are home to some of the most exquisite marine life in the world including corals and resting sea turtles among other species.
Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park was established in the year 1983 in order to conserve the marine life of the area. Its surrounding areas are beauteous with pristine white-sand beaches, azure skies and clear water. Covering an area of over 220 sq. km., the national park is a great place to try some snorkelling and diving in the crystal clear water of the islands giving one an opportunity to see nature's glory from a close view. The coral reefs are the highlight of the park exhibiting their glorious forms and enchanting one and all. The famous islands to visit are Jolly buoy Islands, Redskin Island, Grub Island, Rangat Island, Neil Island and Long Island. The Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park can amaze and dazzle everyone visiting especially those who hold marine life and the sea close to their hearts.
Best Time To Visit
The best time to visit the Andaman & Nicobar Islands is from late December until April, as during this time the temperatures hover around 25 to 30 degree Celsius which is pretty comfortable. The cool sea breeze in the night allows for cool weather, and one can do with casual cotton clothing. The December to February season is also excellent for snorkelling and scuba diving as the water is pretty flat at that time. It is not advisable to travel during the monsoon season from May till October as during that time the islands receive heavy rainfall, and most parts of the Island chain are closed.
Open and Closing Time
Timing: From 6AM to 6PM, this fort is pretty much open throughout the day inviting the wanderers whenever they feel like getting a breath of fresh yet archaic air and a beautiful view. Remains closed on Mondays
Suggested duration : Between 2 to 3 hours is the average time of duration that you might spent here. But it totally depends upon personal interest and taste.
Reserve entry: INR 50
Camera: INR 25
Boat ride to Red Skin Island: INR 300
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Interesting facts about Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park
The park stretches through a huge area of 282 square kilometers.
It is fully a no plastic zone.
It was brought upon under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, to preserve coral reefs and sea turtles.
Both of the islands- Red Skin and Jolly Buoy have kinship to the Rutland Archipelago.
These islands are absolutely uninhibited.