Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Port Blair is a newly built park that is located near Wandoor beach, Port Blair
. It is a man made park with models of flora and fauna of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and these models are kept under specific climatic conditions that are maintained in the park.
Last month when I visited Wandoor beach
, I also went to see Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, which is located near Wandoor in Port Blair. It is also a marine interpretation centre and gives quite a lot of information on Andaman’s marine life.
The best thing is that we got to spot this crocodile there. This is a salt water crocodile which was lying there in shallow water. Isn’t this great!? Naah! because this is a model and not the real crocodile 😛
There are models of many marine creatures like this turtle below.
The picture below that I clicked there shows the colorful and vivid corals of Andaman sea.
The national park is unique in itself. As you enter the interpretation centre, you hear the sounds of sea waves around which actually gives the sense of real ocean life in the small centre.
The models which I think are wax models are kept at a fixed temperature and in certain fixed climatic conditions inside the glass cases to maintain their original state. I enjoyed my visit to this park. It is not something great but it is definitely unique and one of its own kinds, atleast in Andamans.
I just wish it was a little bigger and wider. Currently it feels a bit narrowed and too small and tight to be called a national park.
How to reach Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Port Blair: Hire a cab from Port Blair to Wandoor. The park is right before Wandoor beach.