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Gulf Of Mannar Marine National Park

The Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park is a protected area of India consisting of 21 small islands 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.[2] The park has a high diversity of plants and animals in its marine, intertidal and near shore habitats. Public access inside the Park is prohibited.

Gulf Of Mannar Marine National Park


09°01′00″N 78°43′00″E / 9.0166667°N 78.7166667°E / 9.0166667; 78.7166667




Tamil Nadu


Thoothukudi & Ramanathapuram



Nearest city

Madurai 150 km

Time zone

IST (UTC+5:30)


560 km2 (216 sq mi)


•      900 mm (35.4 in)



Governing body

Tamil Nadu Ministry of Environment and Forests


Visitor Information

Glass bottomed boats available at Mandapam cater to tourists visiting the area. Access to the Islands is prohibited.

The nearest railway stations are at Mandapam and Tuticorin.

Contact: S. Shenbagamoorthy, the Wildlife Warden, Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve, Tamil Nadu Dept of Environment and Forests, Ramanathapuram, Ramanathapuram Dt., Tamil Nadu. Phone:04567-230079

Dr.V.K. Melkani, I.F.S. is Chief Conservator of Forests and Director of Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve Trust (GOMBRT), 366, Vandikara Street, Solaikili Towers, Ramanathapuram 623 501, Tamil Nadu. Phone: 04567-226 335, Fax: 04567 -229 228,
E-mail: gombrt_rnd@yahoo.co.in