When everything in Andaman and Nicobar is unique, how could wildlife remain behind. Andaman and Nicobar is home to some exclusive flora and fauna that stays hidden in the deep jungles of these islands or in the lagoons surrounding the islands.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands are also a great place for all the enthusiastic bird watchers. The main attraction among birds definitely is the Nicobari Pigeon.
Great Nicobar Biosphere Reserve
Situated in The Great Nicobar Island, the biggest island of Nicobar group, the reserve covers an area of 885 sq. km, nearly 85% of the total land area of Great Nicobar island.
It was declared as a Reserve in January of 1989. It incorporates two National parks of India namely Cambell Bay National Park on the northern part of the island and Galathea National Park on the southern part.
The main attraction of the reserve are Nicobar scrubfowl, the Edible-nest Swiftlet, the Nicobar Long-tailed Macaque, saltwater crocodile, giant Leatherback Sea Turtle, Malayan box turtle, Nicobar tree shrew, reticulated python and the giant robber crab.
Saddle Peak National Park
Saddle Peak National Parkwas started in Andaman district in the year 1979. It spreads on an area of 33sq.km. Situated just 5km from Diglipur, it is nearly 200km from Port Blair which is the administrative centre of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and also the nearest airport.
The forest area of the islands is covered by thick tropical rain forests. The main vegetation is generally conducive to humid, warm and wet tropical climate. The main animal species in the park comprises Andaman wild pig, water monitor lizard, salt water crocodile. The important birds found here are Andaman hill mynah and imperial pigeon. The best time to visit the park is between November and March. For accommodation, there are two rest houses inside the park.
Marine National Park
Covering an area of 281sq.km., Marine National Park is just 20 km from the capital of Andaman and Nicobar island, Port Blair. The park is spread over 15 islands of Labrynth group of Islands towards the West Coast of south Andaman. Each Island has diverse flora and that comprises of moist deciduous evergreen forests and mangroves in small numbers.
The island shores are nesting grounds for 5 different types of tropical sea turtles. The main attraction for most tourists to this park is the living coral reefs and colorful marine life. Water-monitor, lizard, wild boar, sea snakes are other animal species that are found here. December to April are the best months for visiting the park.
More great attractions can be found in the Explore Wildlife in India page.