The Wandur National Park is located in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Indian Ocean. The Andaman and Nicobar Island groups have over 300 islands, many of which are uninhabited. The 12 islands of the Labyrinthine island group, make up the Wandur National Park, also known as the Mahatma Gandhi Marine Park.
Situated 30 Km south of Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the Wandur National Park consists of tropical islands, covered with dense forest, that includes creepers and rare orchids.
The islands have beautiful beaches but in many places, the thick vegetation comes down to the shore and the tips of leaves and branches trail in the water. Mangrove swamps along the waters edge are another fascinating sight.
The islands also have a number of caves, which can explore on your tour of Wandur National Park.Wildlife in The Wandoor National Park
The Wandur National Park is known for its rare marine life. The Olive Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), Hawskbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), Leatherback Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), and Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas) make their nesting grounds on the beaches of the islands in Wandur National Park.
There is a significant population of Estuarine Crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus) in Wandur National Park. Another rare creature found here is the Coconut Crab (Birgus latro), many species of fish, amphibians and mollusks are found along the sea shore of the Wandur National Park. Many species of water birds including the Black-naped Tern (Sterna sumatrana), Roseate Tern (Sterna dougallii) and Sooty Tern (Sterna fuscata) as well as gulls, swifts, serpent crested eagles, and ospreys live along the waters edge and feed on the abundant marine life of Wandur National Park.
While exploring the Wandur National Park, it is advisable to visit two of the most important islands of the park. These islands are Redskin Island and Jollybuoy Island. In the Redskin Island, one can observe deer brought to the island by the British. Numerous caves along the northern cliffs cover an expansive area in Redskin. Across the channel is Tarmugli, which has a wide coral reef on the southwestern side and an idyllic diving cove at the farthest end of the reef.
Jollybuoy Island on the other hand is most visited for its marine and bird species. Encircled by a reef, the biggest attraction of this island is a sandy beach on its northern end.
Another prime attraction of the Wandur National Park in Andaman and Nicobar Islands is the giant clam that can grow up to 3 feet. Coral reef of a large variety can also be enjoyed here.
Other animal friends found in abundance in this national park in south India are Leatherback, Hawksbill, Olive Ridley and Green Turtles, Estuarine Crocodiles, Coconut Crab, Roseate Tern, and Black-naped Tern, Sooty Tern, Starfish, Cowries, Turbots and Spider Conch, to name a few.
More great attractions can be found in the Explore Wildlife in India page.