Jamnagar has the Countrys
first Marine National Park, since
one of the rare places in the world where one can
look at corals without having to dive down into
has to walk in the water, when tide ebbs, in
about 1 to 2 feet of water and watch this
facinating underwater world of
The fascinating underwater
world of the Marine National Park & Sanctuary.
162.89 Square Kilometers of Marine National
Park and 457.92 Square Kilometers of Marine
in the Gulf of Kutch at
Jamnagar offers exotic sightings for people willing to go
on an adventure trip in this area.
In the Gulf of Kutch, there are 42
islands, out of which 33 islands have
coral reef. There are islands with sandy beaches and mangrove swamps.
These islands are a treasure-trove of marine
species and a paradise for birdwatchers.
The Marine National Park & Sanctuary has coral reefs, mangroves, sea-grass beds, mudflats, network of creeks and other ecosystems which supports rich marine life & bird life. Here one has chance to spot octopus, puffer
fish, sea turtles, lobsters,
crabs, dolphins, ray fishes, jelly fish, star fish, sea anemones, colourful
corals, exotic marine flowering plants, etc.
And if one is very very lucky then maybe
dugong which resembles seal.
Of the 42 islands, the most popular
island is Pirotan (old name is "Pir jo sthaan"
meaning the resting place of the holy Saint Khwaja Khizer
The Marine National Park & Sanctuary area has:
- Coral Reef
- 37 species of Hard
& Soft Corals
- 70 species of
- 27 species of
- 30 species of
- 200 species of
- Endangered Sea
Turtles like the Green Sea, Oliver Riddley &
- Porpoise, Common dolphins, Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins and Indo-Pacific hump-backed dolphins.
- Dugongs (very rare to spot)
- 108 species of
brown, green & red Algae
- Mangrove forests with Avicennia marina, Ceriops tagal, Aegiceras corniculatum & Rhizophora mucronata.
- Ray fishes which also include Sting Rays !!
- 200+ species of
are beautiful islands here where one can see
pristine & non corrupted sandy
Pirotan Island is
about 7 nautical miles from Rozi port. Its around 1
hour journey through the beautiful Chejja creek. You have to
board the boat from Rozi port (about 25 minutes drive from the Hotel President)
Sailing on the
tranquil waters of Chejja creek, taking the curves, with mangroves forest on both sides is a wonderful
You are sure to see lots of birds
also have a chance of spotting playful dolphins, sea turtles, ray fishes..
For access to the Marine
National Park, one has to take permissions from
the Forest Department, The Customs
the Port. In case of foreign tourists
additional permission from the Police Department
is also needed.
The fact which makes it worth
planning a trip beforehand is that, one has to
confirm the tide timings, as the boat can reach
the pirotan island only when its full tide, the
high tide has a 12 hours cycle...ie; if today high
tide is at 6AM then next high tide will be at
The tide timings keep changing everyday, so
please check the tide timings with
me, as to which date would be favorable..
As a rule of thumb, the lunar or the
Gujarati dates of 5th, 6th & 7th
are the most favorable, when the high tide
time is at day break
One should be able to go to the island for
the adventure trip, in the morning and come back
in the evening as the Island is so unexploited
that no facilities have been developed yet... Not
even drinking water is available on the
The only people there on the island are Forest Guard, Light House people &
Mujhavar (Server) at the shrine of holy Saint Khwaja
Pirotan Island in fishing boats is prohibited.
For doing the coral walk, its
advised to wear thick soled shoes or sandals,
because some of the places in the reef are sharp.
In winter it gets quite cold and the boats
available do not have covering, so its always
better to wear warm clothes and carry cold creams
to protect your skin from getting dry and in
summer, lots of sun block cream, cap and dark
For a group of 12 people (Indian
nationals) a Basic day trip would cost
about Rs. 2500 per person (which includes Permits,
Passenger Boat rental, Guide, packed Meals and potable
Water - From Rozi port to Rozi port).
Pirotan island would re-open from 16/10/2015, with regular day-trips on the dates when high tide would be in mornings..
For organising a Pirotan Island trip, you
may email your interest with list of names,
age and your address atleast 2 days before
to Mr. Mustak at Hotel President,
Island accessible by road..
One can just drive to Narara,
which is about 60 KMS from Jamnagar towards Dwarka; for doing the
"Coral Walk" without sailing to the
Most people do coral walking at Narara
only, as not every time one can reach Jamnagar on
the favorable dates to visit Pirotan.
The reef at Narara
is like Pirotan with similar marine life
We have to
consider the following points with regards to visiting Narara:
are 4 tides in a day.. 2 high tides and 2 low tides.
tide occurs every 12 hours..
Coral walk is done in the dry spell between 2 high tides.. Generally it
takes 3 and half hours for tide to reach the highest point at Narara on
any given day.. and same time is taken for the ebb..
- You may
read this article to understand tides of the sea. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tide
- For example, if high tide on 15/04/15
is predicted to be around 3.30AM and then again at 3.20PM – then the coral walk should be
started by 7 AM and one should be out of the reef by noon - which is 3 and half
hours before the next high tide.
- A coral walk of about 5 kilometers in the
reef generally takes about 3 to 4 hours.
- For visiting Narara, one has to take
permit from Forest Dept.
- Permit to be obtained on the
spot at Narara itself.
- For a group of upto 6 Indian nationals in a car, entry permit would be Rs. 400 for the group (add 25% extra on weekends & holidays). For each still
camera Rs. 200.
- For a group of upto 6 Foreign nationals in a car, entry permit would be USD. 40 for the group (add 25% extra on weekends & holidays). For each still
camera USD. 20.
- Forest Dept. has kept guides at Narara and one may be
got there after paying Rs. 300.
- For doing the coral walk, its advised to wear thick soled shoes
(old sports shoes or crocs), because some places in the reef are sharp.
- One should take along some snacks and water.
- Taxi can be hired from taxi operators at
The Issuing of Permits for visiting Narara
start from 16th October till the first rains.
For assistance in visiting Narara, knowing the coral walk timings of a particular date & retaining an experienced guide, you may contact Mr. Mustak at
Some exotic sea
life which you can see real close.
which I would like to bring up here to all who
visit this exotic places, is not
to harm anything and not to
litter.. and in the words of a good friend, "Leave
Hotel President, Teen Batti, Jamnagar -
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This website is for local & international
tourists as well as for Jamnagar residents interested in
knowing more about the area.
Thank you for the photos : Mrs. Hima
Parikh, Mr. Anil Munchandani, Bhatia Yashodhan
(Bittoo), Arpit Deomurari (Junglee),
Manish Khetia (MTV) & Amit Vyas (Jiggu).
i`ll try to keep updating this website. if you
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Mustak Amin Mepani