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Marine National Park, Gujarat

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The Gulf of Kutch is home to India’s first Marine Wildlife Sanctuary (1980) and Marine National Park (1982). Along the southern coast of Kutch and the northern coast of Jamnagar district, there are 42 tropical islands that make up this archipelago. Echinoderms like starfish, sea cucumbers, and sea urchins, endangered fishes like puffer fish, sea horse, stingray, mudskippers, and whale sharks, and endangered sea turtles such as green sea turtles, olive ridleys, and leatherbacks are seen here.

Nearby Places to See

It is a holy city on the coast, about 30 kilometres from the Marine National Park, and the capital of Lord Krishna’s kingdom. It is home to the ancient temple of Dwarakadhish dedicated to Shri Krishna. The original temple dates back more than 1500 years and was enlarged during the 15th century.
Khijadia Bird Sanctuary
This sanctuary, which is just over 6 square kilometres in size, is situated 14 kilometres from Jamnagar, the district’s administrative centre. It is home to over 220 different bird species, many of which are migratory. The sanctuary contains both freshwater lakes and fresh and saltwater marshes, creating a one-of-a-kind natural landscape for birds. It is listed in the Wetlands of International Importance by 2022.
Lakhota Palace & Lake
Local rulers constructed the palace and lake in the 18th century. The lake was built with the intention of being useful during droughts. The palace is shaped like a semicircle and is located in the centre of the lake. The palace is now a museum housing antiquity sculptures, pottery, and weapons.