Andaman and Nicobar Islands are truly rich in biodiversity, wildlife and natural attractions as the archipelago of plenty of islands. The national parks listed here in Andaman are considered as one of the hottest favorite destinations for wildlife photographers, activists and conservationists thanks to its fascinating coral reefs, marine life, and exotic underwater world.
These national parks are scattered across the Indian Ocean in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. These national parks would definitely give you a magical experience on your trip. Read on and learn about these beautiful national parks to visit in Andaman.
1. Mount Harriet National Park
Mount Harriet National Park is well regarded as one of the most popular national parks in the archipelago and is considered as the most visited and exotic national parks. Stretched over 46 sq. km, Mount Harriet National Park is located around 383m and houses only few wildlife species like turtles, robber crabs and Andaman wild pigs. You can spend a great time in the wilderness and enjoy the world-class facilities in the wilderness.
Location – Hope Town, Port Blair
Timings – 7AM to 5PM, Everyday
Entry – Rs. 10 for child, Rs. 25 per person (Indian), and Rs. 250 per person (foreigners)
2. Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park
Located in the proximity to Wandoor Beach, Port Blair, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park is a well known tourist attraction. You can get up close with lively coral reefs, vivid marine life and snorkeling attractions. This artificial national park has plenty of flora and fauna to explore. You can witness some of the rare species like wild boar, water lizard, and sea snakes. In addition, the national park is stretched over 15 islands having tropical rainforests and mangrove creeks.
Timings – Open 24×7 from Tuesday to Sunday, Closed on Monday
Location – SH8
3. Campbell Bay National Park
Campbell Bay National Park is over 190 km from Sumatra region and is sprawled over 426 km sq. This busy national park is rich in marine life and houses different wildlife species, such as Megapode, crab-eating macaque, Nicobar pigeon and robber crabs. If you want to explore nature at its best, cabin and camp facilities are also offered by park authorities to have a great day out.
Timings – 12 midnight to 12 Noon
Location – Island of Great Nicobar
4. North Button Island National Park
The North Button Island National Park is a famous attraction among several popular national parks in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Stretched around 114 sq. km, this island is a great crowd puller in Andaman Islands thanks to its rich biodiversity and fauna species. You can explore it from December to March at its best and spot several rare species like water monitors, dugong, and dolphins.
Location – North Button Island
5. Galathea National Park
Galathea National Park is strategically located under Great Nicobar Biosphere Reserve on Great Nicobar Island. It was established in the year 1992. It houses diverse species of animals and birds. The forest buffer zone stretched over 12 km separates it from Campbell Bay National Park. The forest also has a provision for watch towers to serve animal lovers to view different species like pythons, giant leatherback turtles, and Malayan box turtles. The national park also offers a lot of activities like sea walks, snorkeling, boating and scuba diving.
Location – Island of Great Nicobar
Timings – 12AM to 12PM
6. Saddle Peak National Park
Stretched over 85 sq. km, Saddle Peak National Park is located on the north of Andaman. It houses rare flora and fauna species, such as Andaman hill myna, wild pig, imperial pigeon, saltwater crocodiles, and water monitor lizards. It is truly a retreat for trekking enthusiasts. It features a long 8-km trek towards the mountain peak from its entry.
Timings – 4AM to 5PM (Monday to Sunday)
Location – Saddle Peak, Middle and North Andaman
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Does Andaman have India’s smallest national park?
Yes, South Button Island National Park is the smallest national park in India. It is stretched over just 0.03 sq. km. At No.2 stands Mandla Plant Fossil National Park in Madhya Pradesh, which is stretched over 0.27 sq. km. It is the smallest national park in mainland and second smallest in India.
2. How many national parks Andaman Islands have?
Andaman and Nicobar Islands have total 9 national parks. Mount Harriet National Park is one of the most frequented and exotic national parks among other national parks.
3. What is the largest national park in India?
Hemis National Park is considered to be largest when it comes to area. It is stretched over 3350 sq. km and is well located in Leh District of J&K. But when it comes to popularity, Jim Corbett National Park stands as the most diverse destination in India.
4. What is the state bird of Andaman Island?
The Andaman Wood Pigeon is known as the state bird of the archipelago. It is found in Andaman Islands only. It is endemic to such islands owing to dense green jungles. The colour of the bird is a blend of darkie slate hues in upper and light blue grey in their underbelly.