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Top Wildlife Sanctuaries of Jamnagar

Jamnagar, the royal city founded by Ram Rava Jadeja sometime around 1540 AD is the capital of Jamnagar State, known for its famous wildlife sanctuaries. Though the city itself has its attractions in the form of palaces, forts and temples, what is unique is the presence of the Khijadia Bird Sanctuary, the Gaga Wildlife Sanctuary and the Marine National Park, the only one of its kind in India. Though refineries and cement industries are posing a threat, Eco-conservation measures are in place to preserve the rich heritage that Nature has been pleased to bestow on this princely state.

The Ranjitsagar Dam

The Ranjitsagar Dam, close to the city, is a mini-sanctuary of sorts with a number of birds making it their home and hunting grounds. It is only a few kilometers from Bedi Gate, located near Dared along State Highway 229 on the Sama Road. Apart from providing nesting places for birds and a feeding ground, the Dam is also a popular picnic spot and a source of water for the city. Read More..........

Gaga Wildlife Sanctuary

A 332 square km area on the coastal areas of the Gulf of Kutch was designated as the Gaga Wildlife Sanctuary in 1988. Mae up of flat wastelands and water bodies, it is home to vertebrates and invertebrates. Local birds as well as migratory birds thrive here, safe from humans and predators. You can find white pelicans, spot billed ducks, flamingos and other birds peacefully coexisting with each other.
Top Wildlife Sanctuaries of Jamnagar

Wolves, jackals, mongoose, wild cats and blue-bulls roam across the wastelands and forests in this area. Apart from these you can also view insects such as butterflies and bees thriving in the open areas. Visitors need to observe rules such as no smoking, no disturbing behavior, no littering, no picking of plants or disturbing the local wildlife. There are no amenities and visitors need to carry their own provisions. Read More.......

Khijadia Bird Sanctuary

The Khijadia Bird Sanctuary is located about 12 kilometers from Jamnagar, accessible by buses and private vehicles. The sanctuary is spread over a 6 square kilometer area covering fresh water lakes on one side of a check dam on the Ruparel river and salt water marshes and Mangroves on the other side leading to the sea. This has created a unique ecosystem and biodiversity. You can find marine species of birds as well as land birds in this sanctuary.

Top Wildlife Sanctuaries in Jamnagar

Local as well as migratory birds are the center of attraction. You will get to see birds suchas the Black Winged Kites, Pheasant Tailed Jacana, Brahminy Kite,Grey Francolin, Black Ibis, Spotted Eagle, Godwits, Comb Ducks, Black Necked Storks, cranes, teals, Garganeys, Shovelers, Wigeon, Harriers, Cormorants, Darters, Demoiselles and pintails inside the sanctuary. Come winter and migratory birds arrive, adding to the din and cacophony as they jostle for space and hunt for food, the entire area alive with the fluttering of thousands of wings. Read More..........

The Marine National Park

This is unique and the only one of its kind spread over 270 square kilometers from Jodiya to Okha, a designated marine sanctuary. The entire Marine National Park covers 110 square kilometers and was defined in 1982.

Visitors need permit from the Forest Department, the Customs and the Port authorities. Narara island, accessible from the mainland and Pirotan Islands, accessible only by boat, are the main attractions. Coral reefs are the main attraction at Pirotan and you can view a variety of marine life in the crystal clear waters. Octopus, jelly fish, star fish, sponges, crabs, mollusks, mammals, turtles and anemones are clearly visible. There are 94 species of water birds and over 100 species of algae waiting to be discovered in the Marine National Park. Start early, fix timings to coincide with the tide and wear rubber soled shoes. Narara is more convenient to visit and gives you an opportunity to explore breathtakingly beautiful and colorful coral reefs, the marine aquatic life as well as birds on this island.

Take provisions along, show respect for nature and visit in winter when the weather is pleasant to get the most out of your Jamnagar wildlife sanctuary trip.

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