Marine National Park

Pirotan Marine National Park

Best Season October and March 

BRAIN CORAL
Marine National Park Pirotan
Gujarat has the distinction of creating the country's first Marine National Park spread over an area of nearly 458 sq.kms in the Gulf of Kutch. 30 km. from jamnagar.
Here corals create fantastes in stone and are the master builders of the Park. Their limestine fortresses-each one the work of a colony of countless tiny animals- come in an amazing variety of shapes and sizes, from the convoluted brain coral to corals that look like horns. Here you will find plants that look like animals and animals that look like plants. Turtles, shrimp, sponge. eels, sea urchin lurk among the corals and huge schools of fish create a brilliance of colours that are unknown , unseen and unimaginable to us.


CORAL
coral
There are fishes to be seen which puff-up when threatened, octopuses that mimic the colour and texture of the surroundings in the blink of an eyelid so as to vanish without a trace. There are gobies which clean parasites from other fish and fishes who burrow so deep only their eyes are seen. You will easily spot fishes that look like stars and spot dolphins herding schools of fish for a hearly meal. Dugong, a marine mammal which resembles a sea and the rare Boralia species are found in these protected areas.

PUFFER FISH
puffer fish

At times it seems as if evety life form here is familiar with the are of magic as each seem to trick the other for food and shelter. Above the waters, mangrove plants with their tangled roots and densely packed leaves prevent land based predators from penetrating but provide scores of birds with nesting an roostings sites. There is no doubt that life in the coral feef is like witnessing a thousand rainbows in kaleidoscopic way.


MANGROVE PLANTS AROUND THE MARINE NATIONAL PARK

In India the horse tribe is represented by the Indian wild ass. In the Little Rann of Kutch. the asses are attracted by the flat grass covered expanses known as bets or islands where coarse grasses spring up in monsoon. with the advent of summer. the asses move to other bets in which there is perennial supply of water and grass.

Jamnagar

Khambhalia Gate

firefox Jamnagar, or the city of Jams was built by the Jadeja Rajputs, as their capital in 1540 and the city was among one of the important princely states of saurashtra. This city was built around the small Ranmal Lake and in the centre of the Lake is a small palace.

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Ranmal Lake

Ranmal (Lakhota) lake In the centre of old Jamnagar, on an island, are located two magnificient old structures, the Lakhota Fort, in middle of the Lake and Bhujia Kotha just near by to the Lake. Lakhota Fort is Jamnagar's Museum and its terraces display a fine collection of sculpture that spans from a period of the 9th Century to the 18th Century. The Bhujia Kotha is Jamnagar's arsenal. One of its most interesting sights is an old well, the water of which can be drawn by blowing into a small hole in the floor.

Foundation

Three foundation stone were laid; one can see one of them in “Dilawar” cycle shop near Wellington Circle (Darbar Garh). Second one can be seen in Mr. P. H. Sheth’s home near Ram Hotel (Darbar Garh). Third foundation stone’s location is not known. Although Jam Rawal named this city as Nawanagar, even till 1800 AD City’s business man referred this city as its old name or “Nagni” hence it can be concluded that there was a flourishing city when Jam Rawal took over crown of Jamnagar. Jamnagar city is oldest city in Saurashtra, it was aptly named “Jamnagar” from “Nawanagar” from rulers of the city.