With vast stretches of ocean water dominating the coastline and numerous
streams, rivers and lakes cutting across the country, the marine life in
India is bound to be an exciting thing to watch out for. Tourists from far
off flock to India in large numbers to view the fascinating under water
world. This world is completely different from the world, in which we as
human beings live. It is one radiant and vibrant world inhabited by dazzling
denizens. No doubt, it is always a pleasure to watch this world or simply
Marine life can be viewed in two ways. The first method entails a person
to take a plunge into the water and explore the deep world himself. This
is a far more interesting and adventurous option than the second one (as
discussed later), because it gives you an opportunity to see the world
as it is viz., without any human interference. The fishes, sea turtles,
dolphins and various other living being go about in their usual manner
without acknowledging the presence of any intruder. The second method
is preferred by those people who do not wish to jump into the water but
still want to enjoy the marine life. These people too have ample opportunity
to stay outside and seek the pleasure of seeing the exotic inhabitants
of the water.
For those interested in seeing the marine life right under the water,
snorkelling and scuba diving are just the perfect option. There are many
location in India where these adventure activities can be enjoyed. However,
if tourists wish to stay overland, angling and fishing are the right choice.
In India, opportunities for all these activities are immense. However,
places where angling and fishing can be enjoyed far exceeds the places
where snorkelling and diving can be enjoyed. The reason for this is quiet
simple - the area covered by rivers, streams and lakes across the country
is far more than the areas that have coastline. Anyways, disregarding
the number of places available, the fact remains that enjoyment experienced
at each of these places is simply outstanding and unforgettable.
Major Sites for Marine Life in India
For Snorkeling and Diving
Andaman &Nicobar Islands -
An archipelago of 572 islands, the
Andaman and Nicobar Islands, together are a precious jewel of India. The
mystic beauty of the land is simply divine. The water of Andamans hold
within itself a terrific world with colourful fishes and exceptional coral
reefs. These can be enjoyed by tourists by means of snorkelling and diving
in the water. For diving, there is the Scuba Diving Society situated at
Wandoors, while for snorkelling Andaman Water Sports Complex, Corbyn's
Cove Tourism Complex, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Havelock and
other islands are just perfect.
The Bangaram Island in Lakshwdeep is open for tourists
to enjoy water sports like swimming and snorkelling. This island is completely
uninhabited apart from a lone resort that houses the incoming guests.
The island is surrounded by lagoons which is 10 km long and 6 km wide.
Glass bottom boats are also available here for those who wish to enjoy
the marine life without getting wet. Scope for angling and fishing is
For Angling and Fishing
Corbett National Park -
Stretching along the banks of river Ramganga,
the Corbett National Park is a delight for the lovers of angling and fishing.
The famous fish Masheer, that weighs around 45 kgs, is found in aplenty
in the waters of river Ramganga. There is also another river, Kosi, where
angling and fishing can be extremely exciting.
Periyar National Park -
The Periyar National Park is the pride
of south India, as far as wildlife is concerned. With Lake Periyar occupying
the central portion of the park, the marine life viewing becomes much
more easier. Angling is an exciting option for tourists.
Tirthan Valley -
Located in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Tirthan
valley is a delight for anglers and fishers. The freshwater houses many
varieties of trouts which can be caught by the anglers.