Pirotan Island

Marin National Park

Jamnagar has India’s first marine National park (Pirotan Island), since 1982

Coral Walking by Tourists

It is located 12 nautical miles (22 km) off the coast (Bedi Port), consists of mangroves and low-tide beaches, and has an area of 3 square kilometers. The center of the island is at 22°35′59.7″N 69°57′20.8″E / 22.599917°N 69.955778°E / 22.599917; 69.955778. Rozi island is located about 10 kilometers to the southeast.

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Of the 42 islands in the park, Pirotan Island is the most popular and is one of the two islands where visitors are normally permitted. Visitation is strictly limited, permission is required from the Forest Department, Customs Department and the Ports. The mangroves consist mainly of species of Rhizophora, Avicennia and Ceriops.

This is one of the rare places in the world where one can look at corals without having to dive down into the water. One just has to walk in the water, when the tide ebbs, in about 1 to 2 feet of water and watch this fascinating underwater world of corals.

The fascinating underwater world of the Marine Sanctuary & National Park.

162.89 Square Kilometers of Marine National Park and 457.92 Square Kilometers of Marine Sanctuary in the Gulf of Kutch at Jamnagar offers exotic sightings for people willing to go on an adventure trip in this area.

In the Gulf of Kutch, 42 islands sit like little gems in the Arabian Sea. Fringed by coral reefs, sandy beaches and mangrove swamps, these islands are a treasure-trove of marine species and a paradise for birdwatchers.

One can see, octopus, jelly fish, star fish, colourful corals, exotic marine flowering plants, puffer fish, sea horse, huge green sea turtles, lobsters, dolphins, etc.

And if one is very lucky then maybe a dugong which resembles seals.

Of the 42 islands, the most popular island is Pirotan (old name is “Pir jo thaan” meaning the place of the holy Saint Khwaja Khizer Alaihisalaam).

  • Excellent Coral Reefs
  • 37 species of Hard & Soft Corals
  • 70 species of Sponges
  • 27 species of Prawns
  • 30 species of Crabs
  • 200 species of Molluscs
  • Endangered Sea Turtles like the Green Sea, Oliver Riddley & Leather Back.
  • 3 Speices of Sea Mammals
  • 94 species of Water Birds
  • 78 species of terrestrial birds
  • 108 species of brown, green & red Algae
  • There are beautiful islands here where one can see pristine & non corrupted sandy beaches…

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Population

The only people there on the island are the Forest Guard, the Light House people & the Mujhavar (Server) at the Holy Saint Khwaja Khizer R.A. shrine (Durgah).

Most visitors come in the morning with the high tide and leave by evening. Weekends in winters may bring more than 200-300 visitors.

Visiting Pirotan

The island being protected marine park, several permissions are required for visiting. For Indian Nationals, permission from local forest office and Custom office is required. Foreign nationals additionally require permission for Police Office.

There are no routine ferry service to island. Local fishing boats can be hired from Bedi Jetty or Sikka Jetty. These boats take about 1.5 hours to reach the island. Since the beach is very shallow, the boats can only reach the island during high tide and leave the island during high tide.

Marine

Marine life-forms found include:

  • Various types of Crabs
  • Neptune
  • Wolf
  • King crab
  • Hermit crabs
  • Ghost crabs
  • Sea Scorpions
  • Wiper- Isosceles
  • Sea snakes
  • Sea slugs
  • Sea Horse
  • Squid
  • Sea Anemone
  • Octopus
  • Sea Worms
  • sabella
  • Mud Skipper
  • Sea Bonellia
  • Coaster Cather
  • Sea Urchin

Sea-birds

Flamingo, Cranes, Sea Gull, Harring Gull, Blackhead Gull, Crab Plover Gull, Puffin.

Part of Pirotan Island from the top of the lighthouse.

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Yellow Carpet sea Anemone at Pirotan Island

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Connectivity To Jamnagar

By Road: Jamnagar has a well-established road link to various cities of Gujarat like Rajkot, Porbundar, Bhuj, Bhavnagar, Ahmedabad, Baroda and Surat.

Bus : ST buses go hourly to Rajkot and every 30 minutes to Junagadh; other buses go to Dwarka, Porbandar, Bhuj and Ahemdabad and other places of Gujarat.

There are various private bus companies having modern buses in good condition and which are air conditioned; plying between Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Baroda, Surat, Mumbai, etc

By Rail: Jamnagar Railway Station is well connected with Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Calcutta and other important cities of India through regular trains.

The Saurashtra Mail and the Saurashtra Express are the popular trains that run between Jamnagar and Mumbai. Inter City Train Between Jamnagar and Ahmedabad leaves in the early morning. There are also trains to Dwarka.

By Air: Jamnagar Airport 10 km. The Jamnagar airport has daily flights connecting it with Mumbai.

There is no minibus service to the airport, which is a long way out. Hotel President has Courtesy Coach to the Airport.

Local Connectivity

Auto-rickshaws: Auto rickshaws are available in Jamnagar for covering shorter distances within the city.

Taxis: Taxis are widely used in Jamnagar for commuting outside the city, contact the Front office of the hotel where you stay, they will arrange, or you can go directly to the Taxi stand near S.T. Bus stand to hire them.

Anything in Jamnagar city is within 10 minutes traveling distance…

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Pirotan Island Connectivity

Presently one can charter 25/30 seater boats for visiting the Pirotan Island.
Pirotan Island is about 12 nautical miles from Bedi port. Its a 2 hours journey by the boats available.
Sailing in the marine national park by boat is also a wonderful experience…
You are sure to see lots of birds on the Islands and you also have a chance of spotting the playful dolphins.
Sailing of tourists in fishing boats, is not permitted.

For access to the Marine National Park, one has to take permissions from the Forest Department, The Customs Department & the Port. In case of foreign tourists additional permission from the Police Department is also needed.

The fact which makes it worth planning a trip beforehand is that, one has to confirm the tide timings, as the boat can reach the pirotan island only when its full tide, the tide has a 12 hours cycle…ie; if today morning the full tide is at 6AM then again at evening 6PM it will be full tide…
The tide timings keep changing everyday, so one should checkup the tide timings with organizers as to when the day will be favorable… As a rule of thumb, the lunar or the Gujarati dates of 5th, 6th & 7th are the most favorable, when the tide is there in the morning.
Please carry necessary beverage
NOTE: -“Alcohol is not permitted in Gujarat”

Island is so unexploited that no facilities have been developed yet… Not even drinking water is available on the island.
The only people there on the island are the Forest Guard, the Light House people & the Mujhavar (Server) at the Holy Saint Khwaja Khizer R.A. Dargah.

For doing the coral walk, its advised to wear thick soled shoes or sandals, because some of the places in the reefs are sharp.

For assistance with regards to tide timings & the booking of boats, you may contact Hotel President, Jamnagar

Hotel President, Teen Batti, Jamnagar – 361 001, Gujarat, India.
Phone: +91 288 2557491 Fax: +91 288 2558491
Email: info@hotelpresident.in

The favorable dates for
visiting Pirotan island in 2010 are
:

Date

Day

high Tide Time

Starting time from Port (approx.)

Return time to Port                 (approx.)

January  2010

6

Wednesday

6 AM

4 AM

7.30 PM

7

Thursday

6.40 AM

4.30 AM

8 PM

8

Friday

7.20 AM

5 AM

8.30 PM

9

Saturday

8.10 AM

6 AM

9.30 PM

10

Sunday

9.20 AM

7 AM

10.30 PM

23

Saturday

6.15 AM

4 AM

8.30 PM

24

Sunday

6.45 AM

4.30 AM

9.30 PM

25

Monday

7.30 AM

5 AM

10.45 PM

26

Tuesday

8.40 AM

6.30 AM

11.45 PM

February  2010

5

Friday

6 AM

4 AM

7.15 PM

6

Saturday

6.30 AM

4.30 AM

8.15 PM

7

Sunday

7.15 AM

5.15 AM

10 PM

8

Monday

8.10 AM

6.10 AM

11.30 PM

19

Friday

4.41 AM

3 AM

11.15 PM

20

Saturday

5.10 AM

3.15 AM

6.15 PM

21

Sunday

5.40 AM

4 AM

7.30 PM

22

Monday

6.10 AM

4.15 AM

8.15 PM

23

Tuesday

7 AM

5 AM

10.15 PM

24

Wednesday

8.20 AM

6.15 AM

11.30 PM

March 2010

6

Saturday

5.20 AM

3.15 AM

6.30 PM

7

Sunday

6 AM

4 AM

7.30 PM

8

Monday

6.30 AM

4.30 AM

9 AM

9

Tuesday

7.30 AM

5.15 AM

11.00 PM

21

Sunday

4.41 AM

3 AM

6 PM

22

Monday

5.15 AM

3.15 AM

6.45 PM

23

Tuesday

6 AM

4 AM

7.45 PM

24

Wednesday

7 AM

5 AM

9.30 PM

25

Thursday

8.30 AM

6.30 AM

10.45 PM

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19 responses to this post.

  1. Outstanding page:D Hope to definitely come back soon

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  2. Posted by dhiraj gada on November 7, 2009 at 2:24 PM

    give me piraton islend information and contact number

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    • Posted by Pratik Yagnik on February 17, 2010 at 12:17 PM

      Sorry for delay in reply … I have added information about how to reach Pirotan Island , and to whom you need to contact ….

      Reply

  3. Posted by nishit on February 10, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    i sn pirotan last week…………it’s nice place ever…

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  4. Posted by shailesh patel on May 19, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    please to start return tourism of pirotan island b’cos in saurastra have one most of beautiful place so please don’t close it

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  5. Posted by pranav shah on June 11, 2010 at 6:54 AM

    ok thnx

    its a very nice blog

    being an mba in hospitality & tourism students i would sure like to visit wit our group, we are from suret.

    kindly send me details to visit the place.
    ok
    i m eagerl w8ing soon.

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  6. Posted by Dhawal Jariwala on July 8, 2010 at 8:14 AM

    A very nice blog with relevant information regarding this great island in Gujarat.
    Plz sed me other details regarding this island.
    I m also the student of MBA TOurism and Hospitality Management .

    So waiting for your reply.

    Thanks once again.

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    • Posted by Pratik Yagnik on July 19, 2010 at 12:41 PM

      Thanks for your appreciation.. but to know more about this island you better visit Gujarat tourism website…

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  7. Or Pratikbhai why not the website : http://www.jamnagar.org

    This website will give you all information about visiting the Marine National Park along with other places..

    Reply

  8. Posted by marmik on October 18, 2010 at 7:36 AM

    hi i think the information is very nice and helpful thank you am planning to visit in this diwali this year

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    • Posted by Pratik Yagnik on October 20, 2010 at 9:22 AM

      Hi , thnx for appreciation .. but I think now Pirotan Island is close for Visitors 😦 .. Please do Inquiry before visiting..

      Reply

  9. Posted by Viral Desai on February 1, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    As per the time table we have to stay there for 12 or more hours. Do they allow to take the raw material and make food on the island?

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    Reply

  11. Very neat post post.Truly looking forward to find out more. Will read on…

    Reply

  12. useful info

    Reply

  13. Posted by kandarp on April 9, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Can i know that how to contact and apply for permission to visit the islands.
    Moreover can you please advice us and give some more info about your hotel.
    We want to go on this thursday night. so please feed back us as soon as possible.

    Thank you very much.

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    • Posted by Pratik Yagnik on April 10, 2012 at 4:41 AM

      Hello Friend,

      I am Pirotan lover , I do not own any hotel there. To know more, I think you need to contact some local hotel @ Jamnagar and probably they will guide you in right direction to get permissions.

      Thank you

      Reply

  14. It’s very informative blog indeed. I loved reading it and got a lot of information.

    Reply

  15. Posted by hemal on March 17, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    I got information what i want. Thanks a lot. Very good page.

    Reply

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