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India's Unexplored Islands

Discussion in 'Travelogues & Experiences' started by Sat-Chit-ananda, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. Neduntheevu

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    Neduntheevu or Neduntivu (Tamil: நெடுந்தீவு, Sinhala: ඩෙල්ෆ්ට්) (also known by its Dutch name Delft) is an island in the Palk Strait, northern Sri Lanka. This island is named as Delft in the Admiralty Chart unlike the other islands in the area which are named with their Tamil names. The island's area is 50 km² and it is roughly oval-shaped. Its length is 8 km and its maximum width about 6 km.
    Neduntivu is a flat island surrounded by shallow waters and beaches of coral chunks and sand. There are feral ponies on the island that ware abandoned after Dutch period, which is home to a small population of Tamil people, mostly living in quiet compounds close to the northern coast.[SUP][1][/SUP] The vegetation is of a semi-arid tropical type, with palmyra palms, dry shrubs and grasses that grow on the pale Grey porous coralline soil. Papayas and bananas grow close to the local people's homes. In the western coast of the island there are remains of a 1000 year old ancient temple built by the Chola Dynasty. The water is slightly brackish. It is taken from shallow wells using buckets made from palmyra palm leaves.[SUP][2][/SUP] as well as the ruins of a Dutch colonial fort. A naval battle was fought off the coast of the island in 2008 during the Sri-Lankan Civil War.
    The island was named after the Dutch city of Delft by Rijckloff van Goens. He named the eight most important islands after Dutch cities, but the seven others are now named with domestic names

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    Not sure who has the ownership of this island.
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2013
  2. rishike007

    rishike007 Esperto

    Pune- Mumbai
    Grande Punto 1.2
    Lots of time during the ferry rides from Uran to Mumbai (bhaucha dhakka)

  3. mightymaveryk

    mightymaveryk Regolare

    Grande Punto 1.3
    It was a base for LTTE when they were controlling the northern Srilanka.
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  4. Oh My god,may there are such elements used other islands of gulf of mannar.
  5. Lakshadweep Administration has STOPPED issuing entry permit to visit Lakshadweep Islands from 01 November 2011 onwards, and Agatti Island Resort remains closed, and the case is currently in the High Court of Kerala.

    Also Bangaram Island Resort is not more operational and is closed, due to a legal tussle with the Lakshadweep Administration over the ownership of the resort, and the case is currently in the Supreme Court of India.

    Since the above two Touristic Islands in Lakshadweep Island remains closed, travel to lakshadweep is NOT possible for Tourists.

    The only other option, apart from Lakshadweep Islands, for Scuba diving holidays / Island Vacations is Andaman Islands. For details on tour packages to Andaman islands, kindly logonto – www.andamanislandholidays.com
  6. varunrtr

    varunrtr Esperto

    KL-01/ TO
    Grande Punto 1.3
  7. Thanks for sharing wonderful post Varun.I heard from one of my fiend who is from Goa, that there many more such islands near by to Karwar but they don't show up in Google!!

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    [h=1]Netrani Island[/h]From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Uttara Kannada
    Netrani (also known as Pigeon Island) is a tiny island in India located in the Arabian Sea. It is off the coast of Karnataka. It is situated approximately 10 nautical miles (19 km) from the temple town ofMurudeshwara. Views from above give this island the appearance of being heart-shaped. Besides pigeons, the other inhabitants of the island are wild goats. This island has some of the best sites forscuba diving easily accessible from Goa, Mumbai or Bangalore. There are many dive shops from Goa that regularly organize dive expeditions to Netrani.[SUP][1][/SUP]
    [h=2][edit]Attractions[/h]Netrani is a coral island and therefore suitable for snorkelling and diving activities. Many varieties ofcoral, butterfly fish, trigger fish, parrot fish, eels andshrimps can be seen here. Divers have also reported seeing orcas[SUP][citation needed][/SUP] and whale sharks around the island. Normally diving/snorkelling is done from a boat which is anchored close to the island and usually visitors do not climb on to the island because of the sharp rocks and steep cliffs on the island.
    This island offers diving suitable for professionals. The island adjacent to Netrani is used by the Indian navy for target practice. One could see empty shells rusting around Netrani and adjacent island. It is not recommended to visit Netrani without permission.
    The best time to visit is between December and January. The resort stops taking tourists for snorkelling and scuba diving during June-September because the sea becomes rough.

  8. Finally mystery resolved, there are 21 islands in south of India.

    By T.V. Antony Raj
    The Government of India has established 18 Biosphere Reserves of India. Nine of these biosphere reserves are a part of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, based on the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme list. This list includes the Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve that covers an area of 4,054 square miles (10,500 sq km) on the south-east coast of India in the Gulf of Mannar.​
    In addition to protecting the flora and fauna in the region, protection is also given to the human communities who live in these regions, and to their ways of life.
    Gulf of Mannar is one of the richest coastal regions in southeast Asia. It nurtures over 3,600 species of flora and fauna. Biological researchers have identified more than a hundred hard coral species. Dolphins, sharks, sea turtles and oysters abound in the gulf. Frequent visitors to the gulf are the globally endangered sea cow (Dugong dugong), a large marine herbivorous mammal. Other endangered species are the dolphins, whales and sea cucumbers. Also, the gulf has six endangered mangrove species endemic to peninsular India.
    The Indian coast in the Gulf of Mannar extends from Rameswaram island in the North to Kanyakumari in the South of Tamil Nadu.
    The Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park is a protected area of India consisting of 21 small islands in the Gulf of Mannar covering an area of nearly 216 square miles (560 sq km). It lies up to 10 km away from the east coast of Tamil Nadu, South India, stretching about 160 km between Thoothukudi (Tuticorin) and Dhanushkodi. It is the core area of the Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve which includes a 10 km buffer zone around the park, including the populated coastal area. The park is endowed with a high diversity of plants and animals in its marine, intertidal and near shore habitats. The park is part of the 87 miles (140 km) long and 15.5 miles (25 km) wide Mannar barrier reef. It lies between 8° 47’ to 9° 15’ N latitude and 78° 12’ to 79° 14’ E longitude.
    The Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve comprises the 21 islands of the Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park, with estuaries, mudflats, beaches, forests of the near shore environment, including marine components like algal communities, sea grasses, coral reefs, salt marshes and mangroves.
    The 21 islands vary from 0.25 hectares (0.62 acre) to 130 hectares. (321.2 acres). Total area of the islands is 2.41 sq miles (6.23 sq km). Well-developed coral reefs occur around all these offshore islands which are mainly composed of calcareous framework of dead reef and sand, and have a low and narrow sandy coast.

    The 21 Indian Islands in the Gulf of Mannar.

    The islands are listed below, southwest to northeast.
    [h=1]Thoothukudi (Tuticorin) group (Four Islands):[/h] 1. Vaan Tivu, 16.00 ha, 8.83639°N 78.21047°E
    2. Koswari Island, 19.50 ha, 8.86879°N 78.22506°E
    3. Kariyashulli Island, 16.46 ha, 8.95409°N 78.25235°E;
    *4. Vilangushulli Island, 0.95 ha, 8.93815°N 78.26969°E.
    *Due to excessive coral mining, Vilangushulli Island island is now 1 metre below mean low tide level.
    There were two more islands named Pandayan and Punnaiyadi at 8.78075°N 78.19536°E. But these were destroyed during the construction of the new artificial deep-sea Tuticorn Port.
    There are numerous other nondescript islands located close to Thoothukudi city. Of these Muyal (or Hare) Thivu and Nalla Thanni Islands attract visitors during weekends and festival seasons.
    Vembar group (Three Islands):
    5. Uppu Thanni Island, 22.94 ha, elevation 4 m, 9.08921°N 78.49148°E
    6. Puluvinichalli Island, 6.12 ha, elevation 5.5 m, 9.10320°N 78.53688°E
    *7. Nalla Thanni Island, 101.00 ha, elevation 11.9 m, 9.10667°N 78.57885°E.
    *Nalla Thanni Island island was populated recently.
    Kilakarai group (Seven Islans):
    8. Anaipar Island, 11.00 ha, elevation 2.1 m, 9.15294°N 78.69481°E
    9. Valimunai Island, 6.72 ha, elevation 1.2 m, 9.15354°N 78.73052°E
    10. Appa Island, 28.63 ha, elevation 6.4 m, 9.16582°N 78.82596°E
    11. Poovarasan Patti, 0.50 ha, elevation 1.2 m, 9.15413°N 78.76695°E
    12. Talairi Island, 75.15 ha, elevation 2.7 m, 9.18133°N 78.90673°E
    13. Valai Island 10.10 ha, elevation 3.0 m, 9.18421°N 78.93866°E
    14. Mulli Island, 10.20 ha, elevation 1.2 m, 9.18641°N 78.96810°E;
    Mandapam group (Seven Islans):
    *15. Musal or Hare Island, 124.00 ha, elevation 0.9 m 9.19912°N 79.07530°E
    16. Manali Island, 25.90 ha, 9.21564°N 79.12834°E
    17. Manali-Putti Island, 2.34 ha 9.21581°N 79.12800°E
    18. Poomarichan Island, 16.58 ha 9.24538°N 79.17993°E
    19. Pullivasal Island, 29.95 ha 9.23699°N 79.19100°E
    *20. Kurusadai Island, 65.80 ha 9.24690°N 79.20945°E
    21. Shingle Island, 12.69 ha, elevation .6m 9.24174°N 79.23563°E.
    *Musal (or Hare) and Kurusadai Islands were recently populated. The shallow waters surrounding these islands harbour three species of seagrass that are found nowhere else in India. Representatives of every known animal phylum except amphibians are found on this island.

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