Galathea National Park

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Coordinates: 6°55′23″N 93°49′59″E / 6.923°N 93.833°E / 6.923; 93.833 Galathea National Park is a National Park located in the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India. It is located on the island of Great Nicobar in the Nicobar Islands, which lie in the eastern Indian Ocean (Bay of Bengal).

The total area of this park is some 110 square kilometres, and it was gazetted as a National Park of India in 1992. Galathea forms part of what has been designated as the Great Nicobar Biosphere Reserve, which also includes the larger Campbell Bay National Park, separated from Galathea by a 12-km forest buffer zone.

Many unique and rare species of plants and animals are found in the park, a number of which (owing to their relative geographical isolation) are endemic to the islands.

Flora[edit]

The vegetation consists largely of tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests.

Fauna[edit]

Notable animal species found in the park include the giant robber crab, megapode and Nicobar pigeon.

Getting to Galathea National Park[edit]

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands have just one airport, Port Blair. There are daily flights to and from Port Blair to Chennai and Kolkata. The flight time is 2 hours.[1]

The Giant robber crab, or Coconut crab
A megapode
Nicobar pigeon

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Galathea National Park". Retrieved 6 February 2013. 

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