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Birding In Gulf of Mannar

The Gulf of Mannar is an arm of the Indian Ocean, lying between the southern tip of India and the west coast of Sri Lanka at a width of between 160 and 200 km. A chain of low islands and reefs known as Rama's Bridge, also called Adam's Bridge, separates the Gulf of Mannar from the Palk Strait, which lies to the north between India and Sri Lanka. The gulf receives the Tambaraparani River from the coast of India and the Aruvi Aru from the coast of Sri Lanka.Located on the southeastern tip of the subcontinent, the Gulf of Mannar is known to harbour over 3,600 species of flora and fauna, making it one of the richest coastal regions in Asia. Its an important point for migratory waders & birds coming from sri lanka. At Gulf of Mannar, Birder Can have sight of Western Reef Egret, Greater flamingo, Brahminy Kite, White Bellied Sea Eagles, Great Thick knee, Grey, Greater Sand, Lesser Sand, Kentish and Pacific Golden Plovers, Eurasian Curlew, Bar Tailed Godwit, Red Knot, Great and Black Headed Gulls, and Whiskered, Black, Gull Bellied, Caspian, Common, Little, Lesser Crested and Sandwich terns, Spot Billed Pelican, Eurasian Oystercatcher, Crab Plover, Whimbrel, Terek Sandpiper, Ruddy Turnstone, Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Brown Skua, Brown Noddy, White Tailed tropicbird and Many More.... The Dugong or Sea Cow, an unusual sea mammal, appears to be in decline. The best Chance of seeing one is on the boat ride to and from the islands.

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