There is a bounty of life in the brimming, winding rivers, freshwater lakes and pools, long coastlines, and seas of India. A hotspot for marine life, these are proof enough that one needn’t look far when wishing to explore sea life; India has much to offer on its own.
Underwater Safari in Andaman
It is only fair that the islands of Andaman and Nicobar are first to pop when thinking of aquatic life in India. The soft beaches that lead to the glittering ocean, are home to beautiful corals and deep in the waters, one can find many species of fish. Recently, a coral safari has been introduced for tourists to view these colourful wonders without harming them. A 100-seater semi-submarine takes guests from North bay Island. Guests can observe underwater life through tilted glass windows. See trip.experienceandamans.com
Chambal River Safari
The rugged terrain of North India and the might of Chambal river is teeming with wildlife, much of it endemic to the river system. Crocodiles, freshwater dolphins, otters and gharials. While one can take a boat ride from Agra, the Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary follows the river and is spread across three states. Once satisfied with reptiles and aquatic animals, look above to see the many migratory birds preen in attention. Spot lapwings, vultures, and Small Pratincole.
Marine National Park in Gulf of Kutch
Pods of dolphins and migratory birds, even the boat ride to Marine National Park in Gulf of Kutch is quite riveting. A first of its kind in the country, the marshy archipelago that forms this fragile national park is home to around 52 coral species, 7 species of mangroves, over 80 species of birds and a variety of fish and invertebrates. They are best viewed during low tides when the shallow water slyly reveals their world. Lucky ones might even spot a dugong or two.
Netrani Island, Karnataka
In Karnataka, Netrani Island, off the coast of Murudeshwar is a quaint spot for snorkelling and scuba diving. There are specialised operators on the island that provide training and equipment for the same. Dive in to see pufferfish, turtles, sea urchins, stingrays and of course, a myriad of corals. A truly mesmerising adventure.