Time Required: 5-6 hrs
Pirotan Island spreads over an area of 3 square kilometres and is one of forty-two islands in the marine park area, nestled within the vicinity of the Marine National Park in the Jamnagar district of Gujarat on the western coast. As part of the first marine national park - the Gulf of Kutch Marine National Park, established in 1982, Pirotan Island offers an undisturbed rendezvous with nature in its abode. It is one of the two islands in the area which is normally permitted for tourists and visitors, Narara Island being the other one.
Taking from its original name, "Pir jo thaan", which signified the relation of Pirotan with Khwaja Khijer, Pirotan is said to be among those rare coasts in the world, where one can spot corals by just walking by the shore in low tides, dipping feet in hardly 1-2 feet of water. Undoubtedly the star attraction of the vast park, it is studded with coral reefs, mangrove vegetation, a wide variety of birds and low tide beaches. The plethora of biodiversity of both flora and fauna is just amazing, not to mention the abundance of marine life. The sacred shrine of saint Khwaja Khijer Rahmathullahalaih is situated on the island alongside the age-old lighthouse. Pirotan Island is located at about 20 kilometres (12 nautical miles) from the mainland, the closest port being Bedi harbour.
With only a handful of people living here which includes people from the forest department, Mujhavar at the Khwaja Khizer Dargah and a couple of people from the lighthouse, this enchanting island is much away from human construction and way of life and comes close to being ideal if you are looking for a secluded getaway. Although visits require permits from the local Forest Department, Customs & Ports Department, the hassle is entirely worth it. The island is a secluded getaway from the hubbub and commotion of daily life and deserves a space on your bucket list!
Air: Jamnagar airport is 10 kms away from the main city, and the airport connects Jamnagar with Mumbai and local cities. There is a little arrangement for connecting feeder service from the airport. It is suggested that you make a prior booking for taxies or contact your hotel staff for making the necessary arrangements.
Rail: Jamnagar railway station is connected to the major cities of the country. Saurashtra Mail and Saurashtra Express run frequently between Mumbai and Jamnagar.
Road: Jamnagar is well connected with the other cities of Gujarat by road. There are intra state buses running between Rajkot, Surat, Junagarh, Ahmedabad, Porbandar and Bhuj. Apart from the state buses, there also are private bus services and taxies linking Jamnagar to the rest of the state.
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