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Beaches in Tamil Nadu - Kurusadai Islands

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Kurusadai Islands is the haven of rare and near extinct species of marine sphere. A favorite exploration spot of marine specialists and aquatic researchers, the Islands has a global recognition for its unique coral reefs. With proper approval of the fisheries department the place can be visited by general people.

Found near the borders of Mandapam, Kurusadai Islands offer a visual delight to tourists who can watch the dolphins and sea-cows diving freely in the Gulf of Mannar. What distinguishes the place from other neighboring Islands is its exclusive wealth of atypical balanoglossus organism which is one of most precious living fossils available in the aqua biosphere of earth.

Sea anemone is another interesting asset of the Islands which takes the shape of an amoeba the moment it is touched or disturbed otherwise. The infinite range of sea weeds, multi-hued reefs and sea grasses spread over the shallow bed of the sparkling water brightens up the entire ambience of the place. From shades of violet to red, the raised coral reefs of the Islands are not only a special attraction of the place but also chart high on the list of marine biologists.

From algae, starfish and sponges to crabs and sea cucumbers, Kurusadai Islands is known to be the dwelling place of many other enticing generations of aquatic species.

A famous tourist destination, the Islands is well-equipped with a network of hotels and guest houses. While beautiful cottages provide a rustic charm, the contemporary hotels offer state-of-the-art amenities along with personalized care and comfort.

Being adjacent to Mandapam, Kurusadai Islands is connected to nearby spots of interest via the Pamban Bridge. Only a 20km driveway from Rameswaram, the Islands offer convenient transportation facilities to the visitors.

Symbolizing the extensive reserve of outstanding flora and fauna, Kurusadai Islands protects and encourage the vigorous growth of the marine species.


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