Group of almost more than 300 Islands, Andaman and Nicobar island is the union territory of India in the Bay of Bengal. This archipelago is greatly gifted with rich marine biodiversity. It houses more than 2000 species of sea creatures, along with Dugongs, saltwater crocodiles, Dolphins, sea snakes, sea turtles, etc. To preserve and enhance this marine biodiversity, wildlife sanctuaries are established on the Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
Cuthbert bay wildlife sanctuary is one of the most famous wildlife sanctuaries in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Spread across the 5.80 km out of 8 km of Cuthbert bay beach is the nesting place for turtles which is spread up to 600 meters inside the land from the level of high tide. It is always a pleasure to witness the new life taking form in the world. And Cuthbert bay wildlife sanctuary in Andaman and Nicobar gives you that divine pleasure by allowing you to visit the sanctuary during the nesting period. Every year more than 1000 nests are located on the various beaches on Andaman and Nicobar Island along with Cuthbert bay beach during the season. Olive Ridley turtles, Green Sea Turtles, Leatherback Turtles, and Hawksbill Turtles are the main four types of turtles you will see on the beaches. However, Leatherback turtles have been doubled up since the Tsunami in 2004 which is a really good sign and happy moment amongst nature lovers.
Usually, Female Turtles walk on the beach from the sea to lay eggs. They dig the pit in sand a little away from high tide level around the beach and mangroves. Female turtles lay around 100-110 eggs in each nest and go back to the sea. Later at Cuthbert bay wildlife sanctuary, they take those eggs to the hatchery, where you can join in to carry eggs to the hatchery. It takes around 45-90 days to hatch the eggs and hatchlings come out only to go back to the sea. Realizing the hatchling is another activity you may get to do while visiting the Cuthbert Bay Sanctuary in Andaman and Nicobar Island. Other than Turtles you may spot the spotted deers, varieties of Kingfisher bird with Pond Herons, Stork Billed Kingfisher, lesser Whistling Ducks as well as Butterflies like Andaman Mormon.
It is always advisable to visit the Cuthbert Bay Wildlife Sanctuary in Andaman and Nicobar from October to March. And to experience the marvelous phenomenon of Nature you must visit it from December to February.
One can take either bus to Rangat bazaar for 170 km or a boat for 90 km from Port Blair. Cuthbert Bay Sanctuary is around 20 km from the Rangat Bazar.
Although there are not many hotels to stay in, Hawksbill Nest Guest House which is managed by the Tourism Department of Andaman and Nicobar is near the Cuthbert Bay Wildlife Sanctuary in Andaman & Nicobar at reasonable rates.
With minimal charges of Rs.25 for Adult Indians and Rs. 10 for Children, they charge Rs. 250 for Foreigners.
Tourists who are visiting the Cuthbert Bay Sanctuary in Andaman and Nicobar Island are advised to take utmost care to help preserve not just the Sea turtles who are an endangered species but also to protect the flora and fauna which harbors the beaches here.
Tourists are advised not to throw Plastic on the beach as it is harmful to nature, but also the turtles mistake it for jellyfish and they consume the plastic which is dangerous to their life. As well as tourists are asked not to make any noise when they are watching female turtles laying eggs as it scares them and they might return to the sea without laying any eggs. To know more about the Cuthbert Bay wildlife sanctuary one must ask locals about the locations of turtle nests, timings of visiting to confirm sights of turtles, and other things. Cuthbert bay wildlife sanctuary is a really extraordinary place to visit while you are in Andaman and Nicobar. Which makes it a crucial part of the itinerary for an overwhelming experience.
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