Top 10 Aquariums Stores in India
Taraporewala Aquarium, Mumbai
Built in 1951 the Taraporewala Aquarium is, situated very close to Marine Drive. The Aquarium maintained by the the Maharashtra State Government houses an enormous variety of marine and fresh water including the deadly Piranhas, huge sea turtles and several varieties of coral fishes from the Lakshadweep Islands. Photography is prohibited here. The Aquarium is closed on Mondays.
Marine Aquarium, Chennai
The Marine Aquarium housed at the Marine Biological Station inside the precincts Zoological Survey of India is located on the Santhome High Road in Chennai. The aesthetically laid-out Singapore-style aquarium is fully air-conditioned with a perfect lighting arrangement. The aquarium houses 18 glass fronted tanks with an extensive collection of marine organisms.
Datda Sea World, Mount Abu
Something of a surprise for a hill station the Datda Sea World is touted as the largest Aquarium in India, consisting of 100 small aquariums. It houses several varieties of fishes imported from abroad including Pakistan. Apart from the fishes the Aquarium also houses a vast collection of seashells easily numbering around 10,000 or so procured from all over the globe.
Government Aquarium, Bangalore
Run by the department of Fisheries the Government Aquarium is located on the busy MG Road stretch in the heart of Bangalore. Opened to the visitors in 1983 the aquarium houses around 70 varieties of fishes. Fishes including exotic varieties like Striped Loach, Kissing Gouramy, Buenous-Aires Tetra, Serpant Treta are brought here from as far as south America and Japan. It is closed on Mondays.
Marine Aquarium and Museum, Ratnagiri
In 1958 the Marine Biological Research Station of Ratnagiri established the Marine Aquarium and Museum. It is located on the Ratnagiri – Bhagwati Mandir Road, next to Mandavi Beach. The Aquarium houses both marine as well as freshwater species. Along with the Aquarium there is also an unique fisheries museum comprising important specimens inside the premises of Marine Biological Research Station.
Marine Aquarium, Digha
The Marine Aquarium at Digha under the aegis of Marine Aquarium & Research Center is located on the Foreshore Road in Digha, West Bengal. The state-of-the-art Aquarium is equipped with advanced sea water circulation system and filtration unit. The exhibits at the aquarium are categorized into three divisions, the species important in terms of conservation, the local marine species and those belonging to freshwater.
Zoo Aquarium, Nandankanan
The Aquarium at the Nandankanan Zoological Park is supposed to be India’s largest Zoo aquarium. It comprises four marine and eleven fresh water aquarium. The Aquarium for hassle free operation is equipped with in-situ filtration and recycling mechanism. Along with the huge variety of marine and fresh water species to create awareness education materials like translides are also on display here.
Marine Aquarium, Mandapam, Ramanathapuram District
The Marine Aquarium under the control of Regional Centre of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute is located at Mandapam near the famous pilgrimage of Rameshwaram. Attractions here include a wide variety of rare fishes. A prized attraction in the Aquarium that draws a large number of visitors is the lionfish, one of the most spectacular marine species.
The Aquarium, Portblair
The Aquarium or Fisheries Museum at Portblair is a must for those visiting the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. On display are around 350 species of sea-life along with rare varieties of coral. The Aquarium was thoroughly refurbished after the havoc wrecked in by the killer Tsunami. The Marine aquarium exhibits here include marine species peculiar to the islands and found in the Bay of Bengal and the Indo Pacific. It is closed on Mondays.
Aquarium Bagh- e-Bahu, Jammu
Touted as the subcontinent`s largest underground aquarium and also perhaps the most dramatic (shaped like a fish) the one at Jammu`s Bagh-e-Bahu draws a large number of tourists. The aquarium-cum-awareness centre has 24 aquarium caves this includes 13 small caves to hold freshwater species, 2 large caves that houses marine water fishes and 9 aquariums of medium size for marine as well as fresh water fishes. On display here is 400 varieties of freshwater and marine fish.