Saturday, October 20, 2012

Islands of Karachi

Karachi is located in the south of Pakistan,on the coast of the Arabian Sea. There are many small Island near Karachi.

Baba and Bhit Islands


Baba Bhit Island is the smallest neighborhood of Kiamari Town in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. It comprises three small fishing islands which in the center of the Harbour of Karachi. The approximated area of these islands is 4 km² and the population is about 12000. 
It is named after the famous and patron saint of Sindh "Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai" whose shrine is located in Bhit shah town the interior part of province of Sindh

Bath Island

Bath Island is one of the neighborhoods of Saddar Town in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan


Buddo Island

Buddo Island also known as Dingi is a small island located in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan


Bundal Island

Bundal Island also known as Bundaar is a small island located in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. Bundal, pronounced Bhandar by local fishermen, is a twin island of Buddo and lies to its West. 

On Bundal Island the tomb of Muslim Sufi Yusuf Shah is located. The annual urs of 'Yusuf Shah' attract thousands of coastal people to the island. The island looked like a city during the urs.

Churma and Buddo Islands are also located near Bundal Island.


Churna Island

Charna Island is a small island located in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. It is situated 3.855 nautical miles northwest of a fishing settlement Mubarak Village.
Mubarak Village (Mubarak Goth), is located approximately 60 km from Karachi on Hawks Bay-Mubarak Goth Road. There are scattered straw huts along and around this road.  Most of the people living in Mubarak Village are poor and they earn their livelihood through fishing.


Churna Island is a 4 x 3 square kilometer barren island with no civilian population. Most commonly seen fauna on the island is poisonous sea snake. Churna Island is a picturesque amid blue waters and it is famous for the marine life around it, which includes barracuda, Narrow-barred Spanish mackerel, cobia, Dorado, Tuna, angel fish, sea urchin, sea fan, oyster, ray fish and rare green turtle. 

There are different kind of coral reefs  and widely varied marine life around this island.Some claim that there are more than 60 types of corals found near Churna waters and many new corals started to flourish after the 2005 tsunami in Indian Ocean.

 Pakistan Game Fishing Association (PGFA) holds national angling competitions near this island. It is the presence of  that attracts the number of big game fish around it. Churna Island is mostly used as a firing range by Pakistan Navy.

Area surrounding this island is popular for scuba diving . IndusScuba, a PADI certified organization, brings local enthusiasts while foreigners are also often seen clad in diving suits in the nearby Mubarak Village.


Clifton Oyster Rocks Island

The Clifton Oyster Rocks are a series of islets located off the coast of the Clifton neighborhood of Karachi, Pakistan. The islands were under the control of the Pakistani Navy until 2006, when the Karachi city government decided to include the island as part of its plans to renovate the city. 

 As part of these plans, the Port Fountain was constructed at the base of the northern island.It shoots water up to 620 feet in the air, and is the second-tallest fountain in the world.


Khiprianwala Island

Khiprianwala Island is a small island located in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan.


Manora Island

Manora or Manoro is a small peninsula (2.5 km²) located just south of the Port of Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. Manora is connected to the mainland by a 12 kilometer long causeway called the Sandspit. Manora and neighboring islands form a protective barrier between Karachi harbor to the north and the Arabian Sea to the south. The western bay of the harbor contains endangered mangrove forests which border the Sandspit and Manora island. To the east is Karachi Bay and the beach towns of Kiamari and Clifton. 

There is a Varun Dev Mandir at the Manora Island. The temple is devoted to Varuna, the god of the oceans in Hindu mythology. The exact year of the temple's construction or foundation is not known but it is assumed that it might be thousands of years old  At present, the building is not used for worship and the last ritual was held in the 1950s.

Currently, This temple belongs to the Hindu Council of Pakistan. According to a legend, it was around 16th century when a wealthy sailor by the name of Bhojomal Nancy Bhattia bought Manora Island from the Khan of Kalat, who owned most of the land along the coastline at that time and then his family commissioned a temple on the lay terrain.

Manora is also a popular picnic spot because of the long sandy beaches along the southern edge of the island, which merge into the beaches of the Sandspit and then extend several kilometers to the beaches at Hawkesbay.  The island lies approximately 15–20 minutes by boat ride from mainland Karachi .

At the southeastern end of Manora island is the tallest lighthouse (28 m or 91 feet (28 m) high) in Pakistan.



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