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Complete and Updated List of Ramsar sites in India (Updated)

What is the Ramsar site?

The Ramsar Site is a wetland site that is designated to be of international importance under the Ramsar convention. This convention is also known as the convention of wetlands. It is intergovernmental environmental pretty established in 1971 by UNESCO and was first in 1975. It provides conservation of wetlands and sustainable use of resources. In 2022 there are 2437 Ramsar sites around the world and 54 of them are situated in India.

In 2022 Bakhira wildlife sanctuary in Uttar Pradesh and Khijadiya wildlife sanctuary in Gujarat were included as Ramsar sites on the occasion of World wetland day held at Sultanpur National Park Haryana which is also a Ramsar site. There are 54 Ramsar sites in India from which the first Ramsar site was Chilika Lake in Orissa and Keoladeo National Park in Rajasthan. The Renuka wetland in Himachal Pradesh is the smallest Ramsar Wetland site in India. The maximum number of Ramsar sites are found in Uttar Pradesh in India.

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List of Ramsar Sites in India

Ramsar Site State Area (Km2)
Ashtamudi Wetland Kerala 614
Beas Conservation Reserve Punjab 64
Bhitarkanika Mangroves Odisha 650
Bhoj Wetland Madhya Pradesh 32
Chandra Taal Himachal Pradesh 0.49
Chilika Lake Odisha 1165
Deepor Beel Assam 40
East Kolkata Wetlands West Bengal 125
Harike Wetland Punjab 41
Hokera Wetland Union Territory of J&K 13.75
Kanjli Wetland Punjab 1.83
Keoladeo National Park Rajasthan 28.73
Keshopur-Miani Community Reserve Punjab 34
Kolleru Lake Andhra Pradesh 901
Loktak Lake Manipur 266
Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary Gujarat 123
Nandur Madhameshwar Maharashtra 14
Nangal Wildlife Sanctuary Punjab 1
Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary Uttar Pradesh 2
Parvati Arga Bird Sanctuary Uttar Pradesh 7
Point Calimere Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary Tamil Nadu 385
Pong Dam Lake Himachal Pradesh 156.62
Renuka Lake Himachal Pradesh 0.2
Ropar Wetland Punjab 13.65
Rudrasagar Lake Tripura 2.4
Saman Bird Sanctuary Uttar Pradesh 5
Samaspur Bird Sanctuary Uttar Pradesh 8
Sambhar Lake Rajasthan 240
Sandi Bird Sanctuary Uttar Pradesh 3
Sarsai Nawar Jheel Uttar Pradesh 2
Sasthamkotta Lake Kerala 3.73
Sundarban Wetland West Bengal 4230
Surinsar-Mansar Lakes Union Territory of J&K 3.5
Tsomoriri Union Territory of Ladakh 120
Upper Ganga River (Brijghat to Narora Stretch) Uttar Pradesh 265.9
Vembanad-Kol Wetland Kerala 1512.5
Wular Lake Union Territory of J&K 189
Asan Barrage Uttarakhand 4.44
Kanwar Taal or Kabar Taal Lake Bihar, Begusarai 26.2
Sur Sarovar Uttar Pradesh, Agra district 4.31
Lonar Lake Maharashtra, Buldhana district 4.27
Tso Kar Ladakh, Leh district 95.77
Sultanpur NP Haryana 142.5
Bhindawas WLS Haryana 4.11
Thol Lake Gujarat 6.99
Wadhvana Wetland Gujarat 10.38
Haiderpur Wetland UP 69
Bakhira WLS UP
Khijadia WLS Gujarat 6
Karikili Bird Sanctuary Tamil Nadu 0.61
Pallikaranai Marsh Reserve Forest Tamil Nadu 80
Pichavaram Mangrove Tamil Nadu 11
Sakhya Sagar Madhya Pradesh 18.5
Pala wetlands Mizoram 18.5

FAQs related to Ramsar sites

1. Which is the first Ramsar site designated from Maharashtra?
Ans. The first Ramsar site designated in Maharashtra was Nandur Madhameshwaar.

2. Which is the smallest Ramsar site in India?
Ans. Renuka is the smallest Ramsar site in India which is located in Himachal Pradesh.

3. How many Ramsar wetland sites are there in India?
Ans. In the year 2022 as reported there are 49 Ramsar wetland sites in India.

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