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Number Seven Thousand Three Hundred and Eighty Two - 09 September 2023
Iran Daily - Number Seven Thousand Three Hundred and Eighty Two - 09 September 2023 - Page 3

Anzali Wetland full of attractions

Bandar Anzali, one of Iran’s most picturesque ports, is situated in the northern part of the country, close to the provincial capital city of Rasht. Iran’s European North is another name for Bandar Anzali. It is a port that is full of attractions. There are so many sites in Bandar Anzali, and it is impossible to see them all in a brief visit.
Bandar Anzali was known as the city of rain in the past, and it still rains a lot, especially in the spring. The humidity in Bandar Anzali is excellent for growing rice.
A significant feature of Bandar Anzali is that it dates back to the reign of Nader Shah Afshar, a famous monarch who made enormous efforts to construct the first ship to defend Iran’s waters.
Anzali Wetland, known in Persian as Mordab-e Anzali, is one of the numerous attractions of this wonderful city that is highly popular with visitors, wrote.

A unique attraction
As soon as you approach Anzali Wetland and make a small inquiry, you will come across a number of locations full of boats that encourage you to engage in an enjoyable activity. Take one of these boats to the amazing sight.
Anzali Wetland is one of Iran’s most stunning and well-liked natural tourist spots and is said to be the habitat of numerous creatures. Due to its location, this wetland cannot be compared to any other in Iran. Its high humidity and excellent water quality make it special. This 120-square-kilometer wetland, which is located southwest of Bandar Anzali and the Caspian Sea, is Iran’s largest natural wildlife refuge. Its depth is around 2.5 meters in the spring, although it fluctuates depending on how much rain falls and how long the drought lasts.
The best time to visit Bandar Anzali is the summer if you have the time to travel. During this period the wetland is awash in tulips, which gives the area beautiful colors. Lily of the valley, also known as lotus, is a plant with very large, thick, and numerous pink petals on its large, circular, green leaf that emerges from the water.
You may rent a boat in various locations of Anzali Wetland for a price and navigate the water by yourself. This wetland’s natural beauty may serve as a compelling subject for photography.
Over 30 authorized marine tourist cooperative units are permitted to lend boats to visitors, and they can do so for a variety of prices, depending on their services, time of year, and season of the trip.
Several birds that have flown into Iran from its northern neighbors are sheltering in Anzali Wetland. This makes it one of the top locations for engaging in birdwatching activities. You may spend hours sitting, admiring birds, and their activities. In the wildlife refuge, a station for birdwatching has just been established.
The wetland is widely renowned for housing a variety of bird species, including herons, purple swamphens, western marsh harriers, ducks, egrets, white-tailed eagles, pygmy cormorants, geese, swans, and coots, to name just a few.
It is the resting place of choice for 77 of the 145 species of migratory birds in Iran. As a result, it accommodates bird-watchers and other wildlife enthusiasts at specified times so they may enjoy an incredible experience and view the life that the region has to offer. A boat is required to take in the stunning scenery of the wetland.
In the past, the only watercraft an Eskimo could use to go through the Arctic and the North Sea was a kayak, but today kayaks are used for sports events. You may set out on kayaks to experience exciting moments on your own and various sports on the edge of the Anzali Wetland.
Fishing has become popular in modern times. You may appreciate and take pleasure in fishing’s serenity in the wetland and rivers. Of course, you cannot rent equipment here; you must bring all essential supplies with you.
Flora and fauna
Anzali Wetland, like all others, is home to a wide range of flora, including water lilies, lotuses, and several other flowers. Plants that require a lot of moisture have been able to thrive in the areas surrounding the marsh because of the presence of damp soil. The majority of these plants are trees and shrubs.
The number of mammals are declining in the wetland as a result of both overharvesting and the loss of safe habitats on the wetland’s border. Sheng, boar, hedgehog, weasels water otters, jackals, forest cats, Caspian jaw, and other animals may be found in this region.
Some additional animal species, including Caspian turtles, Persian frogs, lizards, European pond turtles, snakes, black rats, squirrels, and insects like hawksbills, call this marsh home.
Nearby sites
Abkenar hamlet is one of the sites near Anzali Wetland. This community is situated near the water, as implied by its name (beside the water). Warm and friendly residents of this community work in horticulture, raising summer crops, and rice farming. There are fruit trees in every border region of the wetland, but they are not regarded as a source of revenue for the locals. Additionally, some individuals make a living through fishing. The journey to this region will likely be remembered as a tranquil experience since Abkanar is incredibly calm despite its distinctive attractiveness.
Of the many islands in Anzali Wetland, two of them are:
Qalam Godeh Island: The outer or southeastern end of the Bandar Anzali coast is an island by the name of Qalam Godeh, and this is where ships typically anchor. The passageway on this island is 125 meters wide, deep, and long, much like a river. Ships in this channel are completely safe to anchor close to the coast, load, and deliver their cargo.
Mian Pashteh: This island, which has a forest on it, is located near Qalam Godeh. Due to high gusts, this island, which is just one meter above sea level, frequently floods. It measures 1,260 meters in length, from east to west, and its widest point is 765 meters. At the point where the river empties into the sea, the island’s 630-meter-long north shore is situated. An automobile bridge erected over the river serves as the link between this island and the city.
In Anzali Wetland, which is close to the Caspian Sea, summers are hot and muggy, while winters are mild, with lows around 0°C.


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