Must Visit Places in Andaman

Somebody in a blog said it as- “This morning I woke up with blurry sense of humour. The red and green curtains in my rooms didn’t make any sense. It wasn’t raining outside and the fan wasn’t making sounds. I buried my face back into the pillow, knowing that I am not in Andaman any more, knowing that I am back to my world, back to the daily routine of life. My stay was hardly for a week but I know it will take me more than that to recover from the missing sickness. I miss the ‘small town’ city, I miss the twists and turns of the road, I miss the lined up greenery everywhere, I miss the never ending sea – the dancing of the waves, the chirping of the hiding birds, the nature at its best… I miss Andaman, so much..” – by Shalinijena

Around Portblair

  • Cellular Jail, Portblair

    Built in between 1896 and 1906 by the British, the Cellular Jail was used to exile political prisoners during the struggle for India’s independence. Today it is a national memorial and is open for tourists. The saga of the heroic freedom struggle, brought alive in a moving Son-et-Lumiere (Sound & Light Show), in the Cellular Jail, is very popular among the tourists.

    Two Hindi shows on all days at 6:00 pm and at 7:15 pm except on Monday, Wednesday & Friday when second show is in English at 7:15 pm

  • Anthropological Museum

    The Anthropological museum in Portblair started in the year 1975-76, is an ethnographic museum. It showcases the four Negrito Tribes of the Andaman viz. the Jarawas, Sentinelese, Great Andamanese and the Onges and two Mongoloid Tribes of the Nicobar viz. the Nicobarese and the Shompens.

    This museum is closed on Mondays and Govt. Holidays.Timings: 09:00 AM to 01.00 PM and 01.30 PM to 04.30 PM.

  • Fisheries Museum

    This museum is situated adjacent to the Rajiv Gandhi Water Sport Complex, Portblair, which exhibits species of marine life endemic to the islands and found in the Indo-Pacific and the Bay of Bengal.

    It is closed on Mondays/Public Holidays/Second Saturdays.Timings: 09:00 AM to 01.00 PM and 02.00 PM to 04.45 PM.

  • Samudrika (Naval Marine Museum)

    This museum is situated adjacent to the Rajiv Gandhi Water Sport Complex, Portblair, which exhibits species of marine life endemic to the islands and found in the Indo-Pacific and the Bay of Bengal.

    It is closed on Mondays/Public Holidays/Second Saturdays.Timings: 09:00 AM to 01.00 PM and 02.00 PM to 04.45 PM.

  • Carbyn's Cove Beach

    Corbyn's Cove beach- the coconut-palm fringed beach, six kilometers away from Portblair town is ideal for swimming and sun-basking. Facilities like hotel, restaurant, bar, changing room, adventure water-sports are available here. Historical remains like Japanese Bunkers can be seen on the way to this beach. The Snake Island situated just across the beach is popular for scuba diving. The Waves Restaurant & Beer Bar run by Tourism department provides delightful cuisine at reasonable rates in a soothing ambience

  • Ross Island

    This small island, less than a square kilometer stands right across Portblair. This island served as the capital to the Britishers from 1858 to 1941 when the Japanese occupied it and converted it to a ‘POW site'. This island homes the ruins of the church, Chief Commissioner's house, the Cathedral and graveyard of the Britishers and few other important landmarks which today is hugged by wild wines and huge roots and trunks of century old trees.

    To reach Ross Island, private ferries are available from Aberdeen Jetty except on Wednesday.

  • North Bay Coral Island

    The iconic light house of North bay appears on every 20 rupees Indian currency note. North Bay beach which is north of Portblair provides snorkelling opportunities around its fringing coral reefs. Private ferry service takes you from Aberdeen Jetty across North Bay and brings back after a three hour stay.

    The corals at North Bay are spread over a large area. During snorkeling, one can spot many species of fish, lobsters and even clams on the coral reef. Sea walk is the latest addition of facilities there to watch under water life.

    Cinque Island

    A sanctuary with rare corals and under-water marine life, Cinque Island has fine sandy-beach and sand–bar connecting North and South Cinque Islands and tropical rain-forest. There is no scheduled ferry service to Cinque Island. Chartered boats of permitted category are allowed from Portblair and Wandoor. To visit, one may contact private boat operators in Portblair to hire a boat with due permission from the Forest Department.

  • Chidiyatappu

    The southernmost tip of South Andaman Island situated at a distance of 28 Kms from Portblair. Frequent bus service are available from Portblair. It is famous for bird watching, sunset view, panoramic scenic beauties, and many colours of oceanic view. Swimming can be done at Chidiyatappu. Safety places boards are erected in Chidiyatappu. But beware of crocodiles. The biological park at Chidiyatappu is the added attraction.

  • Mundapahar Beach

    Eco-friendly beach facilities including changing room are maintained by forest department. It is one of the most sought after picnic destination in South Andaman. There is a beautiful trek route of around 1.5 kms passing the green canopy forest, breathetaking paranomic view of neighbouring islands with a surprise amazing view of Cinque island at the rear end of the trek. This of one of the most recommended treks in South Andaman.

  • Wandoor

    About 29 Kms. west of Portblair is the famous Wandoor beach known for scenic beauty and is very popular amongst tourists. The range of the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park is just across Wandoor Beach. To visit the Marine National Park, boats are available from Wandoor Jetty. Just at the entrance of the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, one can visit the state of art world class Marine Interpretation Centre. It has dioramas depiction of marine world and auditorium.

  • Mahatma Gandhi Marine National park

    The Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park at Wandoor is at a distance of 29 Kms from Portblair and covers an area of 281.5 Sqr. Kms. This Marine Park comprises of open sea, creeks and 15 small and large islands, which is one of the best found anywhere in the world. Viewing of rare corals and underwater marine life through glass bottom boats, scuba diving and snorkelling are a life time experience. Private ferry operators operates conducted tour to the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park from Wandoor. One needs to take permit, issued by the Forest Department and the boat ticket from the boat operators which are available at the Reception Counter of Directorate of Tourism from a Single Window before proceeding to Wandoor. Tourists are allowed to spend two and half hours in Jolly Buoy Island or Red Skin Island as a part of conducted tours. Generally, from December to May tourists are taken to Jolly Buoy Island and from May to November to Red Skin Island. It is advised to take packed lunch and water fillings before proceeding to the Marine National Park.

  • Jolly Buoy Island

    Jolly buoy island is very famous for under water corals and the pristine clear beach. This place is one hour journey from Wandoor beach. To reach Jolly buoy island people have to come to Wandoor beach. This is located in Mahatma Gandhi National Park. This route is same for visiting Red Skin island also. Both Jolly buoy and Red skin are located at Mahatma Gandhi National park. The normal time leaving to Jolly buoy island at Wandoor beach is 8.00am. Jolly buoy is a No Plastic zone. Before leaving to Jolly buoy island, people have to submit the list of all plastic items at Wandoor beach. They have to deposit a security amount of INR 100 against each plastic item. They will get the amount back after returning against producing the same items. Additional amount is also to be paid for each still and video camera.

  • Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex

    This water sports complex, the first of its kind in India, offers aqua-sports facilities including safe water sports and Adventure water sports within one water sports complex. In the safe water sports complex paddle-boats, row-boats, glass-bottom and bumper boats are available. In the adventure sport front, Jet Ski, parasailing, banana boats, speed boats are offered. This complex also offers open air eateries. The spectacle of Marina Park that surrounds the complex is enchanting. The Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex houses a memorial of the ‘Battle of Aberdeen' fought between the Britishers and the Andamanese aboriginals in 1859.

  • Chatham Saw Mill

    The Chatham saw mill is one of the oldest saw mills in Asia. It is built on a tiny island and connected to Portblair by a bridge. It is a store house of timber varieties like, Padauk, Gurjan, Marble, Satin wood etc. The Chatham Island has the second largest wharf of these islands where island-mainland ships can berth. Within the saw mill compound is a museum showcasing the various timber wealth of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The museum offers an insight in to forest activities through scale models and display decorative pieces made of Padauk, Marble, Peauma, Gurjan, Satin wood etc.

  • Sagarika – Cottage Industries Emporium

    This Emporium exhibits a spectrum of artifacts made of mother pearl, sea shells, coconut shells and local wood products. Miniatures of Nicobari canoes, palm mats for floors, tables, furniture etc. are exhibited which are also for sale. It is closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.

  • Science Centre

    The Science Centre, situated five kms from Portblair town, has an ‘Andaman and Nicobar Islands Gallery' with interactive exhibits depicting genesis of the islands, volcanic activities, science of oceans, fun science gallery, modern technology gallery, Taramandal (Portable planetarium), and an in-house butterfly corner. It is closed on all Mondays and Public Holidays.

  • Gandhi Park

    This beautiful park at Portblair has facilities like amusement rides, safe water sports and nature trail around the lake, garden, restaurant and historic remains like Japanese temple as well as a bunker. The erstwhile Dilthaman tank, which was the only source of drinking water for Portblair and the area around, has been developed as Gandhi Park in an unbelievably short time of 13 days. It is open all days.

  • Mount Harriet

    Mount Harriet, 55 Kms by road/ 15 Kms by ferry and trek from Portblair was the summer headquarters of the Chief Commissioner during British Raj. This place is ideal for fascinating overview of the nearby islands and the sea. It is the highest peak in the South Andamans (365 mts. high). At Mount Harriet, there is a Forest Guest House where tourists can take rest and refresh themselves.

  • Madhuban

    One can visit Madhuban from Mount Harriet by trekking through the jungle approximately covering 16 Kms. Exotic endemic birds, butterflies are interesting sights of this wilderness trek.

  • Sippighat Agricultural Farm

    This Govt. agricultural farm is located 14 kms west of Portblair covering over an area of 80 acres, cultivate spices like clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper, coconut etc.

    Cinque Island

    A sanctuary with rare corals and under-water marine life, Cinque Island has fine sandy-beach and sand–bar connecting North and South Cinque Islands and tropical rain-forest. There is no scheduled ferry service to Cinque Island. Chartered boats of permitted category are allowed from Portblair and Wandoor. To visit, one may contact private boat operators in Portblair to hire a boat with due permission from the Forest Department.

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