Andaman Water Sport Complex :
Located. 5 km from the Airport. First of its
kind in India has all possible aqua sports
facilities including safe water sports and
adventure sports with sea water swimming pool.
Safe water sports are paddle boats row boats,
glass-bottom boats, aqua glide, kayaks, water
cycle. Also houses a memorial for the Battle of
Aberdeen fought between the Britishers and
Andamanese Aboriginals in 1859. Timing for water
sports : Safe water sports 8.00 a.m. to 8.00
p.m. Adventure water sports 8.00 a.m. to 5.00
p.m. Contact Tourism Off : 03192-232747
Anthroopological Museum :
Located 3 km from the Airport. Anthropological Museum
at Port Blair was started in 1975-76, the museum
is an ethnographic museum. It illustrates the
four Negrito Tribes of the Andamans, Viz., the
Jarawas, Sentinelese, Great Andamanese and the
Onges and two Mongoloid tribes of the Nicobar
Viz., the Nicobarese and the Shompens. Closed on
Thursday & Govt. holidays. Ph : 03192-232291.
Situated 7 km from the Airport. The Chatham Saw Milll, one of the
oldest and largest mills in Asia, built on a
tiny island, is connected to Port Blair by a
bridge. It is a store house of timber like
Padauk, Gurjan, Marble, Satin Wood etc. The
island has the second largest wharf of these
islands, where Island - mainland ships can
Chidiya Tapu :
25 Kms from Port Blair. Generally
known as Bird Island, at the southern most tip
of South Andaman, the lush green mangroves and
the beach make it an ideal picnic site. The
forest guest house situated on top of a hillock
provides a fabulous view of islolated islands,
submerged corals and the breath - taking sunset.
Conducted tours are available from Andman Teal
House, Port Blair.
Children’s Traffic Park :
Near Aberdeen Sports
Complex, is set up by the Traffic Police to
educate young children about the traffic rules.
Corbyn’s Cove Tourism Complex :
It is 7 Kms from
the town. One of the most picturesque
sea-beaches, it is ideal for sea-bathing and
sun-basking. The complex provides Water sports
and a change room. There is also provision for
Horse Riding. Water sports timing : 10.00 a.m.
to 5.00 p.m.
Cottage Emporium :
It exhibits a spectrum of artifacts
made of mother of pearl and other sea shells and
local wood products Miniatures of Nicobari
canoes, palm mats for floors, tables and
furniture are also available here.
Fisheries Museum :
Situated near Andaman Water Sports Complex, it exhibits species of marine life peculiar to
the islands and found in the Indo Pacific and
the Bay of Bengal. Closed on Monday & Govt.
holidays. Entry fee : Adult Rs. 5/-, for Child (upto
12 years) Rs. 3/-. Video without focus light Rs.
Forest Museum :
Situated in Haddo, situated 6 km from Port
Blair. Museum offers an insight into forestry
activities and displays decorative pieces made
of Padauk, Marble, Peauma, Gurjan, Satin Wood
etc. Open on all working days.
Gandhi Park :
Laid in record time in the heart of Port
Blair, it is an enticing park comprising of
Children’s Park, Amusement and Entertainment
Park. Deer Park, Water sports, Japanese temple,
Nature walk, Garden, Restaurant etc.
Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park Wandoor
and Coral Island :
29 Kms from Port blair. This park is made up
of open sea, creeks and fifteen small and large
islands. Snorkelling equipment is available.
Conducted tours are available from Andaman Teal
House, Port Blair. Boats are available from
Wandoor for the coral islands of Jolly Buoy and
Red Skin. Fee per head Rs. 350.
Marine Park/New Amusement Park :
Just adjacent to the water sports
complex this Amusement park has come up
recently. Also a miniature Botanical garden
called the Marina Park with a statue of Nethaji
Subash Chandra Bose.
75 Kms by road / 20 Kms by ferry from Port
Blair. Trekking area - North East of South
Andaman. Exotic flora and fauna, endemic birds,
animals, butterflies and elephant lumbering are
the most interesting part of the trek.
Mini Zoo :
Situated in Haddo, Port Blair, it
houses some of the rare species of endemic birds
and animals found in these islands. Time 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Closed on Wednesday. Entry Fee Rs. 2.
Mount Harriet :
15Kms by ferry from Port Blair. The
summer headquarters of the Chief Commissioner
during British. It is 365 meters high, the
second highest peak in the Andamans. One can
trek upto Madhuban through a nature trail and
can find rare flora and fauna, endemic birds,
animals and butterflies.
Ross Island :
Once the seat of British power and
capital of these Islands, it stands now as a
ruin of the bygone days with the old structures
in debris. A small museum named ‘Smritika’ holds
photographs, and other antiques of the Britishers relevant to these islands. Ross
island is open for the tourists to visit during
day time as the boat services are available from
the Phoenix Bay Jetty and also Speed boats are
available at 8.30 a.m. 10.30 a.m. & 12.30 p.m.
Boat Charge Rs. 60/- Entry fee : Rs.20/- for
Camera Rs. 25/-
Samudrika (Naval Marine Museum) :
Situated near Andaman Teal House, 5 km from
Port Blair, set up to create awarness on various
aspects of oceanic enviroment. A good collection
of shells, corals, fishes and a few species of
colourful fishes found in these islands are on
display. Time 8.30 a.m. to 12 Noon, 2 p.m. to 5
p.m. Closed Wedneday & Govt. holidays. Entry fee
Science Centre :
Science Centre, 3 Kms from Port Blair
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), open
air science park and an inhouse butterfly
corner, which give a refreshing encounter with
science. Open all days (10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.)
except Wednesday and public holidays.
Sippighat Farm :
14 kms from Port Blair. Sprawiling over
an area of 80 acres is a Government farm.
Research and Development programmes for
cultivation of spices like cloves, nutmeg,
cinnaman, coconut and pepper are conducted.
Research and Demonstration Farm of the Central
Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) is also
Vipper Island / Harbour Cruise :
Harbour Cruise provides a unique
experience of cruise along the harbour in a boat
leaving from Phoneix Bay jetty. The panoramic
view of seven points from the sea, harbour, the
floating Dock. Viper Island, etc., are
memorable. Entry Fee Rs. 60/-.
Cellular Jail, is located at Port Blair. The building, though it cannot speak in human voice, through its sheer physical presence narrates the horrendous torture metted out to Indian freedom fighters.
The freedom fighters lodged here were from all over India. Several of such prisoners, spent more than 20 years of their lives in solitary confinments as they were cursed to live in individual cells located in this prison.
The building was subsequently damaged and presently three out seven prongs are intact. The jail, now, place of pilgrimage for all freedom loving people, has been declared as a National Memorial.
The penal settlement established here by the British after the First War of Independance in 1857 was the beginning of the agonising story of the massive and awful Cellular Jail. The Partriots, who raised their voice against the British Raj, were sent to this jail, where many perished.
Also there is a Museum, an Art gallery and a photo gallery, which are open on all days except Monday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 2 p.m. Entry fee : Rs. 5/-, for Camera Rs. 10/- and for Video Camera Rs. 50/-
The Saga of the heroic freedom struggle is brought alive in a moving Son-et-Lumiere, shown daily inside the Cellular jail compound at 6 p.m. (Hindi) and 7.15 p.m. (English). Entry fee : Adult Rs. 20/-, Child Rs. 10/-
Contact : Contact Tourism office : 03192-232747.
Fun at Bay........
Game Fishing: There are numerous
organisations that offer all kinds of fishing equipment and
boats. The sea off the coasts of Havelock Island, Neil Island,
Long Island and Ritchie’s Archipelago offers some of the best
catches for fishing enthusiasts.
Forest and Beach Camping: Adventure lovers can
pack their tents and camp on some of the best beaches in the
world. Or in the forests. The tourism division rents out deluxe
and ordinary tended accomodations at Radha Nagar Beach on
Havelock Island. Bookings can be done at the Tourism Directorate
at Port Blair.
Scuba Diving : Andaman water offer
a fascinating world of under-water marine life, varieties of
colourful fishes, rarest of the coral reefs in the world,
mysterious remains of sunken ships, etc. All these can be
explored through Scuba Diving. Details regarding the authorised
scuba dive centres, the areas opened for scuba diving and the
terms and conditions for operating scuba diving centres can be
obtained from Directorate of Tourism.
Snorkelling : One can enjoy the under water marine
life and view the rarest varieties of corals by snorkeling near
the Andaman Water Sports Complex, Corbyn’s Cove Tourism Complex,
Chidiya Tapu, North Bay, Islands in Mahatma Gandhi Marine
National Park - (Jolly Buoy, Redskin), Cinque Island, Havelock
and Ross & Smith Island.
Trekking : One can go trekking through the
evergreen forest from bambooflat to Mount Harriet, Mount Harriet
to Madhuban, Kalipur (Diglipur) to Saddle peak and in Little
Andaman to experience the life within the lovely, dark and deep
forest. There are other trekking routes also.||
Comprising 28 Islands, with an area of 1841
sq.kms., the Nicobar group of Islands is
separated from Andamans by the ten degree
channel. The Nicobars abound in coconut palms,
casuarinas and pandanus. Great and Little
Nicobar have dark crab-eating monkeys with long
tails. Nicobar pigeons are in plenty. Magapode,
a rare bird, is found in Great Nicobar. The
southern most tip of India, ‘Indira Point’ is in
Great Nicobar Island.
Car Nicobar :
270 Kms by sea from Port Blair. Comprising of
28 Islands, with an area of 1,841 sq.Kms. the
Nicobar Islands are separated from Andamans by
the Ten Degree Channel.. The Nicobars abound in
coconut-palm, casuarina and pandanus. Great and
Little Nicobar have the Giant Robber Crab,
Monkeys with long tail, Nicobarese Pigeons in
plenty. Megapode, a rare bird is found in Great
Nicobar. The southernmost tip of India is not
Kanyakumari as has till recently been
considered, it is INDIRA POINT in Great Nicobar
Island. Nicobar group is out of bounds for
foreigners at present. Indians may be given
permission in exceptional cases on application.
Great Nicobar :
540 Kms by sea from Port Blair. The Great
Nicobar island having an area of about 400 sq.
miles in the southern - most island in this
group and is only 90 miles away from Sumatra.
Government of India has undertaken the
development of this island in a big way and
settling large number of people here. Settlement
of about 100 families of ex-servicemen in this
island has been done in 1970. Still more
settlement of ex- ervicemen families are in
425 Kms by sea from Port Blair. Katchal is a
tiny island in the Nicobar group. it was this
island, which heralded the new millennium with
the first sunrise on 1st January 2000. This
island has beautiful beaches at East bay, Jhula
and West bay.
Barren Island :
135 Kms by sea. The only active volcano
in India, erupted twice in recent past, once in
1991 and again in 1994-95, after remaining
dormant for about 177 years. The island, about 3
Kms, in diameter, is having a big crater of the
volcano, rising abruptly from the sea, about
half kilometre from the shore and is about 150
fathoms deep. The volcano is again dormant. This
is presently not on tourists itinerary.
Baratang Island :
It is around 120 KMs far from Port Blair. It
is one of the main island of the Andaman group,
a closely-set in the Bay of Bengal, adjoining
the Andaman Sea , Middle Andaman is to its
north, and South Andaman to the south. The area
of this Island is approx imately 238 Sq Kms.
This island is rich with wide range of beaches,
evergreen forest, colourful birds and
butterflies. The roadways journey for Baratang
island is passing through a evergreen dense and
connected with vehicle ferries. This island is
more commonly referred to as simply “Baratang”.
Mud volcanoes (found only in Andamans in the
country), limestone caves, beaches and mangrove
frilled creeks give a distinct identity to
Baratang. Baratang holds the natures best
treasures gifted to the Islands . Limestone
caves, Active Mud Volcano, Tothatekri, Baludera
Beach & Roglachang Beach are just a few of them.
Cinque Island :
26 Kms from Port Blair. Declared as a
sanctuary, this is an enchanting islands with
rare corals and under - water marine life, a
fine sandy beach and tropical rain forest.
Chartred boats of permitted category are allowed
from Port Blair and Wandoor.
Havelock Island :
38 Kms from Port Blair. This Island offers
beautiful sandy beaches and lush green forest.
Island compaing at Radha Nagar is a real
exposure to the unpolluted nature for an
environment lover. Connected by boat daily from
Phoneix Bay Jetty.
Mud Volcano: Baratang Islands have
the only known examples of mud Valcano in India . A mud volcano
started erupting at Baratang Island , Middle Andamans on 18th
February 2003 . There was a minor fissure eruption at the same
site before 1983. This type of fissures are common at Baratang
through which mud and gas constantly seeps out. The last major
eruption occurred in March, 1983, which was of larger magnitude
compared to the recent eruption. The present eruption covers an
area of 1,000 sq m to 1,200 sq m and has resulted in the
formation of the sub-circular mound of about 30 m in diameter
and height of about 2 m at the center. Mud volcanoes are vents
in the earth which emits gas and mud. This is a rare phenomenon
and is found in only select places around the globe. In our
country, Andamans is the only place where such volcanoes are
North Bay :
While at Port Blair, the nearest place to
view the corals and enchanting marine life is
North Bay, at the foothills of Mount Harriet.
Coral and marine life can be seen by snorkelling
or with the help of glass bottom boats. Swimming
should be limited to the shallow waters near the
beach. Private boat services are available from
Port Blair and the journey takes 15 minutes.
Little Andaman Island :
120Kms from Port Blair. This is practically a
virgin land with an area of about 300 sq. miles.
It is full of very rich timber with scope for
development of agriculture, plantation etc. The
refugees from East Pakistan and repatriates from
Ceylon were settled in this Island. Andaman &
Nicobar Island forest and Plantation Development
Corporation, a Govt of India undertaking is
harvesting timber and exports logs in
large-scale from here.
Long Island :
82 Kms from Port Blair. connected by boat
twice a week from Phoenix Bay jetty, offers an
excellent sandy beach at Lalaji Bay, unpolluted
environment and evergreen forests.
Neil Island :
32 Kms from Port Blair : The beautiful
island with lush green forest and sandy beaches
is connected by boat from Port Blair four days a
week. It will provide an ideal holiday for
eco-friendly tourist. A tourist complex will
come up here shortly.
The lime caves, full of splendid stalagmites,
stalactites and pillar rocks, can be accessed by a 40-minute
boat ride through the creeks The boat passes through beautiful
creek full of mangroves from the Nilambur Jetty, it is great
life time experience for incoming tourists. And about 15-minute
trek further through village and forest. It gives an immense
sense of adventure to the tourist.
Outside Port Blair:
180 Kms by Sea. Situated North of Mayabunder,
it provides a rare experience of sea sun and fun
for eco-friendly tourists. It is famous for its
oranges, rice and marine life. Kalipur, a sandy
beach is being developed as a tourist complex.
Saddle Peak, 732 metres, the highest point in
the islands is nearby. Kalpang, the only river
of Andaman flows from here on which the first
hydro - electric project of the islands is
coming up. It is connected by two daily boat
services from Mayabunder via Kalighat and a boat
service from Port Blair twice a week to Aerial
240 Kms by road and 136 kms by sea. Situated
in the northern part of Middle Andaman, it has
excellent scenic beauty and good beaches.
Inhabited by the settlers from Burma, the area
near East Pakistan and exconvicts, Mayabunder
has a distinct culture. Karmatang beach, a
turtle nesting ground, is being developed as
tourist complex. Boat and Bus services are
170 Kms by road and 90 Kms by sea. Rangat
provides a real attraction for an ecologically
conscious tourist, who can enjoy the virgin
nature and breathe unpolluted air, a rare
commodity for the city dweller. Cuthbest Bay
beach, 15 kms, away has also turtle nesting
ground and has been identified for developing a
Island Camping :
Island camps are just the right choice
for the adventurous nature-lovers, who wish to
enjoy sun, sea and the pristine beauty of nature
by spending quiet holidays right on the beach.
Island Camping available at Radhanagar beach in
Havelock Island seasonaly (October to May).