Andaman & Nicobar  Places of Interest
 

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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.

Chatham :

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 berth.

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 :

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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. 25.

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.

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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.

Madhuban :

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.

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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 :

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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 Rs. 10/-

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.

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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 nearby.

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

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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/-

  6. 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/-

  7. 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.
 

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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.
 

Nicobar               

Nicobar :

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 progress.

Katchal :

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.

Island Destinations

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Barren Island :

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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 :

Havelok 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

 

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 found.

Mud Volcano
 

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.

Limestone Caves

 

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.

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Outside Port Blair:

Diglipur :

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 Bay Jetty.

Mayabunder :

Mayabunder

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 available.

Rangat :

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 tourist complex.

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).

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