The small island with its treasure of ruins in it become the hot tourists spot in the territory. While visiting to this island, we desire to know more and more about Ross Island. Before the independence, the island is the seat of British power and capital of these Andaman Islands from 1858 until 1941 and also the base for the British Administrator of the penal colony in Port Blair In 1941, the Japanese converted the site into POW camp, and built war installations, remnants of which can still be seen. It now stands as a ruin of the bygone days with the old structure almost in debris and the few signs of its colonial glory, such as the Chief Commissioner's house and the Anglican church, are dilapidated and overgrown. A small museum named 'Smritika' holds photographs and the other antiques of the Britishers relevant to these islands.
Viper Island a small serene, beautiful island and witnessed the untold sufferings of the freedom fighters had to undergo. Dangerous convicts found guilty of violating the rules of the Penal Settlement, were put in fetters and were forced to work with their fetters on in this island. The jail in this island called Viper Chain Gang Jail, where prisoners deported from the mainland during British Regime. The Britishers used to harbour convicts here. The first jail was constructed here which was abandoned after the construction of Cellular Jail. It has a gallows atop a hillock, where condemned prisoners were hanged. Sher Ali, who killed Lord Mayo, the Viceroy of India in 1872, was also hanged here. The island derives its name from the vessel ‘Viper’ in which Lt. Archibald Blair came to the islands in 1768 with the purpose of establishing a Penal Settlement. The vessel, it is believed, met with an accident and its wreckage was abandoned near the island.
An island in in the group of Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, covered with dense forests, exotic flowers & birds and coastline with bright sandy beach. It is a perfect place for snorkeling, sea bathing and basking on the sun kissed beach. Jolly buoy Island offers an amazing view of underwater coral and marine life. Glass bottom boats help to take a closer look at the coral colonies. One can visit to this island by ferry with a permission from the Department of Forest and Environment.
Another island in Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park similar to jollybuoy Island which offers white Sandy beach and spectacular view of corals, colourful fishes and other marine life. It is an ideal place for snorkeling , sea bathing and basking on the sun kissed beach. The ferry is operating to visit this island and a permission required from the Department of Forest & Environment.
An independent Island which is around 38 Kms from Port Blair, that's provides idyllic resort in the lap of virgin beach and unpolluted environment. The Radha Nagar Beach is one of the popular beach of these island and also recorded the seventh among the best beach in Asia. The Camping facility also available near to the RadhaNagar Beach and at the western tip of the island the dolphins and turtles can be spotted from the long stretches of white sand.
A small island, connected to Port Blair by a bridge. It is famous for its saw mill, considered to be one of the oldest and the largest in Asia operating by the department of Forest & Environment and a big store house for different varieties of wood including Marble, Padauk, Gurjan and Satin wood.. The mill was built by the British in 1836. The island also has the second largest wharf in the Andamans.
North Bay (Coral Island)
North Bay (Coral Island) is accessable from Port Blair via ferry. The treasures of these coral islands are unforgettable. As the underwater world comes alive, one forgets that there is a less perfect world outside. A peek into this magic land leaves one in a daze for the rest of the day. Coral island with white sand beaches and surrounded by the pristine beauty of Nature. The sea has gifted this island with all the splendor to attract any sea loving human. The Coral reefs, though damaged, are gorgeously decorated by nature to stun the visitor. The exquisite marine life and aquatic ecology offer some of the best snorkeling site for visitors.
Neil Island is one of the beautiful island among the Andaman Group of Islands . This island is situated 45 Kms far from Port Blair city which is duly connected by boat. The island's lush green forest and sandy beaches provides an ideal holiday destination for eco-friendly tourists . The sea here is shallow and full of colourful corals. Neil Island is the vegetable bowl of Andaman Islands. Neil Islands of Andaman provides the best site for touring in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The serene tranquility and the mesmerizing ambiance of the Neil Islands at Andaman makes it the most happening destinations of tourism in Andaman Islands. The wide and enchanting beaches attracts the tourists to indulge in an adventure sport known as snorkeling. At Neil Island, one can enjoy the serenity of the nature and blissful existence of the village life. These sites in the Neil Islands are, indeed, a celestial bliss!
It is around 120 Kms far from Port Blair. This island is rich with golden beaches, volcano & caves. The roadways journey for Baratang island is passing through beautiful jungle and connected with vehicle ferries. Lime Stone cave is around 8 Kms from Baratang Jetty via boats. This natural growing caves are made up of lime stone surrounding beautiful green forest. The boat passes through beautiful creek full of mangroves, it is great life time experience for tourists.The active Mud Volcano(found only in Andamans in the country) on the way is also a terrific sight for the tourists. This volcano is active through out the year.Baratang holds the natures best treasures gifted to these islands.
Rangat is located in Middle Andaman at a distance of 210 Kms. from Port Blair. At Rangat one can enjoy the quiet village life and solitude of virgin nature. It offers you unpolluted air, a rare commodity for the city dweller. Cutbert Bay Beach (20 kms. away from Rangat bazaar/jetty) is a turtle nesting ground. One can also visit Panchavati water fall and Amkunj beach are on the way to Cutbert Bay.
It is about 240 Kms by road and 136Kms by sea from Port Blair which provides perfect holidays in an unpolluted environment with a rare and excellent scenic beauty and good beaches. The Karmatang beach at Mayabunder is also a nesting ground of turtles and it is perfect spot for picnic/holiday for nature lovers.
It is about 375Kms from Port Blair and a rare experience of sea sun and fun for eco-friendly tourists. Kalipur, a sandy beach is developed as a tourist complex. While visiting to diglipur, one can also Ross & Smith Island, the twin islands is connected with sand and is gorgeous spot for incoming tourists. And nearby the Saddle Peak (732mtrs) is the highest peak in Andamans. Kalpang, the only river of Andamans flows from here on which the first hydro-electric project of the islands is coming up.
It is famous for its oranges, rice and marine life. One can feel the innocent beauty of village life everywhere in Diglipur. One who prefers to be away from the hustle and humdrum of urban life must come here to enjoy unhurried holidays. Saddle peak is popular for trekking/nature trail through the evergreen rain forest
Ross and Smith Island
Ross and Smith, the twin islands joined by a bewitching sand bar, is 30 minutes away from Aerial bay jetty or Kalipur water sports centre, Diglipur. Required a valid permission from Department of Forest & Environment to visit this island.
Is around 85 KMs far from Port Blair by Sea. The island offers an excellent sandy beach at Lalaji Bay, unpolluted environment and evergreen forests. The sea around the island is frequented by dolphin convoys. Lalaji Bay, 6-km away from the harbour, is accessible by 15 minutes journey in Doonghies (country boat) or trekking through the forest. Island camping (tent accommodation) is available seasonally.
It is about 139 Kms. by sea from Port Blair. The only active volcano in India is located in Barren Island. The volcano erupted twice in recent past, once in 1991 and again in 1994- 95, after remaining dormant for about 177 years. This island is about 3 kms in diameter, and has a big crater of the volcano, about half kilometer away from the shore. The island can be visited by chartered boats only with the permission of Forest Department. Foreigners are restricted to on-board vessels only and landing ashore is not allowed.
26 Kms by sea from port Blair. 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 Port Blair and Wandoor. To visit, one may contact private boat operators in Port Blair to hire a boat with due permission from the Forest Department.
Little Andaman Island
125 Kms by sea from Port Blair.Little Andaman island located south to south Andaman, has varied attractions in store for the tourists. There are two water falls in the islands, both in the midst of the ever green rain forest. White Surf Water Falls is 6.5 kms from Hutbay Jetty. One can enjoy Elephant Safari through the forests. The other water fall – Whisper Wave is 20 kms away from the Jetty. Journey to Whisper Wave includes four kilometers of trekking through the forest.Butler Bay, a beautiful beach is 14 Kms. from Hutbay Jetty and the beach is ideal for basking, snorkeling and surfing. Tourist huts are available on the sea-front for stay. Boating through creek near the beach is exciting. Netaji Nagar beach 11 Kms from Hutbay Jetty and Harminder Bay beach are other beautiful beaches in the island. One can witness elephant lumbering operation and elephant calves training inside the forest. Little Andaman is also famous for its Red-oil palm plantation, which spreads over an area of sixteen hundred hectares. There is a palm oil extraction factory inside the plantation which can be visited while travelling between the White Surf Waterfall and Butler Bay beach. The Onges and Nicobarese-two of the aboriginal tribes of the islands and settlers from other places reside in this island. Entry to tribal area is restricted. Hut bay is the entry and exit point for the tourists. Ferry services are available every day from Port Blair and the journey takes seven to nine hours. Regular seaplane services are also available from Port Blair.
Corbyn's Cove Beach
Corbyn's Cove is a serene and one of the most picturesque unspoiled soft sandy beach just 7 Km far from the city. This beach is set in picturesque backgrounds of lush green coconut palms and pleasant sea. This beach is an ideal spot for swimming, sun basking and sea bathing. The pill boxes and bunkers established by Japanese add the attraction of the beach.
The wandoor is a famous spot for its wide sandy beach. The beach is ideal destination for swimming, sun basking and sea bathing. One can also enjoy the speed boat ride and snorkeling at this beach. There is also option for a leisure walk at the jungle near to the beach.
Chidiya Tapu or Bird Island is a tiny village on the southernmost tip of South Andaman, about 25km from Port Blair. Its lush green mangroves and sandy beaches makea picturesque site.The forest guest house situated on the top of a hillock provides a fabulous view of islolated islands, submerged corals and the breath-taking sunset.
Karmatang beach, at turtle nesting ground is being developed as tourist complex. The beach is Situated at Mayabunder, northern part of Middle Andaman, 240 kms by road and 136 kms by boat from Port Blair. This Sandy beach is famous for turtle nesting. Important species of turtles include: Leather Back Turtle, Green Sea Turtle, Hawksbill Turtle and Olive Ridley Turtle. Water Monitor Lizard, Salt Water Crocodiles, and Reticulate Python etc. are also seen here.
Radhanagar Beach at Havelock Island is an real exposures of unpolluted nature for an environment lover. The Radhanagar Beach is one among the best beaches in Asia. The beach is around 7 Km from Havelock harbour and ideal for swimming and other marine activities.
Beaches of Neil Island
Neil Island is famous for its clean & wide sandy beaches. The Sitapur, Laxmanpur & Bharatpur Beach were the well known beaches of the Neil Islands. The beaches are very clear and clean for spending holidays and evenings. The breathtaking view of sea and the lusting greeneries in the island is really rejuvenating and enjoyable for enthusiastic travelers.
Ramnagar Beach is a beautiful stretch of palm-fringed sand. A sandy beach of Ramnagar situated at Diglipur comprises of various fauna. Ramnagar Beach is also abode of the turtles and If you are a wildlife buff, then there is a option to go out for trekking. The nearby vegetation is comprises of various fauna. The beach is famous for its widely scattered grains of sand offers the travelers a chance to spend some quality time there and rest on the sandy beach, enjoy the panoramic scenery of the spring blossoms.
Cellular Jail (The national Memorial)
Located at Port Blair, stood mute witness to the tortures meted out to the freedom fighters, who were incarcerated in this Jail. The Jail, completed in the year 1906 acquired the name, 'cellular' because it is entirely made up of individual cells for the solitary confinement of the prisoners. It originally was a seven pronged, puce-colored building with central tower acting as its fulcrum and a massive structure comprising honeycomb like corridors. The building was subsequently damaged and presently three out of the seven prongs are intact. The Jail, now is a place of pilgrimage for all freedom loving people, has been declared as a National Memorial.The penal settlement established in Andaman by the British after the First War of Independence in 1857 was the beginning of the agonizing story of freedom fighters in the massive and awful jails at Viper Island followed by the Cellular Jail. The patriots who raised their voice against the British Raj were sent to this Jail, where many perished.
Jail at Viper Island
During the British Rule convicts found guilty of violating the rules of the Penal Settlement, were put in fetters and were forced to work with their fetters on in this island. Freedom fighters like Nanigopal and Nandlal Pulindas, who had resorted to hunger strike at the Cellular Jail, were imprisoned at Viper Island. The jail at Viper, where prisoners deported from the mainland were confined, was built by the British under the supervision of Major Fort. Work on the prison was started in 1867. Owing to the working conditions, the jail earned the notorious name Viper Chain Gang Jail. Gallows built on top of a hillock, visible to all prisoners in the island, signified death.
The Anthropological Museum at Port Blair presents culture of Andaman Tribes. It was started in 1975-1976, 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. One can view the tools and model of weapons used by the Andaman and Nicobar islands and also encloses many photographs of different tribes and aborigines of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Forest museum maintained by Dept. of Forst & Environment offers an insight into forest activities through scale models and displays decorative pieces made of famous woods like Padauk, Marble, Peauma, Gurjan, Satin Wood, etc. The museum very typical in its contents displays the artifacts made out of timber. The Museum helps the visitor to get some insight in the forestry and related activities. One can see many attractive models in timber showcased here.
Chatham Saw Mill
Chatham Saw Mill is one of the oldest and the largest in Asia. The Mill is situated in a small Island call Chatham connected to Port Blair by a bridge. It. The mill was built by the British in 1836. The mill cuts massive wood into different sizes and shapes of timber and is functioning as the main source of timber for government and private agencies at a moderate price. This mill processes many types of ornamental wood suitable for making furniture and handicraft.
Samudrika (Naval Marine Museum)
The museum has a good collection of shells & Corals found in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is runned by the Indian Navy and is located near Andaman Teal House at Port Blair. This museum is aimed at generating awareness among the visitor about the environment in the ocean and the marine life. The Samudrika Marine Museum has five sections dealing with history of Andaman Islands, Geographical information, people of Andaman, Archeology and finally the Marine life.
Mini Zoo Situated at Haddo (Delanipur - Chatham road), it houses some of the rare species of endemic birds and animals found in these islands. The Zoo is credited with about 200 species of birds and animals and Salt water Crocodile, Andaman pig and Nicobar pigeon are two rare species of animals which can be spotted here.
Fisheries Museum (Aquarium) is located at Port Blair City Centre near Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex. This museum is an ideal place to visit for the tourists who are interested in marine life which displays the various species of marine life found in the Bay of Bengal and the Indo-Pacific Ocean. These varieties of marine life are exclusive to the Andaman Islands includes sharks, live corals, starfish and polyps, etc.
Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park
Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park comprises of about 12 islands and is located about 30 km southwest of Port Blair, the capital city of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and are also the home to India's best marine parks.Most of the islands in the park are densely forested; the open spaces are covered with scrub and creepers. A casual glance around and one can spot brilliant tropical flowers including orchids, broken branches and fallen leaves spread over the jungle pathways. One can also hear the bird calls, but unless in the open, it is difficult to spot the terns, gulls, ospreys, serpent crested eagles, wood pigeons and of course the swifts.
Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park is a grandeur tourist attraction in Andaman. This is a fantastic National Park for Marine life in Andaman and is unique all over the world. The red skin Island and Jolly Buoy Island is a famous part of this National Park. These islands are best and famous location for snorkeling and scuba diving in Andaman Islands. One can get a close look of underwater marine life in the beaches of this National Park, including corals and sea weeds.
Mount Harriet National Park
Mount Harriet is the height point in South Andaman stands at a height of 365. Mount Harriet in Andaman and Nicobar Islands is located at such an altitude that it provides a fascinating view of the entire cluster of islands.. During the British rule in India, Mount Harriet was the summer headquarters for the Chief Commissioner. At Mount Harriet, the National Park, the one can spend time by taking a wildlife tour. The major attraction for tourists visiting Mount Harriet is the natural trek up to Madhuban. Along the trek, the tourist can feast their eyes with the sights of the various birds, animals and butterflies that are found in this region. The walk along the natural trail is one of the most exotic experiences for any traveler coming to tour the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
This beautiful park at Port Blair having the facilities like amusement rides, safe water sports, nature trail around the lake, garden, restaurant and historic remains like Japanese Temple as well as a bunker.
Marina Park is a prime attraction in Andaman located in the seashore close proximity to Water Sports Complex. The local inhabitants and the visiting tourists use this park for spending their evenings by enjoying the nature’s gifts of pristine beauty. The New Amusement Park, Children Park and Children Traffic park also there in Marina Park Complex.
Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex
Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex is formerly called as Andaman Water Sports Complex is a renowned sports complex in Andaman Islands offering many adventurous water sports activities with comfortable, safe and enjoyable experiences like water scooters, rowing boats, kayaks, paddle boats, etc. Outboard boats make this complex dynamic afternoon and the boating up to Ross Islands from this complex is really an exciting experience. A marvelous monument, built to honor the historical fight Battle of Aberdeen, add to the beauty of this region. A children park nearby is a place for children to enjoy the serene environment. At this complex all kinds of safety measures are taken so as to avoid unprecedented mishaps and all the water-sporting events are precisely monitored by cautious eyes of the elite professionals.
Shopping At Andaman Islands
The main shopping and commercial centre at Port Blair is Aberdeen. While shopping at Andaman Islands you will find Multi hue corals, seashell souvenir and other Handicraft products mostly made from Wood, Jute, Bamboos, corals, sea shells, etc which are the speciality of the islands. The Sagarika Emporium/ Cottage Industry is the best point of shopping. The local Shops also have good collect of Shells and Handicrafts with various size. The main shopping products are in Andaman Islands are Shell jewellery like earrings, bracelets, pearl jewellery and artifacts, Palm mats, Coconut shell lamp-shed and Woodcrafts like walking sticks, bowls and trays, ashtrays, Bamboo cane craft, Nicobaree Mats and furniture made of local Padauk wood.