If a secluded beach holiday with a touch of history and adventure excites you, then Port Blair, the capital city of Andaman and Nicobar is one of the best choices for honeymooning in India. Located at a distance of 1400 kms from its mainland India, it is one of the finest place to visit in South Andaman Island.
A visit to the Cellular Jail, notorious as “Kala Pani”, in Port Blair will take you through the times of pre Independence era and the struggle for freedom. Make sure you do not miss the sound and light show during the evenings at this national memorial.
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For those who want to head away from the beaches towards the inland, there are a number of places in Port Blair that can keep you hooked. The panoramic view of nearby islands and the sea at Mount Harriet, the highest peak in South Andaman, which is 55 kms from the city is perfect for spotting some of the endemic birds and butterflies as a part of 16 kms long trek in the wilderness from Mount Harriet to Madhuban.
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Finally, try to experience some of the spectacular and rare coral reefs, underwater ecosystems through glass bottom boats or scuba diving. For this you must head to the Mahatma Gandhi Marine Park, Wandoor, located at a distance of 29 kms from Port Blair and spread across 281.5 sq. kms. Jolly Buoy Island and Red Skin Island are some of the must visit diving sites here. Port Blair is perfect to be visited from the months between November to April.
As the name suggests, Chidiya Tapu is the perfect haven for unseen migratory birds and common native birds found in the Andaman Islands. Recognized as the most enchanting beach in Andaman and tourists arrive here on a large scale as the beach extends the best ever sights for them including the eye catching sunrise and sunset views. This is a silent yet crowded beach encircled by evergreen forests on one side and the short hills on the other side.
As it is considered to be the presenter of the most finishing touch of sunset and sunrise views, it is the main hub in Andaman Islands. The beach is filled with 46 varieties of endangered species of birds, and white spotted deer. There are a lot of seasonal orchids and other varieties of plants.
Highlights: The major attractions of Chidiya Tapu are the Chidiya Tapu Biological Park, the Sylvan Sands, the Munda Pahar Beaches etc. You will be able to stay at a forest guesthouse located nearby atop a hillock and from there, the panoramic view of Chidiya Tapu in detail.
Activities: Apart from sunset and sunrise views, plenty of people come for an Andaman and Nicobar trip to see this beach, to identify the rare species appear in multiple colours and size. Even though many of the birds are commonly found on the beach, you would find it as a unique and unnatural scene to find the colourful gathering of them.
Boating is an attractive activity done here as well as snorkeling and swimming are also a part of the adventure activities usually experienced by those who visit here.
Distance from Port Blair: It is located about 25 kms from Port Blair.
If you are in the hunt for undiscovered gems of Andaman, Baratang Islands should definitely be on your list. It is known for its dense mangrove forests, exotic fauna and its ethnic population. A haven for shutterbugs, Baratang Islands is one of the most panoramic places to visit in Andaman. Even though it is slightly underdeveloped, Baratang Islands is where you can have your full dose of adventure. Tucked between South and Middle Andaman, Baratang Islands is a place which you will love if you like things untouched and unspoiled.
It is home to one of the oldest existing human races- the Jarawa tribe and many virgin beaches to let you bask in nature’s beauty. Some of the most exciting places to see in Baratang Islands include its gorgeous beaches, mangrove creeks, mud-volcanoes and mostly its limestone caves. It is one of the must visit tourist places in Andaman if you are a nature lover and wildlife enthusiast for the diversity of things it offers to the tourists. For a comforting stay after a day full of activities, you must check the resorts in Andaman.
Highlights: This island is one of the most striking places in Andaman for nature lovers as it offers myriad attractions like its limestone caves, mangrove creeks, tidal swamp forests and its interesting mud volcanoes.
Activities: Being a nature’s paradise, Baratang Island is a delight for witnessing nature at its best and involving yourself in activities like trekking and bird watching. One can indulge in boat riding through the mangrove forests and explore the limestone caves here. For the beach lovers, there in Baludera Beach where one can swimming and snorkeling.
Distance from Port Blair: Baratang Island is about 100 km away from the capital city, Port Blair.
Also known as Kala Pani, Cellular Jail is one of the unmissable tourist attractions located at Port Blair in Andaman. The three storied building has 698 cells that are connected to each other in the shape of a starfish. The place is famous for offering a fantastic sound and light show in the evening offering a delightful insight into the historical struggle for independence.
It is one of the remnants of past colonial rule in India and today stands as a testimony to all those brave hearts who laid down their lives at the hands of British atrocities. Some of the famous freedom fighters who were captured here include Veer Savarkar and Bakuteshwar Dutt.
The place was one of the most infamous prisons of the past as the freedom fighters were punished inhumanly by the Britishers. The place is a must visit for history lovers to have a sneak peek into the history and struggle that went down in the construction of this jail. The place is recognised as a national memorial monument and owned by the Government of India.
Highlights: Tourists should try to explore the jail by visiting the picture gallery that houses a number of photos of freedom fighters. Often used as background for filming Hindi movies about the colonial past, the place has many fascinating remnants of history like the hanging cell and condemned cell. Some of the other unmissable attractions of Cellular Jail included its Exhibition Gallery, Art Gallery, Old Photographs Gallery, Gallery on First War of Independence and Netaji Gallery. There is also the Swatantrya Jyoti, an eternal flame of freedom keeps glowing in the memory of freedom fighters
Activities: One of the popular activities to do here is sightseeing and revisiting the history of the grim colonial past Of India.
Distance from Port Blair: It takes around 15 kilometers to go there from Port Blair.
Timing: National Memorial: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Closed on Mondays)
Entry Fee: INR 30
All fans of eco-tourism should pack their bags and have an exciting vacay at Diglipur when they are visiting Andaman. It is famous for its green landscapes and its exotic marine life which makes it a must visit for nature lovers. The island is renowned for having many prominent beaches like Kalipur Beach, Ross and Smith Islands, Ramnagar Beach and Pathi Level Beach.
There is also the Saddle Peak Mountain National Park which can be accessed from Diglipur. It is replete with many exciting attractions with rare animals like Andaman wild pig, Andaman hill myna, Andaman imperial pigeon, water monitor, dolphins, whales and the Saltwater crocodile.
A must visit for trekking aficionados, Diglipur is the largest peak in the archipelago of Andaman islands and offers a wonderful sight of its unique wildlife. One of the most visited tourist places in Andaman, Diglipur is sure to leave you enthralled with its gorgeous scenery consisting of glittering white sands, nice weather, lofty palms and its exciting marine life. Diglipur is one of the most serene spots if you forget all the worries of your life and enjoy an eco-friendly holiday.
Highlights: The main attractions of Diglipur are Kalipur Beach, Diglipur National Park, Ram Nagar Beach, Mud Volcano, twin islands of Ross and Smith and Saddle Peak National Park. This place is luxuriant in flora and fauna, which makes it a must visit for wildlife enthusiasts.
Activities: Trekking, Snorkeling, and Mangrove creek safari are some of the activities the activities that one can enjoy on their holiday in Diglipur island. Beach combing, sunbathing, surf riding, swimming, fishing, bird watching, trekking in Jungle, sailing, kayaking are some other activities not to be missed here.
Distance from Port Blair: Diglipur is at a distance of 290 km by road from Port Blair.
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The Indian Navy is guarding the famous Samudrika Marine Museum which exhibits the richest collection of Andaman’s animal and floral lives. The rare species of fish, other animals, plants, corals etc are preserved well over here and there is a small aquarium also. Rather, the different attraction on the island is this museum if you are completed visiting the beaches and the relishing islands.
A lot of tourists have recognized this museum as a perfect representation of what the island can offer to surprise the visitors but in a miniature form. The museum located just opposite to Andaman Teal House is occupied with five sections displaying the history of the islands, the geographical features, about the people and their lifestyles, the less explored archaeological information and of course the marine life.
The museum is established with the idea of creating awareness among people on various aspects regarding oceanic life and the importance of preserving this sensitive ecosystem well for a balanced future of human beings.
Highlights: Outside the museum, there is a skeleton of a blue whale preserved and it is a marvellous sight to look at. The first room shows facts like volcanoes, tribes, different types of woods, insects etc. The second room is displaying the reverberating underwater beauties through an aquarium.
Coral Reefs have an entire room that is the third room. Seashells in abundance have persevered in the fourth room and you will be surprised to the tremendous collection. Last but not least is the fifth room that is dedicated to the tribes of Andaman, the butterflies’ and the insects’ specimens as well.
Timing: The museum is open on all days from Tuesday to Sunday from 09:00 am to 01:00 pm and from 02:00 pm t0 05:00 pm.
Entry fee: For adult: INR 50 and for child: INR 25. If you wish to take camera or video to the inside, you will have to pay INR 20 and INR 50 respectively.
Distance from Port Blair: The museum is situated in Port Blair itself, walkable distance only.
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A great park that has been accepted well by the international tourists and a distinct idea and execution in India to preserve the sensitive and endangered species of marine species is Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park in Andaman. It consists of 15 islands of mangrove creeks, rainforests, splendid coral reefs which have around 50 types and a huge collection of rare but colourful fish etc.
This park came into existence in the year of 1983 under the solid Wildlife Protection Act of 1973 to keep the lives of marine animals safe and preserved as the underwater ecosystem was on the verge of destruction. The best time to visit the park is during the months from November to February and during monsoon, it remains closed.
Highlights: The park is comprised of two major island groups known as the Labyrinth Islands and Twin Islands which are situated about 16 km away from Port Blair to the south of it. This park boasts of the unimaginable size it spreads that is about 281.5 sq.km which have 17 small islands and the open sea creeks.
The fringing reefs are abundantly found in the park and that is one of the special reef species found on the island. Each island holds different type of vegetation. Tarmugli is the highest island in the park that displays the vast area of mangrove vegetation, sand covered beaches, sheet rocks etc.
Activities: One can get knowledge of marine species after visiting national park.
Distance from Port Blair: The park is located in Wandoor which is lying about 29 kms away from Port Blair. There are ferry services every 30 minutes from Port Blair boat jetty. The park is easily accessible via road as well.
Baratang Island and the limestone caves in Andaman and Nicobar Islands are awesomely famous for different reasons. The thick mangrove forests, the enlarged tropical forest canopy, the friendly rivers to take a boat ride and the carvings of nature in the form of mud volcanoes and limestone caves are the principal factors that overshadowing everything else on the island. Tourists love to visit Baratang during their tour of Andaman especially for the glowing structures found in the caves made of limestone which are years old.
The journey to the caves is splendid as one has to cross the mangrove forests and the tribal reserves from Baratang boat jetty. These caves give away a feeling that you are at some place which is not a part of Andaman Islands. These are the rare caves which contain the stalagmites and stalactites rock structures proving against the common myth that both of them cannot be found together in one place. If you are really exhausted by repeatedly visiting the islands and beaches in Andaman then you must visit Baratang Island and these caves especially.
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Highlights: The mangrove forests encircling the caves are the real attraction at this place and people are eagerly waiting to take an adventurous boat ride through the mangroves and find the sleeping crocodiles in water. Another highlight which leaves the beauty of the caves heightened is its originality kept preserved from time immemorial. Humans have not exploited the real charm of the caves and thus these caves are stealing hundreds of hearts.
Activities: Boating and trekking can be done here.
Distance from Port Blair: To reach Baratang Island, one has to travel via road for almost 100 kms. You can take a bus or drive yourself and then you have to cross the Middle Strait and a half an hour long boat ride will take you to the limestone caves and formations.
Location: Baratang Island is the region where limestone caves are found.
Pure science have clearly defined how mud volcanoes are formed and Andaman archipelago is quite popular for its multiple mud volcanoes. They are formed due to the large scale emissions of de-pressurized pore water and some natural gases such as hydrocarbon gases that included Methane. These gases are emitted by the decaying organic matter found underground.
Although there are 25 active mud volcanoes have discovered at different parts of the island, the mud volcanoes found on Baratang Island and Diglipur Island are the important ones and tourists visit these islands will take a look at this unique phenomenon of nature happening often.
Highlights: Reaching the mud volcanoes in Diglipur and Baratang would need a flexible stretch of walk through the relishing wilderness and that exciting trek will give an energy in an unlimited way.
Activities: One can enjoy trek here
Distance from Port Blair: From Port Blair, Diglipur is located about 350 km north and one can use the ferry service of seaplane service from Port Blair. Baratang Island is closer to Port Blair, about 100 kms distance.
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Famous for the underwater corals, North Bay Island located near the Pheonix Jetty of Port Blair is yet another favourite tourist destination. Multiple clubs providing exhilarating scuba diving, snorkeling and sea walking at the island give it a special space in the hearts of adventure lovers. And because of this factor, North Bay Island is crowded all the time.
If you wish to do a tour of North Bay Island, then you have to come at the Andaman Water Sports Complex where it starts from and the boats can accommodate up to 60 people and every boat will have a guide as well. The glass bottom boat ride to the island will give you a lot of chances to see the world of fish, typical sea flora and reefs inhabited underwater in harmony.
Highlights: Scuba diving and snorkeling are the most important activities available at the island and along with those, glass bottom ride is also has significant importance. The coral reefs and the marine animals make the underwater world enthralling.
Also, sea walk is considered to be a mind blowing activity and it opens up the doors to mingle with the colourful, rare species of sea. To do sea walking, you will be taken to the spot from the stationed sea walk paltoon and the experience of walking along the soft sea bed is memorable for a lifetime.
Activities: Sea walking and scuba diving in Andaman are considered to be the best adventure activities that can be done, as there are umpteen number of travelers do these activities regularly.
Distance from Port Blair: The island lies at a distance of about 42.4 kms from Port Blair and it would take around 1 hours and 30 minutes to reach there.
South Cinque Island and North Cinque Island are the two major portions that make the huge Cinque Island a vibrant and captivating beauty in Andaman. This famous underwater diving spot is located on the north side of the popular Duncan Passage and in the middle of Rutland and Passage Islands. The inhabited island is a surprising beauty to all the tourists arrive here. But the two divisions of the island are beautifully separated by a sandbar.
Another important factor to know about Cinque Island is that it is a part of the very famous Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park in Wandoor. And thus, the abundant presence of colourful marine lives is not a surprising feature. Tourists mainly arrive at Cinque to enjoy adventure activities, especially diving and snorkeling. The beautiful corals and fish species give away the admiring time underwater to every nature lover.
Highlights: Mostly, day visits are allowed on the island that too with the permission in advance from Chief Wildlife Warden. The astonishingly beautiful corals are the main feature of Cinque Island. The island itself is a sanctuary as it houses a large collection of variety coral reefs, sea weeds, multi coloured fish species, starfish, sea anemones, turtles and water snakes.
There is an authentic declaration on the name of the island which says that Cinque Island is the mostly visited island in Andaman archipelago.
Activities: As everyone is quite clear about the fact that Cinque Island is an incomparable destination for the best scuba diving spots, tourists arrive here in large numbers every year. Those who would not want to be so adventurous also will not be disappointed since the island gives opportunities to do snorkeling and swimming at their best.
Distance from Port Blair: It is at a distance of 38.9 kms from Port Blair.
Connected by a white sand bar are Ross and Smith Islands belonging to North Island and both of them together known as the Twin Islands. The beautiful villages, turquoise water, the virgin beaches and the extremely gorgeous tropical rainforest and what not; these islands are indescribably fascinating.
As the island is close to Diglipur, one can take the Aerial Bay as the destination via road and get entry permits and travel to the island by a ferry. Around 20 minutes of boat ride will take you to the island. From Smith Island, you are invited to indulge in the nature trails extended till Ross Island through the green tropical forests swaying their heads always.
Highlights: A Marine Sanctuary on the island is the biggest highlight and it is considered to be the ideal place for watching the rare collection of invigorating coral reefs and colourful fish species. As both the islands are home to Olive Ridley turtles, tourists come at the right time to watch turtle nesting and it is a rare scene to be watched.
At times, the wild elephants inhabited in the forests may come to the outer world.
Activities: Snorkeling and swimming are the most suitable and well acknowledged activities on both the islands. Adventure lovers find the space marvelous to do scuba diving tours as well.
Distance from Port Blair: By road, about 191 kms are there from Port Blair to Ross and Smith Islands, Aerial Jetty is the right spot to take a private boat from and travel to the island.
Almost 13% of India’s mangrove cover is in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and among that, majority is appearing in Baratang Island, an ecologically important and a famous tourist destination. In terms of density and growth, Andaman’s mangroves seem to be the best.
Mangroves are found in abundance where there is brackish water and that is the reason behind Baratang Island’s consecutive support in the growth of thick mangrove creeks there.
Highlights: There are tremendous scopes for bird watching as the thick wilderness is a haven for rare species of colorful birds. Also, there are sleeping crocodiles in the water. Hence, people are not supposed to insert their hands inside because the crocodiles will pull you toward the water.
Activities: The island offers a relaxing boat ride through these mangroves which would lead you to reach the prestigious attraction of Baratang that is the Lime Stone Caves. Apart from Baratang mangrove creek safari, the tourists are directed to enjoy other safaris like Yerrata Creek, Dhaninalla Mangrove Creek and Sabari Village in Rangat etc.
Distance from Port Blair: Baratang Island is located 100 km's away from the beautiful Port Blair. There are plenty of boats will be available to take you through the dense forests but one thing to remember is that you should sit firmly on the boat since even a single movement will cause you fall into the mangrove roots filled water.
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Close to Port Blair, a superb, silent beach is Corbyn’s Cove Beach. The fringes of coconut leaves make the beach look adorable. The clear white sandy beach hearing lullabies from the azure water is a remarkable bed for complete relaxation. The shallow water does not support a lot of adventure activities. Still, Corbyn’s Cove Beach is a favourite beach for many due to the calmness and cherish-able time it can provide.
The crescent shape of the beach with complete greenery on its sides has an inevitable role in showcasing the simple beach look stunning. Families are found in large numbers here as the waves are not trickier and the long extension of sand bed to the sea and suitable places to do swimming and bathing.
Highlights: Hundreds of tall coconut trees arrayed in a particular symmetry give an admiring beauty to the beach and the swaying fringes of these coconut trees are promising a relaxed, laid-back time for those who love to get out of the bustles of the town. The blue coloured chairs arranged on the beach give enough space to relax and read a book or watch the sea presenting all its beauty before you.
A road connecting the main road to the entry of beach is a favourite route as the most beautiful turquoise water supported well be the shore is seen throughout the road journey and a few of Japanese bunkers used for WW 2 can be seen on this coastal road journey.
Activities: Since the beach is a silent one, not much adventure activities are done here but it is considered to be one of the best beaches in Andaman for relaxed swimming and bathing.
Distance from Port Blair: 7 kms are the distance from Port Blair to this beach and autos will take around INR 100-150 to drop you at the location. But you can take a taxi as well.
Things related to the wild animals and forest ranges are displayed very effectively in Forest Museum in Port Blair, Andaman. A major attraction of Andaman is this museum run by the forest department of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The museum has a wide collection of artefacts created out of timber, oak, sating wood and paduak. They show the wellness appear in the vast wilderness of Andaman, the rich flora of the island.
As the area of forests is huge in Andaman, researchers from all over the world have come to study about the dense greenery and the forest museum depicts the outcomes of all those research as well. To entertain the tourists more, the museum has set up a mini zoo and a zoological garden inside the building itself.
Highlights: The museum is located on Chatham road, an outskirt of the capital city of Port Blair. It is inside Chatham Saw Mill complex. It will take around 1 hour to watch everything displayed inside.
Activities: People love to spend time in the zoological garden and the mini zoo. The species which are rarely found in the wild arena of Andaman are in lesser number appearing here.
Timing: The working hours of the museum is from 10:00 am to 02:00 pm on all days of the week except on Sundays.
Entry fee: INR 2.
Distance from Port Blair: The location of the museum is Chatham Island, Foreshore Road, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar. You can take a bus or taxi to reach the museum from Port Blair as it is 10 km away from the city.
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Located in South Andaman district, Ross Island is a major part of Andaman and tourists have visited the island often because of the flabbergasting beauty of it. Earlier, it was headquarters of Andaman and after 1941 Port Blair became the administrative headquarters. What one can watch on this island is the remnants of an old church existed there, a swimming pool, the chief commissioner’s residence with gardens and ballrooms.
There is a cemetery and a museum maintained by the Indian Navy. These historically significant sights in Ross Island gives a serious appeal to it rather than of a relaxed laid-back island. But everyone who visits Andaman would not love to miss Ross Island that is closely connected to the capital city that is Port Blair.
Highlights: The diminished beauty of Ross Island was preserved as a historical piece of representation of the glory the island once possessed but for many reasons, people love this island. All the buildings and the ruins found here on the island are covered by the thick roots of banyan trees and that itself is a vivacious aspect the structures on the island have to showcase. At the northern end of the island, there is a new concreted light house that is 10 meters high and it is in circular shape which was constructed during the year of 1977.
The lighthouse is located on an offshoot rock that measures to be located at 50 meters away from the shore line. The thick, regularly swaying forest ranges and the impression it gives as a secluded and deserted space without no humans are another highlights the island displays. A wide collection of rare fauna and flora has its own authentic space on the island.
Activities: Boating, beachwalk, swimming, snorkeling etc are some of the easily available and refreshing water based activities done on Ross Island.
Distance from Port Blair: The island lies 3 km east from Port Blair.
The most unique feature of Andaman is the distinct vegetation the island supports. Rubber is one of the most significant cultivation the natives on Andaman Islands are so happy about. A place near Wandoor has the largest areas of rubber trees planted and those who would like to do something different and unique on the island can choose a visit to this large plantation.
The entry to the plantation will itself give you a clear picture of the interiors. Thousands of golden colour rubber sheets and the collecting jars fitted on each tree are together exhibiting a mesmerizing view of the large areas. A total of 931 hectares of rubber plantations are found on the islands as a whole.
Highlights: You will be able to watch the processes of taking the rubber milk and placing the coconut shells on each tree and other important procedures before producing the final rubber sheet. Manglutan is the largest producer of rubber in the region, located very close to Port Blair. This was established in the year of 1960 and now the plantation is a 60 acre wide production centre of quality rubber.
Manglutan village is the prominent rubber plantation space in Andaman and this village has a school, a hospital, a police station and other major centres as well.
Activities: One can indulge in rubber plantation activity here.
Distance from Port Blair: Manglutan Rubber Plantation is located about 21 kms away from Port Blair, the south east part of the island. To reach the village, you can hire a cab or auto or bus from Port Blair.
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Fulfil your zest for adventure by visiting the Jolly Buoy Island when you are vacationing in Andaman. Renowned for its beautiful corals and its scintillating beaches, this place can be accessed from Wandoor Beach. Often called a no man’ s land, this place can be visited by boats after bringing and taking back all the necessary things. Famous for snorkelling and scuba diving, Jolly Buoy Island will make you feel like you are at the end of the world with the infinite sea in front of your eyes.
One of the most fascinating things about visiting Jolly Buoy Island is that you can have a look at the gorgeous coral reefs through glass bottom when you are riding there. Moreover, the place is a no plastic zone and boasts of some of the cleanest natural surroundings that you will witness in your life. The stunning island is a must visit if you are a nature lover.
Highlights: The place is a no plastic zone and it is banned by the authorities to leave any plastic items there. It is one of the cleanest places to visit.
Activities: The adventure lovers can look forward to have an enthralling glass bottom boat ride and see the beautiful coral reefs beneath. Jolly Buoy Island is also an excellent place to enjoy activities like snorkelling and scuba diving.
Distance from Port Blair: It is located 30km south west of Port Blair.
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One of the most beautiful and famous beaches in Andaman, Wandoor Beach is located to the east of Port Blair. Because of the presence of colourful corals on the beach, tourists find it attractive and catchy. Besides, the large thickets in the surrounding give the beach an amalgamated charm. Tourists select Wandoor Beach to simply relax by looking at the crystal clear water and the blushing white sandy stretch on the shore.
Highlights: There would be hundreds of fisher men boats arranged on the shore giving a colourful ambience to the beach. The large marine collection adheres to the positive features of the beach. A part of the famous Mahatma Gandhi National Park, Wandoor has achieved fame through the rare species found in the park and in the nearby villages.
Activities: Very close to Wandoor Beach, there is a large cave formed after the enormous depositions over the years and adventure lovers take a trekking trip through the wilderness to reach the caves and enjoy spending time over there. Comparatively, Wandoor
Beach is perfect for relaxing and basking in the calm rays of the sun. But it would be auspiciously awesome to watch the sunset and sunrise from the shore. Since the large amount of corals always glitter from the water, people love to do swimming as well to enjoy being friends with these rare species of sea.
Distance from Port Blair: From Port Blair, you have to cover about 25 kms only to reach Wandoor Beach. Boat services are available from Port Blair to Wandoor Village and from there, you can reach the beach by foot or by road.
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A major island in Andaman, Viper Island got its name from the vessel H.M.S. Viper which was met with an accident and the ruins of the vessel were found near the island. Before the Cellular Jail was built, the jail at Viper Island was the place where the British inflicted the dark form of torture to those freedom fighters of India.
The tranquilizing island is a favourite tourist destination in Andaman and Nicobar now. The aching beauty of nature along with the historically significant attractions has made the island a throbbing tourist attraction. There is also another saying that the island got its name from the presence of numerous Viper and similar snakes on the island.
Highlights: Anyone who loves to visit the island would make it mandatory to take a tour of the old jail. A boat journey to the island will enable one to see the ports and Navy ships of Port Blair. Also, the exotic sights of seven points from the harbor are overwhelming.
Activities: Boating is the favourite activity done by the tourists coming to Viper Island and strolling along the long beaches would satiate your passion for spending time at a relaxed pace.
Distance from Port Blair: Viper Island lies 4 kms west of Port Blair and ferries are always available from city of Port Blair to reach the island.
A sight not to be missed when you in Andaman, Campbell Bay National Park is known to be one of the most hidden and mysterious places in the archipelago. One can reach there after a thrilling adventure through the thick tropical evergreen forests. The landscape here is replete with beautiful orchids, colourful blooms and mangrove forests which add to the enticement of photography lovers on a vacation in Andaman.
The place is hailed for its rich and unique ecosystem and is a paradise for bird watchers who want to bask in the serenity of natural beauty. Tourists should plan a visit here between the month of March and October when the natural beauty is at is peak in Mount Harriet National Park. Offering a memorable trip for everyone, Campbell Bay National Park is one of the most amazing tourist places in Andaman to visit with your loved ones.
Highlights: It boasts of having its rich aquatic life with a diverse collection of flora and fauna making it a haven for wildlife aficionados and nature babies. Some of the most exotic wildlife which can be here include Crab-eating Macaque, the Megapode, The Giant Robber crab and the Nicobar Pigeon, Olive Ridley turtles, Leatherback Turtles, Wild Boar, deer and Civet cats
Activities: Some of the best experiences which you can enjoy at Campbell Bay National Park are swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, coral viewing and rides on glass bottomed boats. There are trekking trails and places for bird watching. There are boat rides to various islands and to places past the mangrove lined creeks and bays.
Distance from Port Blair: 529 km
One of the famous religious places to see in Andaman, Sri Vetrimalai Murugan Temple is located in Port Blair. Attracting a dozen of devotees, this temple is a must visit during the festival season which are celebrated here. The temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan and offers a tranquil respite from usual tourist places to visit in Andaman. There are also other shrines dedicated to other Gods and Goddesses like Ganapathi, Lord Shiva and Parvati at the temple reflecting the strong cultural and religious diversity of the country.
Built in 1926, the temple has many Tamil visitors and celebrates important festivals like Kanda Shashti and Panguni Uthram. It is maintained by by Sri Vetrimalai Murugan, a Tamil businessman and is one of the quintessential places to see in Andaman and Nicobar Islands on your vacation. The temple is built in Dravidian style with many familiarities to Kanda Kottam temple of Chennai, Tamil Nadu and showcases many intricate paintings inside the gopuram.
Highlights: One of the striking features of visiting this temple is to celebrate some famous festivals like Kanda Shashti, Thai Poosam, Panguni Uthram etc. This is when it sees a great influx of devotees and charity works are undertaken at the temple to feed more than 40000 people.
Another highlight of this temple is its Dravidian architectural style which is one of the reasons for its shine even after so many years of standing. There are also many intricate paintings that add to the heritage value of the temple.
Distance from Port Blair: The temple is located at a distance of 6 km from the main city.
Timing: 5:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The captivating woodlands of Madhuban have a tremendous influence on the adventure lovers who are coming for a trip to Andaman. They have recognized it as a superb spot to do thrilling trekking and similar adventure activities. There is a rocky stretch from Mount Harriet to Madhuban which extends from the magniloquent hammock and the name of the stretch is Mount Harriet to Madhuban. This particular area is highly blessed with exotic flora and fauna, wild creatures and rare species.
Trekking through the jungle have left many of them breathless and an approximate distance of 16 km should be covered through the dense wilderness but there is no other such terrific trekking as this one which definitely shows you the immense collection of birds, butterflies, and similar creatures. For nature lovers, birders and adventure seekers, Madhuban is a lottery.
The Kala Pathar or back stones on the road will make the journey quite tough but still, if you have enormous energy and strong legs, then this trekking would be a perfect fit for you. Since it belongs to Mount Harriet National Park, one has to come to the park from Port Blair first and from there only further routes to Madhuban will be opened.
Highlights: There is a beach in Madhuban, a beautiful, long stretch of white sand. The beach offers a rare sight of training given to logging elephants.
Activities: Trekking, bird watching, sightseeing, beach walk, hiking and similar adventure activities are quite abundantly available in Madhuban. The beach also serves better options to the tourists who loves to spend time there.
Distance from Port Blair: Mount Harriet is lying about 40 km's away from Port Blair and there are better routes to reach the park by road and by sea. From Mount Harriet, you can reach Madhuban by trekking or walk.
Check out the resorts in Havelock Island which is the excellent choice to stay in if you wish to relax in calmness.
Plenty of adventure and leisurely activities have taken the name of Little Andaman to the sky. When the size of the island is considered, Little Andaman is in the fourth position on the list of islands in Andaman. This island belongs to the south Andaman district, a little far away from Port Blair about 88 kms.
A part of Little Andaman group, Little Andaman Island is kept separated by the famous Duncan Passage and the low-lying island possesses a large scale of rainforests and several unique species of marine turtles. Along with them, the long white sandy beaches and the captivating waterfalls provide the island a fairy tale like beauty.
Highlights: The popular Little Andaman Lighthouse which is already known as Richardson’s Lighthouse is the one thing that makes the island renowned and it is located about 14 km south from Hut Bay port. Onge aboriginal tribes are the native people here and they call their island as Egu Belong.
Activities: The island has gained popularity through surfing and there are hundreds of spots to do authentic surfing as the water is so friendly yet tricky at times. Along with surfing, there are some other important activities have achieved special spaces in the hearts of tourists. They are boating through the creeks, elephant safari, elephant calves training etc. Also, there is an astonishing beach located 14 km from Hut Bay Jetty which is truly blessed with long shores and amiable water. There you can do sun basking, surfing, snorkeling and coral viewing.
Flanked by the long array of coconut plantation, the beach houses a lot of tourist huts. From Hut Bay Jetty, you have to travel around 6.5 kms to reach yet another activity centre that is White Surf waterfall lying calmly in the middle of thick evergreen forests. In addition to that, a visit to Whisper Wave Waterfall should be considered as important as you will be trekking for 4 kms approximately through the dense forest to reach this enigmatic waterfall.
Distance from Port Blair: Little Island is lying 88 km south of Port Blair and daily boat services are available to reach Hut Bay wharf which is the central point to connect to the Little Andaman Island.
Here are some tourist places in Port Blair that you must visit in your trip to Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Rangat is the parent location of Aamkunj beach, yet another eco-friendly tourist destination in Andaman. As it is the nesting ground for the sea turtles, you will be interested to spend ample time at this beach to observe the sea turtles. The beach was turned to an eco-park to protect the marine species and the environment here and a natural fresh water source is available which is behind the reason for the concept of park’s establishment.
This park is made up of wood completely and those wood logs were taken from the beach itself. Thus, this a famous tourist destination now. Hundreds of visitors arrive here to see the structures in the park and spend ample time on the beach. The grey sands on the beach and the exact replica of the beach is seen on the water as well but both these sights make the atmosphere so scenic and pleasant.
Highlights: The park itself is the highlight of Aamkunj and the easy access from Rangat makes the beach favourite to many locals and tourists equally. But the submerged boulders in the water would appear as a hindrance to snorkeling and scuba diving here. Check out the sites where you can do scuba diving in Andaman.
Activities: Aamkunj is declared as the ideal location for swimming, relax walks, sun bathing etc. People from nearby villages as well come to Aamkunj to have fun throughout the day. People spend time at the green park and watch the sea turtles’ nesting processes.
Distance from Port Blair: Though it is located about 8 kms away from Rangat, it is lying at a distance of 163 kms from Port Blair.
Truly blessed by the enormous natural spectacle, Lamiya Bay Beach is Diglipur is a killer attraction in Andaman. A pristine beach is located on the foothills of Saddle Peak, the highest point on the island and ahead of Kalipur Beach. The quintessential sea enhanced by the polished stones on the shore attracts a huge number of tourists always. The pebble beach which is long and wide is one of the favourite destinations in Andaman for honeymoon couples as well as families.
The rock structures of the shoreline are giving the entire atmosphere a charming look. This clean beach assures that the tourists are extremely happy to spend time here. The forest department has set up some eco-friendly huts and a watch room on the beach in order to extend all the necessary comforts and essential facilities to the tourists.
But sadly, the lack of proper caring leads this beach to be secluded and devastated and the Government seems to be not that serious about the maintenance of more huts and tourist friendly features, as visitors say. There ae a lot of scopes to build this beach into one of the most prominent beaches in Andaman because of the countless factors that make it look dashing.
Highlights: The pebbled beach and the rock structures lying on the shore are itself the key factors which make Lamiya Bay an astounding beauty. The sunrise and sunset views from the beach have a lot of admirers.
Activities: Swimming and beach walk are the most favourite activities. There is ample space on the beach to relax as well.
Distance from Port Blair: From Port Blair, it would take around 12-hour journey by road to reach Diglipur and from there, one can reach Lamiya Bay easily.
An uninhabited island located in the southern part of Andaman, Parrot Island is a paradise on Earth exhibiting the wonderful attractions of nature elaborately. There are a lot of beaches on Nicobar island welcome the plenty of tourists every year. It is a part of Baratang Island and can be accessed from Baratang Jetty. There is a chance for a spooky ride in a dinghy boat from the jetty as the route goes through several creeks. You can also go for cruise ride in andaman for leisure experience.
Before you reach Parrot Island, you will see a bunch of mangrove forests, appear as an evenly cut and well- arranged extending a pleasant view of nature at its best. And a fact is obvious from the name of the island. Yes, Parrot Island got its name from the hundreds of parrot flocks come to visit the beaches and mangrove forests and stay overnight here. They sharpen the mangrove roots with their red beak and thus the mangrove garden got equal shape and symmetry.
Highlights: Apart from the green parrots, visitors have spotted the large multi-colored parakeets on the island and both these species made the structure of island totally camouflaging and mind blowing. The sunset views, not to be explained, are dramatically stunning as it combines the sea and the sky together and indicates that the groups of parrots and parakeets are coming to the island soon.
Activities: Sightseeing in the major activity that can be done on Parrot Island as it showcases a number of forests, mangrove gardens and rare sights of colorful birds. But the boating through the creeks and the mangrove gardens is considered to be a thrilling adventure activity.
Distance from Port Blair: The nearest city to Baratang Island is Port Blair and from the city one can take a cab or bus to Diglipur and Parrot Island is located at a distance of 30 km from Baratang Jetty. It would take around 30 minutes to reach the island by Dunghi boat available at Baratang Jetty.
You can also check out our guide on the top hotels to stay in andaman for an amazing experience.
Explore one of the most beautiful places in Andaman and Nicobar Islands with a visit to Butler Bay beach. It is known for its fabulous views and often hailed as one of the most amazing surfing spots in India. The jaw dropping views of the beach will leave you enticed throughout the holiday and will let you have some of the most memorable moments of your vacation.
For those who are looking for a laid back vacation, Butler Bay Beach offers many huts and cottages where you can treat yourself with the views of the ocean. With a range of activities to keep you occupied, Butler Bay Beach is a place where you will have an amazing time with your loved ones. Flanked by coconut trees, Butler bay beach is something that you should not miss to catch a beautiful sunrise or sunset.
For the surfers, Butler Bay Beach is a great spot to enjoy their favourite activity. Since it is relatively less crowded , it’s a great spot for those who like to escape the hustle and bustle of life by rejuvenating in a place which boasts of azure blue waters and green trees covering the landscape.
Highlights: The most fascinating attraction of Butler Bay Beach is its beautiful waterfall, White Surf which will let you soak in some peaceful moments by yourself along with offering a great time.
Activities: One of the best things to do here is surfing for which it is known all over the country. Other activities which the tourists can look forward to when they are in Butler Bay Beach include swimming, sightseeing, having a bonfire by the beach, sun basking, jungle trekking, elephant rides etc.
Distance from Port Blair: It is about 100 km away from the capital city, Port Blair.
Karmatang Beach is very close to Mayabunder, about 12 km's distance and it is a prominent attraction in Andaman. The small huts and places to take rest on the beach are really an advantage for welcoming more number of tourists. To relax, to read books or to arrange a party, these huts are suitable.
Karmatang Beach is highly recommended for the tourists since it is kept cleaned and the surrounding greenery is an unavoidable attraction. The green trees on the beach provide space for hammocks as tourists will love to use these hammocks and see the sea coming towards the shore every time.
Highlights: Karmatang Beach is known as the turtle’s paradise as it supports turtle nesting on a large scale and there you can find a turtle nesting farm as well. The vast shoreline and the cooperation of the natives are really helping the beach achieve a premier position in the tourism sector of Andaman. Natives are frequently found on the beach with their families to spend vacation and Karmatang is an authentic hangout spot for tourists as well as locals.
Activities: The beach is best suited for relaxation and beach walk. The water is a little bit choppy but the vast beach will offer you enough chances to spend time lying on the white sandy bed and relax.
Distance from Port Blair: Karmatang Beach is located at a distance of 240 km away from Port Blair. One can reach by the road connecting to Mayabunder. There are ships and boats as well as buses from Port Blair at regular intervals to reach Mayabunder. From Mayabunder, you will get cabs to reach Karmatang Beach which would take around 20-30 minutes to reach. Another access to the beach lies on the Grand Andaman Trunk Road from Port Blair that too directly.
Though the islands in Andaman are pretty famous, the talks about Nicobar Island are rarely heard and thus the real beauty of many of the pristine islands in Nicobar archipelago is a mystery for the outer world. One of the less explored islands in Nicobar archipelago is Katchal Island which used to be known as Tihanyu. To stop these islands getting exploited by the outsiders, the Government has declared the islands in Nicobar as an Aboriginal Tribal Reserve Area.
Hence, now, Indians also need special tribal pass to visit these islands. Except from the Government employees, none is permitted to stay on the island of Katchal. During the Tsunami happened in 2004, Katchal Island was affected hugely and a lot of inhabitants were missing. It devastated the island and diminished its socio-economic achievements. The area of Katchal is 146.5 sq.km and it is located around 305 kms south to the capital city of Port Blair.
Highlights: The major peak on the island is the one with a height of 835 feet above sea level. The abundance of calcareous sandstone and marble slates make the hills of Katchal so shining and important. There is a superb, dense tropical forest where you can find an enormous collection of pythons, black monkeys etc and Katchal is simply overshadowing every other island in Nicobar.
The vast beaches where the astonishing sunrise and sunset can be viewed from, the prosperous jungles, the auspicious natural spectacle and much more are there to give away Katchal a special place. There are a lot of schools, primary and secondary health centres, police station, power station, jetty etc which make the island second to none.
Activities: Since there are plenty of jungles and tropical rainforests, trekking would offer you an adventurous moment. The hills may give you plenty of opportunities to do hiking and the beaches will send to you the best space to relax.
Distance from Port Blair: The Katchal Island is lying south to Port Blair, about 305 kms away.
Andaman Island’s tribes and their life stories are thoroughly displayed in the vast anthropological museum in Andaman. The museum exhibits the knowledge of four different and major tribes of Andaman named Jarawas, Sentinelese, Great Andamanese and Onges. This museum was established with the aim of showcasing the cultural importance of the major tribes lived and continued to live here in Andaman.
Highlights: Jarawa chest guards that have geometrical figures embalmed on them are one of the most attractive items in the museum. It depicts the lifestyle of the simple Jarawa tribes. The gothic lifestyle followed by the Sentenelese tribes is portrayed by keeping a skull recovered from the place they lived.
Another important item is the different types of boats with different sizes that explain the life of coastal people and natives.
Activities: Handicraft items made of coconut or palm leaves showcase the artistic culture prevailed among the tribal groups in the forests. Some clothing materials and apparels preserved in the museum tell us that there was no gender bias among the tribal people as both men and women were using the same type of dresses. The huge library inside the museum throws light upon the unknown facts and knowledge of tribes, the old natives and their life styles, the cultural transitions and livelihood followed by almost all the people on the island.
A collection of weapons and armors used in the ancient time depicts how important and fearful the maritime attacks and insurgence happened during the time and the way the tribes prepared to face them.
Timing: The museum is opened on all days from Tuesday to Sunday from 09:00 am to 01:00 pm and from 01:30 pm to 04:30 pm.
Entry fee: Entry fee is INR 10 and for camera the fee is INR 20.
Distance from Port Blair: It is located at Pheonix Bay, which would need a drive of 7 kms or for 8 minutes from Port Blair.
The largest wood processors in Andaman is the Chatham Saw Mill in Port Blair. It was established by the British in 1883 and it can be reached by a wooden bridge as it is located on Chatham Island. The saw mill is still working and it has an important role in the betterment of the economy and development.
But now the mill is under the control of state government. It was set up for meeting the requirements of timber and wood based constructions. One of the largest saw mills in Asia, Chatham Saw Mill has gained international acclaim through these years for the high-quality timber products. The mill is able to saw about 20000 cum logs annually and almost around 750 employees are working at the mill.
Highlights: There is a modern museum in the compound of the Chatham Saw Mill complex exhibits the beautiful photographs and the working of Department of Environment and Forest and different handicrafts made of carvings, polishing, and paintings. The museum is a helping hand to know the history, culture, and development of the island through these years.
Activities: You will be able to watch the different processes like bringing the woods into the mill, sorting, cutting and storing. You will be able to spot the bomb crater left by Japanese Ordnance in World War 2.
Distance from Port Blair: Chatham Island, Port Blair. One can reach the mill via Foreshore Road in 24 minutes.
Commonly known as Andaman water sports Complex, this place is sure not to be missed if you are looking to have a fun filled day. One of the most exciting tourist places in Andaman if you are going with family, Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex is where you can enjoy a number of water sports like row boats, paddle boating, parasailing, banana boat rides, speed boating etc. The place is renowned for its serene ambience and also has its own historical significance attached to it. It is known for the place there the Battle of Aberdeen was fought between the Andaman aborigines and the Britishers in 1859.
The place is suitable to be visited whether you are going with friends or family as it assured you to have a delightful day with many exciting activities. There are also many benches and chairs in the complex where you can relax and unwind in the tranquil surroundings of the open sea and enjoying the fresh air breeze.
Highlights: it is a great spot to have your share of fun in Andaman with water based adventure activities and enjoy multiple activities in one go. There is also an artificial waterfall which adds to the attraction of Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex.
Activities: The popular activities which you can enjoy here are water skiing, speed boat rides, windsurfing, water scooter, water cycles, banana boats, paddle boats etc.
Distance from Port Blair: Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex is at a distance of 9.8 kilometres from central Port Blair.
Timing: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
One of the most prominent tourist places in Andaman, Mount Harriet National Park is a place which will leave you speechless with its natural beauty. There is an awesome collection of places here that are sure to offer you some fantastic memories of Andaman holiday. Located at the second highest peak of Andaman which is the Ferargunj Tehsil, it is a great spot to catch the sunrise and bask in the glorious views of Andaman Sea.
A nice getaway if you seek relaxation away from all the noise and chaos, Mount Harriet National Park should not be missed when you are there. The natural beauty will leave you in surprise as you watch birds chirping and the soft wind blowing against your face. November to May is the most ideal time to pay a visit here when you are planning a holiday to Andaman. The park has watch towers, children's park, deer park, guest house and tourist sheds offering you everything for your recreational holiday. There are also long nature trails where you can savour an adrenaline rush by indulging in trekking.
Highlights: The astonishing feature of visiting Mount Harriet National Park is to capture the breathtaking sunrise over the panoramic blue ocean waters. The place is famous for its rainforests and all the nature lovers are in for a treat when they visit here.
Activities: It offers many enthralling activities like trekking, hopping on nature trails between the Guest house complex and kala pathar viewpoint. Other famous trekking route in Mount Harriet National Park is from Madhuban Beach- one till Mannarghat (10 km long) and the other till Guest house (15km long)
Distance from Port Blair: It is at a distance of 48 km from Port Blair Bus Stand.
Timing: 7 AM to 5 PM
Entry Fee: INR 25 for Indian Adult, INR 10 for Child
Close to Port Blair is the beautiful island of Rutland, which used to be the home for Jangil, an indigenous Andaman tribe. The Jangil groups were found in the major interiors of the island. The lighthouse situated on the slopes of the hill on the north of the island is about 2 km.
A part of Rutland Archipelago and is located across the Macpherson Strait. Duncan Passage separates Little Andaman from Rutland Island and from North Clinique Island by the presence of Manner Strait. There are two major peaks, Mount Ford which is 433 meters high and mount Mayo, 227 meters high, located in the North and South parts of the island respectively.
Highlights: The major villages on the island are Rutland Villages, R M Point Village, Bamboo Nallaha, Kichad Nallaha, Bada Khari and Dani Nallah or east jetty. This island houses 119 households which have 347 inhabitants who speak Hindi, Bengali and Tamil. Cultivation is an identified livelihood activity on the island. Around 53 hectares of land is cultivated and 237 cattle heads and 157 goats are found on the island.
The rich marine life appear on the island is yet another attraction. Both the smaller fish species and coral reefs are the prime attractions. Though there are a number of hills, the island offers the beautiful section of open jungle and bushes. The government has decided to open an underwater pipeline across Mac Pherson Strait to bring water from Rutland to Port Blair and from R. M Point to Phongibalu is South Andaman.
Activities: Tourists are really fond of Rutland because it is an ideal base for divers to get training in open water diving. The major tourist spots here are Jahaji Beach, Bada Balu, Photo Nallah and Dani Nallah which are offering the best space to just relax and have fun. The vast beaches are giving the tourists a lot of opportunities to do swimming and snorkeling along the stretched coral reefs.
Distance from Port Blair: From Port Blair, Rutland Island is located at a distance of 20 km and you can take a boat from Port Blair to reach the island.