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Best Places to Visit in Port Blair of 2017

  • 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.

    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.

    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.

  • 01 Chidiya Tapu

    Chidiya Tapu
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    As the name suggests, Chidiya Tapu is the perfect haven for unseen migratory birds and common native birds found in 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.




  • 02 Cellular Jail

    Cellular Jail
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    There is no need of any kind of introduction for Cellular Jail, once the dark colour symbol of colonialism and Indian freedom struggle. A replica of mishaps was this jail and it still echoes the cries of those who had fought with the British people to gain complete freedom and live in a free India. Cellular Jail was known as Kala Pani and since the location of the jail was in Andaman, there were less chances to escape the jail and come back to the shore. 

    But now, this is a representation of the turmoil Indian freedom fighters have experienced. Tourists from all over the world come to visit Cellular Jail during their tour of Andaman. The huge buildings with multiple cells and towering walls are really strong. There are seven wings inside and all the wings are connected to a central tower where the British army men used to keep watching the prisoners from. 

    Currently the national memorial monument was constructed during the beginning of 20th century, from 1986 to 1906. One prime peculiarity of the architecture is the use of unique puce coloured bricks brought from Burma.

    Timing:It will be open to public from 09:00 to 01:00 pm and from 02:00 pm to 05:00 pm.

    Entry fee: For adult and children above 5 years of age: INR 10 per person

    For still camera: INR 25 and for video camera: INR 100

    Highlight: The Light and Sound Show arranged to transfer the history behind the existence of Cellular Jail is a major highlight.

    Location: It is located at Atlanta Point which will take around 18 minutes to reach from Port Blair.



  • 03 Diglipur

    Diglipur
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    A marvelous town in the north part of Andaman Islands is Diglipur, an amicable tiny town with a lot of good people around. For eco- friendly tourists, this town is an inevitable choice. Though the marine life is the prominent feature of this town but the cultivation of orange and rice has enormous importance in the economy of Diglipur.

    Highlights: Lamiya Bay Beach is a highlight of the town, it is located a few kilometers away from Kalipur Beach. The beach is lying in the foothills of Saddle peak, the highest one in Andaman. Around 20 kms from Diglipur is the green Shyamnagar covered by thick jungles and why Shyamnagar is a priority for tourists is because of the presence of mud volcanoes here. Kalipur Beach and Ramangar Beach are the other famous beaches at Diglipur and they are famous for turtle nesting. Moreover, visitors are quite eager to visit Alfred Caves as well where a huge collections of limestone structures are found.

    Activities: Since there are plenty of beaches, caves, greenery etc, Diglipur offers the visitors a huge number of activities ranging from refreshing trekking through the jungles to the water based activities like island hopping, snorkeling, boating, fishing etc. Near to Diglipur there are famous spots to do multiple activities.

    Distance from Port Blair: Lying 290 kms away from Port Blair, the small town of Diglipur that can be connected by boat from both Port Blair and Mayabunder. The boat services from Port Blair are available twice a week. But one can reach the town by road via ATR from Port Blair.



  • 04 Samudrika Marine Museum

    Samudrika Marine Museum
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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 archeological 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 eco system well for a balanced future of human beings.

    Highlight: Outside the museum, there is a skeleton of a blue whale preserved and it is a marvelous sight to look at. The first room shows the facts like volcanoes, tribes, different types of woods, insects etc. The second room is displaying the reverberating under water beauties through an aquarium. Coral Reefs have an entire room that is the third room. Seashells in abundance are persevered in the fourth room and you will be surprised to the tremendous collection. Last but not the 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.




  • 05 Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park

    Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park
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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.

    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.

    Location: Wandoor, Andaman and Nicobar

    Entry fee: Indian: INR 50, foreigner: INR 500

    For camera: INR 25 and for video: INR 500

    Timings: The park will be open all days from Tuesday to Sunday.



  • 06 Mud Volcanoes

    Mud Volcanoes
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    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.

    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.

     




  • 07 North Bay Island

    North Bay Island
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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 are considered to be the best adventure activities that can be done in Andaman 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.



  • 08 Cinque Island

    Cinque Island
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    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.



  • 09 Ross and Smith Island

    Ross and Smith Island
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    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 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.



  • 10 Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex

    Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex
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    Commonly known as Andaman Water Sports Complex, Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex is a must visit attraction in Andaman. Located in the center of Port Blair, this complex is easily accessible and everyone would be eager to visit the large space dedicated to water sports and activities. The historically significant complex stands as a memorial for the Battle of Aberdeen, which was fought between the aborigines of Andaman and the British in 1859. The activity list includes parasailing, paddle boats, banana boats, row boats and much more.

    Activities:

    It offers numerous water based adventure as well as fun activities, rather suiting adults as well as kids. Water skiing, speed boat rides, windsurfing, water scooter etc. Proper equipment and guiding will help the adventurists or anyone who wishes to do the activities thoroughly. The water sports equipment include water cycles, banana boats, paddle boats etc. The safety guaranteed here is the major reason why adventure lovers and water sports freaks frequently visit the complex. It has a huge water body inside which have multiple activities done simultaneously.

    Timing:

    The water sports complex is open on all days for 24 hours. So anyone can reach there and enjoy partaking in the enticing activities for a long time.

    Location:

    Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex is located at a distance of 9.8 km from central Port Blair. By car, it would take around 20 to 30 minutes to reach there.



  • 11 Mount Harriet National Park

    Mount Harriet National Park
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    A national park established in 1969 in Andaman and Nicobar now has great recognition and admirers from all over the world. 4.62 sq.km large park houses Mount Harriet which is at a height of 383 meters above sea level and this is the third highest peak in Andaman after Saddle Peak. 

    The park came into establishment as a commemoration of Harriet Tytler, the wife of Robert Tytler, a British officer who was appointed as a Superintendent of Convict Settlement in Port Blair. He was an ardent naturalist and photographer. Although the park is a butterfly hotspot, the abundant species inside the park are Andaman wild pigs, turtles, saltwater crocodiles etc.

    Highlight: There are a lot of mountains in the park ranging from an elevation of zero to 481 meters. The steep slopes in the eastern part of the park and the beaches formed of rocks immersed into the small sandy areas are the adjoining beauties. Numerous small streams starting from the hills and flowing into the sea are the chilling factors living inside the park. There are tribes living inside the park which are Negrito groups who do hunting jobs for a living.

    Activities: Since the park has a lot of adventurous spots, it is considered as the best trekking trail on the island and the pathways going through the beach give cherishing memories to the visitors. Nature walk, birding, hiking etc are some of the inevitable activities done by people coming to visit the park.

    Timings: The park is open from 07:00 am to 05:00 pm on all days.

    Entry fee: Indians: INR 25 per person, children: INR 10 per child

    Foreigners: INR 250 per person

    Camera fee: INR 25

    Profession photographers can take their gadgets with them by paying INR 200 and if you want to shoot video, then you have to pay INR 3000.

    Distance from Port Blair: Mount Harriet National Park, once a forest reserve is located at a distance of 20 kilometers from Port Blair, the capital city of the union territory.

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  • 12 Corbyn's Cove Beach

    Corbyn's Cove Beach
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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.

     




  • 13 Red Skin Island

    Red Skin Island
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    Red Skin Island is situated inside the Marine National Park and it is a great place to rather chill out as well as indulge in refreshing activities. On the coastal area of the island, the abundance of red coral reefs is seen and that is the reason why the island got its name. A worthwhile travel to the island on a boat would enable you to see the auspicious marine life and the wide extension of red coral reefs, the island boasts of. The uninhabited island has a great range of flora but the number of tourists will make you surprised. Visitors come to Red Skin Island would know about Jolly Buoy Island. Both the island are opened alternatively in six months difference.

    Highlights: Wandoor village is located really close to Red Skin Island, about 2 kms distance only. It is the gateway to Mahathma Gandhi National Park and the small village is a tremendous relaxing ground as well. The glass bottom rides along the sea would extend a revamping sight of the precious marine life floating freely through the hindrance free underwater world.

     The island will be opened during the months of June, July, August, September and October and that time, monsoon would be visiting the island. This is the time when the number of tourists will be lesser and you would be able to enjoy the island with all its beauty.

    Activities: Snorkeling, diving, swimming, island hopping, boating etc have a lot of admirers on this island as the marine world is indescribably stunning.

    Distance from Port Blair: It is located at a distance which needs about 40 minute journey from Port Blair.



  • 14 Ross Island

    Ross Island
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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.




  • 15 Rubber plantations Visit

    Rubber plantations Visit
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    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.

    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.

    Location: Wandoor, Port Blair, South Andaman Island




  • 16 Jolly Buoy Island

    Jolly Buoy Island
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    Just 15 miles away from Wandoor Jetty, Jolly Buoy Island is one of the most visited islands in Andaman because it appreciates the creation of nature well and the surrounding will definitely backs its point. Every year, for six months period the island will be open to public. A very close associate of Mahatma Gandhi National Park in Wandoor, Jolly Buoy Island will be closed on Mondays. One can reach the island by boat but an entry permit is essential to enter the island.

     The island will show you its richness of flora and corals and these are the main ingredients of its undying beauty. An amazing spot to have the best leisure time is Jolly Buoy Island but the adventure activities supported by the underwater world here would leave you awe-struck.

    Highlights: The colourful marine life is the quintessential attraction of Jolly Buoy Island and the long stretch of coral reefs is an additional favour. But the unavoidable charm of the island lies on its long beaches that display a soothing combination of green, white, turquoise and many more colours.

    Activities: Snorkeling and diving are the regular activities found on the island happily experienced by thousands of tourists. Apart from snorkeling and diving, glass bottom ride is also a famous activity done here. Thus people will get a chance to be on sea for some time and experience the transitions of the waves and the distant scenery of the beach, alluring and dashing without any comparison.

    Distance from Port Blair: From Port Blair, Jolly Buoy Island is located at a distance of 30 KM. You can arrive at Wandoor Jetty by a ferry from Port Blair. Wandoor Jetty will have boat services to Jolly Buoy Island at regular intervals so that access to the beautiful island is not a matter of concern.




  • 17 Wandoor Beach

    Wandoor Beach
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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. 

    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.



  • 18 Anthropological Museum

    Anthropological Museum
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    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. 

    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.

    Location: It is located at Pheonix Bay, which would need a drive of 7 kms or for 8 minutes from Port Blair.



  • 19 Viper Island

    Viper Island
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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 Port Blair to reach the island.




  • 20 Campbell Bay

    Campbell Bay
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    Campbell Bay is an important village in Nicobar of Andaman and Nicobar Island and the village is famous for Indira Point the southern point of India. Another feature of the bay is the popular Campbell Bay National Park which is a part of Great Nicobar Biosphere Reserve. The northern part of Great Nicobar, about 426 sq.km is the wide national park which is a haven for thick tropical evergreen forest, orchids, ferns, crab eating macaque, megapode, Nicobar pigeon etc. 

    The park is lulled by the basin side of Glatiya River. Recently, the village has witnessed the opening of INS Baaz, India’s southernmost naval air station and with this India has acquired ability to have hawk-like attention on the crucial maritime channel, the famous Strait of Malacca.

    Highlights: The highlight of the village is the wide national park which is reserved for the betterment of wildlife and rich type of flowering plants and orchids. The extensive mangrove forests found in the park add extra beauty to the exciting appeal of the park and its surroundings and the park was established in 1992.

    Activities: Visit the national park to spot the rarest of rare animals and plants along with enjoying the nature walk through the thick tropical forests and ferns.

    Distance from Port Blair: 529 kms is the distance between Port Blair and Campbell Bay and one can use the helicopter service from Port Blair to reach the island located in the Nicobar region. The Inter Island boat service from Port Blair is also available that goes through Little Andaman, Car Nicobar and Nancowry to reach Campbell Bay. MV Campbell Bay, a ship vessel of the Government transports once in a week from Port Blair and will take the travelers to the bay in 24 hours.



  • 21 Sri Vetrimalai Murugan Temple

    Sri Vetrimalai Murugan Temple
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    Built with similar architectural nuances of Kanda Kottam, Sri Vetrimalai Murugan Temple at Port Blair attracts plenty of visitors, mainly Tamil people. Though there are other temples in the region, this big temple dedicated to Lord Murugan has more devotees and there are main festivals celebrated at the temple like Kanda Shashti and Panguni Uthram. This temple is an evidence that Andaman is not just about beaches and islands but it distributes fun and satisfaction for versatile groups of visitors. 

    The temple was built in the year of 1926 by the British in order to have the Tamil people on the side and loyal to the British. Firstly the temple came into the establishment at Ross Island and then it was shifted to Port Blair after India got independence from the British rule. Ponnuranga Mudaliar, a famous and prominent businessman was the guardian of the temple during its first years.

    Highlights: The main festivals like Kanda Shashti, Thai Poosam, Panguni Uthram etc are celebrated at this temple and during this period, numerous devotees come to the temple to participate in these festivals. Another highlight of the temple is its charity works. It gives food for poor people on the island. 

    The temple management makes it sure that they feed about 40000 people who come to visit the temple during the festival season and make them satisfied. The Dravidian architectural style has influenced the structure of this temple also and that is the primary reason for its undiminished shining after these many years of existence. The main gopuram of the temple portrays intricate paintings and thus a heritage value has been added to it.

    Location: Shadipur, Port Blair, Andaman, and Nicobar. The temple is located at a place very close to Cellular Jail also, about 6 km's distance only and well connected to the main city center of Port Blair.




  • 22 Madhuban

    Madhuban
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    The captivating woodlands of Madhuban have a tremendous influence on the adventure lovers who are coming to 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.




  • 23 Little Andaman Island

    Little Andaman Island
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    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.



  • 24 Aamkunj Beach

    Aamkunj Beach
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    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.

    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.



  • 25 Lamiya Bay Beach

    Lamiya Bay Beach
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    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 a favourite destination 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.



  • 26 Butler Bay Beach

    Butler Bay Beach
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    There is a pristine beach in Little Andaman which has a lot of things to showcase and share with its visitors. The brilliant nature and the surrounding are probably the definite factors of attractions. 

    The rich culture of wildlife, marine life and the typical island flora and fauna is acting as the predominant items of economic and tourist development of the island as well as the beach. The steady, calm water aids hundreds of surfers from all over the world to experience the best ever surfing on the island and the exotic, vast beach is a close friend to those who love it back. For swimming and snorkeling along with beach walk and simply relaxing, Butler Bay Beach is a fine fit.

    Highlight: An important factor to be disclosed about the beach is its close association with the beautiful waterfall, White Surf location near to it. People who visit Butler Bay Beach will be definitely choosing a trip to the waterfall to have a refreshing dip in it or take a completely blissful swim. Also, the beach has extended its hands to help the people who wish to stay overnight on the beach by providing a number of tourist huts arrayed symmetrically on the shore. 

    From the huts, the views of the sea are superlative. Before the Tsunami waves hit Butler Bay Beach, its emerald kind of water, glittering always was quite famous internationally. But now, there are a lot of unpleasant sights have appeared here and there on the beach due to the lack of attention and maintenance, as the tourists have pointed out. 

    The tropical rainforests on the shore are really dense and showing how nature has blessed the location and also the whole place is flanked by the array of the beautiful fringes of coconut trees as well. The shape of the beach is very peculiar as it helps anyone to see the whole bay from any point.

    Activities: Though the beach is famous for surfing, snorkeling and swimming are found to have attracted many tourists in a positive way and thus there are plenty of visitors appear on the beach every day. Apart from those activities, jungle trekking, elephant rides, nature walk, hiking, boating etc are some of the important adventure cum fun activities offered by the salubrious nature and atmosphere prevailing here.

    Distance from Port Blair: The conducive atmosphere on the beach will be yours as well if you take the road from Hut Bay that will take you to the beach located at a distance of 10 km. But from Port Blair, it would take around 5-6 hour ling journey to reach the beach.




  • 27 Karmatang Beach

    Karmatang Beach
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    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.



  • 28 Katchal Island

    Katchal Island
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    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.



  • 29 Chatham Saw Mill

    Chatham Saw Mill
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    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. 

    There is another highlight in the premises of the mill that is called Pillar of the Planet which was built in the year of 2009 to commemorate the 125 years of Forestry on the islands. 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.

    Timing: Except on Mondays and Public Holidays, the mill will be working on all the other days from 08:30 am to 04:30 pm.

    Entry fee: Adults are requested to pay Rs.10 to enter the sawmill.

    Location: Chatham Island, Port Blair. One can reach the mill via Foreshore Road in 24 minutes.



  • 30 Rutland Island

    Rutland Island
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    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.