Cellular Jail or Kala Pani is one of the most privileged shenanigans of Andaman and Nicobar Islands that the colonial rule has left behind it. The prison was actually built by the British architects to exile political prisoners to the distant archipelago. The name of the jail was cellular jail, which was elementarily derived from the word solitary cells because no prisoner could communicate with another inside the prison. Many patriots were imprisoned there during India’s struggle for existence, and now the place is a national memorial monument for which thousands of tourists fly from all across the globe. Talking about architecture, every inch of the structure is a delight because the bricks were imported from Burma. Initially, the building had seen wings, but time has eroded the magnificent architecture, and now only three sides are intact.
If you have a fascinating soft corner for adventure, then this Water Sports Complex is your ultimate tourist destination. Loved alike by both tourists as well as locals, the structure actually is a memorial of the battle fought between the British and the Andamanese in the year 1859 that is also known as the Battle of Aberdeen in the golden pages of history. Anyone can reach the place quickly by taking the stairs down from Kala Pani, and the complex was actually built like a park in a massive area spanning around to near about 2 kilometres. The complex has a sea view, and there are wide varieties of water adventures in the complex that are mainly focused on families.
Officially known as the Netaji Shubhash Chandra Bose Island, this Island isn’t just a visual treat but is also one of the prime attractions of Andaman and Nicobar Islands because of the ruins of the first settlement of the British Colony. Elementarily named after Daniel Ross, the place was renamed as Netaji Shubhash Chandra Bose as a tribute in December 2018. The Island actually was the home for the Penal Settlement for 85 years until an earthquake brought it back to rumbles in the year 1941. It takes somewhat around 15 minutes to reach the place from Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex, and the picturesque environment can be an excellent addition for your social walls.
Viper Island is a flabbergasting island that is situated at a distance of 4km from the downtown of Port Blair. This place is a home for numerous tourists from almost all parts across the globe because of the countless tourist attractions. You can reach the harbour in near around 20 minutes if you are starting from the Harbour Cruise from Rajiv Gandhi Water sports Complex. Constructed in the year 1867, the place was actually a jail for the Viper Chain gang by the Britishers to imprison political prisoners and convicts, and just like the Cellular jail, it is a place of great historical importance.
If you are looking for a place that can take you closer to the coral habitats, then there is no better place than North Bay because it is the ultimate Coral Island of Andaman. The site is famous for its regal underwater coral vegetation. You can go underwater and explore the fish and vegetation along with colorful corals and discover the realm of Poseidon without any second thoughts. Coral Island is truly one of its kind, and the treasures will be engraved on the walls of your mind.
Also known as the Aquarium, the Fisheries Museum is a perfect example of marine life, which is the inhabitant of the Indo-Pacific Ocean and the Bay of Bengal. If you are more of a souvenir person, then you can also see shells in the museum of every size and can witness crabs, corals, sharks, and starfish behind the mighty glass walls. The place was started as a museum initially, but then it was converted into an aquarium that accommodates more than 350 species of fish for the local interest of people.
Also known as the Samudrika, this marine museum does not exhibit the endemic flora and fauna; instead, it is a museum that is run by the Indian Navy and glorifies the history of the Andaman Island, the Navy, the archaeology and people. The museum basically consists of five sections that present the geographical information, archaeology, history of Andaman Islands, marine life, and the people of Andaman. Visit the museum, and it will be an experience of a lifetime.
Zoological Survey of India Museum can be briefly described as a disclaimer of the fauna found in Andaman. The silver lining of the place is that you can see a diversified range of sponges, corals, centipedes, and butterflies and the remains of other birds, reptiles, and mammals. You can see preserved butterflies pinned inside the glass barriers. There are also remains of hawks, birds, beetles, and stuffed specimens of many giant birds like that of parakeets, hawks, and mammals like bats and Civets. Visit the place, and you will see how far Mother Nature has gone to exhibit the diversity that it owns.
Do you want to have a closer look at the heritage and culture of the Andaman and Nicobar islands? If yes, then there is no better alternative than an anthropological museum. The museum has everything starting from tiny trinkets to giant weapons to show the existence of many diverse tribes living in the Andaman and Nicobar islands. Changes are a part of human evolution, and this museum in Andaman is a perfect example of it. Visit the museum, and you will see how the tide of time can bring everything back to rumbles and create everything
The name of the Island is derived from the place of the name in which it is situated. The Chatham mill is located at a place named as the Chatham Island and was known as Mark Island. Set up in 1883 by the British Govt. the place is linked to Port Blair by a bridge. The British govt actually made the mill with the objective to meet the needs of saw and timber for the construction works and is owned by the state government. You can see various types of timber like that of Gurjan, Marble, and Satinwood in the mill and can see how the colonial culture has brought drastic changes in India.
People who are a massive fan of the forest resources and the undeniably rich assortment of trees that are a remarkable gift of Earth can surely peek a boo into the Forest museum that has an assorted collection of the trees. This museum in Port Blair is managed by the Forest Department of Andaman and Nicobar islands, and the decorative models in the museum are made up of several kinds of wood like that of Peauma, Satin Wood, Padauk, etc. There is also a little zoological garden and a mini zoo inside the museum that can fascinate you more. The museum is elementarily situated in the Chatham Saw Mill, and the artifacts are nothing less than a visual treat.
This is the only private history museum in the country that features models and photographs related to the rich culture and heritage of the Andaman and Nicobar islands. Set up in a three stories building of Port Blair, the museum has life-size as well as miniature models along with thee year old rare painting that are a reflection of the ancient Andaman civilization and shows how people used to live in the god old days. You can feel like history is almost alive, so pay a visit and cherish how dioramas and models take you back in time.
The science centre is probably one of those tourist places in Port Blair that is loved by both children and adults alike. The science centre works to unravel the science and the phenomena behind the functioning of the oceans, the behaviour of the marine flora and fauna with the climate changes, and the maturation of Corals. For your further information, the museum has many specialties as well. For example, you can find the youngest rock sample in India in these museums, and you can see the under crust activities here and much more. If you want a detailed account of the ocean and want to know, then there is no better alternative than a science centre.
Do you want to take a souvenir home that will make you remember forever about the calm waters and the peaceful sand? If yes, then Sagarika Emporium that is otherwise known as the cottage industries, can be the hotshot shopping destination for you. You can buy local handicrafts there and can get for yourself an exclusive collection of jewellery, conches, art installations, and much more. You can not only see the creativity of the artisans here but can also buy some large and small pieces for your home as well, like that of beautiful teacups, pearl jewellery, lampshades, tables, chairs, studded mirrors and much more.
This place is listed among the top tourist destinations of Port Blair, and that is sure because of a reason. Being a perfect epitome for the blend of historical monuments, natural brilliance, and artificial wonders, the park is a place for which thousands of tourists fly from all across the globe. There is an amusement park, a children’s park inside the park with all sorts of sports equipment, restaurants, lakes, and everything that a recreational place needs in order to be perfectly awesome.
Those who are looking for calm, comforting walk or a place to jog, for them Joggers Park is surely a must-visit. The park is equally beautiful in the shimmering sunrise and the breathtaking sunsets. Although the park is a quiet place to leap around in the mornings as the sun sets, you will find the park bustling as a vantage point to see the list of the runway of the airport or the city lights with friends, family or just your loved one.
This is one of the busiest beaches in Andaman, and that is because of a reason. The beach is a pristine, beautiful pace, but the main catch is the drive to the beach where you can witness a calm and quite lining of the sea around the route and feel the sea waves gushing on your skin. The coconut palm fringed beach witnesses thousands of tourists every year who come here t enjoy the tranquil environment. Be it a summer swim or a sunbath in winter, you can always pay a visit to Corbyn’s Cove Beach for the perfect holiday vibe.
Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park is situated in the Wandoor on the Andaman Islands. Established on 24th May 1983, the beach is located in the south-western coast of Andaman with the prime goal of protection of marine life including the nesting sea turtles and the corals. Resting under the control of the Chief wildlife warden of the forest department of Andaman and Nicobar islands, the place is an ideal location for nature lovers.
This is a spectacular beach of Port Blair that you can surely find on the social media walls of people who have to visit Andaman and Nicobar at least once in their lives. With turquoise blue water and eternal skies, the tranquil beach has some of the most vibrant hues of nature. Finding a deserted beach can be a task of Goliath, and if you are searching one, then there is no better alternative than Wandoor beach. There are changing rooms, benches, and every commodity that a modern traveller needs for a comfortable trip.
Chidiya Tapu is basically the official sunset point of the Andaman and Nicobar islands and is also known as the name of Bird Islands. The place seems to be nothing less than heaven with the chirping birds, lush green forests, and silver sands with the clean blue waters. Plan your trip to the Chidiya Tapu, and nature will astound you in its marvellous form depicting its every side. Watch the sunset or just plan an early morning tour to witness the magnificent sunrise, and you will be stunned.
Do you want an escape from the hustle and bustle of the cities and are looking for a no-man’s land that is calm, compose, and as serene as the heavens? If yes, then Rutland Island is your ultimate destination. With some breathtaking diving spots, Rutland Island is the ideal place for new divers who are in their training phase. Rutland Island is a perfect blend of hilly Island of hilly jungles, beaches, and unending skies that look inviting enough for anyone to immerse in.
If you are deliberately searching for some trekking experience near Port Blair that can help you to get every inch of the wilderness, then there is no better alternative than Mount Harriet National Park. There are several peak points in the national parks, and the worthy slopes can be a sure sort thrill for your adventure-loving soul. There are both undulating terrains off gentle slopes and precipitous steep slopes that can make you lost inside the evergreen natural forests and make you feel like you aren’t resting on a chunk of the hill, rather you are on some paradise.
Comprising of a cluster of islands, the Cinque islands are divided into two parts named as the North Cinque and the South Cinque islands that are bridged by a thin sandbar. The place is extremely famous for the eco-tourism activities and is a part of the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park along with the 15 other islands. Situated 26 kilometres away from Port Blair, the place is an instant hit for water activities like fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving, and much more. Pack your bags and visit Cinque Island; you won be able to stop yourself from falling in love with the turquoise waters and silver sands.