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Beaches in and around Port Blair - with Night Stay Facility

This beautiful palm fringed beach Is ideal for sea bathing and water sports activity such as Speed Boat rides, Jet Ski rides, Para Sailing, Banana Boat rides etc. Corbyn’s cove beach is the only beach within the municipal limits of Port Blair and it is approx. 10 kms. from the city. It has a tourist complex named “WAVES” which has an air-conditioned bar and restaurant, this complex also provides a bathroom / shower and a changing room for tourists who take a dip in the sea. The drive from the city to the beach is very beautiful through the coast line, also known as the marine drive of Port Blair - Andaman.

25 km away from Port Blair, this beach is The place to be in, to savor the best view of the sunset or sunrise, or otherwise. Wandoor is actually pretty popular in Andaman and Nicobar. Haunting trees on the coastline, flinched by the Tsunami creates a landscape worth holding on to; and the blue water outshines here.

Chidiyatapu is 30 KM from main city; this place is famous for sunset view and for bird watching. Varieties of birds visit this place. The road passes through forest and small hills up to the Chidiyatapu. From Port Blair, the journey would take around one hour to reach Chidiyatapu. If you are interested to watch the sunset it is advisable to take an afternoon trip to this place. Remains of trees uprooted during Tsunami in 2004 are still present near the beach. There is no restaurant or food stall available inside the park; however, small hotels are present at the entrance. While traveling to this place sea will be to your left side. On your way you would pass through the Kalapathar, a trail of black rocks and beach. Stop here to take some pictures and proceed to Chidiyatapu.

MUSEUMS IN Port Blair

It is located at Chatham Island which is connected to Port Blair by bridge which was built during British period this saw mill was set up in the year 1836 and was the biggest Saw Mill in Asia at that time. The mill is still under operation and is maintained by the A&N Forest Department. This mill is a store house of timber, The Forest Museum inside the campus displays a variety of endemic species of timber and handicrafts, Chatham Island has the second largest wharf of these islands, where island mainland ships can berth. Beside these, the island is also popular for its large bomb crater from World War II. One can purchase souvenirs and handicrafts made up of timber.

Timings : 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM (Closed on Sundays and all Public Holidays)

The Cellular Jail, a National Memorial, is located at Port Blair which stood as a mute witness to the most brutal and barbaric atrocities meted out to national freedom fighters, who were incarcerated in this jail.

The jail, completed in the year 1906 acquired the name 'Cellular' because it was entirely made up of individual cells for solitary confinement. It originally was a seven-block structure with three stories and a central tower acting as its fulcrum comprising of honeycomb like corridors.

Timings : 9:00 am to 12:00 noon and from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm (Opens in All days except National holidays).

The Anthropological museum in Port Blair started in the year 1975-76, is an ethnographic museum. It showcases the four Negrito Tribes of the Andaman viz. the Jarawas, Sentinelese, Great Andamanese and the Onges and two Mongoloid Tribes of the Nicobar viz. the Nicobarese and the Shompens. This museum is closed on Mondays and Govt. Holidays.

Timings: 09:00 AM to 01.00 PM and 01.30 PM to 04.30 PM.

This museum is situated adjacent to the Rajiv Gandhi Water Sport Complex, Port Blair, which exhibits species of marine life endemic to the islands and found in the Indo-Pacific and the Bay of Bengal. It is closed on Mondays/Public Holidays/Second Saturdays.

Timings: 09:00 AM to 12.00 PM and 01.30 PM to 04.30 PM.

Situated opposite Andaman Teal House, Delanipur, Port Blair, this museum create awareness on various aspects of oceanic environment and houses a vast collection of cells, corals and a few species of colourful fishes of the sea around the islands. Closed on Mondays and Holidays.

Timings: 09:00 AM to 12.00 Noon and 02.00 PM to 05.00 PM.

Situated near Andaman Teal House, this museum exhibits several varieties of sponges, corals, butterflies, centipedes etc. It is open on all working days except Mondays and Govt. Holidays.

Timings: 08:30 AM to 05.00 PM.

Shows IN Port Blair

The Sound and Light show in the Cellular Jail narrates the saga of the Indian freedom struggle, brought alive through sound and light effect of the brutal and barbaric atrocities piled on the freedom fighters deported to these islands and incarcerated in the small cells of this jail. This show is very popular among the tourists visiting these islands.

Timing: Two Hindi shows on all days at 6:00 pm and at 7:15 pm except on Monday, Wednesday & Friday when second show is in English at 7:15 pm.

Sound & Light show narrating the history can be seen on all days except Wednesday at 5.30 pm. Tickets (comprising of tickets for the boat, show as well as entry to Ross Island) are available on first come first serve basis from the reception counter of Directorate of Tourism from 8.30 am to 3.00 pm on the same day.

Parks & Complex in Port Blair

Marina Park :Situated along the shores of Port Blair is a prime attraction in Andaman close to Water Sports Complex, it has a children park, walkers track, memorials, fountains and a well maintained flower garden. The area where the park exists today was a sea shore during British era, the earth excavated at the time of construction of the Cellular jail was filled in this area, thus leading to the growth of a huge patch of land. This reclaimed land also houses the Netaji Stadium where sports activities and state functions are conducted.

Water Sports Complex : This unique sports complex, first of its kind in India, offers the option of aqua sports, under safe and constrained surroundings. One can go for jet ski, speed boat rides. It houses an open air restaurant and also offers a stunning view of sea and the surrounding Marina Park.

This park at Port Blair has a beautiful statue of Mahatma Gandhi, amusement rides for children, safe water sports ie. paddle boats, children park, sweet water lake, nature trail around the lake, a small Japanese temple built during World War II and a restaurant. If you are fortunate enough then you can catch a glimpse of the parrots, coming to this park in groups to feed on the Jamun trees.

Holidays ought not to be only about the famous landmarks that you ‘must see’, but also about the little places of rest and quiet that bring you closer to what you wanted at your holiday- a little peace. Joggers’ Park is a special recommendation by us to all honeymooners and also to those who just want to take some time off and watch the world go by. You can see the Port Blair Airport and the whole patch of runway from this point. This is a good spot to take selfies.

Most Popular Islands with Night Stay Facility

Havelock Island (now Swaraj Dweep) is named after a British general, Sir Henry Havelock, who served in India. The island's current population is approx. 6,500 consists of mainly Bengali settlers. Many of these settlers have Bangladeshi origin as these people were given settlement by the Indian government after the 1971 war between India and East Pakistan (Bangladesh). The island is 41 km (25 mi) northeast of the capital city, Port Blair. The Radhanagar Beach on the western coast, also known as Number 7 Beach, is one of the most popular beaches on Havelock and was named "Best Beach in Asia" by Times Magazine in 2004, it is also a popular spot for watching the sunset. Other notable beaches include Kalapathar Beach on the northeast coast and Elephant Beach on the northwest coast, where one can indulge in under water activities such as Scuba Diving, Sea Walk or Snorkeling.

Shaheed Dweep is a tiny but beautiful island located 37 Kms. to the south of the Andaman Islands. With unexplored coral reefs, brilliant bio-diversity, white sandy beaches and tropical forest and vegetation, it is one of the hot tourist spots in the Andamans. Shaheed Dweep is known as the ‘vegetable bowl’ of the Andamans. The settlers named the beaches after mythical characters of the epic Ramayana (Bharatpur, Laxmanpur, Sitapur, Ramnagar etc.) The island, with its very relaxed vibes and long, deserted beaches is a place to chill out after the "bustle" of Swaraj Dweep. The widest part of the island is about 5 km in length. You can walk the whole island in about two hours.

Only four feet wide concrete footpath connects different parts of the 'Panchayat' area starting from the jetty. Casurina trees make pleasant avenue astride the footpath leading to Government School and to Police Outpost area. Islanders cover these footpath kilometers several times just to reach work place, school, Range Forest Office or temple.

This island is at distance of 100 Kms. from Port Blair City, you have to travel through the tribal reserve area where One of the primitive tribes of the Andaman Island stays “The Jarwa”, the tribal area starts from Jirkatang which is at a distance of 40 Kms. from Port Blair, all the vehicles entering the tribal reserve area has to take permission from the police department and make necessary entries for the onward journey, from Jirkatang the reserve forest area starts and ends after 60 Kms. at Middle strait. Please note taking pictures of the tribes is strictly prohibited you should refrain yourself from such activities, if found guilty you could be penalized or sent to judicial custody or both. After reaching Middle strait the vehicle have to be parked and the passengers need to take a ferry to reach Baratang Island which takes almost 25 mins; Baratang Island Is between South and Middle Andaman and The Andaman Trunk Road to Middle & North Andaman goes through this Island. Baratang has beautiful Mangrove creeks and limestone caves which can be explored with the permission of the Forest Department at Baratang under proper local guidance; you will have to take a speed boat to reach Limestone Caves through the Mangrove forest, another attraction for the tourist in this Island is Mud Volcano, this tour is operated under fair weather conditions only.

Rangat is a 1070 sq. km. large island in Middle Andaman with pristine beaches, waterfalls, and interesting islands. This island is spread across 75 census villages and 14 gram panchayats. The population is primarily made up of people from Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Fisheries and cultivation are the two primary occupations of people in this island.

Nearly three hours further to Rangat, north by road, perched on a long promontory right at the top of the island and surrounded by mangrove swamps, is Mayabunder, springboard for the remote northern Andaman Islands. The village, which is home to a large minority of former Burmese Karen tribes, who were originally brought here as cheap logging labour by the British, are more spread out and more appealing than Rangat.

Diglipur (325 Kms., approx. 12 hrs by road from Port Blair) Situated in North Andaman Island, Diglipur provides a rare experience for eco friendly tourists. It is famous for its oranges, rice and marine life. Saddle Peak the highest point in the islands is nearby. Kalpong, the only river of Andaman flows here. The only Hydro-electric project of the islands is on this river. One can feel the innocent beauty of village life everywhere in Diglipur.

ISLANDS FOR DAY VISIT ONLY (RESERVED AREA)

This small island, less than a square kilometer stands right across Port Blair. This island served as the capital to the Britishers from 1858 to 1941 when the Japanese occupied it and converted it to a 'POW site'. This island homes the ruins of the church, Chief Commissioner's house, the Cathedral and graveyard of the Britishers and few other important landmarks which today is hugged by wild wines and huge roots and trunks of century old trees. To reach Netaji Subash Chandra Bose Island, private ferries are available from Aberdeen Jetty except on Wednesday.

As the name indicates the bay is situated on the northern tip of South Andaman. Famous for its natural beauty, beach, under water corals, fishes etc. North Bay also has a light house which is lit after sunset to guide the vessels travelling in the sea or approaching Andaman Harbor. One can indulge in water sports activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, under water sea walk or can hire a glass bottomed boat to have a look at the under water corals and marine life. In North Bay you will get light refreshments and meals, small handicraft shops are also available for the tourist which offer souvenirs. A twenty rupee note has the picture of North Bay at the rear side.

The island derives its name from the vessel “Viper” in which Lt. Archibald Blair a British surveyor came to Andaman in the year 1786. It is believed that the vessel met with an accident and its wreckage was found near the island. Later the first Jail of Andaman was built in this Island In the year 1867 under the supervision of Major Ford which can accommodate 2000 prisoners at a time, it also had a Court, Gallows and Hospital. The convicts were referred as the Chain Gang convicts and were tied together with chains while they worked. The island still has some ruins of British structures and the Gallows where the convicts and political prisoners were hanged to death. Sher Ali who stabbed Lord Mayo was also hanged in the gallows of Viper Island in the year 1872. Freedom fighters like Nanigopal and Nandlal Pulindas who restored to hunger strike were also sent to Viper Island.

Both of these Islands are among the 15 Islands of Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park which are only open for the tourist seasonally for viewing of under water corals, fishes and the marine life found in this National Park. The major attraction of these Islands are Coral viewing through glass bottomed boat, Snorkeling and Scuba Diving.

Cinque Island is a protected Island under the department of Environment & Forest. It is renowned for its natural beauty, marine life such as corals, coral reefs, turtles, crocodiles and colourful coral fishes. It is also one of the few Islands in the Andaman group which has a stretch of white sandbar joining two islands, making its beauty irresistible. During high tide it appears as two different islands, and when the low tide starts a narrow sandbar slowly emerges out of water and joining both the islands. Looking at this event is truly magical and gives an impression of a fairy tail.

Avis Island has a small but creamy beach. The water is very calm, placid and clear. So much so that one can easily see fish frolicking in the water and little corals if one walk a bit into the sea. It is a perfect destination for basking in the sun and sea water by simply sitting in the water. The tall, thick coconut trees provide shade which saves you from scorching heat. Going there early in the morning is always a good idea as the weather supports your trip. Avis Island is not open for tourists. To visit the Avis Island, one has to take prior permission from the local authorities.

Ross & Smith islands are actually two islands – Ross & Smith joined together by a sand bar to make a single group of islands. Ross & Smith Islands requires forest permit from the Forest Office at Diglipur. The permission costs Rs 50 for Indian tourists and Rs 500 for foreign tourists and can be obtained on all days (except Sunday) between 6am to 2pm. A fisherman's boat ('dinghi' in hindi) or a speed boat can be hired and the ride would take around 25 mins from the Ariel Bay Jetty in Digilipur. What makes these islands truly beautiful and sets them apart from the rest of the islands is that these two islands are joined by a natural, sand bar.

Hill Stations

It is the highest peak in south Andaman (365 meters high) and it used to be a summer rest camp for the British, the ruins of the structures built by the British bear testimony to this fact. From Mount Harriet one can have a spectacular view of the Ross Island, Havelock Island and Neil Island during fair weather conditions. Mount Harriet guest house, managed by the forest department makes night stay possible here, with prior booking.

Diglipur provides rare experience for eco-friendly tourists. The place is famous for its oranges, rice, forest wealth and marine life. Saddle Peak (732 Mtrs) is the highest point in the Andaman Islands. One has to trek to reach Saddle Peak and the distance is 5 Kms.

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