Local Sight seeing
1. Cellular Jail
The Cellular Jail is the old colonial prison situated in Port Blair, the capital of Andaman and Nicobar islands. It was constructed by the Britishers during their colonial rule in India. The construction of the jail began in 1896 and completed in 1906, and was then .used to imprison the independence leaders during the Independence movement in India. The jail complex is now owned by the Government of India and it is recognized as the national memorial monument showcasing the life of prisoners during the British period. The jail narrates of the horrifying and darkest period in the history of India. Soon after the Sepoy Mutiny in the year 1857, Britishers began to use the islands of Andaman and Nicobar as the jails to put the independence leaders behind the bars. The secluded islands were chosen due to their distant location from the main parts of the country where the prisoners would be kept in the dark depriving them of the situation in the country and excluding them from the society. During the independence movement of India, thousands of Indians were imprisoned in the cellular jail, many of them died due to inhumane conditions, many were hanged till death and many simply perished. The complex of the cellular jail is the true depiction of the standing history of the Indian Independence leaders during their time in exile in the jail. The name "cellular jail" is given to it on the basis of its construction. The prison is divided into seven wings each consists of 693 solitary cells instead of rooms or dormitories each of 4.5 by 2.7 meters with a small ventilator. Soon after the independence of India, the cellular jail was converted into a national memorial in the year 1979.
Light and Sound Show
In the memory of the brave martyrs, the jail authorities organize a light and sound show on every Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The Hindi show timings are 6:00 PM and 7:15 PM, whereas there is only one English show at 7:15 PM. The light and sound show not only transforms the cellular jail into a beautiful stage of a live performance but also narrates the heart-sinking history of independence movement along with the lives of the prisoners in the jail during the British era.
2. Corbyn's Cove beach
Corbyn's Cove is the nearest beach to Port Blair. It is quite popular among tourists as well as locals, ideal for swimming and sun-basking.
It serves as an ideal place to just get a good sunset view and laze around. There are quite a few water sports which draw many adventure enthusiasts here.
3. Chatham Saw Mill
Chatham Saw Mill is the biggest and the oldest mill across Asia owned by the Forest Department. The mill is also a storehouse for a variety of woods cut into different shapes and sizes
4. Mount Harriet
Mount Harriet was once the summer headquarters of the Chief Commissioner during the British Raj. Mount Harriet, the highest point in Port Blair is an ideal place for a Picnic or a Trek. Mount Harriet is about 55 km from Port Blair by road (15 km by ferry and road), & has a Forest Guest House located at a height of 365 m.
Mount Harriet, 55 Kms by road/ 15 Kms by ferry and trek from Port Blair. This place is ideal for fascinating overview of the nearby islands and the sea. It is the highest peak in the South Andamans (365 mts. high). At Mount Harriet, there is a Forest Guest House where tourists can take rest and refresh themselves.
5. Sippighat Agricultural Farm
This Govt. agricultural farm is located 14 kms west of Port Blair covering over an area of 80 acres, cultivate spices like clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper, coconut etc
6. GANDHI PARK
This beautiful park at Port Blair has facilities like amusement rides, safe water sports and nature trail around the lake, garden, restaurant and historic remains like Japanese temple as well as a bunker. The erstwhile Dilthaman tank, which was the only source of drinking water for Port Blair and the area around, has been developed as Gandhi Park in an unbelievably short time of 13 days. It is open all days.
7. Science Centre
The Science Centre, situated five kms from Port Blair town, has an ‘Andaman and Nicobar Islands Gallery' with interactive exhibits depicting genesis of the islands, volcanic activities, science of oceans, fun science gallery, modern technology gallery, Taramandal (Portable planetarium), and an in-house butterfly corner. It is closed on all Mondays and Public Holidays.
Timings: 10.00 AM to 5.30 PM
8. Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex
This water sports complex, the first of its kind in India, offers aqua-sports facilities including safe water sports and Adventure water sports within one water sports complex. In the safe water sports complex paddle-boats, row-boats, glass-bottom and bumper boats are available. In the adventure sport front, Jet Ski, parasailing, banana boats, speed boats are offered. This complex also offers open air eateries. The spectacle of marina park that surrounds the complex is enchanting. The Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex houses a memorial of the ‘Battle of Aberdeen' fought between the Britishers and the Andamanese aboriginals in 1859.
Chidiyatappu- the southernmost tip of South Andaman Island situated at a distance of 28 Kms from Port Blair. It is famous for bird watching, sunset view, panoramic scenic beauties, and many colours of oceanic view. Swimming can be done at Chidiyatappu. The biological park at Chidiyatappu is the added attraction. There is a Forest Guest House run and maintained by Forest Department.
10. Wandoor & Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park
The Labyrinth of islands is home to some of the rarest and best coral habitats in the world, inviting people to witness their virgin beauty. Located in the south-western coast of the Andaman Islands, Wandur National Park is a marine life conservation area situated at a distance of 25 km from the capital city of Port Blair. The wildlife sanctuary which is also known as the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park consists of a group of 12 islands which are situated geographically in a labyrinthine shape and are home to some of the most exquisite marine wildlife in the world.
The national park and its surrounding areas are like heaven on earth with pristine white sand beaches, clear azure skies and clear water which mesmerize the senses. Covering over 220 sq. km of area the national park is a great place to try some snorkeling and diving in the crystal clear water of the islands giving one an opportunity to see nature's glory from a close view. The coral reefs are the highlight of the park exhibiting their glorious forms and enchanting one and all. The famous islands to visit are Jolly buoy Islands, Redskin Island, Grub Island, Rangat Island, Neil Island and Long Island. The national park can amaze and dazzle everyone visiting especially those who hold wildlife close to their hearts.
The best time to visit the Andaman & Nicobar Islands is from late December till April as during this time the temperatures hover around 25 to 30 degree Celsius which is pretty comfortable. The cool sea breeze in the night allows for a cool weather one can do with casual cotton clothing. The December to February season is also great for snorkeling and scuba diving as the water is pretty flat around that time.
11. Red Skin Island
Red Skin Island, where you get to see beautiful corals.
12. Viper Island
Years before Cellular Jail was constructed, Viper Island was used by the British to keep the freedom fighters in exile. You can still see the remains of the jail which was built in 1867 by the British.
13. NORTH BAY BEACH
North Bay beach which is north of Port Blair provides snorkeling opportunities around its fringing coral reefs. Private ferry service takes you from Aberdeen Jetty across North Bay and brings back after a three hour stay. The corals at North Bay are spread over a large area. During snorkeling, one can spot many species of fish, lobsters and even clams on the coral reef. Sea walk is the latest addition of facilities there to watch under water life.
The iconic light house of North bay appears on every 20 rupees Indian currency note
14. Mundapahar Beach and Mundapahar Trek route
Eco-friendly beach facilities including changing room are maintained by forest department. It is one of the most sought after picnic destination in South Andaman. There is a beautiful trek route of around 1.5 kms passing the green canopy forest, breathtaking Panoramic view of neighbouring islands with a surprise amazing view of Cinque island at the rear end of the trek. This of one of the most recommended treks in South Andaman.
15. Cinque Island
A sanctuary with rare corals and under-water marine life, Cinque Island has fine sandy-beach and sand-bar connecting North and South Cinque Islands and tropical rain-forest. There is no scheduled ferry service to Cinque Island. Chartered boats of permitted category are allowed from Port Blair and Wandoor. To visit, one may contact private boat operators in Port Blair to hire a boat with due permission from the Forest Department.
16. SAMUDRIKA (NAVAL MARINE MUSEUM)
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.
17. FISHERIES MUSEUM
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 01.00 PM and 02.00 PM to 04.45 PM.
18. ANTHROPOLOGICAL MUSEUM
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.
19. KALAPANI MUSEUM
Kalapani Museum is unique amongst all museums in Port Blair and is the only private history museum in the country, setup in a three storied building, where history is brought alive through miniature and life size models and dioramas. The museum has a vast collection of rare archival photographs, paintings and artifacts of tribes, history, rare original documents of Colonial and Japanese periods, including many documentaries and films related to the Island and the Indian Freedom Struggle. It takes the visitors on a journey of rediscovery and unfolding the unknown and untold mysteries of the Island.
Timings: 09:00 AM to 07:00 PM
The Museum is open 7 days a week (No Holidays)
20. Sagarika - Cottage Industries Emporium
This Emporium exhibits a spectrum of artifacts made of mother pearl, sea shells, coconut shells and local wood products. Miniatures of Nicobari canoes, palm mats for floors, tables, furniture etc. are exhibited which are also for sale. It is closed on Sundays and Public Holidays. Timings: 8.45 AM to 6.45 PM