Places of Visit
1. Mount Harriet and Madhuban:
The lush green forests of Mount Harriet can easily be explored in a day’s trip from Port Blair.These places are one of the major attractions and must be a part of your Andaman tour package. There are basically two modes of transportation that you can use to reach Mount Harriet. Either you can use one of the passenger ferries fro Chatham Jetty to Bamboo Flats or, you can manage your own transport to the other side through one of the eight daily vehicle ferries which operates between Phoenix Jetty between 5:30 am and 8:30 pm costing you only a few bucks. After reaching Bamboo Flats it’s a pleasant seven kilometer trek along the east coast and towards north through trees hung with thick vines and creepers right up to the top of the 365 meter summit. You can also enjoy a picturesque view back across the bay.
An interconnected bus service is available between Bamboo Flats and Hope Town which can save you significant money on transportation. Other than these, there are jeeps and taxis available that can take you all the way to the top for which you have to bear a minimum expense of Rs 300.
There is a minimum charge of Rs 250 to enter Mount Harriet National Park, but you can avoid it altogether if you take the path as the charge is to be paid by those who enter the park through the main road passing through the check-post. It’s a mere 2.5 km from the check-post up to the rest house and viewing tower at the summit. If you are physically strong, then you can trek all the way to Madhuban on your foot which is situated on the coast northeast of the mountain through a sixteen kilometer round route via Kala Patthar (Black Rock) and back via the coast. There is a nice beach at Madhuban which is till date used to train logging elephants, so there is good chance of you seeing one of them while at work.
2. Forest Museum:
Forest Museum is very famous among the visitors for its wide collection of items related to forests and the assortment of trees. It is located on the outskirts of Port Blair. This museum is one of the must visit places in Port Blair and is maintained by the forest department of Andaman and Nicobar islands. A visit to this museum is already included in your Andaman tour package from Kolkata. The major artifacts in this museum that are set on display for visitors include the artifacts made from timber, gurjan, oak, satin wood and paduak. These artifacts give a glimpse of the rich and dense flora found in these islands. The forest department also conducts timely researches whose outcomes can be clearly seen in this museum. For the entertainment of tourists, the museum also incorporates a small zoo as well as a mini zoological garden inside the building.
3. Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex:
Andamans with its crystal clear water offers some of the most fun loving and unforgettable water sport activities. The necessary facilities for various water sport activities are available in Port Blair and other nearby islands. Andaman and Nicobar archipelago has one of the most serene ecosystems with rich presence of coral reefs that offers a unique diving experience that will remain with you for your lifetime.
The Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex which is located in Port Blair offers a variety of water sports and adventure water sports activities that include joy rides on speed boats, Jet Ski & Banana rides.
4. Sea Walking:
Sea walking in Andaman is especially favorite amongst the youngsters as it is one of the newest and the most exciting water activity to enjoy the exotic marine life of these islands. It is one of the direct ways to witness the breath-taking underwater aquatic life of the area which is full of fun and distraction. Sea walking is definitely one of the things to include in your holiday packages in Andaman as it can be a true life experience for all those non-divers. Witnessing close encounters with the thriving fauna, corals and a large variety of fishes in their natural environment can be one of the most memorable adventures for you. This activity can be undertaken by anyone between the ages of 7 to 70 years. A tourist is never allowed to do the activities alone and there is a skilled diver with them to ensure their safety.
For performing sea walking you’ll need a helmet with a transparent visor that is placed on the head. This helmet comes pre-furbished with a special apparatus that helps you in breathing under water. Other than this, there are experienced and well-trained life guards who are always ready to assist you in case of any difficulty or emergency.
The best places to have a memorable sea-walk are The North Bay Island and The Elephant Beach. Both these places are blessed with exotic coral reefs and different species of fishes for best of experience.
5. Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park:
The Mahatma Gandhi National Marine Park comprises of fifteen islets which is located roughly at a distance of 35 km south-west from Wandoor. Although this park is set up only for tourists, the journey to these islands is worth doing, as it provides you an opportunity to access one of the richest coral reefs in the region. The entrance fee for foreign tourists in this park now costs Rs 500. Boats depart everyday around 10 am from Wandoor, which can be reached either by A&N tourism’s tour or by local bus, but to get a little bit of adrenaline rush it is recommended to rent a moped and ride down to the boat all by yourself.
ChidiyaTapu is located at a distance of 20 km from the capital city of Port Blair and is listed as one of the most preferred destination by tourists in the Andamans. The twin Beaches of ChidiyaTapu and MundaPahad Beach are amongst the most well maintained and cleanest beaches in the Andamans. ChidiyaTapu is one of the nearest beaches to port Blair and also easily accessible.
“ChidiyaTapu” literally means an island for birds and this island is truly a bird watcher’s paradise. The nearby places of interest include MundaPahad Mountain,
ChidiyaTapu Biological Park, Port Blair, and MundaPahad Beach. You can also visit some of the best hotel in Andaman where you can taste exquisite local cuisines of the Andamans and savour the taste of the sea.
Bird watching is one of the things that you should definitely try. This island is well-known for its various bird species, many of which are indigenous to the Island. You can also try out various fun activities like snorkeling, scuba-diving, deep sea walking, pearl hunting, Boating and a lot more.
7. Ross Island:
What was once the administrative headquarters of the mighty British is today lying in its own silence which occasionally breaks by the arrival of visitors who come here solely for its beauty and scenic view. Ross Island is located at a distance of 2 kilometers east of Port Blair.
An earthquake in 1941 forced the Britishers to shift their settlement from this island to the capital city of Port Blair. The sudden withdrawal of the Britishers was too much to recover from for this island which slowly succumbed to time and ultimately slipped into decay and neglect. The undying remnants of its prosperous past can still be seen on this island which includes the rubbles of the church, swimming pool, and chief commissioner’s house with its lush green gardens and magnificent ballrooms. Holiday packages in Andaman includes visit to the cemetery and a small museum which is managed by the Indian Navy.
This island not only attracts adventure lovers but it also find the attention of a lot of history buffs who come here due to its historical significance. The food found on this island has a local touch and is a must try for any visitor. Like its other sister islands, this place is covered with thick forests. At first sight, it is hard to believe of the island’s glorious past which once housed everything from a bazaar, a church, stores, bakery, a water treatment plant, tennis court, printing press, secretariat, hospital, cemetery and other institutions of importance.
Today, everything is lost in time except for a few buildings which were once the house for some of these remarkable landmarks. Large Banyan tress has successfully taken over the manmade structures. This island is wrapped in a deep sense of nostalgia which makes you feel like you are back in time. The Indian Navy is trying hard to manage or rebuild some of the old buildings which could provide the visitors a feel of the bygone era.
8. Cellular Jail:
Popularly known as “Kala Pani” and touted as one of the most dreaded institutional buildings in Indian history, Cellular Jail is an old British colonial prison which is situated in the capital city of Port Blair. This jail was constructed by Britishers to serve particularly as an exile for political prisoners who were subjected to various types of atrocities at the hands of the British. The construction of this jail began way back in 1896 and was completed in 1906, after which it saw the demise of some of the most notable freedom fighters like BatukeshwarDutt, YogendraShukla and VinayakDamodarSavarkar. This jail is now completely under the control of Government of India and has been classified as the national memorial monument showcasing the life of people who served in this jail during the British period. Andaman tour package from Kolkata includes a historical visit to this jail.
This jail is witness to some of the most horrifying and darkest period in the Indian history. Soon after the outbreak of The Sepoy Mutiny in 1857, Britishers started using the islands of Andaman and Nicobar as jail to house many independence leaders behind the bars. These isolated islands were the best choice to jail the prisoners because of their distant location from the Indian mainland where prisoners could be kept in complete isolation in dark depriving them from any news about the country and cutting them off from the society. During the Indian independence movement, thousands of Indians were imprisoned on this island, most of who died due to extreme atrocities from the British government. Today, this jail stands as a reminder of all the struggles that our freedom fighters had to go through in order to win the independence for the country.
9. Neill Island:
The Neill Island belongs to the Andaman Islands of India and is a part of the Ritchie’s Archipelago.It is name after a British soldier, James George Smith Neill who had shown staunch courage and valor in suppressing the insurgents during the mutiny of 1857. The small stretch of Neill Island is the perfect place to spend a quite weekend after all the hustle and bustle of Havelock Island. To add to your day on Neill Island, you can go for various water-activities and water sports which will be included in your Andaman tour package . The landmass of Neill Island stretches to about 18.9 kilometers and a long evening walk is enough to cover the entire island. The sea appears as a canvas of light blue, dark blue and green which always makes you want to dip your feet in! The white sand beaches of Sitpur, Bharatpur and Laxmanpur are some of the most iconic places to explore on this island. Prepare yourself for the lush greeneries and majestic blue skies to really rejuvenate yourself and enjoy your travel.
10. Havelock Island:
Havelock Island is one of the largest and most popular islands in the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago. This island is located at a distance of 57 kilometers north-east of Port Blair and is spread over an area of 113.93 square kilometers. This island is fondly named after a British General and is a part of Ritchie’s archipelago. This island is mainly a combination of five villages that includes Shyam Nagar, Vijay Nagar, Radha Nagar, Krishna Nagar and Govinda Nagar. It is one of the most tourist-friendlyislands with a focus on eco-tourism. A visit to this island is extensively included in our holiday packages for Andaman. One of the aspects of this island which attracts such a large number of visitors is its pristine natural beauty and serene atmosphere. With its silky sand beaches, sparkling and crystal clear blue water,
rich marine life of corals and verdant forests; this island sums up the region’s natural beauty at one place. At the southern coast of this island lies the mesmerizing Radhanagar Beach, while the beautiful Vijaynagar Beach lies towards the east side of the island. Other two destinations on this island are the Elephant Beach and the Kalapather Beach where one can soak themselves in the absolutely divine sunrise and sunsets. Other than visiting these places, visitors can also engage themselves in a number of thrilling adventure activities and water sports. A lonely walk along the stretch of the sand is the perfect way to sum up your stay on this island.
11. Radhanagar Beach:
This beach is a part of the Havelock Island and is counted among one of the most beautiful beaches in Asia. This beach was rated as the 7th best beach in the world by the Time magazine in 2004 and is one of the major attractions on your Andaman tour package.
Radhanagar beach can be your dream come true for having a perfect beach vacation. With its vast expanses of unaltered white sand and emerald blue waves; this beach is everything you have ever dreamt of when imagining a perfect beach vacation. It is a perfect destination for honeymooners to spend some quality time with each other in the lap of nature.
Despite being one of the most popular beaches, one can find an empty corner for themselves as soon as they walk a little distance from the regular tourist crowd. The sunrise and sunset at this beach is not a thing to miss while you are on Havelock Island.
It will be really difficult for you to take your eyes off the blue waves. Try to make the most out of the mesmerizing sight that lies in front of you. It is better to go out without your digital gadgets like camera and mobiles and simply take your time to enjoy the scenery.