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A symbol of undaunted spirit. A mute witness to the untold sufferings and the valiant defiance of the Indian freedom fighters. The Cellular jail in Port Blair represents an irony, where the price of the freedom of a nation is the captivity of a few warriors. Constructed by 1906, the British transferred the most dangerous Indian political prisoners here to sever their ties with their families and country.
Light & Sound Show
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: Hindi show all days from 6:00 pm..
Carbyn's Cove Beach
Corbyn’s Cove beach- the coconut-palm fringed beach, six kilometers away from Port Blair town is ideal for swimming and sun-basking. Facilities like hotel, restaurant, bar, changing room, adventure water-sports are available here. Historical remains like Japanese Bunkers can be seen on the way to this beach. The Snake Island situated just across the beach is popular for scuba diving. The Waves Restaurant & Beer Bar run by Tourism department provides delightful cuisine at reasonable rates in a soothing ambience on the beach.
Chidyatappu Beach(Sunset Point)
Set in a serene setting of the Emerald islands at just 25 kms away from Port Blair, Munda Pahar beach in Chidiya Tapu is about as close to nature as it gets. From its meandering mangrove cover to the stunning sunsets, Munda Pahar beach offers you the essentially Andaman experience.
This island, with beautiful sandy beaches fringed with green canopy of the rain forest beckons every one to enjoy the fun at the azure sea. Vijaynagar beach, 5 Kms. away from the jetty on the eastern side and Elephant beach, 10 Kms. from the jetty (including trekking through the forest) on the north western part of the island are other breathtaking beaches. The Tourism Department organizes Island camping (tented accommodation) during the tourist season at Radha Nagar beach. One can enjoy the stay right on the seashore by hearing the lulls of the solacing sea in this camp. Havelock is connected by daily speed boat services from Port Blair. Dolphin Resort provides comfortable accommodation at Havelock. Private Hotels are also offering excellent accommodation facilities there. Snorkeling and Scuba Diving facilities are offered by Scuba Dive Centre operators seasonally.
Known as the ‘vegetable bowl’ of Andaman Islands for its quality and quantity of agricultural produce, Neil Island is a small settlement 36kms from Port Blair and takes around 2 hours by sea. It also has a decent cattle population and is known for milk production, most of which gets transported to the capital city. The best beaches to visit on Neil Island are – Bharatpur, Sitapur & Lakshmanpur. Among them, Sitapur is considered to be the best. Neil Island is being considered as another ‘Havelock in the making’. But we really leave it up to you to decide.It has a small village life with most people occupied with Agriculture or tourism activities. Neil Island is yet another place which is considered ideal for eco-tourism owing to the lush green paddy fields, banana plantations and tropical trees. Sporting activities are picking up pace at Neil Island with a dive center coming up soon.
This is the highest point of Andaman & Nicobar . This place was the famous pick nick place of erstwhile British officers staying in these Islands. From main island Port blair side vehicle ferry service starts from Chatham jetty to Bamboo flat. Per person ferry service fee is Rs 4 ( four only ) and the duration is nearly 20 minutes. From Bamboo flat jetty it is 10 minutes drive by the side of sea & then climbing upto the forest check post. From Bamboo jetty to Check post is 7 KM and from check post to park ( Mount Harriet ) is 3 KM distance. Check post is located inside forest and after climbing hills and passing through sharp U turns we reached the check post. Here we paid our entry fee and purchased camera tickets. Entry fee for Indian nationals Rs 25 and children 12 years and below Rs 10 per person. For students it is Rs 5 and for foreign students it is Rs 10. All foreign nationals have to pay Rs 250 per day per person. The fees are collected at the check post. Vehicle entry fee is Rs 20. For heavy vehicle it is Rs 50. view Points at Mount HarrietProfessional photographer can carry their gadget by paying Rs 200 and for film shooting it is Rs 3000 . For tourists still camera is Rs 10 and video camera it is Rs 25 There are view points in different directions at the park, in one of the view point direction is marked to show different islands with direction mark. Ross Island, North Bay & havalock Inside the park there are Huts and one trekking track starts from here. Details of the trek is written in a board. You can enjoy a cup of tea here prepared by guest house kitchen. From Portblair the total duration including the sea crossing it will take 2 to 3 hours to visit Mount Harriet National Park and return.
Lime Stone Caves
This island between South and Middle Andaman has beautiful beaches, mangrove creeks, mud-volcanoes and limestone caves. Andaman Trunk Road to Rangat and Mayabunder goes through this island. Limestone cave can be explored with the permission of Forest Department at Baratang and proper local guidance. Limited Govt. accommodation is available at Baratang. Also visit the Parrot Island nearby during sunset times to sea hoards of parrots flocking which gives picturesque memory to take back.
Amkunj Beach, 15 Kms. away from Rangat Bazar/ jetty towards Mayabunder and Curtbert Bay beach, 20 Kms. away from the Rangat Bazar jetty towards Mayabunder are the beaches near Rangat. Curtbert Bay is a Turtle- Nesting ground. One can view the nesting of turtle during December-February period. Hawks Bill Nest a Guest House, managed by the Directorate of Tourism is near Curtbert Bay beach.
Morciedera Beach is an ideal location for picnics in a scenic natural setting with sea on one side and lush green forest on the other.It is located along with the ATR at a distance of 12 Kms. from Rangat towards mayabunder.It is perect as an eco-friendly halt and a wayside amenity for travelers and tourists.Eco-friendly beach furniture and sea facing sit-out area make it ideal location for the rest and relaxation. Close by Twin Rocks,Which is a unique rock formation and walkway between these two rocks leads to a spectacular view of the horizon which motivates everyone to feel the “sky is the limit”.A fresh water stream located at this site is not only perennial but also scenic and serves as a natural swimming pool for the visitors.
Dhani Nallah Mangrove Nature Walk Way
Dhani Nallah Mangrove Nature Walk Way is probably longest mangrove walk way.It is a walk way that has been built among the dense mangrove forests near Dhani Nallah beach in Rangat. The walk is enticing, enthralling and exciting. Taking a walk among the green, lush, short and tall alike Mangrove trees will not only relax your body but soul as well.
Ross & Smith Island
Ross and Smith are two secluded islands far away from the hustle bustle of the city and connected to each other by a thin strip of sandbar ; that’s Ross & Smith island for you. The island pair stands as a silent reminder of ‘Beauty in Connectedness’. Everything from traveling to spending time on the islands have an exclusive feel to it. There is a Marine Sanctuary on the island which makes it an ideal place for spotting beautiful coral reefs and colorful species from the underwater. The beach is surrounded by tropical forests and is a preferred place for trekking and trail hiking by many tourists. One can also opt for activities like Scuba Diving & Snorkelling. And the clear blue waters add a touch of cleanliness and to the whole experience. The beach is seldom crowded and many a times tourists find the whole island to themselves alone! Furthermore, Ross & Smith islands are home to the Olive Ridley turtles which means, being the right place at the right time, one can even witness the turtle nesting! (connect it to Turtle Nesting activity?) Occasionally, wild elephants from the adjacent forests may be spotted on the islands. The Smith island has a small village with about 60 families and accommodation is offered by the Directorate of Tourism. During peak season night stays are not advisable as there might be accommodation scarcity. It is to be noted that Ross & Smith Islands cannot be visited without prior permission from the Forest Office at Diglipur (opposite the Jetty). 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.