TOURIST PLACES IN ANDAMAN ISLANDS – Best Places to Visit in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
The place besides being the largest town in the UT also houses many museums. The place even serves as a base of the Indian Navy. This place is also the headquarters for the Tri Services Command. An important town, Port Blair was named after the Lieutenant Archibald Blair. This town has one fascinating tale of history. Tt served as the Azad Hind Fauj head-quarters in the British India. The place even gives you a good picture of its cultural heritage. Visit is restricted in places where the tribes are located. If you are keen to take a tour to those places, you need to first get the permit and undergo certain procedures. But the trouble taken will be worth it. With a population of 100,000 approximately, Port Blair is the town in Andaman where major offices like banks are found.
The Cellular Jail was constructed between 1896 and 1906. The name still brings back all the notorious memories of the past. It still stands there bearing witness to the suffering of our freedom fighters. The British used this archipelago as a prison for the freedom fighters. In those days the Cellular Jail was also known as Kala Pani. The prisoners were kept in confined isolation. The main aim of the British was to prevent any kind of communication between the prisoners, especially between the political prisoners. The structure of the Cellular Jail is like this it has seven wings and a tower in the middle. Each of these wings is three-storied. The Cellular Jail is one of the most important spots for sight-seeing. It is of utmost historical importance.
WATER SPORTS COMPLEX
The Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex is a very popular tourist hot spot. The tourists flocking the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, for them this place means fun and frolic. The Water Sports Complex will surely win your heart. It has a huge number of water sporting facilities, it is a long list. They are paddle boats, aqua-cycle, bumper boats, aqua glides, kayaks, rowing boats, Gemini boats, water-skiing, wind-surfing, glass-bottomed boating, speed boating, water scooters, Para-sailing. It is a well equipped complex with excellent facilities. Clean bathrooms, renovated spacious changing rooms, swimming pool with saline water, a beach for walk and a huge food plaza. The food plaza is worth praising. It offers a hell lot of variety, mouth watering delicacies from which you cannot run away. The one thing which We would rate above all is the security of this place. The safety measures are followed very strictly. Instructors keep constant watch over everyone.
The Gandhi Park is a blend of natural beauty, artificial creation and historical monuments. The Gandhi Park is self-sufficient. It is capable of drawing tourists from all over the world. This park is very popular among the tourists. There are amusement rides, water sports, restaurants, lake and it continues. It also has the remains of the Japanese Temple and the ruins of a bunker. All sorts of facilities are available here. Apart from these sources of entertainment there is the rich, unique ecosystem of Gandhi Park which is again balanced by the deer and bird park. We already know that Andaman is home to a varied species of deer. The commonly spotted deer are barking deer, hog deer, spotted deer and sambar. The Andaman tourism has recommended this park as a must-see spot.
The Corbyn’s cove is a small and beautiful beach which lays 10 Kilometres southeast of Port Blair. It is a small arch of smooth and soft white sand. Lush green palm trees surround the beach. A very soothing atmosphere prevails here, ideal for couples who want to enjoy evening walks and spend some quality time in isolation. The recreational activities include surfing, fishing and scuba diving. The Andaman tourism provides you with the finest facilities. There are restaurants around which will cater to all your needs. There is food there is fun, what else do you need? If you want to lie down and enjoy the breathtaking beauty and the cool breeze then Corbyn’s Cove is the ideal place for you. Just sit back and relax.
CHATHAM SAW MILL
The Chatham Saw Mill, the most prominent saw mills in Asia, is the oldest and largest saw mill ever built in Asia and was built to meet the demand for sawed timber. Sawed timber in those days was very much in demand. It was used mainly for construction. This saw mill produced sawed timber for Port Blair and Chatham Island. Today the Forest Department owns the saw mill. The mill was established in the year 1883. The Second World War destroyed the mill badly by the direct hit of many bombs. For a few years it remained paralyzed. The mill even produces wood from which ornamental furniture and handicrafts are made. It is also one of most popular sight-seeing spots in Chatham Island. Each and every Andaman tour package conducts a tour to the Chatham Saw Mill along with other spots.
The Ross Island is a deserted place today. During the colonial rule it used to be the throne of power. Our colonial masters used this island for various purposes. This island is the perfect place for any motivated traveler. Tourists who love to enjoy the thrills of moving back in time, Ross Island is the place for you. Today only the ruins of colonial glory remain. But that has not prevented Ross Island from being a tourist hot spot. People want to know more about this place. The sight-seeing include the dilapidated structure of the Anglican Church, the house of the Chief Commissioner and its splendid ball rooms. There is also a museum which is now managed by the Indian Navy.
The Viper Island is also a part of the islands of Andaman and Nicobar. During the time when the British ruled our country, they had constructed this jail here. It was the first jail constructed in the history of colonial rule. The offenders of the British constitution were sent here in Viper Island to serve their punishment. Political prisoners were also sent here. This jail was used until the Cellular Jail was made. But the history of this place will bring back the notorious memories of colonial rule. Still it is very important for every visitor to know the history of this place properly. We should know what our freedom fighters had undergone for their motherland. This island was named after the vessel “Viper”. It was in this vessel that Lieutenant Archibald was carried here. The island was named after this Lieutenant in order to honor him.
The Anthropological Museum is located in Port Blair. The museum showcases a wide variety of tools and weapons used by the Andamanese tribes. There is a well maintained and well stocked library on the second floor of the museum. Short films and documentaries are shown during the visiting hours, based on the life of the people of Andaman and Nicobar. The Anthropological Museum displays facts about four Negroid tribes of Andaman. They are Jarwahs, Sentinelese, Onges and Andamanese. There are various still photographs which throw light on the lifestyle of these tribes, various artifacts and tools which tell us about their culture. Information regarding the visiting hours and entry fee can be confirmed from the local Andaman travel agencies. Today the museum is controlled and managed by the Anthropological Survey of India.
NAVAL MARINE MUSEUM
The Naval Marine Museum which is also called the Samudrika Naval Marine Museum is controlled by the Indian Navy. The Andaman and Nicobar islands possess very rich and diverse marine life. The diverse variety of multi-colored corals of Andaman and Nicobar islands is world famous. The major coral items are displayed in the museum. This place showcases a complete collection of the corals found only in the Andaman and Nicobar islands. This museum preserves over 350 different marine species. The major species are crocodiles, sharks, dolphins, crabs and prawns. The Naval Marine Museum is must be visited by every tourist visiting the Andaman and Nicobar islands. Good information is available from the Andaman tourism helpline regarding the visiting hours and directions.
This building alone testifies the inhuman torture which our colonial masters had inflicted on our freedom fighters during their rule. The jail was designed in way that the prisoners could not communicate with each other in any way. This was their target, to keep the prisoners, especially the political prisoners in total isolation. This jail has been made a National Memorial because it occupies a very important place in the history of Indian freedom struggle. The prisoners were sent here to serve the punishment called ‘kaala pani‘. The construction of this jail was completed in the year 1906. It is called the Cellular Jail because cells were built for individual prisoners. The intention was to keep each prisoner separate from another. This is a must-visit place.
Mount Harriet National Park is one of the highest points of South Andaman. It was the summer headquarters of the Chief Commissioner during the colonial rule. This place is ideal for picnic lovers. The other attraction of this place is the Forest Guest house. The Forest Guest house is a craze among tourists. It is surrounded by lovely huts which rises upto 365 meters. They provide a wonderful overview of the sea and other islands around. The sunsets and sunrises are simply magnificent. A natural trail leads to the summit of Mount Harriet. A permit is required to trek along this trail from the Chief Wildlife Warden in Haddo. While hiking through the natural trail the tourists are sure to find a huge variety of exotic birds. The ambiance is simple enchanting. The AndamanXP offers various packages which you can go for if you want to Visit Mount Harriet.
The other name for Chidiya Tapu is Bird Island. This place is very famous for its rich variety of birds and green vegetation. The local sight seeings in Chidiya Tapu include the following places; they are Munda Pahar beaches, Chidiya Tapu Biological Park, the Sylvian Sands and Chidiya Tapu beach. The sunset is simply enchanting. Among the water sports snorkeling is popular here. Over 46 varieties of birds are found here. They are parrots, drongos, scarlet minivet, emerald dove, red-breasted parakeets, white-bellied sea eagles and many others. It is an ornithologist’s paradise. Bird lovers from different corners of the world come here to see the wonders of nature. Colorful butterflies are also found huge numbers. Spotted deer and unique variety of orchids are also found. This place has been popularized by the Andaman tourism, a devoted traveler’s ideal destination.
Rangat Island is a small hilly island. It is surrounded by coconut trees and the blue sea. It is a tourist hot spot because it offers a wide range of adventure sports. It is situated at a distance of only 210 kilometres from Port Blair. It is an ideal place for backpackers or trekkers. This island also provides very good sites for scuba diving and snorkeling. One can enjoy the virgin beauty of nature here. The atmosphere of this island is very eco-friendly. The sight-seeing include Panchavati water fall, Panchavati beach, Amkunj beach and Betapur beach. The nearby Cutbert Bay which is only 20 kilometers from Rangat is a turtle nesting ground. During the months of December, January, February, March and April tourists from different corners of the world come to Rangat to see the nesting of the turtles. The Andaman tourism has marked this place for its eco-friendly atmosphere and picturesque environment.
Mayabunder is also referred to as Maya Bunder. Mayabunder is famous for its beaches and unpolluted environment. Travelers who love spending time in isolation would enjoy staying a night or two at Mayabunder. The main attractions of Mayabunder are the Karmatang beach,the mangrove forest and the beach at Avis island (which is just a 30 minute boat ride from Mayabunder). Tourists from all over the world flock the Karmatang beach to observe the serenity of nature. Another unique experience which the tourists enjoy here is watching the nesting of the turtles. But for that you need to plan your trip during the months of December, January and February. The Andaman tourism has spotted this place mainly for its distinct cultural heritage and serenity.
After the Neil Island Diglipur is the next best destination for eco-tourism. Diglipur is famous for its marine life,rice and oranges. It has a total population of 42,877 according to the census of 2001. The Andaman tourism has spotted this place for its potentials. The exotic beauty of nature, the rich flora and fauna, gorgeous under water creatures and mind-boggling variety of birds make Diglipur the ideal destination for eco-tourists. Tourists willing can go for trekking to Saddle peak. The other attractions include the Saddle Peak National Park, Ross and Smith island and the mud volcanoes for viewing, an ideal destination if you want to relax and rejuvenate your soul.
TOURIST PLACES IN NICOBAR ISLANDS
Car Nicobar is a very small island having an area of only 127 kilometer square. Car Nicobar is the headquarters of the Nicobar Island. This small island is very heavily populated. According to the census of 2001 it has a population of 29,145. This island is comprised of 15 villages. Since it is only 9 degree from the equator Car Nicobar has a tropical climate and an annual rainfall of 400mm. Car Nicobar is one of the most popular tourist hubs in India and the popularity is increasing day by day. The smooth and soft white sandy beaches beckon you. The shades of coconut and palm trees entice you and the greenish blue sea water mesmerizes you. This island is surrounded by sea nearly on all sides. Even the constant sound of the roaring sea mesmerizes you. The AndamanXP always recommend this place to nature enthusiasts. It takes 16 hours to reach this island by boat from Port Blair.
The Katchal Island earlier was also known as Tihnyu. The Katchal Island falls under the administration of Nicobar district. The Nicobari tribes and Migrated Tamils are the settlers here. The whole socio-economic structure was disturbed. Thousands of people died and hundreds were missing. The Katchal is full of natural beauty. The pristine beaches with crystal clear water and some of the richest marine reserves of the world beckon you constantly. But if you wish to visit the Katchal Island you need to have a special tribal pass to land ashore even if you are an Indian from the mainland of India. This is a procedure which every tourist has to complete. All these are necessary because on April 2, 1957 the Government of India had declared the Nicobar Islands an Aboriginal Tribal Reserve Area. The AndamanXP has also spotted this island for its enigmatic beauty.
The Great Nicobar Island is one of the 572 islands of the archipelago. The beauty of the Great Nicobar Island cannot be expressed in words. The perfect arch shaped beaches with coconut and palm trees make it the ideal holiday destination. It has huge variety of trees owing its tropical climate. This island has attracted a large number of scientists, botanists and zoologists. A variety of orchids are found here which is another specialty of the Great Nicobar. Every year tourists from different corners of the world flock this island to enjoy the virgin beauty of this island. The perfect destination for honeymoon couples. The Andaman honeymoon has started recommending this place to couples. It is a must-visit island. Last but not the least, the gigantic light house Indira Point is situated in this island (about which we all have read in our geography books when we were little).