Port Blair : Port Blair is the capital city of Andaman and Nicobar Island. It is the largest city of the Union Territory as well and located on the east coast of south Andaman Island. The city is named after the Lieutenant Archibald Blair who established a colony here in the year 1789. The city is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places of this exotic island. Remarkable for its clean and serene beauty, Port Blair is visited by thousands of tourist from all over the world. This wonderful place is treasure house of marine life thriving on its wide starched coastal beaches. Known for famous beaches and eye catching vistas, this place is heaven for travelers.
Ross Island is a popular tourist spot with remnants of the Victorian British era. Some of the remains of British era that can be seen in the island include old buildings like the chief commissioners house, Presbyterian Church, state ball room, an old Andamanese home bakery, swimming pool and a hospital. A museum in Ross Island, maintained by Indian Navy, has a collection of pictures depicting the island in its full glory. Currently, the entire island is being maintained by Indian Navy. The Island is open for visitors from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm on all days except Wednesday. An entry fee of INR 20 is collected. Ross Island is an ideal place for those who want to learn about the history of British occupied India and their activities in this region.
Chidiya Tapu is a tiny village in the southernmost tip of South Andaman. It is also known as the bird island. The region has a number of green mangroves and a lush forest cover. Birds are the major attraction here. There is a forest guest house at the top of the hillock that provides sunset views as well as views of the islands beyond Chidiya Tapu. The water in this area is full of colourful corals which makes it suitable for snorkelling.
Corbyn’s Cove is situated near Port Blair and attracts tourists for its soft sandy beach with coconut palms. It is an ideal spot for swimming, scuba diving and boating and also for watching the sunset. During the Japanese occupation of
Corbyn’s Cove, pill boxes and bunkers were made which can be still seen on the beach. A major part of the beach was washed away and destroyed in the tsunami of 2004.
|#Andaman Water Sports Complex
The Andaman Water Sports Complex, also known as the Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex, is located close to the Cellular Jail in the north-west part of Port Blair. The sports complex offers a range of water sports facilities and adventures. Activities like sail boating, parasailing, paddle boating, water scooters, rowing, water skiing, etc. are possible in the water sports complex.
Besides the water activities for all age groups, the monument commemorating the Battle of Aberdeen can be seen within the complex structures. The artificial waterfall in the region is also another attraction. There is a children’s park
Gandhi Park in Port Blair is a small and beautiful park with amusement rides, a garden, a small narrow trail around a small lake inside the premises, water sports, historic remains of a Japanese temple and a war bunker. The Gandhi Park was built in only 13 days around the Delthamani tank which served as Port Blair’s only source of drinking water in those days. This park is a good source of entertainment, especially for children.
|#Jolly Buoy Island
Jolly Buoy Island is situated in South Andaman Island. Located very close to Wandoor, Jolly Buoy Island is part of the famous Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park along with a few other islands. Jolly Buoy Island is one of the prime tourist destinations in Andaman and Nicobar as the varied landscape includes mangrove swamps, tropical rainforests, pristine white sandy beaches, and coral reefs.The main activities one can experience at Jolly Buoy Island are snorkelling and scuba diving. Boat trips can also be organized into the sea for dolphin spotting and fishing.One can also visit Wandoor or the nearby Red Skin Island while at Jolly Buoy Island.
| #Samudrika Marine Museum
Samudrika Marine Museum in Port Blair, managed by the Indian Navy, is also known as Naval Marine Museum.This museum is a perfect place to know about the various aspects of marine ecology. The five galleries found here are divided based on the history of Andaman Island, geographical information, tribal communities, archeology and marine life. The main attraction of the museum is the large skeleton display of a blue whale. The museum gives information about the various aspects of coral and marine life in lay man’s language. One of the best aquariums is maintained here with an extensive collection of fishes on display. You will also find informative displays on the islands’ tribal communities.
Mount Harriet is a 365 metres high peak in the South Andamans and is the highest in the area. With beautiful views from the hill top, it served as the summer headquarters of the chief commissioner during the British rule. There is a nature trail from this hill to the Madhuban forest. From this place, one can view the Indian Ocean and the other islands.