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In And Around Andaman
The Cellular Jail, also known as Kala Pani was a colonial prison situated in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India. The prison was used by the British especially to exile political prisoners to the remote archipelago. Many notable freedom fighters such as Batukeshwar Dutt and Veer Savarkar, among others, were imprisoned here during the struggle for India's independence. Today, the complex serves as a national memorial monument.
The British had been using the Andaman islands as a prison since the days in the immediate aftermath of the first war of independence.The Jail, completed in the year 1906 acquired the name, 'cellular' because it is entirely made up of individual cells for the solitary confinement of the prisoners. It originally was a seven pronged, puce-colored building with central tower acting as its fulcrum and a massive structure comprising honeycomb like corridors. The building was subsequently damaged and presently three out of the seven prongs are intact. The Jail, now is a place of pilgrimage for all freedom loving people, has been declared as a National Memorial.The penal settlement established in Andaman by the British after the First War of Independence in 1857 was the beginning of the agonizing story of freedom fighters in the massive and awful jails at Viper Island followed by the Cellular Jail. The patriots who raised their voice against the British Raj were sent to this Jail, where many perished.
The Island derives its name from the vessel Viper in which Lt.Archibald Blair came to the Islands in 1768 with the purpose of establishing a Penal Settlement. The vessel, it is believed, met with an accident and its wreckage was abandoned near the Island Gallows built on top of a hillock, visible to all prisoners in the Island, signified death Sher Ali, the Pathan, guilty of mudering Lord Mayao, was condemned to death and hanged at Viper Island.
The need for building a jail there was felt only after the British set up a penal settlement at Port Blair in 1858. Ross Island functioned as the headquarters of the penal settlement. Located near Port Blair, the construction of the Viper Jail was carried out during 1864-67. Lt. Col. Barnet Ford, superintendent of the penal settlement, supervised the work. Initially, a police inspector, a head constable, two sergeants, four class I constables and 30 class II constables were posted, according to materials available at the Cellular Jail. Later on, the strength was raised gradually. Solitary cells, lock-ups, stocks and whipping stands characterised the Viper Jail. Women were among the prisoners there.
The Ross Island was the Administrative Headquarters for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, before an earthquake rocked it in 1941. The headquarters were then shifted to Port Blair. One can see remnants of an opulent past in the ruins of the church, swimming pool and the chief commissioner's residence with its huge gardens and grand ballrooms. There is also a cemetery and a small museum managed by the Indian Navy. The museum has on display a collection of old records.
The Ross Island is about 2 km east of Port Blair and can be reached by a short boat ride from Phoenix Bay Jetty. The island is controlled by the Indian navy, which requires every visitor to sign in on entering.The small island with its treasure of ruins in it became the hot tourists spot in the territory. People desire to know more and more about Ross Island. This Island the erstwhile capital of Port Blair during the British regime, is a tiny island situated few Kilometers away from Port Blair city. The island presently houses the ruins of old buildings like Ballroom, Chief Commissioner’s House, Church, Hospital, Bakery, Press, Swimming Pool, all in dilapidated condition, reminiscent of the old British regime. From 1942 to 1945, the island was under the occupation of Japan. However, the allies reoccupied the island in 1945 and later abandoned it. During British occupation, this island was the seat of power of the British.
Carbyn's Cove Beach
Corbyn's Cove is the best beach within easy access of the capital Port Blair in Andaman & Nicobar island. Corbyn's Cove beach in Andaman & Nicobar lies southeast of Port Blair. Corbyn's Cove beach is a small arc of smooth and soft white sand supported by impressive veil of palms. Corbyn's Cove is the nearest beach to Port Blair. The nearby Snake Island is surrounded by coral reefs, a good place to visit. Corbyn's Cove, the coconut palm flanked beach is ideal for sun basking. Facilities like hotles, restaurant, bar, changing room etc. are available near the beach. Historical remains like Japanese bunkers can be seen in the way. Thw Snake Island, situated just across the beach is famous for Scuba Diving.
North Bay is just north of Port Blair. The beach and the snorkelling opportunities in its fringing coral reefs are the closest ones you will find to Port Blair. The corals at North Bay are rather good and spread over large area. You're very likely to spot many fish, a lobster or two, or even clams on the coral reef. Snacks and basic meals are available in some shacks on the Beach.
Chidiya Tapu Beach
Chidiya Tapu in Andaman and Nicobar Islands is 25 kms away from the capital, Port Blair. It is located in the southern most tip of South Andaman. The main attraction of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Chidiya Tapu is its rich collection of birds. The sky of Chidiya Tapu is bestowed with 46 varieties of birds – drongos, hanging parrot, scarlet minivet,emerald dove, long-tailed and red-breasted parakeets, white-bellied sea eagles and grey-fronted and imperial green pigeons to name a few. Accordingly, Chidiya Tapu is also known as the Bird Island of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Chidiya Tapu is world wide famous for its thick, green vegetations, enchanting beaches, collections of corals, colorful butterflies and most importantly, the view of the sun setting in the wine red horizon. The place also offers excellent sites for snorkeling.
Wandoor is at a distance of 29 Kms. from Port Blair covering an area of 281.5 Sq.Kms. This Marine Park made-up of open sea, creeks and 15 small and large islands, is one of the best found anywhere in the world. Viewing of rare corals and underwater marine life through glass bottom boats,SCUBA diving and Snorkelling are a lifetime experience for anyone.
Jolly Buoy Island is located about 50 km from Port Blair in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The island is a part of the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park (also Wandoor Marine National Park). It has a golden shining beach with a canopy of hanging branches of dense bushes. The underwater marine life is fantastic and indicates a sharp reflection of the corals and sea weeds in the beautiful designs of plants and flowers. Jolly Buoy Island is an ideal place for scuba diving and snorkeling. It is accessible by boats from Wandoor, which is about 30 km by road from Port Blair.
Radhanagar Beach (Havelock Island)
Radha Nagar Beach lies on the south coast of Havlock Island. Radhanagar is a Grade 'A' beach of outstanding quality. This beach is also rated as the best beach in Asia. It has an overall length of two kms and avg. width of 30 to 40 mts. The sand is white coral, very fine in grain. The beach has an excellent exposure and is not subject to shading which could reduce its attraction for sunbathing. The rocky outcrops seen at the end of the beach provide some variety to the littoral. The quality of the water at Radha Nagar beach is exceptionally calm and clear. There is a very little wave action and consequently almost no turbidly in the water even along the surf line. This is ideal for snorkelling, scuba diving, elephant ride and spending time with nature.
Vijaynagar Beach (Havelock)
Vijaynagar Beach, in Havlock, is along stretch of sand on the east coast of the Island, punctuated occasionally by roch section. Most of the beach is lined by mahua trees, whose trunks grow along the ground for many feet before they begin to climb vertically. These trees have lent a distinct character ti the sea front, and provide shade, close to the water. Vijaynagar Beach is perfect for long walks along the sea.
Elephant Beach (Havelock)
Elephant Beach is further north from Radhanagar and is popular with Indian tourists.It has a rich coral reef formation and amazing under water marine life. It's reachable on foot from Beach #7 or by fishing boat from the east side of the island; We arrange snorkeling and diving trips here.
Neil Island is known as the vegetable bowl of Andaman. Neil Islands of Andaman provides the best site for touring in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The serene tranquility and the mesmerizing ambiance of the Neil Islands at Andaman makes it the most happening destinations of tourism in Andaman. In Andaman, Neil Island is famous for snorkeling. The wide and enchanting beaches attracts the tourists to indulge in an adventure sport known as snorkeling. Another famous activity carried out at the Neil Islands is fishing and angling. Further, the Neil Islands are also famous for its hammocks: the sandy beaches of the Neil Islands is known for hammocks under shady trees. The Sitapur beach is among the well known beaches of the Neil Islands. Moreover, the Neil Island provides the most eco-friendly spot for picnicking. In fact, at Sitapur, Laxmanpur and Bharatpur of the Neil Islands one can enjoy the serenity of the nature and blissful existence of the village life. These sites in the Neil Islands are, indeed, a celestial bliss!
Baratang(Mud-volcanoes, Lime stone cave)
Baratang Island is located at about 100 Km off the Capital city of Port Blair on the NH 223 (known as Andaman Trunk Road) towards Diglipur. The total length of the Island is around 22 Kms and totally separated by Creeks on both sides. It lies between latitudes 11º 46’ 10” and 12º 18’ 35” North and between longitudes 92º 36’ 55” and 92º 10’ 40” East. The island has dense Tropical Forests of all types ranging from tidal swamp forest to Evergreen to littoral forests laced with sandy beaches along its coast at Baludera, Roglachang etc. The presence of Mud Volcano near Jarawa Creek and limestone caves in Nayadera is a rare attraction for tourists, as it is present only at few places in the world and these are truly wonders of nature and a must see sights. In addition the mangrove ecosystem is an attraction to bird lovers and nature enthusiasts, as biodiversity rich areas which harbors diverse flora and fauna.
Ross & Smith Island (Diglipur)
Ross and Smith, the twin islands joined by a bewitching sand bar, is 30 minutes away from Aerial Bay Jetty or Kalipurwater Sports Centre.Though these are commonly referred to as twin islands, they are actually a single island sperated by a sandy stretch which makes it appear like two seperate islands. Saddle Peak is popular for trekking and nature trail hiking through the evergreen rain forest.
Andaman Islands offers rarest varieties of corals and rich marine life. You can enjoy the under water marine life by snorkeling. Snorkeling in Andaman Islands is a unique lifetime experience. Snorkeling is possible in the islands nearby Port Blair and Havelock Island. Some of the snorkeling spots are Jolly Buoy/Red Skin Island, North Bay, Mowhadhera beach, Elephanta beach, Inglis Island, Buffalo Island and South Button.
Diving In Andamans
There is no greater adventure than diving. Whether you are a novice, or whether you have been diving for so many years, there is always something new, fascinating or challenging about venturing into the underwater world. Your mind may be mesmerized by clouds of colourful fish, your curiosity raised by the mysterious remains of sunken ships or your creativity awakened by the art of underwater photography. Your diving interests may range from a casual pastime pursued on vacation, to a constant passion, or even a career. Diving offers something new for everyone.
India's first Commercial Operation of Sea Plane Services in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The seaplane flies between Port Blair and Havelock Island.
Also the seaplane will fly upto Barren Island, India's lone active volcano, where tourists will be able to get aerial view of the volcanic Islands.
The seaplane, Cessna Caravan 208 A, is fitted with modern navigation features has a total seating capacity of 10, 8 of them being for passenger seats. It can travel upto 250 kms in about an hour and can also land on ground using the wheel configuration.
Water Sports Complex
This is the first of its kind in India that offers all possible aqua sports facilities including safe water sports and adventure water sports , under one water sports complex. In the safe water sports complex , paddle boats, row boats, glass bottom boats are available. In adventure water sport front, jet ski, para sailing etc. are offered. The Marina Park nearby, also houses a memorial of the battle of Aberdeen fought between the Britishers and Andamanese aboriginals in 1859.
M V MAKRUZZ , is a catamaran passenger day ferry, the first of its kind in the Islands providing service between Port Blair and Havelock Islands.
Built by Damen Shipyard in Singapore and classed at construction to internationally accepted standards under the Lloyds register classification society. The vessel has also been fitted with well known and accepted equipments, to worldwide accepted design and safety standards
The vessel with its luxurious interiors and inboard food Kiosk has a maximum cruising speed of 31.5 nautical miles, covering thedistance between Port Blair and Havelock in an estimated time of 90 minutes. The vessel is fitted with approved lifejackets and life rafts in line with class and high speed craft code passenger safety requirements.
The state of the art interiors include internationally accepted Safety Equipments; central announcement system; total of seven televisions including one 29 inch Television for Premium class passengers; inboard canteen well stocked to cater for all age groups; huge transparent dark glass windows that run through out the entire length of the ship’s lower deck and upper deck seating area enabling even the passengers seated at the far end to have a personalized view of the sea.
Chatham Saw Mill
Chatham Saw Mill is one of the oldest and largest saw mills in Asia. It is owned by the Forest Department. The mill is connected to Port Blair by a bridge. Chatham Saw Mill converts huge firewood into different sizes of timber and supplies to private and government departments at a reasonable price. It also processes ornamental species which is used in the manufacture of furniture and handicraft. It remains as a store-house of timber varieties such as Padauk, Gurjan, Marble, and Satin Wood.
Mount Harriet National Park
Mount Harriet in Andaman and Nicobar Islands is located at a height of 365 meters in the southern part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Andaman and Nicobar Islands Mount Harriet is the highest point in the South Andaman. During the British rule, Mount Harriet at Andaman and Nicobar Islands was the summer headquarters of the Chief Commissioner. Mount Harriet in Andaman and Nicobar Islands is located at such an altitude that it provides a fascinating view of the entire cluster of islands. A major part of tourism at Mount Harriet of Andaman and Nicobar Islands is the natural trek up to Madhuban. Following the trail along Mount Harriet, one can have a glimpse of the variegated animals, birds and butterflies found in this region. The walk along the natural trail is an exotic experience for the tourists coming to Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Anthropological Museum is maintained and managed by ASI, Anthropological Survey of India, and is located at Port Blair, the capital of Andaman. It is an exquisite small museum showcasing wide collection of tools and weapons used by Anadamanese tribes. This also encloses many photographs of different tribes and aborigines of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
A great treasure of Island history, a well maintained library, functions on the top of the museum. Many films depicting the life and culture of the Andaman are also preserved here. The Museum authorities arrange few documentary and film shows for the visitors of the museum.
Madhuban 75 kms by road and 20 kms by ferry and trek road from Port Blair. It is north east of South Andaman. One can visit Madhuban from Mount Harriet by trekking through jungle. Exotic endemic birds, animals, butterflies are intresting sights of the trek.
Mayabunder is one of the five local administrative divisions in the district of Andaman. Mayabunder, which is also known as Maya Bunder, is situated in the Middle Andaman and is known for housing a distinct culture. Talking about sightseeing in Andaman, Mayabunder provides an enormous scope for the tourists to explore the exotic beauty of the Andaman islands. The major attraction of Mayabunder seems to the beach at Avis Island: a 30 minutes boat journey from Mayabunder. Karmatang beach and the mangrove forest are among other attractions in Mayabunder of Andaman. Tourists from the different parts of the world come to Mayabunder to witness the serenity of nature.
Besides, Karmatang beach is a turtle nestling area, and the tourists can experience the thrill of watching the turtles in their habitat. The breeding for the turtle is between December to February.
Barren Island is located in the Andaman Sea, one of the most easterly of the Andaman Islands. It is the only confirmed active volcano in South Asia. Along with the rest of the Andamans, it is a part of the Indian Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and lies about 135 km northeast of the territory's capital, Port Blair. The first recorded eruption of the volcano dates back to 1787. Since then, the volcano has erupted more than ten times, with the most recent one which started in May 2008.