Tourist Spots In Andaman

Jolly buoy Island

Jolly buoy island is very famous for under water corals and the pristine clear beach. This place is one hour journey from Wandoor beach. Surrounding the Jolly buoy island there are other islands with thick forests.

Tourist Spots in Jolly Buoy Island offers an amazing view of underwater coral and marine life. Glass bottom boats help to take a closer look at the coral colonies. 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). Jolly Buoy 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. A unique magic of water is displayed here and it offers world's most spectacular coral reefs. The most enchanting part of Cruise vacation here are glass bottom boats that help you view the sea in close quarters. People have to carry swim suits or other wears suitable for Snorkeling and scuba diving. Jolly buoy is a no man's land motor boats (port charter boats) along with small boats (for coral view) brought all the visitors and everything returned back. Jolly buoy is a No Plastic zone. Before leaving to Jolly buoy island, people have to submit the list of all plastic items at Wandoor beach. They have to deposit a security amount against each plastic item. They will get the amount back after returning against producing the same items. Additional amount is also to be paid for each still and video camera. People can enjoy the running sea view between these islands.

Cinque Island

Cinque Island could be regarded as one of the most beautiful islands in the Andamans. It is one of the best dive destinations in the island, it has clear emerald water with a visibility of upto 80 feet. Cinque Island has a surrounding of pristine coral reefs and some extraordinary beaches. It also gives you to have a close look at the underwater coral gardens. The shallow seas around the Cinque island are rich in corals and there are some fine, unspoiled beaches. If you are lucky, you could be greeted by frolicking dolphins. A day at each of these islands will suffice to quench the appetite of most for the sea. However, the experience always leaves the visitors with a restless feeling to long for the more and more of the same. The deep dive offers a terrific variety of marine life, including black coral, sightings of sharks and is ideal for the experienced diver. To reach this beautiful Cinque Island, Andamans permission from the Forest Department is necessitated. Permission for night visit to this island is rarely granted. It takes 2 and a half hours from Chirya Tapu to reach here by boat. And,from Wandoor it takes three and a half hour to reach. Besides, ferries between Phoenix Bay and the island run only once a week. Andaman Travels offers you interesting information on Cinque Island in Andamans.

Red Skin Island

Red SkinRed Skin Island is another island in Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park that has a nice beach and offers spectacular view of Corals and marine life. It is the exotic locale of the Red Skin Island at Andaman and Nicobar Islands that attracts visitors from all across the globe due to its unique and enigmatic beauty that will surely captivate you in a state of trance. The diverse species of corals can be observed in their natural ambiance. If you happen to be an adrenaline freak and enticed by water sports, the Red Skin Island of Andaman and Nicobar Islands will surely live up to your expectations as there is plenty of scope for snorkeling. Basically, snorkeling is the name dowered to the gliding over the surface of the water while being half-submerged. It is absolutely essential to have a diving mask on so that you do not miss viewing the marine fauna and flora that exists beneath the surface of the water. You can also have swim fins on to facilitate you to in swimming. While, snorkeling keep in mind that a wet suit is compulsory if the temperature of the water is low.

Havelock

Havelock IslandHavelock is 55km northeast of Port Blair. It is a 100 sq km island that has great white-sand beaches and clear water, which is perfect for snorkeling. There are interesting coral formations and large fish-dolphins and turtle, which make snorkeling very interesting. This is one of the few islands at which foreigners are permitted to stay overnight. An Island located in South Andaman group to reach the island it takes 4 to 5 hours by a motor boat. Havelock is a most ideal place for tent camping. At Havelock, the Tourism Department has accommodation. An Island located in South Andaman group to reach the island it takes 4 to 5 hours by a motor boat. Havelock is also famous for its golden sand beach and bluish green sea water. Sea journey from Port Blair to Havelock is just few hours. Only one ship travels to and fro between Port Blair and Havelock. Travellers prefer to stay in this island as the colour of the beaches varies from early morning Sun light to evening dusk. Scuba diving and Snorkeling are available in these beaches. There are divers clubs available and people from these clubs will escort if people are interested in scuba diving. Very good tender coconut and all varieties of meals available. People travelling through package trips, will get their lunch served in the ship itself. After getting down from the ship, the beach is 15-20 minutes journey by vehicle. This island is included in the standard package of Andaman trip. For one day package, visitors will get approximately 2 hours to enjoy in the beach. Near the beach, small tents and plastic chairs are available for rent to sit and enjoy. The water in the sea is bluish and the sand is shiny with reflections. The beach is very safe to play. Nearer to the beach, there is facility to change the dress. Fruits and snacks available at small shops. After getting down from the ship at Havelock, 30minutes journey has to be performed to reach the beach. Havelock Island , an independent Island with a vide Beach (Radha Nagar Beach) recorded the seventh best beach in Asia.

Barren Island

Barren islandBarren 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. The island, along with the rest of the Andamans, is part of the Indian union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and lies some 135 km northeast of the territory's capital, Port Blair. The first recorded eruptions of the volcano date back to 1787. Since then, the volcano has erupted more than six times, most recently on 2 May 2006. This is a barren region uninhabited by the people and a natural habitat for wild goats which live here by drinking the salt water. This is a unique feature of this island. The Barren Land can be approached by board vessels and one can view the island from the vessel. There is no permission to get down in the island. The travel to this Island is a breathtaking adventurous experience.

Ross Island

Ross IslandROSS ISLAND was the administrative headquarters of A & N Island during the British period. Ever since Dr. James Pattison Walker arrived in Port Blair aboard the East India Company's steam frigate 'Senuramis' on 10th March 1858, this island remained under British occupation till 1942. From 1942 to 1945, the island was under the occupation of Japanese. However, the allies reoccupied the island in 1945 and later abandoned it. Though in ruins now it still reminds us of the pomp and glory of the bye gone years. On their visit one can reminisce the life style of the inhabitants by the facilities like Church, bakery, hospital , bath rooms, swimming pool , tennis ground etc, that existed. A small museum of Indian Navy, Smritika, has a good collection of old records. Deer roam the islands today, peering from behind the thick bushes, and sometimes mustering up courage to eat biscuits out of your hand. A graveyard has headstones of army officers who died young, and that of an infant who lived for just 22 hours. It is an eerie place, now owned by the navy. Some parts are off limits for visitors. A small museum displays pictures of its old grandeur. Ross Island, a few km from Aberdeen jetty at Port Blair. To any onlooker it may give the impression that it has no "life" - in the sense that there is no human habitation. Ross island is open to public on all days except for Wednesday. There are boat facilities from the Phoenix Bay jetty to Rose Island many times a day.

Viper Island

Viper IslandThe 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. The Britishers used to harbour convicts here. The first jail was constructed here which was abandoned after the construction of Cellular Jail. The jail at Viper, where prisoners deported from the mainland were confined, was built by the British under the supervision of Major Fort. Work on the prison was started in 1867. Owing to the working conditions, the jail earned the notorious name Viper Chain Gang Jail. It has a gallows atop a hillock, where condemned prisoners were hanged. Sher Ali, who killed Lord Mayo, the Viceroy of India in 1872, was also hanged here. Before the Cellular Jail was constructed prisoners under the penal settlement were kept on this islands. The scenic beauty of the islands is marvelous with plenty of coconut plantations . The gallows on top of a hill, where the women prisoners were hanged is now a great tourist attraction . Freedom fighters like Nanigopal and Nandlal Pulindas, who had resorted to hunger strike at the Cellular Jail, were imprisoned at Viper Island. Viper Island is a serene beautiful tourist destination and can be approached by harbor cruise originating from Phoenix Bay Jetty in Port Blair. The Harbour cruise, available daily from Phoenix Bay Jetty, provides a panoramic view of different points around the harbour and includes a trip to Viper Island.

Chatham Island

Chatham Island, at the north tip of Port Blair, houses Asias largest saw mill. The year 1789 saw the establishment of the first British settlement on Chatham Island, near Port Blair during the Governor Generalship of Lord Cornwallis. The British founded the first penal settlement in 1858, with 200 prisoners, mostly rebels from the Indian Army who militated against the British suzerainty during the first war of Independence. The island is 5 km northwest of Aberdeen Bazaar and is connected to Port Blair through a tiny land strip, with the sea lapping on both sides. The British built the Chatham Sawmill here and it is one of the oldest and largest timber processing plants in India. Dating back to 1836, the enormous workshops are built in the durable (and expensive) padauk wood. Since the 1970s, logging on the islands has been banned and most of the wood now comes by ship from Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand. A guide will take you through the entire process of the logs being unloaded, sorted, cut, planed and finally stored in vast godowns to be shipped off to the mainland. Huge saws, with 200 to 300 teeth, grind their way for two to three hours before their teeth need to be sharpened again. The centre of activity of the Forest Department is Chatham Island. It has perhaps the biggest Saw Mill of its kind in Asia. Burma Nallah is about 17kms from Port Blair. Here logs are extracted with the help of elephants. The forest here is a feast to the eyes with most colourful and rare varieties of orchards and beauty of other flora and fauna. Sadly, photography is prohibited here.

Corbyn's Cove Tourism Complex

Corbyn's Cove Tourism Complex : Corbyn's Cove Tourism Complex of Andaman and Nicobar Islands is 4 km east of the Vir Savarkar airport and 7 km south of the town. Corbyn's Cove is the nearest beach to Port Blair. accessible through Port Blair. The sandy beach surrounded with trees of coconut and palm at Corbyn's Cove Tourism Complex in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is the finest locale for one to relax. The place which is bounded by natural fauna and flora is a traveler's delight in the whole island groups. The water near the Corbyn's Cove Tourism Complex at Andaman and Nicobar Islands has a very strong current due to which large waves rise in it. The whole view is scintillating. People visit here to see the strong waves. Andaman and Nicobar Islands' Corbyn's Cove Tourism Complex is also favorable for sun bathing and sun basking. Do not try swimming as the water has strong currents. This beach is set in picturesque backgrounds of lush green coconut palms and pleasant sea. There is a pristine tourism Complex, which offers all kinds of facilities for an enthusiastic traveler. Many pill boxes and bunkers established by Japanese add the attraction of the beach. Frisked by tall coconut and palm trees, the beach is a gentle arc of white sand, which not only invites children to build castles, but the beach itself is known for some of the world's most beautiful and colorful shells. Walk down the beach or have coconut water picked from the tree, all right in front of you, it could not get more refreshing than this. One of the most popular nearby attractions to Corbyn's Cove Beach are the Snake Islands, known for the amazing collection of some beautiful coral reefs. Water takes a different color here. Snorkeling and diving for the more adventurous are some of the good options here.

Radhanagar Beach

Radha Nagar Beach is situated in Havelock Island. This beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Asia. The Radhanagar Beach is the most popular beach in Andamans for its crystal clear turquoise blue waters. Radhanagar and Vijaynagar Beach in Havelock are real exposures of unpolluted nature for an environment lover. Vijaynagar beach is just infront of Dolphin Yatri Niwas and Radhanagar beach is 7km away from Dolphin Yatri Niwas. The beach is the favorite among all nature lovers who love to explore the nature of different places. Radhanagar Beach offers a wide range of fauna and flora for one to explore. The main attraction of the Radhanagar Beach in Andaman and Nicobar Islands is its calm and clean surrounding which offers you a soothing sensation and relieves you of all the worldly worries. The beach is also a favorite hangout of love birds as the place has nothing to hinder their privacy. At Radhanagar Beach, you will love to spend some time swimming. You can also try your luck in fishing as the sea water is an abode to various species of fish. And if you are a sports lover, then try out some water sports at Radhanagar Beach. It's a nice place to peacefully watch the sun go down. You can capture a beautiful sunset picture here. The jungle which lines the beach is a dense one. A walk in the woods is rejuvenating. You can relish fresh coconut water referred to as 'Daab' locally on the shacks on the way to the beach. Tea and other snacks are also available here.

Great Nicobar

Great Nicobar is the largest of the Nicobar Islands of India, north of Sumatra. Indira Point, its southernmost tip, is also the southernmost point of India. The island covers 1045 kmē but is sparsely inhabited, largely being covered by rainforest and known for its diverse wildlife. The majority of the island is designated as biosphere reserve -the Great Nicobar Biosphere Reserve. It is a home to many unique and endemic species of plants and animals.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands have an unique culture, where all religions, languages, ethnic groups live in total peace and harmony and hence it is rightly called Mini India. Port Blair has a cosmopolitan character where people of all walks of life live together in peace and tranquility. All major festivals are celebrated with equal zeal and fervour and attended by all religious groups.

Karmatang Beach

Karmatang Beach: Karmatang Beach at Andaman and Nicobar Islands is located in the northern region of the Middle Andaman, 12 kilometers away from Mayabunder. The beach is 240 kilometers away from Port Blair if you are traveling through road and 136 kilometers away if you are traveling through water. The sea is a bit choppy but the beach is picturesque and worth more than a single visit. Palm fringed beach tracts along with the exuberant sand and surf are some of the other characteristics of the Karmatang Beach. The beach which is famous for the turtles is a perfect retreat for the city dwellers who visit the beach for small vacations. The weather of the Karmatang Beach is very pleasant. At Karmatang Beach of Andaman and Nicobar Islands do not miss to take the ride on a steamer through the mangrove brooks from Mayabunder. If you want to spend a small vacation in the beach, you need not worry for the accommodation as there are arrangements for guest houses and hotels near the Karmatang Beach. Karmatang Island, one of the beaches in these beautiful islands is among the most perfect romantic shore. This beach promises privacy to the tourists. The beach is well-known as an admired nesting ground for the turtles and the place is in the process of development as a visitor's complex also. Karmatang Beach offers activities like swimming, scuba diving and boating. Snorkeling is an obligation activity to do here. These adventurous rides in the sea water helps you to explore the marine life within it. Many nature enthusiasts and zoologists who are specializing in marine life have visited the gorgeous beach. You can also trek around Mount Harriet and Madhuban and explore the forests and the wildlife within it. The best time to visit Karmatang Beach is in between November and March as the spring blossoms add more glory to the beach. You can also visit the beach during the rainy season which lasts from May to September.

Ramnagar Beach

RamNagar BeachRamnagar Beach of Andaman and Nicobar Islands is situated in the northern region at the Diglipur Island and is accessible through water and road. It is connected by two daily boat services from Mayabunder and from Port Blair twice a week. Ramnagar Beach is a beautiful stretch of palm-fringed sand. Embark on the daily boat cruise from Mayabunder or twice-weekly from Port Blair to enjoy a holiday at Ramnagar Beach. The beach is surrounded by palm and coconut trees and other coastal shrubs. Ramnagar Beach offers a breathtaking view of the serene environment. The beach has tourists flowing in from not only India but from through out the world. The beach which is famous for its widely scattered grains of sand offers the travelers a chance to spend some quality time there and rest on the sandy beach. The nearby vegetation at Ramnagar Beach in Andaman and Nicobar Islands also comprises of various fauna. If you are a wildlife buff, then do go out for trekking. Moreover, you can also take a sun bath so as to refresh yourself from tiredness.

CELLULAR JAIL (National Memorial)

Cellular JailCellular Jail, located at Port Blair, is a mute witness to the tortures meted out to the freedom fighters, who were incarcerated in this Jail. 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 a Central Tower acting as its fulcrum and a massive structure comprising honey-comb like corridors. The building was subsequently damaged and presently three out of seven prongs are intact. The Jail now a place of pilgrimage for all freedom loving people, has been declared a National Memorial. Netaji Subash Chandra Bose hoisted the first Tri-Color on 30th December, 1943 at a place near this Jail. During the 50th year of India's Independence, the living freedom fighters and widows of the freedom fighters, who were incarcerated in the Cellular Jail were honored by the President of India on 30th December, 1997. A commemorative coin and a postal stamp on Cellular Jail were also released on this occasion.

There is a Museum and an Art Gallery which is open on all days except Monday from 9.00 AM to 12 Noon and 2.00 PM to 5.00 PM. This structure was constructed during the colonial regime in order to form a prison which has now become a memorial of Indian freedom fighters. This jail witnessed the heart wrenching cries of the Indian freedom fighters who lived their lives here in total despair knowing only too well that they would never return to their homeland, India. Every evening, there is a revealing light and sound show that is based on the lives led by the prisoners.

SOUND & LIGHT SHOW

The saga of the heroic freedom struggle is brought alive in a moving Sound & Light show. The show is conducted every evening in the premises of cellular jail which gives us a brief idea about the happenings in the jail prior to the independence

Anthropological Museum

The Anthropological Museum , situated at the heart of Port Blair is one of its kind. It gives glimpses of the tribal native peoples of the islands. It displays tribal essentials and artifacts such as boats, weapons, baskets, clothing, photographs, models and records of exploratory expeditions undertaken over the years. A well-stocked library provides the scholar with invaluable references to tribal culture. This museum depicts the life of the Paleolithic Islanders. It also houses the models of the aborigines and their tools. This museum at Phoenix Bay (Bus stand - Delanipur road) depicts the life of the Paleolithic Islanders. It also houses the models of the aborigines and their tools. Closed on Mondays and holidays.

Aquarium (Fisheries Museum)

Situated near Andaman water sports complex, it exhibits species of marine life peculiar to the islands and found in the Indo-Pacific Ocean and the Bay of Bengal. The Aquarium remains closed on Mondays and holidays. The Aquarium or Fisheries Museum, with its display of 350 species of sea-life and rare varieties of coral, reflects the enormous marine life and wealth that lies in the waters of these islands. Trapped within the confines of the huge glass walls, the breathtaking variety of colourful fish and the coral pieces, was absolutely enthralling.

Gandhi Park

This beautiful Park at Port Blair has facilities like children's park, amusement park, entertainment park, deer and bird park, water sports, nature trail,, lake, garden, restaurant and Japanese temple, as well as a bunker. The erstwhile Dilthaman Tank, which was the only source of drinking water to Port Blair has been developed into Gandhi Park in an unbelievably short time of 13 days.This beautiful park at Port Blair has facilities like amusement rides, safe water sports, nature trail around the lake, garden, restaurant and historic remains like Japanese Temple as well as a bunker.

Mini Zoo

Animal lovers can look forward to obtaining a fair bit of information upon a visit to the mini zoo. Here you will find several uncommon animals that are exclusive to these islands only. This Zoo is situated at a place Haddo. It has very informative library and over and above life spectrum of lively species.

Chidiya Tapu

Chidiya Tapu is a tiny fishing village situated at the southern most tip of South Andaman Island. It is about 25 km from Port Blair in Andaman District. Dotted with green mangroves and peaceful forest, it is a perfect place for nature lovers. The place is also famous for its 46 varieties of endemic birds, white spotted deer and seasonal orchids. This village has earned the name, Bird Island. Chidiya Tapu Biological Park, Chidiya Tapu Beach, and the Sylvan Sands and Munda Pahar beaches are the prime attractions. The beaches are a paradise for collectors of sea shells because different varieties of colorful shells lie strewn all around. A forest guesthouse, situated on the top of a hillock, provides a wonderful view of remote islands and flooded corals. Boat trips are arranged from Chidiya Tapu to Cinque Island. You can see many uprooted trees on the beach. The huge roots of these form a nice place to sit and watch the sea. Behind the beach is a dense forest. You can see the sun go down behind a hillock from this beach. The island also offer snorkeling and scuba diving adventure spot.