Other Places of Interest
Marine Parks of Andaman
Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park: Situated only 29 km from Port Blair, covers an area of 281.5 sq. km, which includes coral reefs, lagoons, myriad bays, rainforests and mangrove creeks. Most of the islands are protected and hence is inaccessible. The only island that allows visits are Jolly Buoy, which is an ideal place for snorkeling. The park suffered widespread destruction of coral reefs during the tsunami of 2004.
Gandhi Park : A beautiful park in Port Blair renowned for its water sports & fun rides collaged in nature’s lap. The remains of a historic Japanese temple is found here along with a bunker and the erstwhile Dilthaman tank, which was the only source of drinking water to Port Blair. This park was unbelievably completed in a period of 13 days.
Located at Haddo (Delanipur – Chatham road) houses the rare species of some endemic birds & animals.
Chidiya Tapu in Andaman and Nicobar Islands is 25 kms away from the capital, Port Blair&is located in the southern most tip of South Andaman. ChidiyaTapu is worldwide famous for its thick, green vegetation, 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. Some of the popular sightseeing spots of ChidiyaTapu areMundaPahar beaches,ChidiyaTapu Biological Park, the Sylvan Sands and ChidiyaTapu Beach. The main attraction of Andaman and Nicobar Islands ChidiyaTapu is its rich collection of birds like hanging parrot, scarlet minivet, long-tailed and red-breasted parakeets,emerald dove,white-bellied sea eagles, and grey-fronted and imperial green pigeons. ChidiyaTapu is accessible from Port Blair through roadways. As for accommodation, there is a forest guest house at ChidiyaTapu situated on a hillock which provides excellent overview of the entire village. The guest house also provides the view of the working elephants who are trained at BurmahWala.
National Memorial Cellular Jail
This infamous symbol of colonial oppression was built in Port Blair for the solitary confinement of the freedom fighters during the British rule in India. It was completed in the year 1906 and was built in such a way that each prisoner would get an individual cell. The cells are 3 by 3.5 m in size. It has earned the name ‘Kala Pani’ or ‘Black Water’ which reflects the atrocities that awaited the prisoners. Daily rations consisted of two cups of water and two cups of rice which were provided to the prisoners.
A part of the jail was destroyed by the Japanese troops during the World War II. In 1945 the Britishers recaptured the island and closed the jail. It is now one of the most prominent landmarks of the Andaman & Nicobar Island and is recognized as a national memorial & is visited by tourists around the globe.
This is located at a distance of 20 km by ferry from Port Blair in the north-east of South Andaman. This is a forest area good for trekking and watching birds, animals and a number of butterflies. The forest area in Madhuban is famous for trekking. Here elephants are used for lumbering work.
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. This islands is located at a height of 365 meters in the southern part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and 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.In the National Park situated near Mount Harriet, tourists can come across elephants being trained for carrying logs. Besides, the tourists can also take a ferry or even a taxi from Chatnam wharf to Bamboo flat to get an exotic view of of the blissful ambiance of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Located at a distance of 3 km from Port Blair town, has an Andaman and Nicobar Islands gallery with interactive exhibits depicting genesis of the islands, volcanic activities, science of oceans, fun science gallery, modern technology gallery, taramandal, open air science park and in inhouse butterfly corner, which give a refreshing encounter with science.
Situated at one of the highest points in Port Blair offers a panoramic view. In the backdrop of the fully lit landscape, the place provides excellent view of the area. A must see for visitors in the evening.
Water Sports Complex
This unique complex offers all possible aquatic sports likeSkiing, Sailing, Para Sailing, Wind Surfing, Scuba Diving, Speed Boat, Paddle Boat, Row Boat, Snorkeling, and High Sea Game Fishing etc. There is a sea water swimming pool and a change room. Nearby is an Amusement Park with Rollercoaster, Pleasure rides etc. along with a children Traffic park.