Khela Cane & Bamboo Handicrafts: Andaman Cane Products.
Those who know about Andaman, may also know that when the country ( India) was divided by The British, there was huge communal unrest in both India and Pakistan and millions of Hindu took shelter in India. The Bengalee refugees from East Pakistan ( Bangladesh) came to Kolkata or in West Bengal. There was great problem in accomodating them, feeding them and employ them. Many were offered to settle in Port Blair, Andamans. Many came by their own choice or they had no other option. Those settlers were given training in handicraft, teaching, driving, and so many other things to make them self sufficient to earn their livelihood from the local resources.
This is one of the shop of such kind, there are many shops of various products/ kinds run by the refugees in Port Blair or in Andaman. They are master crafts man, the products are comparatively cheaper than mainland. They will also arrange to send it by ship to Kolkata, Chennai or even to any foreign destination.
What to buy: May be all the things they make are available in our main land but since we are going there to enjoy the beauty of the land, it is also our moral duty to help them to earn honest living.
I bought a bamoo crocodile ( made/ crafted from natural bamboo) a tea tray and beer mugs.
You may also buy Andaman cane furniture or entire sofa set made as per your design. Believe me, they are master craftsmen, you will be surprised to see the product finish and the very comparative price.
What to pay: Resonable.
Anthropological Museum Co-op Society: Shopping at Anthropological Museum
I really loved to do some shopping at this place. Since all of us know that they survive on tourism money, we should also help them to earn. The place is run by women cooperative , who sell video CD/DVD on Andaman, the Aborigines, their artefact, the settlers artefact, Pictures and so many things.
Please do give a visit to this place and buy something, even if you dont' require them. I am sure you shall love those CD/DVD on the life of Aborigines, you wont' get them anywhere as they are published by the Govt. You will not be able to shoot also as shooting picures and videos of Jarawas is banned.
Sample of the excursion packages offered: Excursions
MG Marine National Park, Wandoor (Bus)
Wandoor-Red Skin (Boat)
Wandoor-Jolly Buoy (Boat)
Wandoor Beach (Via Sipighat Agriculture Farm & Rubber Plantation) (Bus)
City Tour (Chatham Saw Mill, Mini Zoo, museums, Sagarika & Cellular Jail) (Bus)
Corbyn's Cove Beach (Bus)
Chidiya Tapu Beach and View Point (Bus)
Water Sports Complex & Gandhi Park (Bus)
Port Blair-Rangat (Via Baratang Island-2 ferries)-(Bus-170 kms), (Sea-90 kms)
Port Blair-Mayabunder (Via Baratang-Rangat including 2 ferries) (Bus-approx 250 kms), (Sea136 kms)
What to buy: Port Blair-Diglipur (Via Baratang-Rangat-Mayabunder includes 3 ferries) (Bus-290 kms)
Port Blair-Baratang (Bus-120 kms)
Port Blair-Kadamtala (Bus-140 kms)
Rangat-Mayabunder (Bus-72 kms), (Sea-46 kms)
Mayabunder-Diglipur (Ferry/Bus-40 kms), (Sea-46 kms)
Havelock Island (Sea-38 kms)
Neil Island (Sea-32 kms)
Long Island (Sea-82 kms)-Little Andaman Island (Sea-122 kms)
What to pay: Please check with the Goverment tourism department for further details
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