Neil Island is much much quieter than Havelock... not that Havelock is noisy to begin with. Fewer people visit Neil though, and those that do generally just want to chill out and maybe do a bit of snorkelling. The best thing you can bring with you to Neil is a hammock - then just spend your days lazing around, in between going for a dip in the sea, warm as a bath. We seemed to have the beaches to ourselves, and the only time we saw other travellers was in the restaurants in the main bazaar!Related to:
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While in Port Blair, hop across to Ross Island and have a look at the remains of the little British settlement that was once known as the Paris of the East. Nature is reclaiming it, gradually, but there's still enough there to spend a couple of hours wandering around. You can get a boat from Port Blair's marine for 75 INR and entry to the island is 20INR.Related to:
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You'll have to stop in Port Blair at least briefly, as this is where the airport and ferry terminal is, but despite the fact that you'll probably be desperate to get to those fantastic beaches and snorkelling sites, give Port Blair at least a few hours of your time. There are some fascinating things to see - not only the remnants of the British Empire at the Cellular Jail and the crumbling buildings on Ross Island, but a museum focusing on the aboriginal inhabitants of the islands too, plus a bustling bazaar!
See my Port Blair page for more details.Related to:
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Whilst on the Andaman Islands, you shouldn't miss Havelock. It's probably the most popular of the islands to stay on, but since relatively few tourists make it to the Andamans, it's hardly crowded. We visited in March, and could almost always find a pristine white-sand beach to ourselves!
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Sunset At Chidiya Tapu
Chidiya Tapu is the Southern most tip of the island. The place is about 26 kms from Port Blair. They journey is thru' dense forest , where during daytime sunray is not visible while travelling ( see video).The lush green mangroves, forest cover with numerous chirping birds and the Sylvan Sands and Munda Pahar beaches make it ideal picnic or camping site. One can witness breath taking Sunset here.
We could see the breathtaking Sunset at this place, but the clouds ( It is August, monsoon time here) played spoil sport for great photography! Even then I could take many pictures which continues to tip no II.
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Visit to Anthropological Museum-II
Since, Pre- Historic times, these islands were the home of aboriginal tribes. The tribes of Andaman group of islands are the Great Andamanese, Onges, Jarawas and Sentinenalese, all of Negrito origin. While the tribes of Nicobars are the Nicobarese and Shompens, both of Mongoloid stock.
Visit to the museum to learn about the tribes and their life is must for all visitors to the island.
Please dont' miss this place, if you are interested in history.Related to:
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Visit to Anthropological Museum
This museum is located near Tourism office. This place is a must for all nature lovers. It depicts the life of Palaeolithic Islanders and shows their houses and tools used by them for living. It is closed on Thursday and govt. holidays.
Visit to North Bay Island for Snorkelling
We went to North Bay island for snorkelling. The place is at the foothills of Mount Harriet. You need to travel to this place by boat from Port Blair, it takes about an hour to reach there. The boat is parked little away( about 1/2 mile) from the beach as the water is shallow there. Then they carry you in a glass bottom boat to the shore. Expert swimmers are avilable with snorkelling gear and they also provide a lifebuoy to help you to keep afloat. Fee is Rs.300/- to Rs700/-( USD$ 6- 16) depending upon how much deep he takes to to show corals and sea animals. We could see many corals, various types and lot of fishes and small sea creatures. I think I went about 75meters from the shore, with the swimmer.
It was great fun.
Corbyn's Cove Beach
Corbyn's Cove, is about 7 kms away from the city of Port Blair. It is small but very clean beach and safe for swimming and sun basking. It is situated just opp Peerless Sarovar hotel and having facility of changing. Historical remains like Japanese bunkers are near by.
We reached this place near evening so we had to sikp the Japanese Bunkers. But the place is really beautiful.
Andaman Water Sports Complex
If you are in Port Blair , Andaman, you would be visiting this place a no. of time. Facilities for safe water sports, such as water- skiing, water scooters, para sailings, gemini boats, sail boats, wind surfing, speed boats, glass- bottom boats for coral , ship wreck viewing etc are available here. Saline water swimming pool, promenade for walk, change room and food plaza are available in the complex. You can also take boats for various tour from here, like tour to Viper, Ross Island etc.
Chatham Saw Mill
The Chatham Saw Mills, one of the largest and oldest in Asia, is built on tiny island connected to Port Blair by a bridge. It is also a storehouse of many varieties of timber. This island has the second largest wharf of these island, where island- mainland ships can take berth. The island is near the Haddo Wharf, which is the largest wharf in the island.
Viper Island Prison.
This was the first prison built by the British. Earlier it used to be an open jail later on they constructed a structure. Dangerous convicts found guilty of violating the rules of settlement of the Penal Settlement, were put in fetters and were forced to work with their fetters on this island. Freedom Fighters like Nanigopal and Nandlal Pulindas, who had resorted to hunger strike at the Cellular Jail, were imprisoned at Viper Island. Sher Ali, guilty of murdering Lord Mayo, was condemned to death and hanged in gallows at the Viper Island. Now the ruins of jails and gallows can be seen on the island. The jail at Viper, where prisoners deported from mainland were confined, was built by the British during 1864- 1867.
Visit to Viper Island by Boat
The small , serene and beautiful island of Viper is situated inside the Port Blair Harbour. The island derives it's name from the vessel viper in which Lt.Archibald Blair came to the island in 1789 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.
Harbour cruise organised by private boats from Port Blair, provides a panoramic view of different points around the harbour and includes a trip to Viper Island.
Memorial for Battle of Aberdeen( 17th May 1859AD)
This monument was built in the memory of those ANDAMANESE ABORIGINES, who bravely fought " the battle of Aberdeen in May 1859, against the oppressive and retaliatory plicy of the British Regime.
The story goes like this: A Sepoy Doodhnath Tiwari of 14th Indian Regiment was sent to Andamans for Life Imprisonment for participating in 1857 mutiny. He was in Anelgum open jail for 2 years and 24 day then he fled the jail withn 90 others for Burma. But they were caught by the Aboriginies( who were very hostile to the civilised people), and most of them were killed by their poisonous arrows. Only three survived and one of them was Doodhnath. He pleaded them for mercy. He was taken to their camp and made naked, red clay was smeared all over his body. He became an Aborigine. Later he married two girls of the tribe.
The Aborigines planned an attack on the Aberdeen police station on 17th May 1859, when he learnt about the attack, he went out risking his life to the British officer Mr.Walker. A fight took place between the two groups and the tribal seized the Police Station for about 3 hours and took away all the ammunition available there.
He was freed by the British and was allowed to go back to main land, but this act of Treachery by the so called civilized people had grown very deep rooted hatred in the hearts of the aborigines. It shattered their faith against the civilized society, whenever they saw any civilized people, killed him.
Cellular Jail-II : The Gallows
It is said, at the slightest of opportunity, the British Jailors used to hang the prisoners. They used to get sarcastic pleasure to punish them by hanging. They thought this will prevent the freedom fighters from doing any thing wrong in the prison.
Solitary confinement was implemented as the British government desired to ensure that political prisoners and revolutionaries be isolated from each other. The Andaman island served as the ideal setting for to achieve this.
Most prisoners of the Cellular Jail were independence activists. Some famous inmates of the Cellular Jail were Dr. Diwan Singh Kalepani, Maulana Fazl-e-Haq Khairabadi, Yogendra Shukla,Batukeshwar Dutt, Maulana Ahmadullah, Movli Abdul Rahim Sadiqpuri, [Babarao Savarkar]], Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Bhai Parmanand,V.O.Chidambaram Pillai,Subramaniam Shiva, Sohan Singh, Vaman Rao Joshi and Nand Gopal. This resource may be referred to for a more comprehensive list.
In March 1868, 238 prisoners tried to escape. By April they were all caught. One committed suicide and of the remainder Superintendent Walker ordered 87 to be hanged.
Hunger strikes by the inmates during the early 1930s called attention to the inhumane conditions of their imprisonment. Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore intervened. The government decided to repatriate the political prisoners from the Cellular Jail in 1937-38.[
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