Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Things to Do

  • Ross Island
    Ross Island
    by lotharscheer
  • Ross Island
    Ross Island
    by lotharscheer
  • Ross Island
    Ross Island
    by lotharscheer

Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Things to Do

  • Neil Island

    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,...

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  • Ross Island

    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...

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  • Port Blair

    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...

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  • Havelock Island

    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!See my Havelock page for more details.

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  • Chidiya Tapu Beach

    You will surely remember the visit to Chidiya Tapu. That's why I have put third tip on Chidiya Tapu.

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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...

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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...

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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.

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  • Visit to North Bay Island for...

    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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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,...

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  • 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...

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  • 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,...

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  • 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...

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  • Memorial for Battle of Aberdeen( 17th...

    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...

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  • 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...

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  • Cellular Jail

    The Cellular Jail is one of the murkiest chapters in the history of the colonial rule in India. Though the prison was started only in 1896, the history of using the Andaman island as a prison dates back to the Indian rebellion of 1857. This was the most dreaded prison of British Era.The construction of the prison started in 1896 and was completed...

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  • Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park- A...

    Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Wandoor was established on 24th May 1983 for the protection of marine life including corals and nesting sea turtles. Today this museum is one of the prime attractions of the area with its world famous coral reefs. The park is a combination of fifteen lush green islands, creeks and open sea space which spreads...

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  • SMIRIKA ROSS MEMMORIAL

    The Smritika Museum is located on the Ross Islands. This island was one of the important centres of British colonial kingdom. It was also the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands during colonial era. The Smritika Museum is a small museum which reflects the past glory and eventful history of this place. The museum reminds one of the British...

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  • ANTHROPOLOGICAL MUSEUM- DISPLAY OF...

    This museum exhibits tribal artifacts, such as boats, weapons, musical instruments, handicrafts, clothing, photographs of various tribes, models and records of expeditions carried out in Andaman and Nicobar islands. There is also a library which has stock of some famous publications related to tribes of Andaman & Nicobar.

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  • Get underwater with Dive India

    Dive India provides scuba and snorkeling trips around Havelock (and soon Neil) island, and scuba certification courses for pretty much every major diving organization on the planet. The atmosphere is exactly how it sounds on the website – professional, but also a great place to hang out. The instructors are fantastic. I had every kind of panic...

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  • JAPANESE TEMPLE

    Japanese army, during the occupation of Andaman & Nicobar Islands during 1943-45, bulit their temple in Port Blair for worship. This temple is still preserved by Andaman tourism department. The temlpe is about 3 Kms from Aberdeen Bazar and right inside Gandhi Park. People still worship at this temple. It is beleived that worshipping here brings...

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  • TREKKING THROUGH RAIN FOREST

    The rain forest at Baratang is very thick, green, majestic, humid, dark, warm and wet. Forests grown in tropics between the Tropic Of Cancer and Capricon in high rain fall area are calle Tropical Rain Forests.These forests have been evolving for more than 30 million years and occupy only 2% of Earth's surface today. Yet they contain 50% of all...

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  • BOAT CRUISE THROUGH NARROW SWAMPS

    At Baratang Island, you have to pass through narrow swamp surrounded by thick Mangrove forests to arrive at the boat jetty near lime stone cave. You can enjoy the natural beauty of the Mangroves abd breath fresh air as you pass through the narrow swamps.

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  • LIMESTONE CAVES IN BARATANG

    At the Lime Stone Cave of Baratang, you can see the formation steps of lime stone caves. This is a huge lime stone deposit formed in the shape of a cave. Huge layers of lime stone are deposited above ground and underground. The underground portion forms caves.This category of caves are believed to be the largest and deepest caves in the world....

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  • MUD VOLCANO AT BARATANG ISLAND

    Mud volcano is a product of sedimentary volcanism. It is a violent eruption of surface extrusion of watery mud. Such volcanoes tend to build solid mud or deposit around it’s orifice that may have a miniature conical or volcano crater like shape. This causes a mild up swelling of earth surface. In certain cases, large mixture of rock and mud are...

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  • Wandoor Beach- Beauty of turquoise blue...

    Wandoor Beach is 30 kilometers away from Port Blair city. You will enjor the 45 minute drive from Port Blair amidst lush green trees to arrive at this beach. The beach is full of pristine white sand. The water is clear turquoise blue. This place is not crowded and polluted. This is an ideal place to spend an evening.There are glass bottom boats...

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  • VIPER ISLAND- A PENAL SETTLENT OF THE...

    Viper is a small and beautiful island near Port Blair which was the first penal settlement deviced by British rulers for exile of Indian freedom fighters. This tiny island is a witness to the untold sufferings of Indian freedom fighters, who were imprisoned here. There is a gallow here, where many freedom foghters were hanged. It is preserved as a...

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  • CORNBYN'S COVE BEACH- A BEAUTIFUL BEACH

    Corbyn's Cove Beach is a coconut palm fringed beach which arourd 8 kilo-meters from Port Blair. This beach is ideal for Sun bathing, Scba diving and swimming. There is a restaurent & changing room right in front of the beach. There are also ruins of Japanese bunkers. Peerless Resort with a 3 star rating is right in front of the beach. Ideal place...

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  • JAPANESE BUNKER- A REMINDER OF WW-II

    Japanese army occupied Andaman & Nicobar Islands in 1942 during second World War. Japanese army built some bunkers in the island to defend it from allied forces.It was taken back by British army in 1945 after surrunder of Japan to allied army. This bunker is still there in Ross Island just at the entry point. It is now occupied by some friendly...

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  • ROSS ISLAND- CAPITALOF BRITISH ERA

    Ross Island was the capital of Port Blair during British regime. It is a tiny island standing as a guard to Port Blair city. The island presently houses ruins of colonial era. This includes Ballroom, Chief Commissioner's House, Government House, Cemetery, Church , Bakery, Press, SWimminig pool etc. This island is indeed a reminiscent of the old...

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  • Elephant Training Camp

    At Elephant Training Camp you can watch the elephants being trained to work in the forest. When we visited there were 4 females there - 2 mature ones, one slightly younger and a teenager who was very boisterous and kept running towards us if we got too close. Elephants have poor eyesight so I think we had to get close before they saw us and just...

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  • Snorkelling at Niels Cove

    Niels Cove is great for snorkelling. The water is usually calm as it is in a bay and it is very clear. The best snorkelling is on the right side along the rocks. The farther out you go, the better is gets and you can see some very large fish which are more than five feet long. Turtles have also been seen here. The best time is between low and high...

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  • See Elephants on the beach

    Beach Number 7 is home to Rajan, a 53 year old retired Elephant who is looked after by his 2 mahoots along with Barefoot at Havelock. He is extremely large! But he has a sweet nature. He usually takes a walk along the path by beach number 7 between 7.30 and 8.30 in the morning, has his beakfast in the shade of the trees and a bath in the lagoon. In...

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  • Start the day Early

    The days start early and finish early at Havelock. The afternoons are cloudy and by about 3 o'clock the sun has gone and it starts to get dark at 4 so if you start the day early you will get more out of it. By 6.30 am it is very warm and usually stays sunny all morning. Also a lot of activity can be seen between 6.30 and 8.30am along the beaches...

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  • Ayurvedic Massage overlooking the...

    Barefoot at Havelock offer Ayurvedic massage in their massage and yoga studio overlooking the rainforest. You can have head massage, foot massage or full body which I chose. This starts at the head and face sitting down then moves to the full body while lying down. The ayurvedic oils are made from plants and smell quite spicy. It is a very relaxing...

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  • Beach number 7 - Radhangar.

    Beach number 7 was voted best beach inAsia by Time magazine in 2004. From what we saw, it is certainly the best beach on Havelock Island. It is 2km long and is quite wide compared to the other beaches. It is very sandy with no rocks or pebbles so is great for swimming. Most of the time we found the sea calm here but it did get a little rough the...

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  • Swimming with Elephants

    Rajan is a 53 year old retired male elephant who lives near Barefoot at Havelock at Beach number 7. Elephants love to swim, although fresh water is better than salt water. You can arrange to swim with Rajan and photograph him swimming in the sea at Barefoot at Havelock reception. Although it is expensive at $500!The wildlife photographer Steve...

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  • Watch the Sunset at Beach Number 7

    If it is a clear sunny day the sunsets at Beach number 7 are stunning. Depending on the amount of cloud, the sun often forms a big orange ball as it sets over the sea with the mountains behind. If it's a bit cloudy it is not as good but still quite spectacular. It's a pity that at present there is no bar to get a sundowner! Sunset was around 4.30...

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  • Snorkelling at Elephant Beach

    Elephant beach is a good place for snorkelling with a large area to explore and plenty of fish.The best snorkelling is on the left side as you are facing the sea. At high tide the the beach is very short. Also there is not much shade on the beach and it gets quite busy. There are toilets and changing rooms on the beach as well as a stall selling...

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  • Diving

    Havelock has some pristine reefs and dive sites. I don't dive myself but was told by divers there that is is very good. This information is taken from the Barefoot at Havelock guide.Dive Sites are -Mac Point. Mostly hard coral with good visibility. Dugong have been spotted here.Aquarium. Mostly hard coral with good visibility and lots of...

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  • Birdwatching

    The Andaman Islands have 218 species of birds, and the rainforest is full of their calls especially early in the morning. We saw Kite tailed and fork tailed Drongos, 3 types of Kingfishers, parrots and Myna birds and many sunbirds, as well as waders and a few others we couldn't identify as we didn't have a bird book. The best places to see birds...

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  • Walk up Japanese Hill

    Japanese Hill is a steep hill through the rainforest, which gives you a view through the trees of Havelock Island and the beach. You will see some nice birds and butterflies and some pretty lizards. It is located behind Barefoot at Havelock, past reception and along the right hand path. You follow the signs to to the yoga and massage studio and...

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  • SCUBA DIVING IN HAVELOCK ISLAND

    Havelock Island should defenitely be a part of your Andaman itenary. Don't miss it. This island is about 55 kilometers from Port Blair. It is probably the prettiest of the islands amongst all the islands in Andaman with golden sandy beaches, thich green forests and amazing reefs and coral life.You can have a hands on session in Scuba diving at...

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  • A MEMMORIAL FOR FREEDOM FIGHTERS

    Cellular jail, which was completed in 1906 was named so, because it is made up of individual cells to facilitate solitary cinfinement of freedom fighters during colonial era. It has seven buildings with a central tower as pivotal point and honey comb like corridors.This place is now a temple for pilgrimage to all lovers of freedom. You can get an...

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