It is situated 57 kms North East of Port Blair. There are white
sand beaches, turquoise waters, coral reefs with lot of marine life
including dolphins, turtles and very large fish. The waters here are
ideal for snorkeling & scuba diving. In the surrounding forests
one can find elephants, brought to the island to work. Only one
third of the Northern island is inhabited and each village is
referred to by a number.
you want to get close to India's only active volcano, then a 135 km
day-trip to Barren Island is what you should make. The volcano
erupted in 1991, after some 177 years, and again in 1994-95. Landing
on the island is not allowed, but you can watch the smouldering
volcano from the boat.
by pristine coral reefs, uninhabited North and South Cinque are
among the prettiest islands in the Andamans. Regrettably, the
construction of VIP cottages some years ago destroyed the coral near
the island, and you now have to swim further out into the sea to
find the best underwater scenery.
specially hired boat costs Rs. 1000-1200 per person. It takes two
hours from Chiriyatapu, and three-and-a-half hours from Wandoor.
Unless you are going on a trip organised by a travel agent, special
permission must be taken from the Forest
This island is 82 km from Port Blair by sea, and
connected by a ferry thrice a week from Phoenix Bay Jetty.
Enchanting Long Island is home to a lovely sandy beach at Lalaji
Bay. It also has a beautiful forest patch and coconut plantations. A
timber industry is located on the
Ross Island:The erstwhile administrative headquarters of the
British was referred to in the early 20th century as the Paris of
the East. Manicured lawns that led up to clubhouses, swimming pools,
granaries, officers messes, tennis courts and a majestic church lie
in ruins, reclaimed by nature after an earthquake in June 1941. 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.
Open every day except Wednesday. Ferries
from Phoenix Bay Jetty at 8.30 am, 10.00 am, 12.30 pm and 2.00 pm;
return ferries at 8.45 am, 12.40 pm, 2.10 pm and 4.40 pm. A return
ticket costs Rs 20 and the ride takes about 20 minutes. The island Can be explored on
Neil Island:Neil Island is situated
36 kms east of Port Blair. The island's lush green forest and sandy
beaches provide an ideal holiday for tourists. Beaches are numbered;
the beach west of the village is popular with campers. One can also
put up camps on the beach. There is excellent snorkeling and scuba
diving opportunity to see beautiful corals & exotic marine
90 km by sea and 170 km by road, Rangat is an ideal haven for a
traveller seeking the sun, sea and fun. At Cuthbert Bay beach you
will find a turtle nesting ground.
Island:Another island in Mahatma Gandhi Marine
National Park has a nice beach and offers spectacular view of corals
and marine life.
Jolly Buoy:An island in Mahatma
Gandhi Marine National Park, it offers a breath taking underwater
view of coral and marine life. It is an ideal place for snorkeling ,
sea bathing and basking on the sun kissed beach.
Viper IslandThe Britishers used to harbour convicts
here. The first jail was constructed here which was abandoned after
the construction of Cellular 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.
Island:It has a Saw Mill lying on the tiny
island connected by a bridge over a stretch of sea-water. This Saw
Mill is one of the biggest and oldest in Asia. The main mainland
-Island harbour is also here. The other harbour is Haddo, which is
Mayabunder:Situated in the northern part of Middle
Andaman, Mayabunder offers excellent scenic beauty and beautiful
beaches. Inhabited by the settlers from Burma, East Pakistan and
ex-convicts, Mayabunder has a distinct culture. Beach at Avis Island
(30 minutes boat journey from Mayabunder), Karmatang beach (13 kms.)
and mangrove lined creeks are the attractions. Karmatang beach is
also a turtle nesting ground. One can view nesting of turtles during
December-February season. One can go to Kalighat (for
Diglipur) by boat from here.
Diglipur:Situated in North
Andaman Island, Diglipur provides a rare experience for eco-friendly
tourists. It is famous for its oranges, rice and marine life. Saddle Peak,
732 metres, the highest point in the islands is nearby. Kalpong, the
only river of Andaman flows from here. The first hydroelectric
project of the islands is coming upon this river. One who comes by
road from Port Blair has to take a boat from Mayabunder to Kalighat
and from there journey by road to Diglipur (25 kms.), and from there
to Kalipur (18 kms.) for viewing, Kalipur and Lamiya bay
beaches. The Water Sports Centre is near by. Those who want to go
for trekking to Saddle Peak can collect trekking equipments on hire
from Turtle Resort and start trekking from Kalipur. Ram Nagar beach
(15 kms. away from Kalighat) is famous for Turtle nesting during
December – February season. One who comes by boat from Port Blair
will reach Aerial bay jetty, which is very near to places like
Diglipur and Kalipur.
Little Andaman Island:This island
has a beautiful beach at Butler Bay, a waterfall and plantation of
oil palms. Apart from this there are several sandy beaches all
along the coastline of the island. The break water at Hut Bay offers
an excellent view to the tourists. Little Andaman is the vegetable
bowl for the Nicobar group of islands. The Onge tribals live in this
island, so do Nicobarese apart from settlers from erstwhile East
Pakistan and other places. However entry to tribal areas is
restricted. Journey 9 hrs. by sea from Port Blair towards south.