The museum was established in between 1975-1976. This museum is for all those who interested in knowing about the life and times of the tribes of the islands. The major attractions of this museum are Jarawa chest guard, shamanic sculptures and much more. The museum has on display various articles like tools, handicrafts, art and crafts, photographs provide a glimpse into the way of life of the indigenous tribe. A complete tour of the museum will take around 1hour. In case you are not the anthropological nut, you can prioritise and consider making this short and informative visit, depending upon your interest.
If you think a museum is boring, well think again. Get ready for a different kind of marine experience in Samudrika museum. Samudrika is derived from the word Samudra, meaning sea and as the Andaman and Nicobar area is surrounded by sea. It is, also called Naval Marine Museum. The exhibits in the museum include some 350 species of marine life and a variety of shells and coral found in the islands. It’s a must visit place in Port Blair. At the entryway of the museum, a massive skeleton of blue whale greets the tourist. Museum is divided into five different rooms, each of them showcasing a different face of Andaman Islands. First room deals with the geographical history of the islands. An aquarium in the second room is teeming with fishes of all shapes and sizes. Third and fourth are the houses of different kind of corals and shells. The fifth room gives information about the tribal life in the islands. You can also purchase and take home some souvenirs from the gift shop to remember a one in a lifetime trip to the beautiful island of Andaman.
It is located in Hadoo region, which is situated on the outskirts of the capital city of Port Blair at a distance of the only 29Km. This museum is managed and maintained by the ‘Forest Department of Andaman and Nicobar Islands’ and it is popular for its wooden artifacts associated with the forest and the variety of flora and fauna found in the forest. The forest department also carries out researches and the outcomes of these research activities can be clearly seen in this museum. The museum displays a wide variety of wooden products, which indicated the artistic skills of the locals. The complete information about the wildlife and the prevalence of forests in the islands has been systematically collected and shown in an interesting manner. As the name suggests, this is a museum which gives you the details about the forestry of Andaman and Nicobar Island and some of its wildlife. This museum is an interesting place to visit for the environment and forest lovers.
This museum is enriched with different varieties of fishes and underwater sea creatures, which are found in and around of Andaman Sea. A must visit destination in Port Blair, Fisheries Museum is located in a very strategic position where tourist can spend the entire day, as it is not only close to the Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex but it is also surrounded by the Marine Park an excellent picnic spot and the children’s traffic park- another great picnic spot for kids and families. It is a place where more than 350 types of marine life have been preserved within it, of which almost all are exclusive to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and are rarely found anywhere else in the world, leave alone the Indian continent. The museum has a vast amount of Seashells that range from little too expansive and huge sizes shells, aside from being rare with a display of beautiful fish and corals stored behind the Indian Continent. The skeleton of a sperm whale, known for being the largest toothed whale and life-size display of dolphin and sawfish are some of the interesting sights you could take in the museum.
Corbyn’s Cove Beach:
It is located near Port Blair and attracts tourists for its soft and sandy beaches. Corbyn’s Cove is a coconut palm fringed beach, which is ideal for swimming and sun basking, facilities like restaurant, bar, changing room etc are available near the beach. This beach is good to chill out in the evening, water sports facility also available here. And, yes Do not miss the Japanese bunkers here, which were built during World War ll by the Japanese Army. It is located approximately 7Km south of town and it shouldn’t take more than half an hour to get there. It’s an amazing beach and one of the top tourist attractions in Port Blair.
Mundapahar Beach and Trek:
Mundapahar beach is preferred for swimming. It is approximately 3Km from Chidiya Tapu. The beach is ideal for bird watching, sunset view, and panoramic scenic beauty. The Mundapahar beach on Chidiya Tapu is a sought after picnic destination. Beautiful star corals and other sea shells can be collected on the beach. Very few know that this destination also hosts a trekking trail. The 1.5 Km Mundapahar trek is a pleasure treat. The trek is covered in approximately in 40-60 minutes of time, depends on how fast you are. Mundapahar is covered with a dense layer of mangrove trees and is an excellent place for trekking which takes interested adventurers to the other side of the island that opens up to an unending stretch of water with the horizon spreading its arms out to the ocean. The trekking experience on the Mundapahar can also be turned into a day picnic since the way to the southernmost tip of the island has an abundant supply of water and delicious food along with benches set up at small distances.
This island is located in South Andaman, being located at a significant distance from the city the place is completely isolated. The island is divided into North Cinque and South Cinque, which are connected together by a sandbar giving the whole island a spectacular look. Cinque Island should be regarded as one of the most beautiful islands in Andaman’s. It has clear emerald water with a visibility of up to 80 feet. Cinque Island is the part of Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park along with 15 other islands. The underwater coral garden and the extremely rich marine life lends a colourful and absolutely stunning beauty to this island. If you want to experience nature to its basics, Cinque Island is the perfect destination for its crystal clear beaches, abundant greenery, and marine life. The island is also open for a variety of water sports like scuba diving, fishing, swimming, and snorkelling. Coral reefs, seaweeds, colourful fishes, shells, starfish, salt water crocodiles, turtles and water snakes are the very common part of the scenery of this island and these should definitely be explored.
Mount Harriet is placed 55 km by road from Port Blair and 15 km by ferry. Mount Harriet is a 365 metres high peak in the South Andamans and is the highest in the area. With beautiful views from the hill top, it served as the summer headquarters of the chief commissioner during the British rule. There is a nature trail from this hill to the Madhuban forest. From this place, one can view the Indian Ocean and the other islands
The main attractions here include the Chidiya Tapu Biological Park, the Mundapahar Beach and Chidiya Tapu Beach,. Eminent for its sunset, the chidiya Tapu is among places worth visiting in port Blair, Not only does it offer an incredible view of the Andaman Coast Line, but the place also houses over 40 varieties of regional birds. Chidiya Tapu is 25Km from Port Blair and it is well connected by road. However, there is a dearth of public transport. Private vehicles can be booked easily. Being one of the best places to visit near Port Blair, Chidiya Tapu is well known for its rich collection of birds, white spotted deer and orchids, draws many visitors and is the perfect place for nature lovers. The water in this region is alive with bright corals which make it an excellent site for snorkelling. Incidentally, Chidiya Tapu beach offers a variety of sea shells which makes shell craft a prime industry of the Chidiya Tapu. Some of the shell products which are sold here are table lamps, bangles, decorative boxes and show pieces.
It is situated in Hadoo, Port Blair. some of the rarest species like Nicobar Pigeon, the Andaman pig, can be seen in the Mini Zoo. The popularity of the Mini Zoo is attributed to the crocodile farming and breeding programs. There is a crocodile farm inside the zoo, which is a breeding place for crocodiles, which are later released into the coastal mangrove swamps. The Zoo has a very limited collection of wild species. There are nearly 200 species of the birds and animals in the zoo. A visit to the Mini Zoo need not be on the top of the list. Zoo is closed on Monday and holidays. After the opening of the Chidiya Tapu Biological Park, most of the animals have been moved there.
Gandhi park attracts many tourists from around the world. The park has facilities like amusement rides, safe water sports and nature trail around the lake, garden, restaurant and historic remains like Japanese temple as well as a bunker. One of the major traveller attraction in Port Blair, Gandhi Park is an integration of natural brilliance, artificial creations, and historical monuments.
Chatham Saw Mill:
The Mill was set up under the British administration in 1883 and is a well-known wood processor in Asia. Asia’s biggest and oldest Chatham Saw Mill is situated at Chatham Island. Amidst the popular tourist places in Port Blair, the mill is quite an attraction for the young ones. The place is nicely maintained and one can witness vintage wood cutting machines and practices. As soon as you land in Chatham it is all wood around. Large piles of woods can be seen being loaded, unloaded, sorted, cut and moulded. Chatham Saw Mill also produces sawn timber and handles the production of ‘Padauk’- Andaman’s well-known premier wood. It may be surprising news for you that the beautiful crimson walls of the Buckingham Palace were made of the local Padauk wood processed in Chatham Saw Mill.