Cellular Jail (National Memorial)
Standing tall as a reminder of our Freedom Struggle against the British, the Cellular Jail (National Memorial) is one of the important tourist attractions in Andaman. Built in 1906, this prison got its name because of its individual cells meant for solitary confinement of prisoners. The walls in this jail silently narrate the ordeals of torture faced by our freedom fighters. Having seven prongs in its original structure, the building is now left with only three of them.
This place became a tourist attraction after it was declared a National Memorial by the government. Inside the Cellular Jail, there is also a museum and an art gallery telling stories of the British regime. These places are open for visitors from 9.00 AM to 12 Noon and 2.00 PM to 5.00 PM on all days, except Monday. A show named Son-et-Lumiere' is held every day at 6.00 PM (Hindi) and 7.15 PM (English) which also narrates the heroic story of our struggle for independence.
Sound and Light Show
The Sound and Light Show is a touching depiction of our valiant freedom struggle against the British. This unique presentation is held every evening in the premises of the Cellular Jail, and is attended by many tourists. Through the use of lights and sounds, a dramatic narration of some pre-independence incidents is created. The show is much popular owing to the sentiments of every Indian attached with the story and also because of the aesthetic appeal of creative use of lights and sounds.
One of the most visited tourist destinations in Andaman, the Water Complex is a sports arena whereby multiple water sports can be practiced and enjoyed. The place offers class-apart facilities such as Bumper boats, Aqua-cycle, Aqua-glide, Kayaks, Paddle Boats, Rowing Boats, etc. This one-of-a-kind Water Sports Complex also offers adventurous activities to tourists such as Speed boats, Wind-surfers, Sail boats, Para-sailing, Gemini boats, Water scooters, Water-skiing, Glass-bottom boats and many more. A section of the premise has been beautified with an artificial waterfall.
This complex houses a memorial, built as a reminder of the Battle of Aberdeen that was fought between Andaman aborigines and the British in May, 1859. Adding to the list of visitor-friendly facilities, the Water Complex also has a Food Plaza, changing rooms, Nature-walk and a Saline Water Swimming Pool.
Located 30km away from Port Blair in Wandoor, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park is a cluster of 15 uninhabited islands and islets in the Bay of Bengal. Offering a splendid exploration of a diverse marine life and coral reefs, Gandhi Park is also the site of many adventure water sports that can be enjoyed at its two prominent islands Jolly Buoy and Red Skin. The dense mangrove cover on the islands and primitive form of nature are a complete visual delight for the visitors.
Mini Zoo is located in Haddo, Port Blair. This place is apt for family outings, especially for the ones traveling with kids. You can witness some rare species of animals and birds here and spend a nice warm afternoon.
The Science Center is an interesting place to be visited. Here you can amalgamate fun with learning. The center gives you an opportunity of understanding science of the ocean. You can study the characteristics of waves while also creating waves of different parameters. The youngest rock found in India is also placed here. The Quiz Corner, Fun Corner, Science Corner and other such sections, keep the visitor engaged and enticed.
Offering a spectacular view of the surroundings below, Mount Harriet is situated at an elevation of 365 meters. It is one of the highest points in South Andaman region. This place served as the summer headquarters of the Chief Commissioner during British Rule. Here, you can enjoy a trek through natural trails, leading to Madhuban. While on this walk, you will come across the beautiful flora and fauna of the region comprising of exotic birds, butterflies, animals, etc. The proximity to nature you will experience here will linger in your memories for long.
The Samudrika Museum is an exciting place to know about the marine life, geography, archeology and history of Andaman Islands. This marine museum is owned and maintained by the Indian Navy. Here you will get to see an impressive collection of shells and corals along with historic items and artifacts that will appeal very much to an inquisitive mind.
Providing a deep insight into the lives of tribal natives of the island, Anthropological Museum is a prominent tourist place in Port Blair. The museum houses various tribal artifacts and displays numerous models, photographs, clothing, baskets, weapons, boats, etc. depicting the life of native Andaman tribes. There have been several exploratory expeditions undertaken in this region, the records of which can be found in the Anthropological Museum. There is also a heavily stocked library situated inside the museum’s premises, which offers many valuable references to the tribal cultures.
Owned and managed by the government, the Sippighat Farm is a beautiful place to relax and stroll around. The farm is spread across 80 acres of land and is the research and development site for the cultivation of various spices like nutmeg, cloves, coconut, cinnamon, pepper, etc.