Bharatpur is one of the best beaches known for swimming and coral-watching with a vast sandy stretch. This beach is ideally recommended for youngsters because of activity options. One can hire glass-bottom boats for coral viewing. The Sea around the Jetty area is full of corals around. The colour and form of vegetation along the beach soothes the senses.
Laxmanpur beach is a broad spur of white shell sand with shallow water and offers a good snorkeling option. Sunbathing and swimming are other activities. One can view spectacular sun-set from this beach. This rocky beach lies about two kilometers from the jetty with lots of coral formation, ornamental fish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, star fish etc. The main attraction here is the natural rock formations.
Sitapur beach is exposed to the open sea and thus prone to higher tides. It is 5 kilometers to the south and at the tip of the island. This beach is best suited to watch the sunrise with an impressive backdrop of natural vegetation and limestone formations.
Best beach for snorkelling in Havlock. Elephant beach is a pollution free sea beach with crystal clear sea water. Always travel there in shorts knee length as you have to disembark in water upto knee deep at destination. snorkeling in deep water with videography is charged 600-800 for 30 min but this is the best activity elephant beach, sea walking for 3500/- per trip, scuba diving for 3500/- per trip. Apart from this there is banana ride too costing 600/- per ride. Change rooms are available for ladies too. Bathing facility is in open bathroom charging 40/- per head & urinals 10/-. Take your towel, undergarments, change clothes in a backpack. Keep sunscreen & goggles always
Smith and Ross Islands are sister islands separated by a bar of sand. During high tide the sandbar submerges under water and the two islands appears separate. The beach at this location is rated number one among all the existing beaches of Andaman Islands. The Ross Island of the Smith-Ross duo is often confused with the famous colonial colony at Ross Island near Port Blair. Smith and Ross offers a virgin beach followed by a tropical forest. Ross and Smith Island is a 20 minutes (distance 5 km) boat ride from Aerial Bay jetty is an ideal spot for Beach tourism, Adventure (trekking through tropical forest), Research / Education (like scuba diving, snorkeling, turtle nesting). The 450 metre long sand bar joining Smith and adjoining Ross island is the main attraction.
Smith Island also houses a small village of about 60 families. Smith Island beach is notified for Turtle nesting during seasons
Saddle peak is the highest point (732 metres) of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The trek to the Peak which offers an aerial view of North Andaman is about 8 km long from the park entrance at Lamiya Bay / Kalipur. The initial stretch of 3 km runs along the coastline. Saddle Peak National Park is a dense tropical forest housing a rich bank of exquisite trees, (including sandal), rare flora and wild fruits and offering trekking opportunities including climbing up natural steps formed by the roofs of old trees.
There are 3 peaks in the park 1) Saddle Peak 2) the second peak named Ice degree peak 3) Unnamed point which provides a aerial view of Diglipur to Mayabunder.
The Peaks are notified as Saddle Peak National park in 1979. The park is uninhabited and not frequented by trekkers. At Every 500 meter, Forest department has built hutments with benches. Due to humid weather the trek is tiresome and it is advisable to start it early in the morning. As there are no shops on the way necessary refreshments needs to carried.
The beach lies around 3 kilometers ahead of Kalipur beach (and 25 Km from Diglipur Bazaar) and lies at the foothill of Saddle Peak, the highest peak of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Lamiya Bay is also locally called "Lemiyar Bay". This beautiful beach has a long stretch of beach covered with shells and fine polished pebbles and it is also a known turtle-nesting site. The Andaman Administartion has constructed eco-friendly huts and a Watch Tower for the tourists.
Mutiple streams of fresh water orginating out of the Saddle peak hill end near the beach in the foothills of Saddle Peak National Park.
Mud Volcano at Diglipur : The mud volcanoes at North Andaman are described by locals as better than that found in Baratang Islands. The mud volcanoes at North Andaman are located at Jal Tikry near Hathi level around 20 kilometers from Diglipur Bazaar (direction towards Laxmipur).
20 kms from Diglipur there are a chain of Mud volcanoes could be witnessed in the green jungle.One has to trek for 15 minutes in the semi-evergreen forests to reach Mud volcano. At the initial point, bigger and dormant mud volcano can be sighted. On proceeding further for few minutes fresh emerging mud volcanoes could be seen. Information boards are provided for visitors.
RamNagar Beach, beyond Kalighat is a popular beach destination. . This beach is suitable for swimming and sun basking. A nature trail for trekkers is an added attraction. This beach is well known for turtle nesting. Eco-friendly beach facilities like eco-huts, benches and seating arrangements have been provided.
An hour trek through the RamNagar jungle leads to a cluster of 41 caves. These caves are den for rare edible nest producing swiftlets (Collocacia f. inexpectata) and fruit eating bats. Best time to visit the caves is from December to March. The caves with a very narrow entrance, open up into chain of deep caves inside. Only a handful of the 41 caves are accesssible easily.
Elizabeth Bay is located to the west of North Andaman and is reachable by boat from Radhanagar Creek. It is also possible to walk upto the Bay amid the jungles with the help of a local guide. Elizabeth Bay has a beautiful cresentric shaped beach and surely is one of the best beaches in Andaman Islands. So far the Government has done nothing to promote this beautiful location on earth. The local residents dont even know the the official name of the place but they do know it by its local name "Bees Family" or "20 Family". The human settlement at this place still has a status of encroached land.
Elizabeth Bay at North Andaman was in international media in October 2012 when a group of 41 short-finned pilot whales beached near Elizabeth Bay.
Multipurpose Farm at Keralapuram is developed and maintained by the Department of Agriculture. It showcases all the locally available fruits, flowers and vegetables. Beautiful Orchids, Apiary and GreenHouses are also demonstrated. Various seeds and seedlings are sold at the Depot outlet of the farm. Its a must visit for the Tourists with interest in Botany. The farm is one among the 33 Farms / Plantations units managed by the Department of Agriculture in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The local farmers are provided training on agriculture techniques from time to time at this place.
Kalpong Hydroelectricity Project (KHEP) is built on the catchment area of the only perenial river of the Andaman Islands "Kalpong river" at North Andaman. The approach gate for the Project is situated on the way to Kalighat creek and Ramnagar near Kalara village. It is built by National Hydel Power Corporation and is the only Hydroelectricity Power Project at Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The total length of the KHEP dam is 146 metres. The project with a capacity of 5.25 MW started power distribution in the North Andaman areas from June 2002.
North Bay is the most accessible place near Port Blair city for water sports activities. The activities offered are Scuba diving, Under Sea-Walking, Snorkelling, Swimming and Glass bottom boat ride. Though North Bay is connected to the South Andaman Island, the easy accessibility is through ferry from Marina Park (Rajiv Gandhi water sports complex) and Junglighat. The ferry takes around 20 minutes from the city. There are few souvenir shops and eateries at the Bay. Visitors can also trek to the Hillock and climb to the North Point lighthouse at the Island.
Ross Island was the erstwhile capital of A&N Islands. The island houses the ruins of old buildings like the Ballroom, Chief Commissioner’s House, Govt. House, Church, Cemetery, Hospital, Bakery, Press, swimming Pool and Troop Barracks, all memoirs of the British Regime. The island is a 10 minute boat journey from Phoenix Bay Jetty.
Chidiya Tapu : 25 kms from Port Blair, is the southern most tip of South Andaman. The lush green forest cover with birds, pristine beaches and mangroves make it an ideal picnic spot. It offers a wonderful sun set view.
JollyBuoy Island is one of the beautiful coral Islands of the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. The Island is known for its clear blue & green shades of water, its marine life and the various activities offered. JollyBuoy island is uninhabited and day time entry and exit is ensured by the forest authorities.
Cellular Jail a National Memorial, is a place of historic significance. The Jail, originally a seven pronged building with a central tower, is a massive structure comprising honeycomb like corridors. Presently, three of the seven wings remain. The Jail also houses a museum, an art gallery and a photo gallery. Memories of the heroic freedom struggle and the experience of being imprisoned in the Cellular Jail are narrated in the Sound and Light Show (Son-Et-Lumiere) every evening at 5.45 (Hindi show) and 6.45 (English show) in the Jail premises.
Chatham Island houses one of the oldest and largest saw mills in Asia. The island is connected to Haddo, Port Blair by a bridge and has the second largest wharf of the islands. The sawmill is the storehouse of a variety of wood species. The saw mill was established in 1883 by the british to meet all the local timber requirements. The museum in the mill compound showcases various models and forest department activities in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Various timber mememtioes and decorative pieces made of famous Padauk wood and Gurjan etc. is avialable for sale. The saw mill is open to tourists from 9.am to 2.00 pm on all weekdays.
Long before the iconic cellular Jail was constructed Viper Island housed the notorious Jail "Viper Chain Gang Jail" constructed between 1864-67 (supervision of Col. Ford). The Jail was home to the convicts considered most dangerous. The convicts were kept in fetters and were forced to work with those fetters on. The ruins of this two storeyed building jail and gallows are still seen on the Viper island. The island is situated within a 20 minute boat journey from Phoenix Bay or Junglighat Jetty at Port Blair. The Island derived its name after a cutter vessel Viper which met with an accident and sank near this Island.
Wandoor is a village in South Andaman and is the entry point of the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, spread over 281.5 sq. kms covering the sea and 15 islands and adjoining coral reefs. The Marine park is a natural ‘haven of open sea’ creeks and islands. The area is rich in coral and marine life. Red Skin and Jolly Buoy Islands are popular for scuba diving and snorkelling. Glass bottom boats are available.
Red Skin Island is part of the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. Red Skin and JollyBouy Island are alternatively opened for tourists and hence it is not possible to visit this place without the schedule as decided by the Local Administration
Gandhi Park is located next to the Raj Nivas (Lt. Governers House) at Port Blair. The Gandhi Park was earlier known as Dilthaman Tank was the only source from where drinking water was supplied to the City of Port Blair. It was in 1993 when it was developed as a beautiful park.
Sippighat Farm is a research centre for cultivation of spices (cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, coconut and pepper). Situated about 14 km. away from the city of Port Blair the Government Agricultural Farm is spread over an area of 80 acres. It is a research centre where experiments on different crops, including horticulture, spices like clove, nutmeg, dalchini and pepper etc. are undertaken for their extensive propagation in these Islands.
Carbyns Cove, is located 7 kms away from Port Blair town. With hotels, restaurants, changing rooms facilities, it makes an ideal spot for sun-bathing. Snake Island located nearby is known for scuba diving.
Mount Harriet is the second highest peak in South Andaman offering a magnificent view. It is situated 55 km by road / 15 km by ferry. Trekking is available from Bambooflat to Mount Harriet. From Mount Harriet, a trail can be taken to reach Madhuban. Mount Harriet houses a variety of rare endemic birds, animals and butterflies. Mount Harriet was the summer headquarters of the Commisioner during British Era. The location is named after one Harriet Tytler. it is an ideal place for trekking, picnic and bird watching. A guest house maintained by the Forest Department is available for stay.
Approachable by Boat from Baratang Nilambur Jetty (20/25 minute). The boat takes around 5 and 10 persons and cost Rs 600. per head (both ways). The boat ride is through thick mangrove forest. The cave which is about 1.5 km walk through a kachha road but comfortable journey. Different shapes are formed in rocks over the years. The wooden walkway made over the mangrove forest is very nice & charming.
Mud Volcano is approachable by road from Nilambur jetty. One has to reach up to Jarawa creek by vehicle. From Jarawa Crek Mud volcano is at a walkable distance of 250-300 meters. A mud volcano is created by natural gases emitted by decaying organic matter underground. As the mud is pushed upwards by the gas, it deposits and hardens above the ground. As more mud oozes out and spills over the edge it grows in size, gradually forming a miniature volcano with rich, creamy mud crater at the top. Mud Volcano are only in few places of the world of which many exists in Andaman Islands in India. One could actually see mud appearing like wet concrete bubbling live.
The sight of hundreds of parrots returning home before every sunset is an experience that draws nature lovers to Parrot island. Visiting this small island is an interesting escapade combining bird watching, boat rides trough mangrove fringed coastline and marvelling the enchanting sun setting behind the island.
Parrot island is best viewed during sunrise or sunset when parrots come to roost here. The view of the sunset is amazing and as soon as the sun sets, hundreds of parrots came to the island. They keep flying around the island for about 10 minutes after which they settle down. The boats for Parrot island leave not sooner than 4.15pm and by that time there are no buses left for Port Blair. A night stay at Baratang is required
Amkunj beach is a sandy beach near Rangat (in Middle Andaman) Aamkunj beach is located at a distance of about 8 kms from Rangat and is 1 km. from the Nimbutala helipad, on the way towards Mayabunder. This beach is around 70 metres from the Andaman Trunk Road (ATR) is ideal for swimming and sun basking. The department of Forest has built eco-huts, groves and also a Tree house at the beach. During the low tides the beach provides an opportunity to observe sea animals, fishes and shallow water corals.
Moricedera is an ideal location for picnic in a natural environment of sea on one side and lush green forest on the other side. It is located along the ATR at a distance of 12 kms from Rangat towards Mayabunder. Eco-friendly beach furnitures, sea facing sit out areas and their proximity to sea makes it an ideal location to relax. A walkway in between Twin rocks (a unique rock formation) leads to a spectacular horizon view point which motivates everyone to feel “sky is the limit”. A fresh water stream located at this side is not only perennial but also scenic. It serves as natural swimming pool for the visitors.
DhaniNallah Mangrove WalkWay and Beach is located at a distance of 18 Km from Rangat towards Mayabunder. The beautiful and unique wooden boardwalk is built on top of Mangrove swamp / creek that leads to the Dhaninallah Beach. With a length of 713 meters, it is the longest walkway of its kind in India. Dhaninallah is named after a mangrove that is locally called "Dhanipatti". The Mangrove Nature-Walkway was inaugurated in December 2012. The Dhaninallah beach is a known for turtle nesting during last and first quarter of every year.
Yeretta Creek is a lush green mangrove creek, which is on the way from
Yeretta jetty to Long Island. Yerrata is located at a distance of 8 kms from Rangat along with luxuriant mangrove creeks. Yerrata is having a jetty from where ferry is operated to Long Island. Yerrata, which is well connected by road has breath-taking scenic beauty of various species of mangroves and is an ideal location to learn about diverse variety of mangroves. As a step towards creating awareness among general public about mangroves, department of Environment and Forests has established a Mangrove Interpretation Center which has attractive display panels depicting various species of mangroves found in these islands. A mangrove view watch tower is an unique structure of its kind which provides an opportunity to have a panoramic view of mangroves and adjacent forest. This is the only such tower in whole of A & N Islands to view mangroves. The height of the watch tower is 13 meters. The Department of Environment and Forests has developed a Mangrove beach trail having 300 mtrs. stretch of bench walk passing through the natural mangrove forest which is an important tourist attraction. The bench-walk gives the visitors a fantastic feel of mangroves.
Cutbert Bay Beach is located at a distance of 12 km. from Rangat. This lengthy beach with a tropical forest bordering is famous for turtle nesting activity from November to February and is visited by Olive Ridley and Green sea turtles primarily. Tourists can also visit the elephant training camps.
Panchavati Hills has mutiple small and beautiful waterfalls and springs. These springs are source of water supply for the major part of middle Andaman.
In 1959, a 12.9 hectare coffee farm at Panchwati was established for conducting pilots of coffee cultivation. 5.90 hectare land of the farm is covered under coconut, arecanut and coffee. The agricultural farm is a rich bank of vegetation and is of interest to botany enthusiasts.
Lalaji Bay Beach is situated at Long Island in Middle Andaman. There are boats from Yerrata Jetty (near Rangat) to Long Island. One way ride takes about 1.5 hrs and goes through beautiful creek making it a memorable journey. Alternatively boats also ply between Lon Island and Rangat Bay Jetty. Lalaji Bay beach is a beautiful beach on the east coast of Long Island. From Long Island jetty, one has to take a fiber boat to get to the West coast and then walk a few kilometers to reach the beach. The island has a long, sprawling white sandy beach with clear water. One can easily bask in the sun or get immersed in the clean water to give a treat to mind and body.
Merk Bay Beach in North Passage island comes under the area of Middle Andaman. On the way to the island, one can see Strait island on the right and Guitar island on the left. Near to the North Passage island, one can also see three small islands on the opposite side that are said to be the North, Middle and South islands. Merk Bay Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Andamans. Fine, white sand in contrast with the blue water makes the perfect setting for a day out. The beach is safe for bathing and good snorkeling options. It is also a good spot for bird watching. The sea around the island is famous for playful Dolphins.
Guitar Island a lovely Island next to Long Island. Guitar Shaped, this island is one of the most beautiful island. Guitar Island is an uninhabited Island and no accommodation facility is available. Tourists need to halt either at Long Island or Rangat. Private Chartered dinghies from Long Island are available for the trip.
Butler Bay is about 15km from Hut Bay. Butler bay is a must visit in the afternoon or during low tide and is a favorite place among the foreign tourist who like to Camp at the each. The northern end of beach is a known surfing spot.
6.5 Km from the Hut Bay Jetty. This waterfall is found to be broken in the 2004 Earthquake and is no longer as big as it was before. It was in fact the biggest and perennial waterfall known in entire Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Video: White Surf Waterfall, Little Andaman, India
Video: White Surf Waterfall, Little Andaman, India
Another beautiful waterfall in Little Andaman. The Whisper Wave waterfall is about 15 Km from Hutbay and it is wonderful trek in the narrow path in the woods for an hour in bike. Elephants may be spotted while passing through the Red oil palm plantations
The plantation is located at a distance of 11 km from Hutbay Harbour. The Red Oil Palm plantation was managed by Andaman and Nicobar Forest and Plantation Development Corporation ( ANIFPDCL ) till ANIFPDCL operations are ceased. Since 1973 the plantation has spread over an area of 1593 hectares. A factory for extraction of palm oil set up 1984 is also established by the ANIFPDCL is currently non operational. Tourist are no longer allowed to visit the Oil factory but Palm plantation can be visited.
Video: Red Oil Palm plantation at Little Andaman, India
Netaji Nagar has one of the most beautiful beaches of Andaman Islands. It is located at a distance of 11 Km from the Hut Bay Jetty. White sandy beach and green treeline makes it an ideal location for Sun basking and Picnic.
The South bay Light house is situated at southernmost tip of Little Andaman (South Bay : Lat: 10.512100, Long: 92.504328), 14 kilometres away from Hutbay passing through Harmender Bay (Nicobari Settlement). There is only a Jungle trail to reach South Bay and due to rains it is always filled with mud. It is possible to reach the lighthouse in a bike but off-roading jeeps are preferred. The shore line of South bay is shallow and makes it good for bathing.
The South Bay light house is a 46 metre high cylindrical tower commisioned in 1986 and is the tallest light house of the Islands. A vacated Onge Tribal settlement is not far away from the Light house.
Video: View from South Bay Lighthouse at Little Andaman, India
Situated near Farm Tikrey and Near PHC Hutbay and APWD Guest House is a large Wetland with thousands of Water Lillies and lotus and an ideal spot for bird watchers. Migratory Birds are spotted during September to February.