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THE ANDAMAN & NICOBAR GROUP OF ISLANDS are a chain of 572 islands in the Andaman & Nicobar sea at approx 1100 Kms to the south of Kolkata. The Nicobar is prohibited for tourists purpose. The Andaman Island is 355 Kms long and 60 Kms wide. There was a time when ancient tribes lived here. It is said, some of the natives are remarkable resemblance to the aboriginals tribes of Australia. Today some tribes have receded into the deep forest while others have been resettled. Port Blair, its principal port, is a picturesque and bustling town, full of greenery. The islands are situated on volcanic rocks. The main season of Andaman Islands are October to April. 

THE UNION TERRITORY is stretched over an area of more than 700 kms from North to South with 36 inhabited islands. The most of the parts of these islands are covered with dense forests and endless variety of indigenous and exotic flowers and birds. These, along with silver sandy beaches on the edge of meandering coastline and the excellent scope of water sports, diving, carefree destination. With the tourist point of view, Andaman Group of Islands is the featured islands where one can enjoy the beauty of nature. Port Blair, the capital of Andaman Islands, is the only connected place from Main Island. People can go to the other islands by inter islands ships. 

CAPITAL OF ANDAMAN ISLANDS, Port Blair was named after the East India Companies' Lt. Archibald Blair who occupied the Andamans in 1789 to keep his ships safe and protected in the rains as a safe harbour and as a penal settlement for prisoners. But, because of the unhygienic climate and outbreak of diseases and the expenses in maintaining the harbour, he had to abandon the Andamans in 1796. Early in the first decade of the 19th century the roots of the East India Company were firmly entrenched in India. The British were subjecting Indians to a lot of abject atrocities, snatching away land from peasants, destroying the livelihood of craftsmen, increasing taxes, usurping the states from the Nawabs and native kings. Ordinary people, soldiers, nawabs and kings were all being terrified and harassed. Generally everywhere there was resentment and revolt. People were determined to do away with the East India Company. 

Port Blair is situated 1255 KMs away from Kolkata and 1200 KMs from Visakhapatinam and 1,190 Kms from Chennai. Different communities are living in harmony and use Hindi as their language. 

GENERAL INFORMATION Area: Andaman : 6,408 Sqm and Nicobar -1841 Sqm. Population: 3,56,152(Andaman -314,084 & Nicobar - 42,068) (As per 2001 census) Rainfall: 3180 mm (annual) Temperature: Max 30.40 c Clothing: Cotton. Languages: Common language is Hindi, other spoken languages are Bengali, Tamil, and Malayalam. Money Changers: State Bank of India. 

APPROACH: Andaman is connected either by air or sea route. By air, it is connected either from Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai & Chennai. On a daily basis, in season, there will be about 9 to 11 flights. The major flight operators are INDIAN AIRLINES, JET AIRWAYS, GO AIR, SPICE JET, JET LITE & KINGFISHER AIRLINES. 

The other approach to Andaman Islands (Port Blair) is by sea from Kolkata, Chennai or Visakhapatinam. The Shipping Corporation of India is operating four ships namely MV AKBAR, MV SWARAJDEEP, MV NICOBAR, MV HASHWARDHAN. (Phone No - 233347, 230975) 

ENTRY FORMALITIES INDIANS Indian Nationals need no permit to visit Andamans. However, visiting tribal areas of Andaman and Nicobar Districts are prohibited. Permits to visit the tribal areas can be granted by the office of the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Andaman District, Port Blair in special cases on receipt of application in prescribed form. 

FOREIGNERS require a permit to stay in the islands, which can easily be obtained on arrival at Port Blair (either by Air or Sea) from the Immigration authorities for 30 days. This can be extended by 15 days with permission. In addition, permits can also be obtained from: Indian Mission Overseas, Foreigners Registration Offices at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and the immigration authorities at the airports at Delhi, Mumbai Chennai and Kolkata. 

GO AROUND: To go around in the city, you can find tourist cabs and auto rikshaws. 

ACTIVITIES: You can go around the city for local sight seeing which comprises of Cellular Jail, Fisheries Museum, Anthropological Museum, Samudrika and Sagarika - Cottage Emporium for shopping. Apart from the local sight seeing, you can go Ross Island, Coral Islands, Harbour Cruise. In Andaman, there are experts who take you for game fishing and scuba diving. Best season for scuba is October to April and for Game Fishing - November to April. 

TOURIST TRAILS CELLULAR JAIL A National Memorial (Also called Bastle of India) has started its construction in the year 1896 and it had been completed in the year 1906 with 698 cells. The Jail was constructed with seven wings, spreading out like a seven-petal flower. In its centre it has a central clock tower with a turret. Connected to this were the three storeys high seven wings with 698 isolated cells. This is why it is called the Cellular Jail. (Phone No - 230117) 

Visiting Hours: Tuesday to Sunday (Closed on Monday and government holidays) Time : 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM 

SOUND LIGHT SHOW: The saga of the heroic freedom struggle is brought alive in a moving Sound & Light Show at Cellular Jail. (Phone No - 233388) . The show is daily and subject to weather condition. Show Time: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM - Hindi 6:45 PM to 7:45 PM (English Show - Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Hindi Show - Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday) 

ANTHROPOLOGICAL MUSEUM Anthropological Museum, devoted to the Andaman and Nicobar tribes, include weapons, tools and also rare photographs of the region's. After scaring the aborigines, the visitors marched into one of their hunting camps and make off with the bows, arrows and other artifacts now displayed in the museum. (Phone Number - 232291 / 240372) Closed on Thursday & Govt Holidays), Timing : 9:00 AM - 1:0 PM, 1:30 pm - 4:30 PM) 

AQUARIUM (FISHERIES MUSEUM) Situated near Andaman Water Sports Complex, Aquarium exhibits species of marine life peculiar to the islands and found in the Bay of Bengal. (Phone Number - 231848). Closed on Monday, 2nd Saturday & Public Holidays Timing : 9:00 AM - 1:0 PM, 1:30 pm - 4:30 PM) 

SAMUDRIKA NAVAL MARITIME MUSEUM Situated at Delanipur and set by the Indian Navy. Information regarding marine shells found on the Islands as well as the people and environment of the Andaman is provided. (Phone Number - 232012) Closed on Monday & Public Holidays, Timing : 9:00 AM - 1:0 PM, 1:30 pm - 4:30 PM) 

SAGARIKA - COTTAGE EMPORIUM Displays different types of gift items of Art, Craft, Shell Craft, leather made and mother of pearl and wooden coverings for tourists. (Phone Number - 234774, Closed on Sunday) Timing : 9:00 AM - 1:0 PM, 1:30 pm - 4:30 PM) 

CHATHAM SAW MILL Chatham Island has a Saw Mill lying on the tiny island connected by a bridge over a stretch of seawater. This Saw Mill was one of the biggest and oldest in Asia. Earlier called Mark Island, later on named after the General Chatham of UK. 

Gandhi Park, Marina park, Science Centre are few other attractions of Port Blair.

VIPER ISLAND The tiny, serene, beautiful island viper is situated near the Port Blair Harbour. The island derives its name from the vessel 'Viper' in which Lt. Archibald Blair came to the islands in 1789 with the purpose of establishing a penal settlement. The vessel, it is believed, met with an accident and drowned near the island. A Mute Witness Of The Indian Freedom Struggle Viper Island witnessed the untold sufferings the freedom fighters had to undergo. Dangerous convicts found guilty of violating the rules of the penal settlement, were put in chains and were forced to work with their chains on in this island. Freedom fighters like Nanigopal and Nandlal Pulindas, who had resorted to hunger strike at the Cellular Jail, were imprisoned at Viper Island. Sher Ali, the Pathan, guilty of murdering Lord Mayo, was condemned to death and hanged in gallows at the Viper Island. Now the ruins of jails and gallows can be seen on the island. Boat timings: - 3:00 PM from Aberdeen Jetty. 

ROSS ISLAND In November 1857, the Government decided to establish a penal settlement in Andaman and send "hard-core elements" among those who took on the British. The main reasons were to keep them away from other prisoners and the other is to send a message to others revolutionaries that similar treatment will be given to them also who dare to challenge the British rule. After two months, the British took possession of three islands in and around Port Blair and Captain H. Man, Executive Engineer, hoisted the Union Jack flag. In March, J.P. Walker, an experienced jail superintendent, arrived in Port Blair with four European officials, an Indian overseer, two doctors, 50 naval guards and 773 freedom fighters. 

According to Writer Gauri Shankar, there was water scarcity has motivated Walker to go out of Port Blair and settle at Ross Island. Named after the marine surveyor Sir Daniel Ross, the Island soon became the base. Initially, crude barracks of bamboo and grass were put up for freedom fighters while the rest of the party stayed on board the ships that had brought them. Later, the freedom fighters built houses, offices, barracks and other structures at the Ross Island, after which they were promptly sent to Viper Island, where the first jail was built. The bungalow, meant for the chief of the Penal Settlement, was constructed at the northern summit of the Island. Called Government House, the large-gabled home had Italian tiled flooring on the ground level. Now, some remains of the flooring are there, of course in a decrepit condition. 

Ross Islands was the seat of British Administration. It is situated North of Port Blair just across a narrow stretch of sea. This island with an area of about 200 acres was a small world in itself with chief commissioner's residence. The place came into decay with the shifting of the Chief Commissioner's Office in 1942 as areas close to the shore had developed serious cracks and it was felt that the building was not safe. The Japanese occupied the Island in March 1942. In October 1945 the Islands were reoccupied by the British. Today the Island is deserted. Boat Timings : - 8:30AM, 10:00 M, 12.00 PM, 2:00 PM from Aberdeen Jetty. (Closed on Wednusday) 

WANDOOR / NEW WANDOOR Situated 27 KM away now declared as Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. It has got a beach for swimming. Boat for Jolly Buoy & Red Skin, Mahua Dera leaves from Wandoor Jetty. 

SIPPIGHAT AGRICULTURE FARM (14 KM AWAY) A Govt Agriculture Farm experimenting in development of various species. 

MOUNT HARRIET It was the summer Head Quarter of British Chief Commissioner. Named after Mrs. Harriet Tytler, wife of Col R C Tytler, Superintendent of Port Blair Penal Settlement (1862 - 64). It is situated on 1200 ft above sea level - ideal place for trekking in Jungle. Boat leaves every half an hour from Chatham jetty. 

NORTH BAY Offer a breath taking view of underwater Coral and Marine life. Ideal for sea bathing and basking in the beach. Ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling. Boat leaves from Aberdeen Jetty on daily basis. Boat Time : 9:00 AM. 

CINQUE ISLAND Cinque actually comprises two islets, joined by a spectacular sand isthmus, with shallow water either side that covers it completely at high tide. The main intention to come here is the superlative Diving and Snorkeling around the reefs. Famous for scenic beauty & scuba Diving. 

APPROACH TO CINQUE ISLAND Although there are no ferries to Cinque, it is possible to arrange dinghies from Wandoor Jetty. The dive centers in Port Blair also regularly come here with clients. Overnight stays are prohibited. Both the nationals (Indian and Foreigners) have to obtain forest permit to go there 

HAVELOCK ISLAND External 54 KM away and connected by the ship. Famous for its sandy beaches, forests, underwater coral life. During sun times, Havelock's much photographed Radhanagar beach often touted as the most beautiful in India can feel overwhelmed. Approach to Havelock Island Foreign national does not require permit to go to Havelock. Boat Timing : 6:00 AM fdaily from Phoenix Bay Harbour 

NEIL ISLAND Tiny, triangular-shaped Neil is the most southerly inhabited island of Ritchie's archipelago, 40 Km away from Port Blair, a couple of hours' ferry ride northeast of Port Blair. Neil & Havelock named after the tyrant British General Neil & Havelock who butchered hundred of 1857 heroes in the open street of Meerut and Kanpur. There is great public demand t orename these islands. The source of much of the capital's Fish, fruit and vegetables, its fertile centre, ringed by a curtain of stately tropical trees, comprises vivid patches of green paddy dotted with small farmsteads and banana plantations. The beaches are mediocre by the Andaman's standards. Boats leave Port Blair everyday & depart 6:30 am & 2:00 pm, continuing on to Havelock and Rangat. 

JOLLY BUOY An island in Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Jolly Buoy 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. Boat Time : 10:00 from New Wandoor Jetty. Weekly Holiday on Monday. 

RED SKIN ISLAND Red Skin Island is another island in Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park that has a nice beach and offers spectacular view of Corals and marine life. Boat Time : 10:00 from New Wandoor Jetty. Weekly Holiday on Monday. 

BARREN ISLAND At a distance of about 135-km from Port Blair is the land of volcano, Barren Island, the only active volcano in India. The Island, about 3-km long, has a big crater of the volcano, rising abruptly from the sea, about 1/2 km from the shore and is about 150 fathoms deep. The island can be visited on board vessels. Special type of goat found at Barren Island who drink salty water. 

BARATANG : Baratang, off the Middle Island, is a relativity new entrant to the scene. It is around 110 KM from Port Blair. A three hour ride through evergreen and deciduous forest is a soothing journey through stretches of the highway 'through the JARAWA reserve, land set aside for the Jarawa. If luck favours then one can get a glimpses of the Jarawa. As it is prohibited to get down or to stop the vehicle in that area, the ride ends beyond Middle Strait, where a large ferry capacious enough to hold a few buses to parked themselves aboard. A circlet of mangroves accompany through the journey to Baratang. The open jaws of a roaring tiger, is sneering face, nature is at work at lime stone caves of Baratang. World wide lime stone caves are much admired for their natural sculpture created by lime stone, the Baratang caves are still novices, with only one cave open to the public for a few years now. Mud Volcano is another must see in the Baratang. Much cooler than their lava counterparts. Mud Volcano is just a toddler, about a foot high, gives a good miniaturized view of how Volcanoes work. The splendor of Baratang is a silver lining in the mind and memory of natures art brings contentment to the travelers. 
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THE ANDAMAN & NICOBAR GROUP OF ISLANDS are a chain of 572 islands in the Andaman & Nicobar sea at approx 1100 Kms to the south of Kolkata. The Nicobar is prohibited for tourists purpose. The Andaman Island is 355 Kms long and 60 Kms wide. There was a time when ancient tribes lived here. It is said, some of the natives are remarkable resemblance to the aboriginals tribes of Australia. Today some tribes have receded into the deep forest while others have been resettled. Port Blair, its principal port, is a picturesque and bustling town, full of greenery. The islands are situated on volcanic rocks. The main season of Andaman Islands are October to April. 

THE UNION TERRITORY is stretched over an area of more than 700 kms from North to South with 36 inhabited islands. The most of the parts of these islands are covered with dense forests and endless variety of indigenous and exotic flowers and birds. These, along with silver sandy beaches on the edge of meandering coastline and the excellent scope of water sports, diving, carefree destination. With the tourist point of view, Andaman Group of Islands is the featured islands where one can enjoy the beauty of nature. Port Blair, the capital of Andaman Islands, is the only connected place from Main Island. People can go to the other islands by inter islands ships. 

CAPITAL OF ANDAMAN ISLANDS, Port Blair was named after the East India Companies' Lt. Archibald Blair who occupied the Andamans in 1789 to keep his ships safe and protected in the rains as a safe harbour and as a penal settlement for prisoners. But, because of the unhygienic climate and outbreak of diseases and the expenses in maintaining the harbour, he had to abandon the Andamans in 1796. Early in the first decade of the 19th century the roots of the East India Company were firmly entrenched in India. The British were subjecting Indians to a lot of abject atrocities, snatching away land from peasants, destroying the livelihood of craftsmen, increasing taxes, usurping the states from the Nawabs and native kings. Ordinary people, soldiers, nawabs and kings were all being terrified and harassed. Generally everywhere there was resentment and revolt. People were determined to do away with the East India Company. 

Port Blair is situated 1255 KMs away from Kolkata and 1200 KMs from Visakhapatinam and 1,190 Kms from Chennai. Different communities are living in harmony and use Hindi as their language. 

GENERAL INFORMATION Area: Andaman : 6,408 Sqm and Nicobar -1841 Sqm. Population: 3,56,152(Andaman -314,084 & Nicobar - 42,068) (As per 2001 census) Rainfall: 3180 mm (annual) Temperature: Max 30.40 c Clothing: Cotton. Languages: Common language is Hindi, other spoken languages are Bengali, Tamil, and Malayalam. Money Changers: State Bank of India. 

APPROACH: Andaman is connected either by air or sea route. By air, it is connected either from Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai & Chennai. On a daily basis, in season, there will be about 9 to 11 flights. The major flight operators are INDIAN AIRLINES, JET AIRWAYS, GO AIR, SPICE JET, JET LITE & KINGFISHER AIRLINES. 

The other approach to Andaman Islands (Port Blair) is by sea from Kolkata, Chennai or Visakhapatinam. The Shipping Corporation of India is operating four ships namely MV AKBAR, MV SWARAJDEEP, MV NICOBAR, MV HASHWARDHAN. (Phone No - 233347, 230975) 

ENTRY FORMALITIES INDIANS Indian Nationals need no permit to visit Andamans. However, visiting tribal areas of Andaman and Nicobar Districts are prohibited. Permits to visit the tribal areas can be granted by the office of the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Andaman District, Port Blair in special cases on receipt of application in prescribed form. 

FOREIGNERS require a permit to stay in the islands, which can easily be obtained on arrival at Port Blair (either by Air or Sea) from the Immigration authorities for 30 days. This can be extended by 15 days with permission. In addition, permits can also be obtained from: Indian Mission Overseas, Foreigners Registration Offices at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and the immigration authorities at the airports at Delhi, Mumbai Chennai and Kolkata. 

GO AROUND: To go around in the city, you can find tourist cabs and auto rikshaws. 

ACTIVITIES: You can go around the city for local sight seeing which comprises of Cellular Jail, Fisheries Museum, Anthropological Museum, Samudrika and Sagarika - Cottage Emporium for shopping. Apart from the local sight seeing, you can go Ross Island, Coral Islands, Harbour Cruise. In Andaman, there are experts who take you for game fishing and scuba diving. Best season for scuba is October to April and for Game Fishing - November to April. 

TOURIST TRAILS CELLULAR JAIL A National Memorial (Also called Bastle of India) has started its construction in the year 1896 and it had been completed in the year 1906 with 698 cells. The Jail was constructed with seven wings, spreading out like a seven-petal flower. In its centre it has a central clock tower with a turret. Connected to this were the three storeys high seven wings with 698 isolated cells. This is why it is called the Cellular Jail. (Phone No - 230117) 

Visiting Hours: Tuesday to Sunday (Closed on Monday and government holidays) Time : 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM 

SOUND LIGHT SHOW: The saga of the heroic freedom struggle is brought alive in a moving Sound & Light Show at Cellular Jail. (Phone No - 233388) . The show is daily and subject to weather condition. Show Time: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM - Hindi 6:45 PM to 7:45 PM (English Show - Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Hindi Show - Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday) 

ANTHROPOLOGICAL MUSEUM Anthropological Museum, devoted to the Andaman and Nicobar tribes, include weapons, tools and also rare photographs of the region's. After scaring the aborigines, the visitors marched into one of their hunting camps and make off with the bows, arrows and other artifacts now displayed in the museum. (Phone Number - 232291 / 240372) Closed on Thursday & Govt Holidays), Timing : 9:00 AM - 1:0 PM, 1:30 pm - 4:30 PM) 

AQUARIUM (FISHERIES MUSEUM) Situated near Andaman Water Sports Complex, Aquarium exhibits species of marine life peculiar to the islands and found in the Bay of Bengal. (Phone Number - 231848). Closed on Monday, 2nd Saturday & Public Holidays Timing : 9:00 AM - 1:0 PM, 1:30 pm - 4:30 PM) 

SAMUDRIKA NAVAL MARITIME MUSEUM Situated at Delanipur and set by the Indian Navy. Information regarding marine shells found on the Islands as well as the people and environment of the Andaman is provided. (Phone Number - 232012) Closed on Monday & Public Holidays, Timing : 9:00 AM - 1:0 PM, 1:30 pm - 4:30 PM) 

SAGARIKA - COTTAGE EMPORIUM Displays different types of gift items of Art, Craft, Shell Craft, leather made and mother of pearl and wooden coverings for tourists. (Phone Number - 234774, Closed on Sunday) Timing : 9:00 AM - 1:0 PM, 1:30 pm - 4:30 PM) 

CHATHAM SAW MILL Chatham Island has a Saw Mill lying on the tiny island connected by a bridge over a stretch of seawater. This Saw Mill was one of the biggest and oldest in Asia. Earlier called Mark Island, later on named after the General Chatham of UK. 

Gandhi Park, Marina park, Science Centre are few other attractions of Port Blair.

VIPER ISLAND The tiny, serene, beautiful island viper is situated near the Port Blair Harbour. The island derives its name from the vessel 'Viper' in which Lt. Archibald Blair came to the islands in 1789 with the purpose of establishing a penal settlement. The vessel, it is believed, met with an accident and drowned near the island. A Mute Witness Of The Indian Freedom Struggle Viper Island witnessed the untold sufferings the freedom fighters had to undergo. Dangerous convicts found guilty of violating the rules of the penal settlement, were put in chains and were forced to work with their chains on in this island. Freedom fighters like Nanigopal and Nandlal Pulindas, who had resorted to hunger strike at the Cellular Jail, were imprisoned at Viper Island. Sher Ali, the Pathan, guilty of murdering Lord Mayo, was condemned to death and hanged in gallows at the Viper Island. Now the ruins of jails and gallows can be seen on the island. Boat timings: - 3:00 PM from Aberdeen Jetty. 

ROSS ISLAND In November 1857, the Government decided to establish a penal settlement in Andaman and send "hard-core elements" among those who took on the British. The main reasons were to keep them away from other prisoners and the other is to send a message to others revolutionaries that similar treatment will be given to them also who dare to challenge the British rule. After two months, the British took possession of three islands in and around Port Blair and Captain H. Man, Executive Engineer, hoisted the Union Jack flag. In March, J.P. Walker, an experienced jail superintendent, arrived in Port Blair with four European officials, an Indian overseer, two doctors, 50 naval guards and 773 freedom fighters. 

According to Writer Gauri Shankar, there was water scarcity has motivated Walker to go out of Port Blair and settle at Ross Island. Named after the marine surveyor Sir Daniel Ross, the Island soon became the base. Initially, crude barracks of bamboo and grass were put up for freedom fighters while the rest of the party stayed on board the ships that had brought them. Later, the freedom fighters built houses, offices, barracks and other structures at the Ross Island, after which they were promptly sent to Viper Island, where the first jail was built. The bungalow, meant for the chief of the Penal Settlement, was constructed at the northern summit of the Island. Called Government House, the large-gabled home had Italian tiled flooring on the ground level. Now, some remains of the flooring are there, of course in a decrepit condition. 

Ross Islands was the seat of British Administration. It is situated North of Port Blair just across a narrow stretch of sea. This island with an area of about 200 acres was a small world in itself with chief commissioner's residence. The place came into decay with the shifting of the Chief Commissioner's Office in 1942 as areas close to the shore had developed serious cracks and it was felt that the building was not safe. The Japanese occupied the Island in March 1942. In October 1945 the Islands were reoccupied by the British. Today the Island is deserted. Boat Timings : - 8:30AM, 10:00 M, 12.00 PM, 2:00 PM from Aberdeen Jetty. (Closed on Wednusday) 

WANDOOR / NEW WANDOOR Situated 27 KM away now declared as Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. It has got a beach for swimming. Boat for Jolly Buoy & Red Skin, Mahua Dera leaves from Wandoor Jetty. 

SIPPIGHAT AGRICULTURE FARM (14 KM AWAY) A Govt Agriculture Farm experimenting in development of various species. 

MOUNT HARRIET It was the summer Head Quarter of British Chief Commissioner. Named after Mrs. Harriet Tytler, wife of Col R C Tytler, Superintendent of Port Blair Penal Settlement (1862 - 64). It is situated on 1200 ft above sea level - ideal place for trekking in Jungle. Boat leaves every half an hour from Chatham jetty. 

NORTH BAY Offer a breath taking view of underwater Coral and Marine life. Ideal for sea bathing and basking in the beach. Ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling. Boat leaves from Aberdeen Jetty on daily basis. Boat Time : 9:00 AM. 

CINQUE ISLAND Cinque actually comprises two islets, joined by a spectacular sand isthmus, with shallow water either side that covers it completely at high tide. The main intention to come here is the superlative Diving and Snorkeling around the reefs. Famous for scenic beauty & scuba Diving. 

APPROACH TO CINQUE ISLAND Although there are no ferries to Cinque, it is possible to arrange dinghies from Wandoor Jetty. The dive centers in Port Blair also regularly come here with clients. Overnight stays are prohibited. Both the nationals (Indian and Foreigners) have to obtain forest permit to go there 

HAVELOCK ISLAND External 54 KM away and connected by the ship. Famous for its sandy beaches, forests, underwater coral life. During sun times, Havelock's much photographed Radhanagar beach often touted as the most beautiful in India can feel overwhelmed. Approach to Havelock Island Foreign national does not require permit to go to Havelock. Boat Timing : 6:00 AM fdaily from Phoenix Bay Harbour 

NEIL ISLAND Tiny, triangular-shaped Neil is the most southerly inhabited island of Ritchie's archipelago, 40 Km away from Port Blair, a couple of hours' ferry ride northeast of Port Blair. Neil & Havelock named after the tyrant British General Neil & Havelock who butchered hundred of 1857 heroes in the open street of Meerut and Kanpur. There is great public demand t orename these islands. The source of much of the capital's Fish, fruit and vegetables, its fertile centre, ringed by a curtain of stately tropical trees, comprises vivid patches of green paddy dotted with small farmsteads and banana plantations. The beaches are mediocre by the Andaman's standards. Boats leave Port Blair everyday & depart 6:30 am & 2:00 pm, continuing on to Havelock and Rangat. 

JOLLY BUOY An island in Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Jolly Buoy 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. Boat Time : 10:00 from New Wandoor Jetty. Weekly Holiday on Monday. 

RED SKIN ISLAND Red Skin Island is another island in Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park that has a nice beach and offers spectacular view of Corals and marine life. Boat Time : 10:00 from New Wandoor Jetty. Weekly Holiday on Monday. 

BARREN ISLAND At a distance of about 135-km from Port Blair is the land of volcano, Barren Island, the only active volcano in India. The Island, about 3-km long, has a big crater of the volcano, rising abruptly from the sea, about 1/2 km from the shore and is about 150 fathoms deep. The island can be visited on board vessels. Special type of goat found at Barren Island who drink salty water. 

BARATANG : Baratang, off the Middle Island, is a relativity new entrant to the scene. It is around 110 KM from Port Blair. A three hour ride through evergreen and deciduous forest is a soothing journey through stretches of the highway 'through the JARAWA reserve, land set aside for the Jarawa. If luck favours then one can get a glimpses of the Jarawa. As it is prohibited to get down or to stop the vehicle in that area, the ride ends beyond Middle Strait, where a large ferry capacious enough to hold a few buses to parked themselves aboard. A circlet of mangroves accompany through the journey to Baratang. The open jaws of a roaring tiger, is sneering face, nature is at work at lime stone caves of Baratang. World wide lime stone caves are much admired for their natural sculpture created by lime stone, the Baratang caves are still novices, with only one cave open to the public for a few years now. Mud Volcano is another must see in the Baratang. Much cooler than their lava counterparts. Mud Volcano is just a toddler, about a foot high, gives a good miniaturized view of how Volcanoes work. The splendor of Baratang is a silver lining in the mind and memory of natures art brings contentment to the travelers. 

                                                                                                   


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