Lower Andaman-Sightseeing around PortBlair Lower Andaman is mainly surroundings of Port Blair. This post talks about all the nearby places that a visitor must watch during the stay in Andaman. This is a part of the Honeymoon plan Andaman, I have written here.
How to Reach Lower Andaman?
Once you get down from your scheduled flight or ship, you can directly take a car/auto to reach the hotel you have booked. If you have not booked any hotel, that is fine, there are plenty of hotels in Port Blair.
What to see In lower Andaman or what to see in Port Blair?
Below are the best places which you can cover during your stay at Port Blair. Upon getting up from sleep, you mostly will be getting breakfast at your hotel. Remember Andaman also follows the sunrise to sunset clock. Morning means 4 -5 AM and night means mostly 9 PM. So to cover more in a single day, try to start at 6 AM.
Corbyn’s cove tourism Complex
In Corbyn’s cove beach Many water sports are also available here.It is one of the most beautiful beaches in Port Blair. It is ideal for sea bathing and sun basking. You can see many shades of blue on the sea water.
Where to eat?
There are not many stalls available here. So it is suggested to pack your food from hotel in Port Blair or Aberdeen market. However there is a small restaurant come hotel available here. Which provides basic refreshment options including
tea and coffee?
If you want lunch or dinner, you need to tell them well advance. You can also book with a small token money. There are also another Resort (Ripple resort) available which serve authentic south Indian food. Apart from these there is a government resort available here.( government Resort only serve if they have the raw materials).
There are few good restaurants nearby like
- Peerless Resort
- Hornbill guest house
If you are very interested in the science of Ocean and want to see the photo gallery of Ocean, this is the right place for you. It is situated at good Will Estate.
It is a must visit for all visitors. This is having lots of aquariums protecting and displaying 350 plus species of marine life(including live corals, sharks, starfish, baby octopus, stonefish, etc.)
Aberdeen Market and clock Tower
Aberdeen market is the heart of Port Blair. It is the commercial complex too. most of the famous budget accommodations are available in aberdeen market and around clock tower.
Water Sports Complex
This water sports complex gives us all possible aqua sports facilities like- water scooter, Sailboats, speed boats, Sofa rides, Banana rides, etc. There are other facilities like-safe water sports, paddle boats, sea water swimming pool. Yes, you will get the changing room.
This place is having historical significance. There was a battle between British and Andaman resident in the year of 1859. This that sense, it is a memorial place too.
There are an amusement park, Roller coaster, pleasure rides, and children park. you will have a nice time roaming around.
You can carry water bottles along with you or you will get lots of stalls selling water. Price is as per govt rate. You must try coconut water here. After so much of activities, Coconut water will surely refresh you.
This park is situated adjacent to water complex. There is also a miniature botanical garden and a statue of Hero-Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
Gandhi National Park
This beautiful park is having safe water sports, garden restaurant.It is truly a blind of several artificial creation, historic monuments( Japanese temple, and bunkers) and natural beauty.
The area is well divided in two sports complex, entertainment complex, amusement park and restaurants. The front side of the garden is well maintained. You can go for a walk around the lake( check and if required obtain permission from guards) . In the daytime watch several birds long-tailed parakeet( security told us that red breasted parakeets also available here) . Grey fronted and imperial pigeons, scarlet minivet ,vernal hanging parrot, dove, drongo, sea eagle. At the same time it is the house for various deers( spotted deer, Hog deer, barking deer,Samber etc.)
The erstwhile Dilthaman tank was the only source of drinking water of PortBlair. Try to cover this during the evening. The light effect is nice to see.
Gandhi Parks sports Complex provides safe water sports from 8 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Like snorkeling, surfing, pedal boating.
Japanese Temple and Japanese bunkers built during World War II.
This is another must visit place while you are in Port Blair. Here you can see the used boats, weapons, clothing, photographs, models and records of exploratory expenditure undertaken over the years.
Samudrika(A Naval Marine Museum)
Samudrika is run by the Indian Navy. It shows shells, corals and other marine lives along with geography and archaeology of the Island.
Manglutan Rubber Plantation.
Manglutan Rubber Plantation It is a private farm in South Andaman. We as per our drivers instruction gave rupees hundred to the gate man and entered the farm. We found the farm. We also visited rubber tree, the gate man told us how to juice of rubber is collected and how the rubber is prepared. We saw the colour of rubber is white and is course. From the course rubber many items are prepared and sold to market.
The Chatham Saw Mill
The Chatham Saw Mill is one of the oldest wood mills in Asia. Chatham saw mill was built way back 1836.It is also a small island connected by a bridge over the sea. The other harbor is Haddo. Previously logs and timber from Andaman forest heaped here but now it is stopped. Woods are imported from Malaysia, Myanmar, and Thailand.
While traveling do not miss the bomb pit inside it. There is a bridge to view the depth of the pit. You can go near it.
There are no other tourist activities in Chatham and Haddo Island.
Khadi and Sagarika Emporium
Khadi Gradodyog emporium is very near to Sagarika Emporium in Port Blair. It is a shopping center, cottage industry, and Emporium. It exhibits a spectrum of handicrafts(wooden crafts, shell crafts, khadi items) made out of pearl and local wood.
Cellular Jail(Kala Pani)
Cellular Jail is one of the biggest jail in Asia. This is now a national monument located at Atlanta Point. It has got a museum exhibiting in prison life. Thousands of freedom fighters and convicts were in solitary confinements in the little cells with small ventilation at a height of 3 meters.
Central jail is a seven pronged structure similar to the spoke of a cycle wheel .It is truly an architectural marvel.Do not forget to go to the top to see the structure and signaling point to Ross Island.
The normal time to visit jail is from 9 AM to 5 PM. You can plan your trip in the afternoon session so that once you come out of the jail you have to wait for less for the next attraction(Light and sound show).
Light and Sound Show
Before entering for the Light and sound show, you have to deposit the cameras. Depositing charge is nominal Still camera-Rs 30 INR and Video Camera Rs 50 INR. The rate may vary while you travel. If you are with the cab operator or driver, you can drop your camera in the car itself. Mostly the tour operator collects the money for the ticket. So they will provide you the same. Else you can request your operator or hotel guy to get one for you.
The light and sound show starts sharp at 5:30 PM in the evening. It depicts the historical events regarding this place. It also shows the heroic deeds of the freedom fighters alive in a loving sound and light system.
It used to be the Summer Head Quarters of the chief commissioner during the British era. Mount Harriott is the highest point in Port Blair and idea for trekking. From Port Blair, you can either take a cab to reach here(Distance 55KM) or you can come here by Ferry. Mount Harriott has a forest house with lovely Eco-friendly huts at a height of about 365 meters from the sea.
Journey to Mount Harriet
It is a collection of forest activities and sawmill miniature model.
This is a good place to know about Andaman Island as a whole.It is among various tourist spots of Andaman.It is situated at Port Blair. Even if it is called mini, it contains rare or very rare species. The saltwater crocodile is the major attraction here.
This zoo also displays the local famous rose wood, marble wood,padauk wood. It plays a significant role in educating people about the wildlife of Andaman.A must visit place in Andaman.
Joggers Park(Port Blair)
Floating Dockyard(Port Blair)
It is not good for swimming as this place is having large number of stone fishes. They are very poisonous.
North Bay Island
North Bay is heavily commercialized. The main attractions are
- Water Sports
Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park
Mahatma Gandhi marine National Park houses different mammals, fruit bat, spotted deer, wild boar,civet cat, kingfisher, parakeet, dove ,sea eagle,teal,tern,reef heron, swift,Wader, python, king Cobra, Vine krait. Apart from these, saltwater crocodile is also available here.
Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park call covers the below islands
- Jolly Buoy
- Red skin
Some of the corals available here are
Jolly buoy and Red skin operate alternatively. Do not carry corals in your backpack without a valid proof.If caught,it is treated as offense and can be penalised heavily.
Jolly buoy Island It is an island in Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. It officers breathtaking underwater views.It is often said for few places the journey is more beautiful than the destination. This Island is one of them. The boat ride via thick forest on the clear water surrounded by live coral definitely blows your mind.
This is a plastic free area hence you need to deposit hundred rupees games each plastic item we carry here. Also to protect the corals government does not permit operation in some season. Check with your guide or travel desk of your hotel or the cab driver. They will be able to guide you about the operating timeline of Jolly buoy Island.
We have to go this beach from wandoor beach. Long island It is 82 kilometre away from Port Blair and well connected via ferry. This Island offers lovely Sandy beach near lalaji bay. The beach is under the shade of forest and coconut plantation. You can relax here in the lap of Mother Nature.
Restaurants are not available here. It is advised to bring your own food item if you want to picnic here. However makeshift arrangement of snacks are available here.
Red Skin Island
Red skin Island It is an island in Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. It officers breathtaking underwater views.
How to go to Wandoor
It is situated at Mahatma Gandhi marine national park,which is 30 km away from port Blair. From here we can go to jolly buoy or red skin island based on the season.Wandoor is a small village and well connected with Port Blair.You can get a bus from Port Blair and reach here.I opted for private car .The journey to Wandoor is via lots of paddy fields and lash green forest.
It is truly picturesque beach with clean and calm surroundings. The beach is very uneven with lots of natural caves created by angry high tides.The beach is actually destroyed during recent tsunami.The nearby crocodile sanctuary also got destroyed .There was a rumor that these crocodiles were still active near the shore.We did not dare to venture the sea .If you are planning, please talk to local or take permission from your guide.
Sippighat Agricultural Farm
Sippighat agricultural farm stretches 80 acres and is maintained by government. This farm produces space for the whole Andaman.The CARIAN(Central agricultural Research Institute of Andaman and Nicobar) performs various researchers on crop cultivation. Expert agricultural people try to utilise the maximum tropical environment to produce more crops .
Sippighat Flower Farm
It is another extension of the Sippighat Agricultural farm. Research and development programs for cultivation like cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, coconut and pepper are grown here. We visited the farm and various trees. We have also seen, how the aforesaid cloves, cinnamon, pepper are prepared and collected. Central agriculture research Institute is situated nearby for demonstration.
Collinpur beach is a 2 kilometre long Beach. Privacy and natural environment attracts the tourists. Forest guest house is situated at a height of 365 metres from sea level. Tourists can stay here for a day or two.
Madhuban Forest Department
Madhuban Forest Department is about 75 kilometre by road and 20 kilometres by sea from Port Blair. Madhuban is 5(five) kilometres from mount Harriet. The place is ideal for trekking. Madhuban is situated at north east of south Andaman.
It is blessed with exotic beach and in the backdrop of Green Hills. Madhuban houses large collection of birds specially sea eagle. You can also see regular parakeet, swift, reef heron,Wader,Teal. Madhuban also offers exotic collection of flowers and colourful butterflies.
Apart from this Madhubani is famous for young elephant training. Trained elephant reduces human labour to a great extent. Government has set up an elephant Training Centre here. This is one of the major crowd puller. If you are a trek lover, madhuban offers you a perfect trekking option. The visit to Madhuban will sure be worth of money and energy you spent.
Little Andaman is blessed with Hutbay waterfall,Butler bay beach,Ramkrishnapur lake water reservoir and plantation of palm oil. It takes 7 hours ferry service from Port Blair.It is a beautiful beach at Butler bay. There we saw a waterfall and plantation of oil Palms.Besides the above there are several Sandy beaches all along the coastline of the island.The”ONGE” tribes live here.
Maija Bay beach
This beach is well connected via Road and ferry.
During the end of December 2004 there was a disaster at Indonesia and several parts of Andaman and Nicobar Island because of Tsunami. Eastern part of Chennai got affected and many people died in that natural calamity. Visit the picture gallery to view the images of Tsunami effect.
Best restaurant in Port Blair
Port Blair is known for its beautiful Cuisines, seafood, beaches, and a rich coral reef. The island serves as a haven for those looking to have a relaxing holiday over the beach. Many tourists come to Andaman to explore its natural beauty and marine life.
There are a lot of activities you can do in Andaman and one thing you shouldn’t miss out is enjoying their delicious cuisines especially seafood.
There are a variety of cuisines on the island to choose from. Have a look at some of the best restaurants you can explore on your next trip to Andaman.
As it is in the Capital of Andaman Island, you can find almost all kind of foods. Sinclairs bayview restaurant,TSG emeralds ruchi fortune resorts Mandalaya are popular fine dining option. New Lighthouse restaurant- best for seafood. Kattabomman- authentic South Indian food. Icy spicy or Annapurna. I have given few good restaurants in Port Blair below.
Amaya Restaurant & Bar
Amaya is one of the romantic places to visit in Andaman. You can enjoy dinner with your loved one at the rooftop while overlooking the iconic North Bay. The hotel is located 3.4 Km from North Bay Island.
The restaurant has live music and it has famous for its great cocktails and better sizzlers.
Lighthouse Residency has the best seafood at Port Blair. The restaurant is located 4.3 Km from North Bay island. It is next to Marina Park and it is most frequented by locals and tourists. The restaurant serves mouthwatering grilled fish and lobsters to customers in a comfortable environment.
You can have a taste of various seafood like crab, tiger prawns, red snapper, and Squids among others.
Ananda restaurant serves south Indian cuisines together with lip-smacking dosas and vadas. It offers Indian, Asian, vegetarian-friendly, and seafood cuisines at fair prices. Northern Indian food is highly recommended to the tourists.
The restaurant serves both Indian and Asian cuisines to the customers. It also sells a special diet which is vegetarian-friendly. Coastal fish curry is one of the favorite dishes in the restaurant.
You can have a taste of the local Indian sparkling wine called the SULA.
New Lighthouse Restaurant
This is an open-air restaurant in the city center which serve seafood. The restaurant is famous for its grilled crabs, whole fish, and lobsters. Food is sold at cheaper rates with the price of the main course starting from INR 80.
Excel is above Lala Ji Bay hotel and has an attractive bamboo rooftop. The restaurant serves Italian, Chinese and seafood cuisines. You can enjoy some burger and Israeli foods in this hotel.
Blue sea hotel
It sells South Indian Buffet at an affordable price. The hotel serves Jalebi and Kachori-sabji Kolkata style for breakfast every Sunday.
This is one of the famous vegetarian restaurants in North Bay. The restaurant offers Chinese and Indian cuisines to the tourist. You can order one of the south Indian meals in the hotel at any time of the day.
Best places for nightlife
There is no or very less options for disco, meaning electric nightlife is missing here.However seashell,Nico bar,or few other hotels provides live music,booze. ANIIDCO- floating restaurant here. Below are few good options for booze lovers.
This is a great place for those who love to party. The bar is located in Marine Hills and you can easily access the area driving down the Aberdeen Bazaar.
All beverages are served in a coconut shell giving you a fantastic experience. The bar is also stocked with a wide collection of liquor and you can pick.
Sea Sip is a famous local spot in North Bay Island which serves heavenly cocktails. The bar has a comprehensive drinks menu and it’s a great place to have fun with your friends and have a great nightlife. You can enjoy your favorite beverage, cocktail or mocktail served by a friendly bartender.
Hole in the wall
This is a great place to have a relaxing evening after a long day. This over-the-water bar is accessible via a boat. You can grab your favorite drink and if you like gaming you can try your luck in tossing a ring onto a hook on the wall.
Pink Fly Lounge
This is a great social hub for those looking for a great nightlife in the island. There are different events hosted every night at the bar with Wednesday and Saturday being the peak nights of the week. There is in house DJ Astro good music, some Bollywood and Trance music.