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.