One of the most significant historical places in the Andaman Islands was built in 1906. The Cellular Jail stands as one of the most prominent symbol of British oppression and cruelty in India. Derived its name from the confined cellular construction, which was meant to keep the prisoners in solitary confinement, some of the most distinct and legendary freedom fighters were constrained here! Popularly called the ‘Kaala Paani Ka Jail’, many executions have also been done here. This jail has been declared a national museum, and is mostly visited by patriots and scholars researching on the British era. One can also enjoy a sound and light show in both Hindi and English here.
Situated 2 kilometers east of Port Blair, the Ross Island was the administrative headquarters for the British before a massive earthquake hit the island in 1941. The Headquarters was later shifted to Port Blair and the Ross Island became the most nostalgic tourist destination with exemplary ruins of the rich past, like that of the church, swimming pool, the chief commissionaer’s residence with its enormous gardens and a grand ballroom, and a cemetery. The island is home to a mini museum ‘Smritika’, which holds photographs and antiques of the Britishers pertinent to these Islands. The unique charm of Ross Island is the only 3D Sound and Light show of India.
Chatham Saw Mill
Chatham Island is home to Asia’s biggest and the oldest sawmill, the Chatham Saw Mill. The mill was established in 1883 and is still running entirely on a wooden platform for more than 132 years. Set up with the sole objective of meeting the local requirements of saw and timber for construction works, the mill is owned by the state government. Though the functionality and the methods may be a cause of objection to many, it is an interesting insight into the island’s history and economy. Keep your eyes open for the bomb crater left by the Japanese in World War II and feast your eyes on the beautiful forest museum that exhibits some of the masterworks made from Andaman woods.
Between the South and the Middle Andaman, approximately 100 km away from Port Blair lays the Baratang Island. This is one of the relatively virgin places when it comes to tourism. The island’s magnificent natural beauty and wonders are remarkable sights. The spotless beaches of Baludera and Rawlin Bay, the undisturbed Mangrove Creek, Tropical Forests, Limestone Caves and the Parrot Island are some of the attractions. A unique feature of the Baratang Island is the Mud Volcano. Some off the path beaches are also accessible from here, such as the Merk Bay Beach in the North Passage Island and the Lalaji Bay Beach etc.
Andaman Water Sports Complex
The archipelago of Andaman & Nicobar Islands offers an array of adventurous water sports. One cannot simply visit the Andaman Islands and not recreate themselves with Water Sports. Situated in close proximity to the Cellular Jail, Andaman Water Sports Complex offers numerous adventurous and fun filled water sports activities such as Sail Boats, Water Scooters, Para Sailing, Kayaks, Rowing Boats, Paddle Boats and Water Skiing facilities. Andaman Water Sports Complex is the only space offering water sports in the Andaman Islands and one can also sail away to the Ross Island from this complex.