The construction of Cellular Jail started in 1896 and completed in 1906. Spread as seven spokes of a bicycle wheel, this unique three-storied structure was the first of its kind in India as it had 693 cells specially built for solitary confinement of the prisoners. Extraordinary feature of the Jail was the total absence of communication between prisoners housed in different wings since the front of the row of cells faced the back of the other.
Earlier known as "Mark Island" this is a small island where Lt. Archibald Blair formed a colony during 1789 which was later shifted to North Andaman. After the First War of Independence of 1857, the British decided to establish a Penal Settlement on the island. The first batch of 200 freedom fighters of first war of Indian Independence of 1857 landed here on 10th March, 1858. Some persons who tried to escape from the island where hanged on recapture. Superintendent J.P. Walker executed 86 of those recaptured on a single day at a corner of the Island.
Situated inside Chatham Saw Mill, this museum offers an insight into forest activities through scale models and displays decorative pieces made of famous woods like Padauk, Marble, Peauma, Gurjan, Satin Wood, etc
Encompassing in its realm 160 years of history Ross is a tiny Island, situated at the entrance of Port Blair harbour. Lt. Archibald Blair surveyed the Island in March 1789, established a Colony and named it after the marine surveyor Sir Daniel Ross. Later the colony was abandoned.
Corbyn’s Cove is situated near Port Blair and attracts tourists for its soft sandy beach with coconut palms. It is an ideal spot for swimming, scuba diving and boating and also for watching the sunset. During the Japanese occupation of Corbyn’s Cove, pill boxes and bunkers were made which can be still seen on the beach. A major part of the beach was washed away and destroyed in the tsunami of 2004.
Mount Harriet is located 55 km by road from Port Blair and 15 km by ferry. Mount Harriet is a 365 metres high peak in the South Andamans and is the highest in the area. With beautiful views from the hill top, it served as the summer headquarters of the chief commissioner during the British rule. There is a nature trail from this hill to the Madhuban forest. From this place, one can view the Indian Ocean and the other islands.
Situated on MG Road in the western part of Port Blair, the Anthropological Museum is one of the most visited places in town. It is maintained by the Anthropological Survey of India. The museum illustrates the tribal life and culture. It has an exhibition of the tools and weapons that are used by the tribes as well as photographs showing the different tribes, existing and extinct.