5 Must Know Facts About the Forest Museum of Chatham Port BlairThe land and Islands of Andaman are filled with exotic and unforgettable places. Even if the place is visited multiple times, there is always something new to be explored in the Islands of Andaman and Nicobar. Many visitors suffer from the notion, that this union territory is not completely developed and has many short comings leading to failure in matching up with the latest technological and communication advancements.
But this is quite untrue as it is a beautiful blend of both modernity and culture. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands, showcase both sides of India showing off the age-old Indian culture through its villages and modern lifestyle of the people living in the town. The Government and the administrative sectors of the region are quite proactive and think about both maintaining the true natural beauty and serenity of the place as well as planning developmental activities, like the rest of India.
One of the examples which presents a mixture of both these aspects of the Andaman is the region of Chatham, Port Blair. This place showcases the skilled craftsmanship, uses of the modern day machinery alongside depicting the original picture of the group of Islands. On one hand, the famous Chatham Saw Mill, depicts the modern machinery and skilled craftsmanship while the Forest Museum located inside the Mill Complex, depicts the craftsmanship as well as the values, authentic flora and fauna of the union territory. This Museum is a great place for those interested in woodwork and discovering the history of a place through the eyes and skill of its artists.
5 Must Know Facts About the Forest Museum
1. The Forest Museum inside the Chatham Saw Mill Complex, is located in Haddo region, which is situated in the outskirts of the capital city of Port Blair at a distance of only 29 kilometers.
2. The museum along with the Saw Mill is managed and maintained by the Forest Department of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and it is popular for its wooden artifacts associated with the forest and the variety of flora and fauna found within the forest.
3. The artifacts found inside the museum are carved out from a variety of trees such as the Padauk, Marble, Peauma, Gurjan and Satin Wood, which are polished on a regular basis and cleaned by the staff members daily. These artifacts depict different kinds of animals and unique variety of trees that either existed earlier or are still found inside the forest area.
4. The Forest Museum also houses a Mini Zoo and a Zoological Garden which are the major means to attract a number of tourists to the place as the zoo houses a few species of small animals and birds found exclusively in the Andaman Forest while the garden is home to some of the live endemic or endangered species of plants.
5. In order to visit the Forest Museum of Chatham, visitors must adhere to the timing to ensure a leisurely tour of the Museum, as the Timings of the museum are from 8.00 am -12.00 pm, until lunch time and then it reopens at around 2.30 pm to stay open till about 5.00 pm. Visitors must also keep in mind that the Museum is closed on Sundays.
A visit to the Forest Museum, can prove to be quite a fulfilling experience, as it’s not just the museum tourists can enjoy but also take a look at the Chatham Saw Mill, which happens to be one of the main sources of employment and income for many households in Andaman. Along with this, the region being located within a section of the forests of Haddo, the place is very relaxing without the city noise, otherwise found in Port Blair. So pay a visit to the Forest Museum and the Chatham Saw Mill Complex, to encounter the two different aspects of the Andaman Life.