Parks and Gardens in Port Blair
Chidiya Tapu Biological Park in Port BlairChidiya Tapu, which is 25 km away from Port Blair, is the southernmost tip of South Andaman. It becomes the favourite picnic spot with the proximity of the Sylvan sands and Munda Pahar Beach. You can see the fabulous view of isolated islands, breath-taking sunset and submerged corals on the top of a hillock.
A biological park came into existence in Chidiya Tapu in 2001 named Chidiya Tapu Biological Park, which is a center of biodiversity and conservation. As its aim is to conserve and study endangered and endemic species of animals found in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, you can see a glimpse of the rich fauna in the islands here. The plan of the park has three phases that have been laid out to span over 20 years. Only one phase is at present open to the public.
The park that sprawls over 40 hectares homes a variety of plant right from the majestic mahuas to the exquisite Padauks. It has a dense green jungle like environment that recreates the natural habitat of the animals. You can see variety of birds flying around freely, if you walk through the jungle. Wild pigs, spotted deer and barking deer are the other animals found here. Saltwater crocodile spotting is also interesting. An aquarium, a reptile house, an insectarium, butterfly house and a walk in Aviary are the projects in the future phases.
The park that works from 9.00 AM to 4.00 PM charges an entry fee of Rs 20 for adults, Rs 10 for children and Rs 50 for foreigners. Video camera is allowed, if Rs 50 is paid.
Phone number of Chidiya Tapu Forest Guest House: 03192 281350
Gandhi Park in Port BlairGandhi Park, even though it is located at the center of Port Blair, is away from the persistent madness of the busy life and so provides a kind of peace one wants. If the erstwhile Dilthaman tank, around which the park is built, was the only source of drinking of the city once, now the park is a symbol of man-made brilliance and natural splendour. Besides the big statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the center, the park has a few other historical monuments such as the remains of a bunker and a Japanese temple that provides an interesting time. The amusement rides, the nature trail around the lake and boating in the lake etc make this park an ideal place to visit with family. You can spend some relaxed time on the bench under the shade of a tree. It functions from 5.00 AM to 8.00 PM in all days and entry is free here.
Children’s Traffic Park, which is located near Marine Park, set up in such a way that it resembles a miniature street with roads, speed breakers traffic lights and traffic police. It is established with an aim of educating children about the traffic rules and training them to conduct themselves when in traffic. Many locals also visit the park with their family in the evening to stroll here and to teach their kids to cycle. The Park, being painted and structured, symbolizes the importance of fun in learning. Bicycles and tricycles are available here as free from 5 pm to 8 pm for the kids. The park, with a free entry, opens from 4 PM to 8 PM.
Children’s Traffic Park in Port Blair
Joggers Park in Port BlairIf you want a place just to relax and rest, other than the popular landmarks in Port Blair, Jogger’s park is the best option. Honeymooners select this lace to take some time off and watch the world go by. Joggers Park, which is located near VIP road, is at one of the highest points in Port Blair. It is a little park with manicured gardens. If the park is peaceful in the morning, it is converted to something breath-taking after sunset. It is a best place to spend an hour in serenity after a busy day of sightseeing enjoying the beauty of illuminated city and the lit runway of the near airport. Entry is free to the park, which functions between 5. 30 AM and 8.00 PM.
Marina Park in Port BlairMarina Park, which is one of the famous tourist spots in Port Blair, attracts people of all age groups with the large variety of activities that they can engage in here. You can stroll in the gardens of the park, jog on the track made on a pristine untouched shore. In short an evening in Marina park will give you great relief from the hustle-bustle of the city.
Madhuban in Port BlairMadhuban, which is 75 km away by road and 20 km away by ferry from Port Blair, is located north east of South Andaman. This garden has a rich collection of birds like swift, parakeet, hite, tern, local teal, sea eagle, king fisher, wader, reef heron etc. But it is the elephants of Madhuban that make this place so famous. It is also an ideal place for trekking. The tropical climate of the place and the variety of flora and fauna attract numbers of people here to trek every year. The route through jungle from Mount Harriet to Madhuban that covers 16 kms is the common trekking route.
Mini Zoo in Port BlairMini Zoo is the only one zoo in Port Blair, but the most visited place here. Even though it is named as mini, the zoo consists of some rare species of animals and birds. One of the prime attractions of the zoo is the salt water crocodile. As mini zoo was established with an aim of preserving the various animals in the islands, the department, who engages in maintenance of the zoo, takes care the animals well.
Along with providing entertainment to the visitors, the Zoo also playas a significant role in educating people about wildlife. Working timing is 8.00 AM- 5.00 PM in all days except Monday at an entry fee of Rs 2 for adults and Rs 1 for children.
Phone: 03192 232816