This trip is for those people who want to get immersed in the natural beauty of the islands. We witness the beautiful view that is present at the back of the 20 Rupees note. Mount Harriet, is the place from where the view seen at the back of 20 Rupee Indian note was captured. Pass through curvy mountain roads to reach Mount Harriet, the second-highest peak of the Andaman Islands. Also, visit the beautiful ruins of Ross Island (Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island) the first administrative settlement of the British.
Both these attractions are unique in its own and we recommend this to travellers.
Mount Harriet is the highest peak of South Andamans. It got its name from Harriet Tytler, the wife of Robert Christopher Tytler a naturalist and photographer who was the officiating Superintendent of the Convict Settlement at Port Blair during the early 1860s. This place is rich in flora and fauna that is rare and gives you a feeling of a forest environment. There are a variety of beautiful birds that can be spotted here and from the peak of Mount Harriet, you will be able to catch sight of magnificent views of Port Blair, Havelock and Ross Islands.
Ross Island (Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island)
A few miles from Port Blair is Ross Island, once an administrative headquarter for the Britishers before an earthquake rocked the Island in 1941. The British then left the island and took settlement at Port Blair, since then the Island could never recover from the decay and neglect which had set in. Later Indian Navy has rebuilt some of the old buildings like the bakery and the local stores, where souvenirs are available.
NOTE: This trip includes all transfers in a personal AC vehicle, boat rides, and entry tickets.
Boat ride to Ross Island (NETAJI SUBHASH CHANDRA BOSE ISLAND)
Guests will be picked-up from their hotel/accommodation at 8:30 AM. Following the journey, guests will be dropped back to their hotel or an alternate location if required.
The trip begins at the Andaman Water sports complex where you board a boat to Ross Island. The boat takes approximately 20 Minutes to reach Ross Island from the Water sports complex.
Upon reaching the Island you can find ruins of a giant water distillation plant, a swimming pool, Japanese bunkers, a church, Bakery etc. The entire settlement of how the Britishers used to live at Ross Island can be seen here. A museum is also present at Ross Island where you can come to know about the rich history of Ross Island.
You will spend approximately 1 hour 30 minutes at Ross Island before returning to Andaman Water Sports Complex on the same boat. MS. Anuradha a private guide is present at Ross Island from whom you can avail of a guided tour as her knowledge about Ross Island and its history is amazing.
Upon returning from Ross Island our chauffeur picks you and we head for lunch before proceeding to Mount Harriet.
Visit to Mount Harriet - Highest peak of South Andamans
Post lunch we proceed to Chatham where you board a vehicle ferry that will take you to Bamboo flat. We will then drive around 15 Kilometres from the coast and later through the curvy mountain roads to reach Mount Harriet. Mount Harriet is a forest reserve which comes under the administration of the islands.
Upon reaching Mount Harriet, you can view the 20 Rupee note site. From Mount Harriet, you can overlook both North Bay Island and Ross Island. The view here is just perfect. You can as well trek for some time around Mount Harriet.
We return back to our hotel via the same route for overnight stay.