Viper Island Tourism

Viper Island Tourism

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Andaman & Nicobar Tourism Destinations
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Viper Island Info

  • State: Andaman & Nicobar
  • Famous for/as: Beach
  • District: Andaman
Viper Island is situated near Port Blair in Andaman district, the capital of the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.  This island was once under the control of the British, when they ruled over India, and was used as a site of the Jail where they used to keep convicts and political prisoners.  

The name of this island was believed to be derived from the vessel ‘Viper’, in which Lt. Archibald Blair reached the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, in 1789. Besides that, people believe that due to the presence of viper snakes on the island, it came to be known as Viper- Island.

The ruins of an old British Jail, constructed in 1867, can be seen on the island. The ruins consist of a two storied building supported by a plinth. The island was once a place of penal settlement for political prisoners and freedom fighters. The island is mentioned as the place that has witnessed the sacrifices of many people during India’s struggle for independence.

Viper Island is located at the mouth of Port Blair’s harbour and 20 minutes away from the Phoenix Bay jetty.  This island, spread over 69 acres has a crescent shape and is near the Haddo Wharf. The destination is popular for its indigenous tribes and famous cuisines of the Andaman including lobster, prawn and various other seafood. Apart from that, south Indian, continental, and Chinese dishes are also available here.

This island is famous for its British Jail, which is accessible by boat. The jail still stands tall with its ochre-coloured remains. The 1867 style gallows built by the British for executing prisoners and freedom fighters is located on the top of a hillock.  The jail was abandoned after the commissioning of Cellular Jail. The island provides a glimpse of the colonial era.

Besides its historical places, there are several picnic spots with natural environment over here. The island is covered with plenty of coconut plantations and trees. Besides, Port Blair and other nearby islands of Andaman are also popular tourist attractions.

The nearest airport to the Viper Island is Veer Savarkar Airport in Port Blair, which is connected to cities like Calcutta and Chennai.  From Port Blair, Harbour cruise is available that is available daily at Phoenix Bay Jetty. The harbour provides views of different destinations around it.  The best time to visit Viper Island is between October and March.

Viper Island is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Port Blair and Havelock Island.

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"An excellent trip in Andaman"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Mar 15, 2017
We were waiting exuberantly for this trip from the month of April, 2016 and booked air tickets also before six months of our journey. It was an excellent trip for nine days at Andaman. We met a nice group in this trip. Exhilarating journey by cruse is another and first experience. Trip was very impressive.
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