Chatham Island

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Chatham Island Tourism

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Arnab Ghosh

Arnab Ghosh4.3/5

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Nice island!

Nice place one must see this place, still worker working there, its an old saw mil in Port Blair , infront of mill nice sea view really nice, near sawmill there is a jetty , form where one can move to mount harriet also.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Forest musuem, and must enjoy coconut water , for shopping sagarika emporium is best.

Activities & things to do: From chatham mill u can visit to other tourist spot too.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: No need to go through any travel agent one can enjoy local tourist spot on her/his own by bus or hire a car

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Prabhakar Gundlapalli

Prabhakar Gundlapalli4.3/5

2 reviews

Chatam Saw Mill

Perhaps a must to see place. Recalls the time when the Indian prisoners were tortured and made to work like slaves by the British Rulers.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Sorry, No shopping here. But see the varieties of Teak Wood produced at Andaman Islands, at the museum. One may appreciate the fine wood work and craftsmanship on the display.

Activities & things to do: Not much

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Very simple way to reach. Most of the local buses terminate at Chatam Saw mill. All these buses move around the Portblair town, so one can get into the bus from any where. The place is close to one of the Jetty and hence, have a great view of Large ships at a close distance.

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Chatham Island Overview

Chatham Island is a small island belonging to the Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal. Chatham Island, famous for its saw mill, is a popular destination for tourists visiting the Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

The island is situated towards the northern tip of Port Blair, the capital of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, and is a significant part of the colonial history of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. As per records, Chatham Island gained prominence when Lt. Archibald Blair of the British East India Company landed here in 1789.

Chatham Island was converted to a naval base under the supervision of Lt. Archibald Blair, who deported convicts to this island for construction work. A 100-meter bridge made of timber, connecting Port Blair and Chatham Island, was built during this period. Later, this bridge was renovated using concrete structures.

In the year 1883, a saw mill was established in Chatham Island to meet the demand for sawed timber required in various construction works at both Port Blair and Chatham Island. This saw mill, referred commonly as Chatham Saw Mill, is regarded as the largest and the oldest of all the saw mills in Asia.

Chatham Island was widely recognised in the West during the colonial period, as it catered to the wood requirements in major cities like New York and London among others.

This place was in the spotlight during the Second World War. Since Chatham Island is situated at a strategic position in the Bay of Bengal, it had to succumb to fierce attacks from the Japanese on March 10, 1942. The bomb attacks extended for about an hour and it took its toll on the island. The place was destroyed, many workers were killed and the machinery of the Saw Mill was damaged. The Japanese occupied the island on March 22, 1942 and it remained under their rule till 1945.

The island revived its glory soon after the Second World War and the Saw Mill started functioning in 1946. Chatham Island soon became a settlement for people from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Myanmar and also for people from different parts of India, between 1950 and 1970.

The Saw Mill had huge workshops built with padauk wood dating back to 1836. However, since the 1970s, logging on Chatham Island has been banned.
The island now imports wood from Myanmar, Thailand and Malaysia. Tourists can take a guided tour through the Saw Mill and see how these logs are unloaded, sorted, cut and stored in warehouses before they are shipped off to different destinations.

Today, Chatham Island is a popular tourist destination in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The Chatham Saw Mill and Forest Museum have turned into tourist attractions.

The destination can be easily reached from Port Blair as both are connected by a bridge. Port Blair can be accessed by flights from cities like Chennai, Delhi, Bhubaneswar and Kolkata. October to May is the best time to visit Chatham Island.

Photos of Chatham Island

Chatham saw mill, Chatham Island

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CHATHAM SAW MILL, Chatham-Island
Chatham Island, Andaman & Nicobar

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