Viper Island, Port Blair

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Learn colonial history and relax under palm trees at Viper Island, an old British jail for political prisoners and convicts in waters deep into South Andaman between Flat Bay and Navy Bay. Reached by ferry from Port Blair, the island offers a profound insight into British penal colonial system and a number of scenic picnic spots. Check out a domed dilapidated red brick prison administration building on the hilltop and the site of infamous Viper Island Gallows, a beam inside the building from which they hanged prisoners. A number of tables detail deaths of Indian patriots against British occupation tell a story about struggle for independence. The island was named after a British ship wrecked near the island in 1789 so you do not need to worry about snakes. Before you head to Port Blair, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Port Blair trip planner , to make sure you see all that Port Blair has to offer, including Viper Island.
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  • Prisoners were kept here before Cellular jail was built. They were also hanged here for capital punishment. You just get to see ruins of jail and gallows here. The ferry ride to the island from Port B...  more »
  • This island is about 45 minutes ferry ride from Port Blair. The island is called Viper island as during British period there was a Vessel called Viper which had been destroyed by a cyclone close to th...  more »
  • The journey to this island is a long one. About 45 minutes ferry ride from Port Blair. You get to see Gallows and remains of a Jail here. This reminds of the atrocities to which British rulers subject...  more »

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The old colonial center of Port Blair possesses a decent array of places to stay: spruced-up old buildings housing stylish boutiques with sea views; family-run guesthouses providing both shared and private rooms; and a few newly built hotels, offering rooms from standard to luxury. Inland to the south sit a few clusters of accommodations, where luxury retreats sit side by side with simple guesthouses, while the coastal areas around the state capital have a number of beachfront lodgings set around scenic bays.
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