Mount Harriet National Park is an amazing place for fun and adventure featuring a variety of attractions for tourist in Andaman.
Mount Harriet National Park
Mount Harriet National Park - Mount Harriet National Park is located close to Port Blair and is known for its wilderness and natural beauty. It is quite different from the national parks that you usually find on mainland; there are no jungle safaris here. In fact, it is a reserved area that comes under the jurisdiction of the Forest Department of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Established in 1979, the park has an area of 46.62 km2 and is named after Harriet Tytler, the wife of Robert Christopher Tytler, a British army officer, who was administrator of Andaman from 1862 to 1864. Harriet is known for her documentation work of the monuments of Delhi. Mount Harriet, the third highest peak in the Andaman & Nicobar region, with an altitude of 383 metre, is located in the park.
Things to Do In Mount Harriet Park
Come to Mount Harriet Park to enjoy pleasant weather, amazing views of the sunset, bird’s eye view of other islands of Andamans and the rich diversity of flora and fauna. Listen to the chirping of birds and gentle whistling of the trees; at very few places you will find such solitude.
Due to difference in altitude you will experience a huge temperature difference within a short distance. The weather at Mount Harriet National Park is quite pleasant as compared to the sultry and humid weather that is found on the other parts of the island.
On a clear day you will get amazing views of Havelock Island, Neil Island, North Bay Island and Ross Island. The picturesque view of the North Bay Island from the park is shown on the reverse side of Rs 20 note in India.
The park is a butterfly hotspot and you can see various species of butterfly here. For those interested in trekking, the park offers exciting trekking options and you can trek down to Kalapathar beach, located 2 km from park.
How to Reach
You can reach Mount Harriet National Park by road and by ferry. The ferry ride is more convenient and it takes 15 minutes from Chatham Saw Mill to reach by ferry. You can take your car on the ferry. Alternatively, you can take a road by Ferrargunj to reach the park. It takes an hour by road to reach the park.
Entry Fee: Rs 20 for Indians, Rs. 250 for Foreigners.
Be careful while trekking; during wet weather beaches can make your trek miserable. There are snakes in the park and it is better to carry a stick and make sound while walking.