Ranked 20 among Places to Visit in Andaman
Time Required: Around 30 minutes
Chatham Saw Mill is a 19th Century attraction in Port Blair which is renowned as the oldest and the largest sawmill in the continent. It is the only sawmill that provides timber for construction work on the island and is one of the few mills that export timber to industries and furniture units across the world. It is believed that the crimson wall panels at the Buckingham Palace in London have been made of the planks sourced from the mill.
Chatham Saw Mill is considered as a functioning historic attraction as it has been around for over a century. A tour of the mill and the warehouse can be taken by visiting tourists. There is also a museum inside the mill that gives a sneak peek into the history of Chatham Islands and also details of the geology, geography and the biodiversity of the island. The mill is one of the noisiest attractions in the region because it is an operational mill. So, tourists who want a serene getaway can skip the attraction.
Air: For people coming in from other locations, they can either take a flight from any major airport in India that connects to Port Blair. The Veer Savarkar International Airport is located about 5 kilometres away from Chatham Saw Mill. Public transport (buses and taxis) can be utilized thereafter to reach the attraction.
Road: Chatham Saw Mill is located about 3.4 kilometres from Port Blair and can be accessed by road. The route from Port Blair goes via Foreshore Road and MG Road and requires about 20 minutes to reach. Tourists can take a bus ride or hire a taxi to reach the mill.
Sea: If tourists want to sail through the Bay of Bengal or the Andaman Sea, they can reach the nearest port that has ships sailing to Port Blair. Chennai and Visakhapatnam Ports often have cruise ships that connect Port Blair. Once there, local transport can be used to reach Chatham Saw Mill by road.
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