Years before Cellular Jail was constructed, Viper Island was used by the British to keep the freedom fighters in exile. You can still see the remains of the jail which was built in 1867 by the British. The island is breath-taking and serene and got its name from the vessel in which Lt. Archibald Blair came to Andaman and Nicobar in 1789. Covering an area of 69 acres this beautiful island is situated at a distance of 23.6 kilometres from Port Blair. Legend also has it that there were numerous viper snakes present on the island which is how it got its name. It is said that the majestic island is sparsely populated due to the presence of these vipers.
Since Viper Island is a beautiful combination of significant historical elements and natural beauty, it is always crowded with enchanted visitors. It takes nearly 10 minutes to reach the island from the Jetty, and the view of the seven points of the harbour is a treat for the eyes to watch. On the way to the island, you will also come across the main port and the navy ships of Port Blair. You can also enjoy the view of the cellular jail and its tower from the boat. The island which is present in a secluded place offers you a perfect getaway from the fast-moving life. All the history lovers and the nature lovers out there should pay a visit to the island.
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