A Journey Through Mount Harriet National Park

Mount Harriet National Park in Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a captivating combination of verdant greenery, a wide variety of species, and stunning landscapes. As a tranquil haven from the bustle of daily life, it serves as a monument to the unspoiled beauty of India's natural terrain. Mount Harriet National Park, which covers an area of roughly 46.62 square kilometres, is a paradise for those who enjoy the outdoors, wildlife, and adventure. It was officially renamed as Mount Manipur National Park.

Why named Mount Harriet

The wife of British soldier Robert Christopher Tytler, Harriet, inspired the name Mount Harriet. Tytler was able to capture the grandeur of the place because, in addition to being a soldier, he was a photographer and a lover of the outdoors. His photos capture the beautiful splendour of the islands surrounding Mount Harriet. In addition, Tytler handled the Port Blair Convict Settlement as its Superintendent from 1862 to 1864.

people walking on trekking trail with greenery around them
waves crashing on rocks

Explore Mount Harriet

Mount Harriet is a national park and reserved area protected and administered by the Forest Department of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Visitors need to secure a pass before entering the park. The area is covered with lush evergreen forests, making its beauty outstanding. The curvy mountain ways are a perfect place for trekking.

If you are a nature lover, this is the perfect place for you to visit and enjoy picturesque views. From the hilltop of Mount Harriet, you can see North Bay Island’s Lighthouse, Port Blair City, Havelock Islands, and Ross Island. Many people who visit the park go for the trek up to Madhuban, a natural and famous trek that allows tourists to see a large number of birds, variegated animals, and butterflies. Since the park is home to numerous exotic animals, it is suitable for a wildlife tour.

Flora and Fauna

Mount Harriet National Park flora and fauna are making it a favourite tourist destination for nature lovers. It is home to 90 species of birds and 27 species of reptiles and amphibians. Notable reptiles found here include the King Cobra, Andaman Cobra, green Sea turtles, and Olive Ridley turtles. You can see around 12 species of mammals in the park, such as bats, and shrews. Many people visit here to see the animals like saltwater crocodiles, robber crabs, turtles, and wild pigs. It's possible to see large elephants in the park that have been taught to haul large logs.

A small muddy pathway with grass and tree cover on either side
Coral reef with fishes swimming around it

Activities in Mount Harriet

Trekking - For those who enjoy taking lengthy walks and soaking in the atmosphere of the forest, there is a 16-kilometre nature route.
Photography - It's a great opportunity to capture good pictures of scenic views, animals, and the sea.
Picnic - Have fun and strengthen your bonds with your loved ones or companions. Just pack some food and a mat. With the sound of the birds chirping in the background, the picnic can be well enjoyed. But be a responsible traveller, don't litter.
Gazing - An amazing sight of the natural world directly before you. You will be able to appreciate the wonder and beauty of nature up close and personal.
Bird watching - Take in the breathtaking beauty of these birds as you observe them in their natural environment.

How to reach Mount Harriet National Park

  • Mount Harriet is 55 km by road or 15 km by ferry and trek from Port Blair.
  • You can take a ferry from Chatham Wharf to Bambooflat, and then use a vehicle to reach Mount Harriet.
  • The Veer Savarkar Airport is an international airport located in Port Blair, the gateway to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
  • By air, Port Blair is accessible to New Delhi, Chennai, and Kolkata. Regular flights are operated from there by Air India, Jet Airways, Jet Lite, Go Air, and SpiceJet Airlines.

a waterfall surrounded by lush greenery
an outdoor event area all lit up with lights and decorated with flowers for an event at Symphony Samudra Beachside Jungle Resort And Spa, Port Blair

Symphony Samudra Beachside Jungle Resort And Spa

The beautiful Andaman Island offers stunning beaches, lush palm trees, and unique cuisine. Port Blair, its capital, is a hub for adventure sports and offers many hotel and beach resort options. Symphony Samudra Beachside Jungle Resort And Spa is a luxurious resort in Port Blair, known for its warm hospitality and familial atmosphere.

The resort features 85 villas and suites, an infinity pool with a Sunset Lounge, a multi-cuisine restaurant, and a wellness centre. Situated in a reserve forest, it offers breathtaking sunset views and an Eco pool. The beachfront resort is near Chidiya Tapu Biological Park, home to rare plant and animal species.

The experience of Mount Harriet National Park is defined by tranquil beauty, offering stunning vistas and diverse wildlife. To make the most of your stay, consider booking a room at the Symphony Samudra Beachside Jungle Resort and Spa, where you can enjoy the park's natural beauty while indulging in luxurious amenities and personalised service.