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“it's like falling in love with nature”

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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“it's like falling in love with nature”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

Andaman is a place anyone will like. it gives a different feel to the travelers who are bored with the hustle and bustle of their daily life. now about Mt Harriet, you have to take a ferry from Port Blair, it takes 20- 25 mints to reach there by boat, after that you have to take a car to go to the top of the hill. the journey begins when the car goes up to the mountain and the way is through the forest. its all green and green, which is soo soothing to the eyes. our car stopped at a point, in the middle of the jungle a shade has been put up at one edge of the hill, i stood there.. the feeling was so heavenly. i looked down, there was the blue sea with different shades of blue in different places. i looked around it was green and the blue sky was complementing the scenario. i cant explain much but as i'm trying to describe the place i can visualise everything. its really nice. one can stay 1 or 2 nights here. its a great place.

Visited April 2013
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Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India
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“Mount Harriet Trail to Kalapathar”
Reviewed June 15, 2013

Awesome trail to Kalapathar rocks.... not a very lengthy walks, is just top to other tracking spots..
Warneford a british officer in 1876, visited and

Visited January 2013
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“Balas Mount Harriet Visit”
Reviewed March 22, 2013

We travelled partly by Ferry and partly by jeep and reached the hill top driving through forest. It is the highest point of Portblair and we had a good view of the sea, light house, Sunami affected areas etc from the view tower. The Park has colourful plants, varieties of trees, a special Mango tree giving very small size of mangoes, Christmas tree etc. If one can take a walk of 15 to 20 minutes into the forest, chirping and sounds made by various kinds of birds can be heard. At the hill top the weather was cooler than Portblair due to the height, surrounding forest.

Visited March 2013
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Trip to Mt. Harriet: Half day trip-not a must watch”
Reviewed March 2, 2013

If you have spare time in hand, Mt.Harriet can be a good option. Rather than taking the road route, its best to go via shortcut i.e jetty. From Chatham Jetty, Portblair take the jetty to Bambooflat island (Bambooflat island is the base of Mt.Harriet). Ticket fare: Rs.5 for adults, extra for vehicles. There are ferries after every 15 mins to & fro and locals usually use this option. its a 10min travel. Just outside Bambooflat jetty: you will get jeeps to go up the hill to Mt.Harriet. Usually they charge Rs.100 per person (capacity of 10 ppl). Its a nice journey up the hill through lush green forest. Not more than 20-15 mins and you are up the hill. Driver will halt at Mt.Harriet National Park entrance gate for registering the vehicles & passengers. Entry ticket per person (as on 20th Feb 2013) is Rs. 25 per adult. Vehicle extra which you may have to spilt with other passengers.
The view from there is average but its definitely cooler up there. There is a 16km trek from Mt.Harriet to beach below but hardly anyone does it.
One cannot spend more than an hour there (nothing much to do).
On the way up the hill: you get a nice view of Northbay island.
Viist to Mt.Harriet is a roughly 3-4 hours trip if you want to take it leisurely.

Visited February 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Can be visited if you have a lot of time on your hands”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

If you are spending a lot of time (read weeks) in the Andamans and you happen to be around Port Blair, then you can consider visiting Mount Harriet.

From Port Blair, it is a longish drive, requiring a ferry crossing as well. The ferry is especially painful as your vehicle (and you) may need to wait for some time in the queue.

As you approach Mount Harriet, you'll glimpse North Bay Island and the lighthouse on it. This view features on India's Rupee Twenty banknote and your guide will most likely show you the exact spot from where the photo was taken.

The drive up to the peak is very nice as the tropical jungle provides shade and you have this cool environment around you while you taken in beauty of the majestic trees. I haven't seen such thick and tall trees and creepers even in the Amazon.

The view from the peak is rather ordinary. I really don't see what the fuss is about. I would rather spend my time visiting Ross Island or Chidiya Tapu or at Havelock. The other thing you might be able to do here, which might make it worthwhile to those interested is trekking. I am not sure of what routes are open though, plus its VERY hot, so you need to be a die hard trekker :-)

Visited February 2013
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