The Mount Harriet National park is one of the closest wilderness areas to the Capital port Blair. The park contains some of the highest peaks in the Andaman Group of Islands and is covered with dense evergreen and semi evergreen forests of ourstanding natural beauty. This National park is named after Col.R.C.Tytler,s wife Harriet, who some time in 1862, was primarily responsible for Clearance of the area for the summer home of the Chief Commissioner.
The entire National park forms a major chunk of the hill ranges in the eastern part of south Andaman islands.Thea general elevation of the tract varies from sea level to 459 meters. Most of the area from steep precipitous slopes to gentle slopes with undulating terrain. Some peaks are Mt.Koyob(459 m), Mt.Hext (425m),Mt.Harriet (422m),Mt Goodrige(376m),and Mt.Carpeter(346m). The park was carved out of a Reserved Forest in Nov 1996.The present area of the park 46.62sq km and is proposal to increase the area by 25.55sq km by including Mount Harriet peak and other nearby areas.
Conducted tours to Mt. Harriet are available from Andaman Teal House.
The park is accessible from port blair via Bombooflot.From Port blair by ferry service or by road journey.The ferry service from chatham and phoenix bay jetties take about 15 and 20 minutes respectively. the road link is via sippighat and chouldhari and it takes about an hour to cover approximately 40 km distance.
Glimpse of History
One can go trekking through the nature trail from Mt. Harriet to Madhuban and enjoy the rare forest life, flora and fauna. There are other trekking routes also.
Exotic endemic birds, animals, butterflies, and elephant lumbering are the most interesting part of the trek.
The park has watch towers, children,s park,deer park,guest house and tourist sheds close to Mount harriet peak. An Orchidarium and a butterfly house are being developed here for providing more enjoyment and learning to the tourists.A well maintained nature trail connects kala pathar view point with the Guest house Complex.There is also a nature trail from hope town to the park which is about 4 km long.For adventurists there trek routes from Mannarghat to Madhuban beach (about 10 km long) and also from madhuban beach to the Guest House (about 15 km.
Madhuban Beach ,once an Elepheant training camp of the forest department,is now a beautiful tourist spot which can be accessed by boat from port blair or Bambooflat and by trekking from Mannarghat.
Forest guest house to be booked in Port blair. Contact:forest Department