SAMUDRIKA MARINE MUSEUM
Samudrika is derived from the word Samudra, meaning Sea. And as the Andaman and Nicobar area is surrounded by sea, this museum showcases all its aspects; in different categories. Samudrika Marine Museum should be on your list of tourist places to visit in Port Blair. It is well maintained and offers an informative study into the past of the islands, their people, archaeology, and marine lifestyle. The museum is run by the Indian Navy and houses a variety of fish, crabs, corals and sculptures. The categories are history, people, marine life and archeology. Timings of the museum are 8:30 am to 12 noon and 2 pm to 5 pm, with Mondays closed.
The Indian Navy is guarding the famous Samudrika Marine Museum which exhibits the richest collection of Andaman’s animal and floral lives. The rare species of fish, other animals, plants, corals etc are preserved well over here and there is a small aquarium also. Rather, the different attraction on the island is this museum if you are completed visiting the beaches and the relishing islands. A lot of tourists have recognized this museum as a perfect representation of what the island can offer to surprise the visitors but in a miniature form.
The museum located just opposite to Andaman Teal House is occupied with five sections displaying the history of the islands, the geographical features, about the people and their lifestyles, the less explored archeological information and of course the marine life. The museum is established with the idea of creating awareness among people on various aspects regarding oceanic life and the importance of preserving this sensitive eco system well for a balanced future of human beings.
Highlight: Outside the museum, there is a skeleton of a blue whale preserved and it is a marvelous sight to look at. The first room shows the facts like volcanoes, tribes, different types of woods, insects etc. The second room is displaying the reverberating under water beauties through an aquarium. Coral Reefs have an entire room that is the third room. Seashells in abundance are persevered in the fourth room and you will be surprised to the tremendous collection. Last but not the least is the fifth room that is dedicated to the tribes of Andaman, the butterflies’ and the insects’ specimens as well.
Timing: The museum is open on all days from Tuesday to Sunday from 09:00 am to 01:00 pm and from 02:00 pm t0 05:00 pm.
Entry fee: For adult: INR 50 and for child: INR 25. If you wish to take camera or video to the inside, you will have to pay INR 20 and INR 50 respectively.
Distance from Port Blair: The museum is situated in Port Blair itself, walkable distance only.