Mount Harriet National Park rises 1,257 feet, overlooking Port Blair and the North Bay. The grounds include an observation platform, butterfly garden, aboriginal displays, and trekking trails. One challenging trail leads to infamous Kalapathar cliff, where Indian freedom fighters were thrown to their deaths.
There are brick paths through the formal gardens, as well as natural surface trails that lead deep into the forests. The garden areas have seating and shelters where visitors can picnic out of the sun, and there is a small guest house available for overnight rentals. A small snack shop is on the grounds, but it is recommended to bring additional snacks and drinks with you.
The park was established in 1979 but has been in existence since the 1860’s, named after Harriet Tytler, wife to a British officer in Port Blair. Her interests in wildlife, writing and photography combined to create a retreat atop this peak for the British to enjoy the native beauty of the area.
Hire a cab or private car in Port Blair and take the car ferry across the bay to Bambooflat, then drive up to the parking area. The park opens at 7 am and closes at 5 pm seven days a week.
There are admission fees, vehicle fees, and fees for using cameras.
Birding enthusiasts arrive at dawn, and butterfly lovers wait until the sun is overhead. Trekkers are advised to arrive early and finish before the sun sets. Bring a walking stick and insect repellent, and wear suitable clothing to avoid the leeches and biting insects in the forest.