Viper Island is an island in Andaman Islands, located nearby Port Blair. The island used to be the site of an old jail, used by the British to imprison convicts and political prisoners. Atop a hillock, it still has the ruins of the gallows.
Viper Island gets its name from the ship in which Lt. Archibald Blair came to Andaman and Nicobar Islands in 1789. The vessel was named H.M.S. Viper. It is believed that the vessel met with an accident and its wreckage was found near the island. The island is strikingly beautiful, with its stunning beaches, cliffs, forest and the deep blue sea surrounding it. A picturesque landscape coupled with historical significance is the main reason why this island is so popular with tourists.
The Jail in Viper Island was an infamous one, where political prisoners imprisoned by the British were tortured and put to hard labor. It has a permanent place in the history of the Indian freedom struggle. A trip to the jail is a must. A cruise around the island will give you a panoramic view of the island.