Sippighat Farm

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Sippighat Farm

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Located 15 kms from Port Blair on the road to Wandoor, Sippighat Farm is a place where tourists love to drop by during their visit to these exotic islands of Andaman and Nicobar in India. Besides being resplendent with natural beauty, what adds to the charm of the place is the farming of nuts and spices going on in the area. The area comes under the Government and the Central Agricultural Research Institute which are responsible for carrying out the studies and methods to improve spice cultivation.

The Sippighat Farm covers a vast area of about 80 acres of cultivated land. This farm is a part of research and development program of the Government of Andaman and Nicobar islands and undertakes research to increase the productivity of agri-horticulture. Moreover farmers are allowed to grow various other spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and pepper in the farm which are exported to various parts of the world.

Another attraction of the farm is the presence of various species of migratory birds, which makes it a must visit place for ornithologists or birdwatchers. The Pacific Golden-Plover, Eurasian Curlew, Mongolian Plover and other such birds attract a great crowd from all over the world.

Sippighat Farm also houses the SAI Water Sports Complex which is around 1 km from the farm and offers a wide range of water sports to select from. Facilities of Water Sports by kayak, boats, motor boats etc are intended to give the visitors an opportunity to explore the dark blue waters of The Bay of Bengal. But the main attraction is the snorkelling facility available at the facility that allows people to snorkel along the reefs of the island and have a close up view of the aquatic life.

Just a few kilometres down the road lies Wandoor, considered as an excellent place for bird watching and also houses the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. The presence of Fortune Resort Bay Island, a four star hotel makes overnight stay easy at the place.

Best time to visit

The weather at Sippighat is pleasant throughout the year with the temperature in summers ranging from 28 degrees to 30 degrees Celsius and in winters from 22 degrees to 23 degrees Celsius. Though, the most ideal time for a trip to the farms is from the month of October till the end of March.

Trivia

Realising the importance of Island agriculture to meet the requirements of local population and tourists, Indian Council of Agricultural research (ICAR) established Central Agricultural Research Institute, Port Blair on June 23rd, 1978.

Timing

The farm is open from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Bus service between Port Blair and Sippighat Farm is excellent with a bus plying every half an hour.


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