Sippighat Agriculture Farm
Wandoor Road, Near Central Agricultural Research Institute, Port Blair
If agriculture & farming is what interests you, you could visit the Sippighat Agriculture Farm. Established in 1959 as the ‘Soil Conservation and Demonstration Center’ & converted into a Horticulture farm in 2003, the Sippighat farm is spread over a sprawling 80 acres. A mass of cultivated greenery, it is surrounded yet again by natural verdant beauty.
The farm demonstrates the best cultivation practices one could adopt in the islands. They not only provide information on multi-cropping but practice it too. You will find a wide variety of crops from spices like black pepper & vanilla to cash crops like coffee to medicinal plants being grown here. Some of the best properties of the medicinal plants have been displayed here as well. You might be shocked to know what all the plants, which have been in your backyard since forever could do. For instance, we did not know the best skin doctor Aloe Vera could do wonders for Piles until we came to Sippighat!
If you are a tourist, you might not get to look around the whole farm but there is a small demonstration plot which has all plants being cultivated here for your benefit. They have also built a small pathway around it so that you can have a good look, making it easier, efficient and informative for you.
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.
Do note that to many, this may feel like just another plant nursery. Though interesting, this need not be on the top of your list of places to visit.