Viper Island is very near to Port Blair and was the site of the old Jail where the British used to harbor convicts and political prisoners Viper Island is a serene beautiful tourist destination and can be approached by harbor cruise originating from Aberdeen Jetty in Port Blair. This place is visited by number of tourists as it has multiple attractions with historical importance and also has mesmerizing picnic spots with natural picturesque environments. This Island was part of the great Indian independence history and had witnessed the sufferings and sacrifices of Indian national involved in freedom struggle. This small island derives its name from the vessel `Viper' in which Lt. Archibald Blair came to Andaman and Nicobar Islands in 1789. The vessel, it is believed, met with an accident and its wreckage was found near the island.