Port Blair Tourism
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Port Blair Tourism

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  • State: Andaman & Nicobar
  • Famous for/as: Beach
  • Altitude: 13 m
  • District: Andaman
In Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair is the largest town and the capital city of this Union Territory of India. The town is located in the east coast of Southern Andaman Island and serves as the main gateway to enter the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Presently, it serves as a major base for the Indian navy and Indian Coast Guard.

History of Port Blair

During the British rule in India, the Chatham Island was established as a centre of detention and it was named Port Blair in honour of the lieutenant. More and more prisoners of the Indian independence struggle were sent to this island by the East India Company rule. As the number of detainees increased with the years, this prison island required renovation.

The Viper Island, near Port Blair was originally used for housing the convicts but the diseases and living conditions caused a lot of deaths during those days of British rule in India. In the later part of the 19th century, the area came to have the Cellular Jail which was termed by the Indians as Kaala Paani. Before Indian independence, Port Blair served temporarily as the headquarters of the Azad Hind Fauj led by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

People & Culture of Port Blair

A visit to Port Blair and its surrounding areas, gives an idea of the culture of the land which is mostly based on the heritage of the tribal populations that stay in the area. Although it is restricted to visit the lands where tribes are still located, with the help of special permits, people can visit these areas. In the Tsunami of 2004, many areas of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands were affected, but Port Blair escaped the wrath and served as the base for relief operations.

It is the only point with banks, tourist offices, and hotels. Port Blair being the entry point to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, there has been major infrastructural and community development by the local government. It has a number of hotels, restaurants, office buildings, transport facilities, which cannot be seen in other places in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Things to do in Port Blair

Tourists can have a glimpse of the tribal culture in the museums and the various cultural programs. Port Blair is the only place which has a good amount of population in comparison to other islands and areas, which is around 1, 00,000, roughly.

Port Blairís rich history can be seen in some of its major attractions like Cellular Jail, Anthropological Museum, Ross Island, Gandhi Park etc. In Port Blair and Andaman and Nicobar Islands, tourists can visit the multitude of beaches, and islands. Activities like snorkelling and boating can be done in the region. Tourists who are interested can choose among the several Port Blair packages which combine hotels, sightseeing as well as various activities.

Food & Shopping in Port Blair

Sea food delicacies as well as Indian, Continental and Burmese delicacies are found usually in most of the eateries. Coconut water is one of the most commonly available drinks. Restaurants are mostly concentrated in the Aberdeen Bazaar area.

In Port Blair, souvenirs can be purchased in the local shops in Aberdeen Bazaar. Artefacts and trinkets can be bought in the museum sale counters of the marine, forest, and anthropological museum. The shopping arcades in the Aberdeen bazaar sell different types of jewelleries, trinkets, wood carvings, etc. The government emporium Samudrika contains a number of items like photographs, stones and tribal weaponry, replicas of fauna, etc related with the history and geography of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Travelling to Port Blair

Due to a well laid transportation facility, the accessibility to the various holiday spots in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, are possible through Port Blair. There are flights that connect the Indian mainland to the Veer Savarkar Airport in Port Blair. Private and government airlines operate their flights from different cities in India to Port Blair. The airport is situated 2 km outside the city centre from where taxis, auto rickshaws and buses are available to reach Port Blair, especially during flight times.

Travelling within Port Blair

Bus services are provided by private operators as well as state owned transport buses for moving within the island. Buses to different parts of Port Blair and nearby islands leave from the central bus stand from 4.30 am till 12 noon. Local STS buses to different areas inside the city limits run throughout the day.

Accommodation options in Port Blair

Hotels in Port Blair range from government run guest houses and youth hostels as well as privately owned hotels and resorts of different categories. There are also guest houses of the forest and plantation departments.

There are municipal lodgings and guest houses as well, which are mostly low cost accommodations and are found in Aberdeen Bazaar and Delanipur. Various budget hotels can be found in the Aberdeen Bazaar and Marine Hill as well as in Link road. Luxury hotels are found in MG Road, Link Road, Marine Hill and the sea front.

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The_lost_travellers Bon voyage

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  • Lives in Lucknow
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"Very tight security airport" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Port blair airport is an army base airport. V small and with tight security. We were stopped by the army security person while trying to take pics. Yes, Taking pics is strictly prohibited there. Rest it s the gateway to one of the prettiest beach location in india
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Rajendran Kulandaivelu

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"Very nice tour."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We are three person went Andaman tour four nights five days tout. One night stayed Havelock and three nights in port flair. Very amazing sight seeing all places. In Havelock we went Ratha Nagar beach and elephant beach. We went Baratong island and visited limestone caves and port flair jail. People are very nice. It is very nice place for enjoy tour.
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Manu Vasisht

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"Family outing"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We had a holiday trip to andaman for 6 days. From 19th September to 25th September 2016.
We had a wonderful experience and all the places in Andaman are amazing and beautiful.
When it comes to city it is very neat and beautiful with lots of greener people living their are very humble and soft spoken.
We have stayed in the hotel called Hotel rhishabh. Hotel is really good and well managed by Mr rohit and team. I strongly recommend this hotel for every one. It is also high standard hotel traffif ranging from 3000 to 6000/_ excellent food and room service. They arrange the tour package as well.
We have visited places ( cellular jail : conybo island, northbay and Ross Island, havlock; Baratang tribal reserve area; limestone cave ; mud volcano; mesuam and if you are a vegetarian please do not miss Breakfast lunch and dinner at hotel annpoorana
Water sports are excellent and we'll managed by experts. I suggest scuba diving at Northbay island and snorkeling at redskinisland.
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Manu Vasisht

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  • Manu Vasisht
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"Family outing"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We had a holiday trip to andaman for 6 days. From 19th September to 25th September 2016.
We had a wonderful experience and all the places in Andaman are amazing and beautiful.
When it comes to city it is very neat and beautiful with lots of greener people living their are very humble and soft spoken.
We have stayed in the hotel called Hotel rhishabh. Hotel is really good and well managed by Mr rohit and team. I strongly recommend this hotel for every one. It is also high standard hotel traffif ranging from 3000 to 6000/_ excellent food and room service. They arrange the tour package as well.
We have visited places ( cellular jail : conybo island, northbay and Ross Island, havlock; Baratang tribal reserve area; limestone cave ; mud volcano; mesuam and if you are a vegetarian please do not miss Breakfast lunch and dinner at hotel annpoorana
Water sports are excellent and we'll managed by experts. I suggest scuba diving at Northbay island and snorkeling at redskinisland.
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Padmanaban ramasamy

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"Main juction"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
In Andaman, Port blair is the main place or junction. Because from here you can travel to other islands like Havelock, Neil, etc ...
Airport is in Port blair. Main bus station is here. Jetties are here.
Cellular Jail is here. Its a must visit.
Main market and hotels are here.
When I visited heavy rain some time and sunny some time. Not able to predict when rain will come.
Mostly rain water won't stop in road.
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Shweta goel

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  • Shweta goel
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"Holiday in port blair"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Port is very nice city of andaman. Residents are very cooperative there. Very soothing and silent environment, clean roads, genuine poeple. You can walk on roads alone at night too. Very safe city. Good city for morning walks and beaches there are very good clean. We had great fun there. If you want to spend some lone time then must go there. Must vsit during nov and dec as in sep days are quite hot but still morning evenings are quite good. Very green city and there transport systems are well as compared to our metro cities. My advice to all the tourist is that please book ferries to havelok or neil in advance through macruzz and coastal cruze online and don't wait for government ferries. Over all experience is good in port blair. And I hope this peace of information helped the other proposed tourists. And please search for website for sight seeing and others.
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Adarsh ilango

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  • Adarsh ilango
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"Fanatstic"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is a very beautiful part of India. The seafood here is amazing. The city has wonderful beaches. The city has many historical buildings like cellular jail and clock tower. There is an island Ross Island near Port Blair where you could fine deers and peacocks.
It is a place must to visit.
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Kumari madhvi

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"Adventurous tour"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 20, 2016
Andaman & Nicobar is very beautiful island, in comparison of Venice it is much better in natural beauty.

It is also very economical and best place for scuba diving and watersports activities.

I like this trip and it is awesome.

People who want to go abroad for holiday trip, should think about this trip.
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Vidyut Maurya

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"Best in India"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 11, 2016
Andaman is the best place to visit in India. Once upon a time it was called kalapani but now it is best tourist destination of our country. It is like heaven. You can enjoy here seven to ten days with family and friends. Can live in capital port Blair and go to visit many islands.
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"Port Blair & Havelock Island Trip May 2016"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 23, 2016
We had a very good trip to Andamans. It is a simple and good place to visit. First 2 days we stayed at Sarovar Hotel at Carbyns cove beach and then one day at Havelock again 2 days at Port Blair in Fortune Bay Island resorts.
We had visited Cellular jail and Samurdirka, Anthropology & Navel museums. Also we have visited the Chaitham Saw Mill. All the museums are very informative. Saw Mill experience is very good. Very old Saw Mill in the Island and it is the oldest in Asia & it is worth the visit with children.
Also we have visited all the days Joggers Park in the morning and also in the evening. It is simple & wonderful park with nice breeze all the time with a fantastic view of flight landing and the take offs .. Worth the walk there to get pollution free air ..
Also the Biological park at Chidiyatapu is worth the visit. This is the simple zoo with lot of unique trees around. Better to take the shuttle ride for comfort viewing. THITPOK tree is marvellous Also worth to take Bath in the beach near Chidiyatapu with crystal clear water.
Nice to visit Organic Horticultre Farm in Sippigat ( on the way to Vadoor Beach). We have seen unique trees like Camphor tree, Dhup Tree, Bay leaf tree, Cinnmon trees in addition to different varieties of medicinal plants.
We have visited Havelock Island in Mak -Cruise in first class and it is a wonderful experience. Just taken 90 minutes from Port Blair to Havelock island.
Radhanagar beach is good to take swim in the sea ... With Cristal clear water and very soft sand and it is a real life experience. Scuba diving in Havelock is very famous and worth the try with good driving company.
We had good vegetarian food at Sarovar resorts & Bay Island resorts and also in Blue sea and Annapoorna restaurants in the city.
We have stayed in 3 different hotels and rate Bay Island is the top and next is Sarovar resorts.
To sum up Port Blair and havlock is very good to place for vacation during Nov to February month.
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