Port Blair Tourism

Port Blair Tourism

Port Blair Info

  • State: Andaman & Nicobar
  • Famous for/as: Beach
  • Altitude: 13 m
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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Port Blair Traveller Reviews

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Sh soni
  • Sh soni
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 7 Reviews

"A beautiful place to visit in India" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
This is airport that is too hectic but totally disciplined one and having all facilities required therein. Airport is well maintained and generally busy through morning to evening. It is small and small is always beautiful. To enjoy the trip, one must visit Havelock Island, Kala Tapu, Government Emporium and Fishery Emporium. Port Blair is totally risk free place where we can go out even late at night. We are lucky to have such beautiful place in our India. One must visit again and again.
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Anagh Agrawal
  • Anagh Agrawal
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 5 Reviews

"Spectacular 3 Days in Port Blair" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Its a great place to be if you like sun sand and sea. There are lot of places to visit in Port Blair like Cellular Jail, Chidiya Tapu, Wandoor Beach, Baratang Island etc. Local food is like a mix of South-Indian and Bengali food but the food is yummy.

You can go for local sightseeing and lot of beaches. Plus there is a lot of world war 2 heritage available. Travel light and stay at a nice resort Eg. Fortune Bay Resort, Probably the best one in Port Blair.

Enjoy the experience of a lifetime.
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Md Javed
  • Md Javed
  • Lives in Gulbarga
  • 1 Review

"A nice holiday point" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Very nice, specially scuba dive over there and enjoy the corals, shells. With a trained scuba trainer. I love to go there for a holiday. Very best place in India.
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Soumendra Banerjee
  • Soumendra Banerjee
  • Beachbum
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 12 Reviews

"The best ever tour being a bengali" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
The Whole trip to Andaman is a must have in a lifetime type of trip. It is best especially for honeymoon couples as the couple can be away from all the world. The beautiful nature as well as the aquatic world will surely mesmerise the senses. Even the Pataya Beach in Bangkok feels less beautiful in comparison to the beauty of Andaman. Andaman has two of Asia's most exotic beaches which will surely leave a mark in your mind. Do visit Andaman.
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Amit Bambal
  • Amit Bambal
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review

"Awesome and it's a pollution free area"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It was a very nice experience. I love to visit all the places at Port Blair and North and middle Andaman. Crossing Jarwa land is a thrilling experience. I have visited all the places in North and middle Andaman along with Port Blair city. People are really very cooperative and good hearted.
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Rayesh Pai
  • Rayesh Pai
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews

"Pleasant trip and place for adventurous people"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The tour was awesome. Enjoyed, tired and loved the entire journey. Got some pleasure time and relief from day to day work and stress. The food and accommodation was good. Good place to go shopping. Sports is the activity. Adventurous people can think of here.
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Deepak Arora
  • Deepak Arora
  • Lives in Noida
  • 6 Reviews

"Great adventure, opt for a ship journey"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Overall experience is good but it could have been very excellent. Actually there was boat tragedy 2 days back when we reached there so administration instructed to have boat safety audits on some routes. Hence permission was not given to us to visit Ross island/Viper island etc. So unfortunately missed these destinations. We visited Baratang where you can see Jarawa Tribes on the way. There are limestone caves where journey is quite adventures.

Radha Nagar beach at Havelock is one among the best and a must see. Havelock is the best bet and one should spend at least 2 days there. Scuba diving is the greatest adventures there.

There is one recommendation : - While reaching Havelock one has to opt for ship journey where one side fair starts from approx Rs 250 to Rs 300 in ordinary non AC ships run by shipping corp of India and it takes almost 2. 25 hrs to 2. 5 hrs. One might not find it comfortable.

There are cruise like high speed private ships also which are quite comfortable and takes less time though fare is little on higher side. Approx Rs 900. If you have small children better to opt for this.

Cellular Jail is again worth going and light and sound show will give you a insight what kind of difficulties our freedom fighter when through during their stay.
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Amarendra Kumar
  • Amarendra Kumar
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 4 Reviews

"A destination for the activities under the sea"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Port Blair is good destination for holiday, one can go and relax there for a week. Also one can enjoy the water rides such as scuba diving sea walk and watch corals there. Apart from that there are glass bottom ride to sea, the marine life and corals in the sea. There are other water rides in which children can enjoy. Overall I can say every person can enjoy in Port Blair, best time to visit is December and January.
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Sarbajit Ghosh
  • Sarbajit Ghosh
  • Beachbum
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 26 Reviews

"A dream destination"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I dreamed of visiting Andamans from my childhood and it became true at the fag end of my life.

Andaman is one of the rare places which offers sea and hillocks together. The town of Port Blair is one of the finest in India. It has clean, smooth and wide roads, free of traffic snarls. The city is also free of street beggars, stray dogs or cows, most unlikely in other places in India. Umpteen number of hotels with varying standards and prices are available to suit all visitors. The choice of food is also available in plenty. Good marketplaces are also there, but it is advisable not to buy anything from here unless it is of andaman origin, because 95% of the products are brought here either from Chennai or Kolkata. So, everything is little highly priced, except the liquors, which enjoys a relief from excise duty.

There are a number of places to visit in and around Port Blair. A cruise to Havelock or Neil Island by Macruz, a catamaran, is an unforgettable experience. The sea beach of Radhanagar at the Havelock Island is supposed to be one of the finest sea beaches of India.

I now dream of visiting Andaman again.
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Sathesh Kumar
  • Sathesh Kumar
  • Lives in Jaipur
  • 2 Reviews

"Perfect place for holidays"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We made a trip of 8 days and 7 nights.

Day 1 - Port Blair - Corbyn's Cove beach it was quite good. But not good to take bath and the evening we went for light and sound show.

Day 2 - Went to the museum and aquarium. Same day went to havelock by some small speed boat.

Day 3 - We did nice water sports games, also explored sea walking

Day 4 - Stayed one more day there for relaxing.

Day 5 - Neil island trip, there you should do the scuba diving. Stayed at pearl park very close to sunset point.

Day 6 - came back to port blair, did some shopping and nice dinner at Annapoorna hotel.

Day 7 - Baratang visit for live limestone cave visit.

Day 8 - Returned to Chennai by air india
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