Port Blair Tourism

Port Blair Tourism

Port Blair Info

  • 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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Kumari madhvi

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  • Kumari madhvi
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  • 3 Reviews
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"Adventurous tour"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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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  • Vidyut Maurya
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  • Lives in Ghaziabad
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  •  18 helpful votes
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"Best in India"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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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Thiagaraja Jagannthan

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  • Thiagaraja Jagannthan
  • Lives in Chennai
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"Port Blair & Havelock Island Trip May 2016"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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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Satya nigam

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  • Satya nigam
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"Nice to visit for nature lovers"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted May 28, 2016
Port Blair is a nice place to visit for visitors who are nature loving here you can see corals at different beech. I saw lime cave which is very nice and amazing, it is safe and peaceful place. Shopping is not costly but every tour depend on see conditions, if sea is rough you may be cancelled. All movement in Port Blair depends on ship or boat but overall it is a nice place.
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Prasenjit gupta

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  • 3 Reviews
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"Awesome place for honeymoon"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 20, 2016
A place where serenity meets nature. It was my honeymoon trip and the experiences have left me spellbound. Honestly, I don't have words to express my pleasure after visiting this place. My spouse and I will cherish the memories of this place for ever.
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Mr akgigoo .

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  • Mr akgigoo .
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews
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"Excellent place to relax"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 10, 2016
Local govt should see that fluctuation in rates during peak and lean session is avoided, so that visitors can enjoy their time in this picturesque place with abundance of natural beauty. Flights from mainland needs manyfold increase which will also help local population.
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Vikash maurya

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  • Vikash maurya
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"A good destination"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 4, 2016
It was a great days in Havelock. We enjoyed makruzz ferry from port blair to Havelock. We enjoyed a lot in Havelock. We have seen many beaches like govind nagar beach, kala patthar, radha nagar beach and elephant beach. We also enjoyed driving in havelock.
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Nauman Khatib

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  • Nauman Khatib
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Kala Pani -A childhood dream"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 3, 2016
If you have read history and know what Kala Pani is, you must go to Cellular jail for their light and sound show. Science Park is a must visit. Chatham Saw mill if you are interested in seeing oldest saw mill of Asia and history related with it. Peerless Portico-Sea Resort (excellent hospitality and food), Islander Inn and Shompen are good hotels to stay with family.
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Sumit Sinha

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  • Sumit Sinha
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"Excellent vacation for beaches and historical place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 30, 2016
Andaman island is a must for tourist who loves virgin beaches, historical important places. Here all the beaches are very clean, water is transparent, wave is very less. Ideal time to visit is winter time when temperature will be lesser.

Must see places are Port Blair, Ross Island, Havelock, Elephant Beach, Neil Island, Baratang Lime stone cave, Mud Volcano and if possible Smith and Ross Island(the beach is excellent, water is turquoise blue), North Bay.

Food is predominantly Bengali, South Indian and others. Sea food is available in plenty and reasonably priced. As it is basically islands hence you can have all types of water sports, glass bottom boats for observing corals and marine lives. In Port Blair you can have semi submarine to observe corals and marine lives in the comfort of AC.

You can have relaxed and lazy time at the beaches or bird watching at different places including Chidiya Tapu. You can buy pearl, sea shells which are very popular with tourists.
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Marketing Ghumakkarm

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  • Marketing Ghumakkarm
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"Awesome location"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 18, 2016
Port Blair has many awesome location that like by newly married couple. Because honeymoon couple wants a silence place where they can spend quality time in the lap of natural beauty. Port Blair have world top beaches also. Newly couple take enjoy to sun bath here.
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