Port Blair Tourism
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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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Rishav Ghosh
  • Rishav Ghosh
  • Lives in Vellore
  • 4 Reviews

"A good holiday destination" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Port blair's most historical site is the cellular jail which bore the agony of the prisoners. Its light and sound show was amazing. Carbyn beach was also a worth watch. Various museums added the spice to the tour.which depicted the lifestyle of the people of andaman. Sagarika was the best place to buy the shells.
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Frenil Modi
  • Frenil Modi
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 4 Reviews

"Best experiance till now" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
All sightseeing spots are so beautiful. In havelock the nature beauty is awesome. Every beach is nice and all facilities like bathroom changing room and locker are available. Local public is also supportive. The activities like scuba diving is very nice because of clean water.
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Anxious Abe
  • Anxious Abe
  • Lives in Agra
  • 5 Reviews

"A fantabulous place to visit" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
The sheer cleanliness of the place floors you. You feel you are somewhere abroad. Waste bins at every nook and corner and the adherence to swachata makes one think that our PM may have got his inspiration for his Noble Mission from somewhere where only probably he knows. But the gut feeling that it is possible in india would definitely have come to him from one of his visits to andaman & nicobar islands. The virgin unpolluted environment and the clean blue waters floors you. The natural beauty is amazing and the simplicity of the people is infectious. A must visit for every Indian.
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Sunil Pal
  • Sunil Pal
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 4 Reviews

"Place for all ages from eight to eighty years" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
In Andaman, every thing is there. Historical sites - the one and only Cellular Jail which was built by British for Indian freedom fighters. Before Cellular Jail was built, the freedom fighters are kept in a jail in Viper Island in Andaman. On visiting the Cellular Jail, I was gone back hundred years back to feel how painful the freedom fighters were spent their lives in those years.

One can enjoy to see the deep marine life and the jewels of the ocean in Andaman. There are water scooters and speed boats to ride on the sea water. At the same time, one can enjoy to go under the sea water by scuba diving, walking on sea bed, snore kelling or riding on bottom glass boats to watch the marine life like varieties of colourful fishes, different types of corals.

There are many beautiful islands, namely Neil, Havelock, North Bay, Ross, Viper, Mount Harriet etc. and numbers of beautiful beaches like Wandoor, Chidiya Tapu etc. in Port Blair.

For local shopping, the best place is the Government Emporium in Port Blair. Out of that, there are also many private shops and government shops in museums.

All foods are somehow costly because most of food items are supplied from Kolkata, Chennai and Vizag by Ships or flights. Although fishes are rather cheaper and some types of vegetable are grown their.
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Surendra Prasad
  • Surendra Prasad
  • Lives in Afzalpura
  • 8 Reviews

"Perfect for an internet free holiday"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The destination I visited has many attraction. It is a thrilling experience for everyone to visit amazing place and island in and around Port Blair. While at Port Blair one must visit, Ross island, Water Sports complex, Havelock island, Neil island and must must visit Cellular jail. Don't forget to watch Sound and Music programme at Cellular Jail at evening. Food of general quality are available. All most all type of food is available. Yes seafood are available in abundance and one enjoy this at Port Blair.
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Gaurish Mulgaonkar
  • Gaurish Mulgaonkar
  • Lives in Panaji
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  • 20 Reviews

"Mind blowing and peaceful place"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
WOW! I am just so happy that I chose Andaman for my holiday. This place turned out to be the perfect one i would like to holiday at. The experience was very enjoyable. The people here are very helpful & generally don't have a attitude gone into their head (but there are always some exceptions). The place is very peaceful which is very difficult to find these days. I am so impressed with this place that I even had thoughts of settling here permanently!
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Ram kumar
  • Ram kumar
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews

"Heaven on earth"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This city is if I am not mistaken a Heaven on earth. Right time to visit is from October to May. Greenery, cleanliness and location all are good and worth seen. Travelling in jetty is also a wonder. Elephant ride, sun bath and playing with sea waves are tasks to keep you busy.
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Sridhar Arumilli
  • Sridhar Arumilli
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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  • 4 Reviews

"A place to enjoy the water sports"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I went there along with my family during the month of October. In Andaman we saw the Cellular Jail and other Islands like Ross Island and North Bay Island. Those are very good and especially known for Corals. We enjoyed the water rides and the various water sports. Shopping stalls were available to purchase the natural pulses & corals.
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Manoj kumar Pandey
  • Manoj kumar Pandey
  • Lives in Ghazipur
  • 1 Review

"Superb place to visit"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Andaman and nicobar is very nice place to visit. I like havelock, ross and niel island, those are the god places to visit there. The place is very beautiful and adventurous. Historical Cellular jail, chidiya tapu and barren island are very nice places there to see. It is a nice place to visit.
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Sanjeev Panda
  • Sanjeev Panda
  • Lives in Bhawanipatna
  • 3 Reviews

"Paradise on the islands"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Andaman & Nicobar islands offer you the most spectacular tourist destinations where you can enjoy the beautiful and idyllic scenes of nature with eco-friendly white sand beaches. The turquoise blue ocean water, the flora and the fauna, the deep mysterious forests, and also at the same time you can have a tryst with the past in the Cellular jail or watch the alluring beaches. Indulge yourself in some adventure sports like snorkeling, scuba diving, trekking, island camping, windsurfing, fishing or simply go a wonderful boat ride, enlighten yourself with the knowledge of marine biodiversity.
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