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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Shivam Pandit
  • Shivam Pandit
  • 8 Reviews

"An awesome place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Visited port-blair 2 years back. Its a awesome place. Food is cheap. Awesome places to roam around. Some of the tourist attractions there are Cellular jail, kalapani, Ramakrishna math and the 3 islands which the steamers give a ride that costs close to Rs 1000.
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Anusha Akriti
  • Anusha Akriti
  • Lives in Bhubaneswar
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  • 14 Reviews

"Overall, a great experience" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
I along with my family went to port blair. We Boarded a flight from kolkata. As my flight was about to land through the window I only saw was the blue sea. Can't forget that moment my entire life. Overall it is a very nice place. We went to kala pani show at evening. There you can get very beautiful corals. The food is quite good. The beaches are awesome. There many tribes are also present. Though the place has changed after tsunami still it one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Filled with scenic beauty. A must visit for beach lovers.
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Anjul Verma
  • Anjul Verma
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 6 Reviews

"Oceanic paradise - natural bliss" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
Contain such clear waters I haven't seen before. Talk about the cleanliness there are some natural places left that are clean. The beaches are just awesome, view of what a paradise might be. Multiple islands just multiply your pleasure. Ocean trip cruisers are quality of service.
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Subodh Shah
  • Subodh Shah
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 8 photos
  • 8 Reviews

"Overall, a good destination" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Its an excellent place, some beaches are not clean but water is quite clear some sites are also fascinating. We love to visit again and again, if traveling time can be shorten by direct flight all places are very good historical, beaches etc. Roads are good, people are helpful,
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Gambhir Singh
  • Gambhir Singh
  • Lives in Aligarh
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  • 4 Reviews

"A city to have good fun" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
To know the andaman nicobar island, its formation and visit the island to see the sunset point, scuba diving, ets. To see the beautiful sea beaches, sea journey, enjoying the island and my kid feels happy. I will advise the traveller from Delhi to take direct flight from delhi to port blair via bhubaneswar. Reach port blair. Visit the capital itself, and go nearby islands i.e. Havelock island, neil island. In neil island take the bicycle. And enjoy the island.
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Vishal padashatty
  • Vishal padashatty
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews

"Nice Time to Enjoy" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Overall experience in Port Blair is nice it was so enjoyable movement in my life. It was totally good to spend time with friends and the cost of living is too good. Every day breakfast, lunch & Dinner 3 times of food are too good it was same like in House.
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Rishav Ghosh
  • Rishav Ghosh
  • Lives in Vellore
  • 4 Reviews

"A good holiday destination"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month 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"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month 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"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months 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
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"Place for all ages from eight to eighty years"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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