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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Soiru desai

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"A lovely place away from your home" new review

  • 7.0/7
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I share here with the pleasant memories of my Andaman tour. The place is scenic surrounded by water on all sides. A calm and cool place. There is no disturbance of much traffic, scarcely populated. For staying lot of hotels are available at reasonable rates. Aldeerbeen Bazaar is market place. There is nothing which you can buy here except corals. But raw corals are not permitted to take. You can visit the various islands such as Havelock, ross island, Neil island and spend the time. You can also enjoy Scuba Diving, Snorkling which is unique here. Enjoy your travel by boat from Port Blair to Havelock where you can see greenery on both sides and thick forest. Rain is unpredictable here. One should not forget to visit the cellular jail and enjoy the evening light and sound show. There is scarcity of fresh milk here and generally powder milk is used for preparing tea. Fresh fish can be enjoyed. Port Blair is a place which in a lifetime, one should visit.
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Parth Deshmukh

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"Best of summer holidays" new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It's a nice place to go really awesome sea food. Nice beach & really awesome feeling with friends. We enjoy a lot nice Skuba diving. All adventures in the sea was awesome. Hotels are also amazing. Nice place for shopping & overall awesome to go.
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Ravi kumar Ahirwar

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"Destination was awesome" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It was great experience to visit Port Blair. Beautiful beaches amazing surrounding. Good atmosphere peaceful and amazing. I enjoyed a lot on my first trip to this destination. I suggest to all to visit this part of the world for being good experience and can be good for there family. Another good about this place is that the people of that part of the country being nice.
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Nikhil Kumar

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"It was a relaxation trip" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Amazing place it is with exotics location. Surrounded by beautiful sea. A great honeymoon destination. Various species of flora and fauna can be easily seen there. Cuisine were very delicious there. Cocktails are a must try. Flights were comfortable to visit there. Enjoy the stay.
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Sheldon Dsilva

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"Awesome place to go!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It's the awesome destination for teenagers. Its best for honeymoon couples, as it has nice sea in which we can go cruising on boat. Its awesome beach is just adorable and even family can go for a outing there. As I have been there its an awesome beautiful place.
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"Overall it was good trip" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Portblair is a good destination for honeymoon trip. There is a lot of sightseeing rose island, north bay, havlock and other finally we enjoyed our journey with good hospitably of Air India.
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"Superb location to a holiday spot" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Must visit at least once the sightseeing is simply great. Awesome place and the beaches are beautiful specially in the month of June but don't forget to carry umbrella a lot of rain in the month of June. It is so pleasant to see and a very good place to get your self relaxed.
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"A must visit place in India" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Pro Blair, when we hear this name, immediately the picture of pre-independence India comes in mind. A place used to torture freedom fighters. Too many attractions to visit like Cellular Jail, Ross Island, North Bay Island, Chidiya Tapu, Wandoor Beach and so on. Havelock and Niels Island are the must added places in the itinerary. Along with sightseeing, one can enjoy activities like snorkeling, scuba diving etc. Surely recommend to visit.
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"Good destination!" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Its a great destination to visit with friends, family etc. I visited with my friends and I like it very much. The beautiful natural sceneries are attractive and enjoyable. There are different kinds of beaches and bays along side the rive which is very beautiful.
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"A mind-blowing place with awesome natural beauty" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Anadaman islands is a place where one should visit. Andamans is truly a breathtaking and beautiful place still to be explored and enjoyed by many. The restaurants here have variety and you will get whatever you want. With an abundance of aquatic life, it's natural that seafood is popular in the Andamans. The Andamani fish curry is a must-try. The fish is marinated and cooked in a variety of Indian spices and is served with rice.
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