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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Ajit Rao

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  • Ajit Rao
  • 2 Reviews
  •  54 readers

"Port Blair" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Saw all the worthwhile sights in and around the island ... A wonderful time had by all ... All arranged by Hotel Rhishabh when asked for help. Too many sights and places of interest to recount ... Amazingly hotel management squeezed a number of activities into every single day and we never felt it was too much. A memorable experience was our stay in Port Blair.
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Manpreet taneja

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  • Manpreet taneja
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"Perfect for a tranquil holiday" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
In Andaman, internet connectivity is limited, the only service provider which works here is bsnl that too with max speed of 120kbps. Hotels WiFi is also not so good.
So best place for an internet free holiday.
Variety of adventure activities available, such as scuba diving, banana ride, kayaking, snorkeling, jet ski, boat rides etc.
Multiple islands with enchanting views and sceneries.
Those who doesn't want to take much risk can still enjoy the closer sighting of marine life and corals through dolphin glass boat ride and semi submarine.
City market is very good and selling food and other items at very economical prices.
Variety of cuisines available, North Indian/South.
And a lot of shops selling Bengali sweets which are must-try.
Overall a worth-visit place for a calm and relaxing holiday.
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Nitin Jangir

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  • Nitin Jangir
  • 2 Reviews
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"Awesome Place to be" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Port Blair is on of most peaceful cities in India. No traffic. Best place to be. Only the concern is about weather. Advice don't go from May to October. Else place is very good. Supportive people there. Be there tension free. Hire a bike and Rome around
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Priyanka Gupta

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  • Priyanka Gupta
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review
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"Holidaying in Andaman's"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Holiday iq had been quite useful for me for many a bookings for holidays in India infact all are up to the mark what they say they mean it. They provide you with the good hotels good amenities. I would like to recommend a hotel in port Blair that's coral cove it was really outstanding the best part to roam around the city is with an auto. I would like to recommend TUK 22 TRAVELS owned by SADAI GOPAL I found him very honest person and a good guide for my stay m adding his no too 09933202151
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Rajesh Veeragandham

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  • Rajesh Veeragandham
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"Trip for 5 days"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Port blair is good place especially for honeymoon. Tour for copules would be wonderful. Visit ross island, Nort bay and cellular jail. Don't spent too much time in portblair as Neil Island would be best place to live. Night life is not there. Even drinks are not available
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"A panoramic tour for nine days"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Port Blair is the capital of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands is situated in the Bay Of Bengal. Our trip was for nine days and journey was started from Kolkata airport to Port Blair on 20th December, 2016. Availed Spice Jet. Spell bound views of rugged terrain have found from sky route. Landed at Port Blair airport at 5. 11 Pm. Hotel representative received us from the airport and dropped us at " Dipantar Guest House" which is close to airport. Next day after having breakfast we proceeded for a panoramic tour of the city which covers the Cellular Jail, Chattam saw Mill, Forest Museum, Samudrika, Anthropological Museum and Fisheries Museum.
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Mittal sanjay

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  • Mittal sanjay
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  •  8 helpful votes
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"Excellent place for visiting"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 11, 2017
It is a very good place for family tour especially there weather, cleaning and beauty. Little problem for Mobile network. 3g and 4g net not working there. 2g internet is working for airtel and wodafone only. Here is many places for visit. I like corbean cove beach. Chidiya tapu beach is not very good. There is not any kind of birds. Airport of Portblair look like a railway station. Here is not any facilities. Public transport is very good like buses and auto. Auto fare is 20-30 rupees for 2- 3 km for full auto. Bus fare is also very nominal like 5 to 20 rupees.
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  • 5 votes

Nisha aithani

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  • Nisha aithani
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"Untouched paradise indeed"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 6, 2017
Breathtaking scenic beauty! Andamans is a must visit place for those who love nature. Clear water, clean beaches and greenery all around. Locals are very helpful. Remember to book ferry tickets well in advance and they are sold out quickly. Cellular jail light & sound show is captivating.
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"Very tight security airport"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Nov 19, 2016
Port blair airport is an army base airport. V small and with tight security. We were stopped by the army security person while trying to take pics. Yes, Taking pics is strictly prohibited there. Rest it s the gateway to one of the prettiest beach location in india
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Rajendran Kulandaivelu

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  • Rajendran Kulandaivelu
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"Very nice tour."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 18, 2016
We are three person went Andaman tour four nights five days tout. One night stayed Havelock and three nights in port flair. Very amazing sight seeing all places. In Havelock we went Ratha Nagar beach and elephant beach. We went Baratong island and visited limestone caves and port flair jail. People are very nice. It is very nice place for enjoy tour.
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