Port Blair Tourism

Port Blair Tourism

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What a moment that was - when the plane came down from 10500 ft. to around 3000 ft..... It was like WOW and amazing situation not only for me but definitely also for those who were experienced that 1st time..... I am talking about some small pieces of land all surrounded by the green colored sea water. After the journey of around 1hr and 40 mins, I was actually flying over that place of which I read and heard a lot in my school times. It was resembled like after making a green dish someone has sprinkled those small small Islands into it and again garnished them with some green leafs. Then the plane landed at the Vir Savarkar Airport of Portblair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
I took a Taxi arranged by my hotel 'Shah-n-Shah' and reached to the Hotel. Because I was only on a 3 days short trip, I decided to go for the city tour same day for which I hired the same Taxi.
First I visited to the Samudrika Museum where I saw many different spices of corals and increased my knowledge about them. A small shop is also their inside the Samudrika premises where you can purchase some oceanic items for memories. But I found it bit costly so I moved ahead to the other tourist point which was the famous Cellular Jail. All Indians knows very well the history behind Cellular Jail. Now a days it is a hot spot for every tourist visiting Andaman but before Independence it was known as 'Kala Pani Jail', a place known for the brutal behavior of British authorities against Indian revolutionary people. The dark and damp 13' X 6' small cells, Iron grills, chains, fetters, shackles, flogging stands, coconut oil making equipments, Gallows were the true evidences of those terrible punishments given by the Britishers.
Overall I loved the my whole trip of Portblair and If I again get a chance, I'll definitely avail that one. :-)

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: FOOD
Veggis : Not many options for vegetarians. I heard only 3 Restaurants / Hotels : 1. Annapurna : near Aberdeen Bazar and Hanuman Mandir ( bit expensive but South Indian dishes were reasonable) - go there between 7-8 pm otherwise you'll have to wait for your number.
2. Punjabi Dhabha : near Aberdeen Bazar (very reasonable but not very spacious; only three tables were their) - You can pack your food for your hotel.
3. Icy Spicy (jungli Ghat) : Heard a lot about this but never got a chance to experience it.

Samudrika Museum, Cellular Jail, Science Center, Carbyn's Cove beach, Chatham Saw mill, Sagarika (you can do shopping here under very reasonable rates), Anthropological Museum, Mini Zoo, Fisheries Museum, etc.
There were also so many nearby Islands to be visited : Havelock, Neil, Baratang, Ross+ Viper+ North Bay Island (a single day package - Rs.400/person with lunch and the adventure of Glass bottom Boat),
Wandoor, Diglipur, Chriya Tapu, etc.

1. Samudrika : A small shop and I found it bit costly.
2. Sagarika : Nice place to shop with very reasonable rates.
Both of these shops are under Govt. undertaking. Their are also 4-5 private shops nearby Sagarika.

Activities & things to do: Glass bottom Boat : If you afraid of going in deep water but wanted to see the live corals and under water life then Glass bottom Boat is the best option.
Charges starts from Rs. 100
Available at North bay and Havelock Islands.

Snorkeling : A eye protector mask with magnifying glass, a pipe to breath and Air Tyre tube helps you to see the corals and underwater life live for which you don't need to know swimming.
Charges starts from Rs.200
Available at North bay Islands, Havelock Islands, Neil Islands and Wandoor.

Scuba Diving : A perfect ways to feel the corals and underwater life by diving into the deep water with Oxygen mask and swimming costumes. It also don't require swimming skills but needs some practice before doing under trainer guidance.
Available at Havelock Islands

Jet Ski : A Yahama water scooter
Charges Rs. 550 for Single and Rs 750 for couple.
Available at Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex, Aberbdeen Jetty.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Travel tips :
**Always Carry a Sun good Sunscreen lotion, Sun Glasses, some snacks and water with you.
**Carry some extra clothing while going to any beach.

How to reach :
From Kolkotta and Chennai both Ship and Flights are available. For Ship either you need to reach one of the ports a week before or contact to any trip maker for the relevant arrangement.

Travel Warnings :
If you are using a Reliance mobile connection then you need to switch it for some other one like Airtel, Vodaphone or BSNL,...as their is no Reliance coverage at all.
Preferred connection is Airtel and BSNL.

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Kashish Jain
  • Kashish Jain
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"Must Visit for Water Sports and Beaches." new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Although I saw a lot of honeymoon couples over there but the island is worth a visit. Far away from India but a part of India. The local sightseeing was good and nearby islands are a must visit. Water Sports add to the attraction of the place........ More
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Kailash Chouhan
  • Kailash Chouhan
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 Reviews

"Different from other beaches in India" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
People should visit here if they want to get a feel of the excellent and beautiful beaches. Away from the mainland, this place is calm and peaceful; life is a less complicated here. I should confess, Port Blair is an excellent destination for....... More
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  • Mohamed
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"Great place for adventure junkies" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Andaman offers beautiful beaches and picturesque locales. You can have a great time at Andaman. This is a must visit place if you are into doing water sport activities like snorkelling, scuba diving, jet skiing, etc. Also, the adventurous....... More
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Anil kumar
  • Anil kumar
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"Port Blair Is Amazing!" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
People should visit here if they want to get the feel of excellent and beautiful beaches. Away from the mainland, this place is calm and peaceful. Life is a less complicated here. This place can really make you remind of beaches of foreign....... More
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"These beaches are different from the beaches I have seen" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Port Blair is excellent destination for visiting in India. It is different that the beaches that I had seen. Nice place for holiday &honeymoon also very peaceful place. We are also visited Havelock island and did scuba diving there the food....... More
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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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Port Blair Packages

5 Days in Andaman-Superior 22000 Per Person 5 days & 4 nights VIEW DETAILS
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