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Fascinating Port Blair

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Chandra Dwivedi

  • Tourist
  • Chandra Dwivedi
  • 1 Review
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"Fascinating Port Blair"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 15, 2011
Port Blair has fascinating blue & green colors of the sea water all around and some of the beaches have silver sand which offers unending enchantment. The air is not polluted and the tourism destinations are not crowded which is the best part. Of course, all around the sea, it is paradise for sea food lovers and selected outlets for vegeterians, like Annapurna & Blue Sea at Port Blair only. The Mac Cruise, hi-tech sea carrier for visiting Havelock Islands is worth an experience. However, to have a vehicle on your disposal exclusively is quite expensive. The Green- Blue sea all over is unforgettable.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: The Annapurna vegeterian Restaurants and Sagarika Emporium for fasinating local & other items..

Activities & things to do: Scuba diving and Snorkeling along with other sea sports at select places.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Port Blair is well connected by air and sea cruises. For other islands one has to take Ferry or Cruise where available even some islands are covered by sea-plane & helicopter.
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  • kcalpesh
  • Beachbum
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 4 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
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"Neat Clean Awesome"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 13, 2011
Living in Mumbai, I have seen the city conditions go from ok to good, from good to bad and sometimes again it's back to ok. About Port Blair, we were so amazed to know that the roads there are so well maintained, there's cleanliness all around. Of course if a place is a tourist attraction, the Govt will take care of it like anything. A city surrounded by sea, a small island, whatever you call it, Portblair will leave you mesmerized and you wouldn't want to come back from there.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: For sight seeing, there's an Anthropological Museum, a mini zoo, Samudrika Marine Museum and the best tourist attraction is the Cellular Jail dedicated to some of the great India freedom fighters, mainly Veer Savarkar. The light and sound show which is done at the Cellular Jail is spectacular and will make you feel the complete story of what happened there during India's freedom struggle.

Activities & things to do: There are a few beaches. One of them is the Corbyn's Cove beach.
Visit the Cellular Jail to see the Light & Sound Show.
There's a huge market area where you can buy a lot of different stuff.
A few good restaurants to checkout. Annapurna is one of them.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Make sure there's a gap between your connecting flights.Weather may delay your flights and it could be very difficult to get another flight soon.Carry a lot of sunscreen else you'll get tanned red and then black when you come back.
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Vikesh Sachdev

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  • Vikesh Sachdev
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"More historical!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 5, 2011
Port Blair is more historical and can be used as halting point for Andamans.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Sea food, though not cheap but spoil yourself on squids, fish, crab, mussels, lobster and prawns. Souveniers and momentos are available plenty on shops both government and private (shells, pearls, coconut and bamboo handicraft).

Activities & things to do: One day is enough for Port Blair, one day Baratang and one day for Ross Viper and North Bay.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: If you are planning to have an advance booking of everything like hotels, air ticket and boat tickets, book it.
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  • Pamp
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Chandigarh
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  • 20 Reviews
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"A place which reveals the extreme patriotism..."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 6, 2011
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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  • Nick
  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Surat
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"Memorable Port Blair"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 31, 2011
The first impression of Port Blair is of a very neat and clean town. Then there is the sea all around and the memories of the freedom struggle that makes it unforgettable.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: The biggest draw in Port Blair has to be the Cellular Jail. Quite eerie even today, it is a touching experience to take a tour of the jail.

Other sightseeing is about visits to Ross Island and nearby islands.

Activities & things to do: Lots of time can be spent near the sea. Corbyn Cove is a nice place to spend some time on the beach. Cruises to Havelock Island should not be missed.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Avoid the sea route to Port Blair...it's too long a journey...that time could well be utilised in Andamans itself.
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