Port Blair is the Union Territory capital of Andaman and Nicobar, It is located on the east coast of the South Andaman Island. Port Blair is the gateway to the pristine islands.
Port Blair is going to be your gateway to other miraculous islands of Andaman and Nicobar. The major airport of the Andamans is in the Port Blair, called Vir Savarkar Airport. You can easily get access to all the modern amenities in here; be it accommodation, travel guides, shopping, transportation and what not. Not just the city is brimming with all the facilities; but Port Blair’s natural beauty also lies untouched. Most popular attractions of Port Blair are Cellular Jail, Corbyn’s Cove, Mini Zoo, Anthropological Museum, Samudrika Naval Museum and Chatam Saw Mill.
Port Blair is also an Island town offering water based activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, sea-cruises, and glimpses of the history and culture of the region. The Aberdeen Bazaar forms the centre of the town. Most of the restaurants and hotels are around this area. The Airport is 4 Kms to the south west. The main passenger dock for ferries-the Phoenix Bay Jetty is 1 Km. to the North West.
The gateway to the beautiful Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair is one destination which is visited by a number of people throughout the year. The destination is well-connected to different corners of the world via road, sea and air. Here is more on reaching Port Blair.
Tourists have an easy option of reaching Port Blair through air. Port Blair is connected to major cities such as Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Bangalore via regular flights. From the airport, tourists can also take helicopter services which run in between the islands.
Port Blair is also well connected to different parts of the world via sea. Ferry services are available from Chennai and Kolkata to Port Blair. These services can be availed within a day or two.
It is not a tough task to reach Port Blair via road. A number of buses connect the destination to other major parts of Andaman including Rangat (163km), Baratang Island (100km) and Diglipur (296km). So, tourists have an option of taking these buses to reach different parts of Andaman. Some private bus operators also operate buses from Port Blair to different regions on regular basis.
Cellular Jail, located at Port Blair, stood mute witness to the tortures meted out to the freedom fighters, who were incarcerated in this Jail. The Jail, completed in the year 1906 acquired the name, ‘cellular’ because it is entirely made up of individual cells for the solitary confinement of the prisoners. It originally was a seven pronged, puce-coloured building with central tower acting as its fulcrum and a massive structure comprising honeycomb like corridors. The building was subsequently damaged and presently three out of the seven prongs are intact. The Jail, now a place of pilgrimage for all freedom loving people, has been declared a National Memorial
The penal settlement established in Andamans by the British after the First War of Independence in 1857 was the beginning of the agonizing story of freedom fighters in the massive and awful jails at Viper Island followed by the Cellular Jail. The patriots who raised their voice against the British Raj were sent to this Jail, where many perished. Netaji Subash Chandra Bose hoisted the tri-color flag to proclaim Independence on 30th December 1943 at a place near this Jail
This three-storied prison, constructed by Britishers in 1906, is a pilgrimage destination for freedom fighters. This colossal edifice has mutely witnessed the most treacherous of inhumane atrocities borne by the convicts, who were mostly freedom fighters. Now dedicated to the nation as a National Memorial, The saga of the heroic freedom struggle is brought alive in a moving Son-et-Lumiere, shown daily inside the jail compound at 6.00 PM (Hindi) and 7.15 PM (English). Also there is a Museum, an Art gallery, and a Photo gallery, which are open on all days except Monday from 9.00 AM to 12 Noon and 2.00 PM to 5.00 PM
One of the most picturesque sea-beaches, it is ideal for sea bathing and sun-basking. The Waves Restaurant, The Peerless Resort nearby and the Hornbill Nest Guest House at a stone's throw, provide a kaleidoscopic view of the blue water front
Situated near Andaman Teal House, this museum exhibits several varieties of sponges, corals, butterflies, centipedes etc. It is open on all working days except Mondays and Govt. Holidays
The Anthropological museum in Port Blair started in the year 1975-76, is an ethnographic museum. It showcases the four Negrito Tribes of the Andaman viz. the Jarawas, Sentinelese, Great Andamanese and the Onges and two Mongoloid Tribes of the Nicobar viz. the Nicobarese and the Shompens. This museum is closed on Mondays and Govt. Holidays.
Situated opposite Andaman Teal House, Delanipur, Port Blair, this museum create awareness on various aspects of oceanic environment and houses a vast collection of cells, corals and a few species of colorful fishes of the sea around the islands. Closed on Mondays and Holidays.
The Chatham saw mill is one of the oldest saw mills in Asia. It is built on a tiny island and connected to Port Blair by a bridge. It is a store house of timber varieties like, Padauk, Gurjan, Marble, Satin wood etc. The Chatham Island has the second largest wharf of these islands where island-mainland ships can berth. Within the saw mill compound is a museum showcasing the various timber wealth of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The museum offers an insight in to forest activities through scale models and display decorative pieces made of Padauk, Marble, Gurjan, Satin wood etc. Closed on Sundays and Industrial Holidays. Forest Museum (Chatham) timings: 10.00 AM to 2.00 PM
The Andaman & Nicobar Islands are characterized by two distinct native cultures. One is of the Negrito population in the Andaman’s and other is of the Autochthones, i.e. the Mongoloid Nicobarese and Shompen. Both during pre- and post-British periods and even after Independence, these two cultures have maintained their distinct identities. The main aboriginal group in the Andamans is the Onges, who live on Little Andaman. Onges, like other Andamanese tribes, are of Negrito origin. They practice food - gathering, hunting, honey - collecting and fishing, and are the only tribe on the islands, who freely accept contact with the outside world. In the Nicobars, the only aboriginals are the Shompens, who are averse to any contact with the outside world. The Nicobarese, the largest group, seem to be of mixed Burmese, Malay, Mon and Shan origin. They are a friendly and cheerful lot, who do not accept money and prefer the barter system. Communing with the dead is one of the many intriguing rituals practiced in Nicobar.
Chidiyatappu is the southernmost tip of South Andaman. The lush green mangroves, forest cover with numerous chirping birds and the Sylvan Sands and Munda pahar beaches make it an ideal picnic site. The forest guesthouse situated on top of a hillock provides a fabulous view of isolated islands, submerged corals and the breath-taking sunset.
The summer headquarters of the Chief Commissioner during British Raj, this place is an ideal for a nice and fascinating over view of the outer islands and the sea. It is the highest peak in the South Andamans (365 meters high). One can trek upto Madhuban through a nature trail and can find rare endemic birds, animals and butterflies. Conducted tours to Mt. Harriet are available from Andaman Teal House.
It is a good time to visit the place as the weather remains pleasant which is ideal for all the tourist activities. During this time, tourists can indulge in a variety of activities including boating, under water diving and snorkeling.
Port Blair experiences moderate to heavy rainfall during the monsoon season which begins with the month of May and ends with August. At times, the place experiences heavy thunders and strong breeze. Evenings remain pleasant and perfect for sightseeing.
Port Blair does not get to chilly during the winter season. It is the best time to visit the place and enjoy time at its different attractions. The average temperature ranges between 22°C and 23°C.
All tourist are required to ensure that while undertaking snorkeling, they are accompanied by trained snorkel guide, who has been licensed /certified by National Institute of water sports (NIWS)