ABOUT PORT BLAIR:
- Port Blair is the capital of the Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
- Port Blair is the gateway to the pristine islands.
- Port Blair, an Island town offering water-based activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, sea-cruises, and glimpses of the history and culture of the region.
- Port Blair is poignant reminder of the many sacrifices of freedom fighters.
- Port Blair is a well-connected island. It is connected to most of the North Andaman via road.
- Port Blair has 3 beaches: Carbyn’s Cove Beach, Wandoor Beach, and Mundapahar Beach- near Chidiyatapu.
MODE OF COMMUNICATION:
- Airport: The Veer Savarkar Airport, an International Airport is located in the capital town of Port Blair
- Ship: Ship services are available to Port Blair from Chennai, Kolkata and Visakhapatnam. The island is also connected by ferry to all other tourist destinations in Andaman.
SIGHTSEEING AT A GLANCE:
Corbyn's Cove Beach, Corbyn's Cove Beach
Anthropological Museum, Samudrika Marine Museum, Fisheries Museum
FAIRS & FESTIVALS
- Panguni Utthiram
- Island Tourism Festival
- Monsoon Music Festival
- Id-ul-Fitr, Id-ul-Zuha
- Ganesh Chaturthi
Aberdeen Bazaar, MG Road, Queen Sea Covering Craft
For more information visit https://www.andamantourism.gov.in/
ATTRACTIONS OF PORT BLAIR
- Cellular Jail is a national memorial of great historical significance for Indians. It was built in the year 1906 and was constructed to serve as a secluded colonial prison from where escape would be nearly impossible.
- It's famous for architecture, original photo gallery, light & sound show, and a museum.
- The light and sound show is displayed after sunset and is conducted in both English and Hindi where one can sit near the peepal tree and learn about the hardships and struggles freedom fighters went through for freedom.
Corbyn's Cove Beach
- Corbyn’s Cove Beach is one of the cleanest beaches in the Andaman, and is a resounding place to relax and feel at ease and it will be the first beach that you’ll visit in the small island.
- One can have a spectacular experience by standing on the beach and looking at the crystal clear, and the water here is also perfect for a swim.
- Corbyn’s Cove beach is growing with various activities including speed boat rides, Jet Skis, and Scuba diving under the all-natural and alive corals near Snake Island.
- Wandoor Beach is located about 22.2 KMs from the Airport and possesses beautifully blue and pristine clear beaches.
- The mystical and calm beaches of Wandoor are famous as a place where most people get dressed in their swimwear and enjoy long hours of playing and swimming in the water.
- One can enjoy some beachside snacks of your choice in the long groups of more than 15 shops located near the beach.
Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex
- Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex is located on the shoreline and was built as a place for walking and relaxation.
- The complex consists of long pathways directly above the sea connected to Marina Park. Lots of benches are lined across both sides of the pathway where you can sit back and relax the evening breeze while enjoying the spectacular view.
- Casual water sports like Jet Ski, Sofa Ride, Banana Ride, and Kayaking are available at the complex, for which the tickets are sold on the small booths nearby.
- The complex is located conveniently close to the Cellular Jail, so you can easily spend your evening there
- The anthropological museum showcases information and memoirs of the six native tribes and their unique way of living in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
- From the history of these tribes before the independence to a small glimpse into their lives right now, the museum makes it easy to understand the people who are native to the islands.
- This is a great place to visit if you are interested in the unique history of the islands.
Samudrika Marine Museum
- Samudrika is a marine-focused museum operated and maintained by the Indian Navy which is located close to Haddo.
- The museum has a total of 5 themes of galleries, showcasing different sides of the Andaman Islands.
- Everything from history and anthropology to geography and marine life of the islands, the museum is one of the best places to learn about the things that set these islands apart from the rest of the world.
- Fisheries Museum is located near the Water Sports Complex and showcases the marine and biological side of the Andaman Islands.
- The museum showcases different species of fish and sea dwellers with information about their origin and relocation in and nearby the islands.
ATTRACTIONS AROUND PORT BLAIR
Chidiya Tapu & Mundapahar Beach
- Located 20 kms from Port Blair Chidiya Tapu is another offbeat attraction on the island which is a center for a relaxed evening under the sunset.
- As the name suggests, the place is famous for the variety of bird species found here.
- There is a beach nearby called the Mundapahar Beach, which is well maintained by the forest authority, where you can enjoy sitting near the beach on natural wooden benches or enjoy some snacks with the family inside the beachside open huts.
- Above other things, the place is most famous for its breathtaking view of the sunset and therefore is usually visited at the end of the day.
- Part of the 9 National Parks in the Andaman Islands, Mount Harriet is located 15 kilometers from Port Blair and is the highest point in the South Andaman Islands, standing tall at 1,200 feet.
- The park is located atop the mountain, offering a great place to relax and unwind among the greenery of tall trees and gardens accompanied by butterflies and squirrels. Mount Harriet is considered one of the best places for bird watching in the islands, thanks to the endemic birds that frequent here.
- The photo behind the Rs.20 note of the Indian currency was taken from a spot here, you can easily find the direction by following the signboards.
- The spot still offers a fine view of the North Bay and Ross Island and is one of the best places to take a few clicks. Overall a great place to visit, if you like wilderness and greenery.