m

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur
adipiscing elit. Etiam posuere varius
magna, ut accumsan quam pretium
vel. Duis ornare

Latest News
Follow Us
GO UP
Image Alt

Port Blair

Mont Blanc Mountain

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Cras sollicitudin, tellus vitae condimentum egestas, libero dolor auctor tellus, eu consectetur neque elit quis nunc.

Port Blair is the capital city of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, housing the only commercial airport here, it is well connected by both sea & air and is known as the gateway to the islands.

It resembles the tale of any other city in India. Hotels, restaurants, resorts, and shops adorn its streets. Apart from that, it also has a lot of history associated with it, but not just any, it’s the history of our fight for freedom.​

Named Kaalapani it was largely used by the British for deporting political prisoners from India. And now it happens to be the most prominent tourist destination in the Islands, and the hub of all tourist activities happening around the Isles.

Due to the number of visitors traveling via Port Blair, the island has the best choices in hotels and staycations offering rooms for every budget.

Water Sports choices on the island are abundant and range from everything from Scuba Diving and Parasailing to simpler ones like Snorkeling and Jet Skis.

Being the hub, Port Blair connects to all the other islands in Andaman which are open to tourists via road and ferries. North Andaman, consisting of Baratang, Rangat, Mayabunder, and Diglipur is connected directly via road, although some routes are faster traveled via ferry. Other tourist destinations in the islands like Havelock Island and Neil are connected via ferries mostly operating from the Phoenix Bay Jetty, while the Aberdeen Jetty connects Port Blair to nearby islands like North Bay Island, Ross Island and Viper Island.

Port Blair itself has a wide variety of tourist attractions that fits every kind of traveler, whether you are looking for a relaxed beach-side kind of vibe, a historical getaway, or searching for a bit of fun and adventure on the sea. Thus providing a fulfilling holiday to anyone, be it, family, honeymooners, couples, or adventure lovers.

FACTS‌ ABOUT‌ PORT‌ BLAIR:

  • Port Blair has the only commercial airport in the islands, which also doubles as a defense airport, hence photography is strictly prohibited.
  • Port Blair is a well-connected island. It is connected to most of the North Andaman via road.
  • The only beach where swimming is allowed in Port Blair is the Corbyn’s Cove Beach.
  • You can easily reach Diglipur, Baratang, Rangat, Mayabunder, and HutBay via road.
  • The island is also connected by ferry to all other tourist destinations in Andaman.
  • The Internet is slow here, like the rest of the islands, but there are a lot of internet cafes and wi-fi spots where you can find decent connectivity.
  • Port Blair has 3 beaches in total, which are: Carbyn’s Cove Beach, Wandoor Beach, and Mundapahar Beach- near Chidiyatapu.

Cellular Jail:

Famous for:

  • Freedom Fighter Memorial
  • Light and Sound Show

Things to do:

  • Discover the History
  • Light & Sound Show
  • Visit the Gallery
  • Pay Tribute to the Freedom Fighters

Cellular Jail is a national memorial of great historical significance for India and is thronged by tourists and historians alike.

It was completed 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 its stronghold type architecture, original photo gallery, light & sound show, and a museum that displays aspects linked to former inmates of Cellular Jail and about the Andaman and Nicobar Islands before the freedom of India.

​The light and sound show is displayed after sunset and is conducted in both English and Hindi where you can sit near the peepal tree and learn more about the hardships and struggles our brave fighters went through for our freedom.

How to Reach:

Cellular Jail is located 3.8 KMs from Port Blair Airport and can be easily be reached by taking any bus going through the GB‌ Pant Hospital route. There are a lot of private and govt buses going through the route and the tickets are usually no more than Rs.10. The Jail is located almost 100 meters from the bus-stand, which is easily walkable. You can also hire a cab or auto-rickshaw to jail for a more comfortable travel experience. We do recommend opting for this to avoid extra hassles.

Things you need to know:
  • Tickets are required to enter the Cellular Jail, which can be taken from the booth nearby.
  • The usual cost is Rs.30 for adults and no-fee for children below 5 years.
  • Cellular Jail opens at 10:00 AM and closes at 8:30 PM.
  • Timings for light & sound show: 5:15 PM, 6:20 PM, 7:25 PM and 8:30 PM.
  • Light and sound show tickets cost Rs.150.
  • Photography is only allowed for people with permits, which costs around Rs.25.
  • For Video Cameras inside the jail, the permit costs around Rs.100.

Corbyn’s Cove Beach

 

Famous for:

  • Clean Beach
  • Adventure Sports

Things to do:

  • Go for a Swim
  • Take a Walk on the Shore
  • Indulge in Water Sports

One of the cleanest beaches in the Andaman, Corbyn’s Cove Beach is a resounding place to relax and feel at ease and it will be the first beach that you’ll visit in the Isles.

Standing on the beach and looking at the crystal clear waters is a spectacular experience, and the water here is also perfect to go for a swim.

Corbyn’s Cove beach is also growing as a great place for various activities including speed boat rides, Jet Skis, and Scuba diving under the all-natural and alive corals near Snake Island.

‍Available water sports activities at the beach:

  • Jet Skis
  • Scuba Diving
  • Speed Boat Ride
  • Parasailing

During your Corbyn’s cove Visit, take first call on the left side seat of the vehicle, because the view of the open sea is beautiful.

How to Reach:

Corbyn’s Cove is located around 8.1 KMs from the Veer Savarkar Airport and takes it around 20 minutes to reach there via cab. Cabs charge around INR 600 for A/C and 500 for Non-A/C and can be easily pre-booked.

There are no direct buses or other public transportation to the beach, so either you’ll have to walk for 21 minutes and cover 2.3 KMs from the Carbyn Chowk to reach there or hire an auto-rickshaw or cab. Please note that walking is not recommended after 5 PM‌ due to the lack of street lights in the route. Auto-rickshaws are widely available in Port Blair, but you’ll have to prebook the cabs. The cheapest way to get here is to take a bus to the Carbyn Chowk and take an auto-rickshaw from there. We highly recommend booking a cab directly from your hotel to the beach and return, to avoid any additional hassles.

Things you need to know:
  • The beach opens at 8 AM and closes at 6 PM for tourists.
  • There is no entry fee of any kind to explore the beach.
  • There is a small shop available where snacks and refreshments are available.
  • It is advised not to use the floating jetty at the beach without permission.
  • A restaurant with a bar is available on the beach at the Peerless Hotel.
  • The sitting benches at the beach are paid and cost Rs.10/Hour.
  • You can easily find auto-rickshaws near the beach till 8 P.M, but its recommended to leave early.

Wandoor Beach

Famous for:

  • Calm Waters
  • Serene Nature
  • Long Stretched Beach

Things to do:

  • Enjoy a Calm Walk
  • Snacks and Coconuts

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 a break from the urban and commercialized areas of the Andaman Islands.

Long stretches of beach along the blue watered shoreline offer astounding scenery to go for a long walk, slow down and just immerse yourself in the experience.

Wandoor beach is the place where most people get dressed in their swimwear and enjoy long hours of playing and swimming in the water. Once you are out of the water, you can enjoy some beachside snacks of your choice in the long groups of more than 15 shops located near the beach.

IMPORTANT‌ NOTE: As per the forest department orders, swimming is prohibited in the Wandoor Beach from Sep 2019.

Chidiya Tapu & Mundapahar Beach

Famous for:

  • Sunset View
  • Mundapahar Beach
  • Wildlife Zoo

Things to do:

  • Watch the Sunset
  • Sit in the Beachside Huts with Snacks

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.

‘Chidiya’ is a Hindi word which means ‘birds.’ 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.

IMPORTANT‌ NOTE: As per the forest department orders, swimming is prohibited in the Mundapahad Beach from Sep 2019.

Mount Harriet‌

Famous for:

  • View of North Bay & Ross
  • The location where Rs.20 note photo was taken
  • Tranquil surroundings

Things to do:

  • Explore the area
  • Trek

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.

The park is open every day, from 8 AM to 4 PM. There is an Rs.30 entry fee to visit the park.

Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex

Famous for:

  • View of the open sea
  • Evening breeze

Things to do:

  • Explore the area
  • Trek

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. The place also doubles as a jetty, where you can board ferries for the Ross Island and North Bay.

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.

Museums and Historical Attractions in Port Blair

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. A great place to visit if you are interested in the unique history of the islands.

  • Cost of Admission: Rs.30/-.
  • Timings: 9:30 AM‌ to 1 PM and 2 PM‌ to 4 PM.
  • Opening Days: Every day.

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.

  • Cost of Admission: Rs.50/-.
  • Timings: 9:30 AM‌ to 1 PM and 2 PM‌ to 4 PM.
  • Opening Days: Every day.

Chatham Saw Mill

Chatham Saw Mill was constructed by the British at Port Blair in 1883 and mill was the primary source of timber for Andaman and the British Empire in India. The mill still functions to this day, after all these years. The precision in functioning, best in class technology from that time and a museum around the mill makes it a great destination. The museum at the mill houses a collection of unique wood-based carvings that would amaze you.

  • Cost of Admission: Rs.30/-.
  • Timings: 9:30 AM‌ to 1 PM and 2 PM‌ to 4 PM.
  • Opening Days: Every day.

Fisheries Museum

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. Although its not that famous among tourists, its worth a visit if you are already exploring the complex and have some free time.

  • Cost of Admission: Rs.30/-.
  • Timings: 9:30 AM‌ to 1 PM and 2 PM‌ to 4 PM.
  • Opening Days: Every day.

Nearby Islands

Ross Island

Ross Island is one of the major parts of the history of Andamans. Being the former capital of the islands, long before independence, it has a myriad of British administrative buildings and a lot of history associated with it. The island also has a quiet vibe complemented by an animal reserve, making it a perfect place for a half-day trip from Port Blair.

North Bay Island

North Bay is a very small island, located close to Port Blair which is famous for water sports and considered as one of the best places for sea-water adventure. The island has almost all the water-sports currently available in the islands, giving you a lot of choices. The best thing about visiting here is that the trip can be completed in half a day, laving the rest of the day free for other ventures that you may have planned.

Jolly Buoy Island

Located in the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park near Wandoor, Jolly Buoy is a small island famous for its rich coral surroundings complimented by shallow, crystal-clear waters. Best known for Snorkeling and Glass Bottom Boat trips, this island is adorned by people who love something out of the ordinary and don’t mind getting past a few hurdles like permits and boats to reach here. Overall a great place to visit if you have the time.

Viper Island:

Viper Island is a secluded island located near Port Blair, which is open for tourists all ear long. The island offers some of the most unique pieces of history associated with the struggle for freedom in the islands with its historic ruins and former jail site. Although not thronged by tourists the island is pretty popular among history enthusiasts. It takes around 3.5 hours to reach there via boat, which costs around Rs.2000/- generally, along with the necessary permits.