28°C / Rain

Story in Audio

Port Blair is the capital of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. It is also the gateway to exploring the Islands of A&N. The city houses several marine national parks and museums to conserve the marines of the Island. Out of all of them, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park is the oldest one. Apart from this, the city is home to the famous INS Jarawa which is located at Phoenix Bay in Port Blair.

Moving to the beautiful panoramic Islands in and around the city that leave you mighty impressed and provide you with a joyous experience. Some of the most famous islands are Wandoor Ross Island, Viper Island and Corbyn’s Cove Island. There are several beaches where Island festivals are organized by the authorities in order to promote tourism in Andaman and Nicobar. 

One can visit Port Blair any time of the year, however, the best time to visit is the summer and winter months. October to May is an ideal time for the tourists.

History of Port Blair

According to the Anthropological Survey of India, originally, the people residing there came to the city from North Africa about 40,000 years ago. According to modern history, Port Blair was formed as a penal colony by Bengal Government in the year of 1789  at Chatham Island which is located in the southeast region of Andaman. The name 'Port Blair is given to the city after Lieutenant Archibald Blair of East India India Company.

Later, the penal colony was shifted to the northeast area of Andaman and renamed to Port Cornwallis to honour Admiral William Cornwallis. But, there were frequent deaths and diseases that gave it a ceased position. Due to urgent prior requirement, the British Government ordered immediate constructions of prions for the prisoners, who majorly were Indian Freedom Fighters and political personalities. The prison was named Cellular Jail aka Kala Pani. 

Also Read: This village is mainly renowned for the Tomb of Saint Gregorios

Major Attractions in and Around Port Blair

1. Cellular Jail: The Prison-Turned-Museum. Generally famous as Kala Pani, the Cellular Jail is the proof of the gruesome colonial era. The spot is known as one of the most famous places to visit in Port Blair as the place draws attention to Indian freedom. You can also explore the architecture of the building similar to the solitary cells that were used earlier for the outcast and political prisoners.

2. Japanese Bunkers: Reminiscent of World War II. The Japanese Bunkers were constructed during World War II and can be seen across the city. These bunkers take us to the time when a blockade on Andaman and Nicobar Islands was imposed. Alongside, there are also some other sites to explore in Port Blair like the Ross Island or Corbyn Cove beach.

3. Chatham Saw Mill: The Rustic Beauty Of The Pre-Independence Day. There are countless places to visit in Port Blair, one of the best ones from them is the Chatham Saw Mill which is one of the most renowned landmarks of these beautiful islands, it was set up during the time of British administration in 1883.

How to Reach Port Blair 

Here are the following details on how you can travel to Port Blair by the following means of public transportation. 

By Air. If planning to travel by air then, deboard at the Port Blair Airport aka Veer Savarkar International Airport (IXZ). The airport is well-connected with other Indian cities. Several renowned airline services like Vistara, Air India, Indigo, SpiceJet and GoAir operate to and fro via direct and connecting flights. Tourists can also avail helicopter services within the island for an exotic tour experience. 

  • From Visakhapatnam - Board IndiGo flights from Visakhapatnam Airport. The airfares start from INR 5,000-6,000
  • From Kolkata - Board IndiGo flights from Kolkata Airport. The airfares start from INR 3,000-4,000
  • From Chennai - Board Air India flights from Chennai Airport. The airfares start from INR 3,000-4,000

By Road. Road connectivity within the region of Andaman and Nicobar union territory is quite convenient. Several buses connect the Port Blair to different destinations in Andaman such as Baratang Island (100km), Rangat (163km), and  Diglipur (296km). The kilometres mentioned are an approximate value. 

By Train. Though the UT Andaman and Nicobar do not have any rail service to provide the travellers, there is proposed project of Port Blair to Diglipur to be facilitated for the locals as well as visitors within the islands geography. 

By Ship. Many passenger ships make their sail to the islands from Chennai, Vizag and Kolkata. It is important to note that a passenger ship’s voyage may take around 60-70 hours and also that these ships have a limited amount of food and entertainment choices/options. Apart from that, one can also enjoy a ferry (government/private) ride for exploring the place around. To book a ship or a ferry, you will need to visit the official government site.

You can plan your trip and create your own route to the city with Adotrip’s technically driven circuit planner. Click here


  • 2 Days

  • Island

  • Andaman Nicobar

Circuit Planner

+ Add Destination

Location

0.0

Accommodation

Destination

Meals

Transport

Overall

Leave a Reply:

  • Accommodation
  • Destination
  • Meals
  • Transport