Port Blair is the capital of the Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. It is located on the east coast of the South Andaman Island. Port Blair is the gateway to the pristine islands. Port Blair is an upcoming city no different from any other smaller Indian city It comprises of people from all over India and one can imagine it as mini India with no conflicts on region and religion. A week’s trip will cover the must see places at the island’s. You can however do day trip to other close by places like Wandoor, Ross Island etc. Important: Monday is a holiday in Andaman’s. Most places will be closed except North Bay, Ross Island tour and Havelock.
How To Reach:-
We can reach port blair either by sea or by air. Port Blair is connected to the coastal cities of Chennai, Visakhapatnam and Kolkata and to the capital city Delhi by a number of flights and ships. So far the only way to reach Port Blair is via India. Foreign nationals can collect their permits to visit the islands either from offices at the city of departure or can secure it on arrival.
By Air:- Port Blair’s Vir Savarkar Airport (IATA: IXZ) is located about 2 km south of the city and it is connected to Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata by daily flights. There are flights twice a week from Visakhapatnam. Each of these cities have domestic and international flight services and is connected to the rest of India by rail. As from October 2017, it is still not possible to fly to Port Blair from outside India. While international connections have been discussed for many years, particularly to nearby BKK Bangkok and HKT Phuket, direct international flights are not available
By Ship:- Sea connectivity is available from Chennai, Kolkata and Vishakhapatnam are embarked in Haddo Wharf. It is home to several museums and a major naval base INS Jarawa of the Indian Navy, along with sea and air bases of the Indian Coast Guard and the Indian Air Force.
Things to do in Port Blair:-
The Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex at Port Blair offers Safe water sports activities and also Adventure water sports activities and joy rides like speed boats, jet ski, bumper rides and banana rides. The North Bay beach, which is north of Port Blair, is known to provide snorkeling opportunities around its fringing coral reefs. Sea Walking is another must do water sports activity in Andaman and is the first one in India. It is really a charming experience which is much easier than Scuba Diving and snorkeling and many more
Places To Visit:-
Ross Island, South Andaman district :- Ross Island is an island of the Andaman Islands. It belongs to the South Andaman administrative district, Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The island is situated 3 km east from downtown Port Blair. The historic ruins are a tourist attraction
The Cellular Jail:- Also known as Kālā Pānī, was a colonial prison in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India. The prison was used by the British especially to exile political prisoners to the remote archipelago
Viper Island:- It is an island of the Andaman Islands. It belongs to the South Andaman district of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The island lies 4 km west of Port Blair.
Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex:- Popular, scenic locale with a jetty offering jet skiing, speed boating & other water activities.
Samudrika Naval Marine Museum:- A museum situated in Port Blair in India. The museum is run by the Indian Navy. This museum aims to generate awareness about the environment in the ocean and the marine life.
Mount Harriet National Park :- A national park located in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands union territory of India. The park, established in 1969, covers about 4.62 km².
Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park:- A national park of India near Wandoor on the Andaman Islands. It belongs to the South Andaman administrative district, part of the Indian union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Carbyn’s Cove Beach:- Sandy, palm-fringed beach with jet-ski rentals, lounge chairs & several casual eateries.
Best time to visit:-
Summer:- The summers are warm but not too hot that it becomes uncomfortable to go out. temperature remains around 24 degrees while the maximum temperature can reach somewhere around 37 degrees, those who love greenery and waterfalls visit after April.
Monsoon:- The advantage of visiting Port Blair at this time however is that you can avail discounts on hotels and flights. The monsoon usually hits Andaman around late May and lasts until mid September
Winter:- The winters are never chilly, and there are still light showers that occur now and then. Divers and bird watchers tend to visit the island between December and April .