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Port Blair: What To See and Do

Port Blair, the capital city of Andaman and Nicobar Islands lies in the Indian Territory of Bay of Bengal. It was once a British Penal colony and now stands as a memorial to the Indian Activists. 

Port Blair is connected to Mainland India by both air and sea and it acts as the entry point to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It houses several museums and a major naval base. Port Blair is also famous for the historic Cellular Jail and the region was once home to British colonists. 

Port Blair Andaman
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Getting There

Being an island, Andaman and Nicobar can be accessed either by sea or Air. The fastest way to reach would be by air, but the ship journeys are an adventure on their own. It takes about 3-5 days to reach Port Blair from any of the major port cities in India. But the booking process for ships would be a bit tedious as there are no online reservations available. 

Also Read: Island Hopping in Andaman

Getting Around

Since Port Blair is a developing and expanding city, navigating around without the help of google maps might be a tad tricky. The patchy internet service in the area does add to the challenge. The best option would be is to hire a chauffeur-driven car. Auto rickshaws are another inexpensive mode of transfer to get around the place. Busses are also well connected, but the routing and schedule might not be for everyone. Various government-operated and private company owned ferries are available for transfer between islands. 

Things to do 

Port Blair has its own appeal, with its rich past and extensive museums that draw tourists to the island, even though it is mostly just a transit stop before reaching the other Islands. Here are a bunch of things which are amongst the must-visits

Cellular Jail

The cellular jail today stands erect as a memorial homage to the freedom fighters it once had locked up in. The jail is filled with tales of the colonial past of the nation and the epic struggle of martyrs for freedom, which went through atrocities for the independence of the country. 

Anthropological Museum

The Anthropological Museum gives insights about the lifestyle and times of the tribe that once called this island region their home. Andaman is home to 6 native tribes that are almost completely out of contact with the rest of the world. Special permission is required for visitors to access these above mentioned tribal areas. The museum is one of the few portals that enable you to gain insights into the tribal life of these people. 

Corbyn’s Cove Beach

Corbyn’s Cove Beach is the only beach in Port Blair. The area is rich in lush green coconut trees which add a serene quality to the overall environment. Several Japanese bunkers from World War II can be found along the route to the Corbyn’s Cove beach. The visitors can opt to go for a swim in the sea or just relax and unwind by the shore. 

Also Read: Andaman Scuba diving experience – Top scuba diving spots in Andaman

Best time to visit

The climate found in this region is a tropical type, hence light showers of rainfall can be expected throughout the year. The general tourist season falls between November and Mid May. And the peak crowd is always seen between December to march. Andaman and Nicobar Islands provides an all-round experience to all types of tourists across all age groups. 

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