In City PORT BLAIR
Port Blair, the gateway to the pristine islands, is the capital of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. A typical small Indian city, where people of diversified cultures and religion live together in peace and harmony. With over 5 tribes and many religions, it is incredible how Port Blair has never faced any religion/region based conflicts ever. With households celebrating every festival, whether big or small, together, with pomp and vigour ,this city can undoubtedly be called Mini-India.
Aberdeen Bazaar is the hub of the town, located about 2 kms away from the airport and about 1 km away from the Phoenix Bay Ship Dock. You can reach anyplace in Port Blair from anywhere in the city in not more than 15 mins in a vehicle. So, distance is never an issue here. You can choose to stay in the hotel of your choice and eat at a place you like, even if they are little away from the city.
How to Reach :
There are only two ways to reach Port Blair either by Air or by Sea.
Flight : You have direct daily flights to Port Blair from Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai. And some flights from Bhuwaneshwar on certain days. Flights from Kolkata & Chennai take roughly 2 hours while the one from Delhi takes 5 hours.
Refer : Getting there by AIR...
Ship : They sail from Chennai, Vizag & Kolkata. There are usually 3-4 sailings every month and the tentative sailing schedule can be found here. Ship voyage takes about 60-70 hours
Refer : Getting there by SEA...
Best time to Travel:
Best time to travel to Port Blair would be between October to May. Though there are lots of tourists prefer to come during the off-season.
Places to See:
Here are a select places you must visit when in Port Blair.
Andaman Island was called the Kalapani because of this place where freedom fighters were kept under rigorous imprisonment during the British regime in India. The saga of heroism of our Freedom Fighters can be witnessed here. Not to be missed is the "Light & Sound show" in the evening.
The former British Head-Quarters in Andaman Islands. It is a treat to visit the island just to watch the trees growing on the ancient buildings. Yes, you read me right ! See for yourself; the picture beside says it all. Ross Island is 25 mins from Port Blair. You can take a boat from Aberdeen Jetty.
Corbyn's Cove Beach
A coconut palm fringed beach located in Port Blair. If sunset watching is what is in your mind and you don't want to travel too far, this is the place to be. Being the only beach in Port Blair, you'll find a lot of localites here.
A beautiful beach just 25 kms from Port Blair. Famous for snorkeling and coral watching in glass bottom boat among tourists. A day trip to Wandoor might cost somewhere around 2000-4000 if you hire a rental car.
As the name suggests, Chidya Tapu means the Bird Island. A place for picturesque sunset and bird watching around 25kms from Port Blair. Taking a drive to ChidyaTapu, you will discover the greener side of Andamans - the evergreen rain forests, the mangrove creeks and the rich flora.