Port Blair is a stunning picturesque capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The city has mouth-watering food and dazzling beaches, and it additionally provides tours for wildlife enthusiasts. The place also reminds you of the historical backdrop of the island as well. There are many places which are not discovered yet by tourists also but still offer plenty of tourist places open for the tourists in places yet I’ve picked the top seven attractions in Port Blair that you should visit when you visit the islands.
Representing British persecution on Indian freedom fighters, the Cellular Jail now is a National Monument which was finished during 1906, it was initially a seven-block three-story structure constructed all around a central tower. It comprised of single cells (therefore the name Cellular Jail) for isolation as it were. For more details, one can visit the Jail Museum which stays open on all days with the exception of national holidays, from 9.30am to 4.45pm. Nowadays, you can also catch light and sound show during evening hours, the voice is lent by none other than Mr. Amitabh Bacchan.
This ethnographical historical center illuminates the four tribes of the Andamans (Sentinelese, Jarawas, the Onges, and Great Andamanese) along with the tribes of the Nicobar (Shompens and Nicobarese). The museum opens from 9 am to 4.30pm on all days with the exception of government holidays and Mondays.
A beautiful beach to spend time with family, surrounded by beautiful coconut palm trees, the beach attracts tourists for water sports and swimming. The place also has small stalls nearby offering the souvenirs (prices are same all across Andaman so you can buy from anywhere)
28km away from Port Blair Chidiya Tapu offers a scenic sea view. One can also enjoy the sunset. The place is connected by frequent bus services also you can also hire a cab or bike to reach this place. Chidiya tapu has a lot to offer to the bird watchers. However, do follow the instructions given by the instructors and do not enter water as the area is crocodile prone. One can also take a look at the Biological Park. The park also facilities electric auto service to cover the park else one can trek also.
Ross and North Bay Island
Mainly attraction of this Island is adventure and water sports. Usually opened all days till sunset, it becomes a No Man’s Land at night. The Island also has a Lighthouse that is featured on the twenty rupees note. Those who are afraid to do water sports activities in Havelock or Neil can try out in North Bay. Ross Island was the headquarters during the British period for a brief time, however, it had to face an earthquake causing many people to abandon the Island. Moreover, for a brief period of time, the Island was captured by the Japanese. There is much more interesting history to this island that is now mostly left with historic ruins.
We choose this beach for witnessing the sunset and we didn’t regret it. Accompanied by a small village nearby, Wandoor can be reached by bus or one can hire a bike or car. Since not many tourists come to her the beach is mostly secluded. The good thing is that we spotted police for security on the beach. Many tourists also come to visit Wandoor to reach Red Skin or Jolly Buoy Island. Food is available at the beach, however, keep the island clean and use Dustbin!!
Baratang mainly attracts tourists limestone caves, mud-volcano, and mangrove creeks. Situated near Middle and South Andaman, Btang is 100 km from Port Blair. Words are less to give details about this experience so I will be posting a separate post.
How to get to Port Blair:
There are several direct flights to Port Blair from several Indian metros. The other alternative to reach Port Blair is to take a ship. These ships are usually run from the mainland (Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Kolkata) to Andaman & Nicobar regularly. The flights the best option since they are the fastest and if tickets have done earlier can be the cheapest too.
If you are Indian, the island doesn’t require a passport, however, for foreign nationals, it does. Summer and winters are the best seasons to visit Andaman, however people avoid visiting the place during the rainy season(June to September) as most of the places are closed for sightseeing.
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