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 also an Island town offering water based activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, sea-cruises, and glimpses of the history and culture of the region. The Aberdeen Bazar forms the centre of the town. Most of the restaurants and hotels are around this area. The main bus station is just west of the bazaar and the Airport 4 Kms. to the south west. The main passenger dock for ferries-the Phoenix Bay Jetty, is 1Km to the North West.
- 1. Historcial Sights
- 1.1 Cellular Jail – Naonal Memoria
- 1.2 Son-Et-Lumiere (Sound and Light Show)
- 1.3 Ross Island
- 2. Museum
- 2.1 Anthropological Muesum
- 2.2 Fisheries Museum
- 2.3 Samudrika (Naval Marine Museum)
- 2.4 Zooligical Survey of India Museum
- 3. Port Blair Beaches
- 3.1 Corbyn’s Cove Beach
- 3.2 North Bay Island
- 3.3 Chidiyatapu
- 3.4 Mundapahar Beach and Mundapahar Trek Route
- 4. Other Places
- 4.1 Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex
- 4.2 Chatham Saw Mill
- 4.3 Sagrika – Coage Industries Emporium
- 4.4 Science Centre
- 4.5 Gandhi Park
- 4.6 Mount Harriet
- 4.7 Madhuban
- 4.8 Sippghat Agriculture Farm
- 4.9 Cinque Island
Cellular Jail-National Memorial
The cellular jail, a National Memorial, is located at Port Blair which stood as a mute witness to the most brutal and barbaric atrocities meted out to national freedom fighters, who were incarcerated in this jail. The jail, completed in the year 1906 acquired the name ‘Cellular’ because it was entirely made up of individual cells for solitary confinement. It originally was a seven-block structure with three stories and a central tower acting as its fulcrum comprising of honeycomb like corridors. This jail, now a place of pilgrimage for all freedom-loving people draws everyone down memory lane to the years of freedom struggle.
Jail Museum opens from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon and from 1:30 pm to 4:45 pm all days except National holidays.
CELLULAR JAIL - NATIONAL MEMORIAL
Son-Et-Lumiere (Sound And Lights Show)
The Sound and Light show in the Cellular Jail narrates the saga of the Indian freedom struggle, brought alive through sound and light effect of the brutal and barbaric atrocities piled on the freedom fighters deported to these islands and incarcerated in the small cells of this jail. This show is very popular among the tourists vising these islands. Timing: Two Hindi shows on all days at 6:00 pm and at 7:15 pm except on Monday, Wednesday & Friday when second show is
in English at 7:15 pm.
SON-ET-LUMIERE LIGHT & SHOW
This small island, less than a square kilometer stands right across Port Blair. This island served as the capital to the Britishers from 1858 to 1941 when the Japanese occupied it and converted it to a ‘POW site’. This island homes the ruins of the church, Chief Commissioner’s house, the Cathedral and graveyard of the Britishers and few other important landmarks which today is hugged by wild wines and huge roots and trunks of century old trees. To reach Ross Island, private ferries are available from Aberdeen Jetty except on Wednesday. Sound & Light show narrating the history can be seen on all days except Wednesday at 5.30 pm. Tickets (comprising of tickets for the boat, show as well as entry to Ross Island) are available on first come first serve basis from the reception counter of Directorate of Tourism from 8.30 am to 3.00 pm on the same day.
Rates of tickets are Rs. 250/- (adult), Rs. 150/- (Children between 5 – 12 Years)
The Anthropological museum in Port Blair started in the year 1975-76, is an ethnographic museum. It showcases the four Negrito Tribes of the Andaman viz. the Jarawas, Sentinelese, Great Andamanese and the Onges and two Mongoloid Tribes of the Nicobar viz. the Nicobarese and the Shompens. This museum is closed on Mondays and Govt. Holidays.
Timings: 09:00 AM to 01.00 PM and 01.30 PM to 04.30 PM
This museum is situated adjacent to the Rajiv Gandhi Water Sport Complex, Port Blair, which exhibits species of marine life endemic to the islands and found in the Indo-Pacific and the Bay of Bengal. It is closed on Mondays/Public Holidays/Second Saturdays.
Timings: 09:00 AM to 01.00 PM and 02.00 PM to 04.45 PM
Samudrika (Naval Marine Museum)
Situated opposite Andaman Teal House, Delanipur, Port Blair, this museum create awareness on various aspects of oceanic environment and houses a vast collection of cells, corals and a few species of colourful fishes of the sea around the islands. Closed on Mondays and Holidays.
Timings: 09:00 AM to 12.00 Noon and 02.00 PM to 05.00 PM.
SAMUDRIKA (NAVAL MARINE MUSEUM)
Zooligical Survey Of India Museum
Situated near Andaman Teal House, this museum exhibits several varieties of sponges, corals, butterflies, centipedes etc. It is open on all working days except Mondays and Govt. Holidays.
Timings: 08:30 AM to 05.00 PM
ZOOLIGICAL SURVEY OF INDIA MUSEUM
Port Blair Beaches
Corbyn's Cove Beach
Corbyn’s Cove beach- the coconut-palm fringed beach, six kilometers away from Port Blair town is ideal for swimming and sun-basking. Facilities like changing room, adventure water-sports are available here. Historical remains like Japanese Bunkers can be seen on the way to this beach. The Snake Island situated just across the beach is popular for scuba diving.
CORBYN'S COVE BEACH
North Bay Island
The iconic light house of North bay appears on every 20 rupees Indian currency note. North Bay beach which is north of Port Blair provides snorkeling opportunities around its fringing coral reefs. Ferry service takes you from Aberdeen Jetty across North Bay and brings back after a three hour stay. The corals at North Bay are spread over a large area. During snorkeling, one can spot many species of fish, lobsters and even clams on the coral reef. Sea walk is the latest addition of facilities there to watch under water life.
NORTH BAY ISLAND
Chidiyatappu- the southernmost p of South Andaman Island situated at a distance of 28 Kms from Port Blair. Frequent bus service are available from Port Blair. It is famous for bird watching, sunset view, panoramic scenic beauties, and many colours of oceanic view. Swimming can be done at Chidiyatappu. Safety places boards are erected in Chidiyatappu. The biological park at Chidiyatappu is the added attraction.
Mundapahar Beach And Mundapahar Trek Route
Eco-friendly beach facilities including changing room are maintained by forest department. It is one of the most sought after picnic destination in South Andaman. There is a beautiful trek route of around 1.5 kms passing the green canopy forest, breathtaking paranomic view of neighboring islands with a surprise amazing view of Cinque island at the rear end of the trek. This of one of the most recommended treks in South Andaman.
MUNDAPAHAR BEACH AND MUNDAPAHAR TREK ROUTE
This beautiful park at Port Blair has facilities like amusement rides, safe water sports and nature trail around the lake, garden, restaurant and historic remains like Japanese temple as well as a bunker. The erstwhile Dilthaman tank, which was the only source of drinking water for Port Blair and the area around, has been developed as Gandhi Park in an unbelievably short me of 13 days. It is open all days.
The Science Centre, situated five kms from Port Blair town, has an ‘Andaman and Nicobar Islands Gallery’ with interactive exhibits depicting genesis of the islands, volcanic activities, science of oceans, fun science gallery, modern technology gallery, Taramandal (Portable planetarium), and an in-house butterfly corner. It is closed on all Mondays and Public Holidays. Timings: 10.00 AM to 5.30 PM
Sagrika - Cottage Industries Emporium
This Emporium exhibits a spectrum of artifacts made of mother pearl, sea shells, coconut shells and local wood products. Miniatures of Nicobari canoes, palm mats for floors, tables, furniture etc. are exhibited which are also for sale. It is closed on Sundays and Public Holidays. Timings: 8.45 AM to 6.45 PM
SAGRIKA - COTTAGE INDUSTRIES EMPORIUM
Chatham Saw Mill
The Chatham saw mill is one of the oldest saw mills in Asia. It is built on a tiny island and connected to Port Blair by a bridge. It is a store house of timber varieties like, Padauk, Gurjan, Marble, San wood etc. The Chatham Island has the second largest wharf of these islands where island-mainland ships can berth. Within the saw mill compound is a museum showcasing the various timber wealth of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The museum offers an insight in to forest activities through scale models and display decorative pieces made of Padauk, Marble, Peauma, Gurjan, San wood etc. Closed on Sundays and Industrial Holidays. Forest Museum (Chatham) Timings: 10.00 AM to 2.00 PM
CHATHAM SAW MILL
Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex
This water sports complex, the first of its kind in India, offers aqua-sports facilities including safe water sports and Adventure water sports within one water sports complex. In the safe water sports complex paddle-boats, row-boats, glass-boom and bumper boats are available. In the adventure sport front, Jet Ski, parasailing, banana boats, speed boats are offered. This complex also offers open air eateries. The spectacle of marina park that surrounds the complex is enchanting.
RAJIV GANDHI WATER SPORTS COMPLEX
Mount Harriet, 55 Kms by road/ 15 Kms by ferry and trek from Port Blair was the summer headquarters of the Chief Commissioner during British Raj. This place is ideal for fascinating overview of the nearby islands and the sea. It is the highest peak in the South Andamans (365 mts. high). At Mount Harriet, there is a Forest Guest House where tourists can take rest and refresh themselves.
One can visit Madhuban from Mount Harriet by trekking through the jungle approximately covering 16 Kms. Exoctic endemic birds, butterflies are interesting sights of this wilderness trek.
A sanctuary with rare corals and under-water marine life, Cinque Island has fine sandy-beach and sand–bar connecting North and South Cinque Islands and tropical rain-forest. There is no scheduled ferry service to Cinque Island. Chartered boats of permitted category are allowed from Port Blair and Wandoor. To visit, one may contact private boat operators in Port Blair to hire a boat with due permission from the Forest Department.
Sippghat Agriculture Farm
This Govt. agricultural farm is located 14 kms west of Port Blair covering over an area of 80 acres; cultivate spices like clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper, coconut etc.