Given the beauty of the rest of the Andamanâ€™s, Port Blair is an upcoming city no different from any other smaller Indian city, although the seaside has been tarted up a bit. It comprises of people from all over India and one can imagine it as mini India with no conflicts on region and religion. Aside from Cellular Jail, there are quite few places which include Ross Island, Barren Island (known for the only active volcano) and few others known for its historical importance. 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,
In 1789 the government of Bengal established a penal colony on Chatham Island in the southeast bay of Great Andaman, named Port Blair to honour Lieutenant Archibald Blair of the British East India Company.
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 â€œLight & Sound showâ€ in the evening. More
details on timings, location and charges here.
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 â€“ the evergreen rain forests, the mangrove creeks and the
rich flora. Chidya Tapu also has a forest guest house situated on
top of a hillock. For bookings one may contact Forest Department.
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.
A coconut palm fringed beach located in Port
Blair. If sunset watching is what is in your mind and you donâ€™t want to travel
too far, this is the place to be. Being the only beach in Port Blair,
youâ€™ll find a lot of localites here.
Imp: There is
no public transport available here. You may hire an auto on to and
fro basis, if you donâ€™t have a rented vehicle with you.
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. You may take a bus from Aberdeen Bazar bus stop if you are
in backpacking mode.