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Port Blair is one of the largest towns and municipal councils in Andaman Islands. It is also the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which is a union territory in India. Situated on the east coast of South Andaman Islands, Port Blair is the headquarters for South Andaman. The city is a mini India in itself as people from different states and cities, communities and cultures reside here. The city has also witnessed the Indian freedom struggle. It is also popular for the Cellular Jail, or the Kala Pani (known as black waters).

Places to see

Port Blair is a beautiful city and has many places of interest for tourists. Some of such places are:

Cellular Jail: The Cellular Jail is a former British prison built to keep the prisoners far away from the mainland. Here, the prisoners were kept in isolated cells and were subject to harsh work regimes, regular whippings and executions. What fascinates and disturbs the visitors is the overall architecture of the place and the small-sized jails. The light and sound show, which is organised every evening, is one of the major attractions. The Hindi show begins at 6 pm and the English show starts at 7:15 pm. The jail remains closed on Mondays and other national holidays.

Corbyn's Cove: It is the closest beach to Port Blair. Located only seven kilometres away from Port Blair, it is a perfect place for sunbathing and water sports. It is surrounded by palm and coconut trees. It is advised to swim carefully in this beach as during tsunami in 2004, a part of this beach was washed away. Anthropological Museum: The museum offers a portrait of the indigenous tribes and communities of the island. The ancient geometric patterns, the chest guard and a skull are some of the examples of the things you could see in the museum. It remains closed on Thursdays and Public Holidays.

Chatam Saw Mill: Chatam is one of the oldest saw mills in Asia. The mill is still operational and provides an interesting insight into the history and economy of the island. Chatam jetty is the place where the ships from Kolkata and Chennai get loaded with goods to enter Port Blair. It is open from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm and the entry fee is Rs. 10 per person.

Mount Harriet: Some 15 kilometres away from Port Blair, it is the highest point in South Andamans and is located at 1,200 feet. From Mount Harriet, visitors can have a look at the views of the Havelock and Ross Islands.

Some of the other places of tourists' attractions in the city are Mini Zoo, Japanese Bunkers and Samudrika Naval Museum.

How to Reach?

The Vir Savarkar Airport in Port Blair has direct flights from Chennai and Kolkata. Taxis and autorickshaws are available in plenty outside the airport. Port Blair does not have a railway station; the nearest station is Chennai. Regular ship services from Chennai, Kolkata and Visakhapatnam are available in the city connecting it to other cities by water.


Last Updated on : August 27, 2015

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