Tourism in Port Blair
Luxury tropical resorts are the big turn on for tourists
Islands are always the most favourite tourist location, as they entertain both nature lovers and adventurous people. Port Blair, which is termed as “Veritable Garden of Eden” by the tourism department of the union territory, is also not an exemption. Port Blair, the largest and capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands group, is an ideal option for a week’s trip. But, remember that most places except North Bay, Ross Island and Havelock will be closed on Monday, as Monday is a holiday here.
Places to Visit in Port BlairPort Blair has many historically important places, zoos, temples, monuments and beaches. The must visited spot here is the Cellular Jail. The pipal tree in front of this seven winged building monument, museum, ‘death house’ and ‘Kalapani-islands with black water tell many tales of the torture the India’s freedom fighters had to suffer and it will certainly bring tears to everybody’s eyes. The other important tourist locations in Port Blair are Corbyn’s Cove, Mini Zoo, Central Agricultural Research Institute, Anthropological Museum, Murugan Temple, Samudrika Naval Museum, Fishery Museum, Zsi Museum, Chatam Saw Mill and Marina Park and Aquarium. You can also visit the beautiful islands like Jolly Buoy Island, Ross Island, Wandoor beach, North Bay Island Andaman, Red Skin Island and Viper Island.
Things to do in Port BlairRoss Island in Andaman has several old British buildings in ruins as well as lots of peacocks and deer. So, it is a nice place to spend time admiring nature. Port Blair never disappoints the visitors who like to do adventurous activities. People can experience various types of sea sports like scuba, jet skii, sea walk, snorkeling, kayaking, fishing and sealink adventures here that include sofa ride, glass bottom view, banana ride, speed boat ride, boat transfer etc. These activities provide an opportunity to explore and enjoy the company of fishes and corals in sea. Continue reading....
Shopping in Port BlairWood carvings, jewellery and Port Blair t-shirts, for which Port Blair is famous, are available around Aberdeen Bazaar. Sagarika is a Govt. emporium where people can buy local made goods.
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Accommodation in Port Blair
Beach Resorts are loaded with modern facilities, yet retain their rustic charm
Tourists do not face difficulty to find out an accommodation that suits to their taste and budget in Port Blair. There are many hotels and lodgings here where you get excellent services and facilities according to the amount you are willing to spend on accommodation. If you look for a budget hotel, Central Lodge, Youth Hostel, SKB Lodge, City heart hotel, Jagannath Guesthouse, etc. are the options. You can also see midrange hotels and resorts such as Megapode Camping Resort, Holiday resort, City King Palace, Shompen Hotel, Lighthouse Residency, Diviyum Manor, Hotel Blue Sea etc. There are many other resorts like, Hawabill Nest, Sea Princess Port Blair, Sun Sea Resort, Fortune Resort Bay Island, Hotel Megapode Nest, Anugama Resort, ripple Resort, Hotel Blair etc in Port Blair.
Restaurants in Port BlairAs Port Blair is an upcoming tourist location, there are many good restaurants here that serve the special food of Port Blair including sea food varieties. Don’t think it is not suitable for vegetarian people. You can also see some veg restaurants in the city. A few restaurants that are present around the location are, Icy Spy, Islet food, Ananda Restaurant, Gagan Restaurant, New India Café, Annapoorna Cafeteria, Mandalay Restaurant. Cobyn’s Delight, Bay Island Hotel Restaurant, Light House restaurant, Mehmaan-The Restaurant, Royal Palace, Milan Retaurant, Blue Marlin etc.
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Transportation in Port BlairSea and Air are the only two ways that connect Port Blair to the other countries of world. Port Blair is linked with Delhi, Madras, Kolkata and Bhuvaneswar by air. A daily flight connects Port Blair to the rest of the world and islanders. Andaman is connected to Chennai, Kolkata and Vishakhapatnam through sea. Ferries links Port Blair with other islands in Andaman and Nicobar groups.
Visitors usually have to depend on ferries, boats, auto-rickshaws, local buses, private hire cars, scooters and motorcycles to travel within Port Blair. Local buses are cheap option for intra-city and inter-city level. You can hire private cars for local sightseeing around Port Blair and South Andaman. Even though scooters & motorcycles are available for hire, it is very limited to avoid speed drive and driving without license. There are scheduled helicopter services for inter-island travel.
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Some tips before you leave for Port Foreigners need permission to visit the Andaman Islands, which is obtained on arrival at Port Blair. However, they are not permitted to visit Nicobar and other southern islands using this permit which is valid for about 15 days. Those, who want to visit Port Blair, can apply for permit from overseas to the Deputy Secretary, Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs. As a part of protecting the natural attractions in Port Blair, visitors are banned to take coral out of the islands. ‘The State Government Directorate of Information, Publicity and Tourism’ at Port Blair gives the relevant information to the tourists.
You can contact with the tourism office in Port Blair in the following address for any tourism related query or help in the city.
Address: VIP Road, 189, IInd Floor, Junglighat, Port Blair, 744103,
Andaman & Nicobar Islands, India
Phone: +91 3192 236348
Tourist Information Centre
Address: Andaman Teal House, Delanipur, Port Blair, 7440103
Andaman & Nicobar Islanda, India
Phone: +91 3192 234060/ 234061
These offices can guide you properly in your Port Blair visit with answering all your queries and make your days in the city comfortable and enjoyable. Tourism-of-India.com provides complete information about Port Blair tourism and offers various tour packages from which the tourists can select one that suits their needs and budget most. They offer all facilities like package tours, budget hotels, other accommodations, transport, escorts, porters and guides.