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All About Port Blair

Drone View of an Island named Port Blair

Are you ready to embark on a virtual journey to the mesmerizing Andaman Islands? Look no further!

With its pristine beaches, azure waters, and captivating history, Port Blair, the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, offers a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural heritage.

In this comprehensive article, we will delve into the wonders of Port Blair, highlighting its captivating attractions, rich history, and hidden gems. So, let’s dive in and discover the allure of this tropical paradise.

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Where is Port Blair?

Port Blair is located in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a group of islands in the Bay of Bengal. Port Blair is the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and is located in the southern part of South Andaman Island.

How to reach Port Blair?

There are 2 major ways to reach Port Blair: by air and by sea. Port Blair is well connected with major Indian airports and ports.

We have a detailed guide on how you can buy tickets and reach Port Blair without any hassles.

How to reach Port Blair by air?

Port Blair has its own international airport, Veer Savarkar International Airport, which is well-connected to major cities in India like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Kolkata. Several domestic airlines operate regular flights to and from Port Blair. Traveling by air is the fastest and most convenient option to reach Port Blair.

You can book tickets with a travel agent, as they have pre-booked flight tickets from major cities, which will cost you a fraction of what the flight companies will charge if you book directly from them.

How to reach Port Blair by sea?

Port Blair is also accessible by sea through passenger ships. Regular ship services are available from Chennai, Kolkata, and Vishakhapatnam. The journey by sea takes longer compared to air travel, but it offers a unique experience and an opportunity to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Andaman Sea.

You can find a schedule of ships sailing to Port Blair on the website of the Andaman and Nicobar administration. 

What is the best time to visit Port Blair?

You can visit this island throughout the year. Some months are more crowded than others. But if you do not like monsoons, that is rain in particular, you can visit from October to May.

Pro tip: Book your flight tickets 6 months in advance, if you want to enjoy cheap airfares.

During this period, the weather is pleasant and ideal for outdoor activities and exploring the attractions of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The temperature is mild, with relatively low humidity and minimal rainfall.

October to March is considered the peak tourist season in Port Blair. The weather is dry, and the sea remains calm, making it perfect for water sports activities like parasailing, scuba diving, and sea walk. It’s also an excellent time for beach visits and enjoying the stunning sunsets.

April and May are the summer months in Port Blair, and the temperature starts to rise. However, the sea remains calm, and you can still enjoy water activities.

Monsoons arrive in Port Blair from June to September, bringing heavy rainfall. While the rainforests and lush green landscapes are at their prime during this time, certain water sports activities may be restricted due to rough sea conditions. However, if you enjoy the tranquility of nature and don’t mind occasional showers, visiting Port Blair during the monsoon season can offer a unique experience.

What is the ideal duration of stay?

A duration of five nights is sufficient for a delightful trip, but if you desire to fully immerse yourself in the tranquility of these islands, it is recommended to extend your stay.

The residents of these remote islands are known for their amiable nature, and the relaxed pace of life here can be incredibly soothing. Moreover, you will have the opportunity to savor the delectable local cuisine as well.

Places to visit in and around Port Blair

a. Corbyn’s Cove Beach

Sea Kart water ride on Corbyn's Cove Beach
Corbyn’s Cove Beach

The beach is your go-to beach if you’re in Port Blair City. One of the highlights of visiting Corbyn’s Cove Beach is the wide range of exciting water activities available.

From parasailing high above the azure waters to riding a sea kart and feeling the rush of adrenaline, there’s no shortage of thrills. Hop onto a speed boat or jet ski to explore the coastline and experience the thrill of gliding through the waves.

Find out more about Corbyn’s Cove Beach in our blog.

b. Marina Park

Marina Park

Marina Park at Port Blair is a must visit if you are into evening walks and recerational activities. As you walk along the pathway, you can enjoy the gentle sea breeze and the panoramic vistas of the azure waters. The park’s beautifully landscaped gardens and lush green lawns create a peaceful ambiance, inviting visitors to relax and unwind.

Children can have a great time at the park’s rides, while adults can engage in activities like boating and water sports. The park features facilities for paddle boating and rowing, allowing visitors to explore the tranquil waters and enjoy a unique perspective of the surroundings.

Read our article on Marina Park to know what else can do.

c. Cellular Jail

Inside Cellular Jail
Inside Cellular Jail

The Cellular Jail in Port Blair holds immense historical significance, serving as a solemn reminder of India’s freedom struggle. Also known as “Kala Pani,” this formidable colonial prison witnessed the sacrifices and suffering of countless Indian freedom fighters. Exploring the jail allows you to step back in time and pay homage to these brave souls.

There are light and sound shows organized that provides an account of its history, the stories of the prisoners, and the conditions they endured. Don’t miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in this poignant chapter of India’s fight for independence.

Know more about the timings and costs of the popular light and sound show at Cellular Jail in our blog.

d. Trip to Ross Island & North Bay

Deer at Ross Island
Deer at Ross Island

Embark on a captivating day trip to Ross Island and North Bay in the Andaman Islands for an unforgettable adventure.

Ross Island, once the administrative headquarters of the British in the archipelago, offers a glimpse into the colonial past with its remnants of British architecture and lush greenery. Explore the ruins, stroll through the gardens, and witness the fascinating wildlife.

Then, head to North Bay, known for its vibrant coral reefs and crystal-clear waters. Engage in thrilling water activities like snorkeling or andaman dolphin ride to discover the mesmerizing marine life.

Immerse yourself in the beauty of these islands and create lasting memories on this enchanting day trip.

Read our blogs on Ross Island (NSCB Island) and North Bay to know more details and costs.

e. Wandoor Beach

A white sand beach named Wandoor

Wandoor Beach is a haven for nature lovers and beach enthusiasts alike. The tranquil atmosphere and breathtaking views make it a must-visit destination.

To discover the full range of activities and attractions, be sure to read our blog on Wandoor Beach that provides insights into the best things to do

e. Chidiya Tapu Beach

Chidiya Tapu Beach Sunset

Chidiya Tapu, also known as the “Bird Island,” is a haven for birdwatchers, offering a chance to spot a variety of avian species in their natural habitat. The stunning sunset views make it a popular spot for nature enthusiasts.

Nearby, Munda Pahad Beach beckons with its serene atmosphere and tranquil waters. For adventure seekers, the Munda Pahad Trek provides an exhilarating opportunity to hike through lush forests and enjoy panoramic vistas from the hilltop.

Read more about things to do at Chidiya Tapu.

Recommended Hotels & Resorts

Port Blair offers a variety of accommodation options, with numerous hotels and resorts to choose from. Whether you prefer a beachfront setting, a property with a poolside ambiance, or proximity to the airport, there are ample choices available. Go through our list below to know your options. When you have decided, feel free to book your stay with us.

Premium Hotels & Resorts

a. Welcomhotel By ITC Hotels, Port Blair 

b. Symphony Samudra Beachside Jungle Resort And Spa, Port Blair

c. Sea Princess Beach Resort, Port Blair

Hotels & Resorts Near Airport

c. Eastern Gate – A Bergamont Group of Hotel

If you wish to stay at any property at Port Blair, feel free to book a hotel/resort with us.

Things to do in Port Blair

Port Blair offers a diverse culinary scene with numerous dining options. From local delicacies to international cuisines, visitors can indulge in a flavorful culinary journey, satisfying their taste buds with a variety of delectable dishes.

Fine Dining & Entertainment

a. Semi Submarine / Dinner Cruise

The dinner cruise in the Andaman Islands is a must-try experience. It offers a delightful evening on a cruise ship, sailing along the beautiful shores of Port Blair. You’ll be treated to live music, DJ, and dancing, creating a lively and entertaining atmosphere.

semi submarine

Choose from various packages that include a buffet dinner or a romantic candlelit dinner. Enjoy complimentary beer or mocktails while taking in the stunning views from the top deck. The cruise departs from Phoenix Bay Jetty and provides ample time to soak in the mesmerizing beauty of the islands.

f. Nimbu Pani Pub

Note: This place is far away from Port Blair city and will take an entire day of your time if you plan to visit.

g. Deliciaa’s Grillax

h. WelcomCafe Bayleaf

Quick Bites & Snacks


c. Shree Bikaner, Pure Veg Restaurant

d. Food Trucks & Food Courts around Marina Park

There are plenty of food trucks and eateries around Marina Park. For more details read our blog on Marina Park.

e. Ophelia Bistro

Water Sports & Activities

a. Scuba Diving

two scuba divers
Scuba Diving at North Bay

b. Parasailing

Parasailing at North Bay & Corbyn’s Cove Beach

c. Sea Kart

Sea Kart water ride on Corbyn's Cove Beach
Sea Kart at Corbyn’s Cove Beach

d. Sea Walk

sea walk
Sea Walk at North Bay

d. Coral Safari in Semi Submarine

semi submarine
Coral Safari in Semi Submarine at North Bay

e. Andaman Dolphin Ride

water ride named andaman dolphin
Andaman Dolphin Ride at North Bay

f. Snorkeling

a couple snorkeling with fish
Snorkeling at North Bay

g. Jetski

jet ski
Jet Ski at Corbyn’s Cove Beach

h. Glass bottom boat ride

glass bottom boat ride
Glass Bottom Boat Ride at North Bay

Port Blair is a captivating destination that offers a perfect blend of history, natural beauty, and vibrant culture. With its pristine beaches, historical landmarks, and diverse marine life, it provides a truly enriching experience for visitors.

Whether you’re exploring the Cellular Jail, diving in the blue waters, or indulging in the local cuisine, Port Blair offers a memorable journey that will leave you with lasting memories of this tropical paradise.

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