Fancying a quiet get away with your family? Or do you want to enjoy the serene scenic beauty of nature as well as enjoy the feel of the city? Being a travel enthusiast myself, the Andaman Islands and its serene paradise with astonishing flora and fauna definitely filled my heart with the desire to return again. Along with beautiful corals and greenery, this place is a color bonanza so be sure to keep your camera at the ready. To start with, you have to visit Port Blair, the main city in the Andaman and Nicobar islands.
If you have to visit Andaman you have to reach it via Port Blair. You can satiate your thirst for adventure as well as relax and laze around in Port Blair. The beauty and cleanliness of this place with its various attractions certainly filled my eyes with awe. How could so much have beauty be squeezed into one single place? This city has great accessibility, a plethora of flora and fauna, and lip smacking seafood to steal your heart.
When to Visit Port Blair?
Port Blair offers a perfect peek into the fantastic history of India as well as captivate the mind of young explorers like me. The best months to visit this scenic paradise is from October to May. Port Blair has a mild warm weather throughout the year. But from October to May you can experience the tourist activities rise through the roof, as well as bask in the scenic landscape of this place. But if you prefer the winters, do visit this place between October to February. The temperatures are around 25 degrees. You can enjoy all the watersports like submarine rides, snorkeling, glass water boating, scuba diving in Andaman. You can also attend the Island Tourism Festival. It is a 10 day celebration with live performances, DJs, mouth watering food festivals, sports events, and many other fun delicacies. The best part about Port Blair is that the tide of celebration is different to the time of your visit, so choose wisely!
Port Blair sightseeingis at its best almost throughout the year. But if you are visiting in winter don’t forget to carry a pair of binoculars. Spectacular species of birds roam about here and there. You might spot some exotic bird just right outside your hotel window! Do carry a guide book if you are not a professional a bird watcher!
The best time to do watersports in Port Blair is during summer that is the months from March to June. Nature is at its best. You can either explore the rich marine waters in Havelock Islands or Cinque or just experience stellar diving in Port Blair. You can spot many different fishes, starfishes, stingrays as well as baby sharks (beware of their mother though)! You can even set up camp outdoors on the beach and gaze at the clear night sky scattered with twinkling stars. If the mild breeze doesn’t soothe your nerves, the captivating view will certainly do. Doesn’t Curling up with your significant other on the Port Blair beachessound as the best way to spend your honeymoon? It is comfortable and romantic. You can also spend your time by grilling fresh tawa fish at New Lighthouse Restaurant with your family. It is a famous restaurant of Port Blair.
From June to September there are less tourists. There are many offers for the budget seekers. But unpredictable thunderstorms may affect your visit so it is best to avoid these months.
How to Reach Port Blair
Port Blair is the entry gate to the panorama of Andaman and Nicobar islands. It is connected to the mainland by air and sea. From the metropolitan cities like Kolkata, Chennai, etc. it takes about 2-3 hours by flight and 4-7 days by sea. There are no international flights available. You have to reach Port Blair through India. The historically significant Cellular Jail, and islands like Wandoor, Havelock, Neel, Corbyn’s Cove, Ross and Viper are some famous tourist attractions.
Things to Explore at Port Blair
Port Blair is one of the most picturesque tourist destinations in India. Places to visit in Port Blair includes a plethora of places to take your breath away. If you visit the beaches bare foot you will feel closer to nature. Just imagine sinking your toes in the sand and watch the waves fill the holes. Even for all adventure enthusiasts, Port Blair has a lot to offer. The nature soothes you, the watersports enthrall you and the treks beside green thickets excite you.
Top 10 Places to Visit in Port Blair
- Cellular Jail or the Kalapani
- Japanese Bunkers
- The Rustic Chatham Saw Mill
- Corbyn’s Cove
- Chidiya tapu
- Samudrika Marine Museum
- Anthropological Museum
- Fisheries Museum
- Zoological Survey of India
- Sagarika Emporium
1. Cellular Jail or the Kalapani
It is the long standing witness to the horrors faced by prisoners in the British colonial era. The way they were tortured and beaten up will break your heart. The historical significance of this site fills you with wonder. The bigger the overall structure, the smaller the containment cells in them. Thinking of a day in the life of such a prisoner, having to toil, to produce the impossible amount of 30 litres oil from the coconut coatings is heart wrenching and horrifying.
2. Japanese Bunkers
Again, these rustic relics remind us of the time when the sovereignty of the Andaman and Nicobar islands was threatened. It can be found in several places across the city.
3. The Rustic Chatham Saw Mill
The beauty of the evergreen pre-independence era is recorded in this British architecture dating back to 1883. It is a well known wood processor in India.
4. Corbyn’s Cove
This spot is ideal for lazing around and letting loose under the sun. Bring along some sunscreen or else you might get sunburn. The coconut trees lined up on the shore and vast panorama of the sea are ideal backdrops for drool-worthy pictures. You can also swim to your heart’s content here.
5. Chidiya tapu
Bring your binoculars and prepare to be astonished by the wide variety of birds on this island. You can collect sea shells and corals from this beach. The tantalizing sunset and colorful skyline dotted with wisps of clouds are mesmerizing. You can also have a small picnic on the Munda Pahar here.
6. Samudrika Marine Museum
This place is for the knowledge enthusiasts, history buffs and nature lovers alike. You can take a dip into the archaeology, history, marine livesand other pieces of information in this place. It is very clean and well maintained. You can also look at the different fish, corals, crabs, etc.
7. Anthropological Museum
You can discover the old ways, culture and lifestyle of the Nicobarese, Jarawas, Onges, Sentinelese, Shompens, etc. in this rich culturally and socially significant place. The sculptures and murals are breathtaking. You can delve deeper into the tribal society and find extraordinary facts here.
8. Fisheries Museum
The endless collection of marine life is on display here. Almost 350 species of underwater life is shown here. If you want some watersports you can visit the Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex just nearby.
9. Zoological Survey of India
This place is certainly the museum lover’s delight. Not only does it showcase different marine life forms, but also displays a variety of flora and fauna.
10. Sagarika Emporium
Don’t leave Port Blair without souvenirs. Beautiful local art and sculptures made with corals and shells are the highlight here. There are many types of things here to gift your near and dear ones.
If you are a beach bum or want to enjoy a quiet and serene getaway, Port Blair is the best place to visit. In fact, if you are on your honeymoon you can weave your own magical paradise. If you are with your best pals, you can trek along the green and wood thickets and enjoy bubbly nature to your heart’s content. Port Blair and the various islands nearby will definitely be an unforgettable experience for you.