Port Blair is the capital town of the Andaman Islands, the most developed, and has the maximum population amongst the other islands. It is the only entry and exit point into the islands since the Veer Savarkar International Airport is located here. Direct flights from Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi, and Bangalore are available here. The multilingual state has various rich cultures and diversity.
As per the weather conditions in the Andaman Islands, the best time to visit the islands is from early October to May.
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Island, formerly known as Ross Island, was the once headquarters for the British in the islands. However, it was destroyed in the earthquake of 1941. After that, the Japanese converted the site into a POW camp and built war installations. The ruins of which remain on the islands. The island is now under Naval control and is a famous tourist spot in Port Blair.
The small island can be covered on foot in a few hours. The main attractions on the island are the majestic peacocks and deers wandering and grazing around. The remains of the historic buildings such as the Church, bakery, and various Japanese bunkers can be seen on the island.
It is hardly 2 km away and takes only 10-15 minutes to reach Ross Island from the Water Sports Complex in Port Blair.
North Bay is known as the hub of water sports in Port Blair. The island is surrounded by crystal clear water and dwells rich diversity of vibrant corals and fish. Water Sports activities like Scuba Diving, Under-Sea walking, snorkeling, Glass-boat, and Jet Ski ride are available on this island.
It takes about 30-40 minutes to reach the island from the Water Sports Complex in Port Blair. The trip is suggested along with Ross Island as they both are close.
North Bay also makes for a perfect hike from Mount Harriet while encountering dense palm groves and amazing views on the way.
The southernmost point of Port Blair is Chidiyatapu Beach. Chidiyatapu is mainly famous for its extensive range of endemic and migratory birds and is a heaven for bird watchers and nature lovers.
The dense forests, stunning views of the ocean, and the faraway islands make for a stunning sunset at the famous ‘sunset point’.
Chidiyatapu also has water sports activities for adventure lovers. It has rich underwater sea life with vibrant corals and marine wildlife. Tourists can go snorkeling or scuba diving in the crystal clear water.
Corbyn’s Cove Beach is the only beach in the city. It is the most visited by the locals and almost every tourist that comes to the Andaman Islands.
The crescent-shaped shoreline lined with coconut trees offers mesmerizing views of the sunrise. The beach also has Japanese Bunkers built in their reign, likewise, in Ross Island. You could sit on the pavement and enjoy this view early in the mornings.
Corbyn’s Cove Beach is the most commercialized in Port Blair. There are quite a few water sports activities like Jet Ski rides, Speed Boat rides, and Sea Karting. Two well-known restaurants near the beach serve exceptional seafood and refreshing drinks. The local eateries shops are lined up on the other side, facing the beach. They offer delicious snacks and little souvenirs to take back home.
The water is reasonably clean and calm. You can swim, walk on the beach, indulge in some water sports activities, or sit back on the benches and enjoy the fantastic view of the shore in the tropical atmosphere.
Wandoor is a village situated at the entrance of Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, renowned for its beautiful beach, magnificent sunset views and its pristine waters, spectacular beauty, peaceful environment.
It takes about 30 minutes to reach Wandoor Beach from Port Blair. Tourists can visit this beach either in the morning or in the evening. A great line of beach-facing resorts are available near Wandoor beach, and it makes for a great day trip and picnic for families and honeymooners.
Mount Harriet is the highest peak, about 1,257 ft. in South Andaman Islands and a National Park located in Port Blair.
It is excellent for trekking or hiking intended for nature and adventure lovers. The route consists of a thick jungle, exotic fauna, and a hill with a view. Far away islands, as well the city could be seen from the peak of this mountain.
You could visit this stunning place with your family and have a fun picnic day. The place also hosts a restaurant.
The two islands, Jolly Buoy and Red Skin, located in the Wandoor area, come under the Mahatma Gandhi National Park’s Marine Sanctuary and are protected by the Government of Andaman Islands. The trip requires a drive to Wandoor Beach and a boat ride to Jolly Buoy Island.
Either of the islands is open one at a time to preserve the ecosystem.
They are known for their cleanliness and the rich biodiversity of aquatic life. The vibrant marine life dwells diverse sea creatures and corals. Right now, water sports activities have stopped in the islands to protect the corals for a while.
The small island contains mostly tropical dense forest and white sand beach. You can visit the island for a day trip to Jolly Buoy or Red Skin Island and, on return, witness the magnificent view of the sunset at Wandoor Beach.
Samudrika Naval Marine Museum is designed to create awareness of the various aspects of the oceanic ecosystem. It is located at the northern end of Port Blair, at Haddo. There are several aspects to the museums, such as the geographical history of the islands, the tribes, different corals and shells, and an aquarium containing numerous fish and sea animals.
The Fisheries Museum is located near the Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex. It is now turned into an aquarium that comprises over 350 species of marine animals. The display contains both live and specimens of the preserved animals such as shellfish, corals, crabs, sharks, and starfish. The most attractive is the life-sized skeletons of a dolphin and whale. The museum is very similar to the Samudrika Naval Marine Museum at Haddo.
The Zonal Anthropological Museum endures spreading awareness about the history and cultures of the tribal communities in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The four Negrito Tribes of the islands include the Andaman’s Jarawas, Sentinelese, Great Andamanese, and Onges, and two Mongoloid Tribes of the Nicobar’s Nicobarese and the Shompens.
The National Memorial Cellular Jail showcases the history and the Indian freedom movement during the British Era in the islands. This jail was the colonial prison and a penitentiary for the revolutionaries who revolted against the British. Thus, it is also known as Kalapani.
This national memorial consists of a museum, an art gallery, and a photo exhibition. It is a famous tourist destination in the Andaman Islands. Another attraction at the spot is the evening light & sound show, which demonstrates the hardship of the martyrs.
The Chatham Saw Mill is the largest and the oldest in Asia. Set up in 1883, with the intent to provide saw and timber for constructional purposes and other industries across the globe. It is located at Chatham Island, connected to Port Blair by a 100 meters long bridge.
The mill holds a great value of history as showcased in its museum with pictures of its different phases.
The Chidiyatapu Biological Park is located very close to the sunset point at Chidiyatapu Beach. It is developed to preserve and offer a place to examine the biodiversity of Andaman’s endemic and endangered birds and animals. There is also a variety of rich flora and fauna. Other attractions of the park are the wild pigs, barking deer, and spotted deer.
Also, if you want to see crocodiles, then this is the place to be!
After visiting the park, you could spend your evening watching the mesmerizing sunset at the sunset point at Chidiyatapu.
Lying about 30 km from the city, near Chidiyatapu Beach, this place is known for trekking and birdwatching. The pathway is rocky, covered with dense, tall trees on either side.
You could either tour this hill early morning for an adventurous and refreshing start of the day or in the evening so that you can visit the sunset point for a stunning sunset view.
The trek takes about 40-50 minutes, after which you reach the summit with an incredible view of the faraway islands and the reflecting sun in the water.
The stunning Manjeri Jetty lies about 15 km away from Port Blair. It is famous amongst the locals yet rarely visited by tourists. The road to the harbor is adventurous, with dense forests on either side and sudden jumps of seaside views and mangroves.
You have to obtain a permit of INR.50 each to get inside the gate of the harbor. As you enter the gate, the unmetalled road begins, accompanied by thick wildernesses which keep you close to nature. As you reach, you encounter a serene view of the nearby islands and the reflecting sun. The unreal see-through water dwells vibrant corals, sea cucumber, and fish. The location place is ideal for photography.