About Port Blair
The city of Port Blair also known as Emerald Islands, is on the east coast of South Andaman Island. You can reach Port Blair from Kolkata, Chennai and Vishakhapatnam. Named after Lieutenant Archibald Blair, this exquisite island was closely associated with the Indian Independence struggle. The famous Cellular Jail is located in Port Blair itself. Port Blair was also the headquarters of Subhash Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army.
The islands are a treasure house of marine life that thrives in the deep waters of the Bay of Bengal. Port Blair was made popular by the Hawaii-born musician, filmmaker, and surfer Jack Johnson’s song Holes to Heaven that describes his surf trip here.
Fishing and tourism are the main economies of the city.
The climate of Port Blair is moist and humid.
The average temperature ranges from 22ºC to 35ºC in summers and from 10ºC to 15ºC in winters.
One of the best times to visit Port Blair is during the summers as many fun activities, like water sports, boating and underwater diving, are seasonal and cannot be done during the monsoons.
Sight Seeing in Port Blair
There is a fascinating mix of natural and man-made sights to explore in Port Blair. Gandhi Park is an amusement park for children with water sport facilities. The Cellular Jail at Port Blair is a national memorial, and has a Sound and Light Show on the freedom struggle.
You can do a crash course on nature world with a museum tour. There is the Anthropological Museum, Forest Museum, Fisheries Museum, Zoological Survey of India Museum, and the Naval Marine Museum Samudrika with its display of corals, fishes, and other sea creatures.
For nature lovers, there is Corbyn’s Cove Beach, Ross Island, North Bay at the foothills of Mount Harriet, and Chidiyatapu at the southern most tip of South Andaman.
If you want to venture outside Port Blair, there are many islands and beaches to choose from, such as Karmatang Beach, Havelock Island, Rangat Island, Cutbert Bay Beach, a turtle nesting ground, Avis Islands, and Mayabunder.
Please get in touch with our travel desk to know more about sight-seeing in Port Blair.
Nature Trails & Treks
Explore the islands on foot. There are many rare species of plants, small animals and insects waiting to be discovered. We encourage guests to go for nature trails and treks in small groups along the mangrove-lined creeks. Ecologists have identified 50 varieties of forest mammals, and about 225 varieties of butterflies and moths in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Guests can enjoy walking through the forest spotting birds, butterflies, small mammals and the occasional reptile.
Please get in touch with our travel desk to know more about nature trails and treks
Water sports are a major attraction in the islands. Get your adrenaline pumping with some aqua adventures. Or seek the thrills of the coral reefs with snorkeling, scuba diving, or deep sea fishing.
Please get in touch with our travel desk to know more about adventure sports. Water sports are not available during the monsoon months
Apart from enjoying the spectacular beauty of the islands, the avid nature lover can enjoy bird watching. There are about 50 different kinds of birds on the island. Observe the most fascinating species of birds in their pristine surroundings. Be a part of nature in its full glory.