What to See In Port Blair?
If you happen to reach Port Blair by flight, you are welcomed at Veer Savarkar Airport, the only international airport on the Islands. This “Veritable Garden of Eden” commonly termed as Port Blair has an immense history to share with its visitors. Once in Port Blair, you are connected through ferry rides to some very important spots like Phoenix Bay, Junglighat, Chatham, Hope Town, Dundas Point and Viper Island. However, there are a few sight-seeing places which are the prime points of interest among the tourists coming to this historical land.
This is by far the most important attraction which has been calling not only the countrymen, but also researchers and historians all across the world to come and study Port Blair. Surprisingly, the Cellular Jail or Kaala Paani which is a standing epic of harshness and struggle before Independence is an immaculately maintained building. Today, it is considered the national monument with a beautiful garden, which presents a sound-and-light show every day in two languages.
Corbyn’s Cove and Japanese Bunkers:
Corbyn’s Cove is the closest beach to Port Blair, which is recognized less as a beach but more as the sunset view point. In 2004, most of this beach was severely affected and washed away by Tsunami disaster, which can still be felt by its ruins. On reaching this place, the remarkable attractions are Japanese Bunkers, which were used in World War II.
Chatham Saw Mill:
The oldest saw mill in Asia stands right here in Port Blair. Nearby is Chatham Jetty, where the ships from Calcutta and Chennai used to unload their goods once upon a time. From this point, there are passenger jetty available to reach Dundas Point and Bamboo Flat.
There is no better way to get you introduced to multiple tribes of Port Blair than this place. This museum has lots of exhibits representing various tribes, as well as the development that took place as the time evolved. The Museum is closed all Thursdays and on public holidays.
Central Agricultural Research Institute:
Port Blair has a striking landscape which was immediately appreciated by British, when they decided to make this place their summer home. Now, this landscape is the cause for various researchers arriving here to study its cultivation capabilities. Livestock and poultry form the major farming. The vivid sections on vast agricultural lands are segmented to house pigs, cattle, rabbits, turkeys, quails, ducks, fishery ponds and fodder blocks.
Samudrika Marine Museum:
This is run by Indian Navy and has an assortment of exhibits including tribal, plants, animals, marine life and islands’ ecosystem. Right outside the museum is the main attraction- ‘skeleton of a blue whale’, which was found washed ashore on the Nicobars.
Other than these specific points in Port Blair worth watching, the visitors are highly recommended visiting Ross Island which acted as the British administrative capital before Independence. There still are the ruins of old buildings and the place is dominant with deer and peacocks.
Reaching North Bay or the Coral Island offers a sequence of sporting adventures, along with the sea walking for relaxing memories to cherish.
This beach is specifically for the sunset viewers, aiming to capture the beautiful amazing shades of nature in their cameras! Recently, the Mini Zoo, a medium-sized zoo with some unique species found only in Andaman and Nicobar Islands has been shifted here.
Once again the historical remark, this Island is visited for both its magnificent beauty and the remains of printing press and Secretariat Office which were raised during British Rule.
Famous for swimming activities and Coral viewing, this beach is the entrance to the famous Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park consisting of 15 islands! Another important connect to this beach is Jolly Buoy Island famous for its pristine clarity and the under-water corals. Remember, this beach is a no-plastic zone, which means an eco-friendly ambience awaits you here! The same route leads to Red Skin Island as well. Both Jolly Buoy and Red Skin Islands are opened by authorities for 6 months in alternation, so you are sure to find either one of these opened during any time of the year.
An exotic Island which has another wonder of nature to view. Visit this Island to see the mud volcanoes and high limestone walls, bringing you to an altogether different place. Enjoy its tropical nature, Mangrove creeks and the biodiversity that persists as its best!