Port Blair, the capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a place that offers the traveller a myriad experiences. From shimmering beaches to anthropological museums; colonial jails to water sports activities like snorkelling, scuba diving, deep sea diving and ocean walks; from picking up coral artefacts at Aberdeen Bazaar to discovering a rich tribal culture – there’s a lot you can do here.
Explore the architectural marvel of Cellular Jail or Kala Pani; one of the most popular places to visit in Port Blair and for good reason. Take a trip around the jail blocks of the Cellular Jail where the Indian freedom fighters were once imprisoned by the British. And don’t miss the light and sound shower; where the history Kala Pani is brought alive by a soulful narration that explains all the tragic events that took place in the lives of Indian revolutionaries in this Cellular Jail.
Going on a half-day museum tour is another interesting thing to do in Port Blair. These museums uncover the city’s tribal history, marine life and more. From a plethora of island artefacts at Samudrika Marine Museum to endemic marine species at the Fisheries Museum and lively tribal murals at Anthropological Museum – there’s a lot to see and learn.
Besides grand sunsets, Chidiya Tapu is also a good spot for birdwatching. Different kinds of birds from all over the world flock here and are a spectacle to witness; especially during the morning. It’s at a distance of 17km from Port Blair; so it’ll roughly take 45 minutes by car to reach.
Port Blair has a vibrant nightlife, and one of the best things to do here is listening to live bands while enjoying a delectable mix of cocktails, sumptuous food and scintillating views of the sea.
If bargaining is your expertise, head to the Aberdeen Bazaar where you can pick up a number of souvenirs from roadside stalls as well as government emporiums. Coloured fabrics, wood artefacts, jewellery, and Port Blair T-shirts are some of the things to buy. After your shopping extravaganza, enjoy a delicious meal at the Lighthouse Residency in the market itself.
Don’t leave Port Blair without visiting Wandoor Beach and Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park that lie side by side and offer a glimpse into Andaman’s vibrant marine life. Mahatma Gandhi Park has a number of flora and fauna that are maintained under specific climatic conditions; keep an eye out for saltwater crocodiles, turtles and starfish. The coral reef is a delight to watch as well as are the variety of birds. Besides, the park is also famous for adventure sports like scuba diving, snorkelling and glass bottom boat rides.