Port Blair, is the popular gateway for visiting this beautiful part of India, in the Bay of Bengal and also the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Typically situated on the east coast of the South Andaman Island, Port Blair has to offer glimpses of British rule, distinct water sports activities like snorkeling, scuba diving and sea cruises and the history and culture of the region.
Port Blair is well connected with mainland India by both air and sea. By air, it can be reached in two hours from the mainland from major places of India such as Kolkata, Chennai, New Delhi, Bhubaneshwar, and Vishakhapatnam. However, if you are planning to come by sea, it usually takes three to four days to reach the islands from Kolkata, Chennai or Vishakhapatnam.
Port Blair has a few of the best things to do. If you compare with various other islands you will get to understand that Port Blair has the maximum things to do in Andaman.
Most of the islands of the Andaman are very popular for scuba diving. The unique and soothing experience is made available to almost everyone who wants to visit the world underwater. There is no special skill set of any training is required for scuba diving and persons will be accompanied by an instructor at all times. In the beginning, at the time of introductory dive in shallow waters the instructors will then take you to the dive sites to make you familiar with the equipment, most of them are around 35 ft deep. Scuba diving is substantially one of the must-dos whiles in the area, with dive sites located in the north of Port Blair.
Glass Bottom Boat Ride
Another most popular one is the Glass bottom boat ride and if you especially don’t like to get your toes wet and still want to see the stunning creatures that inhabit the waters then this place is tailor-made for you. Seated comfortably while still being able to see all the stunning views of the underwater world is quite the luxury.
Another must for visit place is the Rajiv Gandhi Sports Complex also located in Port Blair and is considered to be very popular for visitors, especially those who have a liking for adventure water sports. Undoubtedly, walking with the fishes under the crystal-clear waters is a mesmerizing experience.
Among the most admired places in Port Blair is the national memorial, the Cellular Jail. This was a prison built to detain political prisoners in hopes to curb the Indian Freedom Movement. Times later people now come here to pay their respects and the city is also very famous for its museums. There are museums like the forest museum, the anthropological museums that are devoted to creating awareness about the island’s unique aquatic and terrestrial life and its heritage and also have extensive libraries and interesting artefacts on display.
Food and Nightlife
Port Blair houses offer a variety of restaurants serving Indian, Bengali and South Indian cuisines. This place has some of the most liked seafood. The Nico bar is very much popular for its beverages served inside coconut shells.
Port Blair brings a breath of fresh air in your life, as you directly connect so closely to nature as well India’s past. It transmutes you into a world of serenity and joy, where one is wary of each moment spent, and all moments are cherished. Head over to this beautiful place with your loved ones for a memorable journey.