Port Blair Travel Guide

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Port Blair Overview

Located in the eastern coast of South Andaman Island, Port Blair is the capital of the Indian Territory, Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The place was named after Lieutenant Archibald Blair of the British East India Company during the British Colonial Rule in India. These secluded islands were used to imprison mainly political prisoners/freedom fighters of India. One of the infamous prisons is Cellular Jail in Port Blair which witnessed the unspeakable tortures of the British rulers on the freedom fighters. After the independence of India in 1947 this area became an important base for Indian Navy.
The small city, Port Blair, acts as a gateway to Andaman and Nicobar Islands. From mainland India, two types of transportations can be used to enter Port Blair, by sea and by air. The ships sail from three ports (Chennai, Kolkata and Vizag) in mainland India to Port Blair and vice versa and considered as the cheapest way of transportation. If time is more important than money then transportation by air is a better option. There are direct (nonstop) flights available daily from Chennai and Kolkata to Port Blair’s Veer Savarkar Airport (IXZ) as well as connecting flights from all the big cities in the mainland.
Port Blair is the most densely populated area in the Andaman Nicobar Islands and has all the modern facilities such as banks, ATMs, hotels, internet, and transportation services to other remote Islands. Some attractive places in and around Port Blair is: Cellular Jail, Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex, Aquarium, Samudrika Museum, Museum of Anthropology, Chatham Saw Mill, Corbin’s Cove Beach, Mount Harriet, Chidiya Tapu etc.

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