Port Blair is located towards the eastern bank of the Andaman Island. The journey to the capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands is beautiful and exciting. Port Blair boasts of glistening beaches, museums, and ancient colonial jails. Read on to find out an interesting list of top things to do in Port Blair:
Bird watching at Chidiya Tapu
Chidiya Tapu, located at a distance of 17 km from Port Blair, is an ideal place for seeing panoramic sunsets and go bird watching. By car it takes nearly 40 minutes to reach this picturesque spot. Enjoy the spectacle of exotic birds from all over the world which flock here during the morning.
Strolling along the beach or at Gandhi Park
In the evening, take a stroll and enjoy the spectacular sunsets at the vast ocean.
Visit the museums
This half day tour is very interesting as you will be acquainted with the ancient tribal history and exotic marine life of Port Blair and much more. You can view a plethora of attractive artefacts at Samudrika Marine, vibrant tribal murals at Anthropological Museum as well as widespread marine species at the Fisheries Museum.
Explore Ross Island
Witness the colonial heritage of Ross Island and visit the old church.
Explore undersea world at North Bay Island
Enjoy underwater sea walk at North Bay Island and witness the amazing marine life of the Andaman’s including exotic fishes,colourful coral reefs, while walking on the seabed of this exciting island.
Visit Jolly Buoy Island
Engage in fun activities like snorkelling and scuba diving and go for glass bottom boat ride.
Trek to the Munda Pahar Beach
Trekking to see the sparkling waters of the serene Munda Pahar beach, located nearly 25 km from port Blair is a thrilling experience. Walk along the shore or simply relax on the white soft sands of this magnificent beach.
Explore the Marine Life at Wandoor and Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park
Mahatma Gandhi Park has vast flora and fauna. You can easily spot birds namely White-Bellied Sea Eagle, or herons and parakeets. Enjoy adventure sports like scuba diving,snorkelling and glass-bottom boat rides to see coral reefs. Here, you can also go for camping and trekking.
You can buy souvenirs from the busy Aberdeen Bazar and government museums. Colourful fabrics, decorative shell accessories, beautifully crafted wood artefacts, pearl jewellery, coral jewellery coconut lampshades, bangles and attractive paper mache tribal masks are few of the must-buys.
Enjoy thrilling nightlife
Listen to vibrant live bands, sip exotic mix of cocktails, eat delicious food and witness magnificent views of the sea as you visit pubs and bars of Port Blair.
Enjoy authentic seafood at the best restaurants
Famous as a haven for sea food lovers, you can enjoy delectable sea food including tiger prawns, lobsters, Nicobari fish squids, crab curries, barracudas and more.
How to reach
This scenic beach town is well-connected by regular flights from Kolkata and Chennai. Foreigners and NRIs have to arrange for a Protected Area Permit (PAP) which is taken on arrival and is valid only for 30 days.
Travel by boat from Visakhapatnam takes nearly 56 hours; from Chennai nearly 60 hours; from Kolkata nearly 66 hours. You can get your tickets booked at the head quarters of Shipping Corporation of India.