Whenever people think of visiting an island or a beach city, Andaman has always been overlooked by the likes of Ponidcherry or Goa. But over the past few years, this has changed and flipped 180-degrees. Not only have people liked going to Adaman but it is now becoming one of the best places to visit in India.
One of the finest places in Andaman is Port Blair. Being the capital city of the island, it is a decently developed place to visit. But more importantly, it offers a perfect melange of modern lifestyle, natural beauty and several places to visit in the city.
From expansive beaches to museums to watersports; one can enjoy multiple things to do in Port Blair. And the options are increasing year after year, same as that of the visitors.
We bring you a list of the top places to visit in Port Blair here
1. Cellular Jail
Cellular Jail of Port Blair is one of the finest and popular destinations since the beginning. This historic jail had some important freedom fighters of India including Batukeshwar Dutt and Veer Savarkar which makes it so much important for Indians.
Apart from that, the visitors can also enjoy the Light & Sound show that takes place here on all Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays. Explore the entire vicinity to understand how the inmates used to live in the prison. It still looks like a gloomy place but attracts a lot of visitors throughout the year. Remember not to miss the show at any cost. The charges for the show are 50 INR only.
2. Ross Island
A lot of people love to take a journey to the past and that is what thrills them. If you are one of those, consider visiting Ross Island on your trip to Port Blair. It is a bit secluded from the main island and attracts a lot of people.
It was once a British seat and represented their power over Indians. Currently, Ross Island is visited by people who enjoy the ruins of the past. You will have to take a boat ride from Andaman to Ross Island for a small entry fee. Amongst the tourist attractions in Ross Island, there are a few amazing buildings that are still charismatic. Owing to this, Ross Island is referred to as the Paris of the East.
Are you looking for a cruise trip to Andaman and Nicobar? If yes, then Makruzz can be a great pick for you. This is a luxury catamaran service that is operated from Port Blair. It is one of the major attractions of the city and gives a great time to a lot of people every year.
What makes it so amazing is the fact that it is the largest as well as first privately owned luxury fleet in Andaman. You get to enjoy the luxuries at the cruise for 2 hours. From standing on the deck with your loved ones to savoring the scrumptious meals on offer. You can enjoy your time the way you want it.
4. Corbyn Cove Beach
While visiting Port Blair on your next trip, just find out some time to visit the mesmerizing Corbyn Cove Beach. It is just about 6 km away from Port Blair and offers a beautiful sunrise-sunset view and a lot of serenity.
There are a few bars and pubs that can be visited by travelers at Corbyn Cove Beach. If you are an adventure enthusiast, this beach will also offer you some amazing watersports. So take a break from the chaotic streets of Port Blair and enjoy Corbyn Cove Beach.
5. Jolly Buoy Island
All the adventure seekers can fulfill their zest of adventure at the Jolly Buoy Island. This is one of the islands that are a part of Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. This island is a bit away from Port Blair but once you reach here, you would not want to go.
The white sand, pine forest, underwater corals, and clear beach are the important elements of this island. All these together make the visit absolutely amazing and delightful. If you are visiting Port Blair in the winter season, Jolly Buoy Island will welcome you with all the amazing and attractive sights. But this doesn’t mean you cannot visit here during the summer season.
5. Chidiya Tapu
Andaman’s Bird Island which is popularly known as Chidiya Tapu is yet another graceful and delightful place to visit. The island is covered with rich mangrove forests and is home to an extensive number of bird species. This was converted into an eco-park that is located on the southernmost tip of Andaman.
The Chidiya Tapu is approximately 28 km from Port Blair. This island is beautiful, clean, and less crowded and the sunset or sunrise is amazing here. The island is a good place to spend a day doing nothing but enjoying the beauty of nature. You can savor good food and go on a bird-watching spree across the forest.
7. Samudrika Marine Museum
There is another important attraction of Andaman that goes by the name of Samudrika Marine Museum. People spend a few hours exploring the museum and then they head to another attraction close by named Andaman Teal house.
Like many other attractions, this museum is run by the Indian Navy. You can see some iconic images on the premises, all related to the Indian marine.
8. Munda Pahar Beach
Every island or destination has a secluded region that remains untouched by the general visitors. Either explorers or adventure enthusiasts visit here to have fun.
But if you want to enjoy some peace in a picturesque place, then Munda Pahar Beach is a place to visit.
9. Wandoor Beach
Wandoor is a picturesque beach known for its stunning natural beauty, crystal-clear waters, and white sandy beaches. It is one of the best and popular attractions of Andaman. The beach is surrounded by dense green forests and mangrove trees, adding to its charm and serenity. It is a popular destination for nature lovers, beach enthusiasts, and photographers, who come to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and capture the stunning scenery.
The beach also offers various water sports activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, and boating, making it a perfect destination for adventure seekers. The nearby Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, which is home to a variety of marine life and coral reefs, is another popular attraction near Wandoor Beach.
10. Murugan Temple
Another wonderful attraction of Port Blair is the Murugan Temple. It is a popular Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Murugan, also known as Kartikeya. The one who is considered the god of war and victory in Hindu mythology. The temple is known for its stunning architecture and intricate carvings, and is one of the most visited temples in India.
The temple complex features several gopurams (towers) adorned with colorful sculptures and intricate carvings depicting scenes from Hindu mythology. The main sanctum of the temple houses the statue of Lord Murugan, which is made of emerald and is believed to have been installed by a king in the 6th century AD.
11. Chatham Saw Mill
Chatham Saw Mill is a historic sawmill located in the Chatham Island of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is one of the oldest and largest sawmills in Asia, and has been operational since 1883. The sawmill is a popular tourist attraction and is known for its unique machinery and equipment, some of which are still in use today. The mill produces a variety of timber products, including sawn timber, veneers, plywood, and wooden furniture.
Visitors can take a guided tour of the mill to learn about the history and process of timber production, and witness the machinery in action. The mill also has a small museum that showcases the tools and equipment used in timber production, as well as the history and culture of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
12. Veer Savarkar Park
The Veer Savarkar Park park is named after Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, a prominent Indian freedom fighter and political leader who played a significant role in the Indian independence movement. The park is known for its serene natural beauty and lush green surroundings, and is a popular destination for both locals and tourists.
This park features several walking trails, benches, and picnic spots, making it a perfect place for a peaceful stroll or a family outing. The park also features several statues and memorials dedicated to various Indian freedom fighters and leaders, including Veer Savarkar himself. Visitors can learn about the history and significance of these leaders and their contributions to the Indian independence movement. The park is also known for its beautiful views of the Port Blair harbor, and is a popular spot for sunset watching.
Andaman has finally been understood as an active adventure place and people love visiting here for a lot of good reasons. Port Blair is a charismatic destination on the Island and has been satiating the hunger of every kind of traveler. If you wish to plan a beach trip, do something different and plan to visit Andaman. Like many others, do not overlook this amazing destination for any other place. Like it is said; a destination has its own charm which is incomparable to anything.”
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