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Capital city to the islands of Andaman and Nicobar, Port Blair is home to irresistible natural beauty, rich history and unique local culture. Here is our guide to the top experiences you ought to have if you find yourself in this bustling city.
Also known as Kala Pani (black waters), this colonial-era prison was used by the British exile political prisoners during India’s struggle for independence. The prison complex was built between 1896 and 1906, even though the island had been used to imprison political activists for decades prior. Comprising a total of 696 prison cells, the structure was built in such a way that put all inmates in solitary confinement and restricted any communication between them. The prison complex is today among Port Blair’s most visited and storied sites of attraction.
Run by the Indian Navy, the Samudrika Naval Marine Museum was set up to serve as a hub of knowledge for marine heritage and ecology. The museum also serves to spread knowledge of the island’s history, local culture and geographical specifications. It houses an impressive collection of cells, corals and fishes from around the islands.
Haddo Road, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India, +91 3192 248 321
A 20-minute boat ride from Port Blair, this historic island served as capital of the Andaman Islands from 1858 until 1941, when it was struck by an earthquake. A ghost town with still intact ruins from the colonial era, Ross Island is a hauntingly picturesque experience.
From snorkeling and scuba diving to jet skiing and parasailing, the range of water sport activities offered at this complex will thrill any adrenaline junkie. The complex also has a children’s park in its vicinity, along with scenic gardens that house artificial waterfalls – making the site ideal for even a leisurely stroll if you’re not looking to partake in any sport.
No tour of Port Blair is complete without a hearty portion of its scrumptious local cuisine. For a dose of Port Blair’s finest sea food, head to Lighthouse Residency on Atlanta Point. The no-frills restaurant offers a range of fish, shrimp, lobsters and more, prepared individually to your tastes. Excel Restaurant is another popular yet affordable option for fabulous sea food, chilled beers and more. A friendly crowd and cozy décor are added bonuses.
Light House Residency: Atlanta Point, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India, +91 3192 237 317
Excel: D/no 2719, R.P Road, dignabad, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India, +91 89009 12600
For a break from the city, this small beach lined with coconut trees is among your best options to visit. Almost always reasonably crowded, the beach is a lively location where you can enjoy water sports, picnic, indulge in street snacks or just lounge around waiting for stunning sunset views.
Founded in 1969, and covering about 4.62 squared kilometers, Mount Harriet National Park is yet another peaceful destination for those looking for a break from Port Blair’s chaos. The park is home to a rich range of flora and fauna, as well as Andaman and Nicobar Islands’ third highest peak, Mount Harriet, at 1,257 feet. Andaman wild pigs, an endangered species are among the rare animals sighted here. It also houses a vibrant range of butterfly species.