Port Blair Travel Guide

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    Port Blair
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  • Port Blair
    Port Blair
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  • Port Blair
    Port Blair
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Port Blair Things to Do

  • Ross Island

    Go there from Rajiv Gandhi Water Sport Jetty by boat 90 Rupies return last boat back at 4.30 pm. The former headquarter of the British was destroyed by a earthquake 1941, today with completely overgrown buildings some only still standing by the obergrowth

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  • Ross Island - where the nature strikes...

    Ross Island is a small island just a few hundred meters off the city of Port Blair and after an earth-quake the island was abandonned and nature now is "taking back the island again"

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  • Dont miss the old prison

    Dont miss to visit the old prison, its a museum nowadays and really worth seeing, although it once used to be a sad place for many people beeing inprisoned there.

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  • DAY 6-Around Port Blair & Departure

    On the day of departure, we only had time for a quick peek at the Samundrika Museum. This houses some of the finest collection of corals.A reluctant farewell.

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  • DAY 5-Ross & Viper Islands

    The next morning finds us in a private speedboat to Ross Island, half an hour away. This was earlier the ‘Paris of the East’, so well-maintained and so well-laid out was the place. However, after an earthquake, the place was abandoned in favour of Port Blair. It now lies in ruins with nature reclaiming its lost land, save for a few buildings which...

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  • DAY 4-Wandoor & Jolly Buoy

    The next day, go to Wandoor Jetty and from there to Jolly Buoy Island. The road from Port Blair to Wandoor is undulating, full of greenery and a pleasant drive. At times, the terrain gets hilly as you encounter windy roads like those in a hill station. The greenery is a visual treat for the weary eyes of a city dweller. On either side of the road...

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  • DAY 3-Cellular Jail

    The next day, visit the Cellular Jail. If you are an Indian citizen, it is a homage to be paid to all those valiant freedom fighters who cared nothing about their personal safety or their lives as they battled the might of the British Empire with their bare hands and pure idealism. The construction of the jail itself and the inhuman torture...

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  • DAY 2-Radhanagar Beach

    Early next morning, we tried to catch the sunrise from the hotel beach but the clouds played spoilsport. Anyway, after a sumptuous breakfast, dressed in shorts and slippers and carrying swimming trunks, we proceeded to Elephant Island. We took a speedboat to this island from the nearby jetty. Along the way you pass a lighthouse as well as a large...

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  • DAY 1-MV Makruzz

    The two hours’ flight from Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata, to the Veer Savarkar Airport in Port Blair is hardly the time to doze off or fall asleep. The view from the aircraft window is a magnificent one with the clouds below you and the blue waters of the Bay of Bengal further down. The scene below resembles a cotton...

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  • Ross Island - after the British

    After almost a century of ruling the islands of Andaman and Nicobar from this tiny 'island citadel' the settlers were shaken by a massive earthquake on 26 June 1941. The majestic buildings damaged by the tremor were a sign of events to follow. There was also imminent danger to the British settled here from the advance of the Japanese forces during...

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  • Ross Island - Pool

    This large ornamental lake is just downhill from the graveyard, and is a lovely area full of wildlife.

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  • Ross Island - graveyard

    This is the graveyard of the British people stationed on Ross during it's heyday. Much like the graveyard in Calcutta, there are a large number of grave inscriptions showing the deaths of very young men and women, and often children too, including a baby who only lived for 22 hours. Despite there being no malarial mosquitos here, the climate was...

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  • Ross Island - in the wake of the Tsunami

    The Andaman Islands were hit quite badly by the Tsunami on Boxing Day 2004. According to the BBC news website, the entire landscape of the archepelago was substantially altered, with new land masses appearing to the north, and mangroves and coral reefs collapsing and disappearing in the south-east.In this photo, you can just see how the sea wall...

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  • Ross Island - remains of the Empire II

    The Chief Commissioners Bungalow was described in 1923, in a letter from the then Chief Commissioner, Col Ferror, thus:"The house is very attractive - down stairs a large hall, my office and miscellaneous godowns. A fine staircase with a wooden gallery all around the top and upstairs a very fine ballroom, drawing room and most spacious verandas...

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  • Ross Island - Wildlife

    While wondering around Ross Island, we saw lots of deer, most of which were shy and skittish, but there were a few lying in the sun near the entrance who were quite happy to be petted! We also caught glimpses of peacocks, but never close enough to photograph!

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Port Blair Restaurants

  • Good Seafood

    Nice to sit upstairs with a beer, good food and a little breeze, nearby Lighthouse Residency has the same menue (indian and chinese) but to much aircon. Chili Prawns

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  • Cheap and good South Indian food

    South Indian vegetarian food, Dosas and Iddlies. Small and quite busy eating place, you might have to Share you table with other people. Iddly

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Port Blair Transportation

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    by lotharscheer Updated Jan 14, 2013

    Boat from Port Blair to Diglipur (Aerial Bay) 2 to 3 times per week 310 Rupies 8 hours. To Rangat via Neil Island, Havelok Island and Long Island 3 or more times per week, to Neil Island every day, 195 or 250 Rupies depending the boat, also to Little Andaman every day. To Havelok Island several boats per day including a fast catamaran (private, different ticket counter) 850 Rupies. Tickets can be bought at the harbor, long waitinglines ans a lot of pushing at the counter, even at the senior citicen counter i waited 1 hour, ladies counter longer and much longer at the other counters.
    Schedules for boats appearently change frequently, you can find the actual timetable in the local newspaper.
    Buses to Diglipur 12 hours, Mayabunder and Rangat 6 hours and about 170 Rupies.
    Buses to Wandoor every 1 or 2 hours, 45 minutes and 18 Rupies.

    Bus terminal Market next to bus terminal Boat to Little Andaman Boat to Aerial Bay Boat to Ross Island
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Port Blair Local Customs

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    by Travel2write Written May 13, 2005

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    A smile can get you out of any tough situation. I was amazed how many people want to practice there English with you. The british left a history of english here, and children always want to talk to you! That's what made this place so cool at times.

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Port Blair Warnings and Dangers

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    by Travel2write Updated May 13, 2005

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    I went to the bank to exchange several 100 US dollar bills. They warned me that they can exchange it to Indian currency, but due to limited US dollars, the would not except it back! So what you get is what your leaving with.

    I went crazy and tried my best to spand it all.

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Port Blair Tourist Traps

  • Jarawa Shield

    To protect the well-known but dwindling number of original inhabitants of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, the Jarawas, the Government has decided to set up a ‘Jawara Shield’. This would be a buffer zone of 5-kms’ radius around the reserve meant for the Jarawas. In this buffer zone, no tourist activity of any sort would be permitted with a stiff...

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  • Fix taxi-prices in advance

    I got to Port Blair by cruiseship and so we needed a taxi to get into town. As a tourist you will need a lot of pacience, when you are surrounded by 50 tuktuk-taxidrivers shouting and screaming at you. In our case we had been the last 2 people coming out of the ship and there were still about 50 empty tuk-tuks waiting there. I highly recommend to...

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Port Blair Off The Beaten Path

  • Beach

    Go to Chiriya Tapu by bus, about 1 hour, 18 Rupies, from the last stop you walk about 20 minutes trough a forest and you come to a quite nice beach, no sandfleas but a bit of snorkeling.

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  • Snorkeling and very beautiful beach

    Go to Wandoor by bus 45 minutes and 18 Rupies, get out at the jetty and take a boat to Jolly Buoy Island for snorkeling, 650 Rupies for the boat and 50 Rupies entrance fee, or go to the last stop for a very beautiful beach (but some sandfleas there).

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  • Hiking

    Popular as a trekking haunt, the lush forests of Madhuban house a variety of birds and colourful butterflies besides lumbering elephants. Madhuban is to the north east of South Andaman, situated about 75 km from Port Blair. One can also reach Madhuban by bus or ferry from Port Blair.

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Port Blair Favorites

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    by anilpradhanshillong Written Jan 28, 2011

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    Favorite thing: 1. In the ship, MV Makruzz, the best seats for a clear view is row 17, ‘M’ &’N’. While booking, request for these seats.

    2. At Elephant Beach, take your own lunch and plenty of water. There’s no food stall at Elephant Beach.

    3. The sun sets early in this part of the world. At 4 pm its bright and warm; by 4.30, its dusk and by 5 pm, it gets pitch dark. This is December last week and January-first week experience.

    4. At the Cellular Jail, take an authorised guide from near the booking counter. He will tell you a lot more than what the pamphlets and books on tourism contain. He will not charge you more than Rs. 150/-

    5. For the light and sound show at the Cellular Jail in the evening, go a bit early and occupy the very last row of seats. Not only is the light effects better from that vantage place but also the roof of the VIP enclosure, just behind you, will protect you.

    6. Line up as soon as you see the Jolly Buoy Island to exit from the rear of the ship. Else, you have to wait for an inordinate length of time as the small boats go to and fro.

    7. At Jolly Buoy, carry you lunch and water along as there is no cafeteria there. Also, no plastic is allowed. Your bags are checked at the Wandoor jetty, before boarding the ship, for plastic bags.

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