Port Blair Travel Guide

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    Port Blair
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    Port Blair
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    Port Blair
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Port Blair Things to Do

  • The gallows

    Lots of prisoners were hanged in the Cellular Jail of Port Blair and you will be able to see the rooms with the gallows, you will see a "place for last rites" and also a place, where prisoners had been whiped and other cruelties.That "throne" in my 4th picture was the seat of a judge in the trials that were held there maybe after somebody tried to...

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  • The Jail Administration-building

    The Administration-building of the Cellular Jail in Port Blair shows some interesting architecture. The Jail-complex was built between 1895 and 1905 and it has a total of 698 cells, all of the same size with a single small window on the very top of the room, much too far away for the prisoners to see anything except some clouds maybe.The Cellular...

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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.The Andaman Islands were used as a prison from 1857 onwards and in the beginnings they had mainly dormitories for their prisoners. In 1868 from These dormitories 238 prisoners could...

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  • The spire of the Presbyterian Church

    The spire of the Presbyterian Church on Ross Island is a lot more "taken over again" by nature than the church itself. The spire has lots of trees growing inside of it and partly through the walls, take a look at my photos, I really wonder how many more years these walls will be able to withstand the power of the trees and bushes, destroying its...

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  • The Presbyterian Church on Ross Island

    These are the ruins of the former Presbyterian Church on Ross Island. The church was built of stone and it had window-frames made of Teak from Burma, glass panes made of beautifully etched glass from Italy.You will be able to walk through these church-ruins and here and there you will see some remains of the wooden frames of the windows, that have...

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  • Take a look into a prison-cell

    Take a look inside a prison-cell: The window is high above the floor, it has a solid fence and even a sunshade, so it will give only some light without showing a sky or clouds. There is a door or rather a solid fence instead of a door and as you can see in my 4th Picture, the lock was completely unreachable for the prisoners from inside the...

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  • Exhibitions inside the Cellular Jail

    Inside the Museum of the Cellular Jail you will find a lot of permanent exhibitions about the freedom-fighters and other People who had been in prison there and had to do hard Labor in order to pass their time in prison.On the total you will Need a Minimum of 1 hour to explore the most important parts of this Museum with various wide halls, endless...

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  • Take a walk on top of the prison

    You will be able to step up to the flat roofs of the various wings of the Cellular Jail and like the former prison-guards you will be able to watch the situation from above. In former times it was easy that way to make sure nobody would be able to escape and now these platforms are a perfect place for a panorama-view of Port Blair and Ross Island...

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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" step by step: The roots and branches of the trees started to Crash the solid walls of the abandonned buildings and in some places These buildings look really...

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  • 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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  • 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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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

  • walking on Ross Island

    Ross Island is an easily walkable Island and even handicapped people in a wheelchair should be able to see most of the buildings there. Only the cathedral and a few other buildings will be off-Limits or very hard to manage for the interior for wheelchairs.There is a perfect System of newly paved paths around the Island, there are benches, a cafe, a...

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  • Getting around by Tuk-Tuk

    Tuk-Tuks are a funny way to drive around Port Blair and the Andaman Islands, behind the Driver there are 2-3 seats and you will feel the fresh air, while beeing driven around in quite a low Speed, so you are able to take photos easily and enjoy some of the nice Details on the way through the Islands.Fix the Prices in advance !We have ordered a taxi...

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  • I came to Port Blair on a cruise

    I came to Port Blair and the Andaman Islands by a cruiseship, the M/V Delphin Voyager in 2009 (a ship that does not exist anymore).In the port larger ships can dock as well and after a short walk of maybe 50 meters you will get to the port-gate, where tuk-tuk-Drivers will be waiting for passangers in order to take them to town.Tuk-tuks are the...

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Port Blair Local Customs

  • Jama Masjid - the Aberdeen Bazar

    In the first moment I had the idea that these buildings would be a mosque, but in fact it is the Jama Masjid Bazar of Aberdeen / Port Blair. I saw it just from a distance, while passing by in a Tuk-Tuk but next time I will try to get inside and take a closer look for it's interesting architecture.What I remember about Port Blair is the fact that...

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  • Ross Island: a roof made of trees

    Take a closer look at my photos here: Obviously there was a wooden construction there first for the roof, then the trees started growing over it untill the artificial roof of that building eventually broke down and only the roots and branches of these trees remained there in just the same shape as the former roof used to be !And that new, natural...

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  • Art Nouveau - Andaman-style ?

    Opposite of the cellular prison you will find this interesting building with some ornaments that remind me a bit of the Art Nouveau-style.The building might have had some Kind of a connection with the prison, maybe some of the staff-members were living there, because I did not see any other old building beeing built so close to the prison.In my...

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Port Blair Warnings and Dangers

  • some trees might be dangerous

    Watch out, where you touch the local trees: These branches of a local tree have dangerous thorns , that are sharp like a knife when you touch them. They reminded me a bit of the teeth of a shark and are most probably as sharp as them anyway, so keep your hands off !You also never know what bacteries will get into your blood-circuit, as soon as cut...

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  • Exchanging Money.

    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

  • The old cemetery of Ross Island

    This is the old cemetery of Ross Island and you will find it in the back part of Ross Island, on a dusty area, fenced in by a red wall. Take a look inside you will find various graves of seamen and obviously also graves of members of various religions.There was just a total of maybe 100 graves in that cemetery on Ross Island, so there must be other...

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  • Ross Island: funny dustbins

    There are lots of funny dustbins in Ross Island and there are also quite high fines in case they catch you while you throw away some garbage into the landscape. It is even totaly forbidden to carry Plastics - whatever that means - as you can see in my last Picture:It is strictely prohibited to use Polythene/Plastics in Ross Islandusers will be...

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  • Ross Island: Destroyer & Preserver

    In some places on Ross Island you will see that the trees had at one side partly destroyed the buildings and made them totally unusable by human beeings, BUT at the same time the trees, roots and branches will also help to keep the remains of the buildings as they are now, protecting the remaining walls in a certain way, after having covered them...

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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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Ross Island: The Barracks of the British Troops
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a monument for the prisoners
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The Clock Tower
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The monument for the victims of the Tsunami 2004
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The Millenium Clock
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Port Blair - beyond the tourist-sights
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laundry - Andaman-style
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Holy Cows
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The monument for Rajiv Gandhi
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The Japanese Bunkers on Ross Island
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The ferry from Port Blair to Ross Island
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animals on Ross island
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Snorkeling and very beautiful beach
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Ross Island - after the British
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Ross Island - Pool
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