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Port Blair Tourism and Travel Guide

Places of Interest in Port Blair

Cellular jail (National Memorial)

Cellular Jail, located at Port Blair, is a mute witness to the tortures meted out to the freedom fighters, who werePort Blair incarcerated in this Jail. The Jail, completed in the year 1906 acquired the name, 'cellular' because it is entirely made up of individual cells for the solitary confinement of the prisoners.

It originally was a seven pronged, puce coloured building with a Central Tower acting as its fulcrum and a massive structure comprising honey-comb like corridors. The building ws subsequently damaged and presently three out of seven prongs are intact. The Jail now a place of pilgrimage for all freedom loving people, has been declared a National Memorial.

The penal settlement established here by the British after the First War of Independence in 1857 was the beginning of the agonizing story of the massive and awful Jail at Viper Island followed b y the Cellular Jail. The patriots who raised their voice against the British Raj were sent to this jail, where many perished.

Netaji Subash Chandra Bose hoisted the first Tri-Colour on 30th December, 1043 at a place near this Jail. During the 50th year of India's Independence, the living freedom fighters and widows of the freedom fighters, who were incarcerated in the Cellubar Jail were honoured by the President of India on 30th December, 1997. A commemorative coin and a postal stamp on Cellular Jail were also released on this occasion.

The saga of the heroic freedom struggle is brought alive in a moving Son-et-Lumiere, shows daily at 6.00 PM (Hindi) and 7.15 PM (English). Also there is a Museum and an Art Gallery which is open on all days except Monday from 9.00 AM to 12 Noon and 2.00 PM to 5.00 PM.

Andaman Water Sports Complex
This is a unique sports complex in India in its own kind. There are facilities for safe water sports such as Rowing Boats, Paddle Boats, Kayaks, Aqua-cycle, Aqua-glide, Bumper boats, etc., and Adventure water sports such as Port BlairWater-skiing, Water scooters. Germini boats, Para-sailing, Sail boats, Wind-surfers, Speed boarts, Glass-bottom boarts, etc., There are Saline Water Swimming Pool, Nature-walk, Change Room, Food Plaza, also. There is a Memorial built to commemorate the Battle of Aberdeen, fought between the British and Andamane aborigines in May, 1859, in which may Andamanese died. There is an artificial water-fall nearby.

Children’s Traffic Park
This park near Aberdeen water sports Comlex, is set up the Traffic police to educate young children about the traffic rules. There is a Toy Train nearby.

Gandhi Park
This beautiful park at port Blair has facilities like children's park, amusement park, entertainment park, deer and bird park, water sports, nature trail, lake, garden, restaurant and Japanese temple, as well as a bunker. The erstwhile Dilthaman Tank, which was the only source of drinking water to Port Blair has been developed into Gandhi Park in unbelievably short time of 13 days.

Corbyn’s Cove Tourism Complex
Corbyn's Cove, 7 Kms. from the town, is the coconut palm fringed beach, ideal for swimming, surfing and sun basking. Facilities like water sports, restaurant and bar, change room, etc., are also available.

The Chatham Saw Mill, one the oldest and largest mills in Asia, built on a tiny island, is connected to Port Blair by a bridge. It is a store house of timber like Padauk, Gurjan, Marble, Satin Wood, etc. The island has the second largest wharf of these islands, where island-mainland ships can berth.

Mini Zoo
Situated in Haddo, Port Blair, it houses some of the rare species of endemic birds and animals found in these islands.

Anthropological Museum
This museum depicts the life of the Paleolithic Islanders. It also houses the models of the aborigines and their tools.Port Blair Monday and holidays closed.

Fisheries Museum
Situated near Andaman Water Sports Complex, it exhibits species of marine life peculiar to the islands and found in the Indo-Pacific and the Bay of Bengal. Monday and holidays closed.

Samudrika (Naval Marine Museum)
Situated near Teal House, at Port Blair, set up to create awareness on various aspects of oceanic environment. A good collection of shells, corals, fishes and a few species are on display.

Zsi Museum
Situated near the Andaman Teal House, Delanipur, the Zoological Survey of India Museum and research library exhibit a good variety of sponges, corals, butterflies, centipedes, etc. Open on all working days.

Forest Museum
Situated in Haddo, Port Blair, this museum offers an insight into forest activities through scale models and displays decorative pieces made of Padauk, Marble, Peauma, Gurjan, Satin Wood, etc. Open on all working days.

Sagarika Emporium
Cottage Industries Emporium and Khadi and Gram Udyog Emporium display some of the rare shell-crafts, wood-crafts, cane and bamboo work, etc. Open on all working days.

How to Reach Port Blair

By Air: Port Blair is well-connected to Chennai, Delhi, Bhubaneswar and Kolkata by flights that operate almost regularly.

By Rail / By Road: The location of Port Blair in the midst of the sea makes it impossible to access the place either by rail or by road.

Hotels in Port Blair

Fortune Resort Bay Island Hotel Port Blair
Sinclairs Bay View Hotel Port Blair
Shompen Hotel Port Blair
Sentinel Hotel Port Blair
Silver Sand Resort Hotel Port Blair