Port Blair division or Tehsil covers an area of 125.4 sq km in South Andaman District. It serves as the capital city of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Main town of the division also called as Port Blair (Town), covers a small area about 16.64 sq km, is the most important and busiest part of the Island. This town has a municipal council of South Andaman district and it is the main entry point to the islands.
Port Blair derived its name from British Lieutenant, Archibald Blair who wanted to establish a colony here in 1789. Later it became a prison (Cellular Jail or Kalapani constructed in 1906) where Indian freedom fighters were incarcerated at the pre-independent period of India. After independent, Port Blair became the base for the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard and it also the headquarters of the Tri Services Command.
According to the census report 2011 India approximately 100,608 people reside in Port Blair. Among them, males constitute 52% of total population and females 48%. Majority of the population of the city follow Hinduism as their religion. And they speak with several dialects like Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Nicobarese and English. Among these English is accepted for administrative uses.
The climate of Port Blair is very pleasant and comfortable throughout the year. Andaman-Nicobar Islands is placed in the Torrid or hot climatic zone and it totally encircled with the ocean, Bay of Bengal. So, there have no winter season but rain is a common attribute in the city. The weather seasons of Port Blair can be divided in two major types namely monsoon and summer.
Summer Season in Port Blair : Normally summer Season of the city is continued from end January to June. Average temperature in summer varies from 22°C to 31°C and some destructive storms hit the city during this season. Port Blair receive tropical monsoon climate with little variation in average temp and large amounts of rainfalls throughout the year
Monsoon Season in Port Blair : Normally the monsoon season of Port Blair is continued for a long term. It starts from mid-May and continues to November. The average annual rainfall of Port Blair is approximately 280 cm and the city receives substantial rainfall except the months of January, February and March.
Cellular Jail or Kalapani tourism
Cellular Jail is national memorial place, dedicated to the freedom fighters of India. It was constructed by the British ruler in 1906 as jail for Indian political prisoners. Today, it is a tour spot open throughout the week except Mondays and Public Holydays.
Corbyn's Cove beach
It is a beautiful beach located close to Port Blair town. This beach is perfect for swimming and watching the sunset. You also found here a Japanese Bunkers Which was created by the Japanese army during World War II. In the year of 2004 enormous tsunami beaten the beach very badly so be careful to swim.
Samudrika Marine Museum
It is located at Delanipur in Port Blair which shows the in formations about five different sections like history, Geographical, natives of Andaman, Archaeology and finally the Marine life.
Timings: 9.00 am -12.00 Noon, 2.00 pm -5.00 pm.
Closed on Monday & public Holidays.
Entry Fee: INR 10.00
Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI)
CARI is about 4 km away from the Vir Savarkar Airport of Port Blair. This institute expertise performs research on different aspects of Agriculture and farming like Cattle, Pig, Goat, Rabbit, Turkey, Quail, Guinea Fowl, Duck, Fisheries Ponds, etc. It is easily accessible from Port Blair.
It is an Interesting Anthropological museum which informs the traditional cultures of the various natives of Andaman and Nicobar Island. This museum is opened every days except Thursdays and Public Holidays.
Chatam Saw Mill
Chatam is located at the northern most edge of Port Blair division. It takes around 15 minutes by bus from STS Bus terminal; private buses are also available in this root. You will found here the oldest Asian saw mill in the village.
Snorkeling at Jolly Buoy
Jolly Buoy is one of the most visited spots in Port Blair. This place is famous for its superb Corals and fishes where you can do snorkeling.
Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park
It is located at Wandoor, 29 km away from Port Blair city. You can reach here with a local bus or any private car.
It is a medium size zoo containing some species which is now shifted to its new place at Chidiya Tapu.
Travel by Ship
Port Blair is directly connected to Chennai, Kolkata and Vishakhapatnam by waterways. Regular Ship services are available here between Port Blair Phoenix Bay Jetty to these cities.
Shipping Corporation of India Ltd
Office in Kolkata
Shipping House, No. 13, Strand Road
Calcutta – 700 001
Office Tel: (+91) 033-248-2354 / 8013
Office Fax: (+91) 033-248-2035/0377
Office in Chennai
Address: Building, Rajaji Salai
Chennai – 600 001
Office Tel: (+91) 044-5231401
Office Fax: (+91) 044-5231218
Office in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Address: Aberdeen Bazar, Port Blair – 744 101
Office Tel: (+91) 03192-233347/233590
Office Fax: (+91) 03192-233778
Travel by Air
Port Blair is directly connected to Chennai and Kolkata by Airways. Available flights of the city Airport are Indian Airlines and Jet Airways. Port Blair's Airport named "Vir Savarkar Airport" is located about 2 km south from the main town from where private taxis and auto rickshaws services are available to your destinations. Public bus can be accessible on just outside the airport.
Indian Airlines office and address in Port Blair
City Office: Middle Point, Port Blair
Office Tel: (+91) 03192-233108
Airport Tel: (+91) 03192-232983
Website – www.airindia.in
Jet Airways office and address in Port Blair
City Office: Junglighat, Port Blair
Office Tel: (+91) 03192-236922/236933 Fax: (+91) 03192-236944
Airport Tel: (+91) 03192-235911/235944
You will get some suitable Hotels, accommodations and restaurants around Alipur Zoological Garden. Some major of these are given bellow.
Hotel Sinclairs Bayview
Port Blair South Point
Phone: (+91) 03192- 227824 / 227937
Aberdeen Bazaar, near Police Stn
Phone: (+91) 03192-234199
Andaman Teal House
Delanipur, Port Blair
Phone: (+91) 03192-232642/234060
Area: Port Blair
Phone: (+91) 03192-242646
Sun Sea Resort
Middle Point, Port Blair-744101
Phone: (+91) 03192-244442
Hotel Andaman Residency
J.N Road, Goal Ghar Port Blair - 744101
Phone: (+91) 03192-242200 / 243200
Address: Phoenix Bay, Port Blair
Phone: (+91) 03192-244914/15/16
Hotel Hari International
Bathu Basti, Garacharma - I
Port Blair, Andaman
Phone: (+91) 03192 - 251234, 200841, 211690
|Union Territory||Andaman and Nicobar Islands|
|Area||Port Blair Division - 125.4 sq km
Port Blair Town - 16.64 sq km
|Population census 2011||100608|
|Maya Bunder Postal Code||744101|
|Best time to visit||Best season is November To March.|
|Attractions at Port Blair||Main attractions of Port Blair are Cellular Jail or Kalapani, Corbyn's Cove beach, Samudrika Marine Museum, Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI), Anthropological Museum, Chatam Saw Mill, Snorkeling at Jolly Buoy, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park and Mini Zoo..|
|Clothing||Summer Season - Light Cottan
Winter Season - Light Cottan
|Language||Bengali (main language), Hindi, English, etc.|
|Restrictions||There have no restrictions for Indians but the foreigners have to follow some rules to visit in this island. They have to obtain Restricted Areas Permit from the competent authority.
You must have to obtain a valid passport and Visa in case of foreighner to visit Port Blai, Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
|Currency||Indian Rupee ()|
|Tourist Enquiry||Address of Government tour Centre
Andaman Teal House,
Port Blair the capital city,
Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Government of India Tourist Office
89, Junglighat Main Road (2nd Floor)
Port Blair- 744103
Andaman and Nicobar Islands.