Port Blair India
Where is Port Blair
In Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair is the largest town and the capital city of this Union Territory of India. The town is located in the east coast of Southern Andaman Island and serves as the main gateway to enter the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Presently, it serves as a major base for the Indian navy and Indian Coast Guard.
During the British rule in India, the Chatham Island was established as a centre of detention and it was named Port Blair in honour of the lieutenant. More and more prisoners of the Indian independence struggle were sent to this island by the East India Company rule. As the number of detainees increased with the years, this prison island required renovation.
The Viper Island, near Port Blair was originally used for housing the convicts but the diseases and living conditions caused a lot of deaths during those days of British rule in India. In the later part of the 19th century, the area came to have the Cellular Jail which was termed by the Indians as Kaala Paani. Before Indian independence, Port Blair served temporarily as the headquarters of the Azad Hind Fauj led by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
Port Blair Tourism
A visit to Port Blair and its surrounding areas, gives an idea of the culture of the land which is mostly based on the heritage of the tribal populations that stay in the area. Although it is restricted to visit the lands where tribes are still located, with the help of special permits, people can visit these areas. In the Tsunami of 2004, many areas of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands were affected, but Port Blair escaped the wrath and served as the base for relief operations.
Things to do in Port Blair:
Tourists can have a glimpse of the tribal culture in the museums and the various cultural programs. Port Blair is the only place which has a good amount of population in comparison to other islands and areas, which is around 1, 00,000, roughly.
Port Blair Weather
Port Blair is situated in the islands of Andaman and Nicobar. The climate here is tropical and helps in preserving the large diversity of flora and fauna that is found here. The summer and winter are quiet alike and pleasant with average temperature during the summer being around 30 'C and during winters being 23 'C. The best time to visit the city is all year around still to avoid rainy season the months of October to March are the best.
Port Blair Hotels
It is the only point with banks, tourist offices, and hotels. Port Blair being the entry point to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, there has been major infrastructural and community development by the local government. It has a number of hotels, restaurants, office buildings, transport facilities, which cannot be seen in other places in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Chennai To Port Blair:
Know how to reach Chennai To Port Blair By Ship : Chennai Port Blair - Journey time about 60 hrs
Flights to Port Balir
Jet Airways flights are operating every day on Chennai - Port Blair - Chennai sector.
How To Reach Port Blair
Ship services are available to Port Blair regularly from Chennai, Kolkatta and Visakhapatnam and back. There are three to four sailing's every month from Calcutta and Chennai to Port Blair and vice-versa. There is a sailing from vishakhapatnam once in a month. The voyage takes about three days and the ship normally berth at Port Blair for about two days.
All foreign nationals can stay in the islands for 30 days. This can be extended by 15 days with permission. They require a permit to stay, which can easily be obtained on arrival at Port Blair (either by air or sea) from the immigration authorities. In addition permits can also be obtained from:
Indian Mission Overseas,
Foreigners Registration Offices at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Calcutta.
The immigration authorities at the airports at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Calcutta.