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About Port Blair
The Jail Island, Port Blair was infamous for "Kala pani", a jail-sentence in an island surrounded by water during the British Days. One can enjoy the Sound and Light shows, held every weekdays to learn about the brutality and history of the prison. Corbyn's cove (7 km) is the nearest beach to Port Balir but is risky for swimming. Some of the other major attractions in the island are Samudrika Marine Museum, Anthropological Museum, Mini Zoo and Forest Museum, Water Sports Complex, Ross Island, Wandoor (29 km) and Chiriya Tapu (30 Km).

Lush greenery surrounded by water and only a handful of people make Port Blair a natural and exotic island full of flora and fauna. The Union territory capital is obsessed with rain forests and excessive bio diversity. Connected though an airport and port Port Blair is not a thickly populated place, with a population of about 3.5 lakh. Main languages of Port Blair are Hindi, Nicobarese, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Bengali.

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Cellular Jail- Cellular Jail is the signature attraction of Port Blair. The jail was built by British to exile freedom fighters and brought to the lonely island to serve the sentence. The jail took 18 years to complete. Individual cells were for solitary confinement. The jail is now a popular tourist attraction and now converted into memorial and national museum. Every evening light and sound show is staged to narrate the freedom fighting story.

Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park – The huge park comprises of 15 islands,creeks and open sea spread across 280 sq.km. The park consist of mangrove creeks, tropical rain forests, rare coral reefs and marine life. There are options of snorkeling and scuba diving to watch the colorful marine flora and fauna.

Mount Harriet- Mount Harriet is the highest peak in South Andamans. The distance from Port Blair to Mount Harriet is about 55 kilometers and will be reached only by road. From the top of the peak you will witness the splendid view of crystal clear blue sea, islands and natural beauties. A nature trail from mount Harriet to Madhuban is always on the list of tourists. Mount Harreit was the summer headquarter of Britishers.

Anthropological Museum – The museum is also a hot favorite among tourist. The museum preserve ancient tools, cloths and models of aborigines of Andaman and Nicobar islands. The museum is at MG road. The museum remain closed on Mondays and holidays.

Chidiya Tapu(Island of birds)- Chidiya Tapu is a small village about 25 kilometer from Port Blair. The place is serene and green mangroves and long sandy beaches make the place a beautiful place to visit. The island also offer snorkeling and scuba diving adventure spot.

Not To Overlooked- Excursion From Port Blair

Cinque Islands- Because of its rare coral, underwater marine life and tropical rain forest, the place is declared as a sanctuary. The marvelous sandy beaches joins the islands, the north ans south Cinque is one fantastic scenery. To reach the islands you have to take chartered boats, which leave from Port Blair, Chidiya Tapu and Wandoor.

Madhuban - The popular trekking area of Andaman, located in the southern part of the islands, a place simply beautiful for exotic flora and fauna, endemic birds, animals and butterflies and elephants.

Port BlairHavelock Island – The island is another beautiful and serene place to visit. The place is adorned by lush green forest and sandy beaches. The place is connected with Port Blair by boats, plying six times a week. There is government tourist resort that gives cosy accommodation.

Little Andaman Island- The place is known as little Andaman Island because it is mini Andaman having all the natural beauties, waterfall, a beautiful beach and coconut palm fringe. The place is 120 km by sea and have modern accommodation facilities.

Mayabunder- The lonely beach is situated about 136 km away from Port Blair. You can go either by road or sea. It is in the middle of Andaman and an excellent scenic place. Mayabunder beaches are known as one of the finest beaches in Andaman. Most of the inhabitants are the settlers from Burma. Karmatang beach is largest turtle nesting ground. Boat and bus services are available from Port Blair.

Travellers Factoid
Location : It's in the southeast part of the south Andaman Island and nearly 1200-km away from Kolkata and Chennai. Falls between 6 degree North latitude and 94 degree East longitude, the Andaman (Port Blair is the capital) are a group of islands in the Bay of Bengal.
Climate : The Climate is moderate with temperature lying between 18-30 degree Celsius. The rainfall during the months of July- September remains around 318 cm.
By Air : Port Blair is connected with Chennai and Kolkata by air.
By Ship: Passenger ships are available from Chennai, Kolkata, and Vishakhapatnam and back. There are three to four sailing from Chennai and Kolkata to Port Blair every month.
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