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Port Blair, the
capital town of this Union Territory is situated about 1200 km
from the east coast of the mainland. It is connected to Chennai
and Calcutta by Indian Airlines (Boeing 737) flights which takes
about two hours to reach it. By sea it takes about 3 days.
Port Blair city is a cluster of tin-roofed buildings tumbling
towards the sea in the north, east and west and petering into
fields and forests in the south, thus one can have only a short
These islands occupy an area of approx. 8248 sq.km. and population
of about 300,000 concentrated mostly around Port Blair.
In Port Blair are power cuts part of live, the daily power cuts
start around 7:00 pm, this is the moment for many shops to make
light using candles and kerosene lamps.
Port Blair has some nice small museums, the best one is the navy
museum. In this museum, one can know the names of all the different
types of corals and shells.
The Directorate of Tourism provides cozy and comfortable accommodation
at affordable prices at Port
Places to Eat:
Port Blairís restaurants offer dishes from North and South India,
Burmese specialties and a wide variety of seafood.
It serves the usual range of huge crispy dosas, North Indian and
Chinese plate meals, delicious coffee and wonderful pongal at breakfast.
The lunch time thalis are also great.
The most tourist-orientated restaurant in town, run by a Burmese-Punjabi
couple whose roots are vividly reflected in the chilli and ginger-rich
cuisine. Particularly recommended for seafood.
A safe option for non-veg North Indian tandoori, especially Chicken,
although they offer a good selection of vegetarian dishes.
A very congenial al fresco hotel restaurant under a shady palm grove,
and one of the few places in town you can order a beer with your
Cellular Jail (National Memorial)
Cellular Jail is located at Port Blair, is a mute witness to the
tortures meted out to the freedom fighters, who were incarcerated
in this Jail. The Jail acquired the name, 'cellular' because it
is entirely made up of individual cells for the solitary confinement
of the prisoners. It was completed in the year 1906.
The Sound and light show which cannot be viewed during the rainy
season of May-Sept and Nov; outlines the history of the prison,
and a small museum by the entrance gate exhibits lists of convicts,
photographs and grim torture devices. T.
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 Water-skiing, Water scooters, Gemini boats,
Para-sailing, Sail boats, Wind-surfers, Speed boats, Glass-bottom
boats, 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 many Andamanese died. There is
an artificial water-fall nearby.
Childrens traffic park
This park near Aberdeen Water Sports Complex, is set up by the Traffic
Police to educate young children about the traffic rules. There
is a Toy Train nearby.
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 an unbelievably short time of 13 days.
Naval Maritime Museum
This is an excellent primer if youíre heading off to more remote
islands. It also has a superlative shell collection and informative
displays on various aspects of local marine biology.
The Aquarium in the Haddo area in the west side of Town,
exhibits in the Anthropological Museum, devoted to the Andaman and
Nicobar tribes, include weapons, tools and also rare photographs
of the regionís indigenous people taken in the 1960ís.