10 Things You Must Do In Port Blair, The Capital City Of The Islands Before You Leave!
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Port Blair on South Andaman is the capital city of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and is both filled with architectural as well as natural marvels. The gateway to the pristine islands, sightseeing at Port Blair is the perfect commencement of exploring the Islands. So, find the 10 ten things you must do at Port Blair:
1. Visit Kala Paani - Cellular Jail
Situated at Atlanta Point, the haunting archaeological remnant of the past has now been transformed into a National Memorial and is open to the public! Take a plunge into history as the cells and the bars transfer you to the days of foreign yoke. Another attraction that you cannot miss is the light and sound show which further elaborates the experience.
2. Go Scuba Diving At Jolly Buoy Island
A premier tourist attraction in the group of islands, you must visit Jolly Buoy Islands. Make a day of it by scuba diving, glass bottom boating, snorkelling or just sunbathing on the soft sands. Fringed with dense forests, the white sandy beach is marked with tree trunks which increases the beauty of the place. Before booking your tickets make sure the island is open to visitors as it's often closed to protect the corals.
3. Experience The Light & Sound Show At Ross Island
Belonging to the South Andaman administrative district, Ross Island is just 3 kilometers away from the capital of Port Blair. A former capital of British government, it's still home to the Chief Commissioner's home, the cathedral and the graveyard and is steeped in rich history. The light and sound show is one of the main attractions here.
4. Watch The Sunset At Chidiya Tapu
Famous for its bird watching activity and trekking trails, Chidiya Tapu also has a gorgeous sunset point and a biological park and is a must visit. The panoramic scenic view and the idyllic nature forms the main attractions of the island. You could spend a day at the island, lazing about or go for a quick swim in the water. The Forest Guest House run by the Forest Department can be contacted for a place of accommodation.
5. Check Out Samudrika Marine Museum
This museum is the ideal place for people with an ardent interest in geography and the marine life, for it strives to educate the masses with its underwater wonders. Located opposite the Andaman Teal House, it has a vast collection of fish, corals and other aquatic life. Disney enthusiasts will get to spot their favourite Nemo there as well. It's open from 9 AM to 12 PM and from 2 PM to 5 PM.
6. Explore Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex
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A visit to Andaman without visiting this water sports complex would be a shame. The first of its kind water sports complex in India, it offers water sports activities like jet ski rides, speed boat rides and banana boat rides, all under a safe environment. The complex also holds historical significance as it's a memorial for the Battle of Aberdeen which makes this place a must visit in your itinerary.
7. Visit Corbyn’s Cove And Other Beaches
Restaurants, bars, water sports, food and snacks stalls are available at the beautiful Corbyn’s Cove where the endless waters meet the city. Not just the beach, but the journey to the beach is breathtaking as well with palm trees interspersed throughout. Other beaches at Port Blair include North Bay Beach Beach and Munda Pahar Beach which hosts water sports activities as well.
8. Take A Tour Of The Various Heritage Sites
There are quite a few museums and heritage sites at Port Blair. The city is steeped in history and is a delight for history enthusiasts and people interested in increasing their knowledge about the island. During your stay at Port Blair, visit the Zoological Survey of India Museum, the Anthropological Museum, the Forest Museum and the Kala Paani Museum.
9. Shop For Souvenirs
No vacation is truly complete without a shopping trip for your loved ones back at home and so Port Blair has a host of places for you to shop from. All the beaches have shacks and stalls of knick knacks and souvenirs for you to take back. From t-shirts to jewellery to key chains and other such paraphernalia, splurge away! For pearls, clothes and other indigenous items head on the government’s shop Sagarika Emporium, Khadi outlet and also to Aberdeen Bazaar.
10. Gorge Away At Annapurna
This South Indian restaurant on MG Road is known for its vegetarian delights. The Annapurna Cafeteria is cheap with a vast menu for anyone looking for a respite from all the seafood. Cozy and economical, you must try their South Indian thalis or their Rasmalai Carrot Halwa. A meal for two would cost you around Rs 400.
The Capital city of Andaman is an experience in itself. From water sports to places of historical significance, Port Blair is a treasure for all you travellers out there so explore away!