Port Blair, the capital city of Andaman, houses a lot of tourist places which are truly stunning and amazing. Port Blair has a lot of sightseeing places to discover and it never disappoints anyone who visits here. You can trek along with the brown and green belts, revel in the crystal clear water, and engage in the rich history of India in museums and historic landmarks.
There are lots of unexplored places to visit in Port Blair and they are really worth to be added in your bucket list if you have enough time for sightseeing. Make a list of your trip and visit all of these attractions listed here. Embark on a tour in Port Blair to explore the architecture and heritage by exploring these places.
Cellular Jail and Jail Museum
The infamous Kalapani, Cellular Jail is a prison which turned museum as a living epitome of the dark colonial period. The national memorial attracts a lot of tourists to witness the Indian freedom struggle. The rich history of India’s freedom of struggle really adds to the popularity of this place. The solitary cells are well maintained here which were once used to torture freedom fighters.
Timings – 09:00 to 12:00 and 13:00 to 16:15 (Closed on Public Holidays and Mondays)
Entry Fee – Rs. 10 per person, Rs. 100 for video recording permit
Attractions – Don’t miss the famous Light and Sound show narrated by the ancient Peepal Tree which stood proudly and became the only witness of the slaughters by the colonizers. The voiceover in the backdrop is that of legendary actor Om Puri.
Timings for the show – Two shows run every day at 18:00 and 19:15 in Hindi, excepting Monday, Wednesday, and Friday when the second show runs in English.
These ruins of the bygone era truly remind us of World War II, the period when the Japanese attempted the siege on Andaman & Nicobar Islands. They are one of the important places to visit in Port Blair located en-route Corbyn Cove and Ross Island.
Chatham Saw Mill
The umpteen and rustic beauty to remind you of the Pre-Independence era of India, Chatham Saw Mill is one of the best places to discover along with the serene and cluster islands. The mill was established in 1883 under the British rule as a prominent wood processor in Asia. The mill attracts a lot of tourists in Port Blair.
Attraction – Look for the famous Japanese bomb crater dated back to World War II.
Timings – 9:00 to 16:00 (from Monday to Friday) and 9:00 to 14:30 (Saturdays)
Entry – Rs. 10
Note – Don’t forget to buy some nice woodwork from its souvenir shop
In the heart of Port Blair, embark on a religious excursion at Andaman’s biggest pilgrim site, Murugan Temple. As the name suggests, the temple is devoted to the son of Lord Shiva, Lord Murugan. Visit the temple and witness the mesmerizing Dravidian architecture. You can even attend the grand occasion if you visit during the festive season. Be sure to try the delicious platter across the temple complex. They serve a huge range of delicious food from various cultures which are really worth a try.
Timings – 5 AM to 12 PM and 4 PM to 9 PM Everyday
Veer Savarkar Park
While waiting for light and sound show after visiting the Cellular Jail and Museum, you can get some rest and witness the proud history of Indian independence at Veer Savarkar Park. It has a huge number of idols of our iconic freedom fighters. You can also take some refreshing tea and green coconuts from the vendors at the park. It also has rides for kids.
Location – Atlanta Point, Port Blair
Samudrika Marine Museum
Both nature lovers and history buffs can take a dip into the aquatic world in Samudrika Marine Museum. It is a well-maintained museum that offers in-depth knowledge of the history of the islands, archeology, their people, and marine life. Indian Navy operates the museum and houses different types of crabs, fish, sculptures, and corals.
Timings – 9:00 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 17:00 (from Tuesday to Sunday)
Entry – Rs. 50
Attraction – The entrance features a huge skeleton of the blue whale
The Fisheries Museum truly showcases the endemic marine life as one of the best places to explore in Port Blair. You can witness the beautiful sea creatures found in the Indo Pacific Ocean and Bay of Bengal. This union territory houses over 350 marine species which are also preserved in this museum. You can also indulge in water sports available at the nearby Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex.
Timings – 9:00 to 16:45 (From Tuesday to Sunday). Closed on Mondays and Second Saturdays.
Note – Photography is not allowed inside the premises.
Walkthrough the past of native tribes of the Jarawas, Nicobarese, the Onges, Shompens, and the Sentinelese at the Anthropological Museum and dig deep into the rich social and cultural history of Andaman. It has murals and sculptures which offer deep insight into the lives of these tribes. Every art enthusiast should visit this museum in Port Blair.
Entry fee – Rs. 20
Timings – 9:00 to 13:00 and 13:30 to 16:30 from Tuesday to Sunday
Note – Photography is not allowed within the complex.
Zoological Survey of India Museum
Along with several museums and tourist places, the Zoological Survey of India Museum is truly a delight for nature lovers showcasing a variety of marine specimens and displays of birds and mammals.
Timing – 9:00 to 17:00 (from Tuesday to Sunday)
Note – Visit the library of the museum housing the beautiful collection of books based on flora and fauna in the region.
Explore the rich fauna including varieties of trees in the Forest Museum located on Port Blair outskirts. You can see the display of man artifacts that are reminiscent of varieties of flora spotted on the island. The Forest Department solely maintains the museum and it also has a mini zoo and a mini zoological garden. You can spend a nice day starting early at the museum and explore everything.
Timings – 8 AM to 12 PM and from 2.30 PM to 5 PM
Located 10km from Port Blair
Now that you know some of the most popular and well-known attractions in Port Blair, pack your bags and embark on the mesmerizing journey. Visit all these places to have a great vacation.