Located in the Bay of Bengal in the south eastern region of the Indian Subcontinent, Port Blair is arguably one of the most sought after tourist locations in the world. A Union Territory of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Port Blair is an archipelago of more than 300 islands, of which most are uninhabited.
Surrounded by clear water, coral reefs and sandy beaches, Port Blair is the perfect place to relax, sightsee and enjoy the sun. Used in the early Nineteenth century as a safe haven for imprisoning Indian political prisoners by the British Government, Port Blair is home to various historical monuments and museums dedicated to the revolutionaries who fought against the British.
The most prominent amongst these Monuments being the “Cellular Jail”, also known as the “Kaala Paani”, or “Black Water” (being a term for deep water and hence Exile”).
For the Adventure enthusiasts, Port Blair offers a variety of Adventure sports ranging from water skiing, scuba diving, snorkelling, to trekking and canoeing. A large facility has also been provided near the marine drive where training for the above mentioned sports is given at affordable rates.
Apart from all of these one can always take a ferry to one of the nearby islands to do some snorkelling or deep sea diving. The glass boats are another way of enjoying the beauty of the corals and the fish without getting your feet wet. Located in the middle of the Bay of Bengal, Port Blair boasts of the most delectable and varied types of sea cuisines guaranteed to tickle your taste buds making you come back for more.
If that isn’t enough the islands located in the near vicinity provide all sorts of alternate entertainment such as feeding the tame deer on Ross Island, or lazing away on Havelock beach, which is rated as the top 10 beaches of the world.
Those interested in culture and anthropology, can observe Jarawas, a long lost tribe, now being brought into fold are north of Port Blair and you can see them in case you take a drive to the north of the islands (permit required, no red colours allowed).
Port Blair has a number of hotels and resorts, which provide comfortable accommodation to travellers. Fortune Resort Bay Island, Andaman Teal House and Hotel Sinclairs Bayview are some of the good options to stay.Permits and entry formalities
All foreigners require permits to visit the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Indian tourists do not require a permit to visit the Andaman Islands, but for Nicobar Islands and the areas reserved for tribals, Indians need special permits from the Deputy Commissioner, Port Blair. For more information, visit: http://www.and.nic.in/C_charter/IP_T/entry.htm
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