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Andaman & Nicobar Islands have recently been recognized as a world-class eco-tourist destination to discover the under-water treasures of marine life. Andaman & Nicobar Islands has many sandy crystal clear beaches and its an eco-friendly tourist destination. The dense forest which cover these islands and the innumerable exotic flowers and birds create a highly poetic and romantic atmosphere. The white beaches on the edge of a meandering coastline have palm trees that sway to the rhythm of the Sea.

Port Blair is the capital of the Union Territory Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is a small but picturesque place spread over a number of hills from Haddo across Secretariat Hill to Aberdeen Bazaar and South point. There are neat villages like Pahargaon, Shadipur and Garacharme. The territory has a natural heritage, with evergreen moist deciduous and swamp forests. Today, Port Blair has grown and tourism is being developed to entice more people to enjoy the clean beaches and unpolluted waters that are already attracting divers and snorkellers. Another Major attraction is Sea walk i.e underwater walk on the sea bed at North bay beach and Elephant island at Havelock. See Adventure activities/sports in Andamans. Best Time to visit Andaman and Nicobar Islands is from November to April, ideal time is December and January. For booking Trips to Andaman Mobile: +91-9933275656/ 9476071071,Office: 03192-230229/230634. 

Tourist places to visit & things to do in Port Blair

Cellular Jail 

  • Jail Museum ( open from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon and from 1:30 pm to 4:45 pm. Sunday closed.)

  • Sound and Light show at the cellular Jail is very popular among the tourists visiting these islands. Timing: Hindi show all days from 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm except Monday, Wednesday & Friday. English show starts at 7:15 more

Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex

Located close to the Cellular Jail in the north-west Port Blair, the complex offers water sports such as paddle-boats, row-boats, glass-bottom, bumper boats as well as Jet Ski, para-sailing, banana boats, speed boats in a safe environment. 

Gandhi Park

This beautiful park at Port Blair with a lake, garden, a Japanese temple, bunker and restaurant, developed from the erstwhile Diltaman tank, which was the only source of drinking water for Port Blair and the area around, has facilities for amusement rides, safe water sports and nature trail. Open on all days.

Islands near Port Blair

Ross Island

Situated right across Port Blair, important ruins here include a church, cemetery, swimming pool, and chief commissioner's residence. Smritika, a small museum of the Indian Navy, has a good collection of old records. Read more..

The other islands near by are Viper Island and Chatham island.


  • Anthropological Museum - Located at Port Blair, the Museum showcases the lifestyle of the tribes of Andaman and Nicobar. Museum is closed on Thursday and Government holidays.

  • Fisheries Museum - Exhibits include species of marine life endemic to the Andaman & Nicobar islands and those found in the Indo-Pacific and the Bay of Bengal. Located at Port Blair near Rajiv Gandhi Water sports Complex, the museum is closed on Mondays/Public Holidays/Second Saturdays.

  • Samudrika Naval Marine Museum - Located near Andaman Teal house at Port Blair, this museum houses a vast collection of cells, corals and a few species of colourful fishes of the sea. Closed on Mondays and Public Holidays.

  • Zoological Survey Of Indian Museum - Located very near to Naval marine museum, exhibits here include several varieties of sponges, corals, butterflies, centipedes etc. It is open on all working days except Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.

  • Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI)- CARI Scientists are conducting research on different aspects of Island Agriculture. Landscaping of CARI is very beautiful and it is worth seeing. Here you can see farms of different livestock and poultry viz. Cattle, Pig, Goat, Rabbit, Turkey, Quail, Guinea Fowl, Duck, Fisheries Ponds, Integrated Farming System model etc and fodder blocks as well.


  • Carbyn's Cove Beach - Located 6 kms away from Port Blair, this palm fringed beach is ideal for swimming and sunbathing. Strong currants calls for care while swimming. Part of Carbyn's cove beach was washed away in the 2004 tsunami which hit Andaman. Facilities for Scuba diving is available at Snake Island right across the beach. 

  • North Bay Beach - Located north of Port Blair, coral reefs are spread over a large area here and Snorkeling facilities are available. There is a light house, and private facility for Sea Walk here. i.e underwater walk on the sea bed (6-7m depth) enjoying the exotic marine life in their natural habitat accompanied by trained divers/guides. Netted boundaries along an anchored boat makes your experience amazing, safe and comfortable. Tickets for Sea Walk can be purchased from Rajiv Gandhi Water sports Complex. There are Private ferry service at 9am and 2 pm from Aberdeen Jetty across North Bay, and back after a three hour stay. It takes 30 minutes to reach.

  • Munda Pahar beach - Located around 30kms from Port Blair and 3kms from Chidiya Tapu at the southern most tip of South Andaman, the picturesque beach is a preferred swimming destination. Frequent bus services are available from Port Blair bus terminus to Chidiyatappu..Read more