Located just 2km south of the city, Port Blair’s Vir Savakar Airport is the gateway to this fascinating island in the Andaman Sea. The terminal is small and reasonably modern, with an air-conditioned departure hall. Aside for a stall selling overpriced chai and crisps, there is nothing much to do if your flight gets delayed.
There are daily flights to Port Blair from major cities around India such as Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai although flights from Delhi and Kolkata are often routed through Chennai. Book cheap flights on Skyscanner now. Air India and JetLite offer cheap promotions to this island getaway located in the Andaman.
What to see & do
Port Blair is a beautiful island to visit if you want a quiet and relaxing time away from the chaos of city life. It is an incredibly attractive town sprawled over lush green hills and several deep blue bays that fuzz into a soft focus seascape horizon. There is nothing much to see on this island but the stay here will definitely leave you rejuvenated and relaxed by the end of your trip.
The Cellular Jail National Memorial is an attraction worth visiting if you are interested in understanding the important space the Andamans occupies in India’s national memory. This jail became something like a university for freedom fighters who spent their time exchanging books, ideas and even debates despite the walls and wardens. Do stay for the sound and light show which is definitely worth seeing.
Learn more about the island’s ecosystem, tribal communities, flora and fauna at the Samudrika Marine Museum. This museum is run by the Indian Navy and is probably one of the best science museums on the island. Alternatively, head to the Port Blair Aquarium where you will find rows of glass jars containing ghoulish formaldehyde-preserved corpses of fish! The array of fish isn't so impressive but it is one of the options if you are looking to fill your day with something to do.
Visitors usually don’t travel all the way to Port Blair for the beach but if you need to sunbathe or a sand fix, head to the Corbyn’s Cove, located just 7km away from the town. You will be able to relax on a hammock on the coast packed by palms. This place is popular with the locals. It is also a great spot for swimming and watching the sun disappear into the horizon.
Visitors to this island can take the taxis and auto rickshaws to the city centre. This mode of transport is preferred mainly because it is cheap and convenient. Alternatively, visitor can flag down the public buses on the main road just outside the airport.
The central area in Port Blair is easy enough to walk around but you would still need to take some form of transport if you intend on exploring Corbyn’s Cove, Haddo or Chatham Island. From the airport, visitors can take the taxis or the auto rickshaws which are both cheap and plentiful. This is also the preferred mode of transport to explore the different attractions on the island. Alternatively, rent a bicycle from stalls at Aberdeen Bazaar. Bicycles are a great way of getting around the town and the immediate areas in Port Blair.
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