A former colonial island and the capital of Andaman archipelagos, Port Blair is a beautiful isle surrounded by languid turquoise colored waters of Bay of Bengal and by several other smaller islands in the area. For several decades, Port Blair remained as a clandestine place to rest of the world, despite it being a colony of the British East Indian Company. Formerly known as the 'Black Waters' and a well known solitary confinement during the British India, today, however the islet has a reputation for being one of the best holiday vacations in India. With its pristine sandy beaches, barmy weather, perfect water condition for a surf and great views of the sunset. The beaches in Port Blair are the best place to experience uninhabited and unadulterated waters of the Bay of Bengal. Apart from the sporting activities and visiting numerous beaches in the region, the island also has a host of sightseeing options such as museums, animal life and the remnants of the old historical sites in Port Blair. Compared to other islands in the region, Port Blair is well developed with convenient modes of transport. Read the article for further information on how to reach Port Blair.
Traveling To Port Blair
If you are looking for a quick means of transport back and forth from the Indian sub-continent to Port Blair, then travelling through airways is the right option for you. The island is connected to two major metros on the Coromandel Coast mainly Kolkata and Chennai. Veer Savarkar airport located in Port Blair operates regular flights commuting to Chennai and Kolkata. During seasonal time, several local travel agents provide private jets that fly to Port Blair from Bangalore.
To experience the adventure and thrill of travelling on high seas, you should take a cruise from Chennai, Vizag or Kolkata to Port Blair. There are quite a number of passenger ships that commute to Port Blair regularly. To travel through ship contact your local travel manager to get detailed information and to book in advance.
Entry formalities mainly apply to all foreigner nationalities travelling to Port Blair. Foreigners are expected to seek a special permit from the foreign registration office in India. You can contact any of the branches located in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Calcutta. If you plan to extend your trip to Port Blair, do inform the immigration authorities in the airport.
If you wish to explore Port Blair in its picturesque best, then trekking down the steep hills would be fun. However, since there are too many look alike hills in this region, its best to hire an auto rickshaw to save yourself from getting lost. This town abounds in auto-rickshaws that would gladly take you to anywhere within the city for a nominal fair. What's more, you can also hire local buses to travel within and outside the city. You can also hire private cars for local rubbernecking. If you wish to explore the neighboring areas, then boats are the best means of transport for you.