Port Blair (पोर्ट ब्लेयर) is the largest town and a municipal council in Andaman district in the Andaman Islands and the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a union territory of India. It lies on the east coast of South Andaman Island and is the main entry point to the islands. Port Blair is the headquarters for the Indian district of South Andaman, and the local administrative sub-division (tehsil), which is also called Port Blair. It is home to several museums and a major base for the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard and Indian Airforce. It is also the headquarters of the Tri Services Command.
Some Other Top Visiting Sights in/near Port Blair Are:
Port Blair is also famous for the historic Cellular Jail and other small islands which were once home to British colonists. As of 2011 India census, Port Blair had a population of 100,608. Males constitute 52.92% (53,247) of the population and females 47.07% (47,361). Port Blair has an average literacy rate of 89.76%, higher than the national average that is 72%. In Port Blair, male literacy is 92.79%, and female literacy is 86.34%. 9.3% of the population is under the age of 6 years.
Port Blair has a tropical monsoon climate, with little variation in average temperature and large amounts of precipitation throughout the year. All months except January, February and March receive substantial rainfall.
Port Blair is a notified port by the Indian Government and is classified as a "major port". It serves as the main port of call for services from the mainland to the Union territory and is also the principal hub for shipping in the islands. The Directorate of Shipping Services has a fleet of 80 ships based here which provide four kinds of service; Mainland to Island service, Inter-island service, Foreshore service and Harbour ferry services.
Travel To Port Blair:
Port Blair is connected to mainland India through flight and ship. Daily flights operate from Chennai, Kolkata & Bhubaneswar to Port Blair's Veer Savarkar Airport (IXZ). Charter flights operate from Bangalore about once a week during tourist seasons (based on demand). There is also a regular Jetlite flight from New Delhi via Kolkata during tourist seasons. Further, Jet Airways operate to Hyderabad via Chennai. Spicejet has launched direct flight from Chennai to Port Blair, offering via connections from various other cities like Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Mumbai etc.
Places Of Interest:
There are several places of interest in the Port Blair. Travellers can choose their favourite destination and plan their trip accordingly. Port Blair is very popular for Museums and other landmarks in the city which makes it unique place for the tourists. Some of the famous tourists spots in the Andaman Islands are given below: