Port Blair, the capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India, is a charming tourist destination with an intriguing history and a rich culture. There is a lot to do and see in the city; read on to know more!
More popularly known as Kala Pani, the Cellular Jail is a prison-turned-museum that was constructed in 1906 for solitary confinement. The jail was used by the British to exile the political prisoners of India’s Independence struggle. It stands today as a dark reminiscence of the colonial rule in the Indian subcontinent.
Chatham Saw Mill
Asia’s largest and oldest saw mill, the Chatham Saw Mill provides an interesting understanding of the island’s history and economy. Set up in 1883 with second hand machines, this mill is still functioning and operates from 8 AM to 2:30 PM, every day. On Mondays and public holidays the Chatham Saw Mill is closed. Fun Fact: the visually-appealing crimson walls of Buckingham Palace were created from the local Padauk wood processed in Chatham Saw Mill.
Zoological Survey of India Museum
Zoological Survey of India Museum is a marine museum consisting of more than 100 exhibits relating to marine and wildlife. Here, you can check out mammals, reptiles, fishes, coral reefs, birds etc. There’s a well-built library for nature enthusiasts, insect researchers and aquatic life educationists. Zoological Survey of India Museum is open to public every day.
Mini Zoo is a small zoo that’s home to a range of birds, animals and reptiles such as the White-bellied Sea Eagle, Malayan Box Turtle, salt-water crocodile, Nicobar Pigeon and parrots. Herds of deer can also be spotted here. There’s an on-site auditorium as well, which plays documentaries on request. Mini Zoo is open on all working days from 7 AM to noon and from 1 PM to 5 PM.
Ventrimalai Murugan Temple
Ventrimalai Murugan Temple is an ancient Murugan temple dedicated to the Lord Muruga – the Hindu God of War. There are shrines of Lord Ganesha, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati as well. This place of worship showcases Dravidian-style architecture, much similar to some of the temples in South India. Kanda Sashti and Panguni Uthram are two of the festivals celebrated with great pomp and show at this temple.
Wandoor Beach, situated at a distance of 25 kilometres from Port Blair, is a famous beach visited by hundreds of tourists every day. People can enjoy swimming and coral sighting here. The beach is well-maintained by the authorities, with benches and changing rooms available in the area. Also, you can enjoy a short trek to the natural caves from the beach.