"Port Blair India" Port Blair by Travel2write

Port Blair Travel Guide: 79 reviews and 297 photos

Where is port Blair?

Port Blair is the largest town in the Andaman Islands and the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands union territory of India. It lies on the east coast of South Andaman Island and is the main entry point to the islands.

The town is named for Archibald Blair of the East India Company, who founded a nearby penal colony in 1789. Port Blair was founded by the British in 1858, the Cellular Jail surviving from this period.

For a time during 1943 and 1944, Port Blair was the headquarters of the Indian National Army government under Subhash Chandra Bose.

The town is a port, with ferries sailing to mainland India, and home to an airport. It is also home to several museums and a major base for the Indian Coast Guard. Although damaged by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, Port Blair survived sufficiently to act as a base for relief efforts in the islands.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful Island and people smile all the time!
  • Cons:Small, very Small
  • In a nutshell:Great for a week but you may get island fever!
  • Last visit to Port Blair: Jan 1998
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
  • Add to Trip Planner (?)
  • Report Abuse

Reviews (11)

Comments (3)

  • illumina's Profile Photo
    Dec 9, 2010 at 5:28 AM

    Some nice tips. I didn't spend long in Port Blair, so I think you did more than me!

  • ukirsari's Profile Photo
    Aug 31, 2008 at 11:19 PM

    happy birthday john :) wish you all the best!

  • iwys's Profile Photo
    May 19, 2005 at 10:46 PM

    What a fantastic place to visit. You can't get more off the beaten path than that.


“Some people need to leave home, to find there home. ”

Online Now


Top 5,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 1 1 8 4

Badges & Stats in Port Blair

  • 11 Reviews
  • 2 Photos
  • 0 Forum posts
  • 1,078PageViews

Have you been to Port Blair?

  Share Your Travels  

Latest Activity in Port Blair

Travel Interests

See All Travel Interests (2)