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Port Blair Travel Guide: 79 reviews and 297 photos

Port Blair is the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and lies on the east coast of South Andaman Island. It has a ferry port for connections to Kolkata, Chennai and the other islands in the group, and a small airport with flights to Kolkata and Chennai.

It was first established in 1789 as a penal colony on Chatham Island (just to the north of the present town), and was named Port Blair after Lieutenant Archibald Blair of the British East India Company. However after two years the colony moved to North Andaman Island where it settled at Port Cornwallis, and it ceased to operate in 1796 due to disease and death.

Port Blair was re-established in 1857, after the Mutiny/War of Independance made the housing of large numbers of political prisoners a necessity. Originally on Viper Island (named for Blair's ship The Viper), an penal establishment was then set up on Ross Island in the 1860s, and this became the Administrative Headquarters for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands until an earthquake in 1941.

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  • Last visit to Port Blair: Mar 2009
  • Intro Updated Nov 21, 2010
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  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Feb 5, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    Great to see this place through your eyes, Joss, and it brings back a lot of great memories. I had been there also in March 2009 !

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Dec 12, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    Joss, thanks for the "head's up" on completion of your Port Blair page! Great descriptions of the history of these islands and wonderful photos to go with it! I really enjoyed my virtual tour of this remote and fabled destination.

  • goutammitra's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    I really loved this place. Please see my videos of this place!


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