Port Blair : Andaman and Nicobar Islands


Port Blair is the capital of Union Territory(UT) of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is the only city in UT, rest of the Islands in the Andaman and Nicobar have a rural setup. Few places in Andaman Islands like Rangat and Diglipur have gradually developed into small towns over a period.

Port Blair City Map

The main tourist season in the region is between the months of November and April. Being the entry point though Port Blair has a constant stream of visitors (almost all the current tourists arrivals happen through Port Blair). Hence, the annual tourist arrival is 86,116 (with 4500 foreign tourists). This translates to an average of ~250 visitors a day. Havelock, one of the popular tourist destinations is estimated to receive nearly 50-60% of the tourist inflow into Port Blair. The average stay period of a foreign tourist in Port Blair is around 15 - 20 days. The same drops to 4-5 days in case of a domestic tourist.

Port Blair City    Port Blair City    Port Blair City   

Port Blair region has nearly 45% of A&N's population. While agriculture and forestry are the main occupation in Havelock, Port Blair has a large proportion of the population engaged in services including Public Administration.
Cellular Jail, a National Memorial, is a place of historic significance. The Jail, originally a seven pronged building with a central tower, is a massive structure comprising honeycomb like corridors. Presently, three of the seven wings remain. The Jail also houses a museum, an art gallery and a photo gallery. Memories of the freedom struggle and the experience of being imprisoned in the Cellular Jail are recreated in the Sound and Light Show in the evenings.

Population :
Bengali Settlers : During 1949-1952, 450 refugee families from east Pakistan (Bangladesh) were settled in South Andaman on 3000 acres of land.

Ross Island was the erstwhile capital of A&N Islands. The island houses the ruins of old buildings like the Ballroom, Chief Commissioner's House, Govt. House, Church, Cemetery, Hospital, Bakery, Press, Swimming Pool and Troop Barracks, all memoirs of the British Regime. The island is a 10 minute boat journey from Phoenix Bay Jetty.





Viper Island is another place of historic significance as dangerous convicts from the penal settlements were put in fetters and were forced to work with their fetters here. The ruins of the jails and gallows are seen in the island. The is situated within a 20 minute boat journey from Port Blair.

Carbyn's Cove, is located 7 kms away from Port Blair town. With hotels, restaurants, changing rooms facilities, it makes an ideal spot for sun-bathing. Snake Island located nearby is famous for scuba diving.

Chatham houses one of the oldest and largest saw mills in Asia. The island is connected to Port Blair by a bridge and has the second largest wharf of the islands. The mill is the storehouse of a variety of wood species.

Marina Park and Gandhi Park are entertainment areas in Port Blair. Both parks have amusement rides, safe water sports and nature trails.

Museums - Port Blair has a variety of museums including the Anthropological Museum (Located in Middle point, built in 1975 - it shares information about the indegenious and primitive tirbes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands), Samudrika (Naval Marine Museum - has samples of 350 species of sea life and rare varieties of corals found in Andaman and Nicobar Islands), Zoological Survey of India Museum, Forestry and Aquarium. They serve the interest of tourists who are keen to educate themselves on the natural wealth of the regions. The mini zoo houses endemic species of birds and animals found in the island.

Cellular Jail    Cellular Jail Gallows    Front view - Cellular Jail   
Andaman Water Sports Complex, has provisions for safe water sports and adventure sports such as water skiing, water scooters, para sailing, sail boats, wind surfers, glass bottom boats etc. But the facilities are found wanting.

Andaman watersports complex    Andaman watersports complex, PortBlair    Andaman watersports complex, PortBlair   

Wandoor : Wandoor is a village in South Andaman and is the entry point of the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, spread over 281.5 sq. kms covering the sea and 15 islands and adjoining coral reefs. The Marine park is a natural ‘haven of open sea’ creeks and islands. The area is rich in coral and marine life. Red Skin and Jolly Buoy Islands are popular for scuba diving and snorkelling. Glass bottom boats are available.

Mount Harriet is the highest peak in South Andaman offering a magnificent view. It is situated 55 km by road / 15 km by ferry. Trekking is available from Bamboo flat to Mount Harriet. From Mount Harriet, a trail can be taken to reach Madhuban. Mount Harriet houses a variety of rare endemic birds, animals and butterflies.

Chidiya Tapu : 25 kms from Port Blair, is the southern most tip of South Andaman. The lush green forest cover with birds, pristine beaches and mangroves make it an ideal picnic spot. It offers a wonderful sun set view. ChiriyaTapu SunSet, South Andaman   

Sippighat Farm is a research centre for cultivation of spices (cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, coconut and pepper).

Cinque Island, has a beautiful sand bar separating its North and South islands. The island is rich in coral and marine life. Located 39 kms by sea from Port Blair, it is an excellent excursion point. The islands are only serviced by private boat (which were also not available during our field visits).

Power supply to the region is from a variety of DG plants located in and around Port Blair.

Water supply is from rainwater storage and hence is dependant on monsoons. Supply is through the Dhanikhari Dam and other small nullahs. With increased concentration of population and tourists in Port Blair there is high pressure on water supply. The area faces water shortage especially during March – April when there is rationing of water.

Banks:

1. State Bank of India (Aberdeen Bazaar | Raksha Vihar-Minnie Bay | Brichgunj | Garacharma)
2. HDFC Bank (Middle Point)
3. Axis Bank (Middle Point | Bathu Basti)
4. Indian Bank (Babu Lane)
5. Syndicate Bank(Mohanpura | MES-Haddo | DHS Office | Secretariat | PBMC | Garacharma)
6. Allahabad Bank
7. Bank Of Baroda (MG Road, Middle Point)
8. Indian Overseas Bank (Delanipur)
9. Punjab National Bank (JungliGhat)
10. Vijaya Bank (Aberdeen Bazaar)
11. Canara Bank (Aberdeen Bazar)
12. UCO Bank
13. Union Bankof India (Aberdeen Bazaar)
14. Andaman And Nicobar State Coop Bank Ltd


Banking facility is available through the below banks with money changing facility. ATMs of select banks are also present in Port Blair.



ATMs

1. SBI | Junglee Ghat Petrol Stn | Port Blair
2. SBI | SBI Bank Building| Port Blair
3. ICICI Bank (Aberdeen Bazaar)
4. Axis Bank (Ghanta Ghar-Aberdeen Bazaar | Middle Point | Brich Gunj | Coast Guard Enclave-Buniyadabad | Garacharma | Minnie Bay)
5. Bank of Baroda (M.G.Road-Middle Point)
6. Canara Bank (Aberdeen Bazaar | Middle Point-Opp Sagarika Handicraft Emporium)
7. Syndicate Bank (Mohanpura | Jungli Ghat-Oppsite TCI |)

 

Villages in South Andaman (Area shown for Revenue land:

Garacharma | Area 5.8591 Sq Km (Panchayat Garacharma)
Prathrapur | Area 4.6336 Sq Km (Panchayat Prathrapur)
Boednabad | Area 6.1625 Sq Km (Panchayat Bidnabad)
Rangachang (Panchayat Bidnabad)
Chidiyatapu (Panchayat Bidnabad)
Rutland Island(Panchayat Bidnabad)
KodiaGhat (Panchayat Bidnabad)
BrichGunj | Area 4.3134 Sq Km (Panchayat BrichGunj)
Brookshabaad | Area 4.1466 Sq Km (Panchayat BrichGunj)
Calicut | Area 4.2150 Sq Km (Panchayat BrichGunj)
KamrajNagar (Panchayat BrichGunj)
MakkaPahad (Panchayat BrichGunj)
DollyGunj | Area 1.7287 Sq Km (Panchayat DollyGunj)
PaharGaon | Area 1.7290 Sq Km (Panchayat DollyGunj)
SippiGhat | Area 3.8137 Sq Km (Panchayat SippiGhat)
BimliTan | Area 19.9783 Sq Km (Panchayat SippiGhat)
TeyleraBad | Area 4.1305 Sq Km (Panchayat SippiGhat)
Bloomsdale Farm (Panchayat SippiGhat)
Chouldari | Area 10.5487 Sq Km (Panchayat Chouldari)
Port Mout (Panchayat Chouldari)
Badmash Pahad | Area 0.9846 Sq Km (Panchayat Chouldari)
Craikabad | Area 0.3949 Sq Km (Panchayat Chouldari)
Flatbay (Panchayat Chouldari)
Humfrey Gunj | Area 1.8338 Sq Km (Panchayat Humfrey Gunj)
Hasmatabad | Area 2.4825 Sq Km (Panchayat Humfrey Gunj)
Wandoor | Area 7.0787 Sq Km (Panchayat Humfrey Gunj)
MayMyo | Area 3.0967 Sq Km (Panchayat Humfrey Gunj)
LohaBarrack (Panchayat Humfrey Gunj)
GuptaPara (Panchayat GuptaPara)
Manjeri (Panchayat GuptaPara)
Manglutan | Area 7.1654 Sq Km (Panchayat GuptaPara)
NayaShahar (Panchayat GuptaPara)
DhaniKhari | Area 3.5413 Sq Km (Panchayat GuptaPara)
Tushnabad (Panchayat Tusnabad)
HobdeyPur (Panchayat Tusnabad)
Manpur (Panchayat Tusnabad)
BaluGhat (Panchayat Tusnabad)
MawaDera (Panchayat Tusnabad)
HerbertaBad (Panchayat Tusnabad)
Tirur (Panchayat Tusnabad)
Temple Myo (Panchayat Tusnabad)
Collinpur (Panchayat Tusnabad)
MithaKhari | Area 8.0508 Sq Km (Panchayat MithaKhari)
Ograbraj | Area 3.7387 Sq Km (Panchayat MithaKhari)
Muslim Basti | Area 2.9809 Sq Km (Panchayat MithaKhari)
NamunaGhar | Area 13.1183 Sq Km (Panchayat NamunaGhar)
Dundus Point | Area 1.6726 Sq Km (Panchayat NamunaGhar)
Viper Island (Panchayat NamunaGhar)
FerrarGunj (Panchayat FerrarGunj)
Miletilak (Panchayat FerrarGunj)
JirkaTang (Panchayat FerrarGunj)
Aniket (Panchayat FerrarGunj)
CadellGunj (Panchayat FerrarGunj)
Brindawan (Panchayat Brindawan)
Mathura (Panchayat Brindawan)
Alipur (Panchayat Brindawan)
Kadakachang (Panchayat Brindawan)
ShaitanKhari (Panchayat Brindawan)
Bambooflat | Area 3.5727 Sq Km (Panchayat Bambooflat)
StewartGunj | Area 0.8314 Sq Km (Panchayat StewartGunj)
GovindaPuram | Area 1.0903 Sq Km (Panchayat StewartGunj)
WimberlyGunj | Area 1.8435 Sq Km (Panchayat WimberlyGunj)
Kanyapuram (Panchayat WimberlyGunj)
Shorepoint | Area 0.6223 Sq Km (Panchayat Shorepoint)
Hopetown (Panchayat Hopetown)
North Bay (Panchayat Hopetown)
Mount Harriet (Panchayat Hopetown)
Madhuban (Panchayat Hopetown)
MannarGhat (Panchayat Mannarghat)
WrightMyo (Panchayat Mannarghat)
KalaTang (Panchayat Mannarghat)
Malapuram (Panchayat Mannarghat)
Shoal Bay (Panchayat Shoal Bay)
 

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