South Andaman & Port Blair | India

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 region has nearly 45% of A&N's population. Port Blair has a large proportion of the population engaged in services including Public Administration.

South Andaman Tourist Map


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

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 nallahs. 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.

Banking facility is available through State Bank of India, Andaman Co-Op Bank and variety of other banks with money changing facility. ATMs of select banks are also present in Port Blair.

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.

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 indigenous and primitive tribes 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.

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.

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.

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

Cinque Island, has a beautiful sandbar 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).

Villages and Habitations  in South Andaman :
Panchayat Village /Habitation Type
Bindraban Bindraban Revenue Village
Bindraban Kadakachang Revenue Village
Bindraban Mathura Revenue Village
Chouldari Badmash Pahar Revenue Village
Chouldari Chouldari Revenue Village
Chouldari Craikabad Revenue Village
Chouldari Port Mout Revenue Village
Ferrargunj Alipur Revenue Village
Ferrargunj Aniket Revenue Village
Ferrargunj Balughat Revenue Village
Ferrargunj Beach Dera Revenue Village
Ferrargunj Caddlegunj Revenue Village
Ferrargunj Coffee Plot (JPPC)  
Ferrargunj Ferrargunj Revenue Village
Ferrargunj Flat Bay  
Ferrargunj Jhing Nallaha (JPPC APWDC)  
Ferrargunj Jirkatang Camp No 7 (FC)  
Ferrargunj Jirkatang No 2 Revenue Village
Ferrargunj Kalatang Revenue Village
Ferrargunj Madhuban Revenue Village
Ferrargunj Middle Strait (JPPC)  
Ferrargunj Mile Tilek (ARF)  
Ferrargunj Mile Tilek (RV) and Mile Tilek (EFA)  
Ferrargunj Mohwa Dera Revenue Village
Ferrargunj Mount Harriet Revenue Village
Ferrargunj Mrichi Dera Encroached Forest Area
Ferrargunj Pongi Balu (FC) Bada Balu (EFA)  
Ferrargunj Potatang (FC)  
Ferrargunj Temple Myo Revenue Village
Ferrargunj Viper Island Revenue Village
Guptapara Dhanikhari Revenue Village
Guptapara Guptapara Revenue Village
Guptapara Manglutan Encroached Forest Area
Guptapara Manjeri Manjeri (RV) Line Dera (FC)
Guptapara Nayashahar Revenue Village + Encroached Forest Area
Humphrygunj Hashmatabad Encroached Forest Area
Humphrygunj Hashmatabad Revenue Village
Humphrygunj Homfreygunj Revenue Village
Humphrygunj Maymyo Revenue Village + Encroached Forest Area
Humphrygunj Wandoor Revenue Village
Mannarghat Malapuram Revenue Village
Namunaghar Dundas Point Revenue Village
Namunaghar Namunaghar Revenue Village
Shoal Bay Shoal Bay Revenue Village
Shoal Bay Shoal Bay 19 (FC)  
Shore Point Shore Point Revenue Village
Stewartgunj Govindapuram Revenue Village
Stewartgunj Stewartgunj) Revenue Village
Tushnabad Colinpur Revenue Village
Tushnabad Herbertabad Revenue Village
Tushnabad Hobdipur Revenue Village
Tushnabad Manpur Revenue Village
Tushnabad Tirur (JA)  
Tushnabad Tirur Revenue Village
Tushnabad Tirur I (JPPC)  
Tushnabad Tushnabad Revenue Village
Wimberlygunj Kanyapuram Revenue Village
Wimberlygunj Wimberlygunj Revenue Village
Beodnabad Bada Khari (FC)  
Beodnabad Bada Nallaha Bada Balu (EFA)  
Beodnabad Bamboo Nallaha(EFA) incl Kichad Nallaha(EFA)  
Beodnabad Beodnabad (RV)  
Beodnabad Chidiyatapu (RV)  
Beodnabad Chidiyatapu (WLS)  
Beodnabad North Sentinel Island (SA)  
Beodnabad Rutland (RV)  
Brichgunj Brichgunj (RV)  
Brichgunj Brookshabad (RV)  
Brichgunj Calicut (RV)  
Brichgunj Netaji Nagar (RV)  
Brichgunj Rangachang  
Dollygunj Dollygunj (RV)  
Dollygunj Minnie Bay part (RV)  
Dollygunj Pahargaon part (RV)  
Dollygunj School Line part (RV)  
Govindnagar beadnabad  
Govindnagar Govinda Nagar (RV)  
Sippighat Bimilitan (RV)  
Sippighat Sippighat (RV)  
Sippighat Teylorabad(RV)  
Prothrapur Prothrapur (RV)