Despite its sun kissed beaches and rugged forests bordering the beaches, Port Blair tourism, has been the tourist's hub for the curious and patient traveller.
Port Blair can slowly reveal itself from the shadows of its dark past when prisoners were hauled by the British and later the Japanese to the infamous 'Kalapaani' or cellular jail.
Travellers can today visit the ramparts of this once dark place or go scouting for history lessons on the remnants of Japanese bunkers from the World War II.
So, get ready for the sun and sand mixed with a dose of history and you have a cocktail for a perfect holiday.
Built by the British as a stronghold for their prisoners, today the jail serves as a national monument. The horrors which it held are wiped out by the garden which it houses now.
It is accessible to tourists from morning to evening and a light and sound show is held in the later part of the evening.
View of the prison.
Photo Courtesy: Stefan Krasowski
Located near Port Blair is Corbyn's Cove which has a soft sandy beach with coconut palms overlooking it and is an ideal spot for one to indulge in scuba diving, swimming, boating and more.
One can also enjoy the sunset sitting on the beach sipping on tender coconut water.
Scenic view of the beach.
Photo Courtesy: Sankara Subramanian
During World War II the Japanese had made bunkers in various parts of the island to protect themselves and also to keep an eye out for.
Now many of these bunkers have been destroyed. One such remains on Corbyn's Cave. One can enter the bunker and get the feel and view of the beach in a complete new dimension.
Remains of the bunkers.
Photo Courtesy: Jpatokal
The Mini Zoo situated at Haddo is home to some of the local species like the Nicobar pigeon, the Andaman pig, the Andaman gecko and many more.
The zoo is also a crocodile farm where crocodiles are bred and then released into the swaps. Visitors are taken on a guided tour by the zoo officials.
An alligator at the zoo.
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How to Reach Port Blair
By Air: Leading airlines in India operate frequent departures in the week to Port Blair's Veer Savarkar Airport from Chennai, Bhubaneswar and Kolkata.
By Sea: Regular ferry services are available from Chennai and Kolkata to Port Blair each making the Port Blair run within a day or two.