Port Blair travel guide

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You're Going to Love Port Blair

The capital of India's Andaman Islands is a charming multicultural city with a fascinating history and a lively dining scene. You can easily while away a couple of days exploring its sights and the seafront neighborhood, but that's not really why most people visit Port Blair.

It's what lies beyond the port city that really attracts visitors. The reefs around the Andamans are among the world's finest diving locations, while coastal beauty spots like Radhanagar Beach offer awesome sunsets and tropical seclusion. And the harbor is a great jumping off point for island tours, taking in the ruins of Ross Island, idyllic refuges like Elephant Beach, and the gorgeous scenery of Havelock Island.

More than a base for exploration, Port Blair is a thriving tourism hub, and the ideal spot to launch a tropical Indian Ocean adventure.

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Thanks to their tropical latitude, the Andaman and Nicobar islands tend to maintain a warm temperature all year round, although the monsoon regularly arrives from May to September. Try anytime from November to May for fine conditions, while March and April offer slightly milder heat and may be slightly cheaper.

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Where to Stay in Port Blair

The best hotels in Port Blair tend to be close to the city center and the seafront. J Hotel is a modern hotel in the heart of the city, while the Sea Princess Beach Resort at New Wandoor beach is an excellent place to consider near the coast. The Megapode Resort is a secluded high-quality hotel overlooking the harbor and will be convenient for island hoppers. Some of the best areas to stay in include Phoenix Bay, a quite family district close to good hotels and the Samudrika Naval Marine Museum, and the Aberdeen Bazaar area, a lively neighborhood in the northeast with lots of attractions and good nightlife options.

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Shopping

Aberdeen Bazaar is the leading shopping neighborhood in Port Blair, at least if you are interested in buying distinctive bamboo crafts and jewelry. The Sagarika Government Emporium is almost as intriguing, offering local crafts such as coconut shell lamp shades and conch shells for around Rs. 200-600. MG Road in Phoenix Bay is another busy shopping area, with a more upmarket feel.

Supermarkets and Food Stores

There aren't many supermarkets in Port Blair, but travelers should find any essentials they need at places like SKDS and Hi Land. Because of the city's island location, prices tend to be higher than those in mainland India, but reasonable by global standards. For instance, expect a gallon of milk to cost around Rs. 150.

Where to Eat in Port Blair

Port Blair prides itself on its diverse range of dining options, and it's a particularly great place for vegetarians and seafood lovers to explore.

For starters, the New Lighthouse is a local institution, where seafood dishes like grilled red snapper are a specialty and most meals lean towards the spicy end of the spectrum. MG Road's Annapurna is a delight for veggies, while Excel has a cosmopolitan feel and attracts a backpacker crowd with its global menu. Meals are typically very affordable at Rs. 100-200 per person.