Port Blair Exploration
Port Blair, the administrative capital and only town of any size on the islands, has the lively air of any Indian Market. Its pleasantly situated on the main harbor and, as it’s a hilly town, there are good views from quite a few vantage points. You will explore the small town of Port Blair and visit the Samudrika Marine Museum with its display of about 350 species of sea-life, rare varieties of coral, the museum reflects the enormous marine life and wealth submerged in the waters of these islands. You will further proceed to the Anthropological Museum to witness the tribal life of these islands with their model villages and the artifacts, this newly renovated informative museum (normally closed on Mondays) showcases the four Negroid tribes of the Andamans: the Jarawas, Sentinelese, Andamanese and the Onges, and two Mongloid tribes of the Nicobars: the Nicobarese and the Shompens. Continue to The Cellular Jail – this three-storied prison, constructed by the British in 1906, is a pilgrim destination for freedom fighters. This colossal edifice has mutely witnessed the most treacherous of inhumane atrocities borne by the convicts who were mostly freedom fighters. Now dedicated to the nation as a National Memorial, it houses a spectacular sound and light show, besides a museum and art gallery. One can see small cellular cells where they could hold 698 solitary prisoners, the gallows, the death house and the different utensils used by the British to torture the inmates. At the end of the land adventure you will drive to Aberdeen Bazaar, which, at one time was a famous trading market.
Notes: This excursion would not have been possible without the support of our local operators as most of the town is closed on Mondays – They basically opened for SeaDream Yacht Club and her valued guests. Rest room facilities may be basic. The land adventure involves heavy walking under the sun. We recommend visitors to use hats, sunscreen, loose cotton attire and comfortable shoes.
Port: Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Duration: 3.5 hours
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