Port Blair is the starting point for exploring the Andamans and so by all means, you would be spending some time there. After booking your ferry tickets, head out to explore this city. To read about places to visit in Andaman, read my post How to spend seven days in the Andaman Islands- Plan your own itinerary. Here’s a guide about how to spend a day in Port Blair.
Infamously known as the Kala Paani, Cellular jail is synonymous with the freedom struggle. Strolling the roofs of the prison in sunlit December skies makes it difficult to imagine the harsh conditions the revolutionaries were put through. Three flanks, all triple storied, still remain standing. Rows of tiny cells line these flanks. During the day, the prisoners were put to hard labour, lashings were common and so were the deaths. This space is not big enough to describe the conditions under which the prisoners were kept.
A museum at the entrance, next to the gallows narrates the history of the place. You can also watch a light and sound show, tickets must be booked online. Try doing it with the pathetic internet network there. I watched it when I visited the last time but couldn’t do the same this time around due to the inefficiency of administration.
Andaman Sports Complex/ Rajeev Gandhi Sports Complex and Marina Park
The ferry for some islands like the Ross Island and North Bay leaves from the port here. You can come here for a pleasant stroll and sea breeze in the evening. The colourful boats set against the pink sky make for a beautiful sight. You can also buy some street food in this area. Attached to the Sports Complex is the Marina Park with statues of several prominent freedom fighters and an open gym. It is a lively place. You can try out some sea activities like jet skiing as well.
There are two ways to reach the Sports Complex from Cellular jail. The longer way is by walking on the road. On reaching the T-point, if instead of turning with the road, you cross it, you will see some structures made of concrete. You will see more of these structures as you continue walking on the road. There are also informational boards there. The shorter and the more convenient way is through the Veer Savarkar Park in front of the Cellular jail. The park has stairs going down the green slope. It is a pleasant walk and you will see the complex across the road. These were built as look out points for spotting enemy vessels during World War II.
A scenic road along the sea will take you to South point. A huge flag of India can be seen from the Sports Complex. From Marina Park, continue walking in its direction. The Indian flag was first unfurled here in 1943 by Subhash Chandra Bose at the time of Japanese invasion during World War II. A well lit seating area surrounds the gigantic flag. I recommend that you make use of this area and enjoy the wonderful sea breeze and admire the waves.
Calvin’s Cove beach
The beach can only be described as disappointing, but the way to reach there is beautiful. I saw a bus there but I don’t think it is very frequent. You can always hire an auto. Locals say you can find an auto on your way back but we didn’t see many autos so make your decision. You can book one and ask it to wait for you. The internet is pathetic, so don’t depend on Ola/Uber.
I didn’t go there but I have heard it is a nice park, with some rides for kids. If you have enough time, you can maybe go there.
This is the local market where you can eat. it is quite crowded so there isn’t much to do apart from eating there.