Port Blair

Port Blair

Port Blair







In 1789 the legislature of Bengal built up a corrective settlement on Chatham Island in the southeast inlet of Great Andaman, named Port Blair to respect Lieutenant Archibald Blair of the British East India Company. Following two years, the province moved toward the upper east piece of Great Andaman and was named Port Cornwallis after Admiral William Cornwallis. Be that as it may, there was numerous ailments and demise in the corrective province, and the administration stopped working it in May 1796.

In 1824 Port Cornwallis was the meet of the armada conveying the armed force to the First Anglo-Burmese War. In the 1840s, wrecked groups who arrived on the Andaman’s were regularly assaulted and executed by the locals, disturbing the British government. In 1855, the legislature proposed another settlement on the islands, including a convict foundation, yet the Indian Rebellion of 1857 constrained a postponement in its development.

Be that as it may, since the disobedience furnished the British with a considerable measure of new detainees, it made the new Andaman settlement and jail a dire need. Development started in November 1857 at the revamped Port Blair, staying away from the region of a salt bog which appeared to have been the wellspring of a considerable lot of the old state’s issues. The punitive settlement was initially on Viper Island, named after Lieutenant Blair’s vessel, The Viper. The convicts, generally political detainees, endured life detainment at hard work under merciless and corrupting conditions. Numerous were hanged, while others kicked the bucket of sickness and starvation. Somewhere around 1864 and 1867 a punitive foundation was likewise worked with convict work on the northern side of Ross Island.[4] These structures are currently in remains.

As the Indian opportunity development kept on developing in the late nineteenth Century, a colossal Cellular Jail was built somewhere around 1896 and 1906 to house Indian convicts, for the most part political detainees, in isolation. The Cellular Jail is otherwise called Kala Pani (deciphered as “Dark Waters”), a name was given to it because of the torment and general sick treatment towards its Indian convicts.

The airplane terminal at Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar’s capital, has been named Veer Savarkar International Airport. The memorial blue plaque on India House altered by the Historic Building and Monuments Commission for England peruses “Vinayak Damodar Savarkar 1883–1966 Indian nationalist and scholar lived here.”

In World War II the islands were involved by the Japanese on 23rd March 1942 without restriction from the battalion. English powers came back to the islands in October 1945.

From 1943–44 amid World War II, Port Blair was the base camp of the Azad Hind government under Subhas Chandra Bose.

Albeit influenced by the Tsunami and 2004 Indian Ocean tremor, Port Blair survived adequately to go about as a base for alleviation endeavors in the islands.



Ross Island


Ross Island was the seat of British administration.



Viper Island


Viper Island is near Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, was the site of the jail where the British used to imprison convicts and political prisoners. It has the ruins of a gallows atop a hillock. The jail was abandoned when the Cellular Jail was constructed in 1906.


Radhanagar Beach


Radhanagar Beach is a beautiful pristine clean beach located on the western coast of Havelock Island. It was voted the best beach in Asia by TIME in 2004 and is now one of the top 100 beaches in the world.



Cellular Jail


The Cellular Jail, also known as Kālā Pānī (Black Water), was a colonial prison. The prison was used by the British especially to exile political prisoners to the remote archipelago. Many notable dissidents such as Batukeshwar Dutt and Veer Savarkar, among others, were imprisoned here during the struggle for India’s independence. Today, the complex serves as a national memorial monument.


Havelock Island


Havelock Island, with an area of 113.93 km2, is the largest of the islands that comprise Ritchie’s Archipelago, a chain of islands to the east of Great Andaman in the Andaman Islands




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