Best Places to Visit near Port Blair

Rocks on a beach with a tree trunk

Port Blair is the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and is located on the south Andaman Islands. The island has been getting a regular influx of tourists and is becoming one of the most sought-after places to visit as it is home to pristine beaches and wild forests.

There are a lot of places to visit near Port Blair, some close and some further away, but every place provides a different indelible adventure.

Ross Island

This island was after Captain Daniel Ross, later changed to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Dweep. The island is easily accessible and is less than 11 km from the city centre. Wildlife here is a sanctuary for different animals and birds, that includes Deer and Peacocks. This isle is accessible only during the day as there are no places to stay over.

North Bay Island

At a distance of 13 km from the city centre of Port Blair, North Bay Island is accessible through road and a ferry ride. The island has white sandy beaches, tropical trees and is a hub for water sports. Scuba diving, parasailing, and dolphin glass bottom boar are some of the activities available here.

Viper Island

Viper Island is about 45 mins from Port Blair, accessible through road and ferry. The most notable attraction here is the Cellular Jail, set up by the British in 1858 to house the political prisoners of the Indian rebellion. This is one of the must-visit places near Port Blair.

Facade of central jail
Person scuba diving

Jolly Buoy

This small secluded island is accessible only 6 months out of the year and is 42 mins via road from the city centre. The serene water is ideal for snorkelling and looking at marine life underwater. 70% of the island is covered with dense forest and is perfect for a trek.

Red Skin Island

One of the most famous tourist places near Port Blair, Red Skin Island is 45 mins away from the city centre. The translucent water with white sandy beaches is perfect to sip on a drink and sunbathe. The island also has water sports facilities like snorkelling, scuba diving, and glass bottom boat ride.

Mount Harriet National Park

Mount Harriet is 21 km from the city centre of Port Blair, accessible through road and a ferry ride. The island is host to the highest peak in the south Andaman islands. The park is ideal for trekking and bird watching as it is covered with dense vegetation and hosts a variety of birds.

Sippighat Agricultural Farm

Located 15 km away from Port Blair, Sippighar Agricultural Farm is run by the Government of India and the Central Agricultural Research Institute. Here studies are carried out to improve spice cultivation. A variety of migratory birds visit this place, making it a haven for bird watchers.

Baratang Island

Located in the northern part of the Andaman Islands, Baratang Island is a little over 100 km from Port Blair via road. This island is famous for its natural wonders like limestone caves, dense mangrove creeks, tidal swamp forests and mud volcanoes.

Campbell Bay National Park

Campbell Bay National Park is home to the southernmost point of India - Indira Point, and is located in the Nicobar district of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The island is accessible via helicopter run by the government of Port Blair and is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts.

Barren Island

Host to the only active volcano in Southern Asia, Barren Island is accessible by boat or seaplane. The island is inhabited because of the active volcano, the last eruption was in 2018. This island is home to a few herds of goats, birds and rodents.

Picture of a volcano

Symphony Resorts offer three resorts, on three different islands in the archipelago - Port Blair, Havelock Island and Neil Island. The resorts are in close proximity to the mentioned attractions.

Do consider staying at one of the Symphony resorts when you visit the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Our stays on Havelock Island offer cosy cottages with an eco charm, the accommodation on Neil Island is charming and the villas at Port Blair are luxurious, to say the least.