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Nestled away from Mainland India, Port Blair is the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Port Blair is also South Andaman's headquarters and a significant Indian naval base. It is well known for its INS Jarawa of the Indian Navy, the first tri-command of the armed forces of India. The city is also home to the historical Cellular Jail and many quaint islands nearby, like Corbyn's Cove, Neil Island, Ross Island, Rutland Island, Viper Island, Jolly Buoy Island, and Barren Island (known for the only active volcano on the Indian Subcontinent).
The mainland of Port Blair connects to local attractions such as the scenic Wandoor Beach (famous for swimming and coral sighting) and Chidiya Tapu (a small beach famous for bird watching and catching the sunset). Port Blair also has several museums, the most famous being the Anthropological Museum, which sheds light on the protection of local tribes of the Andamans, and the Samudrika Naval Marine Museum, which aims to promote marine conservation.
The Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park is west of Port Blair and is the oldest national park in the Andaman islands. It aims to protect marine life, corals, and nesting sea turtles and is revered among nature lovers and conservationists across India.
Port Blair is also the entry point into the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The city is well connected with mainland India by both air and sea. While it is still impossible to fly to Port Blair from outside India, there are many direct flights connecting Port Blair to all major cities in India, the quickest of them being from Kolkata, Chennai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Bhubaneshwar, and Vishakhapatnam. Port Blair is also connected by sea to Kolkata, Chennai, or Vishakhapatnam, although the travel time is 3-4 days.