Day 1 – Port Blair


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We reached Port Blair at 7:30 in the morning. We had to wait till 9 for the tourist office to open so that we could get accommodation. We stayed at Hornbill Nest (above) that commands a stunning view of the sea and the road that snakes by it.

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This was the view from the verandah of the cottage we stayed in. I love the dark clouds… sets a very dramatic mood!

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More views of the sea.

After we had settled down, i went for a walk down to the rocks by the seaside. The hotel was on top of a hill and as i was walking down, i got a nice photograph of the sea through the seas:

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It was low tide when i reached the sea-side rocks. As the waters had receded, it had left several pools where one could see stranded marine creatures. This colourful gentleman is called a hermit crab. Unlike other crabs, he does not have a hard shell and is hence very vulnerable. So to protect itself, it makes its home inside discarded sea shells. As they grow in size, they keep moving from smaller to larger shells.

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And these are starfish..you cant see the whole animal as its hiding under some rocks. They look more like octopuses though!

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The rocks itself were fascinating. They look as if they have been chiselled away in an organised fashion in straight lines. While quarrying could be a possibility, natural causes would make these formations all the more fascinating.

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In the afternoon, the three of us went to Corbyn’s Cove, the only beach of Port Blair

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And that, as you know is me, at Corbyn’s Cove

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..and then, its ma and baba.

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But there were you too, Anindita..or atleast something that reminded me of you

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These are fiddler crabs. They like in little burrows on beaches and rocks. The disproportionately large claws are used for burrowing and also to impress females and help the little fellow get laid.

The road back to the town passes by the sea and i stopped at a couple of places to capture the views. Here are some shots taken from the road.

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Port Blair has an extensive watersports complex. When we went there, however, it was closed. But you could still walk around on the brightly painted piers. Here’s a photo:

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Port Blair is a very picturesque city. It has a feel of a hill station as most of the island is mountainous. Here’s how the Marina (it is to Port Blair what Marine Drive is to Mumbai) looks at night. The photograph was taken from the ramparts of the Cellular Jail

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5 thoughts on “Day 1 – Port Blair

  1. Hi,

    I was the one who posted this question on http://www.indiamike.com/india/andaman-and-nicobar-islands-f41/travelling-to-andamans-for-the-first-time-t115129/. Saw your reply there. I went through all your amazing blogs on Andamans. I will be travelling to Andamans in 3 days. I have not opted for any package. Want to give it a shot by reaching there and planning it out, as many said. Your blogs gave me an excellent overview of places to visit and things that can be done. I would like to talk to you more on my trip. Can you please email me your contact number, if you dont mind. TIA. I would really appreciate your help in this.

    Thanks.

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  2. It’s beautiful the way you write…:) I read you posts on Mumbai and Andaman…makes me what to visit these places right now!!!!….keep capturing…great photographs!…loved it Bodhi!

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  3. I have a plan to visit andaman during May 2011.
    i am interested to visit some historical places

    My budget will be around 15000(me only)for seven days.

    what are differences between A-Class Cabin and B-Class Cabin in ship?

    what are the problems in bunk class ?Is it tolerable for firstcomers?

    Is there any cheap accomadations in and around portblair?

    Some of my students are there in portblair to guide my tour.

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    1. If your budget includes ship fare, then i would say it wont be enough. If i am not mistaken, a normal berth on a ship would be anywhere between 4-6K. Also it takes a minimum of two days for one side of the journey.

      As for more details of the journey, classes, fares, etc, just visit http://www.indiamike.com and search for keywords like “andamans by ship”, etc. You will get all the detailed and further links from there.

      If you need any more help/information, please mail me at the id provided in the “contact me” page

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