Port Blair, the administrative capital and only town of any size on the islands,has the lively air of any Indian market town. It's pleasantly situated on the main harbour and, as it's a hilly town, there are good views from quite a few vantage points. Cellular Jail : Built by the British at the beginning of this century, the cellular jail is now a major tourist attraction,preserved as a shrine to India's freedom fighters. It is open daily from 8 am to noon and 2 to 5 pm. The Sound and Light show is excellent. The English-language show is at 7 pm each night. Marine Museum : This museum is worth visiting. The Nicobarese curator is very friendly and informative about the 350 species on display here. It is open everyday from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm and 1.30 to 5 pm. Anthropological Museum : At this small museum there are displays of tools, dress and way of life of the indigenous tribes. It is open from 9 am to noon and 1 to 4 pm daily except Sunday. Mini Zoo and Forest Museum : Over 200 Andaman and Nicobar species are found nowhere else in the world. Some can be seen at the Mini Zoo, including the Nicobar pigeon and Andaman pig. The saltwater crocodile breeding programme has been very successful and many have been returned to the wild. The zoo is open from 7 am to noon and 2 to 5 pm but is close on Monday. Nearby is the small Forest Museum with a display of the different types of woods that grow here including padauk,light and dark coloured wood occuring in the same tree. Elephants are still used at some of the lumber camps. The museum is open from 9 am to noon and 3 to 5 pm (daily except Sunday).



AIR Indian Airlines has flights between Port Blair and Calcutta on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. There are flights between Port Blair and Madras on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The Indian Airlines office is in the orange wooden shack round the corner from the post office. They have a computer link. Flights can be heavily booked and you need to have a confirmed ticket to be sure of a seat.

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