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I share a love for travelling with my wife. But since both of us are working professionals, we rarely get the time to go out for vacations. To get rid of the boredom caused by our hectic routine, we wanted to go out on a vacation. It was at this point that my wife stated that Andaman would be ideal destination for us. So, we took a SpiceJet flight to travel from Kolkata to Port Blair.
As we were travelling during the off season, we could avail cheap air tickets from Kolkata to Port Blair. We stayed at a hotel situated in one of the prime locations of Port Blair. The good connectivity of the hotel with the prime locations of the city proved to be very advantageous for us. Here are some of the highpoints of our Andaman trip: –
Visiting the major attractions of Port Blair
The next morning, we set out for sightseeing the different locations around the city. Our first destination was Cellular Jail. Infamously called Kaala Pani during the colonial period, it was used for exiling political prisoners. Converted into a national monument, it served as a prison for notable freedom fighters like Batukeshwar Dutt and Veer Savarkar.
Completed in 1906, the jail was originally constructed from puce-coloured Burmese bricks. It had seven wings with a tower in the middle to keep an eye on prisoners. A large bell was kept here for raising an alarm. We then headed to Corbyn’s Cove which is a popular beach. Surrounded by palms, the beach had a tranquil atmosphere, away from the hum drum of city life.
We also visited the Japanese bunkers which were built by the Japanese when they occupied the island during World War II. As the sun set in the backdrop, we took some awesome pictures of the bunkers.
Cheap air tickets from Kolkata to Port Blair | Image Resource : flynous.com
Excavating the Hidden Tastes of Port Blair
After spending the entire day sightseeing the major landmarks across Port Blair, we were hungry. So, we visited a restaurant which offered a wide range of Indian delicacies. The crab curry which we had here had a unique taste. Prepared using curry leaves, fenugreek seeds, coconut milk and fish tamarind, it had a unique taste and was served with rice. The grilled fish were also very delicious.
What I found great about Pot Blair’s restaurants was that we didn’t have to spend a large sum to have tasty food. The price of food items here were quite affordable as compared to other places which we had visited.
A Treat for Buyers Like Me
Port Blair wasn’t an ideal place for us compared to other places which we had visited. But the shops in Aberdeen Bazar deal in a wide range of souvenirs and trinkets such as coconut, bamboo and shell. We bought some mats made from local padau wood and pearl jewellery from the Sagarika Government Emporium. We were attracted by the simple lifestyle of the locals. Located far away from the hum drum of city life, Port Blair provided us with a unique travel experience.