Top things to do

Top Choice Historic Building in Port Blair

Cellular Jail National Memorial

A former British prison, the evocative Cellular Jail National Memorial now serves as a shrine to the political dissidents it once jailed. Construction of the jail began in 1896 and it was completed in 1906 – the ori…
Top Choice International in Port Blair

Excel Restaurant

This alluring bamboo-rooftop restaurant above Hotel Lalaji Bay View (not to be confused with the seedy downstairs bar), brings a ‘Havelock’ menu to the city, with grilled fish, burgers, Israeli dishes etc. Wi-fi acc…
Indian in Port Blair


An excellent veg option that looks like a high-school cafeteria and serves delicious dosas and rich North Indian–style curries.
Museum in Port Blair

Anthropological Museum

This museum provides a thorough and sympathetic portrait of the islands’ indigenous tribal communities. The glass display cases may be old school, but they don’t feel anywhere near as ancient as the simple geometric…
Museum in Port Blair

Samudrika Marine Museum

Run by the Indian Navy, this museum has a diverse range of exhibits with informative coverage of the islands’ ecosystem, tribal communities, plants, animals and marine life (including a small aquarium). Outside is a…
Seafood in Port Blair

Lighthouse Residency

Select your meal from the display of red snapper, crab or tiger prawns to barbecue (served with rice and chips), and head to its rooftop for a cold Kingfisher beer. There’s a cheaper second branch in an outdoor shac…
Historic Site in Port Blair

Chatham Saw Mill

Located on Chatham Island (reached by a road bridge), the saw mill was set up by the British in 1883 and was one of the largest wood processors in Asia. The mill is still operational, and while it may not be to ever…
Multicuisine in Port Blair


Right on the water with a lovely cool sea breeze, the Bayview is a top spot to grab lunch out of town.
Indian in Port Blair

Gagan Restaurant

Popular with locals, this hole-in-the-wall Bengali restaurant serves up great food at good prices, including Nicobari fish, crab curries, coconut chicken, and dosas for breakfast.
Bar in Port Blair

Nico Bar

The closest you’ll get to the Nicobars, Fortune Bay Hotel’s bar is the spot for sea breezes and scenic views (the picture on the ₹20 note is based on this spot). A great place to while away an afternoon or balmy eve…