Port Blair


Port Blair
/blair/
a seaport in and the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, on S Andaman. 26,212.

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City (pop., 2001 prelim.: 100,186), capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands union territory, India, in the Bay of Bengal.

It was occupied by the British in 1789 but soon abandoned. The town was made a penal colony in 1858. It was occupied by the Japanese in 1942–45. The penal colony was abolished in 1945. Port Blair is a market town with several local museums and an airport.

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India
      town and capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands union territory, India, in the Bay of Bengal (Bengal, Bay of). It was occupied by the Japanese during World War II and was later returned to the British during the time of Lord Mountbatten.

      Port Blair is about 778 miles (1,255 km) from Kolkata (Calcutta) (Calcutta) and some 738 miles (1,191 km) from Chennai (Madras). The town lies on the hilly southeastern coast of South Andaman Island. The eastern, northern, and northeastern parts of the town are more than 100 feet (30 metres) in elevation; the western part is relatively lower. Port Blair receives an average rainfall of about 127 inches (3,180 mm) and has a mean temperature in the mid 80s °F (about 30 °C).

      Port Blair is a market town with a sawmill, several local museums, and an airport; tourism is important. The Aberdeen Bazaar makes up the central part of the town, where most of the hotels, shops, and bus depots are located. Older homes made of timber and tin and built on raised platforms are found around this central area. Places of interest include the Chatham Sawmill; a zoo housing rare species of birds; Sippighat Farm, a government-owned facility used for agricultural research (mainly the cultivation of spices); Viper Island, where the ruins of a jail stand on a hilltop; Corbyn's Cove (6 miles [10 km] from town); and Madhuban Beach (10 miles [16 km] from town). Nearby Ross Island was developed by the British. A matchstick factory is located at Haddo and a marine engineering workshop at Phoenix Bay. Pop. (2001) 99,984.

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