Best Time to Visit Port Blair

Port Blair, the capital city of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Located on South Andaman Islands, Port Blair has the only commercial airport as on January, 2020 and is the gateway to enter Andaman Islands. Tourists travelling to and from the Andaman, usually spend a day in Port Blair on the day of arrival and departure. The weather at Port Blair is similar to the rest of Andaman, with a dry season and a wet season. The dry season extends from the months of October to May, the winter and the summer season. The monsoon period starts from the month of June and goes on till September. The best time to visit Port Blair is the dry season, especially in the month of October. It is also the most common and popular time and hence it also is the rush season. However, we recommend visiting Port Blair in the month of October as the weather is apt for outdoor activities, water sports and sightseeing. The monsoon months are characterised by heavy rainfall and strong winds. The rainy season, between June and September, is a good time for offbeat travelling, mainly for adventure seekers and budget travellers. For families travelling with children and senior citizens, it is advisable to avoid this time of the year.

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Highlights

  1. Like the rest of Andaman, Port Blair has two seasons, the dry season (October to May) and the wet season (June to September).
  2. October to May is considered to be the best season to visit Port Blair as the temperature, rainfall and humidity are on the lower side.
  3. The months from June to September experience high rainfall, thereby, making planned travel, difficult. Travellers travelling during the rainy season, intend on taking advantage of the discounts and less crowded places. All trips planned during this time, should be flexible, as tours have often been called off due to rainfall, or cyclonic weather. Ferries and cruises are functional in May and June, but is dependent on the weather too.

Weather Bar Graphs

Port Blair being an international tourist destination, attracts tourists from all over the globe. The annual weather bar graph with monthly variations show the Port Blair temperature changes, as given below.

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Source: weather-and-climate.com

Port Blair Tourism: Best time to Visit

Port Blair, often known as the entry to Paradise, boasts of a rich historical heritage and pristine beaches. Most of the sightseeing in Port Blair involves outdoor activities, and hence the weather plays a big role. The month of October is the best month to visit Port Blair, as it is the start of the peak season as well as a great time to explore scuba diving, bird watching and turtle nesting and various other water-based activities.

If travellers are keen on exploring sightseeing and related activities, then the monsoons should be avoided, as the chances of rainfall, cyclonic weather and low visibility are high. Sound and light shows in the Cellular Jail in Port Blair are known to get cancelled, while water sports are usually not conducted in bad weather. Most hotels undergo renovation between June and September in order to gear up for the rush season starting from October.

Port Blair (October to May)

Port Blair weather, between October and May, is dry with low rainfall and humidity. This period cuts across both the summer and winter seasons, making it suitable for outdoor activities, water sports and local sightseeing. Rich in culture and diversity, Port Blair with its historical tourist spots, make it a perfect gateway to Andaman and Nicobar Islands. However, because of the dry season’s perfect weather conditions, and it also being a holiday season in the Indian mainland, October to May is the rush period. Hotel prices and flight tickets might shoot up due to higher demand. Thereby, we suggest booking tickets and making reservations two months prior to travel dates, if one is keen on experiencing the best time to visit Andaman and Port Blair.

Main Events:

  • Island Tourism Festival: The Island Tourism Festival, organised by the Andaman and Nicobar Administration, the festival celebrates all things tourism related. Hosted in the month of January, visitors flock to the city from other islands as well as the mainland to be a part of the colourful celebration. The festival showcases the culture and traditions native to Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and usually continues for 10 long days.
  • Diwali: Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights. The festival is celebrated with enthusiasm in Port Blair, accompanied by bursting of crackers. During this time, wearing traditional attire and visiting temples are part of the Diwali ritual.
  • Holi: Holi or the festival of colours is celebrated on a full moon day. Holi is enjoyed by the inhabitants using colours, and coming together for the festival.
  • New Year and Christmas: Christmas and New Year in Port Blair is a time filled with festivities as this period is witness to a high influx of travellers. The city of Port Blair is decorated with lights during Christmas, and multiple restaurants host buffets and dinners during New Year’s Eve.
  • Turtle Nesting Season: Turtle Nesting Season begins from November and goes onto March. This is the period in which the turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. It is always advisable to check with local operators about this, as this may vary on weather conditions. Turtle Nesting usually takes place in Diglipur, 300 kms from Port Blair.

Port Blair (June to September)

Tourists usually avoid the monsoon season in Port Blair, as the weather is unfavourable with heavy rainfall, high humidity, low visibility and cyclonic tendencies. Various trips and tours have been cancelled due to bad weather conditions between June to September. Ideally, the wet season is not the best time to go to Port Blair. Port Blair weather in May marks the end of the summer months and the beginning of the wet season. However, budget travellers and adventurers usually target this time to visit Port Blair to take advantage of less crowd and the discounts offered by most hotels. During this time, due to lesser number of tourists, the beaches are empty and discount rates at restaurants and hotels are high. For those who would be happy to stay indoors, and have a relaxing time, this is a good time to visit the Andamans.

Main Events:

  • Ganesh Chaturthi: The auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated in Port Blair, and all across India, heralds the birth of Lord Ganesh, signifying a period of happiness and celebration.
  • Independence Day: On the 15th of August, Indian Independence Day is celebrated in Port Blair, by hoisting of the National Flag, parades and illuminated ships of the Indian Navy and Coast Guards from sunset to night. The Cellular Jail at Port Blair too celebrates the Independence Day with Sound and Light Shows dedicated to the freedom movement in India.

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