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As the name suggests, Chidiya Tapu is the perfect haven for unseen migratory birds and common native birds found in the Andaman Islands. Recognized as the most enchanting beach in Andaman and tourists arrive here on a large scale as the beach extends the best ever sights for them including the eye catching sunrise and sunset views. This is a silent yet crowded beach encircled by evergreen forests on one side and the short hills on the other side.
As it is considered to be the presenter of the most finishing touch of sunset and sunrise views, it is the main hub in Andaman Islands. The beach is filled with 46 varieties of endangered species of birds, and white spotted deer. There are a lot of seasonal orchids and other varieties of plants.
Highlights: The major attractions of Chidiya Tapu are the Chidiya Tapu Biological Park, the Sylvan Sands, the Munda Pahar Beaches etc. You will be able to stay at a forest guesthouse located nearby atop a hillock and from there, the panoramic view of Chidiya Tapu in detail.
Activities: Apart from sunset and sunrise views, plenty of people come for an Andaman and Nicobar trip to see this beach, to identify the rare species appear in multiple colours and size. Even though many of the birds are commonly found on the beach, you would find it as a unique and unnatural scene to find the colourful gathering of them.
Boating is an attractive activity done here as well as snorkeling and swimming are also a part of the adventure activities usually experienced by those who visit here.
Distance from Port Blair: It is located about 25 kms from Port Blair.
Also known as Kala Pani, Cellular Jail is one of the unmissable tourist attractions located at Port Blair in Andaman. The three storied building has 698 cells that are connected to each other in the shape of a starfish. The place is famous for offering a fantastic sound and light show in the evening offering a delightful insight into the historical struggle for independence.
It is one of the remnants of past colonial rule in India and today stands as a testimony to all those brave hearts who laid down their lives at the hands of British atrocities. Some of the famous freedom fighters who were captured here include Veer Savarkar and Bakuteshwar Dutt.
The place was one of the most infamous prisons of the past as the freedom fighters were punished inhumanly by the Britishers. The place is a must visit for history lovers to have a sneak peek into the history and struggle that went down in the construction of this jail. The place is recognised as a national memorial monument and owned by the Government of India.
Highlights: Tourists should try to explore the jail by visiting the picture gallery that houses a number of photos of freedom fighters. Often used as background for filming Hindi movies about the colonial past, the place has many fascinating remnants of history like the hanging cell and condemned cell. Some of the other unmissable attractions of Cellular Jail included its Exhibition Gallery, Art Gallery, Old Photographs Gallery, Gallery on First War of Independence and Netaji Gallery. There is also the Swatantrya Jyoti, an eternal flame of freedom keeps glowing in the memory of freedom fighters
Activities: One of the popular activities to do here is sightseeing and revisiting the history of the grim colonial past Of India.
Distance from Port Blair: It takes around 15 kilometers to go there from Port Blair.
Timing: National Memorial: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Closed on Mondays)
Entry Fee: INR 30
All fans of eco-tourism should pack their bags and have an exciting vacay at Diglipur when they are visiting Andaman. It is famous for its green landscapes and its exotic marine life which makes it a must visit for nature lovers. The island is renowned for having many prominent beaches like Kalipur Beach, Ross and Smith Islands, Ramnagar Beach and Pathi Level Beach.
There is also the Saddle Peak Mountain National Park which can be accessed from Diglipur. It is replete with many exciting attractions with rare animals like Andaman wild pig, Andaman hill myna, Andaman imperial pigeon, water monitor, dolphins, whales and the Saltwater crocodile.
A must visit for trekking aficionados, Diglipur is the largest peak in the archipelago of Andaman islands and offers a wonderful sight of its unique wildlife. One of the most visited tourist places in Andaman, Diglipur is sure to leave you enthralled with its gorgeous scenery consisting of glittering white sands, nice weather, lofty palms and its exciting marine life. Diglipur is one of the most serene spots if you forget all the worries of your life and enjoy an eco-friendly holiday.
Highlights: The main attractions of Diglipur are Kalipur Beach, Diglipur National Park, Ram Nagar Beach, Mud Volcano, twin islands of Ross and Smith and Saddle Peak National Park. This place is luxuriant in flora and fauna, which makes it a must visit for wildlife enthusiasts.
Activities: Trekking, Snorkeling, and Mangrove creek safari are some of the activities the activities that one can enjoy on their holiday in Diglipur island. Beach combing, sunbathing, surf riding, swimming, fishing, bird watching, trekking in Jungle, sailing, kayaking are some other activities not to be missed here.
Distance from Port Blair: Diglipur is at a distance of 290 km by road from Port Blair.
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The Indian Navy is guarding the famous Samudrika Marine Museum which exhibits the richest collection of Andaman’s animal and floral lives. The rare species of fish, other animals, plants, corals etc are preserved well over here and there is a small aquarium also. Rather, the different attraction on the island is this museum if you are completed visiting the beaches and the relishing islands.
A lot of tourists have recognized this museum as a perfect representation of what the island can offer to surprise the visitors but in a miniature form. The museum located just opposite to Andaman Teal House is occupied with five sections displaying the history of the islands, the geographical features, about the people and their lifestyles, the less explored archaeological information and of course the marine life.
The museum is established with the idea of creating awareness among people on various aspects regarding oceanic life and the importance of preserving this sensitive ecosystem well for a balanced future of human beings.
Highlights: Outside the museum, there is a skeleton of a blue whale preserved and it is a marvellous sight to look at. The first room shows facts like volcanoes, tribes, different types of woods, insects etc. The second room is displaying the reverberating underwater beauties through an aquarium.
Coral Reefs have an entire room that is the third room. Seashells in abundance have persevered in the fourth room and you will be surprised to the tremendous collection. Last but not least is the fifth room that is dedicated to the tribes of Andaman, the butterflies’ and the insects’ specimens as well.
Timing: The museum is open on all days from Tuesday to Sunday from 09:00 am to 01:00 pm and from 02:00 pm t0 05:00 pm.
Entry fee: For adult: INR 50 and for child: INR 25. If you wish to take camera or video to the inside, you will have to pay INR 20 and INR 50 respectively.
Distance from Port Blair: The museum is situated in Port Blair itself, walkable distance only.
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A great park that has been accepted well by the international tourists and a distinct idea and execution in India to preserve the sensitive and endangered species of marine species is Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park in Andaman. It consists of 15 islands of mangrove creeks, rainforests, splendid coral reefs which have around 50 types and a huge collection of rare but colourful fish etc.
This park came into existence in the year of 1983 under the solid Wildlife Protection Act of 1973 to keep the lives of marine animals safe and preserved as the underwater ecosystem was on the verge of destruction. The best time to visit the park is during the months from November to February and during monsoon, it remains closed.
Highlights: The park is comprised of two major island groups known as the Labyrinth Islands and Twin Islands which are situated about 16 km away from Port Blair to the south of it. This park boasts of the unimaginable size it spreads that is about 281.5 sq.km which have 17 small islands and the open sea creeks.
The fringing reefs are abundantly found in the park and that is one of the special reef species found on the island. Each island holds different type of vegetation. Tarmugli is the highest island in the park that displays the vast area of mangrove vegetation, sand covered beaches, sheet rocks etc.
Activities: One can get knowledge of marine species after visiting national park.
Distance from Port Blair: The park is located in Wandoor which is lying about 29 kms away from Port Blair. There are ferry services every 30 minutes from Port Blair boat jetty. The park is easily accessible via road as well.
Pure science have clearly defined how mud volcanoes are formed and Andaman archipelago is quite popular for its multiple mud volcanoes. They are formed due to the large scale emissions of de-pressurized pore water and some natural gases such as hydrocarbon gases that included Methane. These gases are emitted by the decaying organic matter found underground.
Although there are 25 active mud volcanoes have discovered at different parts of the island, the mud volcanoes found on Baratang Island and Diglipur Island are the important ones and tourists visit these islands will take a look at this unique phenomenon of nature happening often.
Highlights: Reaching the mud volcanoes in Diglipur and Baratang would need a flexible stretch of walk through the relishing wilderness and that exciting trek will give an energy in an unlimited way.
Activities: One can enjoy trek here
Distance from Port Blair: From Port Blair, Diglipur is located about 350 km north and one can use the ferry service of seaplane service from Port Blair. Baratang Island is closer to Port Blair, about 100 kms distance.
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Famous for the underwater corals, North Bay Island located near the Pheonix Jetty of Port Blair is yet another favourite tourist destination. Multiple clubs providing exhilarating scuba diving, snorkeling and sea walking at the island give it a special space in the hearts of adventure lovers. And because of this factor, North Bay Island is crowded all the time.
If you wish to do a tour of North Bay Island, then you have to come at the Andaman Water Sports Complex where it starts from and the boats can accommodate up to 60 people and every boat will have a guide as well. The glass bottom boat ride to the island will give you a lot of chances to see the world of fish, typical sea flora and reefs inhabited underwater in harmony.
Highlights: Scuba diving and snorkeling are the most important activities available at the island and along with those, glass bottom ride is also has significant importance. The coral reefs and the marine animals make the underwater world enthralling.
Also, sea walk is considered to be a mind blowing activity and it opens up the doors to mingle with the colourful, rare species of sea. To do sea walking, you will be taken to the spot from the stationed sea walk paltoon and the experience of walking along the soft sea bed is memorable for a lifetime.
Activities: Sea walking and scuba diving in Andaman are considered to be the best adventure activities that can be done, as there are umpteen number of travelers do these activities regularly.
Distance from Port Blair: The island lies at a distance of about 42.4 kms from Port Blair and it would take around 1 hours and 30 minutes to reach there.
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Traveller Tales From Port Blair
18 December 2018
Who doesn't love dolphins! It was beautiful to watch them in their natural habitat. I'm glad I took this tour.
18 December 2018
After taking this experience with my kids I would definitely say this is one of its kind experience by Thrillophilia. I have had glass boat ride before but sighting dolphins while sailing on a glass bo...
24 November 2017
The best highlight for me from this trip was our visit to Chidiyatapu, it was soo beautiful. I am a photographer and love to capture some amazing shots and this place is just perfect. Took a lot of pic...
24 November 2017
Booked it through Thrillophilia, good price which included pick up and drop. We also had a good local guide with us. It was very informative as we learn about the history of lot places. Still can't bel...
24 November 2017
I just loved the whole tour, we had an amazing guide Rajesh and he was very detailed about the places we went. Cellular jail and Fisheries Museum all these places were really interesting. We went to Ch...
24 November 2017
The package was really decent with everuthing included, although I would like to mention our pick u was a bit late. But once we went for the sightseeing it was really great. We learned a lot about Anda...
24 November 2017
It was on June 2017 when we went on this Andaman trip, it was literally the best trip we had. The sound of the sea, the sunset and the sightseeing places, were really awesome. The path to the Celular J...
24 November 2017
Great adventure and lots of fun during the day. We visited Chatham Saw Mill, Cellular Jail and Fisheries Museum. The sunset was just amazing, we took a lot of pictures there. Totally value for money
24 November 2017
We really had some great time during this tour in Andaman. The pick up was right on time and then went to the Anthropological Museum. They have very well preserved the history in the museum. We also le...
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Havelock is an all-time beautiful island and can be visited all round the year. Talking about the best, October to February or the winter months are most suitable to treat yourself with natural beauty without any weather discomfort. The temperature ranges from 15-34 degree Celsius which is very much ideal for the travelers.
With a jetty ride of approximately 3.30 hours, one can reach Havelock from Port Blair. Government ferries, as well as air-conditioned catamaran ferries, are available at the port. One can book the tickets either in advance or buy directly from the counter.
Beach lovers, get ready for the most amazing time! Visit Radhanagar beach and indulge in water sports like snorkeling, scuba diving, Elephant beach for peace and tranquility, Kala Pathar Beach for relaxing & sun basking and do not forget to explore the areas by biking and observing the variety of flora and fauna.
Long beach line but with every place having its own specialty brings you close to best attractions of Havelock that include Neil Island, Radhanagar Beach, Elephant Beach, Barren Island, Vijaynagar Beach, Long Island, Bharatpur Beach, Kala Pathar Beach to name only a few. Travelers love to come here for water sports like snorkeling, scuba diving, underwater walk, sun basking and relaxing on calm white sands.
A good range of deluxe hotels to luxurious resorts is present at Havelock island. Symphony Palms Beach Resort, Havelock Island Beach Resort, The Kingdom, Sea Shell Hotel, Shangri Las, Barefoot at Havelock and many more hotels are present here to make the stay amazing with best of the services for your ease.
Apart from walking on the calm beaches to enjoying delicious dinner, Havelock is studded with options like candlelight dinner with the loved one, have some drinks at the bars like Venom Bar and Pink Fly Lounge, camping with a bonfire, night diving and evening treks to the jungles. Pick your favorite option and Havelock will treat you well.
The adventure guy within you wishes to do some amazing activities and Havelock offers choices like Scuba diving, Snorkeling, Trekking, Diving, Kayaking, Parasailing, Jet Skiing, Speed boating, and Fishing to make the vacation a little spicier and bring in the rush.
It is best to take part in watersports in months of December to March or the winter season. Though these sports are mostly open all through the year but take a low in monsoon months i.e. July-September.
Not with a lot of options, local shops can still be explored in Market No. 3 and No. 2 Village. One can buy sea shells, jewelry made from shells, diving gears, wood jewelry, swimming suit etc.
Andaman has itself become a honeymoon paradise as a whole with beautiful beaches, calm aura, and romantic hide-outs to spend some quality time with loved ones. Take a dive together and observe the colorful corals, spend some time with candlelight dinner, stay at a luxury resort like Symphony Palms Beach with modern amenities and party in the night at best pubs or bars, based on the choice.
Of course, Yes! Havelock is a paradise for honeymoon seekers. The island offers the couple calm spaces, beautiful resorts, palm-lined beaches and all the things they need to kindle their love. From adventurous time to relaxed walk on the white sands, one can have it all in Havelock.
One will not find it very difficult to get a network in Havelock. BSNL and Airtel are most promising whereas Vodafone and Reliance may catch some signals. Do not expect very good internet services here, but the calls would not disappoint you if selecting the right connection.
Indian nationals do not require a passport to visit Havelock island but require permits for visiting protected areas like Jolly Bouy Island, Cinque Island. Whereas foreign nationals require to carry a Visa and fill up a form to visit any restricted areas.
Locally caught seafood is most common at the island. From basic ‘dhabas’ to decent restaurants, Havelock serves multi-cuisine dishes to satiate the hunger of its visitors. Bars and pubs also serve food along with alcohol to make the nightlife wonderful.
Walking is one of the most common things preferred by many travelers. Apart from that, local buses, shared jeeps, auto-rickshaws, rented bikes, and private taxi are also available for easy transportation within the zone. To move out of Havelock, jetty rides are available for the best of their services.