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Andaman and Nicobar Islands featuring palm-fringed beaches with spotless stretches of white sands, an uninterrupted presence of peace, and crystal clear turquoise waters all around - Andaman is a true example of what you call 'Tropical Paradise'.

Andaman and Nicobar is an Indian archipelago located in the Bay of Bengal, claiming a large group of nearly 300 islands. While some of these islands have been commercialized and developed as tourism hubs, the rest are uninhabited, away from human interference and exemplify virgin nature.

Thus, from lively beaches bustling with fun-loving people to beaches teeming with the tranquillity of nature, Andaman and Nicobar has a variety which makes it an ideal destination for all. From kids to adults, from vacationers to explorers - they all return from Andaman elated and rejuvenated. In nutshell, Andaman is a treasure trove of experiences and delights in the form of varied activities, breathtaking sceneries, and of course, delectable seafood.

If you are stuck with a boring routine and a dull life, a visit to Andaman will definitely cheer you up by adding some vibrant shades to your palate. Being in Andaman feels like being in a different world that is far, far away from the world that lacks peace and purity. This piece of heaven in Asia is serene and untouched – a perfect destination for a refreshing holiday that offers a refuge from tiresome responsibilities of the urban world. Spending some days here is a great way to let your heart heal, to let your body relax, and to let your soul revive the lost strength.

A number of tourists from different nooks and crannies of the world travel to Andaman to experience mindfulness in the lap of nature. Whether you are planning a vacation with your family, your significant other, or your friends, Andaman will not disappoint you at all. In fact, Andaman Nicobar tour packages are also rapidly gaining popularity among solo travellers who just want to set out on a journey to discover themselves in solitude.

Thanks to a long list of paradisiacal beaches and an extremely lovely atmosphere, Andaman and Nicobar is also one of the most sought after honeymoon destinations in Asia. The competence of Andaman as an ideal choice for newlyweds is further increased by the presence of numerous luxury hotels and resorts offering honeymoon special suites and experiences. For making your moments here a truly unforgettable experience, you should definitely go for one of our Andaman honeymoon tours that include tours of virgin beaches so that you can soak in the beauty of nature and love in seclusion. Cherishing various shades of dusk sky, savouring a romantic candlelight dinner on the beach, and a soothing cruise ride in the seemingly endless Bay of Bengal - there is a wealth of romantic things to do in Andaman.

The archipelago of Andaman and Nicobar is home to hundreds of beaches, each one of which is more picturesque than the others in its own special way. Some of these beaches are even ranked among the most beautiful ones in Asia and it is no surprise. If you are after breathtaking vistas, quiet surroundings, and laid back atmosphere, you have some excellent choices on Havelock Island. The exotic scenery of Radhanagar Beach and Vijayanagar Beach will sweep you off your feet the moment you lay your eyes on these beauties. But, Andaman is more than what meets the eye. And to discover its true magnificence, one must go underwater. Most beaches in Andaman feature shallow coral reefs brimming with exotic species of aquatic flora and fauna which makes them perfect for underwater activities like sea walking, snorkeling and scuba diving. Just dive underwater and swim with these colourful creatures - it will become the highlight of your trip.

The uniquely exquisite landscapes of Neil Island and Havelock Island are evident to the fact that the glory of Islands in Andaman is truly matchless. The silvery beaches of these islands adorned with tropical vegetation, engulfed in the sea green waters of the bay are aesthetically pleasing, and are renowned all over the world. These islands claim most of the places to visit in Andaman, so they are quite popular among sightseers and vacationers. As for divers, these islands are home to some of the finest spots for scuba diving in Andaman. Besides, there are some lesser-known options like Viper Island and Barren Island that are equally enchanting in terms of scenic beauty and experiences. The magnetic charm of these islands pull in numerous photography enthusiasts to capture the splendour of Andaman and Nicobar in their cameras.

If you think the Andaman and Nicobar is all about relaxing on sandy beaches, basking in luxury resorts, and enjoying the beautiful scenery, you're under a wrong impression. There's a wild side to the place which makes it a fairly popular destination for adventure tourism as well. Welcoming thousands of adventurists from various parts of the globe every year, Andaman and Nicobar is also widely acclaimed for the range of water sports that are available here. The spectrum of water sports in Andaman covers numerous different kinds of experiences. From easy activities like beach strolling, swimming, and cruising to exhilarating experiences like speed boating, parasailing, and scuba diving, a wide range awaits you in Andaman. So, if you are one of those travellers who cannot be content with relaxation for long, you always have an option in Andaman to unleash the daredevil in you and feed it with stimulating action.

Now that we have convinced you that there is no other holiday destination quite like Andaman and Nicobar, it is time for you to convince your companion(s) and start planning a trip to this tropical gem without any further ado!

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Havelock Island

Boasting of some of the most serene beaches, azure ocean waters and wonderful sites for diving, Havelock Islands is famed to be one of the most amazing tourist places in Andaman. The island boasts of many pristine places amidst its heavily forested landscape and charms the travellers with its most gorgeous natural surroundings. It is a dream come true for beach lovers who can visit the famous Radhanagar Beach, Kalapather Beach, Vijaynagar Beach and Elephant Beach here.

The landscape is truly beguiling and one can also look forward to indulge in activities like scuba diving, snorkelling and trekking when they are in Havelock Islands. Whether you are looking for adventure or wishing to soak in some tranquil moments to remember for a lifetime, Havelock Islands in Andaman is one of the most gorgeous places to be. One should try to visit Havelock Islands during the months from October to February as it is the best time to indulge in recreational activities. There are many beautiful hotels in Andaman, to provide the ultimate relaxation in holidays. Blessed with nature’s beauty, Havelock Islands is one of the perfect places for a beach vacation in Andaman.

Highlights: A few of the major highlights of Havelock Islands include snorkelling at Elephant Beach and watching the sunrise at Kalapather Beach. Another of the driving forces to visit Havelock Island is enjoying a kayak tour into the mangroves and witness the natural phenomenon of bioluminescence.

Activities: Along with visiting the famous beaches like Radhanagar, Vijaynagar, Elephant and Kalapather, Havelock Island is famous for offering activities like beach combing, sunbathing, scuba diving, sea walk, snorkelling, surfing, swimming, game fishing, watching the sunset or sunrise, bird-watching, trekking, sailing, and kayaking.

Distance from Port Blair: The island is at a distance of 41 km from the capital city, Port Blair.

Neil Island

A tiny island located to the south of Andaman is Neil Island, brimming with less explore marine diversity, coral reefs, long beaches and bewitching greenery. Being one of the tourist destinations in Andaman, Neil is so happy to become the host with revealing all that it has. A romantically silent island unlike the hustle of Havelock Island, Neil Island is termed as the vegetable bowl of Andaman.

Baratang Island

If you are in the hunt for undiscovered gems of Andaman, Baratang Islands should definitely be on your list as it is one of the best places to visit in Port Blair. It is known for its dense mangrove forests, exotic fauna and its ethnic population. A haven for shutterbugs, Baratang Islands is one of the most panoramic places to visit in Andaman. Even though it is slightly underdeveloped, Baratang Islands is where you can have your full dose of adventure. Tucked between South and Middle Andaman, Baratang Islands is a place which you will love if you like things untouched and unspoiled.

It is home to one of the oldest existing human races- the Jarawa tribe and many virgin beaches to let you bask in nature’s beauty. Some of the most exciting places to see in Baratang Islands include its gorgeous beaches, mangrove creeks, mud-volcanoes and mostly its limestone caves. It is one of the must visit tourist places in Andaman if you are a nature lover and wildlife enthusiast for the diversity of things it offers to the tourists. For a comforting stay after a day full of activities, you must check the resorts in Andaman.

Highlights: This island is one of the most striking places in Andaman for nature lovers as it offers myriad attractions like its limestone caves, mangrove creeks, tidal swamp forests and its interesting mud volcanoes.

Activities: Being a nature’s paradise, Baratang Island is a delight for witnessing nature at its best and involving yourself in activities like trekking and bird watching. One can indulge in boat riding through the mangrove forests and explore the limestone caves here. For the beach lovers, there in Baludera Beach where one can swimming and snorkeling.

Distance from Port Blair: Baratang Island is about 100 km away from the capital city, Port Blair.

Ross And Smith Island

Connected by a white sand bar are Ross and Smith Islands belonging to North Island and both of them together known as the Twin Islands. The beautiful villages, turquoise water, the virgin beaches and the extremely gorgeous tropical rainforest and what not; these islands are indescribably fascinating. 

As the island is close to Diglipur, one can take the Aerial Bay as the destination via road and get entry permits and travel to the island by a ferry. Around 20 minutes of boat ride will take you to the island. From Smith Island, you are invited to indulge in the nature trails extended till Ross Island through the green tropical forests swaying their heads always.

Highlights: A Marine Sanctuary on the island is the biggest highlight and it is considered to be the ideal place for watching the rare collection of invigorating coral reefs and colourful fish species. As both the islands are home to Olive Ridley turtles, tourists come at the right time to watch turtle nesting and it is a rare scene to be watched.

At times, the wild elephants inhabited in the forests may come to the outer world.

Activities: Snorkeling and swimming are the most suitable and well acknowledged activities on both the islands. Adventure lovers find the space marvelous to do scuba diving tours as well.

Distance from Port Blair: By road, about 191 kms are there from Port Blair to Ross and Smith Islands, Aerial Jetty is the right spot to take a private boat from and travel to the island.

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.Find out the list of top hotels in Port Blair with best facilities and comfort for your memorable stay.
Elephant Beach

One of the most amazing places to visit in Andaman for water sports and leisure tour, Elephant Beach should not be missed from your Andaman holiday itinerary. Boasting of heavenly coral reefs and its enthralling underwater marine life, Elephant Beach is a great spot to spend your holiday time in Andaman. Whether you seek relaxing or a bustling escape from the monotony of daily life, Elephant Beach will charm you in all the ways.

Andaman and Nicobar FAQ's

What are must visit tourist attractions in the Andamans?

Some of the must visit locations in Andaman are-

1. Cellular Jail National Memorial: It’s the former British prison that is now a shrine to the political dissidents it once jailed. Even though several parts of it have been destroyed by the Japanese during the World War II, it still stands tall reminding our brave and gallant forefathers.

2. Mount Harriet and Madhuban: Andaman offers best trekking experience for tourists. It’s a gorgeous route where you can witness exotic flora and fauna of the land amidst spectacular sceneries. Elephant safari is also an option at Mount Harriet.

3. Sea Walking at North Bay Beach: North Bay Beach you can walk under the sea and finally visit ‘Octopus’s Garden’. It is easy swim here and explore the underneath world.

4. Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park: The park covers area of 280 sq km with 15 islands of mangrove creeks, tropical rainforests and reefs supporting 50 types of coral.

5. Ross Island: Once called as the ‘Paris of the East’ by the Brits. But all it’s glory and tropical beauty was wrecked by the earthquake of 1941 and the Japanese invasion. It has English architecture and machine-gun nests that are great fun to poke finger in.

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Where is Andaman and Nicobar Islands?

Andaman and Nicobar Islands are located in eastern part of Indian mainland isolated from the Bay of Bengal. Forming an archipelago in the Bay of Bengal, there are 600 islands and are also Union Territory of India. The territory capital of Andaman is Port Blair and capital of Nicobar Islands is Car Nicobar. It’s a part of India. Main islands in Andamans are- Land Fall Island, Middle Andaman, South Andaman, Port Blair and Little Andaman. Nicobar lies in the south. Both are separated by deep ten-degree channel.

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How do I reach the Andaman and Nicobar Islands?

Andaman and Nicobar Islands are accessible by air and boat. There are regular flight from Chennai and Kolkata. The island can also be reached by waterways.

By Air: Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair is connected to Kolkata and Chennai aiport. Air India, Spice Jet, Jet Konnect, Spice Jet and GoAir are available flight services.

By Sea: There are regular ship services leaving from Chennai, Kolkata and Vishakhapatnam to Port Blair. There are 2 ships- MV Nancowry and MV Swarajdweep - from Chennai and the MV Nicobar and MV Akbar from Kolkata. The journey takes 50-60 hours to reach its destination.

There are inter-connectivity options to reach different islands on Andaman. Directorate of Shipping Services, A & N Administration operates regular ferry services from Phoenix Bay Jetty, Port Blair in the inter-island and foreshore sectors connecting all populated island/tourist places.

Are the Andaman Islands safe?

As far as you follow the safety instruction during the water adventure and avoid visiting restricted areas. The crime rate is extremely low. So one can have a safe tour around Andaman and Nicobar Islands. If you're looking forward to water adventure, then find out the safe swimming zone and make sure the lifeguard is around. Seek advice from lifeguard before getting into the adventure. There are few incidents where tourists were attacked by water animals. So need to be careful. Human attack cases are very few due to regular police patrolling.

Is it worth visiting the Andaman Islands for adventure?

Yes, Andaman Islands offer a wide range of adventure activities like scuba diving, snorkelling, trekking and water sports. These adventure options are for both amateurs and experienced people.

What is the ideal duration for a trip to the Andaman Island?

The ideal duration trip to Andaman is 6-7 nights when you can explore multiple places around. You can create itinerary for the trip and keep it short and exciting. Tour package is the best way to plan your Andaman trip. One of the reasons why tour package is the best option is because you can customize the plan accordingly. It brings down the burden of choosing the location, day and time. Moreover, you can enjoy different activities offered in the island. Having a tour package can certainly help in exploring Andaman without any hassle.

What is the ideal duration of family holidays in Andaman?

6 days and 5 night or 7 days and 6 night is an ideal duration for family trip in Andaman Islands. There are family tour packages for Andaman which is the best way to plan the family trip. The package allows you to plan days, places and timing for the family trip. From 5 nights to 6 nights, there are different packages that would allow you to have plethora of amazing travel experience. For family of various age members, Andaman offers some great places to explore. From muesum to historic places, there are some worth exploring places for family members.

What are the most important points to be considered while planning my trip?

Climatic Condition: Climate plays a major role in planning out the trip. A place with heavy rainfall, extreme humidity or extreme winter can ruin your trip. So when planning for a trip to Andaman, check out the climatic condition and check what activities are available during that particular condition.

Exploring places: You need to also plan the locations and days to explore the Andaman. The number of days does matter to explore various locations of Andaman. If you’ve a package, then your burden of exploring the place has come down. List down the most visited places and timing of the same. Having a proper iteniarary is the best way to consider points while planning the trip.

Carrying Cash: If visiting Havelock Island or Port Blair, one would find enough ATMs and Banks, but carrying enough cash is also important, especially if visited in isolated area.

Luggage: Have a checklist of luggage to be carrying around. From body lotions to medication and right cloths.

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How is the general climate of the Andaman Islands?

The general climate of Andaman Islands is pleasant. However, the best season considered is October to April when monsoon isn’t forecasted and climate remains pleasant. Being surrounded by sea, the cool breeze helps to keep the temperature to range in between 23° C and 31° C. Monsoon brought by the southwest wind sets in during mid-May and continues till early October. Season for nature lovers is May to December when forest is lush green and waterfalls are at their prime. Divers can enjoy the best during December to April and bird watchers during winter times.

Are rains frequent in the Andamans and Nicobar Islands?

No, rains appear from May end and continuous till September or even October. However, the climatic condition cannot be trusted and it can rain anytime.

What are the different activities one can do the Andamans?

At Andaman, you can enjoy doing some thrilling water activities. With clear crystal waters, you can dive in deep to explore Beach Havelock, Andaman Dolphin Glass Boat Ride, Kayaking in Andaman around Mangroves, Trekking to Elephant Beach, Coral Safari Semi Submarine colorful marine life underneath.

Some of the water activities are- Scuba Diving, Sea Walk. Apart from these, you can indulge in sightseeing too.

Some of the tourist spots are- Saddle Peak National Park Kalpong River Dam, Mud Volcano at Shyam Nagar, Limestone Cave, Ross and Smith Island, Ramnagar Beach, Lamiya Bay and Kalipur Beach (Turtle Nesting) Red Oil Palm Plantation.

What kind of accommodations are available in the Andaman Islands?

There are different accommodation available in Andaman Islands. From resorts and 5 star hotels to cottages, one can have varied options to choose. Havelock Island and Port Blair are the major stay destinations. Barefoot, The Jalakara, Andaman Galley, Havelock Island Beach Resort are some of the options for accommodation. There are luxury, premium and budget hotels to choose and stay. There are also private and government lodges too offered in affordable rate. These hotels are available in Havelock Island, South Andaman, Port Blair and few other regions.

What currency is used in the Andaman Islands?

Indian rupees is used in Andaman Islands.

What is RAP (Restricted Area Permit)?

The Restricted Area Permit (RAP) is important acquire for foreigners to visit certain restricted areas in India. There are certain areas in India which can act dangerous to foreign tourists. These areas can be located in remote places and away from normal tourist destinations. Previously, RAP were lifted from Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Darjeeling. NRIs will have to apply for regular RAP in every visit to such areas.

In Andaman & Nicobar Islands, there few restricted locations to visit which tourists’ needs to have RAP. The permit granting authorities are: MHA & FRROS All Indian Missions Abroad Chief Immigration Officer, Chennai Immigration Officer, Port Blair

Is there any RAP (Restricted Area Permit) required for visiting the Andaman Islands?

Yes, there are certain locations in Andaman Islands which requires tourist to have RAP. To get RAP for Andaman Islands, one must visit to Port Blair and is issued for free of cost to foreign travellers. There are restricted areas in Andaman, especially in the tribal areas where no-entry zone is banded. The RAP is easily available on arrival at Port Blair by flight or ship from the Immigration Authorities for 30 days subject to availability of valid visa. The permit is accessible for 15 days. It can also be obtained from Indian Missions overseas and also from the foreigners Registration offices at New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata and from the Immigration Authorities at the Airports of New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.

Places covered under RAP:
Entire island of Middle Andaman excluding Tribal Reserve Entire island of South Andaman, excluding Tribal Reserve Municipal area, Port Blair Havelock Island Long Island Neil Island Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park Mayabunder Diglipur Rangat Baratang Island North Passage Island Little Andaman Island excluding tribal reserve During Day: Jolly Buoy South Cinque Red Skin Mount Harriet Ross Island Barren Island – restricted to visit on board vessels only, with no landing ashore. Narcondam Island Interview Island Brother Island Sister Island Madhuban.

Is it worth visiting the Andamans for a honeymoon?

Yes, in fact, Andaman Islands is a honeymoon spot, Yearly, lacs of newly wed couples visit this majestic island to indulge in various water adventure and explore the peace the place offers. There are special honeymoon packages available for couples. These holiday packages are designed to offer easy travelling and exploring the place without facing any inconvenience. Andaman is famous for housing some exotic sea beaches and strolling in these beaches is the best way to enjoy time with your partner.

The best part is to have a romantic dinner date with your partner at the island in Andaman. There are beach side hotels that can arrange for the dinner date. If your partner loves water adventure, then honeymooning in Andaman is the best option to go for.

Is it safe to do adventure sports in the Andamans?

It’s extremely safe to perform adventure sports in Andamans, due to enough safey precautions undertaken. However, it is important to seek professional advice and follow their instruction for safety purpose.

Always ensure that you take professional lifeguard experts help before and during the adventure.  Every islands have precautions written and manuals handovered  to tourist before they venture for the water or adventure sports.

SOS Kiosk (Emergency Assistance Booth) has been setup at Rajeev Gandhi water sports complex, Port Blair and other places. Make sure you wear life jacket before boarding the boat.

Is there any age limit for the water activities in Andaman?

For water activities, the age limit is 7-60 years. It also depends on the activities undertaken. Moreover, it depends on the medical restriction for the activity. Also if you’ve water phobia or any other health problem, it is important to avoid water activities in Andaman. To know about the age limit, you can talk to the lifeguards before venturing into the water.

Is it worth visiting the Andamans for Scuba Diving?

Scuba diving in the Andaman Islands is the major activity, where you can explore the world beneath the blue sea. One can enjoy hours of scuba diving activity to explore marine life and get close to them. There are different Scuba Diving services for swimmers and non-swimmers. For this, there are no swimming skills required. Also one can record personal videos at the end of the dive. Also, swimmers will be provided with a certificate.

One can also opt for Scuba Diving for Certified Divers 2 days 4 dives Scuba Diving in Andaman with Barefoot Scuba- 40 minutes Night Diving for Certified Divers Scuba Diving in Neil Island- 60 minutes for beginners.

What kind of shopping can be done on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands?

There are various beach markets and quaint outlets to shop in Andaman. From cane handicrafts to wooden decorative items, one can shop for different option. Visit Port Blair market for interior decoration shopping. With the rise in tourism, the shopping options have also increased. Visit beach town where you'll find some amazing accessories made out of sea items. The sea-shell jewellery made legally here is the best buy. Try out the shelves of Port Blair's live street market stacked with small bamboo figurines, mats and beautiful showpieces.

Do visit the famous Aberdeen Bazaar, the main shopping center in Port Blair. Bordered by shelter's selling everything from household items, exquisite showpieces to beach wear and accessories.

Can I visit any island of my choice?

Well, not every island in Andaman is accessible and are also restricted due to residing of indeginous group. One needs to know which islands are important and allowed to visit. If you’re a foreigner, then you must have RAP that will give you the list of places or islands to avoid visiting. You can take help of tour operators or locals to know which islands must be visited and which shouldn’t be.

How many islands in Andaman are open to tourists?

There are 550 islands in Andaman and Nicobar, and most of these are in Andaman. 26 of which are inhabited. So you can visit some of the most visited islands including Havelock Island, Neil Island, Baratan Island, Little Andaman, Long Island, etc.

What is the culture of Andamans?

There is a mix culture in Andaman. Both Indians and Natives reside here making it unique. However, Andamanese, Jarawa, Jangil, Onge and Sentinelese are major groups. Hindi, Tamilian, Malayalam, Telugu and Bengali culture are too followed here. These communities follow their religion thoroughly and celebrate festivals like others. The original native group in the Andamans is the Onges, who live in Little Andaman. Onges, like other Andamanese tribes, are of Negrito origin.

Are there any religious restrictions on the Andaman Islands?

There is no religious restrictions here as mixed culture people reside in this island. However, one needs to be careful to avoid any kind of communal issues. There has been no issues till date.

What are the cuisines available in the Andamans?

From South India to Northern Food, one can enjoy multi-cuisine in Andaman. Being an Island, Seafood off course on the top of the list. You get various varieties of seafood. Though there is no unique cuisine here, but one can still enjoy different varities of food of different religion and communities.

What ethnic food is special in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands?

Sea-food is the major ethnic food one can enjoy in Andaman. It is the paradise for sea-food lovers. Some of the foods you can enjoy are- Lobsters, Crab, Prawns, Cuttle fish, and fish of every kind is found here. Lighthouse Residency, Full Moon Cafe, Annapurna Restaurant and few others restaurants are available.

Can I find vegetarian food easily available on the Andaman Islands?

Yes! With the increase in tourism and multi-cuisine options, one can easily find vegetarian foods in Andaman Islands. Restaurants here offer Indian and Asian vegan options. Icy Spicy, Annapurna and few others serve the best vegan foods.

Which restaurants serve the best food on the Island?

There are various restaurants in Andaman which should be tried. Some of them are:

  • Lighthouse Residency
  • Mandalay
  • Anju Coco
  • Golden Spoon
  • Full Moon Cafe
  • Annapurna Restaurant
  • Adi Bengali Hotel
  • Royal Palace Restaurant

How expensive meals are at the Andaman Islands?

Meals here aren’t much expensive. As there are varied hotel options, one can choose the affordable one and have a delicious meals. From sea-food to veg cuisine, one can enjoy pocket friendly meal.

How safe is the tap water on the Island?

The tap water in Andaman and Port Blair isn't safe to drink. It is better to have bottled water along. Being surrounded by sea, one can’t expect clean and safe water. Carrying a bottle of water while visiting remote areas is highly advised.

Does one have easy access to alcohol in Andaman?

Yes, access to alcohol in Andaman is easy. With many options of restaurants and 5 star hotels, there is easy access to alcohol. Nico Bar and Sea Sip are two best options where you can expect alcohol of your choice. You may even find wine shops to have access to alcohol.

Is smoking legal on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands?

Well smoking in public areas in Andaman isn't allowed. You can smoke privately. Bars and restaurants have separate area for smoking. As a tourist, it makes sense to avoid smoking in public and have awareness of non-smoking.

How can one reach Port Blair?

Port Blair can be reached by Air and Water.

By Air: There are regular flights from Chennai and Kolkata. Veer Savarkar International Airport is well-connected to other major cities.

By Water: Port Blair can be reached by water from Chennai (60 hrs), Kolkata (66 hrs) and Vishakhapatnam (56 hrs). For tickets to travel in boat, one can book from Shipping Corporation of India (SCI).

What can I see or do in Port Blair?

There are many things to see and do in Port Blair:
  • Visit Cellular Jail to witness the architectural marvel.
  • Take Museum tour.
  • Spot exotic birds at Chidiya Tapu.
  • Experience Nightlife of Port Blair.
  • Shop at Aberdeen Bazaar
  • Samudrika Dive underneath North Bay Island 
  • Birdwatching at Mount Harriet.

Along with these sights, you must also explore restaurants in Port Blair to taste some of the best food. Explore the Colonial Heritage at Ross Island Glass Bottom Boat Ride and go snorkeling and try scuba diving. Trek to Munda Pahar Beach. Go camping & trekking at Wandoor & Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park.Visit active volcano in Southern Asia at Barren Island

How can I travel from Port Blair to Havelock and ? Should I return the same day?

To reach Havelock Island from Port Blair, it will take 3 hrs 12min. There are regular government and private ferry service.

You can spend some days at Havelock Island to explore some exotic beaches and locations around. This also allows you to take rest and experience the place.

Is Cellular Jail open on all the days?

No! Cellular Jail can be visited between 9 Am to 1 Pm and 2 Pm to 5 Pm. One can explore the entire area of Cellular Jail. The entrance block of the National Memorial houses, Freedom Fighters Photo and Exhibition Gallery in the Ground Floor. The first floor of the building has an Art Gallery, Netaji Gallery and a Library on Freedom Movement. Gallery on First War of Independence and on Old Photographs Gallery have also been set up in the premises of the National Memorial.

Are there any endangered tribes in the Andamans?

Jarawas, Sentinelese, Onge and Great Andamanese are tribes in Andaman. These Negrito tribes arrived from Africa 60, 000 years ago.

Jarawas: This indigenous group live in Andamand Islands and parts of South Andaman and Middle Andaman Islands, and their present numbers are estimated at between 250–400 individuals. They no more interact with outsiders, and many particulars of their society, culture, and traditions are poorly understood.

Bo People: This indigenous tribe spoke a distinctive Bo language, closely related to the other Great Andamanese languages. There are still few who identify themselves as members of the tribe living on a reservation on Strait Island.

Onge: This Andamanese people are traditionally hunter-gatherers, they are a designated Scheduled Tribe of India.

Sentinelese: This indigenous group resist contact with the outside world, and are among the last people to remain virtually untouched and uncontacted by modern civilization.

Can I meet the endangered tribes on the Island?

These endangered tribes stay away from tourists and meeting them could be a cause of entering into their zone. It is better to stay away from these endangered group because it can be dangerious for you too. Better to enjoy the scenic beauty and culture of the island rather entering into the endangered zone of inside world.

Is it permissible to photograph the indigenous tribal people on the Island?

Indigenous tribal people don’t involve with outside world and clicking pictures of them could be risky. So it is not permissible to click pictures of them. It is not allowed to enter into their zone and clicking their pictures.

What are some specialities about the flora and fauna of the Andamans?

Andaman is the home of some richest flora and fauna. There are 2000 plus species in this island. Also there are 240 species of birds found here. This include- Andaman wood pigeon, Andaman scop’s owl, the blue-eared kingfisher and the fulvous breasted woodpecker. There are two species of wild boars, feral elephants, four species of sea turtles and wild salt water crocodiles make the islands a wildlife hotspot.

When it comes to flora and fauna, it can't be complete to mention Marine Life. With crystal clear blue water and exotic corals are the biggest crowd pullrs. One can also enjoy interesting variety of seashells and have become part of the island’s lifeline. Andaman is blessed with sheer variety and diversity of lifeforms and ecosystems in the island is what draws nature lovers,

What Beaches should one must visit in the Andamans?

Beaches in Andaman are worth exploring because of their exotic look. The waters display some amazing shades of emerald green. The corals and marine life offer a beautiful underwater adventure. There are some amazing beaches in Andaman which includes-

Elephant Beach- It is known for unspoilt beauty. It is a must visit if you are going to Havelock, especially since it takes on 20 minutes from the dock.

Guitar Island and Beach- It looks great from the Ariel view. This exotic island is tucked out of common tourist itineraries and is among the least visited islands.

Red Skin Island Beach- This isn’t your typical Andaman beach with a huge stretch of sand and blue waters. It is more like mangrove extension with a very narrow beach strip.

Chidiyatapu Beach- The beach is located in the southernmost tip of south Andaman about 30km from Port Blair. Called as Nightfall Point or Flying Creature Island, one can enjoy the best sunset in the Andaman.

Badabalu Beach- Tucked away from tourist location, Badabalu looks a different from the traditional Andaman beaches. The sand is greyish brown and the water is a cool shade of blue.

Little Andaman Beach- One of the most visited beaches, this is the fourth largest of Andaman Islands. You can go for boat rides between the creeks, coral viewing.

Radhanagar Beach- It is known for turquoise blue waters and white sandy shores. Radhanagar beach was named as Asia’s best beach and the world’s seventh best beach by Time magazine.

What should be the mode of travel during the visit to the Andamans?

Ships, boat and ferry are main mode of travel in Andamans. One can also use local transport to explore Andamans.

How good is the cruise services on the Andamans?

The cruise service in Andaman depends on the company that offers the service. Private cruise services are equipped with better amenities and good hospitality, though they are pricy. Cruise is the best travel option in Andaman that allows the tourist to travel around. The cruises take almost 90 minutes to reach Havelock Island from Port Blair and vice versa. From Neil(another island in Andaman archipelago),the cruises take around 60 Minutes to reach Havelock Island.

These cruises are divided into 3 different classes such as Premium, Deluxe and Royal. There are also some private charters offering luxury services inside.

What festivals do the local population celebrate?

There are many tourism festivals celebrated in Andaman. From Music festival to beach festival, tourist can celebrate different festivals. Also the local population celebrate Janmashtami, Island Tourism Festival and Subhash Mela. People here celebrate festival according to their religion.

Island Tourism Festival: The Island Tourism Festival is the annual cultural event organized for promotion of tourism and entertainment for islanders.The 10 -day festival is held annually from 5th January with an inaugural function to be graced by Hon’ble Lt. Governor at ITF ground Port Blair.

Beach Festival: This recent addition of festivals made by the department to cater to the needs of beach lovers. The festival consist of beach activities like beach volley ball, and other beach sports like tug of war, kabaddi etc.

Flea Market: This weekend market has been organised from time to time in the islands at various places. This is the best place to shop for some amazing local artcrafts.

Is there a dress code to follow in the Andaman Islands?

No, there is no such dress code in Andaman, but it is important to cover yourself, especially if visiting in religious places.

Does the Andamans have any religious stance?

With having mix-culture in the island, till date there has no religious problem. However, the prevalent religion here is termed as Animism. According to the tribe living here claim that anything that happens in this earth is because of Paluga, the local deity.

Can I make international calls and access the internet on the Andamans?

Yes, one can now easily have access to internet and international calls from Andaman.

Are there any International ATM facility on the Island?

There are very few international ATM facilities. One can find many Indian banks in the island. But carrying enough cash is highly essential, especially if visiting in remote areas.

Is there sufficient numbers of ATMs available on the Andamans?

SBI and other state banks ATMs are available in Andaman, Port Blair and Havelock. But you need to carry cash from your start of the journey to avoid any problems later.

Is police helpful and cooperative in the Andamans?

Yes, there is enough police protection in the island. However, one has to follow the rules of the island to avoid any alteration with police.

What is the scenario regarding the use of drugs in the Andamans?

Drug peddling in Andaman is prevalent deep inside. Though, police are taking enough action to curb the issue, but being a tourist place, drug issues are still a problem. It is better not to indulge in drugs and other illegal activities.

Is there any nightlife in Andaman?

Nightlife is prevalent in Port Blair; however, there is not much attraction in the city and even in the island. However, there are few parties and social activities takes place in Andaman, but very few times.

Is there any legal drinking age on the Andaman Islands?

The legal age of drinking is 21 same as other cities and states of India. You need to showcase your age proof while buying the alcohol.

Is there any postal services in Andaman and Nicobar Islands?

Port Blair Head Post Office is the higher selection comprising of 100 sub-post offices.

What kind of medical facilities are available on the Andamans?

There are some good medical facilities in Andaman. GB Pant Hospital, INHS Dhanvantari, Chakraborty Hospital, Pillar Health Center, ACE Hospital and few others.

Is there any money exchanging facility available on the Andaman Islands?

You can exchange currency in airport, banks and currency dealers in Andaman. This money exchange facility is offered for oversease tourists. You can get your money exchanged at the Port Blair airport and banks in Havelock and the capital city.

Can I rent a bicycle, motorbike or a car to travel within the Andaman Islands?

Yes, there are motorbike and bicycle renting services in Andamand Island. Two wheeler would cost Rs 500/-. Also there are cab services offered with minimum fare Rs 800/-. You can check with the hotel, if they any contact with such renting services.

Do credit cards and debit cards work in hotels and restaurants?

Cards work in Port Blair and Havelock Island restaurants and hotels. In remote area, there will be a network issue, so carry enough cash.

What are the essential items that one must pack while travelling to the Andamans?

When you're travelling to Andaman, apart from required documents, you need to carry right items according to the weather the region has. Light cotton clothes, sunglasses, vital medicines and sunburn relief products. Along with these, do carry passport, spare passport photos and ID proof.Apart from this, please make sure that you've proper reservation in hotels.

Also, check the weather condition that may change the timing of ship and flight. In terms of medication, be equipped with medical clinics locations and numbers of medical professionals in the island. This is to get medical emergency help during the trip. Also if you've motion sickness, then consult with your doctor about pills to counter the problem.

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Vikas Pant
Reviewed: 25 Jun 2022
It was wonderful trip and enjoyed lot. We covered port Blair, Havelock, Neil island, rose island and new bay island. Beaches are awesome with crystal clear blue(mostly) water full of corals and fishes and other sea animals. We enjoyed food and activities like glass water boat, snorkeling, scooter ... Read More
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Reviewed: 09 Dec 2022
Andaman trip was amazing right from the start. Thrillophila team(Somveer and deepika) was very supportive and fulfilled all my requests. Though the operator of mytourguru was not that good and very rude but Deepika and Somveer from Thrillophila helped me get all the inclusions of the package And wer... Read More
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Reviewed: 29 Nov 2022
It was an pleasent trip to Andaman.Myself and Family enjoyed a lot.The Tour Manager and other Thrillophilia staffs were polite throughout the trip.Im excited for the next trip.Kudos to everyone in Thrillophilia for making an memorable trip.Thank you so much.
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Reviewed: 05 Oct 2022
Baratang is not so good.. Rest is excellent regarding thrillopilla and team Mostly my adviser shivani done a great job.. Thank you🙏
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The best holiday I've ever had with my family...
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Dr Sruthi Reddy
Reviewed: 15 Jul 2022
Booking with Thrillophilia was good and cooperative All the staff and drivers were good. Hotels and resorts were awesome with good view. As it was a rainy season, weather was soothing. Rides like scuba diving was a lifetime experience with experienced divers. In short it was a awesome cool trip for... Read More
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