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Being one of the topnotch attractions in Andaman is the sublime Havelock Island brimming with silky beaches and exuberant greenery. A lot of tourist locations, resorts, hotels, attractions and much more are creating the perfect background to Havelock Island to host as many tourists as possible. This is the largest of all the islands in Andaman and comprises of a lot of small islands. The administration in Havelock promotes eco-tourism on a large scale.
The lighthouse established in 2005 at the northern part of the island gives additional recognition for the island. The accommodation options on Havelock will let you be surprised. Ranging from high-end, luxurious resorts to camps with basic amenities, the stay arrangements done by the administrative people here are unbelievable.
Highlights: The long stretches of different types of beaches are the main highlight to be pointed out. Declared the best beaches in the world, almost all of them are blissfully located on Havelock Island, connected to closely to the main boat jetty on the island.
Elephant Beach, Radhanagar Beach, Vijaynagar Beach, Kalapathar Beach which are known in numbers also are proclaimed to have the highest number of tourists every year. The green fringed shorelines, the clear sea water, the colourful marine animals, the long coral reefs, the wild fauna and flora bring forth the astounding picture of Havelock incomparably beautiful.
Activities: Snorkeling and diving are the favourite activities done on the islands though other major water based activities like boating and kayaking are frequently done.
Distance from Port Blair: Havelock Island is lying 42 kms northeast of the capital city, Port Blair. There are regular boat services by the Directorate of Shipping Services which connect Phoenix Bay jetty in Port Blair to Havelock daily.
As the name suggests, Chidiya Tapu is the perfect haven for unseen migratory birds and common native birds found in 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.
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 what it has. A romantically silent island unlike the hustle of Havelock Island, Neil Island is termed as the vegetable bowl of Andaman. A perfect place to simply relax and chill is the beaches here and the deserted shores are favourite to those who love to relax in utmost peace.
In two hours, one can explore the island by walking around. It got the name Neil after the British Brigadier General James Neill who stubbornly dealt with the rebels during the 1857 Mutiny. The rich cultivation of paddy is found in Neil Island that belongs to the Ritchies’ Arhcipelago between Havelock Island and Rose Island. One should add this Island to their itinerary if they planning a trip to Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Highlights: One of the major highlights of Neil Island is Neil Kendra, a beautiful curving bay full of white sand and holding the major jetty of the island made attracting by disarraying numerous colourful wooden fishing boats. Known to be the heart of the island, Neil Kendra has Bharatpur Beach on its left and Laxmanpur Beach on the right. The richest collection of marine lives and coral reefs have given Neil Island the peculiarity of being one of the most thrilling scuba diving sites on the island. In addition to diving, Neil Island is home to those who love snorkeling, swimming, birding, cycling etc.
Activities: Glass bottom ride and snorkelling are the major activities available on Neil Island though there are enough opportunities to do diving and other prime adventure activities.
Distance from Port Blair: The island belongs to the South Andaman district is located about 36 km northeast from Port Blair.
Radhanagar Beach in Andaman has ranked 8th among the top ten beautiful beaches in the world based on travelers reviews and rating available on multiple sources and Radhanagar Beach deserves it for many reasons. One of the most ravishing beauty in Andaman with a lot of tourists visiting it every year, Radhanagar Beach is the gem of Havelock Island. 500 meters away from the beach, one can see only the expansive blue water and the lush green tropical forests but when you reach the beach, the sights are apparently awe-inspiring.
Radhanagar is commonly called as Beach No.7 and this is one of the closest beach located near to Havelock Island ferry tier. The silky beach is kids friendly as well so that families are found in plenty on the beach to spend their vacation or a short holiday. There are nothing to be worried as the coast guards are roaming around always and the number of people here will be a pleasant sight to see.
Activities: Snorkeling, swimming, scuba diving, boating, parasailing etc are some of the most commonly seen activities on the beach and among them Scuba Diving is the best as it offers the clear interaction with the wide range of marine animals and coral reefs around living in harmony.
The turquoise water gives a rejuvenating experience while you swim across or do snorkeling and since the number of tourists are relatively higher, the Government opens more opportunities for them to spend an ample time on the beach. As it is a superb place adventure lovers also would covet, the fame it has achieved international importance in no time.
Distance from Port Blair: From Port Blair it will take more than three hours to reach Radhanagar Beach as it is located about 72 kms away from the capital city.
One of the aboriginal tribes of Andaman lives in Baratang Island, a highly blessed region with years-old wilderness. Earlier, the tribes did not let outside people to enter their community but presently, Baratang Island is a vibrant tourist destination as people love to spend time amidst the huge forests, limestone caves, mangrove ranges and the mud volcanoes.
Baratang is a part of the Great Andaman Chain with an area of 243 sq.kilometers and that marks it as the main island of the group. Middle Andaman is lying to the north and South Andaman in the south of Baratang Island. And it belongs to Rangat Taluk.
Highlights: The active mud volcanoes are the highlights of Baratang Island along with the abundant mangrove forests and evergreen rainforests and the limestone caves located beyond the forests. So adventure lovers find Baratang as a wise choice to indulge in mind blowing trekking and nature walk. Among the multiple number of mud volcanoes, jalki, as the locals call it, is the famous one.
Activity: Nature walk through the wild forests and the extensive mangrove forests is one of the prime activities done on Baratang Island. Boating, trekking, hiking etc are some of the other, identified activities available on the island.
Distance from Port Blair: The island is located about 150 kms north of Port Blair and one can reach the island by ferry services only.
Settled on the sands of Havelock Island, Elephant Beach is a reveling beauty well presented by the long coral reefs and the shining shoreline. A peaceful beach with pure serenity and silent ambience will offer the visitors a soothing melody and that would be the perfect time to relax, to walk around with your love or just to do sunbathing. Among the different beach on Havelock Island, Elephant Beach has a special significance because of its friendly atmosphere and not so crowded shoreline. In addition to the adventurous activities such as snorkeling and scuba diving, tourists find time to do boating and similar activities on the beach. The clear water, the calm waves, the cool breeze and the magnificent sights on the shore have their own impacts on the number of people visiting the beach, and it increases only year by year. For a perfect honeymooning in Andaman, you should must visit this beach.
Highlights: The long array of private boats, fishing boats and buoys extend a riveting beauty to the beach. Moreover, it is a kid friendly beach as well so that families are found here aplenty. The huge shoreline is the key factor behind the countless visitors appear on the beach every day.
During monsoon also, tourists would love to come to Elephant Beach. People have reported that at times, the wild elephants from the nearby forests come to the beach and stroll along the white sandy bed.
Activities: An ideal place for snorkeling and scuba diving is Elephant Beach though boating and other fun, water based activities are also done by the visitors often. Tourists have experienced the best sea walking as well on Elephant Beach.
Distance from Port Blair: Elephant Beach is located on the famous Havelock Island. It is lying about 69 kms away from the capital city of Andaman, Port Blair. One can reach the beach via boat from Havelock jetty after reaching there from Port Blair by road or by boat.
A marvelous town in the north part of Andaman Islands is Diglipur, an amicable tiny town with a lot of good people around. For eco- friendly tourists, this town is an inevitable choice. Though the marine life is the prominent feature of this town but the cultivation of orange and rice has enormous importance in the economy of Diglipur.
Highlights: Lamiya Bay Beach is a highlight of the town, it is located a few kilometers away from Kalipur Beach. The beach is lying in the foothills of Saddle peak, the highest one in Andaman. Around 20 kms from Diglipur is the green Shyamnagar covered by thick jungles and why Shyamnagar is a priority for tourists is because of the presence of mud volcanoes here. Kalipur Beach and Ramangar Beach are the other famous beaches at Diglipur and they are famous for turtle nesting. Moreover, visitors are quite eager to visit Alfred Caves as well where a huge collections of limestone structures are found.
Activities: Since there are plenty of beaches, caves, greenery etc, Diglipur offers the visitors a huge number of activities ranging from refreshing trekking through the jungles to the water based activities like island hopping, snorkeling, boating, fishing etc. Near to Diglipur there are famous spots to do multiple activities.
Distance from Port Blair: Lying 290 kms away from Port Blair, the small town of Diglipur that can be connected by boat from both Port Blair and Mayabunder. The boat services from Port Blair are available twice a week. But one can reach the town by road via ATR from Port Blair.
Known as Beach No.5 is Vijaynagar Beach in the north east part of Havelock Island. Very remote from the crowded locations on Havelock Island, Vijaynagar Beach is close to heart for those who love to spend time in utmost calmness. The regular touch of the sapphire blue water on the pearl like sandy beach makes no noise and it is one of the reasons why tourists chosen it as the perfect space for romantic couples and families.
The beauty of the beach has been praised so much by those who visited it. It is always better to come here freely, just to roam around, or to float on the shallow water, or to read under the large shade given by the huge trees on the shore or to do sunbathing. The collection of Mahua trees and palms is the significant ornament making the beach a splendid place to sit back and relax as much as time one wants to. This is one of the magnificent attractions in Andaman.
Highlights: A photographer's paradise is Vijaynagar Beach; especially the sunrise views from the beach is incomparably magnificent. When the sun’s fresh rays spread all over the wide sea, the entire atmosphere starts blushing in all possible colours and there is no better sight from the beach would satiate a photographic mind. The native birds appear during the fresh mornings add effective colours to the sunrise pictures.
Activity: The beach is recognized for relaxed swimming and sunbathing. Adventure activities are not yet a fashion on this inevitable part of Havelock Island.
Distance from Port Blair: Vijaynagar Beach is located at a distance of about 38 kms from Port Blair but from Havelock jetty the beach is lying 9 kms away only.
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What You Should Know More About Andaman and Nicobar
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.
Andaman 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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Indian rupees is used in Andaman Islands.
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
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.
To explore and enjoy the water sports in Andaman,the best time to visit is during summer and winter. During rainy season water sports are halted and isn't a good time to explore the place.
Dec- Feb: This is the most chilling months and right time to explore. Strolling over the beach in the evening and feeling fresh chilling breeze is an amazing experience.
March- May: This is the time when summer season begins and tourists start flocking in. The humidity level soars upto 80% during these months making it suitable for water activities. From jet-ski, snorkelling to sea diving, every activity is performed during summer.
May- August-November: If you want to explore Andaman during monsoon, then it is a good option, though you won't be able to enjoy certain water activities. Though you can get into trekking mode and go deep in the jungles. The entire area looks decked up in fresh greenery after the rain and each of the islands looks pretty and beautiful.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Scuba diving is the major activity in Andaman Islands where you can explore the world beneath the blue sea. One can enjoy hours of scuba diving activitiy to explore the marine life and get close to them.
There are different Scuba Diving services for swimmers and non-swimmers. For this, there is no swimming skills required. Also one can record personal videos at the end of the dive. Also swimmers will be provided with 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are various restaurants in Andaman which should be tried. Some of them are:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
There are many things to see and do in Port Blair:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
Some of the must visit locations in Andaman are-
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ships, boat and ferry are main mode of travel in Andamans. One can also use local transport to explore 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.
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.
No, there is no such dress code in Andaman, but it is important to cover yourself, especially if visiting in religious places.
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.
Yes, one can now easily have access to internet and international calls from Andaman.
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.
Yes, from ICICI to State Bank of India, there are enough banks in Andaman
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Port Blair Head Post Office is the higher selection comprising of 100 sub-post offices.
There are some good medical facilities in Andaman. GB Pant Hospital, INHS Dhanvantari, Chakraborty Hospital, Pillar Health Center, ACE Hospital and few others.
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.
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.
Cards work in Port Blair and Havelock Island restaurants and hotels. In remote area, there will be a network issue, so carry enough cash.
Traveller Tales from Andaman and Nicobar
23 June 2015
Great experience and unforgettable memories! Everything was well planned. We did whole lot activities in Andaman specially Scuba Diving was the best of all. Sound and Light Show at jail was very good and we came to know about some historic facts about the place. Stay was very comfortable and in decent hotels. Totally an amazing experience.
03 March 2015
A complete package to cover the best parts of such a beautiful island at a reasonable price. Ours was a honeymoon trip and both of us had a great time. The guide with us was really helpful and we did not have to face any problems during the whole trip. There are good hotels also at all places where you can have good food from. The stay arranged by them was also good.
01 March 2017
A short trip but peaceful one. You can see a lot of colourful birds and relax by the beach of Chidiyatapu. Also the sunset views from the beach should be watched.
21 September 2017
Andaman, no doubt, a perfect honeymoon place, secluded away from all the hustles of city life and some of the beaches were completely empty. Havelock Island is a beautiful place to relax at any of the resorts or the wide beaches without any disturbances. On our honeymoon tour, we spent two whole days on Havelock with visiting the different beaches and doing Scuba Diving and a glass bottom boat ride. Scuba Diving was wonderful as the coral reefs and the plants underwater looked so beautiful and there were a lot of tiny fishes, turtles and sea-horses at the spot where we dived into. It is a must do activity on Havelock. We liked the water sports complex and we did water-skiing, windsurfing and boating there. Cellular Jail, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Corbyn’s Cove Beach and Baratang Island were completely incredible. The mangrove forest kayaking at Baratang was really exciting and bit scared too but it was a nice one to remember. The honeymoon tour of ours was a rejuvenating one as well. Great support by Thrillophilia and prompt responses from the local tour operator whenever needed.
20 March 2016
We have covered a lot of islands and each one of them gave us a bag full of good memories. Such a photographic place. I have a huge album with only Andaman pictures now. Neil Island is quite different and the sunset views from the different beaches were different. Each day was becoming so special to me as each day has something different from the previous day. I had my family with me and we went during the summer time so the heat was at times scorching but the breeze from the oceans all the time did not make us feel tired. Also, it should be mentioned that the hotels and resorts we have stayed offered us a good service and a pleasant view of the ocean was in front of our eyes every morning. The well-maintained beaches and the crystal clear water have amused us so much. I am looking forward to have similar package with much more adventurous activities in it from Thrillophilia.
22 September 2017
Like a soothing music our honeymoon in Andaman gone by giving us a lot of good romantic memories. We never felt so loved by each other before. May be the surroundings had a lot of influence on us. It is a precious, pure land with the capability to turn your holidays into the best one. Be it Havelock or Port Blair, Corbyn’s Cove, Neil Island, Ross or Coral Island- each place had an amazing beauty when the deep blue ocean comes to the shore every time. Our honeymoon happened during an off-season and there were only a limited number of tourist on island. Hence it was completely a peace filled tour for us giving us so many opportunities to spend enough time on the beaches, attractions and activity centres. Thanks to the Thrillophilia team for giving us a wonderful package and our local operator in Andaman for managing everything so well and taking care for our small to small need.
22 September 2017
It was the perfect honeymoon trip for both of us. My wife loved the trip so much that she has been asking me to write a review. Yes, we did have a lot of fun; very nice arrangements were made for our stay and food. Fantastic service by the team and also huge thanks for making our dinner special with all the decorations. We visited quite a lot of places like Corbyn's Cove Beach where we took a refreshing swim, the water here was crystal clear. Then we visited the Cellular Jail, Radhanagar Beach, Elephant Beach and Kalapathar Beach. We also did some thrilling activities like snorkelling, scuba diving and sea walking. It was so much fun when we went on sea walking, the underwater was really beautiful. We had so much fun watching the sunsets together, it was very beautiful at sunset point. It was a wonderful trip for both of us. Would highly recommend for newlyweds.
22 September 2017
Went on this honeymoon trip to Andaman with my sweetheart on June 26th, 2017. It was such a wonderful experience for both us. Such a beautiful place with the beaches, far of places and the activities. It was the most memorable 6 days of our life. Very good arrangements were made for our room and food. While in Port Blair we went to cellular jail and spend some time at Corbyn’s Cove Beach. We also visited Havelock Island and Elephant Beach. But the best part came when we went for snorkelling, it was really fun to experience the underwater. But suddenly it started raining so we missed few good spot. Food was really great; we had so many varieties of dishes every day. On our special request, they arranged a romantic dinner for us at Garden View Restaurant. We also explored the rock formation at Neil Island which was really beautiful.
22 September 2017
We went on this amazing honeymoon trip to Andaman to celebrate our 4th anniversary. It was organized really well with all the things included as mentioned. My wife is an expert swimmer so we did quite a lot of swimming almost at all the beaches we went. But the best was our visit to Sunset point where we saw the sunset together, it was so beautiful. Loved the way the arrangements were done for our rooms with a bottle of Champaign. Visited quite a lot of places like Cellular Jail, Havelock island, Chief Commissioner, House, Government House, Church, Bakery which was really fun. You will find a lot of people on the island. We also went on a private cruise and enjoyed a lavish candlelight dinner with my beloved. Food was great, we tasted from New lighthouse restaurant, icy spicy and paradise café. It was a bit spicy but really great.
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