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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 Sightseeing in Andaman and Nicobar
Andaman is located in the eastern part of the Indian mainland isolated from Bay of Bengal. Port Blair is the capital of Andaman and is a highly visited place. The small number of Andaman is spread over north of the archipelogo belonging to Myanmar. Andaman Islands is also the home of Sentinelese and other trible group having least contact with outer world
You can have a trip to Andaman Island by air and boat. One can take up flight from Chennai and Kolkata.
By Air: Andaman can be reached by first getting down at Port Blair. Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair is connected to Kolkata and Chennai airport. Air India, Spice Jet, Jet Konnect, Spice Jet and GoAir are available flight services.
By Sea: One can reach Port Blair for Andaman by sea, having regular ship services 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.
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.
Indian passport holders do not require permit to visit Andaman. Overseas tourists do require an Indian visa to visit Andaman Islands. The visa can be obtained from Indian consulates and high commissions overseas. This visa is valid for 15 day period or 6 months.
Apart from visa, RAP (Restricted Area Permit) is also important. To get RAP, the permit authorities are-
• MHA & FRROS
• All Indian Missions Abroad
• Chief Immigration Officer, Chennai
• Immigration Officer, Port Blair
To get RAP for Andaman Islands, one must visit to Port Blair and is issued for free of cost to foreign travellers.
Yes, it is extremely safe to travel to Andaman. With the increase in tourists, security officials here offer good security process, helping tourists to have a safe journey. There are security posts and other security measures taken to ensure that tourists have a safe travel to Andaman.
Carry usual clothes, but also according to the weather condition. Carry personal accessories and documents. Sunscreen cream and lotions are very important, if visiting during the summer season.
Let us check the lists to carry things in Andaman:
Sunscreen – Tropical sun is sharp and the salt in the air could add to burning of skin. Carrying a waterproof sunscreen for lasting results is advisable.
Insect repellent – While the tropical forest region is known for its’ mosquito and insect diversity, the beaches of Andaman Islands can get unpleasant due to sand fly attacks.
Flip flops/ rubber chappals – These are the best beachwear in the world and has proven best here in the Islands. High heels on a beach walk could cause discomfort.
Beach mat/ Hammock – Spending time on the beach would be even better if the sand is kept away. Carrying a beach mat to lie on or a hammock to tie on an extending branch on the beach would make all the difference.
Cash – There are only two ATMs on Havelock – SBI and Axis bank out of which SBI is reliable. There are days when both ATMs do not work.
ID Proofs - Make sure to carry ID proof in case if the security officials or hotel representatives would ask for identification.
Medication - Do carry medication along. Though there are proper health care centers available, it is important to carry medication.
Some of the important points to consider when planning trip for a hassle-free travel to the Island are:
• Things to carry: From clothes to cash, make sure you’re equipped with the right accessories, clothes and enough cash. Also ID proofs are important.
• Permit Document: RAP is important to issue, especially for overseas tourists because there are certain restricted areas which are not allowed to visit. List down the places to visit and not to visit.
• Accommodation and Flight: Check twice regarding your flight duration and time. Book your accommodation way in advance because Andaman is the most visited tourist place, so last minute booking make result to fetching high amount or unavailability of rooms.
From resorts to budget hotels, there are many accommodation options available in the Andaman. You can book your accommodation way in advance to avoid any last minute goof-up. 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 also private and government lodges too offered in affordable rate.
There are some good sigthseeing options in Andaman for tourists. Some of the options 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 to 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 rainforest and reefs supporting 50 types of coral.
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. You may need entire day to explore the cellular Jail.
To experience Andaman, one should be crazy for beaches, water activities and leisure, offered by this place. From ultimate sea adventure by doing snorkeling, scuba diving to spend nights on cruise in a luxury way. Head to the Elephant Beach to enjoy the eye-pleasing sunset or head to the restaurant to gauge on sea-food. Whether you're visiting as a honeymoon couple or with friends or family, Andman has everything for every type of visitors. Havelock Island, Diglipur Islands, Port Blair and many more locations are blessed with both man made and natural marvels that shouldn't be missed.
The best way to experience Andaman is taking a tour package that comprises everything, from stay to visit. These tour package will cover your entire Andaman trip.
Generally, to explore Andaman Island you may require 6-7 nights. It is important to create itinerary for the trip to help in exploring the place. The best way is by seeking Andaman trip package which you can customize accordingly. Having a tour package can certainly help in exploring the Andaman without any hassle.
There are some amazing beaches in Andaman that must be visited. Some of the beaches are:
• 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.
• Radhanagar Beach: Located in Havelock Island, it is Asia’s best beach and a world’s seventh best beach. One can enjoy the calmness and beautiful sunset by standing at the seashore.
• Lalaji Bay Beach, Long Island: If you want to sea swim under crystal blue water, then head to the Lalaji Bay Beach at Long Island.
• Wandoor Beach- Port Blair: Famous for tourist spot, this beach in Port Blair deserves a visit. Do a long walk on the seashore for peaceful time.
There are so many amazing and beautiful Islands in Andaman but you cannot visit all islands of Andaman because of its restricted area. It is important 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 need to check out with the operator to know about the restricted areas in Andaman..
There are some best hotels and resorts to stay in Andaman. This includes:
Barefoot at Havelock: Great food, facilities, and hospitality service, Barefoot is located in the midst of lush green and is the most idyllic hotels in Andaman. Take a pick from the 25 elegantly designed and luxurious cottages or villas and experience nature at its best!
Rate: Starts from Rs 15,000/-
Silver Sand Havelock: Flanked by swaying palm trees, overlooking the vast sea, Silver Sand Beach Resort is one of the most charming resorts in Andaman. It has 9 luxurious AC cottages, lagoons, and suites, set beautifully by the Vijay Nagar Beach.
Rate: Starts from Rs 7,999/-
Fortune Resort Bay Island: Untouched, lush rain-forest islands, Fortune Resort Bay Island are one of the best hotels in Andaman overlooking the turquoise blue waters of the Bay of Bengal. Enjoy the seafod delicacies at Mandalay.
Rate: Price starts from Rs 6480/-
The Wild Orchid Resort: A mid-range budget hotel, Wild Orchid is situated between the aqua blue waters of the Bay of Bengal and the jade green hills of Havelock. Designed in an authentic Andamanese style, one can enjoy great delicacies here.
Rate: Price starts from Rs 3,000/-
One has to very particular in terms of clothes to wear in Andaman Islands. Even if you’re wearing shorts or swim wears in the island, do wear proper clothes while visiting religious places.
Andaman is a shopper's delight and offers some good items to buy.
Bamboo Craft: There are some good options of items made from Bamboo. This includes-
• Bamboo Crocodile
• Beer Mug
• Tea Tray
• Bamboo Strip Hats and many more
Cane Craft: Local people of Andaman are skilled cane craft makers. You can find different products made from crane. This includes-
• Cane Furniture
• Lamp Shade
• Cane Baskets
• Cane Fans
• Masks and many more
Coconut Sheel Lamp: Give a versatile look to your interior by buying this coconut shell which are finely handcrafted.
Pearl Shopping: If you've a craze over accessories then, Andaman is a great source of pearls, corals and other sea life shells made accessories. Some of the items you can buy are:
• Bangles and many more
Some of the best shopping areas are- Sagarika Government Emporium, Aberdeen Bazaar, Shopping Singapore, Government Emporia and some others shopping centres are Goalghar, Junglighat and few others.
Well, you’ll be disappointed to see almost nil nightlife in Andaman. The very least you’ll find is at Port Blair. There are a few pubs and restaurants where you can enjoy the nightlife. However, there are few parties and social activities takes place in Andaman, but very few times.
Scuba diving is the major activity in Andaman Islands where you can explore the world beneath the blue sea.
There are different Suba Diving services for swimmers and non-swimmers. For this, there is no swimming skills required, also one 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
There are some thrilling water sports in Andaman. These sports are worth doing because they allow you to go deep inside the water world.
Scuba Diving- You can enjoy the experience of scuba diving at different islands in Anadaman. For non-swimmers, beginners, certified divers and night diving, one can get varied options.
Sea Walk in Elephant Beach Havelock- Get deep into the sea and enjoy the sea walking in Elephant Beach, Havelock. Sea Walk is like going for an underwater tour inside the reef, walking between corals, seeing variety of fish, and discovering the rich sea life underwater.
Andaman Dolphin Glass Boat Ride- In this activity, you can uncover the beauty of underwater kingdom. Ride alongside Dolphins and watch their playful games.
Kayaking in Andaman around Mangroves- Go deep into the mangrove forest of Andaman and enjoy the kayaking adventure to explore the hidden places of this island.
Trekking to Elephant Beach- If you love trekking, the Elephant Beach is your destination. The trek is covered in approximately 30 - 45 minutes of time.
Coral Safari Semi Submarine: Coral Safari is a semi-submarine which will take you into the deep sea in a most comfortable 100 seater cabin, fully air-conditioned. It welcomes people from all ages to explore the mesmerizing world inside.
Apart from water sports, you can indulge in some other interesting activities in Andaman like:
Cruise Transfer: You can enjoy the cruise transfer activities from Port Blair, Havelock and Neil Island. The cruises take almost 90 minutes to reach Havelock Island from Port Blair. During the journey, you can explore the diversity and lush green of the region. You can choose, Premium, Deluxe and Royal exists in these cruises.
Visit First Administrative Settlement of British in Andaman – Ross Island, Port Blair: The area is known for two different culture settlement. Once called as the British Colony capital, it is now a tourist place. One can explore- old British church, a bakery, and, among the ruins of the area, you will see beautiful deer and a high diversity of birds, from peacocks to hens.
Watch Sunset at Chidiya tapu, Port Blair: If you're passionate about nature, the watching sunset at Chidiyatapu at Port Blair is the right place. The place is famous for its breathtaking sunsets and bird watching. To catch the sunset, it is recommended to be at Chidiya Tapu around 4 p.m.
Purchase Gifts from Sagarika Emporium - Port Blair: If you're in mood of shopping then head to Sagarika Emporium- Port Blair. Here you can find coral and wood artifacts collections.
Walk by the Marina Park in the evening - Port Blair: Spend your evening at the necklace of the Andaman Islands. The entire area remains calm and peaceful during the evening.
Cruise services in Andaman are great and tourists have various options of services to choose. All the cruises here are equipped with modern amenities and are spacious. From deluxe to normal, one can choose from the available options. These cruises operate in Port Blair, Havelock, and Neil Island only on the regular basis. The daily frequency of these cruises is high in region from Port Blair to Havelock and Havelock to Port Blair.
The prices of these cruise starts from Rs 975 per person. One can choose from AC cabin to open deck, depending on your requirement. Green Ocean Cruise, Makruzz, Coastal Cruise, Jollybouy, Andaman Dolphin are some of the cruise service options.
Ship, boat and ferry are three best travel options to Andaman. There are some local transportation options to use. Apart from these, you can rent motorbike and bicycle from the renting services. Two wheeler would cost Rs 500/-. Also, there are cab services offered with minimum fare Rs 800/-.
It takes 3hrs 12 min to reach the beautiful Havelock Island from Port Blair. One take up government and private ferry service. At Havelock Island, you can spend some days exploring exotic beaches and locations around. This also allows you to take rest and experience the place.
Yes, you'll find some good vegetarian food served in restaurants. Restaurants that serve vegetarian food are- Icy Spicy, Annapurna, Fat Martin Café, Anju Coco, Full Moon Cafe and few others serve the best vegan foods. These restaurants are located in Port Blair and Havelock Island. Restaurant, especially Annapurna also serves Jain food and the main course starts at Rs 40/-. From India, Chinese to Continental, there are varied options of food.
People in Andaman celebrate all the major festivals including Diwali, Durga Puja, Christmas, Ramzan, and others. Apart from this, people also celebrate Music Festival and Beach Festival. Then there is Island Tourism Festival and Subhash Mela.
• 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 consists of beach activities like beach volleyball, and other beach sports like tug of war, Kabaddi etc.
• Flea Market: This weekend market has been organized from time to time in the islands at various places. This is the best place to shop for some amazing local art-crafts.
Andaman is the home of 200 plus species. There are some range of birds including- Andaman wood pigeon, Andaman scop’s owl, the blue-eared kingfisher and the fulvous breasted woodpecker. 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 pullers.
The marine life of Andaman is the best you can explore and experience the flora and fauna.
The Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park just outside of Port Blair offers ecotourism experiences in Jolly Buoy island as well as Red Skin. Andaman offers sheer variety of diversity and eco-system drawing nature lovers and ecological enthusiasts
International dialing is available from hotels and resorts. You need to dial 00 followed by the country code to make international calls. Internet is available in hotels and Port Blair, but it’s very weak or has zero network in remote areas. Better to use BSNL for the best connectivity in the islands.
Yes, there are some ATMs available in the capital, Port Blair and Havelock Islands. SBI, ICICI and some other banks have their ATMs. However, it is important to carry enough cash because ATMs might run out of cash in some area.
Credit cards are safe, especially if used in hotels and resorts. However, it is advised to carry enough cash along because there can be network issues and many places may not have card swapping machine.
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 resists contact with the outside world, and are among the last people to remain virtually untouched and uncontacted by modern civilization. Meeting them isn't a good idea because they stay away from tourists. Enjoy the scenic beauty and culture of the island.
No, meeting them or entering into their zone is restricted. So taking photographs is not a wise thought to be given.
Alcohol is only served in restaurants and bars. Nico Bar and Sea Sip are two best options where you can expect alcohol of your choice
Well, smoking is allowed in hotels, especially at permit rooms. There are separate smoking zones. Smoking in public area can result into fine and doesn’t promote healthy tour.
Apart from carrying self medical kit, there are some good healthcare centers in Port Bliar and Havelock island. GB Pant Hospital, INHS Dhanvantari, Chakraborty Hospital, Pillar Health Center, ACE Hospital and few others.
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 ...
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 n...
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.
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 ...
01 March 2017
As everyone commented, Andamans will definitely let you be romantic for ever by showcasing the most beautiful sights ever possible. We have been searching for the best honeymoon destinations for a long...
01 March 2017
I am recollecting all the memories I had from Andamans now. This six day package was really awesome and I could explore all the major attractions the island has within it. The snorkelling session at El...
01 March 2017
I came to know about this tour package through my friends who have already tried other similar packages from Thrillophilia. I have decided to go to Andamans alone as I am a freelancer. After visiting A...
27 November 2017
Wanted to visit the famous Cellular Jail in Andaman with a proper guide so that I could get to know the history properly. I searched online and found this tour. Went for it because it was reasonably pr...
27 November 2017
I did not think that the celluar jail needed a guided tour but my friends (was travelling with them), insisted. So we went for this package. It was amazing. The guide really knew a lot about the island...
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