Discover the tropical and colonial charm of Andaman and Nicobar Islands
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Andaman Islands Tourism
Replete with scenic beaches and lagoons of crystal clear water, Andaman tourism offers serenity and adventure at the same time. Shining like a gem in the Bay of Bengal, this archipelago is situated more than 1,200 kilometres off the east coast of India. From the capital city of Port Blair to stunning beaches on Havelock Island, tourism in Andaman allows a diverse range of activities.
Shimmering blue waters, bright-coloured coral formations, desolate yet gorgeous islands, and pearly white beaches make Andaman and Nicobar islands a truly tropical holiday destination. All of the Andaman and Nicobar attractions are places that are worth a visit, so make sure to buy a package that lets you explore completely. From once detaining political prisoners exiled from the mainland of India to now hosting visitors purposely seeking joyful isolation, the islands of Andaman and Nicobar have transformed their identity on the tourist circuit. This tropical destination delivers what it promises to newlyweds and families looking for a memorable holiday.
Port Blair in Andaman
The capital city of Port Blair is the main point of entry, for both flights and ships, to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. There are several places to see in Port Blair including: Cellular Jail National Memorial, Ross Island, Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex, and Viper Island. Direct flights to Port Blair are available from major Indian cities such as Kolkata and Chennai.
Notoriously known as the Kala Pani, this colonial prison in Port Blair imprisoned a vast number of freedom fighters in the British Era. A total of seven wings, each having 3 stories, made up the entire complex. Today it has been turned into a national memorial and tourists can attend illuminating light and sound show at Cellular Jail.
Covered by palm and coconut trees, this island is located about 3 km from Port Blair. Tourists can experience its laid-back vibes, explore historical ruins, and spot a variety of animals. It is named after a British Caption who first explored the region.
Aside from the main city of Port Blair, travellers should board a ferry to Havelock Island and Neil Island. Both are known for some of the best beaches and water sports in Andaman. Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, North Bay Beach, and Chidiya Tapu are some of the notable attractions in Andaman.
Sea Walk in Andaman
North Bay Island and Elephant Beach are top places to enjoy this unique activity. Tourists can step on the ocean floor to explore the rich marine life of the Andaman Sea. Even non-swimmers can enjoy this experience by simply putting on a helmet to explore underwater world. People can spot colourful coral reefs and feed small fish on a sea walk.
While North Bay Island and Nemo Reef are popular for shore diving in Andaman, Corbyn’s Cove Beach and Neil Island are known for boat diving. Cost for scuba diving in Andaman begins from INR 3500 per session. From snorkeling at Elephant Beach and North Bay Beach to witnessing bioluminescence at Havelock Island, partaking in scuba diving, riding a banana boat at Port Blair, trying the glass bottom boat ride, parasailing at Havelock Island, traveling in a seaplane, swimming with elephants at Havelock Island, attending the Light & Sound Show at Cellular Jail, going on nature walks, trekking from Mount Harriet to Madhuban and island hopping, there are plenty of things to do in Andaman.
Opt for a tour with your beloved to this archipelago of stunning islands, and enjoy a honeymoon in Andaman and Nicobar islands. Make sure to explore nearby islands from Port Blair, and enjoy spa sessions. Choose to stroll through enticing beaches after sunbathing, indulge in thrilling watersports, and shop for souvenirs in the local markets.
Besides lazing on sun-drenched beaches, a tour to Andaman and Nicobar islands also helps to indulge the shopaholic in you. Visit MG Road in Port Blair, for it is the best spot for value-for-money shopping in Andaman. Aberdeen Bazaar, Government Emporium, Sagarika Emporium, and Queen Sea Shell Craft are some of other popular places to pick up souvenirs, handicrafts, beachwear, hats, jewelry, and paper mache products. So, when you hop on an excursion to this amazing destination, then take delight to shop from a range of exquisite products and splurge extravagantly to take back home some memories along.
Travellers can also learn about craft and culture of native tribes. Most of the areas in the Nicobar Islands are off-limits to foreigners as the isles are ecologically fragile. Besides this, there are also several activities you can indulge in on your own or with your family and friends. The best way to get around the islands is via taking a ferry ride to explore the hidden beauty of the Andamans.
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Places To Visit In Andaman
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Chidiya Tapu in Andaman
Famous for sunset views and for bird watching, Chidiya Tapu is a part of the Andaman archipelago. It is also known as the Sunset Point and Bird Island.
Located on the western coastline of Andaman, it is a popular spot to watch the sunset in Port Blair among locals and tourists alike. A variety of endemic and endangered sp...
Jolly Buoy Island in Andaman
Famous for underwater corals and a pristine beach, Jolly Buoy Island is in Andaman archipelago and is a part of Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park.
Visitors can enjoy the underwater coral view through snorkeling, scuba diving, or from a glass bottom boat. After transferring visitors to the island on small boats, a glas...
Port Blair in Andaman
The capital of Andaman, Port Blair is one of the top tourist destinations in India for an exotic vacation. Featuring lush green islands, pristine beaches, adventure activities, and a plethora of tourist attractions, Port Blair tourism has received huge popularity in the past decade or so.
History of Port Blair
Cellular Jail in Andaman
First opened in 1906, Cellular Jail in Andaman is located in the city of Port Blair. It served as a solitary confinement for exiled political prisoners during the British colonial rule and now it’s a national independence memorial. Isolated from the Indian mainland, this jail in Port Blair was popular known as Kala Pani. Th...
Ross Island in Andaman
Ross Island is a part of the Andaman archipelago under the South Andaman district. Named after its surveyor Sir Daniel Ross, the island is 1.25 kilometers in length and 0.5 km in width.
Dotted with palm and coconut trees, Ross Island in Andaman was the capital of the archipelago during the British Raj era from 1858 to 194...
Things To Do In Andaman
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Island Hopping in Andaman
Andaman is a great place for island hopping, what with the hundreds of little islands here, with some that are inhabited and some that are not. Travelers who come here generally like to visit some of the other nearby islands in order to get the most out of their vacation. Island hopping in Andaman consists of hiring a boat ...
- Island Tours
Bird Watching in Andaman
One of the most popular things to do in Andaman is bird watching. It is known as a silent adventure activity, quite liked by not just ornithologists but also those in love with nature and all its creatures. The wetlands of Port Blair in Andaman is one of the best places to indulge in this activity. Bird watching in Andaman ...
Scuba Diving in Andaman
Scuba Diving in Andaman is a popular pastime for tourists who want to explore the majestic underwater world. Andaman is quite famous for being home to an exquisite coral reef, and colorful schools of fishes of every size and shape. Due to the absence of predatory fishes near the beaches and coral reefs, it is a safe place t...
- Ideal for couples
- Ideal for families
Sea Walk in Andaman
Sea walk Andaman is one of the many adventure activities offered by the island that tourists must indulge in, for an otherworldly experience. Seawalk in Havelock Island is an activity in which a large glass dome is placed over a person’s head, while oxygen is fed into the dome via a tube. The person is lowered on the seabed...
- Underwater Sea Walk
Trekking in Andaman
If you are planning to go trekking in Andaman, then you are in luck since there are several options to choose from. Although Andaman is famed to be a paradise for watersports lovers and beach bunnies, but it is also a good place for lovers of nature trails and amazing treks that can leave one breathless and giddy. The best ...
How to reach Andaman
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If you are traveling by air, you can take a flight to the Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port
Blair. There are regular flights from Kolkata Airport and Chennai Airport to the Port Blair
international airport. The two major aircraft operators that offer flights to Andaman Islands
include Jet Airways and Air India. There are also regular flights via Air Sahara and Air Deccan
from Chennai and Delhi to the Andamans. A flight from Chennai and Kolkata will take roughly
around 2 hours. If you are traveling via flight from Mumbai and Delhi will take about 5 hours in
There are currently no trains available for Andaman.
Currently, it is not possible to travel to Andaman by road.
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Trip to AndamanIt was very good experience with family. Arrangements of conveyance, hotels, entry tickets were done very beautifully.
Trip to AndamanNaveens travel make was really professional with their guide. Selvam, who was our driver for 4 days did an excellent job. Totally satisfied! Best memory will be the baratang island and the Havelock scuba diving
Trip to AndamanI have booked my entire travel via GSK travels trusting Gaurav but things didn't turn out so well as it was expected.Driver at Neil island was not at all supportive in helping us with good local food and other things.We were not given with good travel plans and hence we end up in wasting one day in Neil isalnd which could have been utilized to visit baratang via portblair.Resort in Neil island was also not up to mark knowing our needs and requirements very well.Things could have been better by proper planning and cost effectiveness should also be the main criteria. For us it was 1Day in Portblair->2 days in Havelock->2 days in Neil->1 day in Portblair. Bad thinsg: 1. Driver was not good. 2. Neil island experience was ruined since the hotel was worst. 3. Travel planning was not so good and hence we wasted our one day. 4. It was expensive.
Trip to Andamanoverall trip experience was ok. However you need to be more careful about booking yhe hotels and ferries. We had multiple instances where we had to wait due to reaching hotel well before check-in time. Also had the booking in hotel with checkout time too early when I had to take return flight. Agent asked me to talk with hotel management instead of doing it himself. Beautiful beaches and polite drivers/guides .
Trip to AndamanCab facility & co-ordination was excellent. Havelock palm beach resort was superb. Cruise rides were quite enjoyable. Neil beach resort was having relaxing ambiance. Further improvements expecting are; 1. We leave the hotel before checkout time as per itinerary & waited for around 2 hrs to further check-in, 2. We had verbal talk to have cab during day at leisure but later on couldn't get as this was not in paper
Trip to AndamanThe information provided about ferry tickets was wrong. The time of the ferry from Havelock to port blair was not what was committed to us.
Trip to AndamanFirstly, the good part of the trip - response to booking issues from Travel Triangle was good. Shiraj, the driver at Port blair was really good and amicable. He was just amazing- would recommend him for a stress free travel. The place itself is awesome. Cellular jail at Port blair was awesome: gets you closer to a significant part of the freedom struggle. Ross island is also a good visit. Another one that you should include is the Tiranga Memorial - the place where the first tricolor was hoisted in 1943. The best part is havelock Island - good place to do scuba diving (far better than North bay island - which according to us was a waste of time..more to come later in this review), amazing beaches ( Kalapathar and RadhaNagar). Things that could have been better: Initial response from Travel Triangle was poor. I had to follow up and request them as we had not received any quotes. After escalation, things were smooth. I would also expect the exec assigned to manage our booking also reaches out to check if all's going well. That way it's comforting to know you are being taken care off. Coming to Da Oceans world, as said earlier, the driver assigned at Port Blair was really good. But they surely need to plan and co-ordinate well. We had difficulty in reaching out to them prior to our trip as there was no response to our calls, which was really frustrating. We had not received details of the driver and other contact coordinates Even here, after escalation, things fell in place. Our itinerary was planned 15 days in advance and day we reached we were told to accommodate change in itinerary. We reached on Tuesday morning and had planned visit to local beach and cellular jail on that day and next day was reserved for Ross Island and North bay island. The day we reached we were asked to do Ross Island and North bay as suddenly they realised that on Wednesday North bay island will not have much of water sports. This was sheer negligence from Da Oceans, this could have been handled well. We hadn't slept on Tuesday night and here we were asked to do water sports on the same day and that too on the spot. We weren't even carrying change of clothes. On the jetty, where you catch the boat to Ross island and North bay, they take you to a vendor who'll do the booking for the sports activities. Here you have to pay in advance for the activities. At north bay you'll find many a vendors for scuba diving, and the vendor (Divine Paradiso) assigned for us was over booked, he kept asking us to come back later. They were rude and it felt as if they were doing us a favour. Ultimately, at the end we had to cancel and ask for a refund. The only highlight at North bay was the semi submarine drive which takes you a little deep in the water and you can see the coral reef and marine life. There are no good restaurants at North bay, so you end up compromising on the food too. So all in all, day 1 was pretty bad and frustrating. Day 2, local beach carbyns cove was good.Here you get to do jet ski and also shop for some sea shells. On the same day we did visit cellular jail as well in the evening. This apart, the driver really took care of us. After reaching havelock, the guy who was assigned to manage our trip was not there at all. Instead we head somebody else to pick us up, which again according to me shows lack of planning and coordination. Once we reach the hotel, at the reception, we were told that they can't find our booking. The receptionist after attending to all the people, did some few calls and was then able to confirm our booking. Day 1@ havelock, after we checked into the hotel, a new driver gets assigned to pick us up and drop us at a sporting venue for scuba diving, which was not that far from the hotel ( Havelock Island beach resort). Dive Mantra is the vendor here and they are really good. We surely recommend them. After scuba dive, there are no signs of the driver and since our hotel was close by, we chose to walk. Every time we had to step out, we got a new driver. We had to call them everytime and plan our visits, which was expected to be handled by Da Oceans world. In the evening, we did visit Kalapathar beach which is very clean and neatly maintained. Note: connectivity is a big issue here, we recommend all visitors to carry a pre paid bsnl sim. Coming to the visits at Havelock Day2, Elephanta beach was again a sheer waste as they had similar activites as in port Blair except for para gliding. Note: You'll have to catch a boat to reach elephanta beach from havelick jetty, which is around 15-20mins boat ride. After we reached back, we had to wait for about an hour for our driver and guess what again it was again a new driver this time. In the evening we headed toto Radhanagar beach. RadhaNagar beach is a must visit @ Havelock. I must admit, its one of the best beaches we have ever visited. All in all there were few glitches in planning and coordination which can be improved by Da Oceans World. I must admit, the staff at Da Oceans World were quite amicable and responsive, just that proper planning will add to the delight.
Trip to Andamanthank u for arranging such a nice trip for us. natural bridge Haywizz resort sea shell resort And all the beaches
Trip to AndamanHi overall trip was excellent. I faced problem only during pick up in Havelock and Neil island as i have to wait for them .Plus i had the network problem so couldn't call anyone and i had to borrow someone's mobile to contact respective agent in Havelock and Neil. Plus all the driver never wait for us with playcards with name in jetty to help us who came to pick us up. I asked for guide also but none of the drivers came with us as guide and also we had to call them to click out pictures wenevee they available. Drivers used to fdrop us and go somewhere else. Otherwise everything went well. Best moment i had in Havelock while Scuba diving . Nice conversation with the agent Ashif and driver Shakir with good conversation. Thank you travel triangle for arranging the wonderful trip.
Trip to AndamanGold India beach resort in Havelock is very worst, no room service. Hotel Aries in Port Blair is super. Cab driver super. Package mentioned areas covered but this is not worth able for my money. Peace Tours Travels is good and Guidance is super especially Radha mam is continuously touching for entire trip. But little worst service is Flight tickets booking. All is good. Superb trip.
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The ideal duration depends on how many islands you want to cover in the Andaman. Anything from 4 nights to 9 nights can be considered the ideal duration for a blissfull vacation in the Andaman.
Mostly there is not much of a nightlife in the Andamans. Some hotels, resorts and bars here do offer a decent nightlife. even though it is a little sedate. However, during New Year's Eve and Christmas, all of Andaman is decked up in fairy lights and the atmosphere can only be defined as electrifying.
Andaman is famed across the world for offering some of the greatest seafood of the country. The must try dishes here include crabs, prawns, shrimps, lobsters and a huge range of fish. Vegetarian options are alsos available and are just as good.
Once awarded as the most beautiful beach in Asia, Radhanagar Beach is a definite must visit when here. The other beaches of Andaman are also beautiful and warrant a visit.
There are no religious restrictions as such in Andaman, but general societal niceties and etiquettes are to be followed, such as asking people, read native tribes, before taking their photographs.
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