How to reach Andaman
Discover the tropical and colonial charm of Andaman and Nicobar Islands
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How to reach Andaman
Explore the scenic beaches, dense forests and pristine islands of Andaman and Nicobar and have a fun and mesmerizing time. Relax on the glistening beaches like Elephant Beach, Wandoor beach, Bharatpur Beach, Sitapur Beach, Radhanagar Beach and Laxmanpur Beach.
These beaches are also perfect for watersports like snorkelling, scuba diving and sea walking where you can get that adrenaline rush and have an enjoyable holiday. The best time to visit Andaman is during the winter season from November to March and the weather generally stays cool and pleasant.
For those planning a trip here and wondering how to reach Andaman, you should read on to find out more. There are only two ways to get to these islands: by air and by sea as they are situated off the Southern coast of India.
For those who are wondering how to reach Andaman by sea, you can travel by three to four ships every month that all leave from Kolkata, Vizag and Chennai. There are at present 2 ships - MV Swarajdweep and MV Nancowry- from Chennai and the MV Akbar and MV Nicobar from Kolkata. You can also travel by ferry to Andaman from both Kolkata and Chennai and Kolkata ports and the best ferry service in this regard is the MV Harshavardan. Ships generally take about 3-4 days to reach the Port Blair deck.
There are several permits required to enter the Andaman islands for both foreigners and Indians. If you are a foreign national, you can stay in the Andaman and Nicobar islands for 30 days. If you want to extend it by another 15 days, you will have to take permission to stay from the immigration authorities. In addition, you can also get permits from Foreigner’s Registration Offices at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Calcutta and Indian Missions Overseas as well as the immigration authorities at the airports at Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Calcutta.
You can get a permit for night halt at Middle Andaman Island, Little Andaman Island (except tribal reserve), South Andaman Island, Neil Island, Long Island, Havelock Island, Baratang, Diglipur, North Passage and islands in the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park (excluding islands – Twin, Boat Hobday, Malay, Pluto and Tarmugli).
You can get a permit for day halt at Ross Island, South Cinque Island, Narcondum Island, Brother Island, Interview Island, Barren Island and Sister Island.
If you are an Indian national, you will need not any permit to visit the Andaman islands. However, you will need a permit to visit Nicobar Islands and other tribal areas. You can apply on a prescribed form and address it to the Deputy Commissioner, Andaman District, Port Blair.
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.
|By Air||By Road||By Train||By Sea|
|New Delhi to Andaman||4.55 hours||-||-||-|
|Mumbai to Andaman||5.15 hours||-||-||-|
|Kolkata to Andaman||2.15 hours||-||-||-|
|Bangalore to Andaman||5.0 hours||-||-||-|
|Pune to Andaman||8.3 hours||-||-||-|
|Chennai to Andaman||3.0 hours||-||-||-|
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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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