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 AndamanAppreciate the kind of effort put in by d team to cater to the needs n concerns of their customers...which is one of the main value in running any business...they made sure we had what we needed on time...good luck n keep it going Havelock island we had good time....at the resort Havelock country homes....also at the beach...scuba dive
Trip to AndamanIt was overall a good experience. Couldn't visit Elephant beach just that regret , rest everything was awesome from beautiful beaches to perfect honeymoon
Trip to AndamanTHE place is good, but the hotels and food was not upto mark. What I promised I didnt get. The hotels were cheap and food was .... This time I was very un happy with travel triangle where i was not properly guided
Trip to AndamanTT have organized the trip properly. They have customized the package as per our necessity without any hesitation. It would be much better if we get the proper English speaking guide. Over all they did pretty good.
Trip to AndamanExcellent coordination by sky travels and tours. Hotels suggested are good. Especially swathi is more friendly and has given the best advice throughout. Explained in detail with patience. The trip is memorable. Special for me.
Trip to AndamanThere were quitea few glitches here n there.as there was poor connectivity at port Blair talking to the agent and asking about the nextprgm was a bit issue.at one point of time the cab driver did not arrive only..we kept on calling at all the nos. but no response. Then we took a pvt cab after 30 mins of waiting at the port w luggage n reachef our hotel.the person at havelock was so damn rude...that I have no words....he was appointed by Mr.bala our agent..I wish I had never spoken to him...disgusting fellow. Another problem was that mr.bala could have informed us early only that jolly buoy will not be possible rather than informing me a day before..because I had changed my entire trip accordingly..i really felt verybad...my entire day got wasted..he being a local person is well aware of this in advance..because to go there u need a permit in advance...jolly buoy was amust on my itinerary..and that only I did not get to see..after paying so much.u don't goto a place again n again Havelock was a beautiful place...All the cab drivers were very friendly..our travelagent Mr.bala was very cordial but I missed out on Jolly
Trip to AndamanBest tour operatour, helpful and good hospitality. All the best I am very sentimantal with the contribution rendered by our great leaders in cellular jail for the cause of nation. I sincerely salute them.
Trip to AndamanWe had a great time in PortBlair,Heavelock and Neil Island.It was 5N6D trip of 2 girls from Mumbai Unfortunately,on previous day of our return I fell sick and couldn't cover 2 beaches,my friend was also worried about my health,but the local agent (Amit)of Neil island took me to the hospital and took good care of me.Thanks to him, nurses and mah friend.Apart from that ,Scuba diving experience was very exciting.Radhanagar beach,Ross island,Light n sound play at Cellular Jail was best. -Best morning view from Andaman Castle, Port Blair. -Cellular jail and scuba diving experience -Great conversation while riding with coordinator Bablu and cab driver Rakesh. -Radhanagar Beach,cleanest beach I have ever seen.Gossiping with an old stranger couple..took their blessings :) -Awesome experience while going to Chidiya tapu...going thru deep forest in drizzling weather,good songs and the sunset..What else you need. - The hotel stay,resorts
Trip to AndamanThe trip wAs very well arranged and they have given all the hotels as per the request
Trip to AndamanHotels can improve upon certain basic amenities like providing wipers n sufficient toiletries in the bathrooms. Efforts should be taken to improve the connectivity and WiFi should be provided in the rooms. Radha Nagar beach
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Good time to visit Andaman is between October and May which constitutes summer and winter season in Andaman which is ideal for sightseeing and water sports activities.
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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