Andaman & Nicobar Tourism

Andaman & Nicobar Tourism


About Andaman & Nicobar

Andaman & Nicobar

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a Union Territory of India. This is a group of 572 islands, islets and rocks formed by a submarine mountain range in the Bay of Bengal, more than a 1000km from the east coast of India. The islands form an arc over a distance of 800km, from near Myanmar towards Indonesia.

 

The original inhabitants of the islands are many tribal groups. Over the last century due to the policy of settling people from mainland India here, the indigenous tribes are facing extinction. These tribes belong to two groups: the Onge, Sentinelese, Jarawa and Andamanese of Negroid descent inhabit Andaman islands, while the Shompen and Nicobarese live in Nicobar Islands. Non-Indian nationals need permits to visit Andaman Islands while the Nicobar Islands are inaccessible to tourists.

 

The Andaman Islands are divided into South, Middle and North Andaman. The islands are important for their unique ecosystem and are known for their evergreen tropical rainforest, corals, fishes and other marine life. Port Blair is the capital, the main town and the tourist hub in these islands.

 

In Port Blair the Cellular Jail was part of the British penal settlement during their rule in India and is now a national monument. The Chatham Saw Mill is one of the oldest and largest saw mills in Asia. Mount Harriet is the second highest peak in Andaman Islands and ideal for trekking and bird watching. Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park at Wandoor comprises 15 islands and offers a rich variety of marine life and activities like snorkeling and glass bottomed boat rides. Andaman Water Sports Complex is under repairs after the damage due to the tsunami in 2004. It offers water surfing, skiing, water scooters, etc.

 

Havelock Island is known for the Radhanagar Beach and for scuba diving, snorkeling and mangrove creeks. From here one can visit other islands like Neil Island and Long Island. Baratang, Rangat, Mayabandar and Diglipur are known for their unspoilt beaches.

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Monmohan Rajbongshi

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  • Monmohan Rajbongshi
  • Lives in Guwahati
  • 3 Reviews
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"Fantastic family destination" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Last October we visited Andaman Islands. It is better than what our idea was about the island. One Mr. Mazid, BE Mech, the tour mngr of Chaukhat Bed & Breakfast was fantastic and one Mr. Pichai, the taxiwala made our stay for five nights memorable. Hey we love you. People there are so sober and helpful. Radhanagar beach in Havelock is simply unique. Guys book your hotels scheduling itineraries and air tickets and proceed. No need to take package. This will be cheaper. No worry, the islands are safe & can be managed on your own. Don't ignore to advance book ferry tickets to Havelock.
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Sabita Mishra

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  • Lives in Bhubaneswar
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"An adventurous trip" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
This year in January , our destination was Andaman & Nicobar but somewhere in back of my mind was "hey where is Kala Pani, Kala pani?", but I went for search in google found many more adventure things in Andaman. Also we planned carefully because two small kids were with us.

My tour package was like

Day 1 - Pick up and Cellular Jail Light and Sound Show Cellular Jail is drenched in colonial and political history.
Day 2 - City sightseeing trip
Day 3 - Port Blair to Havelock Island and Kalapathar Beach
Day 4 - Scuba Diving in Havelock and Radhanagar beach
Day 5 - Elephant beach
Day 6 - Havelock to Port Blair
Day 7 - Airport Drop

Accommodation was really wow. Activities that we did was Scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, sailing, glass bottom boat rides and sea excursions . Agatti is where you can get to watch nature at its best. It's where sparkling coral reefs, turquoise blue lagoons, silvery beaches, lush green coconut palms and unmatched hospitality leave you fascinated.
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Rati

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  • Lives in Chandigarh
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"A very Beautiful Place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It's a very beautiful place in India. In Andaman there are many places to hang around. I had a lifetime experience of scuba diving at north bay island. Rose island is also fantastic. Journey from Portblair to Havelock Island in a ship is awesome and a wonderful experience.
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Arunroy Thattil

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  • Lives in Thrissur
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"A good destination" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
September to november was the right time to holiday here. Travellers who likes the beaches would like the destination. Cellular jail and marine beach is the most good place here. Nobody should miss this place. We get almost all the fish food items here especially different types of prawn dishes. In beaches we shall try water rides.
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Mayur Chaudhuri

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"One place you ought to visit before you die"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
To be honest, Andaman and Nicobar islands is one of the most beautiful places on the face of the earth if not the face of our subcontinent. You need at least 10 days to tour it well. You go either by flight (quick) or by cruise ships ( more costly). I went last year October with my family and friends and it is till date my best trip ever. We took our flight from Kolkata to Andaman airport. Around 50 minutes to 1 hour long flight. Heard so much before leaving for Andamans. Saw much more than heard. There are various small islands which make a group of islands popularly known as the Andaman and Nicobar islands, Neil island and Ross island (the best tourist spot in the whole of the Andaman islands).

The trip was a bit on the costlier side. 2 lakhs approx for 8 people over 10 days. October was actually mid monsoon and mid winter season then last year at the andamans and the seas were rough *_* scuba diving snorkelling you mention it, I did it :D its just like you see in Nat geo. Dreams do come true. This trip is probably one of the best things that my dad has ever gifted me :) parrot fishes, urchins. The great blue whale skeleton in the museum at Andaman, huge waves much bigger than you get at anywhere in India. Will always be cherished. Not to forget the makruzz cruise which is like the cruise that Hollywood movies flaunt off :P and to be very honest its a hunting ground for fish lovers. So many fish delicacies *_* though we could not sea walk due to the rough weather I had my fill of "never ending memory" via the scuba diving and the snorkelling. Scuba is around 5 k per head while snorkelling will only cost u 0.5k per head. Glass boats are there too for the faint hearted :D the feeling that u get when your snorkelling and a huge gang of parrot fishes come and take the bread crumbs from your palm.. Is beyond imagination. One thing I will tell you. This trip will be a bit costly. But its worth skipping two big trips. Lovely beaches, coconuts, and a funfest for any sea fauna lover. Will again visit soon. Cheers!!
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Navneetha

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  • Lives in Delhi
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"A nice location"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Overall, Andaman Nicobar Island is very nice from nature's point of view. What could be better in most of the hotels where we stayed was food. All were serving standard North Indian dishes and not seafood dishes, which was a let down for us.

Very nice beaches and good location (at Havelock) for scuba.
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Ashok Saxena

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  • Lives in Ghaziabad
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"Perfect for an internet free holiday"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It was a leisure trip gifted by me to my son & daughter-in-law on their 8th Anniversary & it was also birthday of my daughter-in la- on the same day. The best time to visit Andaman & Nicobar is Mid Nov onward. The hotel in Port blair we stayed Megapod was a govt property & was very nice & at Havelock our hotel was Symphony Palm Beach Resort with its own beach, best beach resort. In Havelock, you may enjoy scuba diving in havelock, there is a local all type food centre in port blair to enjoy the food, which is not available in hotels, if you want to enjoy all type of north indian, sea food on very reasonable cost you must visit, the name I am forgetting at this moment, you may ask local taxi or scooter driver, he will drop you there, the most enjoyable thing in Port Blair is 2 Hrs evening trip on Floating Rest for dinner & musical eve.
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amitesh

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  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Breathtaking visit of Andaman & Nicobar"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We booked 6 days 5 nights package (21st Mar to 26th Mar) of Breathtaking Andaman with Baratang Island from Yatra. The package was inclusive of flights ex-chennai. We were very eager to board the flight from Chennai to Andaman (Spicejet) which was right on schedule and reached Andaman (2hr flight). A Yatra representative was waiting for us with a vehicle, and as soon as he spotted us we were whisked away to the hotel DRIFTWOOD in Port Blair. The staff were courteous and it was a speedy check-in. We had a lavish lunch and then went to the Cellular Jail also known as Kaala Pani, is a National Monument and is well preserved. I was awestruck with the stark reality of the jail. It was a touching moment and quite emotional when one witnesses the cells which are very small & suffocating, and the room where the martyrs were hanged. The Freedom fighters bore all the barbarism to get freedom & Independence. At the sound & sight show in the evening narrated by actor OM PURI while listening to the role of the freedom fighters, everyone becomes emotional and gets carried to the bygone era with moist eyes as we felt the brutalities that were perpetrated on the Indians. It is a must for every tourist, no one should miss it. (Ticket for Camera must be purchased; cellular jail is closed on Mondays).

Day 2 : We visited the Baratang Island to see the LIMESTONE CAVES which is a wondrous creation of nature, but the journey is too arduous but worth all the length of trouble one goes through in reaching the island and caves. The tourists have to be ready by 3:00 am, a vehicle picks you up and takes you to the area from where the Reserve forest starts(this is roughly one hour drive, then the vehicles are parked one behind the other so that all the convoy of cars proceed into the reserve forest with police escort. The gates of the forest open at 6. 00 am. Refreshment stalls are there where one can have hot tiffins like idlis, vadas, puris, tea and coffee. We refreshed ourselves and had a hearty breakfast and packed some tiffins also for lunch. The drive through the reserve forest is approximately for one hour, no vehicle is allowed to overtake the other and the speed is 20 km. The reserve forest is inhabited by the JARAWA Tribe and if luck favours one can see them, through the window of the car. (Luck favoured us and we saw a male, female and 3 small children of the Jarawa tribe) The rules are very strict, no car is allowed to stop or take photos. The car drive ends at Nilamber jetty, from where we were ferried (15 mts) to Baratang, from here we were shifted to speedboats and life jacket is a must and after 45mts in the sea through mangrove creeks and swamps with low lying branches, which reminds one of (ANACONDA movie scenes, a little bit scary but adventurous) reached the place where the limestone caves are situated. One has to walk for 1. 05 km to reach the caves. The path has got lot of tree stumps, stones, pebbles, and overhanging branches (steep incline & downhill) it tests your patience and must be very careful while walking or otherwise will stumble and sprain or twist your ankle(I walked this arduous journey with a sprained knee!!!).

The fatigue, tiredness vanishes at the the sight of the caves which takes your breath away and as one proceeds deep into the caves it is a wondrous feeling. It is dark inside and one has to switch the cell phone on to see the creations of nature. Only some caves are open. The ones deeper inside are closed to the public. We spent glorious movements admiring the formations which have taken many shapes, took some snaps and turned back for our journey back to Port Blair (again walk back 1. 05 km to the speedboat, then cross all the mangrove forest, creek, swamps, then into the ferry, reach jetty, then again to the spot where the vehicles are parked, then through the reserve forest to the hotel in Port Blair) The journey is tiring, exhaustive, thrilling and adventurous. Lots of food and water must be carried, as not much is available on the way. Barathang Island is closed on Mondays.

Before leaving Barathang the tourists are taken to see the Mud valcano which is 15 mts from the Jetty, here also one has to climb up and then again climb down. After all this one gets too tired. After that getting into the car every one dozes off. ( one full day is needed for Barathang trip).

Day 3 : We visited the Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex where we indulged in some water sports activities. Afterwards we went for SEA WALK at Sea Links (which is expensive but thrilling) We must wear a helmet over the head and climb down a ladder and into the sea, the staff of sea links are there with us and we walk under water and see the marine life of multicoloured fishes in different shapes and dimensions and it satiates your soul, being so close to nature. Then hired a glass bottomed boat and viewed the corals and beautiful marine life. This is a lifetime experience, and then went to ROSS ISLAND where there is nothing to see and enjoy, it is absolutely empty with a small shack as restaurant, (we felt that this could be avoided )Then after lunch to Corbyns Cove, it is again a beach where there are water sports and lots of small shops selling items made of sea shells. We went on a spending spree and bought trinkets for friends. Soon after sunset back to the hotel.

Day 4 : We were taken on a cruise in a ship by name MACRUZ to Havelock Island. From Port Blair to Havelock is 2 hrs. The ship is too good with neat interiors and seating arrangements and there is a cafe inside the ship where fresh bakery products, snacks, juices, aerated water available which has to be bought. From the window one can see the vast expanse of water as far as the eye can see and the famous proverb comes to the mind (water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink). It was an exhilarating experience.

After embarking from the ship, another Yatra representative was there with the vehicles and takes you to the hotel for check in. After check-in to HOTEL KINGDOM (which was moderate)we went to the site for SCUBA DIVING. The scuba gear is given, with instructions. One diver is there to guide you and Lo!!! You are there in the water and you are taken 25 mts below sea level to see the corals and the varieties of marine life. Underwater pictures and video is given to the tourists. It is also a lifetime experience. For more than 45 minutes you enjoy the diving and out of the water, back to hotel, lunch and a brief rest then around 4:00 pm. To Radhanagar Beach. It is a clean beach and we spent considerable time playing in the waves and around 6:00 pm. Everyone gets into the vehicle, back to the hotel and rest.

Day 5 : The next day boarded the ship MACRUZ once again around 10:00 am. And back to Port Blair around 12:00 noon. The Yatra rep with the vehicle was there once again and back to Hotel Drifthood, lunch and then to Chatam Saw Mill, Museum visits(Sagarika & Anthropological museums) and by the time one finishes the tour it becomes dark and back to the hotel. We packed our bags as it was our last night, in Andamans.

Day 6 : Around 10. 00 am we vacated the hotel and proceeded to the Airport. The Yatra representative bid us goodbye and we thanked him and his team for a pleasant stay) (The Yatra team comprising of PRASHANT, Anurag, Kiran & Tashi were splendid in their endeavours to make the stay of the tourists comfortable)

Boarded the flight and after 2 hrs back to Chennai, and from Chennai to Hyderabad by another flight (Indigo) and then home.

It was a memorable, splendid and exhilarating trip and we enjoyed it to the hilt.
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"A place with beauty, masti, adventure, and comfort."

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This is the destination that can be opted for honeymoon, family visit, or for a group visit but the visit should be planned in advance and there are so many things that should be taken care of. As there are some destination that require permission and advance booking. So if anyone is planning to go there just read the reviews of the visitors and plan your trip yourself as taking a package would not be a good idea as they will not give you any time to relax. It is a small place and limited destination to visit so just plan yourself how you want to spend your holidays there.
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  • Lives in Surat
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"Live natrual life here in heaven"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Andaman is one of the most amazing place one must ever visit in life. The experience of scuba diving, snorkelling, sea walk are awesome. One can only really experience the life under sea in Andaman. It is such a place where one can really relax without any tension of life. It was a great place to visit, very peaceful. Water is super clear at jolly buoy and North bay. Cellular Jail architect is too good. Children enjoyed a lot there. Baratang caves very simply awesome. Weather was very good in January.
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