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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Dhwani bhavsar

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"Foreign destination feel yet a part of India" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Initially, We have not considered this place. We were confused between Dubai/Vietnam. Later on, We've dropped both the places, Dubai for thinking "Not for great Honeymoon place" ( I know sound silly) and Vietnam for Food issues as we both are vegan. So We have chosen Andaman as our Honeymoon destination!!

Blue sea water, Scuba Diving, Clean beaches and Freedom fighter's history that's all we knew initially about this place. After visiting this beautiful place, I came to know about How to Welcome Guest gesture, How to treat your customer lesson, How to be a Good citizen from Local citizen of Andaman.

You can't categorize this place for one single type, It's suitable for anything like Honeymoon, Family trip, Friends g2g, Adventure, Solo, Relax, Heritage, Break up, "To find yourself" trip etc.

ANDAMAN : If you love beaches, Then This is a MUST VISIT PLACE, Also You will find good sport activities like Snorkeling, Scuba diving and Sea walk as Water is quite clean and get to see different types of Sea animals, Corals and fishes.

We have covered Port blair (Capital of Andaman), Chidia tapu, Havelock Island, Neil Island, Ross and North bay island, Baratang island, Limestone cave during our trip, It's like 70% of south andaman in 6 Days.

Trip Schedule : (27th November to 3rd December)

Starting point : Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

1st day : We reached port blair around 1:45 pm, Checked into Megapode hotel -then headed to Chidiya tapu around 3:40 pm - reached there by 4:15 pm, It's a very good place for sunset view. Enjoyed the view - Clicked images - Around 5 it started getting dark which is quite unusual for us. Then we had coconut water and were quite surprise to see the size of that coconut as it was huge and one can't finish it easily.

Chidia tapu : Good place for sunset, relaxing and to have peaceful walk. You have to reach there before 4:30 pm as Sun sets quite early.

Don't forget your camera, You will get Good amount of DP stock. 28-30 km from Port blair.

Fair visit place.

Then We moved back to Port blair to see Light & sound show at Cellular Jail. We were quite excited about it as We were about to touch down the place whose stories we have read during our childhood time. Light and Sound Show was very good, goosebumps all over, Had tears in our eyes after knowing How our Freedom fighters went through and suffered during that time.

Cellular Jail light & sound show: It's for an hour where you will got to know about this place why, when and by whom it's been built.

Try to reach as early as possible there if you haven't collected ticket in advance.

No need to rush to grab front row seat as you will get to see everything from last row seat too!

FOOD : Then We went for Dinner at Annapurna restaurant as It's One of the Pure Veg restaurant among 4 places, Food was good but service was below average and quite costly in comparison to what they offer.

Then Our cab captain(Shekhar), Took us to Chatham Saw mill and one of the jetty where a big Cargo ship was decked.

Day 2 : Up and ready by 6 am to board a ship for Havelock island. We had specifically asked for Green Ocean Ferry as It's a ship and open where one can roam easily and moreover click beauty of nature in camera. Also, You can choose makruzz for Luxury. After witnessing Green ocean's journey I would say We had chosen the best option as You can step outside, you can go up stairs in the open area and enjoy the charismatic view, could see mountains, unknown beaches and early morning sun rays playing hide and seek with beautiful clouds. What more you can ask from Nature!!! ( Another spot to get FB/Insta/Whatsapp DP stock). Then Crew member has started playing Bollywood songs/Dance numbers and tourist has started Dancing on the tracks. It was quite a party mood moment. Reached Havelock around 10 am. Checked into Hotel Havelock Island Resort located at Govind Nagar beach. Beautiful room and best thing was hotel has it's private beach. Then Freshened up and got ready to visit "A Must visit place" Radha nagar beach. Reached there around 1:30 pm. Had coconut water and roadside Tasty Bhel. One incident took place where upon finishing our coconut water, vendor asked for the waste so he can dump it. We were quite amazed for seconds and started discussing about this actual "Swachh Bharat" thing and once we reached at the main attraction "The Beach" We got to know why this place is famous for it's cleanliness. This place deserves all praises, Ranks, awards for it's beauty, white sand, green mountains and blue sea. Everything is there.. Very Well maintained tourist hut, Small restaurant for lunch-snacks-high tea, Benches, Locker room, Changing room.. Nearly everything a tourist can ask for. We had lovely long walk by the beach, Clicked images, Selfies. Then Changed to get cold hug from beautiful sea waves.

Radha Nagar Beach : Do bring sunscreen lotion, umbrella, Hat/cap, Sunglasses, Extra pair of clothes in case you want to say hello to Sea water and Don't forget your camera, But let your eyes capture the view as it is so cinematic.

A MUST VISIT PLACE.

Then had tea and that roadside bhel on repetitive mode, Suddenly It started raining which lasted for couple of minutes. Then We got back to Hotel around 6 pm. Freshened up and went out to visit local market. Then we have started searching the one and only pure veg restaurant SHAKAHAAR located near Vijay nagar beach, Unfortunately It was closed due to maintenance, So ordered from Hotel cafe. After that visited Hotel's private beach. Sat there on bench, Open Sky full of stars, white colored small tides, cool breeze, sound of waves in peaceful environment and your loved one by your side.. What else you can ask from a vacation!! Then went to sleep in the excitement for Next day's scuba dive activity, An activity which was sitting in the wishlist since very long time!

3rd Day: Scuba dive center was just by the side of our hotel. Reached there at 7 am, got ready with dress and equipment, done with the instructions to follow by the trainer and the Moment has arrived. 15 to 20 feet deep down under the sea water, Diff types of fishes, corals, Live Sea shells, Star fish and suddenly our instructor pointed towards Orange-black thing, It's Nemo. 3-4 Nemo fishes near that sponge type coral. AMAZING!! Then we posed and got clicked by instructor. And that's how one task got checked successfully from the Wish list. It's a kind of meditation. Really, There is a different world inside the sea water.

Scuba Diving : A must do task. Make sure you choose good scuba dive center. It will be good if you bring water proof camera.

Then we got back to hotel around 9 am, Checked out from Hotel and headed towards Elephant beach through Speed boat, another thrilling ride, high tide and boat was roaring over the waves. We had done snorkeling over here - Paid one which was of around 30-40 minutes. Another must do task and yes had seen Nemo fish again.

Elephant beach : Must visit place It's famous for activities like Jet ski, Banana ride, Snorkelling. Here you will get complimentary snorkeling activity upon choosing speedboat / ferry to Elephant beach which was of 10 minutes, I would suggest go for paid one.

Got back to Havelock Jetty around 1:15 pm to catch a ferry for Neil Island, This time it's Coastal cruise by Makruzz as Makruzz and Govt. Ferry is the only option for this route. During this journey we faced high tide. As per Crew it's normal but for us it's very unusual and scary, Around 70% travelers had gone through sea sickness situation. Ferry was actually going up and then down because of high tide. After 2 hours of long journey, We finally reached to Neil island around 4 pm which is famous for Corals. Blue/Green sea water, from the jetty only we have started seeing dead corals. Checked-in to Hotel Tango beach resort located at Lakshmanpur beach( Sea facing), Without wasting time, We went out to see sunset which was quite near to hotel as We were started following Andamand Time zone which includes early sunset and early sunrise. That beach was quite peaceful and very less crowded. Spent another "We" moment there. Then got back to hotel room. Had dinner at Hotel restaurant only as there is not any Pure veg rest in Neil island. You can't go out once it's dark as This island is very small and population is also very less. So won't find much options out there.

We actually enjoyed our hotel stay there as after 8 we had nothing to do unless planning for next day's dress selection :P.

Neil Island: It's famous for Corals and clean blue sea water. Bharatpur beach is quite famous, Here you can have water sport activities too. This place is quite a remote area so you might not find cell phone coverage, No internet at all except Airtel.

If you want privacy, Away from chaos, peace and blue sea then this is the best place for you. And if you have less time and want to cover diff places other than beaches then you can avoid this place. Personally we liked it. Suggest you to choose comfortable hotel as this is the only island where you will get time to rest into your hotel room.

4th day : Went to Bharatpur beach around 9:30 am( Here you can visit Sitapur beach for Sunrise which we have avoided). During the run towards Bharatpur beach, We got to know that population of this island is around less than 5000 only. Everyone knows each other. Resits here. It was reminding of a cartoon named "Make way for Noddy" where he was living on a small island knowing everyone:-) After reaching Bharatpur Beach, we had settled our luggage and went to take a walk by the beach. There were many stalls available for shopping, We did shop from neil. Things are cheaper in Neil than Havelock and Port Blair except Transportation. Here, We had spent time with camera a lot. Then we had taken glass bottom ride. Witnessed rain. Bought t shirts with Andaman print over it. You can do bargain with vendors but don't do it as this is the only way of earning for them. Then After 1 pm, We went to visit natural bridge which is located at another end of neil island. Here We got to see different kind of Live corals, Dead corals, Coral bridge which is the main attraction of this place, Bridge made by dead corals. Found Starfish, Sea cucumber, Big colorful crabs and diff kind of sea animals. At 3 pm, We went to Jetty to catch ferry for Port blair. Again, We faced high tide and bit up down moments. Reached Port blair by 6:45 pm. Checked into hotel, Went for dinner at Vegan-Creek Pure veg restaurant. Good food and service, Reasonable price better than Annapurna restaurant.

5th Day : Reached Aberdeen jetty around 9:15 am to catch ferry for North Bay & Ross Islands. 20 minutes run from Port blair to North bay island, then 15 minutes run from North bay to Ross island and 10 minutes run from Ross to port blair. Reached North bay island around 10:45 am as ferry was running quite late. During the run, Crew member mentioned that at North bay island, There is a famous Lighthouse whose photo is printed on 20 rupees Indian currency note. It was started getting visible now. Bought some more shirts with andaman prints on it, Also bought Shankh (Shell) and pearls. We haven't opted any activities as we already had done it. However wanted to do Glass bottom ride in Australian boat but it was closed that day because of not enough clear visual inside water. So We chose to go near the Lighthouse which was 300 meters far from Beach. We went there clicked images and asked supervisor to go to the top of the light house. First Answer Was NO then there was another person from authority only request him saying "You should allow them, These guys have come from very far " and He replied to this person: " Really, Then I am OK only if you accompanied them" and another best moment just happened, We went to the top of the lighthouse whose picture is printed on 20 rs note and we were the first one and only tourist of that trip. After reaching the top level, The only thing I could say is Paradise view. Then we moved to ROSS island. Very small, Historic, Beautiful island. Found Deer, Rabbits, squirrel there. Faced unwanted Rain here.

North Bay : If you are done with the activities before reaching to North bay then you should avoid this island and directly take ferry to ROSS island As Lighthouse is visible from Ross island too and You might not allowed to go to the top of the lighthouse( We were lucky). It seemed Activities were cheap here compared to Havelock but not thrilling too.

ROSS island : A must visit place, Small but very attractive. Lots of history related to Britishers, Japanese and World war 2.

Then we got back to Port blair around 3:45 Pm. Then headed to Visit Cellular Jail tour till 5:15 pm. Then Checked out local shop and then dinner at Kattabomman another pure veg south Indian restaurant. In the end, Our Cab captain has asked us to get ready by 2:45 am for Baratang island. From the very first day we had been hearing lots of thing about local tribes, JARAWA was one of them. So wanted to see them and Baratang island route includes this tribe's.

6th Day : Got up and ready by 3 am (Always late), reached at the gate around 4:20 am, There were 5-6 vehicles already reached ahead of us. Had power nap till 5:45 am, Found there were long queue of vehicle behind our vehicle. Gate got opened at 6 am. Police vehicle at first and another police vehicle at last. Entered into Jarawa tribe's, It's 48 km run go through a Green jungle. Got to see jarawa Male during the run, Quite different, style but still human! Reached baratang island and then took ferry to visit limestone cave through Mangroves tree. This route was really thrilling. I was recalling Anaconda movie where they were going through ferry. Limestone cave was worth to visit. Then we went to visit Mud volcano which was later proven as Waste of Money and more importantly waste of time. Then we moved back to portblair through the same rough, in return, got to see Jarawa couple sitting near the roadside. Reached port blair around 3:45 pm.

Then we had chance to visit Samudrika Museum, However we picked Light and Sound show at ROSS island. Trust me, It was worth it and it was like thank god we have opted this otherwise we would have missed the best light and sound show. Reached at ROSS by 5 pm. Well scripted, Thrilling sound, rich graphics, Very well animated and perfect story line of Ross and andaman island. Don't MISS IT.

Got back to port blair, reached hotel and then went for local sight seeing by walk. Had dinner at IceSpicy pure veg restaurant which was last of the list.

7th day : Got ready by 6:30 am to catch a flight. Reached airport with heavy heart as not wanted to leave this paradise. How lucky We were to have something that makes us saying goodbye so hard. Final hand shake done with Cab Captain Shekhar after he finished "Take care sir, Ghar pahuch ke call karna! ". We were sad but happy too as we have gathered lots of memories and captured many beautiful moments. Met many individuals who are now friends.

Would like to thank Sucheta, Vikas((09679527880), Shekhar, Prashanto, Sandip sir (who suggested to attend Light & sound show at ROSS and now good friend), Anil (for helping us to find our cab) and all the local citizen for being so nice to us and making our trip so unforgettable.

PEOPLE OF ANDAMAN ARE REALLY VERY HONEST AND GENEROUS. IF POSSIBLE, PLEASE TIP THEM WITH BIG HEART AS TOKEN OF LOVE AND RESPECT.

We will surely come again to visit North Andaman:-)
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Ramana kumar Kasisomayajula

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"Best Beaches in India"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
A group of 573 islands with plenty of beaches. Though only few islands are accessible you can enjoy water and adventurous games. Especially Ross Island, Havelock and Neil islands have more activities like scuba diving, coral visits and water sports Museums in Portblair like Marine Museum, Anthropological Museum, Saw Mill are informative. Good old Cellular Jail is master piece.
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Raji Koshy

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"Andaman a great experience"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
If you travel to Andaman, do not forget to visit north Andaman, especially ross and smith island, its heaven on earth, travel when there is mild weather, not too much sunny or rainy. Carry food and water when you are in Ross and Smith. A great place for photography and holiday. I just loved the place.

Every location on Andaman is unique in its nature. I will have to write a Page each on every places. Not to forget Radhanagar beach, closes at 5 pm so make it early you need to spend a day.

Stayed at Andaman Pristine Resorts. An excellent place with good food, bar, great hospitality, private beach - really clean - campfire, ho great place.
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Gemini Rule

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  • Lives in Chennai
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"Wonderful Experience with ANDAMAN OCEANIC VENTURE GROUP"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Andaman is second heaven of India. One can enjoy Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Coral View from Glass bottom boat, Sun bathing at pristine beaches in Andaman. We have booked our travel through Andaman Oceanic Venture Group and they have made our journey really amazing and wonderful. We would recommend the Andaman Oceanic Venture Group for a safe and happy Journey.
Places to Visit: North Bay, Havelock Island, Neil Island, Cellular Jail, Mud Volcano at Baratang
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"Best in Budget Holiday"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 8, 2016
Andaman & Nicobar is the best holiday destination for Indians, I believe. That because of few major points, like 1. Very low cost compare to international destination. 2. Nature view is always better than any such international destination. 3. Pollution free weather, best for health 4. High rate enjoyment and relaxation as population is less. Only negative part is for shoppers, no such big size malls, marketing area, no such night life. This destination is best for nature lovers and adventures. Other than Neil island, Havelock island, Ross island, one must visit place is Diglipur, Ross & Smith island. Its awesome and comparable with any best international destination like Mauritius. Another must do thing is scuba diving, its cheaper here.
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Pritvi Kanchi

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"A Trip to Andaman and Nicobar Islands"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 23, 2016
I had been to Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the month of April 2016. Andaman and Nicobar islands are a must-visit in the tourism circuit of South India. The must-visit attractions around Andaman include the Neil Islands and the iconic Cellular Jail. The Neil Islands are a must-visit as one can enjoy the pristine beauty of the coral reefs, what with the Neil Islands being the coral capital of the Andaman. The Cellular Jail is also known as Kaala Paani. The Jail is a reminder of the Indian freedom struggle. The construction of this jail was started in 1896 and completed in 1906. This structure has 7 wings. Many freedom fighters like Batukeshwar Dutt and Veer Savarkar were done to death here by the british regime. Today, the cellular jail has been transformed into a hospital with 500 beds and 40 serving doctors.
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"Awesome place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 16, 2016
Awesome place where all can enjoy a lot.. Food is very tasty in nearby hotels.. We climb the mountain making fun of everyone and we enjoyed the most.. Raining at that time.. It makes us very happy and we still enjoyed.. September to December is good time to go.. This is my suggestion...
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"One of the Most beautiful places in INDIA"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 8, 2016
First doubt many people get when they hear about ANDAMAN is "Do I need Passport to travel to Andaman? "
Well the Answer is "NO", one doesn't need Passport to travel to Andaman.
There are 2 ways to reach Andaman
1. By Flight
2. By Ship (Cruise ships).
The 2nd options takes a bit of more time say 3-4 days and the boarding points are limited.
Either Chennai or Kolkatta.
The best time to visit Andaman is from October to March.
Port Blair is capital of Andaman and is a very beautiful and well maintained City.
These are the main places/attractions in Andaman:
1. Cellular Jail
2. Havelock Island
3. Neil Island
4. Scuba Diving/Sea Walking etc.
5. Marine Museum
6. Chatham Saw Mill
7. Water Sports etc
The beaches are very clean and the crowd too will be less.
There are very good hotels/resorts in Port Blair, Havelock islands and in other places too.
Overall a wonderful place.
Must Visit place for each and everyone.
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"Good destination"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 31, 2016
A visit to the Andamans once is a must to enjoy the seas. It is a different experience altogether. Water sports like scuba diving, sea walk, water scooter, surfing, bathing in the sea on the waves etc are not very common in India and one can do it there. Besides there is semi submarine which affords an opportunity to see the underwater fish. The water is also clean and clear. At some places the water has different colours which is a good sight.

Besides the sea front and sea sports is a pleasure for photography lovers. Underwater photos are also made available. Further underwater videos are also made available. So this destination is a photographers delight.

Historically the cellular jail is a very good attraction. The jail and the light and sound show give an opportunity to understand the atrocities which the Indian freedom fighters were subjected to by the western world. It creates a sense of anger in all Indian hearts towards the western world particularly the Britishers. It also inculcates a pride towards our freedom fighters who selflessly sacrificed their lives and personal happiness for the country.

Since tourism in this area is a comparatively recent development the tourist infrastructure is below average. Food quality and variety is average. Internal transport is below average. People are friendly. However the tribals are hostile and one needs to be careful not to antagonise them.

The airport is simple and checking in at times is not smooth as other bigger airports of India.

Nothing much to shop except corals. Prices of the same vary at different places. One is not allowed to pick up corals from the sea shore and carry them home.

The islands surrounding are very nice to visit. The Catamaran ride is good.
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"Heaven is here!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 6, 2016
The most beautiful island here, the water of Andaman is so so so clean and clear, you will feel like to stay more and more here, visit again and again. People are soo good here, perfect place for couples for their honeymoon, beaches are soo good, sea food is good too, family visit can also be done, must visit.
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