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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Siddhant Chowdhry
  • Siddhant Chowdhry
  • 4 Reviews

"Excellent sea activities and nature's beauty" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
One of the best places I have ever visited in my entire life. If one has to reach there, then he has to resort to travel via Air. Andaman and Nicobar is surrounded by beaches and sea which add up to its beauty. I visited the city at end of the year which is the best time to visit, weather was very good. There is a Radha Nagar beach which is Asia's 2nd number beac. I had a great time there with my family.

In Andaman Islands there lives tribal called Jarawa who occupies 50 km of the land. If you want to see mud volcano then you have to pass through that area. The entry to that area opens up at 8 am up to 3 pm. Car and bike riders goes with police security.

There is a Havelock Island, when you visit there you must play water sports over there. I did underwater diving, what a experience it was to have a close look of sea animals. I even did see Nemo. Overall, the experience was awesome. An advice to the travellers will be that carry a sunburn lotion with you, weather can change any time.
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Kedar Mukherjee
  • Kedar Mukherjee
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 2 Reviews

"Wonderful Andaman and an unforgettable experience" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Best part of the tour is the amazing place, best beaches and amazingly clean water.

Must visit places are the Cellular Jail (Light & sound show), Havelock Island in particular Radhanagar beach, Sea Walk, Elephant beach, Baratang trip and Limestone Cave Trip.

Anyone who goes to Andaman generally visit Havelock. But we would strongly recommend a session of Sea Walk. It will be a life time experience.

Worst Moments of the trip : Kalapathar Beach in Havelock- Huge disappointment. 1 full day for this beach was a complete waste of time. The beach does not have place to sit. Of course, swimming or bathing was not allowed in Kalapathar Beach. Due to bad weather we could not visit Ross Island and Coral Island. This is a problem in Andaman, weather can be a big spoil sport. Return trip from Havelock to Port Blair: Due to bad sea, we had a nightmare experience.

Caution for all: We went through Anandaman Island arranged Package tour. Be careful of them. They only proposed Kalapathar beach trip. Imagine we had checkout the hotel in the morning at 10 am and then entire day on the road. You can spend max 1 hour in Kalaphathar. Havelock is not a place to go around and see many places. When we called them, they did not even pick up the phone. Next day due to bad weather our program got cancelled. We were asked to be ready by 7:30 am, after that I called several times and only at 9:30 they told us the program is cancelled and we would be taken to an alternate location and the car came at 11:30. I would strongly advise to avoid such scrupulous tour operator. There are others well known ones, may be little expensive but more reliable and will give value for money.
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Purabi Das
  • Purabi Das
  • Lives in Guwahati
  • 2 Reviews

"An amazing place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Andaman is one of the most amazing place one must ever visit in life. The experience of scuba diving, snorkeling, sea walk are awsome. 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.
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Rakhi
  • Rakhi
  • Flashpacker
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 3 Reviews

"Awesome place to relax with family" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I had been here with my husband, brother and my parents and it was a an amazing vacation. We were there for a week and we enjoyed every second of it. Beaches there are so beautiful specially Elephanta beach which was my personal favourite because it was a great place to do water activities and just relax. We stayed there for a long time and we did not feel like leaving it. Just loved it. Radhanagar beach was also very good and we had so much fun there with the high tides and beautiful sunset. Overall a very nice experience and would love to plan and visit again.
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Piyush's Jainism
  • Piyush's Jainism
  • Lives in Gwalior
  • 2 Reviews

"Heaven on earth" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
I wrote its a heaven as its surrounded by sea. There are very nice places like havelock, rose island, jail. It was splendid, I just don't feel like leaving from this place. Nice tourist facility there persons are too good, one most attractive this is there are 0% crime, you will feel safer.
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Atul Gupta
  • Atul Gupta
  • Lives in Bahadurgarh
  • 4 Reviews

"Perfect place with lot of peace"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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. We saw Jarva while going through the jungle. Weather was very good in January.
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Manjunath Sr
  • Manjunath Sr
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

"Lot more activities"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Scuba Dives, snorkeling, Speed Boats, Clear beaches (Especially Radha Nagar Beach). Heart touching patriotic light & sound show at Andaman jail, Tasty fish fries, Good drives on rented bikes. Island to island connectivity through ferry's. Interactions with well cultured people, Coral shopping.
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Promita Maitra
  • Promita Maitra
  • 16 photos
  • 7 Reviews

"For all the sea-lovers"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
A place for sea or beach lovers, and even if you do not love them, you will surely start loving them after you spend a week in Andaman islands. Color of the sea, texture of the beaches, exquisite sunrise and sunsets, unforgettable journey - all these things sum up in an once in a lifetime trip.
Must-visit places: Samudrika, Gandhi Park, Cellular Jail, Chatham Saw Mill, Marine Museum, Corbyn's Cove beach, Ross Island, Jolly Buoy Island, Wandoor Beach, Baratang, Mud Volcano, Limestone Cave.
In Neil Island: Bharatpur, Sitapur, Natural Bridge. In Havelock Island: Radhanagar Beach internationally famous for the sand. Do not miss the sunset here, Kalapathar Beach, Dolphin Resort (Try to stay here). If you are staying for more than a week, consider visiting Maya Bandar and Rangat
Activities: You can get involved in a lot of activities here like snorkeling, ride in a glass bottom boat, speed-boating, scuba diving etc.
Advice: Try consulting a local tourist-guide beforehand. It will save you a lot of trouble regarding tickets and permits, plus it saved a bit of our pocket too.
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Souvik Das
  • Souvik Das
  • 1 Review

"True Beauty of Nature"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
The seas, the corals, the island that twisted 360 degrees vertically makes this place just so awesome! The ever brightening blue seas, contrasting the golden sand, just looks like heaven. The hotels, the meals, the cottages, the boat rides, the heritage, the tribals, the only active volcano in India and topology of the region, are amazing!
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Ruchi Modi
  • Ruchi Modi
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 6 Reviews

"Best place to visit"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It is just too good place to visit once. The best destination in india. I am sure if you will visit port blair you will feel like you are visiting some foreign country. It was the best experience. All the places like andaman jail, beaches, museum all are too good and one should go atleast once in lifetime. Food was also good, delicious and easily available.
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