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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Akhila Nair
  • Akhila Nair
  • 1 Review

"A great destination" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted Yesterday
The overall experience was exhilarating. If it is a beach vacation that one is looking for this is a definitely a must visit place. There is the Cellular Jail and a good aquarium in Port Blair. There are 3 must see islands having one of the top ten beaches in Asia - Radhanagar beach.
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Sj Singh
  • Sj Singh
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 Reviews

"Fun, Sightseeing & Adventure, It is Andaman & Nicobar" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
A trip to Port Blair & its beaches & islands is a fun, full of adventure. I visited in last May'14. We enjoyed the local market, The Gurdwara, The jail. Of course this heritage site & its show, reminded us the sacrifices and sufferings the freedom fighters faced during their term here.

The adventure was in sea sports like Scooty ride, Sofa ride, Motor boat riding in the sea. The thumps of waves during these rides forces you to forget the fast life of Delhi.

The snorkelling at Jolly buoy island & Scuba diving at Ross Island made us discover the underwater world. Though seemingly scary to dive underwater for 20-25 feet in scuba diving but frankly It is worth to do & safe also. You need not know swimming for this. The cruise ride to Havelock & enjoy the best beech Radhasagar is worth staring & bathing in sea. Time always run short in admiring the beauty of this beach.

The best part is the locals speak & understand Hindi nicely. Of course Don't forget to admire the islands from the plane. They look awfully beautiful. If Kashmere is heaven on Earth, it is not less enjoyable at any cost. Wish to adventure again.
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Tanmoy Mukherjee
  • Tanmoy Mukherjee
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 1 Review

"The best place to relax and have a lifetime experience" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
I was really in a dilemma. I couldn't make up mind and decide a place to visit with my family. However after reading others travelogues and a lot of head scratching, I finally decided to take my family to Andaman Islands. I booked our flight 1 month in advance and the hotel bookings 2 weeks before our scheduled departure.

DAY 1: So 19th October morning saw us board the flight (Kolkata-Port Blair). We had our breakfast during the two hour transit wait at the airport. We reached Port Blair at 11 am. The view from the sky before you land itself is breathtaking. Andaman islands look like a diamond surrounded by the blue sea covered by fluffy white clouds.

The Airport is a quaint facility with not much hustle-bustle. Out side the airport you will face a plethora of cab drivers (as it happens in all tourist places in India) asking you where to take you. After fixing a price of Rs. 100 we reached our place at port Blair Megapode camping resort. It's a government resort situated on a cliff overlooking the sea. AC rooms Rs. 2000 per day. The view outside the rooms is awesome and you get a nice breeze from the sea if you sit outside. The room was dome shaped and was spacious clean and simple. The only negative point is that it is situated 4 km away from the city centre so rickshaws wont be available easily but you can always ask the manager to get one for you.

We had a great lunch consisting of Murgh makhani, rotis and jeera pulao. After a siesta we headed to explore the local market. We went to Aberdeen market and then went to Cellular jail to see the light and sound show ( Rs. 40 per person) which gives an insight to the history and freedom struggle in the Andamans. It will surely make you realize why it was called Kalapani and that because of the efforts of our freedom fighters we are enjoying a good life today. Dinner at our hotel consisted of mutter pulao, malai prawns curry, beer and cold drinks ( bill Rs. 750). I sat in front of our dome, overlooking the sea with a nice breeze blowing. Just imagine sitting outside your rooms with your loved ones, listening to gentle breeze, looking into sunset and cool breeze ruffling your hair. This is how life should be, I thought. That very moment I have made up my mind that this is one place I am definitely coming back with my wife when I get married.

Day 2: The next morning we went to Rajiv Gandhi jetty (also called Aberdeen jetty) to get tickets to go to Ross islands (ferry ticket Rs. 75, Entry fee Rs. 20 per person and camera fee Rs. 10). It's a 20 minute ride by ferry and is a beautiful island with deer, peacocks and ducks walking around you. It was the capital of Andamans during the British Raj. However, all the structures like the church, water plant are now in ruins but the natural beauty is quite amazing and the island is kept clean and is dotted with coconut trees. You can take great photos here on account of the scenic beauty it provides. The entire island can be covered within two hours. There are full day trips to Ross, North bay and Viper islands but the North bay island is now dirty and mainly used as a site for water sports while Viper Island was the place where prisoners were hanged and the only place to see is the gallows which are now in ruins.

After Ross Island we went to Cellular jail again, this time to view the beauty of the place. Our guide was knowledgeable (Rs. 100 for guide, entry fee Rs. 10) and when he took us to the cell where Veer Sawarkar stayed, it literally gave me goose bumps. It is now a heritage site and only three out of the seven tours which were built are present now. The view from top of the towers was good and we could see the entire stretch of Port Blair and also see Ross island. They also have a good museum which shows the history of cellular jail. We had lunch at Icy Spicy (at Junglighat) which is a veg restaurant and was recommended in the travelogues. It did live up to the expectations. We also went to the anthropological museum which gives insight about the history of the different tribes in the Andamans. It's worth a miss. After a siesta (it gets hot even in November end) we had nice walk upto Corbyn's cove beach, listening to the waves and watching the sunset.

DAY 3: Next morning 8:30 saw us arrive at Phoenix jetty to catch The Makruzz to go to Havelock islands (when we had booked, the premium tickets Rs. 700 per person now it is Rs. 1400). Tickets can be booked via agents only. The catamaran is of international standards and it reaches Havelock in 1.5 hours compared to the government ferry which takes 2.5 hours with its bumpy ride. We had booked an AC room (Rs. 2500 per day) at Eco Villa Palm Resort which was quite decent and is at a 15 minutes ride from the jetty. Havelock itself is a quaint old village type island ( much like Goa) where tourists roam about on rented 2 wheelers. The sea was 100 m from our room and we immediately hit the water. Lunch consisted of chicken lollipop, prawns fried rice and paneer butter masala (bill Rs. 450). In the evening, we went to explore the village.

Havelock market square is a small cute little bustling place which is centrally located. We also had to go to Dive India where we had our Scuba diving session the next morning (Rs. 4, 500 per person). I was pretty excited about it. Dive India has its base in Island Vinnie's, we chatted with Shekhar one of the instructor who told us to be there by 7. 30 am. We had dinner at the Venom which had good music and ambiance. Dinner was good but on the expensive side. (Chilli chicken, French fries, cold drinks cost Rs. 1150).

DAY 4: The next day after having breakfast (toast butter jam with fried eggs) we hired TVS Scotty from Eco Villa (Rs. 300 per day. At the Havelock market you can get it for Rs. 200) and reached Dive India at 7. 30 am. My brother and I were about to try this out while our parents decided to stay away from water. Our instructor gave us a briefing about the signs to be used, the function of each part of the scuba gear and the technique needed for scuba diving. This was my first experience in scuba diving. And oh boy it was awesome. I will tell you one thing, many people are scared to try this out like my parents.. But trust me it's totally safe and it's an experience of a lifetime. The flora and fauna that you get to see down there is simply breathtaking.

Overall, I would say that if you want to spend a few days in the lap of nature this is THE place to visit.
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Kuladeep Burman
  • Kuladeep Burman
  • 1 Review

"My dream come true destination" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
The beauty at its best with the clean beaches and amazing atmosphere to enjoy. Great holiday destination to spend so as to soothe one self from the daily chaos and busy life. The sea food is wonderful and delighting. The visit to the southernmost tip of India gives an wonderful feeling to be at the farthest point of the mainland. The coral reefs are the next best attraction
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Sandhya
  • Sandhya
  • Lives in Pune
  • 2 Reviews

"Beautiful nature but not so nice places and people" new review

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Let me first write about destination. You cannot visit Nicobar Islands. Port Blair does not have any other attractions than the Cellular Jail. The Sound n Light show is terrible. We walked out after 45 minutes. Havelock, Radhanagar are beautiful beaches, green forests, blue water, etc. Safe place and no crime record. We walked the roads at midnight even if there were no road lamp posts.

But no good arrangements for tourists. Too many power cuts. We faced 2 hours daily power cut from 11 am to 1 pm and some more in evenings and then TVs do not get signals for long. Government needs to do lot more.

Too many Cockroaches on the ferries carrying people to and from Port Blair. Too many flies and mosquitoes all over. Locals are out to fleece tourists. Autowalas tell that the meter system does not work there so they quote exorbitant prices. Similar with hotels and resorts.

We had to change from a top class new Resort - Coral Reef which started in Jan this year because AC was not working, bathroom door could not be opened, big cockroach ran over my head early morning while I was sleeping.

Silver Sands was an expensive but good resort and had good food. We did not have network for 6 days of our stay. They have issues with it, they say!!

People eat Pan or beetle nut all the time and spit anywhere. Concept of Swachh Bharat needs to be vehemently reinforced here.
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Mohit Anand
  • Mohit Anand
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 2 Reviews

"PERFECT GETAWAY- INTERNET FREE LIFE" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
A must visit place, atleast once in a lifetime do go there. The air there is so fresh, that it makes us realise how polluted our cities are. One gets to see the scenic beauty of nature. The peace and tranquility will give you the solace we always wanted. Do visit havelock and neil island. You can do scuba diving, snorkeling or sea walking or a glass bottom boat ride.

Anju koko is the best place for food at havelock island. Neil is peaceful and secluded. You can see full havelock island by just hiring a two wheeler. It just costs 350-400 rupees a day. Neil can be seen around by hiring cycles.
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Aditi Juneja
  • Aditi Juneja
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 photo
  • 7 Reviews

"Awesome vacation at the Andamans" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Andaman is a must visit for all the beach lovers. The first thing you will notice about the place from the flight is the vast number of islands. They are 300 in total, but all of them are not free to visit including Nicobar island. The water is absolutely clear and till about 400 metres the water is only at waist level, so a perfect place to swim. Activities not to be missed are Scuba Diving at Neil Island. Under Sea Walk at any island can be done as it is done in an enclosed area under water. Sea food is recommended. One must carry a mosquito repellent and be prepared to encounter all sorts of reptiles including the Emerald Gecko.
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Srishti Srivastava
  • Srishti Srivastava
  • Lives in Allahabad
  • 1 Review

"Amazing Experience" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Andaman is a place full of beaches and such great resorts. I spent four days there and it was amazing. The city was very clean and people very friendly. To top it all.. The food was great there. You can find all kinds of sea food as well as north + south Indian food. The most amazing experience was of the night cruise. It is a must try!!
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Nandini Sen
  • Nandini Sen
  • Lives in Noida
  • 1 Review

"A Perfect Honeymoon Destination and Beach Experience" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Andaman Nicobar Islands is a perfect place for people looking for exotic clean and clear beaches with a taste of Natural Beauty. Right from varieties of Sea Food to Water Adventure Activities there is a plenty of options which keeps you busy all along your stay. RadhaNagar Beach, Havlock Island being among the Top 10 beaches of Asia is going to take your breath away with it's serene beauty, Neil Island is absolutely blue and crystal clear to get an amazing experience of scuba diving, snorkeling, Glass bottom ride and other water sports.

You get to eat those colorful and exotic lobsters, prawns and other sea fishes at any small dhaba or food outlet.

People out there are absolutely cool and so humble. Common Language spoken there is Hindi, Bengali and Telegu.

Away from all chaos it's a place for relaxations and adventure.

The Ross Island and Cellular Jail in Port Blair is something worth watching for History lovers.

Actually All Age group of people have something to have a wonderful stay at adaman as you gte good Beach Relaxation, Adventure, Nature, Peace, Piece of Art n Culture of Local Tribes and History.

Best time to Travel is Nov-March. But Off season surprises you too. Just avoid any Extreme weather forecast conditions.
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Ashish kumar Chakraborty
  • Ashish kumar Chakraborty
  • Heritage seeker
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 4 Reviews

"A nice place to visit" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It was a very good experience in entire Andaman. Sea water was in differentt colour and changing from time to time. The places to visit are Cellular jail, light & sound, meuseum, different beaches, particularly Neil Island, Radhanagar beach in Havloc Island, Ross Island, Scuba diving, lime stone cave, rubber plantation, mad volcano, Jarwa, cruise, Coral and natural Coral bridge, different types and colours of fish and many more.
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