Andaman & Nicobar Tourism

Andaman & Nicobar Tourism

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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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Lavanyavasan

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  • 1 Review
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"Awesome place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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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Ajith G a

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  • Ajith G a
  • Lives in Bengalooru
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"One of the Most beautiful places in INDIA"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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Rk raje .

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  • Rk raje .
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Good destination"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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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Manthan Vakil

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  • Manthan Vakil
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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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Suraj Laddha

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  • Suraj Laddha
  • Lives in Sangli
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"One of the best tourist place in India"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 2, 2016
It is wonderfull place for tourist. There are many islands and one of the best Island is Havelock, specially for honeymoon lovers and for an adventurous life like scuba diving, water sports. Beautiful beaches, especially radhanagari beach. Major centre of attraction here is ghanta ghar near to main market, Cellular jail, and stream boat riding is wonderful which is also very reasonable, also we can see coral and fishes in deep sea, its natural beauty is enjoyable.
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Suchismita Bhattacharya

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  • Suchismita Bhattacharya
  • Lives in Bokaro Steel City
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"Awesome experience, must go for everyone"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 29, 2016
If you are a nature lover, if you love Sea/Ocean/Water, if you like to see Marine life, if you love seafood (with Bengali preparation though), if you love peaceful, blue sea, lovely people, non-commercial place. This is the place to go.

7 days in Andaman is one of the best days spent so far.

Places to visit :

1. Cellular Jail in port blair - It's a must go to pay homage to the lives of great freedom fighters of undivided India. Especially the next generation should hear & know how we had achieved our freedom. All the suffering and sacrifices of the great men. There are light & sound shows in evening. It's only in Hindi.

You can go inside the cells & the watchtower during the day. A guide is a must. They charge really less (400/- for a group).

2. Day trip to Jolly Buoy/Red Skin Island - They are part of Mahatma Gandhi National Park with 13 other islands which are not open to tourist. Of JB & RS, only one of them remains open every 6 months. Need to take a govt ferry from Wandoor at 9:00 am. All the ships leave at the same time and come back together. So make sure you are in Wandoor before 9:00 am. It's a 45 min journey including 10 mins ride in Glass Bottom boat. You can stay there till 2:00 pm. One should try ride in Glass Bottom boat & Snorkelling here (preferably both, if you can afford). We paid 500/- per head for GBB and 600/- for Snorkelling. You don't need to know swimming to snorkel. Kids above 6-7 yrs can easily snorkel. Very rich variety of Coral and pristine clear water. You can see fishes of beautiful color swimming next to you. Parrot fish, Butterfly fish, many clown fishes in sea anemones, different varieties of Coral (Boulder coral, Mushroom coral, finger coral, Butterfly coral, Needle coral with Radium etc) colorful starfish, magic flower which disappears if you try to touch it, colorful water lily... And many more.

Carry an underwater camera if you can as you would love those pics for life.

There is no food or water in the island. You should carry both.

Plastic bottles are not allowed here. You can rent Milton bottles from Wandoor at Rs 20 (200 deposit).

There are basic changing room & a restroom (don't have high expectation).

PLEASE DO NOT LITTER. Make sure you carry all the wrappers/wastes/tissues/Napkins/Diapers etc back to the boat. There are bins in the boat. Let's keep this beach clean, so that our next generations can enjoy the beauty.

ôTake only memories, leave only footprints. "Chief Seattle".

3. Day3 we went to Baratang Island. It was a 3+ hr. Bus journey from port Blair. We started from port blair at 4:30 am. Our first stop was at Jirkatang (Forest/Police checkpoint) you will have to fill in a form with travellers details & ID. Can have light breakfast here. Enjoyed homemade fresh Idli/wada here. Cold drinks, water, biscuits were also available.

Next stretch is 49 kms forest (Jarwah Reserve Forest), where you cannot halt your vehicle or walk on foot or take snaps/video. Vehicles leave in convoy from Jirkatang. There are 4 such convoy (6 am, 9 am, 12 pm, 2. 30 pm). You can only travel in convoy in 4 wheeler. You will see the tribes (Jarwah) in this stech. Photography, offering food or any kind of interaction with Jarwah are strictly prohibited.

After crossing the Forest we reached the Jetty and took 15 mins ride boat to Baratang then 20 mins ride in speed boat & finally 15 mins trek to reach the Limestone caves. The view from the speed boat was beautiful with mangrove on both side. Disappointed not to spot any saltwater crocodile. Limestone cave was small but nice. We spend an hour here (including the walk to the cave) and returned to Baratang Jetty. Enjoyed the fresh Lime juice & Mango juice after trek in hot Sun.

We then took 10 mins cab ride to the mud volcano (don't imagine anything close to a Volcano). Heard from locals that after 2003 earthquakes these small eruption started.

We didn't go to Parrot Island as you need a night stay in Baratang with limited option.

Having said all that, I wouldn't recommend this in your itinerary unless you are staying in Andaman for 10 days or more. Better enjoy time in Havelock.

4. Day4 we went to the Beautiful Havelock Island. We took Green Ocean ferry from port blair Jetty. There are govt and private ferries available. Makruzz is the best among them. Ferry bookings can be done online.

We stayed in 'Holiday Inn Beach Resort' which has no connection with Holiday Inn chain or anything close to a 'Resorts' :). Decent hotel on Govind Nagar Beach.

After lunch we went to Blue Coral Dive for Scuba. It's a life changing event. It's a must do thing in Andaman. We again saw the beautiful marine life. It was great swimming among the fishes. Speant 40 mins in sea roaming around the beautiful fishes and sea animals. Couldn't spot a turtle though. But it was clearly one of the best 40 mins of my life.

We went with Nikhil who is from Delhi and ''who worked in a software firm in Bangalore for couple of years but they came here and fell in love with this ocean and scuba". I so feel J of you.

You should plan Diving in early morning, Water is very clear during morning time. As the day progress, planktons make the water musky. Carry your own water proof camera if you can.

Radhanagar Beach (Beach #7) is the most beautiful on the island and was rated as the best in Asia by Time in 2004. Silky white sand with blue water and forest in the background is heaven. Never imagined a beach like this in India. Picture perfect! Very good for swimming and some with excellent coral reefs that are great for snorkeling. Sunsets was beautiful. Was not sure what to see & capture in my camera and what to leave. Alas the Sunset and we had to leave for hotel.

We enjoyed drinks & dinner at the beach in the hotel.

5. Day 5: Next we headed to Neil from Havelock in Makruzz. The natural bridge formation is worth a visit. Although not advisable for elderly as the path to natural bridge is through uneven ground.

Beautiful, pristine beaches in Neil Island are treat to the eyes. Kids loved the range of the sea shells found there. Very photogenic beaches with old tree trunks lying here and there. It's not an ideal place for bathing.

We stayed at The Pearl Park hotel on Lakshmanpur Beach. Enjoyed the beautiful Sunset at Sunset point. But waves and corals n shells were keeping most of people at bay. Try the coconut water, best I ever had.

Hotel was very nice with very courteous staff. Food in the hotel was very tasty. They have Wifi as well.

Enjoyed our one day stay in Neil. Would have loved to stay over for more.

Highly recommended to have it in your itinerary.

6. Next the day return journey started to Port Blair, Enjoyed the food in local restaurant and did some shopping. Had flight to Bangalore.

End of a lovely vacation!

Andaman, I am leaving my heart here. I will come back soon. Hope you remain this beautiful ever. Untouched by the stupid urbanization.
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áp rajasekar

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  • áp rajasekar
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 4 Reviews
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"Great for water lovers"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Mar 29, 2016
Been there many times but never got bored of seeing the sea and the views. The Cellular Jail and the show there is a must see, the corals and the watersports add to the thrill in the waters. People with a great liking for seafood will have an array of dishes to assuage their appetite.
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Shubh Gujar

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  • Shubh Gujar
  • Lives in Satara
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"My lovely destination"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 22, 2016
This is one of the best experience in India I have had I loved it a lot, this place is clean away from India and it has best beaches, the beaches have white sand and light blue water. The best beach is Radhanagar beach which is popular worldwide, the Ross Island which has an area less than 1 km square.

The best corals there, these pristine islands offer some of fun loving unforgettable water sports activities like scuba diving, sea walk, speed boat cruise, snorkelling. This place is also ideal for wilderness trekking. Havelock Island and Neil Island if you are planning for Andaman the day you reach Port Blair just leave for Havelock or Neil Islands spending time in Port Blair is not so interesting just two things to do the jail of freedom fighter Veer Savarkar and Ross Island which will take 1 day max then move away from Port Blair. Most of the tours plan more days in Port Blair.

The people who love to eat non veg this is your place but for vegetarian people find some problems finding pure veg hotels, eat veg at non veg places it's OK, the only place I liked food was at Hotel J, else were not so tasty. There are many Water Activities are Swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, not to mention dolphin watching; there are enough things to do on Andamans beaches to keep your adrenaline rushing. The awesome places have awesome Coral Reefs just Head to Jolly Buoy Island or Red Skin Island for the best view of the multi-coloured coral reefs that Andaman is famous for.

The islands are open for tourists alternately for six months each, the museum in Port Blair has some fantastic facts. The Anthropological Museum portrays the island's indigenous tribes, the Samudrika Marine Museum displays the biodiversity found on the islands and the Forest Museum at Chatham Island (connected by a road bridge to Bangalore) houses a saw mill set up by the British. The climate in Andaman and Nicobar Islands is characterized with a minimum of 23 degree C temperature; the maximum temperature in the Andaman and Nicobar climate is 31 degree C. Thus, it can be said that the climate of Andaman and Nicobar Islands is moderate still try to go in December.
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Soumya Pandey

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  • Soumya Pandey
  • Lives in New Delhi
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"Amazing Andaman"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 21, 2016
We visited various places. Firstly Port Blair, then North Bay Island, Ross Island, Havelock Island, Baratang and so many places to see that too in India. A must visit place of the country for all the travellers. Must carry sunscreen lotion and a pair of rubber boots.
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Sameer

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"Untouched paradise"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 21, 2016
I am a wanderer, travelling places almost every month. But have never been to anything even close to Andaman. Food, water sports, market everything is at its best. Localities are also very cooperative as I feel ill and the localities supported in a very friendly manner.
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