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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Sanket

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  • Sanket
  • Lives in Rabakavi Banahatti
  • 1 Review
  •  72 readers

"Andaman Nicobar, a must go place" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
It is very new experience for me I like this place and story of Port Blair jail is very horrible. If any one heard the story he will get angry on David berry or all British people. Bravery of 'veer savarkar' is well kept history & is very nice. Over all Andaman is very clean city and jarwa peoples looks very dangerous. We didn't see Niel island and rose island we missed it. The package is good if 7 nights and 8 days so you can cover these two island also. We make lots of fun and our tourist guide Rohit is very good kind of person we never feel unsafe in any place his talking way is very nice.
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Karthik Rameshchand

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  • Karthik Rameshchand
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review
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"Couples Destination!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Well, this is one of the best place I have visited ever. People are friendly, place is awesome best of all its part of India. I had been here with my wife for 6 days and 5 nights. We did all the water rides which are safe here compared to Goa. And the marine life here is just mind blowing. I recommended Andaman to my brother for his honeymoon and he rightly accepted. He also enjoyed his stay here.
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Masoom Bajaj

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  • Masoom Bajaj
  • Lives in Delhi
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  •  189 readers

"Perfect place for nature lovers but a bit too expensive" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Travellers should visit Andaman and Nicobar islands because it is one of the most beautiful places on earth, for the peaceful place it is and the feeling of being in the lap of mother nature it provides. You can go either by flight or by ship. We went in October and it was till date my best trip ever. We took our flight from Kolkata to Port Blair. I had heard so much before leaving for Andaman. 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 water is very clear and the beaches are very well maintained and clean. The local are very friendly in nature.

Must visit places will include: Radhanagar Beach, Cellular Jail, Havelock Island, Ross Island, Kalla Pathar Beach, Chidiya Tapu and Samudrika Marine Museum. Food, in particular sea food is amazing. So many fish delicacies. Activities that kept me busy include: Scuba Diving, Snorkelling and Fishing. Scuba Diving is around 5 k per head while snorkelling will only cost you 0. 5k per head. My advice to fellow travellers would be that this is going to be a vacation high on expenses parameters, but it is surely worth it. Also, I would advise you to take flight instead of ship as that would save you quite a few bucks. Also, take proper precautions while travelling by boats to various islands.
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Priyanka Goyal

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  • Priyanka Goyal
  • Lives in Gurgaon
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  •  2 helpful votes
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"Amazing clean beaches,wonderful scuba diving" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Andaman is a must visit place for beach-lovers. If you want to get some super clean and less crowded beached- Andaman is the place. Radhanagar beach is the best beach that I have ever seen. Its beautiful white sand and not a person till far esp. In the mornings is the perfect way to get a quiet and peaceful getaway.

Be sure to go for scuba diving. Andaman is one of the best scuba diving sites in Asia. Contrary to the popular belief, you don't need to know swimming. I don't know how to swim and yet I didn't have any trouble. The diver that goes with you guides you and gives you a training session before diving and stays with you throughout and if you feel scared you can come up to the surface in seconds (although trust me you will not feeling like coming up). It is so amazing to dive along such beautiful fish and corals. There are many sites that have diving clubs but be sure to go to some reputed centers like Barefoot or Dive India.

Sea walk, Banana boat rides and many other water sports can be done on the Elephant beach. There is not much to do in the late evenings & nights at Andaman as everything generally closes unlike Goa. So be mentally prepared for that. Also it will be better if you plan in the winter months ( November-February) as it is pretty hot during the rest of the year. All in all it is a beautiful destination and must be on your list.
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Vivek Anand

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  • Vivek Anand
  • Lives in Dhanbad
  • 1 Review
  •  80 readers

"Awesome place to visit for a life!" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
1. Firstly Andaman is the unexplored destination of India off the Indian mainland. It is one the must-visit places for the beach lovers. One can get a taste of everything here from wildlife to exotic beaches.

2. Must visit places are Havelock beach, Ross island, Barren Island(the only active volcano island), Neil islands, The Nicobar islands. There are many more islands here and one can visit them depending upon the time available.

3. Local food is good and overall you can get food of your choice in Port Blair but it is better to have own arrangement of food when visiting other islands.

4. The most important thing that is going to keep you busy is the beaches. Some of the beaches are absolutely amazing and wonderful. Additionally there is also a wildlife/bird sanctuary and the sunset and the sunrise is amazing experience there.

5. Advice to travellers, carry a raincoat as there is rain everyday and beware of the fraud travel agents. Its better to book agents before-hand.
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Harsh Patel

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  • Harsh Patel
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  •  2 helpful votes
  •  444 readers

"Destination is very good" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
As per my experience, don't waste time in the Port Blair. Take more time in Neil Island (1 day) and Havelock Island (3 days). Neil island have 2 beach bharatpur beach and sunset beach. Sunset beach is one of the beautiful beach I have seen. Havelock island there are 3 beach Vijayanagar beach, Radhanagar beach and elephant beach. Must visit, you can also enjoy scuba at Havelock island. No need to do scuba in port Blair ( at coral island).
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Jina Roychowdhury

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  • Jina Roychowdhury
  • 1 Review
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"Awesome place to go!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
We visited the place twice once before tsunami and after as well. I found this place to be amazingly beautiful. The beaches were excellent and so clean. The colour of the water was layered with three blue shades. Havelock island is very good for honeymooners.
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Sandhya Dhanasekar

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  • Sandhya Dhanasekar
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 Reviews
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  •  1462 readers

"Enjoyable experience"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
To tell in a nutshell, it is simply the heaven. We were on honeymoon there. A place in the mid of island, candle light dinner, what else I need? That was a lovely experience. I recommend the spot particularly for newly weds. Actually I'm planning to settle down there.
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Pranab Paul

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  • Pranab Paul
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Touchy moments in untouched paradise"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Best place for honeymoon couple. Adventures as well as romantic. Radhanagar beach is fantastic. If you don't include Neil island in package, it will be your lifetime miss. Minimum 10 days leave require to cover Andaman. We get only 7 days for the trip and we cover Port Blair, Havelock and Neil island. If your planning for Andaman trip then prefer pearl peak resort in Neil, symphony beach resort in Havelock and any good hotel in Port Blair. You can hire motorcycle or bicycles in Havelock and Neil.
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Rajiv  kumar

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  • Rajiv kumar
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Travel to Heaven, Andaman"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
India's most beautiful place to visit. World's 2nd biggest and beautiful coral to see under water in Andaman. Food in over all Andaman was very good specially in Diglipur. We take parathas, samosa, momos, dhosa, etc. For meal and dinner, we preferred thalis. Health of me and my family was good and normal. Hotel was nice in Port Blair, Neil island, and Havlock. Every island was neat and clean. Road was very good, but in some places we find broken road. We see Jaroas in Jaroa reserve forest. Lime stone cave, cellular jail, museums was very nice. In Andaman, Red Skin island and Ross & Smith Island in Diglipur was fabulous. In Whole Andaman Radhanagar beach in Havlock was the best beach I every seen before. I think that we re visit again after 2-3 years later when we arrange money. I suggest every one to Visit Andaman at least one in your life.
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