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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Sajan Bajaj

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"Feel the mother earth"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 24, 2018
A place where you feel like coming to home and melt in existence. A place where adventure, relaxation, nature meets together to dive deep in thyself. A holistic blend of glamour of nature with modern science through scuba diving, sighting, cultural, heritage. Must visit for couples as well as singles to dive deep in each other for most romantic love scenes and feel thyself !!!
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Kirti

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"Explore andamans"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 26, 2018
My trip to Andaman was planned long before I went there. Even after a lot of research what I discovered that you cannot predict andamans. You have to be well prepared for your trip but the weather conditions can always surprise you.
It's a beautiful place for nature and beach lovers. Clean town make you wonder about their dedication towards community.
For watersports, it's the best place though not having advanced facilities yet, but some less explored islands are wonders to watch especially Ross island and if going for scuba diving there are many islands but better do it on Neil island and early morning as the water is clear and neat.
Please don't forget baratang trip, it's a one day trip towards limestone caves, but the whole experience of reaching their by steamer than speed boat was amazing and in between if you are lucky you will explore rare tribals who are still raw and unmechanised.
Havelock island has radhanagar beach which is the most beautiful beach in Asia.
Extremely refreshing trip to Andaman s is a must in your bucket list.
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Kaushik Saha

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"Primarily a place to relax"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted Jan 23, 2018
1. This place is primarily meant for relaxation. Thus, it is a PERFECT destination for honeymoon. Please do not get taken in by the "package" tour sellers since it is not the kind of destination to cover in such a tour. They will sell anything as a package to make money.
2. 90% of the value of the tour in South Andaman lies in Havelock Island. It is paradise. Rest of it is waste of time and money. Not worth spending so much on airfare and expensive stay just to see some extremely poorly maintained ruins in Ross Island, a dirty strip of rocky beach head in North Island and such other things.
3. The Cellular Jail is maintained in good condition. However, its Light and Sound show is primitive, typical insipid sarkari stuff.
4. The government has to improve tourism infratructure in the islands. In its absence, bandits are looting in the name of tourism. A typical example is the scaled Mini-submarine in North Island. You will be poorer by a cool Rs. 6000 for a family of 4 for a dip lasting 20-25 minutes among what really are some underwater rocks and sand. I believe GOI is on the job. Especially, to develop North Andaman, which is a very good idea.
5. So what is good about it? As said, Havelock ... Spend at least 3-4 days there. Makruzz is good. The azure waters on a bright sunny day is heavenly. The general absence of crowds is relaxing. No pollution. No crime. Generally helpful people. No language problem. North Andaman is out of this world but, remote. Meant only for bravehearts.
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"Amazing Solo Trip to Andaman"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 12, 2017
ANDAMAN TRIP NOV-2017 . . My Solo Trip to Andaman was an Amazing Experience - It was a short, crisp but a very exciting trip overall. Andaman is indeed a Heaven on Earth - You can't imagine how beautiful a place could be unless you visit Andaman. It's a small island - rather collection of several islands but the people here have a big heart. There are no thefts, no communal tensions, people of all religions live in harmony and have a helpful attitude towards the tourists. They all speak Hindi regardless of their ethnic origin. For a satisfactory trip with a little relaxation-you need to be here for 7 Nights and 8 Days. My trip was for 4 Nights and 5 Days as I able to manage more due to my office schedule - still I was able to cover most of the major places of attraction - thanks to Islam from Mehman Travels who was such a helpful person. He is the owner of Mehman Travels with whom I booked my tour package and he himself was with me the entire period driving me to all places possible in this short trip. He never let me felt that I am a solo traveler and we chatted on various topics as we do with other friends the entire time of my travel. His contact details are given at the end of the review HERE IS MY TRIP IN DETAIL:. DAY 01 - 23rd Nov 2017- THURSDAY:. I Arrived at Port Blair in the early morning Jet Airways flight from Kolkata and reached at 07:30 AM. I came out from the airport at 8 AM after getting my luggage and Islam from Mehman Travels received me at the Airport. I and was taken to Hotel Sea Lounge (Vijay Baugh Road, Opp. Govinda Hotel, Dairy Farm junction, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands 744103 - 099332 79100) and reached there at 8:05 AM - it's just a 10 minutes walk from the Airport and by car it took hardly 5 minutes . The Hotel had a check-in time of 10 AM but had I called the owner Mr. Arun Singh a day before and requested for an early check-in to which he agreed. So when I reached there, the room was getting ready and I waited at the open Lounge which has a Sea View. Islam was with me and he explained the trip plan for the first day. I met the Owner Mr. Arun Singh too who greeted me while check-in. Soon the room got ready and I went inside to settle my luggage. We planned to start by 10 AM and I took Bath quickly. I had breakfast in the Airport Lounge in Kolkata as well as in the Flight so was I hungry and was ready to start for a rocking day This day was planned for the Local Site Seeing and City Tour:. Chattam Saw Mill. We started at 10:00 AM for Local Sight Seeing. We went to Chattam Saw Mill which is the Biggest in Asia, and reached around 10:45 AM. It's indeed huge. You need atleast 1. 5 Hr to visit. It has a wonderful museum inside which it details the history of Andaman and its flora and fauna, its tribals, its beaches and showcases the Padauk Wood structures. Padauk wood is a local wood of Andaman and it's very hard and long lasting. You will also get to see how the wood is cut and seasoned, and used for furniture. It's advisable if you take a local guide available there who can explain you the history. After visiting the mill, I went to the Jetty nearby where I saw the cars being ferried by ships for visiting Mount Harriet which is the highest peak of Andaman. Samudrika Museum visit. From Chattam we went to the Marine Museum Samudrika . Have 1 Hr reserved for this place as well since this Museum has a collection of some rare collection of Corals and there is a short movie been played to elaborate the Andaman Islands. It's a nice place for photography too - so don't miss to do that. You have a shop inside the Museum but don't purchase anything from there - you better go to Sagarika which is a Govt Approved shopping mall where the rates are genuine and reasonable. You are not allowed to carry home any marine fauna like corals or sea shells illegally - as that will be checked at the Airport and heavy fines will be imposed if caught. Only if you purchase them with a valid receipt it's accepted. You will get it from Sagarika and carry it back home for your trip memories . We had Lunch post the Marine Museum visit at Ananda Restaurant which server delicious sea food Anthropological Museum. After lunch we headed for the Anthropological Museum which also demands 1 Hr atleast. It has the history of Andaman as well as evolution of mankind with model of houses and the lifestyles of the aboriginal tribes like Jarawa, Onge, Sentinel, Great Andamanese, Nicobari and Shompens. Photography is not allowed here so don't take pics inside Fisheries Museum. After Anthropological Museum we went to the Fisheries Museum. This also needs 30 minutes to 45 minutes and even more if you are too keen on Marine Life. I spent 1 Hr there. It has a collection of some marvelous marine species that are available in the Andamans. The most venomous fish (Stonefish) is a must watch. It has Lobsters to Sea Urchins, Snakes, Corals and Worlds Biggest Crab - The Robber Crab or the Coconut Crab. Its Huge . Weighing over 3-4 Kilos . I had seen a huge Crab in the Dubai Marine Museum and I always get mesmerized when I see such Marine life. Taking photos is again not permitted here so be careful with your cameras. You can take video though by paying Rs. 50/- which was surprising - No pics but Video is allowed Corbyns Cove beach. Then we went to Corbyns Cove beach. I like it especially due to the fact that I was in Goa just a month back and the beautiful beaches of Agonda and Palolem of South Goa are still fresh in my memories. People were taking Bath in the sea but I, I sat there for a while - took a nature's walk and headed for the hotel. I was tired as I started early morning from Kolkata the same day and needed rest. So I had dinner early in the restaurant opposite to our Hotel with Crab Curry and Kerala Paratha. Went to sleep after dinner as I had my trip to Havelock the next day DAY 02- 24th Nov 2017- FRIDAY:. This day was planned for Havelock travel and return the same day. But I would suggest to have a 1 night to 2 nights stay at Havelock as it's a paradise in real terms. It deserves 2 nights to cover Havelock - Elephanta Beach and its Water Sports Activities, Kala Patthar Beach and Radhanagar Beach - one of the best beaches in Asia . Havelock in around 45 KM from Port Blair and there are different modes of travel . It takes 3 Hours by Govt ferry with Ticket price of Rs. 750 one side including Rs. 250 for agent charges for booking (that's mandatory as they stand in queue for you to get the tickets since the number of seats are limited). You may also opt for Private Luxury AC Cruises like Makruzz and Green Ocean - the fare for which is around Rs. 1100/- per side for the Economy Class (Premier) and can go up to Rs. 2600/- for the highest class . For these Private Luxury Cruise tickets can be booked online and have to be booked well in advance else you won't get it. Also its better you book your seats in advance so that you get the preferred seat of your choice. Opt for window seat if possible else take the front row ones. The websites to book these are:. Com/site/. Com/. Even the Govt ships needs to be booked 3 days prior to travel but can't be booked online - your agent has to book it . There are options for a Helicopter Ride as well which they charge Rs. 1500/- for the 15 minutes ride. Its worth for one side to save the time but the tickets are very difficult to get. It can also get cancelled if some VIP comes in so better don't opt for it and take the ship/cruise for travel to Havelock . I departed at Morning 7 AM from my hotel when Islam, my Tour Operator came to pick me up and dropped me to the jetty to be ferried by Makruzz which was scheduled to leave at 8:00 AM from Port Blair and Depart at 04:00 PM from Havelock (return trip). Tell your Hotel to pack your breakfast in the morning. Carry enough water bottles to Havelock as things are extremely costly and to save time if you are returning the same day. It takes 1. 5 Hours to 2 Hours by Cruise. Take nausea pills if you have sea sickness as it's needed for some people. You get snacks in an on-board snacks counter inside the Cruise but its expensive, so better to carry breakfast from the Hotel - else it's your choice . The ships leaves on time and never waits for any passenger as the tickets are pre-paid - hence never delay to board. Also come to the boarding counter 45 minutes prior to departure to get the Check in done along with baggage scanning. Your seat numbers are mentioned in the ticket so your seat is reserved once booked. Try to opt for a seat in the front row or any window seat - the view outside is outstanding. While booking online you can select the seats and don't prefer to take a seat on the back side if you have motion sickness . There are washrooms in the ship but surprisingly they are tremendously dirty - Indian people don't have any civic sense and hygiene its proven every time. This being a luxury cruise still had a pathetic washroom is indeed a shameful thing to mention. Its so dirty that I skipped to use it the entire journey I reached around 10 AM to Havelock. When we came out of the Cruise, I took pictures of the Ship as it was worth taking pics. I was received by Biplab, a young lad who was appointed by Islam. He was standing at the exit with a placard and greeted me when we met. He drove me to Radhanagar beach which was a 30 minutes journey. I reached Radhanagar Beach at 11 AM. Biplab told me to complete the visit by 2:30 PM as we have to reach Havelock Jetty by 3:00 PM for the checking for return . So I had a good 3. 30 Hours to visit the beach which is enough for Photography but not enough for enjoyment. Havelock is expensive and there aren't any communication system like Autos or Buses near the Radhanagar beach. So if you stay prefer to stay near to the jetty or beach. There are two Resorts which are walking distance from the beach named Dreamland Resort and Harmony Resort. I haven't stayed in Havelock or Radhanagar hence I don't have any feedback on these hotels but I saw them while coming so sharing this info. There are a few more bit far from the beach and are costly too as they looked to be - even my driver told me its indeed costly. I am planning to be back with my family next year and hence I took this info so that I can book them well in advance before coming . There are no proper restaurants in Radhanagar Beach hence if you plan for a luxurious lunch you probably won't get it unless you stay in some hotels. There are Dhaba sort of food joints serving Maggi, Rice, Roti and Curries but they looked unhygienic. So I opted for some Bhelpuri and Fruits. Also I carried some chips and fruit juice from Port Blair with which I had lunch that day. I missed to see the Elephanta Beach and Kalapatthar beach due to lack of time and you must stay for 2 nights in Havelock to experience this . So after spending time in Radhanagar beach I came back to the Havelock Jetty by cab for the check-in and returned to Port Blair at 06:00 PM Islam received me at the Jetty and took me for the Light and Sound show at the Iconic Cellular Jail. The show started at 06:40 PM and its better if you can stand in line early to get proper seats of your choice on first come first serve - which I missed and had to sit on the open field on the grass. It bad sitting there but it's just a piece of info to be shared with you. It make any difference though as there is nothing to watch in the dark and it's all a matter of hearing the narrations and feeling the story. They narrated the inhuman tortures by the Britishers and Japanese on our freedom fighters . The Cellular Jail was lit marvelously at the end of the show with Tricolor - it was a very satisfying experience to watch that show. I came out and opposite to the Cellular Jail is a park which has statues of all the people who laid their lives at the Cellular Jail. My Great Grandfather Mohit Moitra was also one of them and he has his statue there too. The place is nicely lit with green light in the dark and it's a mesmerizing experience to be there . After the Jail visit I was dropped at home when I had dinner with Prawn Curry and Fish Fry at the same restaurant near my Hotel and slept DAY 03- 25th Nov 2017- SATURDAY:. This day was reserved for the Water Sports Activities in North Bay Inlands and I was naturally very excited. The second half was planned for Ross Island and Cellular Jain Visit. The Water Sports Activities are done at Elephanta Beach and North Bay Islands. Probably also in Islands but is seasonal and remain open always. So better to try it in either of the first two options North Bay. I started at 7:00 AM and reached water sports complex of Port Blair at 07:45 AM from where the ship to these islands were getting boarded. After some initial photography sessions at around 9:20 AM our boat named Musafir started and took us to the North Bay Islands which we reached by 09:45 AM. Then we waited for our turn for the Sea Walk. It's charged at Rs. 3500/-. Inform the Ship coordinator that you will be doing the Sea Walking and Snorkeling as they will say that the ship will leave by 11:45 AM and honestly by that time it's not possible to complete these two activities. Hence they will take you in the next boat that starts at 01:00 PM. All these water activities are charged separately and only snorkeling was included in my package as complimentary. You can book the tickets for the Water Sports Activities First I went for the Glass Boat Ride to see the Corals, This is charged at Rs. 500 for a 15 min ride. This is not so worth watching if you do any other activity else its okay My advice is to book the Sea Walk tickets from Port Blair to get a slot in the first batch. Also you need to have some luck as Sea Walk is done best under the Bright Sun. On a cloudy day, you won't be able to see anything inside the sea. Sea Walk happens only in North Bay and Elephanta Beach in India and nowhere else. So this is a must do and if time permits go for Scuba Diving but that is done even in Goa and Pondicherry hence its available at other places in India. Sea Walking is an activity where you will be taken into an enclosure in the Mid Sea by a boat and boarded into a bigger standing boat from where the activity will start. The enclosure protects your from any attacks from Crocodiles and Sharks. You get an Astronaut like Mask connected with an air pipe put on top of your head and the Divers will take you down to the bottom of sea I. E. Sea Bed along with a few more people forming a team - where you will walk with the Live Corals and Colorful fishes by your side while the organizers will pump in air constantly from the above. You will breathe normally with you nose and the air pressure prevents water from entering the mask though you can touch your nose with your bare hands. There are some conditions like people with Asthma, High BP, Sugar and Heart Disease etc. Are not allowed to perform this activity. So in case you have booked the tickets and you aren't allowed to Sea Walk - you will then receive the refund in full At the end of the activity which last for 15-20 minutes the divers give some food in your hands and a pack of fish comes and nibbles them from your hand - its an awesome experience. You can touch the Corals and Fishes with your hand and the beauty of sea underneath is breathtaking. Finally they take pictures of you under the sea with an underwater camera and write it to a CD and hand it over after completion. Personally I would say, its very difficult for people who don't know swimming but its equally difficult for those who knows swimming. The issue is because the water pressure is so much that your ears gets blocked. Your eyes tends to close and water enters at time in the mask which is very disturbing. You don't have much options under the sea though you have divers guiding you always still its difficult - but worth doing of course. After completing Sea Walk, I took the pics in the CD and went back to North Bay again from the Mid Sea . I had a complementary snorkeling in my package and hence did that where I was shown corals and different fishes. There are options for Scuba Diving which they charge Rs. 3500/- and 1 Hour ride in a Semi Submarine which is a AC Semi Submarine Type boat that will take you underwater for watching the Corals and Marine life. That's charged at 1850/- for the 1 Hr ride - This is a MUST - though I had time still I feel this has to be done in the trip for a lifetime experience Below are the Water Sport Activities that happens in North Bay:. 1. Glass Bottom Ride - Rs. 500. 2. Sea Walking - Rs. 3500. 3. Scuba Diving - Rs. 3500 with Certificate. 4. Snorkeling - Rs. 500 for Half Mask (Only Mouth Breathing) and Rs 1000 for Full Mask (You Breathe through your Mouth and Nose). 5. Semi Submarine Ride. You won't be able to do all the 5 activities below in the time permitted hence you need to visit North Bay twice If you lack time, and can spend money - there is another option where you can Book a Private Boat at Rs. 3500/- for 6 people (if you come in a group or get a group by chance) which will stay with you till you complete all activities and visit Ross Island and return to Port Blair. Its expensive for a solo traveler and hence I opted for it but you may if you travel in a group . There is a Lighthouse in North Bay which is also printed behind the Rs. 20 note that we use. You can climb up to the top of the lighthouse but be careful on the time as if you miss the ship then it will be difficult for you to reach back to Port Blair . Now we headed for the Ross Islands post the activities Ross Island. Ross Island was the Capital of the Britishers during the Colonial rule and there are so many buildings that depict the history every time. All these islands were devastated by the Tsunami of 2005 but the remains are enough to create goosebumps - Ross Island was very badly hit. There are around 800 spotted deer in Ross Islands that come to close to Human beings for getting loved and fed. But don't feed them - its an offence with punishment and penalty. You get battery cars for a short tour that charges Rs. 75/- per seat. We had less time for visit and hence I took the battery car else the nature walk amongst friendly Deer's & Peacocks is also very exciting. There is a Smritika Museum which I couldn't see as the weather was not supportive as well as the day was very tiring . There are viewpoints where you can take pics and the car will stop for that and after that I returned to the boat that took us back to Port Blair Cellular Jail. Islam was waiting for me and he took me to Cellular Jail for the jail visit. The Guide cost was included in my package and hence he paid the guide . Inform your travel agent to book the Cellular Jain tickets early in the day as there is always a rush and the Jail closes by 05:00 PM. It needs 2 hours to visit and feel the jail and hence try to reach before 3:00 PM. Cellular Jail is closed on Mondays and make sure you have this in your plan . The inhuman torture by the British on our men was depicted in every place right from the oil mill to the handcuffs and the gallows to end it. You can see Veer Savarkars room there and you can take some pictures of the magnificent views from the roof of the jail. You can literally see the entire city and the islands from the top Joggers Park. After that we went to Joggers Park which is another must visit place . Its at a hilltop where you can see the entire Port Blair and its neighboring islands. At night, it was a beauty to see the Airport Runway lit with lights - a view that can't be seen anywhere in India except here or from a landing flight. Overall the Joggers Park was very good . You may visit it in the day time too for taking pics of the city from the top . I was dropped at the hotel after that and I took my trademark Crab Curry with Roti and slept after a tiring day DAY 04- 26th Nov 2017- SUNDAY:. This was a rest day with local shopping in the day and watching sunset at Chidiyatapu in the evening. But Islam insisted to take me to show the Tsunami affected areas and I must say it was a masterstroke. Not many travel agents will show you these places unless you explicitly tell them and they will charge this extra but Islam charge anything extra Visit Tsunami Affected Area. The day started at 08:00 PM with a visit to some local Tsunami Affected Areas. I could really see how all the rice fields were filled up with salt water of the sea and eventually spoiling the entire field. The water still remains at various places even after 12 years. For some areas there are direct links with the sea which got developed after the Tsunami Old Wandoor Beach. After some photography of the Tsunami affected houses we moved to Old Wandoor Beach. Here swimming is not allowed as its infested with Crocodiles and its a very lonely place with no tourists. But the beach is very nice and calm. New Wandoor Beach. After that we went to New Wandoor Beach after that which is also nearby and had a lot of tourists but swimming is now banned there since there was an attack on a person by a Crocodile 2 weeks back. The guards have made it very clear that no one should step into the water at any cost and there is constant monitoring. New Wandoor Beach is wonderful - pretty much the same as Radhanagar beach . But alas no swimming allowed. We then went to the Jetty where the Ships for islands departs and had lunch there. Its a fantastic place for photography too. Till now everything Islam did was out of my trip schedule and he did it all for free - not extra charge Chidiyatapu Zoo and Beach for Sunset. After lunch we headed for Chidiyatapu Zoo which was around an hour's drive from there. It closes at 4:00 PM so make sure you time your trip well. At the zoo we saw Crocodiles, Monitor Lizards, Eagles, Wild Pigs which is a favorite food for the Jarawa's, Spotted Deer and Ancient Trees. The nature walk in the Zoo was terrifying amongst humongous trees like Padauk roots of few of the trees are huge and wide . You may find the same in the pics that I have taken. Its actually a jungle that's converted into a zoo but the feeling still remains like that of a jungle . The Sunset point is at a walking distance from the Zoo and the Chidiyatapu beach is good as well. But not clean like others. The place is awesome for photography and never forget your Camera there. The sunset pic is indeed breathtaking Local Shopping at Sagarika (Govt Emporium). From there we started for Port Blair City again and went to Sagarika (the Govt. Emporium of Handcraft) for local shopping. Keep the receipts of your purchase so that its handy when asked for in the Airport . After shopping I went to Hotel but Islam told me that his Mother has cooked dinner for me and he invited me to his home. I told him was very tired and had my flight the next day but then he went home and got them packed for me. The Chicken Fry and Fish Fry was the best I ever had - I told him to convey my kind regards to his mother and this gesture took a permanent place in my heart. Little things matter huge at time if done at proper places - and I must say Islam has a big heart. I never looked at him as a tour operator rather he travelled with me like my younger brother (he is just 30 yrs old and an educated person in Computer Science - its just that he want to leave his family for a job outside, he is trying this travel business). He is sensible, soft spoken and he himself drove me everywhere though he was getting constant calls from his office. He promised me before I reached Andaman that he will be with me and no other drive will be there - he kept his promise too. DAY 05- 27th Nov 2017- MONDAY:. Drop to Airport for Flight at Morning 6 AM. Islam dropped me on time. This man has really won my heart and I would like to suggest him to anyone who asks from me. I will again be going with my family but this time for a 7N/8D trip . Andaman is Awesome, Marvelous and Mesmerizing . A must visit for all Contact Details of Islam from Mehman Travels:. Mohd. Islam (Owner) ,. Mehman The Guest Tours & Travels, Mithakhari, Andaman 744206. Email: mohammedislam. Portblair@gmail. Com, mehmantravels@gmail. Website: www. Mehmantravel. In. Contact: +91-9476 029186, +91-9434 281722. They are on Facebook as well -. Facebook. Com/mehmantravel. In/. Now sharing my views about Sea Lounge Hotel. I was there in Hotel Sea Lounge, from 23rd Nov 2017 to 27th Nov 2017. I booked from Ibibo and they charged me around Rs. 7600 for 4N/5D stay. The Owner of the Hotel Mr. Arun Singh is a wonderful person - He will personally meet and greet you during check-in and will explain you the trip plan if you haven't done any planning. He also operates a Tour Package from his Tour and Travels Company "Ghummo Andaman". They have all kinds of vehicles and they can give you a good deal, though I availed it as I had already precooked my package with Mehman Travels (The Owner Name for Mehman Travels is Islam, who is also a great guy and will also give you a good deal). I will write a review of my trip shortly in travel portals and you will get all the details of my trip there. Talking about the Hotel - it is located at a 10 minutes walking distance from the Port Blair Airport. There is a Pickup and Drop facility for Rs. 100/-. There is a South Indian Restaurant just opposite to this Hotel which serves amazing food at a very decent price. The Location of this Hotel is Superb - you will get all kinds shops like groceries, medical and other daily essentials. You get everything in Port Blair and there is NO NEED to carry anything from Mainland unless its very specific. There are other good restaurants in walking distance of the hotel. Make sure you book your trip after making a trip plan else without a tour package its difficult to visit Andaman. Taking about the rooms - they are big, newly built, clean, TV, AC fitted - bathrooms are well fitted with geyser. Water supply is 24x7. Beds are nice and comfortable. The view from the Balcony and Lounge is very good, you can get a glimpse of the sea though its not the main sea - its just a patch of it. The Rooms have WiFi but it doesn't work - that's the only disappointing thing about Andaman (WiFi doesn't work properly anywhere in Andaman - neither does Jio or any other 4G Data Connection from Airtel or Vodafone) The expensive hotels have VSAT Connection for WiFi but that is not there everywhere. Even the Voice calls gets interrupted too many times due to Bad Network. BSNL is the only somewhat reliable source of voice calls so do get a BSNL SIM before coming to Andaman with a 3G pack. Sometimes 3G gets connected for a short while else its all 2G or NO G :). I will attach the pics of the hotel and also the contact details of the owner of the hotel as well as the contact details of our tour operator. You may contact them for any detail info you may need. Overall - Andaman is really amazing except the Internet Connectivity, right from Cellular Jail to Water Sports Activities, Historical Islands, Boat Rides and Cruise Trips - its a must visit for all Hotel Tip:. You get all sorts of daily needs right from the Restaurants to Grocery Shops at a walking distance from the hotel. Its a wonderful experience staying in this hotel My Suggestion:. I will personally suggest you all to get a quote from all possible agents available in the Internet as I did too but Islam gave me the best of all. If you have a better quote from some other agents - still have a word with Islam so that he can equate that deal if possible. It is up to an individual to select a tour operator but I personally suggest to go with Islam from Mehman Travels, the sole reason being they will take you to such places that are not even in your trip schedule (free of cost) and will explain them as a guide without a single penny. Trust me, without Islam I think my trip would have been a shabby one. Whenever we had time after visiting the places as per out trip schedule, he took me to all possible sites that was not planned earlier and made sure I see them and reach home on time . Another suggestion - try to visit with a group - it's not only entertaining but economical too. Many places needs a group for easier financing. Also carry an Umbrella as it can rain anytime in Andaman. It takes only a few minutes to change from a bright Sunny day to a Cloudy one and all happens so suddenly that you need to be ready with the umbrella else you will be drenched thoroughly every time . Remember to take enough cash though ATMs are there in Port Blair but due to Poor Internet Connectivity it could be an issue. The Swipe Machines at Shopping Outlets and Restaurants don't work and hence Cash is needed for regular expenses . Before coming to Andaman, I had booked my Stay at Hotel Sea Lounge. I booked from Ibibo. Com and they charged me around Rs. The details of the Hotel will be briefed later in this review. I stayed in Port Blair for all the 4 Days and did day trips to the nearby islands. You may Split your stay into Havelock and Neil Island in your trip. If you plan for North Andaman like Baratang and Rangat - You need more time for your trip else you will miss the other attractions near Port Blair After visiting there, I think the best way to cover the best of Andaman would be in the below plan: This still leaves our Diglipur, MayaBunder, Rangat Ross and Smith Island etc. As for that you need to have more days of travel. But to cover the major attractions of South Andaman - the below plan should be the best fit Day1-Port Blair - Fisheries Museum, Cellular Jail Visit and Light and Sound, Stay at Port Blair. Day2-Port Blair - North Bay and Ross Island, Day3-Port Blair - Chattam Saw Mill, Anthro Museum, Marine Museum, Tsunami Affected Areas, Day4-Neil - Visit Neil Island, Stay at Neil Island. Day5-Havelock - Morning Depart from Neil to Havelock, visit Radhanagar Beach, Stay at Havelock. Day6-Havelock - Relax in Radhanagar Beach and trip to Kalapatthar Beach, Day7-Havelock - Water Sports at Elephanta Beach, return to Port Blair, Shopping, visit Joggers Park, Day8-Port Blair - Depart for your home. Write back to me with your feedback and anything that you need more information - I will be happy to guide you personally :). My Contact Details are given below:. Regards ,. Dwaipayan Mojumder (Dwai) ,. Mobile/WhatsApp:. Email: dwaipayan. Mojumder@gmail. Com/dwaipayan. Mojumder.
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Ankit saxena

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  • Lives in Ghaziabad
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"Nice thrilling experience with romance in the air"

  • Posted Oct 26, 2017
Every single word is short to describe the natural beauty of Andaman. Be it a romantic walk on the serene radhanagar beach or scuba diving in North bay island(you can go shopping for the real pearls also here) .. Various water sports at Rajiv Gandhi water sports complex is an enthralling experience.
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Preetika gupta Gupta

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  • Lives in Delhi
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"Lies outside Indian map but embodies all the beauty that an Indian can behold"

  • Posted Oct 25, 2017
Visiting Andaman was a dream come true. It truly justifies the reviews written by travellers in the past. We just booked the flight and hotels and went there to explore on our own. The best thing that happened to us was Andaman people. Honest, helpful and knowledgeable. They help you without asking for anything in return, guide you in the most appropriate way and always available on the phone. Surprise package was 20 rupees auto ride within Port Blair.
Annapurna hotel, located in the main market, serves delicious South Indian and North Indian food at affordable prices. It's a must visit.
We covered Havelock, Ross and Neil islands and still can't stop appreciating about the beauty that each island holds. Water activities like scuba and snorkel ling are absolutely stunning at Elephanta beach. The underwater world is breathtaking. Get your videos and photos clicked just by shelling out a little more money but it's worth it.
Visiting Radhanagar beach, one of Asia's best beaches, was a pure delight. Not even a piece of dirt ... Yes, nothing to harm your feet or spoil your mood. It's humongous and watching the sunset with thousands of people is a memorable experience.
Stop making other plans; visit Andaman first. I assure you, it will not disappoint you a bit. And go for at least 6 nights.
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Priyanka bhalla

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"Andaman, The untouched paradise of India."

  • Posted Oct 25, 2017
Radhanagar beach out of all the beaches I saw in Andaman has to be the crown beach of India, and if you go there and youíre a beach person then you should rent a villa at havelock near the beach for atleast 4-5 days and trust me you wonít regret it !!! Also, try the local roadside shopís gravy prawns or if youíre a vegan then visit B3 restaurant for itís delicious food (& the best cocunut chutney iíve ever had). The other best place would be Jolly Buoy Island and itís glass bottom boat ride if you wish to see the corals and underwater life through a magnified lens while sitting on a boat.
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Drupad Vyas

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"Amazing place to visit. Neat and clean islands. Blue water. Amazing underwater activities."

  • Posted Oct 24, 2017
Andaman island is very nice. Everyone should once visit. All beaches are very neat and clean. You will find near blue water in sea. Underwater activities are awesome. People of andaman are very polite too. Extremely nice place for adventure and fun and romance.
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Antima Jain

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"Enjoy here"

  • Posted Oct 24, 2017
Its only one trip and can enjoy, explore. Lot many things. Trip will be really worth. Full paisa wasool don't miss to see cellular jail show and carry your umbrella, doing scuba diving. Cheapest and best place to visit. It is beating your Thailand, Bangkok and Dubai trip. India has much to explore and enjoy.
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Bhoopendra

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"Magical Andamans"

  • Posted Oct 23, 2017
A very beautiful place comprising of many wonderful, calm islands. The beaches are freaky clean and clear blue, you just don't wish to take your eyes off the scenic beauty. A heaven for adventurous water sports/activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, ocean walk. Everything about this place is just too good and an experience of lifetime which you will never forget
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