Andaman Nicobar Islands Tourism
Andaman Nicobar Islands

Andaman Nicobar Islands Tourism

The Andaman Nicobar Islands is a beautiful archipelago located in the Bay of Bengal. This little piece of heaven renowned for its picturesque shimmering beaches, stunning reefs, turquoise blue waters, and a touch of history.

Havelock and the Neil Islands are some of the most popular tourist destinations. Port Blair is the capital of the Andaman Nicobar Islands. Where you can discover its museums, its flora and fauna, its rich heritage, and its aquatic life.

White beaches, palm-lined coasts, snorkeling, and diving are known on the islands. You can lounge by the sandy beaches, enjoy sunsets, enjoy scuba diving and visit the coral reefs. Andaman Nicobar Islands are a bustling destination, attracting particularly honeymooners, families, and adventure enthusiasts.

Interesting information more about the Andaman Nicobar Islands that didn’t hear about

It is a great vacation destination away from the hustle and bustle of city life with its exotic beaches, colorful coral reefs, spectacular marine life, and stunning landscapes. This collection of islands is built for admirers of nature and adventure lovers alike.

The most commonly spoken language in Andaman Nicobar Islands is Bengali

You possibly assumed that Andamanese or Ongan would be the most commonly spoken languages in the Andaman Nicobar Islands. Incorrect! Bengali, followed by Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam, is the most dominant tongue.

Commercial fishing is forbidden in the local waters in Andaman Nicobar Islands

Commercial fishing in the seas around the Andaman Nicobar Islands forbidden in an attempt to protect aquatic flora and fauna, including indigenous marine life such as dugongs and giant sea turtles, along with its rich reef reserves.

Andaman Nicobar Islands
Andaman Nicobar Islands

Andaman Nicobar Islands has the only Active Volcano in Asia

You can find Asia’s only known active volcano on uninhabited Barren Island, about 135 kilometers from Port Blair. The Desolate Volcano, which lasted six months, first erupted in 1787 and again in 2010. Since then it’s been known to emit lava in smaller eruptions.

Andamans’ mud volcanoes are now the only ones of their own kind in India

Believe it or not but in the Andaman Nicobar Islands, the sight of bubbling mud is a huge attraction. Baratang Island’s mud volcanoes are the only ones of their kind in India and are formed by chemical reactions between surface water and gases. The mud craters are quite the geological phenomena, spraying once in a while.

During the 2004 earthquake, most of the Andaman Nicobar Islands sunk underwater

In the Indian Ocean, the destructive 2004 earthquake caused a lot of damage to the Andaman Nicobar Islands. Existence and land were all destroyed. The tsunami following the earthquake removed 4,25 meters of land from the southernmost tip of the archipelago, known as Indira Point.

Communicating with the Jarawa tribals becomes illegal

The nomadic Jarawas are a protected tribe whose population ranges from 250-400 people in parts of the South and Middle Andaman Nicobar Islands. Any effort to communicate with an isolated tribe, which shuns interaction with strangers themselves, is considered unlawful.

The name of Andaman has its roots in Ramayana

Ever wondered how his name came from the Andaman Islands? It assumed that this is a by-product of Lord Hanuman, who stopped in the area on his way to Lanka. Popular islands named after British engineers, including Neil and Ross, dating back to the East India Company.

During World War II, the Andaman Nicobar Islands became a significant war zone

During World War II, when Japan occupied the territory until giving it up to the British in 1945, the serenity of the Andaman Nicobar Islands was interrupted. The Japanese Occupation Museum in Port Blair records the activities during the period in the active war zone.

Andaman Nicobar Islands is home to the world’s biggest crabs

The hermit crabs, as they scientifically called, or Birgus Latro, are the largest known anthropods that live mainly onshore. They are also known as coconut crabs, palm robbers, and robber crabs. The largest number of these crustaceans live on the Andaman Nicobar Islands.

Best places to visit in Andaman Nicobar Islands

1. Port Blair

The entrance to the archipelago is Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman Nicobar Islands. It boasts architectural landmarks steeped in colonial heritage, visits the nearby markets, and serves traditional cuisine.

Port Blair
Port Blair

 

It is not only the culmination of the most stunning of landscapes but also of diverse cultures. You will enjoy a day trip to the nearby Island of Baratang Island. To enjoy its natural wonders and the famous national parks to experience anything other than beaches.

Port Blair is really the heart of all that makes Andaman every time of the year a truly tropical paradise worth exploring.

How to reach Port Blair?

From Kolkata, you can take a direct flight to Port Blair.

Best Places to visit in Port Blair

Cellular jail

Enjoy a cellular jail demonstration and visit this sightseeing location that incarcerated the freedom fighters who were deported during the British period from the mainland of India.

Andaman Cellular Jail
Andaman Cellular Jail

Chidiya Tapu

This is a good location to enjoy watching birds and you can enjoy the lovely sunsets.

Islands

Havelock Island, Ross Island, Corbyn’s Cove Beach, and Viper Island are locations to explore near Port Blair, where you can enjoy different activities.

Islands
Andaman Nicobar Islands

Aberdeen Market

In Port Blair, a popular market where you can enjoy shopping for dyed fabrics, wood artifacts, and jewelry.

Show of light and sound

It’s the saga of the valiant struggle of freedom fighters in the history of the struggle for freedom in India.

Museum Tour

Take a museum tour of half a day where museums reveal the indigenous past, aquatic life, and more of the region. The Anthropological Museum, Samudrika Marine Museum, and more are the most prominent museums.

Glass Bottom Boat Ride

By making you enjoy the rich corals and marine life from the safety of your cabin. It provides one of the most special experiences in Andaman.

Seafood

To enjoy sumptuous seafood such as red snappers, tiger prawns, lobsters, etc you can visit famous restaurants.

We can enjoy a day trip from Port Blair, which is popular for its natural wonders such as Limestone Caves and Mud Volcano. And also you will enjoy a day trip to Baratang Island.

Andaman Nicobar Islands
Andaman Nicobar Islands

Best Hotels to stay in Port Blair

De Pebbles: This hotel providing the best rates from 3000/- per night onwards.

Sinclairs Bay View: This hotel providing the best rates from 5000/- per night onwards.

Sea Princess Beach Resort: This resort providing the best rates from 5500/- per night onwards.

Andaman Galley Resort: This resort providing the best rates from 3500/- per night onwards.

The Port Vista: This hotel providing the best rates from 3000/- per night onwards.

(Note: Above rates may change based on the season, festival, or any other public holidays and subject to availability)

2. Havelock Island

Havelock Island is one of Andaman Nicobar Islands’ largest and most famous islands. White sand beaches, colorful coral reefs, deep blue seas, and verdant forests are provided by Havelock Island. The most loved beaches on the island are Radhanagar and Vijaynagar Beaches. Two other attractions are Elephant beach, Laxmanpur beach, and Kalapathar beach, where the sunrise and sunset are divine. The best way to visit the island on your own is to take a long stroll down the strip of the beach.

How to reach Havelock Island?

From Neil Island or Port Blair to Havelock Island, you can take a ferry.

Havelock Islands
Havelock Islands

Best places to visit near Havelock Island

Beaches: Radhanagar beach, Elephant beach, Kalapathar beach, and Vijaynagar beach, which offer serene views and crystal clear seas, are the most popular beaches.

Water sports:– In the sparkling waters of Havelock Island, you can explore scuba diving, snorkeling, boating, parasailing, and kayaking.

Sea Walk:– You get to enjoy an underwater walk on the Elephant Beach seabed.

Best Hotels to stay in Havelock Island

Munjoh Ocean Resort: This resort is providing the best rates and prices starting from 8000/- per night.

Taj Exotica Resort and Spa: This is a premium hotel and providing the best rates and prices starting from 29000/- per night.

Aquays Hotels and Resorts: This hotel is providing the best rates and prices starting from 8500/- per night.

Sandyy Waves Beach Resort: This resort is providing the best rates and prices starting from 7000/- per night.

Barefoot at Havelock: This hotel is providing the best rates and prices starting from 10500/- per night.

(Note: Above rates may change based on the season, festival, or any other public holidays and subject to availability)

3. Rose Island

Andaman’s Ross Island is known solely for its beauty and scenic views. The island was once the British governmental capital. But it is still an uninhabited island today. The island has a lot of tradition connected with it. The remains of a huge water distillation facility, a tennis court, and a swimming pool will welcome you. The island still has the remains and the secretariat office of the famous printing press that was situated here.

You will also explore the remains of a church and a graveyard with the names of all the people buried there. You should walk around your loved ones and enjoy some quality time with them.

How to reach Rose Island?

To reach Ross Island, you can opt to take private ferries or a short boat ride from Phoenix Bay Jetty.

Andaman Nicobar Islands
Andaman Nicobar Islands

Best places to visit in Rose Island

Penal Colony:– For the Indian locals who started the revolt against the British government’s bullying antics, visit the site of confinement.

Samudrika Naval Marine Museum:– The Samudrika Naval Marine Museum is home to a host of underwater animals, including rare species of fish, shells, and corals.

Water Sports Complex Rajiv Gandhi:– It provides an exciting range of water sports such as scuba diving, snorkeling, speed boat cruising, parasailing, etc.

Gandhi Park:- For nature lovers, Gandhi Park is the perfect spot to spend the evenings. It provides a pristine lake and the surrounding area is full of flora and fauna.

Best Hotels to stay in Rose Island

Sinclairs Bay View– This hotel is providing the best rate starting from 5500/- per night.

Hotel Serene Palace- This hotel is providing the best rate starting from 3500/- per night.

Hotel Rainbird– This hotel is providing the best rate starting from 4000/- per night.

(Note: Above rates may change based on the season, festival, or any other public holidays and subject to availability)

4.Viper Island

Viper Island is a magnificent blend of architectural features and natural elegance, with magical tourists still crowding it. You will also come into the main port and the navy ships of Port Blair on the way to the island. The view of the cellular jail and its tower can also be appreciated from the ferry. All the lovers of history and nature out there can pay a visit to the island.

How to reach Viper Island?

To reach Viper Island, you can take private ferries from Phoenix Bay Jetty.

Andaman Nicobar Islands
Andaman Nicobar Islands

Major Attractions places to visit in Viper Island

Samudra Marine Museum:– This museum founded by the Indian army. It provides a lot of island-related information, including animals, plants, tribal history, and the marine ecosystem.

New India Cafe:– Among the locals, this cafe is very popular for serving a selection of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes from all over India.

Adi Bengali Hotel:– This hotel serves amazing and finger-licking Bengali cuisine as the island’s main residents are Bengalis.

Lighthouse Residency:– This is the venue for all lovers of seafood. It offers really tasty dishes along with rice and chips, including red snapper, crab, or prawns.

Andaman Nicobar Islands
Andaman Nicobar Islands – Viper Island

Best Hotels to stay in Viper Island

Fortune Resort Bay Island- This hotel is providing the best rate and prices starting from 10000/- per night.

Hotel Mansha Regency– This hotel is providing the best rate and prices starting from 7000/- per night.

Hotel Blue Mmarlin– This hotel is providing the best rates and prices starting from 3000/- per night.

(Note: Above rates may change based on the season, festival, or any other public holidays and subject to availability)

5. Neil Island

One of the islands in the southern part of the Andaman Nicobar Islands in India is the Neil Islands. The island’s beauty is quaint and calming. As it offers white sand beaches, unspoiled coral reefs, and tropical woodlands, the island is a great weekend getaway. Seeing the sunset or looking at the vast horizon, you might laze about. This island does not have a lot of interactions, but it is utter paradise.

How to reach Neil Island?

To reach Neil Island, you can take a ferry from Port Blair or Havelock Island.

Andaman Nicobar Islands
Andaman Nicobar Islands

Best places to visit near Neil Island

Beaches:- At the beaches of Bharatpur Beach, Sitapur Beach, and Lakshmanpur Beach, you can discover sea life and the coral reefs.

Sunrise:– Get a snapshot of the breathtaking view of Sitapur Beach at sunrise.

Sunset:– Enjoy the fascinating views of the sunset at Lakshmanpur Beach.

Water Sports:– On these islands, the taste of swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, scuba diving, deep-sea diving, and fishing, etc.

Neill Kendra:– This is the island’s largest village market, where you can buy rice, local crafts, merchandise, and objects.

Best Hotels to stay in Neil Island

Symphony Summer Sands Beach Resort: This hotel is providing the best rate starting from 5500/- per day and night.

Silver Sand Beach Resort: This hotel is providing the best rate starting from 5500/- per day and night.

TSG Aura Resort: This hotel is providing the best rate starting from 7500/- per day and night.

Tango Beach Resort: This hotel is providing the best rate starting from 3000/- per day and night.

(Note: Above rates may change based on the season, festival, or any other public holidays and subject to availability)

Local Food types in Andaman Nicobar Islands

Fish Curry is a pretty Andaman dish. From here, one can get a lot of choices for fish. The flavor is really good and hot.

Chilli Curry is a wonderful dish and is a very spicy meal full of onions, tomatoes, and good flavors.

Macher Jhol:- There are various things in this meal, such as tuna, chillies, coriander seeds, turmeric powder, and also some other active ingredients.

Andaman Nicobar Islands
Andaman Nicobar Islands

 

Coconut Prawn Curry:- It is a subtle dish with an authentic taste and heavily flavored curry. When eaten with rice, it tastes best.

Amritsari Kulcha:-It is stuffed with lots of delicious items, such as onions, leaves of coriander, seasonings, and so on, making it very delicious as well as a nutritious dinner.

How to Reach Andaman Nicobar Islands?

Option 1 by Air

Port Blair’s Veer Savarkar International Airport is connected by flights to Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi, Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad, and Bangalore.

Operated Flights: IndiGO, Air India, GoAir, SpiceJet, Vistara

Starting Price: INR 4000 and the nearest Airport is Veer Savarkar International Airport (IXZ)

Andaman Nicobar Islands
Andaman Nicobar Islands

Option 2 by Water

You can take a ship from Chennai, Vizag, or Kolkata if you’re traveling by sea. It normally takes 60-70 hours for the ships and has 3-4 sailings a month.

From Chennai

Operating Ships: MV SWARAJ DWEEP, MV NICOBAR, MV AKBAR, MV NANCOWRY

Approximately travel time is around 60 to 65 hours

Starting price: onwards, INR 2180

From Visakhapatnam/Vizag

Operating Ships: MV NICOBAR, MV NANCOWRY, MV CAMPBELL BAY

Approximately travel time is around 55 to 60 hours

Starting price: INR 2500 from now on

From Kolkata

Operating Ships: MV SWARAJ DWEEP, MV AKBAR

Approximately travel time is around 60 to 65 hours

Starting Price: INR 2180 onwards

Local Transport in Andaman Nicobar Islands

In Port Blair and on Havelock Island, auto-rickshaws and taxis are available and are the best means of getting around. You can hire a car with a driver that costs approximately INR 550 per 35 km. You can also rent motorcycles that cost around INR 300 to INR 400 per day from Port Blair. From Port Blair to Wandoor, and north to Baratang, Rangat, Mayabunder, and Diglipur, buses also run south.

What is the best time to visit Andaman Nicobar Islands?

Between October and May, it is the perfect time to visit the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. As the weather remains bright and very good. The best time to visit the Andaman & Nicobar Islands is between October and May. Monsoons (July to September) are not always recommended as the waves might be unpredictable and heavy rains are often received by specific regions.

Andaman Nicobar Islands
Andaman Nicobar Islands

How many days would be enough for Andaman Nicobar Islands Tour?

Spending at least 5 days on the island is advised. Give yourself another two days to fly, making it a wonderful holiday week. For a daily or a honeymoon bundle, this is perfect.

How much cost does a trip to Andaman Nicobar Islands?

Once you have made up your mind to visit Andaman, how much it will cost for a trip to Andaman will be the issue on top of your mind. The cost depends on different variables. Such as the choice of transport you will use from air to sea. The types of hotels you choose from budget to luxurious. The number of days you spend there. Or decide to try an alternative activity that is not in your itinerary, such as scuba diving. These are the considerations that will allow you to know the full cost of planning an Andaman holiday for you.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Tips before traveling to the Andaman Nicobar Islands

  1. Debit cards are accepted, but having money with you is preferred.
  2. The Andaman Nicobar Islands can be reached from Port Blair by ferry.
  3. The Andaman Nicobar Islands are absolutely secure places to visit.
  4. In such sites, provocative or tight wear can be avoided. Try their local traditions out.
  5. Airtel, BSNL, and Vodafone are the main telecom service providers.
  6. You ought to have C and D style power plugs and sockets.
  7. Wear stylish flip flops, shades, and caps on the beach.
  8. Smartphone, camera, and adaptor for travel.
  9. You’re on medications, a simple medicine bag, and health products for women, hygiene products, bug spray.

Conclusion

To experience a beach holiday like never before, gift yourself an Andaman tour package. Walk along the coastline, see breathtaking sights, and grab a taste of Andaman’s paradise. The most apparent justification for traveling to the Andaman is to fully let you go, refresh the body, and gather fresh ideas. You will discover that Andaman tourism has the appeal of a holiday. Whether you are looking for a relaxing beach vacation or an exciting holiday of trekking, snorkeling, and scuba diving.

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