Surrender yourself to a soulful vacation at Andaman and Nicobar away from the Mayhem in the city. And what better way to celebrate it than visiting these beautiful Islands of, full of life and adventure, where chaos ends at its worst. Take a sip of your Margarita while we take you on a tour across the Island.
Brief History of the Island
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a Union Territory consisting of 572 Islands which is located at the intersection of the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea.
The Territory’s capital is Port Blair City comprising of an 8250 sq.km land area. Post-Independence this Island became a part of India.
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands home the Sentinelese People. The Island has become a tourist destination because of its blissful beaches, ravishing food and a heavenly vacation destination package.
Bengali is the most spoken language, while Hindi is the official language of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The Island also has a tropical rain forest, despite its isolated landmasses with rich animal life.
En route Andaman and Nicobar
One of the easiest ways to travel to Andaman is by flight. This tourist destination houses its own airport at Port Blair which has good connectivity with Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, and Bangalore.
While the flights from Delhi and Mumbai take 5 hours, travellers from Chennai and Kolkata can reach in just 2 hours. The fare is costly, however, it’s worth because as it saves your time, money and energy.
Travelling from Port Blair to Nicobar Island is pretty easy and convenient through the sea to reach Campbell which is a region on Great Nicobar island.
You can reach by taking a chopper from Port Blair too. Ships leave from the harbours located in Vizag, Chennai and Kolkata thrice or four times in every month. The journey through waterways is cheap and it takes nearly 60- 70 hours to reach Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
To reach here, one has to first go to Wandoor and then take a jetty from there. Taxi costs Rs. 1800 for a private car that will take you to the jetty and return you back to Port Blair.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands Tourism
Apart from its Golden Beaches and tropical forests, the Island also offers a variety of Key Places one must visit.
Officially known as Swaraj Island is one of the most famous Islands ranking among the top 10 beaches. It is well-known for Snorkeling, Diving and the interior of the Island is a shelter to Birdlife.
It is a historic monument built during the reign of Britishers in Port Blair and depicts the history of India’s independence. You can visit from 9:00 A.M to 4: 00 P.M if you wish to taste the essence of freedom.
One can reach Ross Island by taking a Ferry from Water Sports Complex, Port Blair. You will reach in 15-20 Minutes and fees range from Rs. 150 to Rs. 500. The Island has a very vintage feeling where one travels back to the past to witness the Man- Caves, the Sanctuaries, the small industries built during the British Era. you can also enjoy a nice peaceful lunch along with your visit through this Island.
4.Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park
Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park is a national park of India near Wandoor on the Andaman Islands. It is a major national park for preserving the diminishing marine life like coral reefs, flora, fauna and there is an old Japenese temple too. Andaman’s best sports activities like scuba diving, snorkelling, paddle boating, and surfing, is experienced here.
It is one of the third highest peaks on the Andaman Islands with a magnificent view overlooking the blue sea and the thick forests. It is located 40 km from Port Blair. It is a must-visit if you wish to watch the glorious sunset
This museum has preserved some of the best artefacts used by the Tribals during the past era. The artefacts include clothes, utensils, ways of life used and it takes us back to the start leaving a captivating memory.
7.Campbell Bay National Park
It is situated on the Great Nicobar Island. One can reach here by either taking a helicopter/ferry boat from Port Blair. The best to visit the museum is from October-March as the climate conditions are pleasant and you can also watch the wildflowers in full bloom.
Best Things to do when at Andaman/ Nicobar Island
- Snorkelling – When Snorkelling in Andaman, one has to go to the best places and that is why we have Elephant Beach and Havock Island, two of the top places for Snorkeling. You can also swim with the Elephants at the Elephant Beach.
- Light and sound show – Confused about what to do at night, we got you covered. A form of nighttime entertainment takes place at the Cellular Jail in Port Blair which narrates the historical significance in the form of Light and Sound for Visual Effect.
- Hindi show starts from 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
- English show starts from 7:15 pm. Jail Museum opens from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, and from 1:30 pm to 4:45 pm.
- Corbyn’s Cove Beach– A serene and unspoiled beach where one can enjoy water sports and relax with the sonorous sound of the Beach. There is no transport to reach this place, Cellular Jail is the shortest route to this destination.
- Barren Island (Volcano Tour) – This trip usually begins from Havelock Island at 5:30 AM in the morning and ends by 4 PM. The total duration is about 10 – 12 Hours. Fishing can also be done during the tour. Breakfast and Lunch are included in the tour. The island can be accessed by the visitors, with the prior permission of the department concerned.
Food and Cuisine at Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Travel and Food go hand-in-hand, and right here on the Island one can find diversity in Indian cuisine. Being a tropical island, you cannot miss out on the variety of fish it has to offer. From crabs to lobsters, and lip-smacking sardines and mackerel.
You will also find a variety of South Indian, Bengali, Kerala, and Andhra cuisine here. Many restaurants and cafes in Andaman also offer plenty of North Indian food varieties like naan, parathas, and Mughlai dishes.
For Fast food lovers, the delicious pizzas and burgers on Havelock Island are a must-try too. You can not overlook the food at this Island which is pocket friendly and also comes with a soothing ambience.
The top restaurants one must try is the Moon Cafe situated on Havelock Island, Sinclairs Bayview at Port Blair comes with a breathtaking view and various cuisines, New Light House Restaurant at Port Blair.
Best Time to Visit Andaman Nicobar
Andaman and Nicobar islands climate is always warm with cool sea breeze and it is always a tropical climate. The monsoon season occurs twice a year from mid-May to September and from November to January.
Andaman and Nicobar islands weather is never extreme and the best time to visit Andaman islands is between the months of November and April.
Important Information To Note Before You Plan Your Visit:
- Monday is a public holiday in Andaman and Nicobar islands, therefore, crosscheck before you visit the place. For certain places, Forest Department gives entry permits.
- Fees can be paid on the spot for it along with camera charges.
- Usage of plastic bottles and bag is strictly controlled on the island to ensure the environment clean and safe. Therefore, security deposits must be deposited for plastic however they will be returned back.
- Cloth and Jute bags are always available for rent.
- Safety is the foremost importance to the tourists and crime is extremely low in these islands.
In conclusion, it’s perfectly safe for lone travellers.
Interesting Facts about the Andaman Islands:
- The name ‘ANDAMAN’ is taken from the Malay language which means Hanuman.
- The name ‘NICOBAR’ seems to be a corruption of the South Indian term ‘Nakkavaram’ (Land of the Naked) as indicated in the great Tanjore inscription of AD 1050.
- Katchal, an Island near Nicobar was the first place on earth to catch the sunrise.
- The State Animal of Andaman is the Dugong, also known as the sea cow, which can be found in Little Andaman.
- The largest sea turtles are found on the Andaman Islands.
- If you notice closely the scene behind the Rs. 20 note depicts the lush-green scenery of the North Bay Island and the same view can be seen on the way to Mount Harriet. Mount Harriet is the second highest peak in the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago.