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Complete Guide Andaman Island 

 

Region: East India

Location: Bay of Bengal

No. of Islands: 572

Highest Elevation: 2402 ft

Highest Point: Saddle Peak

Largest City: Port Blair

About:

The Andaman Islands forms an archipelago (a group of many islands in a large body of water) in the Bay of Bengal between India to the west and Myanmar to the north and east. The Andaman Islands are home to the only knownPaleolithic people, theSentinelese people, who have had no contact with any other people. The name of the Andaman is ancient. The Andaman Islands are home to the only knownPaleolithic people, the Sentinelese people, who have had no contact with any other people. The Andaman Islands have been inhabited for several thousand years, at the very least.

Place to Visit:

There are seven places to visit in Andaman Island.

1. Bharatpur Beach

2. Cellular Jail

3. Limestone Caves

4. Marine Park and Aquarium

5. Radhanagr Beach

6. Viper Island

7. The great Nicobar Island.

Bharatpur Beach

Bharatpur Beach is famous for its coral reefs and white shores. The best time to visit these beaches is during mornings and evenings. The morning time is especially good for the people who would like to go snorkeling and enjoy the view of the coral reefs located here. Because of the beauty of the reefs located here, Neil islands are often termed as the coral capital of Andaman.   

Cellular Jail

Cellular Jail also known as Kaala Pani (Black Waters) the cellular jail is perhaps one of the most infamous remnants of India’s struggle for independence. The jail is located at Port Blair and is a recommended place to visit. The construction of the prison started in 1896 and was completed in 1906 and the bricks used in the construction were imported from Burma. The building comprised of 7 wings which were designed in a crises-cross pattern with its center being a tower used by the guards to keep a close watch on the prisoners. The main motive of the establishment of this prison was solitary confinement of the prisoners.

Limestone Caves

Limestone caves located at the Baratang Island. Limestone caves are a must visit site for all the people who are planning their itinerary for the Andaman and Nicobar islands. While there is not much to see at the caves except for marveling at this natural wonder, the speed boat journey one takes is totally worth it. The boat ride is covered with a canopy of the forest which is also a home to the indigenous ‘Jarwa’ tribe.

 Radhanagar Beach

Radhanagar Beach is located on the western coast of the Havelock Island. It is one of the most popular beaches in India and is termed as the best beach in Asia by TIME magazine in 2004. The beach is situated around a distance of 12 kilometers from the Havelock islands and is a must visit site. The waters are sparkling blue and devoid of any wave action. There are a huge number of activities that one can do like scuba diving, snorkeling, boating, fishing etc. The beach is especially popular for couples as it is almost vacant and the serene environment adds to the romance. One can also enjoy elephant rides here. The best way to enjoy the beauty of the beach is to take a camera and go on a long stroll and click photographs amidst the white sands and the blue waters, the sunset at this beach is a marvel to behold.

Viper Island

The Viper Island gets its name from the snakes that inhabit the island. The islands are famous for the ruins of a jail that precedes the cellular jail or the Kaala paani. The jail was formerly used to incarcerate political prisoners and we can still see the ruins of the gallows at this island. The jail had many notable political prisoners from India’s struggle to independence. The place no matter how notorious it was during the colonial period is  a picturesque location which is one of the most important tourist destinations in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

The great Nicobar Island

The largest of the Nicobar Islands in India, the great Nicobar Island covers an area of 1,045 sq kilometers. The island is however sparsely populated with a population of around 10,000. Nevertheless, the great Nicobar Island is known widely for its rainforest that houses a diverse wildlife, and is also a part of the World biosphere reserve. The unique location of the island rainforest has made it a home to several unique species of fauna and aqua fauna. The island also contains the indigenous tribe called ‘Shompen’ which is one of the oldest tribes in the world.

How to reach there:

BY AIR

Port Blair is connected with Chennai and Calcutta by air.

Indian Airlines

Kingfisher Red

Jet Lite

BY SEA

Regular passenger ship services are available to Port Blair from Chennai, Calcutta and Vishakhapatnam and back. The voyage takes about 50 to 60 hours.

 

Shipping services

   Kolkata – Port Blair

: Journey time about 66 hrs (1,255kms)

   Vishakhapatnam – Port Blair

: Journey time about 56 hrs (1,200kms)

   Chennai – Port Blair

: Journey time about 60hrs (1,190kms)

Where to Stay:

There are many Hotels are available to stay. 5 star hotel, 4star hotel, 3 star hotel, 2 star hotel, and Budget hotel, Hostel, Guesthouse/B&B and Apartment. 

Best time to visit:

Andaman has a moderate temperature all through the year within the range of 23°C to 31°C. It has a tropical climate. There are no severe climate conditions except for tropical storms and rains in late summers and monsoons.

$1·         Summers (March to May) are warm but pleasant with sea breeze and have humidity level about 80%. It is suitable for all kinds of tourist activities.

$1·         Monsoon season is also recommended for visit to Andaman & Nicobar Islands as tourist can have more options both indoors and outdoors. There is no water logging or traffic jams. The lush green vegetation and scenic beauty of the islands are more predominant in monsoon. Monsoons (May to August) and Post Monsoons (September to November) accompany medium to heavy rain falls.

$1·         Hoteliers in Andamans offer attractive discounts during monsoon seasons.

$1·         Winters (December to February) are not chilly and ideal for sightseeing.

Best time to visit Andaman is from October to May.

$1·         June to September is prone to heavy rains.

$1·         October to May is ideal for sightseeing and also to engage in water sports activities.

Activities to do:

Water sports, hiking and trekking, Sightseeing tours, Working and Volunteering and Fishing.

Snorkeling Sites

Snorkeling and Scuba diving are the most popular activities in the Andaman Islands. Snorkeling is an activity that has no real barriers when it comes to age, fitness level or enjoyment. For water enthusiasts who can't swim very well and hence can't do the diving courses, snorkeling is a great way to enjoy the wonderful marine life that the Emerald Isles have to offer. Divers too like to snorkel and free diving can be just as thrilling and amazing.

All you need is a mask & a pair of fins - exploring the underwater world just couldn't be easier or more rewarding. It's really simple, so if you are just a beginner and have never tried it before don't miss this opportunity to get your glimpse of what the underwater world has to offer. Believe us- it will take your breath away!

Scuba Diving

Discover Scuba Diving (for first timers and non certified divers; 1 dive) - Rs.4, 500

Discover Scuba Extra Dive (1 extra dive on same day as original DSD) - Rs.1, 500

Day Diving (for certified divers only) - 2 dives/day - Rs.4, 500

Night Dive (for certified divers only) - Rs.3, 000

Bubblemaker (1 dive for first timers aged between 8 and 10 years old) - Rs.5, 000

Full Scuba Review including 1 dive - Rs.5, 000

Lite Scuba Refresher including 2 dives - Rs.5, 000

Candle Light Dinner in Andaman

Island Hopping

Coconut trees crouch over white sands, limestone cliffs soar from clear aquamarine water and another magnificent sunset unfolds; it must bethe Andaman Seaoff the southwest coast of Thailand. The decision to visit this, one of the world's most idyllic destinations is an easy one, but choosing an island or two can be tough. Settling into a single island for a solid chunk of time is the best way to fully unwind, but if seeking adventure, why nothop till you dropby way of high-speed ferries?

Moon Light Fishing

Andaman Game Fishing is a premium game fishing operator, located at the Andaman & Nicobar Islands of India and is a sister company from Captain Hook’s Sportsfishing. The company has been founded in 2014 by Mr. Qutub Taher and his partner with the eye on expanding Captain Hook’s current product portfolio and legacy. With the addition of our new boat, we will be able to fish out further, discover new and untouched fishing grounds. We aim to deliver impeccable service levels and exceed our clients’ expectations.  Qutub will closely manage the operational aspects of the business. So that clients can not only enjoy a bigger boat, but are sure that they can expect the same level of services and hospitality as when booking a fishing trip with Captain Hook.

Five Famous Beaches

Andaman Beaches

Andaman Beaches are blessed with unparalleled natural beauty. Unlike many beaches which are famous for swimming, surfing and other watersport activities, Andaman Beaches are home to turtles, salt water crocodiles, reticulate pythons and water monitor lizards. These will not spoil your vacation, but will add feeling of closeness to nature. Some of the noted beaches in Andaman are as follows:

Radhanagar Beach

Radhanagar Beach was voted "best beach" of Southeast Asia few years back. About 5 kilometers in length, this beach offers the flawless splendor of nature at its best. The beach is completely devoid of any noise; the only sound you hear is the rhythmic sound of the waves hitting the coastline. Lined with a series of tall, arrogant Mahua trees, this beach has picturesque beauty. You can spend a the day here at a leisurely pace, swimming in the greenish-blue sea, eating spicy local food in small hut restaurants, and taking an elephant ride along the beach and the Mahua forest.

Corbyn’s Cove

Corbyn’s Cave is located about 10 kilometers southeast of the capital, Port Blair. Flanked by a host of swaying coconut and palm trees, this beach is one of the most popular beaches in Andaman. The arc-shaped white sandy beach is ideal for sun basking. Besides, this is a decent spot for snorkeling, and the snake island nearby is a coral island ideal for scuba diving. You can swim in Corbyn’s Cove Beach, but it is recommended that you do not swim in Snake Island, as the current in the water is very strong and can be dangerous for swimming.

Ramnagar Beach

Ramnagar beach is situated on Diglipur Island in North Andaman, and can be reached from Port Blair or Mayabunder using the daily ferry service. This beach is famous for turtle nestling. The peak period to visit this beach is from December to February. You may also visit the watersports center for more adventurous activities. You can further embark upon a small trek to the Saddle Peak, which is roughly 732 meters in height and offers a panoramic view of the entire beach from its summit.

Karmatang Beach

Karmatang Beach, 240 kilometers from Port Plair, is located in Mayabunder in middle Andaman, and can be reached by road or by boat from Port Blair. This is a famous nestling ground for leatherback turtles, green sea turtles, hawksbill turtles and olive ridley turtles. This beach, which is currently being developed as a tourist spot, is ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling. You can also trek to Mount Harriet and the forests of Madhuban to get even more intimate with nature and wildlife.

Five Famous Restaurants

Garden View Restaurants

The place serves fresh and delicious food but that’s not the best part of the restaurant, the couple running this place is determined ensure our the island & our planet remains a beautiful place. They don’t use any plastic and make food in the most natural way as possible. It’s about 10-15 min walk from the main market.

Sunshine Restaurant

A very good place to have grilled fish. It is really awesome and the rate is reasonable and very acceptable. Other dishes are very average though. Fried rice is very oily. It’s a good place for a budget lunch, dinner & snacks. This restaurant is a sort of a small hut with outdoor sitting.

Bay Island Hotel Restaurant

Restaurant was located in a fortune hotel ,my order was ver simple like one shake and pasta and dosa.in a few minute they started with shake and pasta really it was yummy open direct sea view and fresh air make me more happy very clean and perfumed with very balance fresher .great day with meal.

Moon Shine Restaurant

Good restaurant and worth a visit if you are staying at the pearl park or tango beach. Tried the prawn pasta which was lovely tasty and fresh. Beer is the best nice and cold and just what is needed when it's baking outside. Had such a nice meal went back next day for lunch and dinner?

Clownfish Restaurant

Clownfish Restaurant a small beach side eatery with a very limited menu serves the most amazing pizzas in Havelock Island. The menu is very limited but everything on it can be called their speciality dish. It is a great place to unwind after a diving session. Some of their must-have dishes include home-made muesli with yoghurt, barbecue chicken pizzas and lamb burgers.

Hiking and Trekking

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are blessed with the magnanimous presence of many marvelous hillocks which are perfectly good for trekking. Trekking is one of the most sought-after adventure sports in the Andaman and Nicobar islands. It is also called as 'backpacking' or 'bushwalking' or 'stramping'.

Best Time to Trek in Andaman and Nicobar Islands is from the month of November to the month of April. The peak season to visit this place is December and January.

MOUNT HARRIET - MADHUBAN

The rocky stretch of terrain that extends from the magniloquent hammock known as Mount Harriet to Madhuban. This sprawling plot of land is covered in Captivating woodlands which house a variety of wild creatures and exotic plant species. Starts from Mount Harriet to Madhuban by trekking through the jungle approximately covering 16 Kms. Exotic endemic birds, butterflies are interesting sights of this wilderness trek.

CHIDIA TAPU - KALA PAHAD

For adventure lovers Chidia Tapu has a little more to offer. A trekking trail, which passes through forest and beautiful coast line to reach the Kala Pahad(Black Mountain). The trail starts at the shore of Chidiya Tapu beach and moves up passing through dense forest. It’s advisable to take a guide or travel in groups to reach the Kala Pahad. Upon reaching Kala Pahad, an elongated black cliff at the edge of Chidia Tapu with an open sea scape is an amazing site, which most travelers visiting these islands miss.

HAVELOCK - ELEPHANT BEACH

Trek through wilderness of Havelock and find your ways to the mangroves. Pass through mangrove mesh to reach the Elephant beach. Beautiful coast line and cool breeze accompanies you during your journey. Approximate time - 45 minutes. Here is one location where you can know more about this trip along with pictures trekking to Elephant Beach

BARATANG - LIMESTONE CAVES

The journey to the cave after passing through mangrove forest is a lifetime experience for some. Pass through walkways made by cutting through dense forest and large stones. Approximate Time: 15 - 20 minutes. Here is one location where you can know more about this trip along with pictures Baratang Island Trip

DIGLIPUR - RAMAN (ALFRED) CAVES

Mystical caves & majestic interconnections: A connected and separated chain of 22 caves, they are amongst the least explored and understood places, yet indeed they are among the most beautiful places on earth.

DIGLIPUR - SADDLE PEAK

A range of lush ever green forest territory with 13 indigenous birds species, 36 indigenous species of insects, and 6 species of indigenous trees., This location is a rich bio- diverse nature paradise. Saddle peak is popular for trekking and has nature trails through the evergreen rain forest. Although only being 732 meters above sea level, it is the highest point on the islands. Kalpong is the only river of Andaman Islands which flows through it, and it has the very first hydroelectric project of the islands.

 

 

Helicopter Ride

Helicopter Services can be availed for inter Island transport in Andaman and is open for both tourists and Islanders.

Schedule for Inter Island Helicopter Service in Andaman and Nicobar Islands updated on October, 2011

The Andaman and Nicobar Administration and Pawan Hans Helicopter Limited in collaboration operate regular Helicopter services for Inter Island Transport in Andaman.Filght Sectors are a) Port Blair to Havelock. B) Port Blair to Neil Island. Pawan Hans Helicopter flies a 10-seater Dauphin 365 N Helicopter.

Week Days

From

To

Departure

Arrival

Flight Duration

Mondays

PORT BLAIR

NEIL ISLAND

800

820

20

NEIL ISLAND

HAVELOCK

825

840

15

HAVELOCK

PORT BLAIR

845

905

20

Wednesdays

PORT BLAIR

HAVELOCK

1100

1120

20

HAVELOCK

PORT BLAIR

1125

1145

20

Thursdays

PORT BLAIR

HAVELOCK

910

935

20

HAVELOCK

PORT BLAIR

940

1000

20

Saturdays

PORT BLAIR

HAVELOCK

700

720

20

HAVELOCK

PORT BLAIR

725

745

20

           

Fare for Inter Island Helicopter Service in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

           

Sl no

From

To

Fare Subsidy for Islanders

Fare for Non Islanders,Tourists

 

1

Port Blair

Neil Island

RS 340(One Way)

RS 860(One Way)

 

2

Port Blair

Havelock Island

RS 340(One Way)

RS 860(One Way)

 

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Some planned initiatives at AIR:

  • Collection and distribution of old clothes
  • Free tree plantations and distribution of saplings
  • Conducting free Medical Camp for rural populations
  • Conducting health check up for street children in and around Mumbai.
  • Rural development and uplifment.
  • Fund collection thru donation, garage sale etc

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