Andaman & Nicobar Islands is a group of over 572 Islands, islets and rocks (37 of which are inhabited) in the Bay of Bengal, South-East of the Indian mainland.The Andaman & Nicobar Islands is nearer to Myanmar,Indonesia and Thailand than to the Indian mainland. Andaman&Nicobar Islands stretches over a length of more than 800 kms from North to South. Some of the large Islands are Middle Andaman, North Andaman, South Andaman, Baratang and Little Andaman islands. The northern most point is Landfall Island and the southern most, Indira Point.The Nicobar group of Islands is out of bounds for Tourism activities. i.e., only the Andaman group of Islands are open for Tourism. This is because the majority of people living in Nicobar Islands are Tribal’s. The capital of Andaman & Nicobar Islands is Port Blair. Most of the islands are in the Andamans group, 26 of which are inhabited. The Nicobars comprise some 22 main islands, 10 of which are inhabited. The Andamans and Nicobars are separated by the Ten Degree Channel, some 150 km wide. The territory’s population as per the year 2001 Census of India is 356,152. The total land area of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands is approximately 8,249 Square kms.The total area of the Andaman Islands is some6,408 km² & that of the Nicobar Islands approximately 1,841 Square kms. The major languages spoken in Andaman & Nicobar Islands are Bengali, Hindi, Malayalam, English, Tamil, Nicobarese and Telugu. Since pre-historic times aboriginal tribes have lived on these Islands. The Andaman group is inhabited by tribes of Negrito origin, while the Nicobar Islands are inhabited by tribes of Mongloid origin. There are 4 tribes in the Andaman District and they are Great Andamanese, Onges, Jarawas and Sentinelese, while 2 other tribes, Nicobarese & Shompens of Mongloid origin livein Nicobar district. The topography of the Andaman islands is hilly and they abound in evergreen forests. Timber is plentiful and of a vast variety. These undulating islands are covered with dense forests and endless variety of exotic flora and fauna. However, the Timber of Andaman & Nicobar Islands cannot be commercially extracted due to the order&ruling of the Supreme Court of India. The reserved and protected forests extend over 86% area of the territory and the forest cover is more than 92%. About 50% of the forests has been set aside as Tribal Reserves, National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries. Mythologically, the name Andaman is presumed to be derived from Hanuman,who was known to the Malays as Handuman. Since pre-historic times, these islands were the home of aboriginal tribes. The first settlement by the British took place in 1789, which was later abandoned in 1796. The second settlement was basically a penal settlement, established in 1858, after the First War of Indian Independence, followed by the settlement of convicts, Moplas, some criminal tribes from Central and United Provinces, refugees from erstwhile East Pakistan, Burma and Sri Lanka as well as ex-servicemen. People of all faiths like Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhist etc., live together in complete peace and harmony. Inter-religion and inter-regional marriages are common. This amazing racial and cultural mix is correctly described as Mini-India. The sandy beaches of Andaman & Nicobar Islands are fringed with coconut-palms. The sea around the islands offer excellent scope for water sports. Adventure tourism like trekking, Camping, snorkelling, scuba diving etc., are the real attractions. A visit to the Andaman & Nicobar Islands is a memorable lifetime experience. The Indian government is trying to develop the Andaman Islands into a low volume, high yield tourist zone. To promote eco-friendly tourism, the Andaman and Nicobar Administration is developing 36 beach sites on the islands. India’s first ever marina is to be developed in A&N islands. The Government is starting unique projects like introduction of seaplane service for the first time in India. The administration will set up canopy walkways, luxury cottages, and procure luxury boats to attract high-end tourists. Plans are afoot to start more sound and light shows and setting up de-compressions chambers for scuba drivers in the islands in the near future.Annual tourist arrivals at the Andaman & Nicobar Islands increased to 130,000 in2009 as comparedto33,716 tourist arrivals recorded in 1990.
The canopied rain forests of the islands harbour 3000 species of plants including mangroves, epiphytes, palms, woody climbers, timbers (teak, mahogany, Andaman Paduack) and a wide variety of tropical fruits and 6451 species of fauna both in marine and coral. Considering a wide variety of tropical fish and coral. Considering the diversity and uniqueness of flora & fauna and the fragile nature of the eco system here 96 sanctuaries spread over 4662.18 Sq. Kms. And 9 National Parks spread over 1153.93 Sq. Kms. Have been notified in these islands. There is also a Biosphere Reserve.The islands have a tropical climate. The South-west Monsoon sets in Andaman Nicobar islands towards the end of May and the North-east Monsoon in November. There is no fury of hot summer, no chilling winter, no water clogging or traffic jams. For those who want to enjoy boating, swimming, snorkeling, sightseeing all 12 months is season. North Indians find relief from burning heat and chilling winter if they visit the island from May/June/July and in December/January. Season for nature lovers is May to December when forest is lush green and waterfalls are at their prime. Divers can enjoy the best during December to April and bird watchers during winter times. Normal rainfall at Port Blair : 3900 mm Mean Minimum Temperature : 23.2° C Mean Maximum Temperature : 25° C Mean relative Humidity : 80 % The Andaman and Nicobar Islands, located in the east of the Indian mainland geographically, float in splendid isolation in the Bay of Bengal. Once a hill range extending from Myanmar to Indonesia, these picturesque undulating islands, islets numbering around 572, are covered with dense rain-fed, damp and evergreen forests and endless varieties of exotic flora and fauna. Most of these islands (about 550) are in the Andaman Group, 28 of which are inhabited. The smaller Nicobars, comprise some 22 main islands (10 inhabited). The Andaman and Nicobars are separated by the Ten Degree Channel which is 150 Kms. wide. These islands also boast of freedom fighting days’ historically significant landmarks viz. Cellular Jail, Ross Island, Viper Island, Hopetown and Mount Harriet. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands have been declared as two of the 218 endemic bird area of the world. As many as 270 species and sub-species of birds have been reported existing in these islands, 106 of them being endemic. The Andaman Wood Pigeon, Andaman Padauk and Dugong are declared as State Bird, State Tree and State Animal respectively. There are about 96 Wildlife Sanctuaries, nine National Parks and one Biosphere Reserve in the islands. These islands are blessed with the bounties of both south-west and north-east monsoons.Administratively, the Union Territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands has three revenue Districts. Port Blair- the capital and gateway to the islands lies in South Andaman Island and falls under South Andaman District. The latest North & Middle Andaman District with Mayabunder as headquarters lies separated from South Andaman District by a creek. Car Nicobar is the District Head quarter of Nicobar District. As per 2011 Census, the total population of Andaman & Nicobar stands 3,79,944 and the literacy rate is 86.27%. Demographics: As of 2011, the population of the Andaman was 343,125, having grown from 50,000 in 1960. The bulk of the population originates from immigrants who came to the island since the colonial times, mainly of Bengali, Hindustani and Tamil backgroundsIndigenous Andamanese The Great Andamanese are an indigenous people of the Great Andaman archipelago in the Andaman Islands. Historically, the Great Andamanese lived throughout the archipelago, and were divided into ten major tribes.Their distinct but closely related languages comprised the Great Andamanese languages,one of the two identified Andamanese language families.The Great Andamanese were clearly related to the other Andamanese peoples, but were well separated from them by culture and geography. The languages of those other four groups were only distantly related to those of the Great Andamanese and mutually unintelligible;they are classified in a separate family, the Ongan languages.Once the most numerous of the five major groups in the Andaman Islands with an estimated population between 2,000 and 6,600,the Great Andamanese were heavily decimated by diseases,alcohol,colonial warfare and loss of huntingterritory. Only 52 remained as of February 2010, and the tribal and linguistic distinctions have largely disappeared, so they may now be considered a single Great Andamanese ethnic group with mixed Burmese, Hindi and aboriginal descent.Jarawas (Andaman Islands)The Jarawas (also Järawa, Jarwa) (Jarawa: Aong, pronounced are an indigenous people of the Andaman Islands in India. They live in parts of South Andaman and Middle Andaman Islands, and their present numbers are estimated at between 250–400 individuals.They have largely shunned interaction with outsiders,and many particulars of their society,culture and traditions are poorly understood.The Jarawas are recognised as an Adivasi group in India. Along with other indigenous Andamanese peoples, they have inhabited the islands for at least several thousand years, and most likely a great deal longer. The Andaman Islands have been known to outsiders since antiquity; however, until quite recent times they were infrequently visited, and such contacts were predominantly sporadic and temporary. For the greater portion of their history their only significant contact has been with other Andamanese groups. Through many decades, the contact to the tribe has diminished quite significantly.There is some indication that the Jarawa regarded the now-extinct Jangil tribe as a parent tribe from which they split centuries or millennia ago, even though the Jarawa outnumbered and eventually out-survived the Jangil. The Jangil were presumed extinct by 1931. Contact, settlements and dislocation Before the 19th century, the Jarawa homelands were located in the southeast part of South Andaman Island and nearby islets. With the establishment of the initial British settlement, these are suspected to have been largely depopulated by disease shortly after 1789. The Great Andamanese tribes were similarly depopulated by the introduction of alcohol and opium, leaving open the western areas which the Jarawa gradually made their new homeland. The spreading of opium and alcohol was to some extent sponsored by the colonial authorities in order to depopulate the Jarawa. The immigration of mainland Indian and Karen (Burmese) settlers, beginning about two centuries ago, accelerated this process. Prior to their initiating contact with settled populations in 1997, the Jarawa were noted for vigorously maintaining their independence and distance from external groups, actively discouraging most incursions and attempts at contact. Since 1998, they have been in increasing contact with the outside world and have increasingly been the initiators of such contact. All contact, especially with tourists, remains extremely dangerous to the Jarawa due to the risk of disease.Of the remaining Andamanese peoples,and their society and traditions persist with little variance from their practices they observed before the first significant contacts were made. Today the Jarawa are in regular contact with the outside world through settlements on the fringes of their Reserve, through daily contact with outsiders along the AndamanTrunk Road and at jetties,marketplaces and hospitals near the road and atsettlements near the reserve, with some children even showing up at mainstream schools and asking to be educated along with settler children.The Jarawas are hostile towards outsiders and are accessible to Indian linguists. The Jarawas are the only remaining Negrito remnants of the Andaman Islands out of four. Other than having a history as traditional hunter-forager-fishermen, they also had reputations as warriors and uncompromising defenders of their territory. The Jarawas lived through British encroachment in the 19th century, as well as Japanese occupation later on.Jarawas currently have a population of 270 remaining.Their primary threat is ahighway, Andaman Trunk Road, running through their territory and reserve of 1,028 square kilometers of dense evergreen forests. Hunting and diet As the Jarawas are a nomadic tribe, they hunt endemic wild pigs, monitor lizards and other quarry with bows and arrows. They would keep no dogs to help hunting, until recently to become more similar to the Onges and Andamanese Since this is an island tribe, food sources in the ocean are highly important to them. Men would fish with bows and arrows in shallow water. Women would catch fish with baskets.Mollusks, dugongs and turtles are a major part of the Jarawa diet. Besides meat and seafood, Jarawas love to collect fruit, tubers and honey from the forest. In order to get the honey from the bees, they would use a plant extract to calm the bees.The Jarawa bow, made of chuiood (Sageraca elliptica) is also known as “aao” in their own language. The arrow is called “patho”. The wooden head of the arrow is made of areca wood. To make the iron head arrow, called “aetaho” in their language, they use iron and areca wood or babmo. Their chest guard in order to go hunting or for any raids is called “kekad” Impact of the Great Andaman Trunk Road The biggest threat to the Jarawa in recent years came from the building of the Great Andaman Trunk Road through their newer western forest homeland in the 1970s.In late 1997, some Jarawa started coming out of their forest to visit nearby settlements for the first time. Within months a serious measles epidemic broke out.In 2006 the Jarawa suffered another outbreak of measles. No deaths were reported.The impact of the highway, in addition to widespread encroachment, poaching and commercial exploitation of Jarawa lands, caused a lawsuit to be filed with the Calcutta High Court, which has jurisdiction over the islands. The case escalated to the Supreme Court of India as a Public Interest Litigation (PIL). The Society for Andaman and Nicobar Ecology, the Bombay Natural History Society and Pune-based Kalpavriksh joined in the petition, resulting in a landmark High Court judgment in 2001, directing theadministration to take steps to protect the Jarawa from encroachment and contact, as well as preemptively ruling out any program that involved relocating the Jarawa to a new reservation. Planned extensions of the highway were also prohibited by the court.However,the Light of that the changes to the Jarawa werelikely irreversible and should have been assessed morethoroughly before the road was built. Impact of tourism A major problem is the volume of sightseeing tours that are operated by private companies, where tourists view, photograph or otherwise attempt interactions with Jarawas, who are often begging by the highway. These are illegal under Indian law, and in March 2008, the Tourism Department of the Andaman and Nicobar administration issued a fresh warning to tour operators that attempting contact with Jarawas, photographing them, stopping vehicles while transiting through their land or offering them rides were prohibited under the Protection of Aboriginal Tribes Regulation, 1956 and would be prosecuted under a strict interpretation of the statute. It has been alleged, however, that these rules are being flouted with over 500 tourists being taken to view Jarawas daily by private tour operators, while being shown as transiting to legitimate destinations and resulting in continuing daily interaction between the Jarawa and day tourists inside the reserve area.In 2006, the Indian travel company Barefoot had established a resort 3 km distant from the Jarawa reserve. The development was the subject of a recent court case brought by a small section of Andaman authorities who wanted to stop the resort, and appealed against a Calcutta High Court ruling allowing it to continue. Barefoot won that case.Some Indian tourism companies bring tourists close to their secluded areas where the natives are tossed food from the caravans. In 2012, a video shot by a tourist showed women encouraged to dance by an off-camera policeman.On 21 January 2013 a Bench of Justices G.S. Singhvi and H.L. Gokhale passed an interim order banning tourists from taking the trunk road passing through Jarawa area. As a response to this interim order, a petition was filed on behalf of local inhabitants which stated that the Andaman Trunk Road is a very vital road and connects more than 350 villages. The Supreme Court therefore, on 5 March 2013 reversed its interim order, allowing the road to be fully re-opened, but with vehicles only being allowed to travel in large convoys four times a day.Of the people who live in the Andaman Islands, a small minority of about 1,000 are the so-called Andamanese, the aboriginal inhabitants (adivasi) of the islands. By the 1850s when they first came into sustained contact by outside groups, there were estimated 7,000 Andamanese, divided into the following major groups: Administrative capital : PORT BLAIR – THE CAPITAL OF ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS Port Blair is the capital of the Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Port Blair is the gateway to the pristine islands. Port Blair, an Island town offering water-based activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, sea-cruises, and glimpses of the history and culture of the region. The Aberdeen Bazaar forms the centre of the town. Airports : Veer Savarkar Airport, Port Blair, Veer Savarkar International Airport also known as Port Blair Airport (IATA: IXZ, ICAO: VOPB), is a customs airport located 2 km (1.2 mi) south of Port Blair and is the main airport of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India. It is named after Vinayak Damodar Savarkar. It operates as a civil enclave, sharing airside facilities with INS Utkrosh of the Indian Navy Overview The airport has a single runway of 3,290 m (10,794 ft) in length, accommodating most narrow-body aircraft, that includes Airbus A320, Airbus A321, Boeing 737. Restricted Area Permits for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are available on entry. Except for the civilian terminal operated by the Airports Authority of India, all other air traffic operations over Port Blair are undertaken by the Indian Navy. New terminal A new terminal building is under construction and is scheduled for commissioning by March 2018. The AAI had initially projected a requirement of 26 acres of land for construction of the new terminal building. The local administration reduced it to almost 19 acres, 10.60 acres of which has been acquired from the Andaman & Nicobar Administration, 4.72 acres is from the Indian Navy, and the remaining 3.39 acres is yet to be acquired. Airlines and destination. Airlines Destinations Air India Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Visakhapatnam GoAir Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, IndiGo Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata Jet Airways Chennai (ends 30 June 2018) SpiceJet Chennai, Delhi, Kochi, Kolkata Vistara Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata There is only one terminal with 2 gates and no aerobridges. Buses are used to provide transportation from the terminal to the aircraft parked on the apron. In 2009, construction work commenced to expand the apron. Distances : 1255kms from Kolkata, 1190kms from Chennai, 1200kms from VishakhapatnamBY AIR The Veer Savarkar Airport, an International Airport is located in the capital town of Port Blair, the gateway to Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Port Blair, is connected with Chennai, Kolkata, New Delhi and Bhubaneshwar by air. Air India, Jet Airways, Jet lite, Go Air & Spice Jet Airlines operate regular flights. Foreign chartered flights are also permitted to land at Port Blair subject to the fulfilment of guidelines of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.BY SHIP Regular passenger ship services are available to Port Blair from Chennai, Kolkata and Visakhapatnam and back. There are three to four sailings every month from Kolkata and Chennai to Port Blair and vice-versa. There is only one sailing for Visakhapatnam in a month. The voyage takes about 50 to 60 hours during fair weather.BY SHIP Regular passenger ship services are available to Port Blair from Chennai, Kolkata and Visakhapatnam and back. There are three to four sailings every month from Kolkata and Chennai to Port Blair and vice-versa. There is only one sailing for Visakhapatnam in a month. The voyage takes about 50 to 60 hours during fair weather. More information 03192234012,Mail us :firstname.lastname@example.org Currency : Indian Rupees Altitude : Varies from sea level to 732 meters Highest peak : Saddle peak – 732 meters Climate : Tropical climate throughout the year with average minimum temperature at 23°C and maximum at 32°C. Humidity : Relatively high – 70% to 90%, with a gentle breeze blowing all the time. The weather is generally pleasant with average annual rainfall of 3000 mm in Port Blair. Population : 3,80,000 approx Forest cover : 92% protected forest; 86% reserve forest Clothing : Cottons throughout the year Internet Access : Good in Port Blair, but very poor dial up connections on extremely slow speeds in most other important islands like Havelock and Neil. Satellite internet is available in Havelock although expensive. Data cards (of a few companies) work in Port Blair, however do not work at all on other Islands. Most of the islands do not have internet access at all. Mobile & Telephone Access : Mobile providers include BSNL, Vodafone and Airtel with Reliance functioning currently only in Port Blair with excellent connectivity. As you travel away from the city of Port Blair to outer city limits or other islands, connectivity may become weak. ISD code : +91-3192 STD Code : 03192
Local bus services are not very well developed however dependable regular reliable ferries ply to all important islands. Auto rickshaws and taxis are easily available.LOCAL TRANSPORT Taxis, autos, buses, minibuses are the mode of local transport in Port Blair and other tourist places. Two wheelers are available for hire in most of the places for sightseeing. In small islands like Havelock and Neil, cycles are advisable for exploring places of interest. In Port Blair, pre-paid cab service is available at Airport (Arrival Hall) and Mohanpura, Opp. Bus terminus to all important outer islands connected by Road. Bus services are operated by Private Operators and also Transport department from Port Blair Mohanpura Bus Terminus to various places. Access by air : International : None. However the government does permit charter flights to land after taking necessary permissions from the Civil Aviation Ministry. Domestic – Port Blair is well connected with Chennai and Kolkata by daily flights. Access by sea : Regular passenger ship services are available to Port Blair from Chennai, Kolkata and Vishakhapatnam and back. There are three or four sailings every month from Kolkata and Chennai to Port Blair and vice versa. There is one sailing from Vishakhapatnam in a month. Subscribe to our newsletter. Enter email for newsletter MAIL US email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org CALL US +91 9679552859 / 03192-234012
Ferry /Cruise Service:
Green Ocean cruise (Port Blair to Havelock to Neil island ) Green Ocean cruise is the first and the only all weather deep-sea vessel to operate between port Blair and Havelock to provide unparalleled experience. With consciously designed space on board ship to facilitate unrestricted movement for the guest to enjoy the scenic beauty of the islands as it unfolds towards their voyage to Havelock island. On our ship you never will be confined to comfort of seat but can be free to move and catch some air. We are proud to offer unparalleled service, safe, eco-friendly, unforgettable experiences for our guests while on vacation onboard green Ocean cruise. To maintain this highest quality, Green Ocean Cruise is a completely sustainable company with strict regulations in our operations and sustainable policies with the ecosystem, human development and community support in Islands. We provide comfortable maritime transportation via our Spacious deep sea vessel to give our clients the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing, entertaining day tour cruise .Our guests savour fine dining on authentic Indian food while luxuriating on a beautiful green forest , white sand and blue sea. Green Ocean cruise is the first and the only all weather deep-sea vessel to operate between port Blair and Havelock to provide unparalleled experience. With consciously designed space on board ship to facilitate unrestricted movement for the guest to enjoy the scenic beauty of the islands as it unfolds towards their voyage to Havelock island. On our ship you never will be confined to comfort of seat but can be free to move and catch some air. We are proud to offer unparalleled service, safe, eco-friendly, unforgettable experiences for our guests while on vacation onboard green Ocean cruise. To maintain this highest quality, Green Ocean Cruise is a completely sustainable company with strict regulations in our operations and sustainable policies with the ecosystem, human development and community support in Islands. We provide comfortable maritime transportation via our Spacious deep sea vessel to give our clients the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing, entertaining day tour cruise .Our guests savour fine dining on authentic Indian food while luxuriating on a beautiful green forest , white sand and blue sea.Green Ocean Cruise Schedule/Trips
Govt Ferry (Port Blair to Havelock to Neil Island to Port Blair)
Ship From To Departure Time Arrival Time Green Ocean 1 PORT BLAIR HAVELOCK 06:45 AM 09:15 AM Green Ocean 1 HAVELOCK PORT BLAIR 09:30 AM 12:15 PM Green Ocean 1 PORT BLAIR HAVELOCK 12:30 PM 02:45 PM Green Ocean 1 HAVELOCK PORT BLAIR 03:00 PM 05:45 PM Green Ocean 2 PORT BLAIR HAVELOCK 07:15 AM 09:15 AM Green Ocean 2 HAVELOCK NEIL 09:45 AM 10:45 AM Green Ocean 2 NEIL HAVELOCK 11:15 AM 12:30 AM Green Ocean 2 HAVELOCK NEIL 01:30 PM 02:45 PM Green Ocean 2 NEIL PORT BLAIR 03:00 PM 04:45 PM
Govt Ferry (Port Blair to Havelock to Neil Island to Port Blair) Govt Ferry is the oldest and long-standing player when it comes to connectivity among various islands. It is by far the strongest ferry that runs from Port Blair to Havelock and Neil Island. We suggest guests to avail one side Government ferry just for its experience. Though the seating is not as good as cruise, however, the view from the deck is just amazing. Get a chance to go to the deck and see the vast open sea. Chance to go to the captains corner. Government ferry has been the most punctual when it comes to timing and services. For Photographers the evening ferry at 4:30 PM from Havelock should be availed. On your way, you can get candid shots of the sunset. The sunset happens early at the islands by 5:30 PM usually. Note that we book Government Ferry only with Day Tours/Activities/Packages as it is difficult to book Government Ferry in the Andaman Islands. Government ferry has huge demand and the tickets open just 3 days prior departure or on the day of sailing. Prior request has to be submitted for us to book the tickets. FOREIGN OR NON-INDIAN CITIZENS – WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BOOK GOVT. FERRY FOR YOU. YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO PHYSICALLY REPRESENT YOURSELF TO BOOK GOVERNMENT FERRY ALONG WITH THE RESTRICTED AREA PERMIT. WE SUGGEST SELECT CRUISE FOR YOUR JOURNEY. TERMS AND CONDITIONS * Passenger should carry a valid photo ID Card at the time of check-in. * Reporting time thirty minutes prior to departure. * Check-in Counter closes 15 minutes prior to departure * Boarding closes 10 minutes prior to departure * Correction of name is not permitted in ticket once booked. So please ensure a correct name of each passenger.
Indian Nationals : Indian nationals need no permit to visit Andamans. However, permits are required to visit Nicobar Islands and other tribal areas, which are given in exceptional cases only. Application on a prescribed form may be addressed to the Deputy Commissioner, Andaman District, Port Blair. Foreigners : All foreigners need to specify that they intend to visit the Andamans while obtaining the visa to India. Foreigners arriving in Port Blair with a stamp reading “Entry to restricted areas not allowed” (or similar stamps) will not be allowed to enter the Andaman Islands. Do note that there is a line in fine print in all Visas stating that ‘entry to restricted areas not allowed’ and that is to be ignored, only if there is a separate rubber stamp then kindly check with your issuing authorities urgently! With a valid India Visa, foreigners can arrive in Port Blair. However a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) is required to enter the Andamans which can be easily obtained on arrival at Port Blair from the immigration authorities. The permit is free of cost. In addition, permits can also be obtained from Indian Missions Overseas, Foreigners Registration Offices at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and the Immigration authorities at the airports at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. The Restricted Area Permit allows foreign nationals to stay on the islands for 30 days. This can be extended by an additional 15 days at the immigration office in Port Blair. Getting the extension depends on your reason for extension and luck.
The Places Covered By Restricted Area Permit:
For night halt : South Andaman Island, Middle Andaman Island and Little Andaman Island (excluding the tribal reserve), Neil island, Havelock island, Long island, Diglipur, Baratang, North Passage island, and islands in the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park (excluding the islands of Boat Hobday, Twin, Tarmugli, Malay and Pluto). Night halt in the park is only with permission. For day halt : South Cinque island, Ross island, Narcondam island, Interview island, Brother island, Sister island and Barren island (you are not permitted to land on Barren). Please note that the above can be changed at a short notice by the government and hence request you to contact the Immigration authorities for updated information.
Island Tourism festival Port Blair, the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands celebrates an annual Island Tourism festival. The festivities include exhibitions, cultural performances, and water sport competitions that carry on for a fortnight in the months of December and January. Subhash Mela – January every year Organized in Havelock every year on the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. This mela (carnival) is celebrated with a week-long festival filled with cultural programmes, food stalls and small roadside shops. Vivekanada Mela – January every year Organised at Neil Island to celebrate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanada. This mela (carnival) is celebrated with a week long festival filled with cultural programmes, food stalls, loud music and small roadside shops. Block Mela – January/February every year Held at Diglipur, this highlights the developments that have taken place in the rural areas and displays the typical rural life of these islands. Hari Bol Mela – February every year This is gathering of all local villages where they sing religious songs and pray together. Free food is served in the evening to all people and the festivities last 3 days. As this festival is mainly a religious one, travellers are advised to wear attire that is conservative if attending the festivities.
How To Reach Andaman?
BY AIR The Veer Savarkar Airport, an International Airport is located in the capital town of Port Blair, the gateway to Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Port Blair, is connected with Chennai, Kolkata, New Delhi and Bhubaneswar by air. Air India, Jet Airways, Go Air, Spice Jet, Indigo & Air Vistara Airlines operate regular flights. Foreign chartered flights are also permitted to land at Port Blair subject to the fulfillment of guidelines of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. BY SHIP Regular passenger ship services are available to Port Blair from Chennai, Kolkata and Visakhapatnam and back. There are three to four sailings every month from Kolkata and Chennai to Port Blair and vice-versa. There is only one sailing for Visakhapatnam in a month. The voyage takes about 50 to 60 hours during fair weather.
Long Island, just 47 nautical miles from Port Blair, having an area of about 18 sq.km., is a modern village with a population of around 2000 having many plus points and facilities generally not available in other villages of Bay Islands. It has its own power-house, a well equipped Boat Building Yard, Senior Secondary School, bank, wireless facilities, hospital, Range Forest Office and an even police outpost. Long Island is a dreamland settlement without any road network
Little Andaman Island, located south of the South Andaman Island, is at a distance of 120 km. by sea from Port Blair. Hut Bay in Little Andaman is the entry and exit point and also the island headquarter. Little Andaman island offers a perfect mix of white sandy beaches bewitching Waterfalls, Boating through the Creeks, exciting Elephant Safari, Elephant lumbering, Elephant calves training, Surfing etc. All the places of tourist interest are approachable by the road, leading northwards from the Hutbay Jetty. Little Andaman has an evergreen rain forest which paves way for a very rich biodiversity.
Havelock is a picturesque natural paradise with beautiful white sandy beaches, rich coral reefs, and lush green forest. It is one of the populated islands in the Andaman group with an area of 113 sq. km. and is located 39 km of north-east of Port Blair.This island, with beautiful sandy beaches fringed with a green canopy of the rain-fed forests, beckons everyone to enjoy the frolic and fun at the azure sea.
Neil Island:Neil is a tiny but beautiful island located 37 Kms. to the south of the Andaman Islands. With unexplored coral reefs, brilliant bio-diversity, white sandy beaches and tropical forest and vegetation, it is one of the hot tourist spots in the Andamans.
Neil Island is known as the ‘vegetable bowl’ of the Andamans. The settlers named the beaches after mythical characters of the epic Ramayana (Bharatpur, Laxmanpur, Sitapur, Ramnagar etc.) The island, with its very relaxed vibes and long, deserted beaches is a place to chill out after the “bustle” of Havelock. The widest part of the island is about 5 km in length. You can walk the whole island in about two hours.
(100 Kms. by road from Port Blair) This island between South and Middle Andaman has beautiful beaches, mangrove creeks, mud-volcanoes and limestone caves. Andaman Trunk Road to Rangat and Mayabunder goes through this island. Limestone cave can be explored with the permission of Forest Department at Baratang and proper local guidance.
Diglipur (325 Kms., approx. 12 hrs by road from Port Blair) How to Reach ?
Diglipur is connected by boat from Port Blair & Mayabunder. One who comes by boat from Port Blair will reach Aerial Bay Jetty, which is very near to Kalipur in Diglipur. Port Blair – Diglipur boat services are available twice a week. Further, Kalighat is also well connected by daily two boat services from Mayabunder. BY BUS One can also reach Diglipur from Port Blair, by road via ATR.
Tourist Place Diglipur :LAMIYA BAY BEACH, DIGLIPUR
The beach lies a few kilometers ahead of Kalipur beach and marks the foothill of Saddle Peak, the highest peak of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. To reach Lamiya Bay, take the road that goes to Kalipur beach from the jetty, and go ahead of the Kalipur beach. One can have a long and intense moment of solitude at the beach, while sitting on the rocks and hearing the waves crash against the rocks that produces a melodious sound and brings peace and calmness to the mind. MUD VOLCANO AT SHYAM NAGAR Located near Hathilevel i.e. at a distance of 20 kms from Diglipur are a chain of Mud volcanoes could be witnessed in the green jungle of Shyamnagar at Diglipur. One has to trek for 15 minutes in the semi-evergreen forests to reach Mud volcano. At the initial point, bigger and dormant mud volcano can be sighted. On proceeding further for few minutes fresh emerging mud volcano’s could be seen. Seating facilities along with information boards are provided for visitors. TWIN ISLANDS : ROSS & SMITH ISLANDS Ross & Smith islands are actually two islands – Ross & Smith joined together by a sand bar to make a single group of islands. Ross & Smith Islands requires forest permit from the Forest Office at Diglipur. The permission costs Rs 50 for Indian tourists and Rs 500 for foreign tourists and can be obtained on all days (except Sunday) between 6am to 2pm. A fisherman’s boat (‘dinghi’ in hindi) or a speed boat can be hired and the ride would take around 25 mins from the Ariel Bay Jetty in Diglipur. What makes these islands truly beautiful and sets them apart from the rest of the islands is that these two islands are joined by a natural, sand bar. Water is crystal clear and gem green in color. Sun bathing in Ross & Smith Islands is a wonderful experience. During high tide, the sand bar disappears leaving a trail of water between the two islands and during low tide the sand bar appears again making the islands look majestic! There is a Marine Sanctuary on the island which makes it an ideal place for spotting beautiful coral reefs and colorful species from the underwater. The beach is surrounded by tropical forests and is a preferred place for trekking and trail hiking by many tourists. One can also opt for activities like Scuba Diving & Snorkeling. The clear blue waters add a touch of cleanliness to the whole experience. Ross & Smith islands are home to the Olive Ridley turtles which means, being the right place at the right time, one can even witness the turtle nesting. RAMNAGAR BEACH Ramnagar Beach is a shrine beautiful beach located at a distance of 70 kms from Mayabunder (take a diversion from Kalara Jn. of ATR) and 35 kms from Diglipur. This beach is suitable for swimming. A nature trail for trekkers is an added attraction. This beach is well known for turtle nesting. Eco-friendly beach facilities like eco-huts, benches and seating arrangements have been provided. HATHI LEVEL BEACH Pathi Level beach in Diglipur is a little isolated and far away from the main city. To reach the beach, you need to walk from Ramnagar beach or take a fiber boat from Kishorinagar. LIMESTONE CAVES IN DIGLIPUR – ALFRED CAVES Alfred Caves lie in the Diglipur sub division near Ramnagar beach. To reach Alfred caves reach Kalara Junction and go to Ramnagar. Or else, board a bus from Diglipur bus stand and get down at Ramnagar. From here, you have to hire a guide or take help of a forest guard to guide you through the way to the caves. If you are planning a visit, start early in the morning so that you are back by evening. A trek through the primary jungle leads to Alfred caves-a cluster of amazing 41 caves. It is a den for swiftlets and fruit eating bats. Best time to visit the caves is from October to March. The caves with a very narrow entrance, open up into chain of small caves inside. SADDLE PEAK AT DIGLIPUR (732 MTRS) Diglipur provides rare experience for eco-friendly tourists. The place is famous for its oranges, rice, forest wealth and marine life. Saddle Peak (732 Mtrs) is the highest point in the Andaman Islands. Situated in North Andaman Island, Diglipur provides a rare experience for eco-friendly tourists. It is famous for its oranges, rice and marine life. Saddle Peak the highest point in the islands is nearby. Kampong, the only river of Andaman flows here. The only Hydro-electric project of the islands is on this river. One can feel the innocent beauty of village life everywhere in Diglipur.
(100 Kms. by road from Port Blair) This island between South and Middle Andaman has beautiful beaches, mangrove creeks, mud-volcanoes and limestone caves. Andaman Trunk Road to Rangat and Mayabunder goes through this island. Limestone cave can be explored with the permission of Forest Department at Baratang and proper local guidance.
Mayabunder is situated in the Northern part of Middle Andaman at a distance of 242 km by road and 130 kms by sea from Port Blair. Here, you may find people from Burma and East Pakistan settlements. For people trying to explore more about Andaman Islands and looking forward to avoid crowd during peak season this is a popular destination. You might not be able to find the best resorts as in Havelock or Port Blair, however, the virgin beaches and the mangrove rides would be a fantastic experience. Karmatang Beach:
Karma tang Beach Andaman is a beautiful, serene beach that is also known as the turtle paradise of the nation. Here’s what you need to know before you visit.
Situated at a distance of 12 kilometres from Mayabunder in the northern section of Middle Andaman, is the serene Karma tang beach. Even though the water at the beach is a little choppy, it is considered as one of the most visually attractive places in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands with lavish sand and bordered beach tract. Locals residing in Mayabunder and the surrounding areas prefer to visit the beach for a small vacation and find it good enough to be visited more than once due to its pleasant weather. The beach is also famous for its turtle nesting farm. The beach is also known as ‘Turtle’s Paradise’ of the nation. Various Creeks and Austin Creek:
According to Census 2011 information the location code or village code of Austin Creek village is 645282. Austin Creek village is located in Diglipur Tehsil of North & Middle Andaman district in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, India. It is situated 70km away from sub-district headquarter Diglipur and 9km away from district headquarter Mayabunder. As per 2009 stats, Diglipur is the gram panchayat of Austin Creek village.
Port Blair is nearest town to Austin Creek which is approximately 223km away.
Avis Island Beach is a small marooned beach, which is located in the uninhabited Avis Island, Mayabunder. The island is famous for its coconut plantation. A resort owner had taken the land on lease which later fell into some judiciary troubles. The administration has then started a coconut plantation on the island. Ray Hill:
Ray Hill is the prestigious pride of Andaman & Nicobar Islands Forest & Plantation Development Corporation Ltd and is definitely their most successful project. This eco-village is a haven of virgin woods adorned with pristine waterways.
The island belongs to the Great Andaman Chain and is located 73 km (45 mi) north from Port Blair. It is the central island of the Great Andaman archipelago of India, with a total area of 1,536 km². Middle Andaman is separated from North Andaman Island by Austen Strait, and from Baratang Island at the south by Homfray’s Strait, both shallow and narrow channels, a few hundred meters wide; and from Interview Island at its west by the navigable.
The island’s coastline was inundated by the tsunami resulting from the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (26th Dec), though the effect was far less severe when compared with other Islands of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Barren Island is an island located in the Andaman Sea. It is the only confirmed active volcano in South Asia and the only active volcano along a chain of volcanoes from Sumatra to Myanmar. Along with the rest of the Andaman Islands, it is a part of the Indian Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and lies about 138 km (86 mi) northeast of the territory’s capital, Port Blair.
South Andaman Island:
South Andaman Island is the southernmost island of the Great Andaman and is home to the majority of the population of the Andaman Islands. It belongs to the South Andaman administrative district, part of the Indian union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is the location of Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
North Andaman Island:
North Andaman Island is the northern island of Great Andaman of the Andaman Islands. It belongs to the North and Middle Andaman administrative district, part of the Indian union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. the island is lying 137 km (85 mi) north from Port Blair.
The island belongs to the Great Andaman group and lies north of Middle Andaman Island. many small island groups surround its beaches. The island’s main town is Diglipur.
The island previously had an indigenous population of the Great Andamanese, for example, the Bo, but they are no longer present: the island is populated by immigrants from the Indian mainland and their descendants.
The island is home to the highest point in the archipelago, Saddle Peak at 738 meters. North Andaman has fairly frequent large earthquakes and suffered inundation from the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake tsunami.
Havelock Island Beast Attractive Place:
HAVELOCK ISLAND Havelock is a picturesque natural paradise with beautiful white sandy beaches, rich coral reefs and lush green forest. It is one of the populated islands in the Andaman group with an area of 113 sq. km. and is located 39 km of north-east of Port Blair. BY FERRY Government ferries run by the Directorate of Shipping Services connect Phoenix Bay jetty, Port Blair to Havelock daily. Private luxury boats Makruzz operated by M/s Mak Logistics, Port Blair & Coastal Cruise operated by M/s Coastal Seaways India Pvt. Ltd., Green Ocean, Bhagya Express ferry tourists to Havelock daily. At havelock auto rickshaws, taxis, buses, motorbikes are available for transport within the island. The STS Department has introduced the services of two AC Deluxe bus at Havelock Island for the benefit of tourist and local public BY AIR The Civil Aviation Dept. of A& N Administration operates regular helicopter services from Port Blair airport to Havelock. RADHANAGAR BEACH Radhanagar Beach lies on the south coast of Havelock Island. It is about 12 kilometers from the Islands ferry pier. Radhanagar is a Grade A beach of outstanding quality. This beach is also rated as one of the best beaches in Asia by TIME Magazine. It has an overall length of two kilometers and an average width of 30 to 40 meters. The sand is white and very fine in grain. The beach has a gentle gradient of around 1:20 and continues out into the sea as a sandy bottom for over 100 meters. VIJAYNAGAR BEACH Vijaynagar Beach, Havelock, is a long stretch of sand on the east coast of the Island, punctuated occasionally by rock section. Most of the beach is lined by mahua trees, whose trunks grow along the ground for many feet before they begin to climb vertically. These trees have lent a distinct character to the sea front and provide shade, close to the water. Vijaynagar Beach is perfect for long walks along the sea. Dolphin Resort run by the Tourism Department and many other hotels are also located on this beach. ELEPHANT BEACH This beach is another ideal site for snorkeling. It has a rich coral reef formation and amazing underwater marine life. One can reach Elephant beach by small cruise boat from Havelock Jetty in about 40 minutes. By road one can go up to the Forest Camp which is 8 Kms from the Jetty towards Radhanagar side and from there by walk to the Elephant beach which will take another 40 minutes. Private ferry operators organize tours to Elephant beach from Havelock. This island, with beautiful sandy beaches fringed with green canopy of the rain-fed forests beckons everyone to enjoy the frolic and fun at the azure sea. KALAPATHER BEACH This beautiful silver sandy beach located 12 km from Havelock jetty is slowly gaining visitors footfall, though proper facilities are yet to be established. Not many know that an Indian beach has been named as the Asia’s best beach and the world’s seventh best beach by Time magazine! The reputed Time magazine named it as Asia’s best beach in 2004. This beach is Andaman’s prideful possession and at the very sight of it, everyone exclaims ‘what a beauty!’ Radhanagar beach is in Havelock island which falls in South Andaman district and is probably the most visited place in Andaman and Nicobar Islands group. The beach is about 7 kms away from the popular Vijaynagar beach and Dolphin Yatri Niwas, a beautiful government resort. Radhanagar beach, Havelock Island is very well known for its vast spreading and long white, sandy beach that sprawls across a wide area. With lush green trees on one end and aqua green, clear water on the other end, one can truly take a walk midst nature and forget all his woes. The beach is also very safe for swimming though incidents of saltwater crocodile attacks on humans have been reported a couple of times. But in such cases, the forest department issues a warning to the visitors. After sunset, it is not advisable to go inside the water as the intensity of waves increases and it gets a little dangerous to stay in water post sunset. But in the daytime, one must visit this nature’s gift to our beloved country and our sacred islands! Do’s and Don’ts Andaman & Nicobar Islands have many sandy beaches and coral reefs. But only some of these beaches are supervised for safe swimming, snorkeling and diving. Though Andaman water is generally safe for swimming and looks inviting, it also has some potentially dangerous marine animals, which may come in conflict due to mistaken identity such as prey or to defend their territory. Though such incidents are extremely rare, visitors are advised to observe the following precautions for a safe and enriching swimming experience. Do’s Find out about safe swimming or diving area from the Tourist Information Center, Local Tour Operators and Forest Department Staff. Do not swim in Protected Areas to avoid dangerous animals. Look for the safety sign boards. They help you to identify potential dangers. Ask a lifeguard on duty for some advice on swimming conditions like local currents, tides, visibility, and the presence of dangerous marine creatures etc. Swimming conditions can change quickly, so seek prior advice from a lifeguard before entering in water in an unpatrolled area. Get a friend to swim with you so that you can look out for each other’s safety and get help, if needed. Children should always be supervised by an adult. Avoid swimming in the dark. Raise your hand up for help if you get into trouble in the water. Stay calm and wave your arm for help. Don’t Do not dangle your arms or legs in the water during boat rides. Do not swim under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Shiny jewellery or bright colored clothes resembles fins of small fishes and may attract predatory fishes. Avoid such accessory or clothing while swimming. If you have an open wound, please avoid swimming. Many predatory fish are attracted to blood odour. Avoid diving or swimming among school of fish. This may attract predatory fishes such as sharks. Avoid night swimming or diving. Look out for harmful marine animals Jelly Fishes : Their sting may cause pain and giddiness. Don’t touch or play with them. Get ashore if you see a large school of Jelly Fish. In case of a sting, apply vinegar or an ice pack. Do not rub. Sharks : Normally present in open sea and some parts of coral reef areas. Avoid swimming or diving alone and don’t enter the water with open wounds. Sea Snakes : Some sea snakes are poisonous and are usually recognized by their paddle-like tail. They can be aggressive if handled or stepped on. Stay well away from them. Stone Fish : Present in shallow coral and rocks or camouflaged in mud and sand. It has venomous dorsal spines and its sting could be lethal. To avoid sting never walk on coral reef area. Never lift rocks or corals. Wear sturdy sandals while walking in shallow coastal waters. Salt water crocodiles: Noticed in creeks, mangrove areas, sheltered waters and mouths of creeks. Please avoid swimming or diving in these areas. If you spot a crocodile, get ashore and alert the authorities. Crocodiles also move large distances in the open sea and can be found in coral reefs as well.
North Bay Island:
North Bay Island is about an hour ferry ride away from Port Blair jetty (speed boat takes much less time) and is a lovely place to go for a day’s trip. What makes it even more tempting to visit is the wide array of water activities that one can enjoy.
Sea walk has already been introduced and has been going on for over a year now. Along with sea walk, you can do jet skii, speed water boat ride, snorkeling and other such activities at the beautiful North Bay Island.
There are a number of islands that one can go to if you have a day in Port Blair. Ross Island, Jolly Buoy Island, Red Skin Island, Viper Island, Chatham Mill, Chidiyatapu and North Bay Islands are some of the options.
Jolly Buoy remains closed for half of the year because of the weather conditions in Andamans and Red Skin is not my choice. Hence, I would strongly recommend Ross (if you like a laid back day seeing the historic ruins of the British colony in Andaman) or North Bay Island
The ride from Marina Park, Port Blair by a boat takes anywhere about 30-40 minutes to reach North Bay Island. Most of the boats leave by 11 am in the morning and they only come back by 3 pm. So, plan your day accordingly.
While the main attraction of the place is its water sports and sea walk, the island is very serene in itself and gives you ample space to have some time of yourself on its small beach.
How to reach: Take a boat from Marina Park jetty in Port Blair. Remember the boats generally leave at 9 am though the times change with season and tourists traffic and they come back by 3 pm so a trip to North Bay takes half of your day.
Neil Island is one of the most beautiful islands of Andaman and Nicobar group. The place has many attractions and some of the most beautiful beaches as well.
I have already described Bharatpur beach of Neil Island on the blog and today I would take you on a tour to Laxmanpur beach.
Laxmanpur beach is a beautiful, white sandy beach that is full of shells, dead corals and has a beach that is very wide and long and provides an awesome view for an evening walk. The beach also gives an impressive sunset view!
I have been to Neil Island several times and each time I visit, the place seems more beautiful than ever.
Bharatpur beach is right next to jetty and is not as big as Laxmanpur beach. The former is known for its corals so I suggest snorkeling at Bharatpur beach is a must.
Laxmanpur beach on the other hand is a very long beach and even on peak tourist days, the beach gives you ample of time and space to be on your own and enjoy the privacy even among crowd.
Since the beach provides a stunning sunet view, I suggest you go there in the evening. Bharatpur on the other hand should be visited during the day as you might want to go for a swim there or snorkeling which is best experienced only during the early hours of the day.
We also spotted a small tower that the locals had made from the sea shells and dead corals.
How to reach: Regular ferries run from Havelock Island and Port Blair to Neil Island daily. There are some great resorts to stay in Neil Island.
Lamiya Bay Beach, Diglipur:
In Andaman and Nicobar Islands, if there is one place that offers everything to a traveler, it is Diglipur. From the exotic Ross and Smith Islands to Active Mud Volcanoes, the place is truly blessed with natural beauty.
The post today explores another beautiful beach called Lamiya Bay Beach, that lies in Diglipur. It is a wide, sandy beach that is long stretched along the sea and with rocks on the shore provides a different view of the sea beauty. You can see a wide assortment of dead corals on the beach.
The beach lies a few kilometers ahead of Kalipur beach and marks the foothill of Saddle Peak, the highest peak of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The beach has brown sand, unlike the many white sand beaches in Havelock and Neil Islands. Infact, all of Diglipur’s beaches viz. Ramnagar beach, Kalipur beach and Lamiya Bay beach have black/brown sand except Ross and Smith.
Water is clear, beach is clean and the place is beautiful.
One can have a long and intense moment of solitude at the beach, while sitting on the rocks and hearing the waves crash against the rocks that produces a melodious sound and brings peace and calmness to the mind. I believe it is this elevated arrangement of rocks on the beach that make Lamiya Bay different from the other beaches.
How to reach: Take the road that goes to Kalipur beach from the jetty, and go ahead of the Kalipur beach. Pristine resort is located near Kalipur beach and isan excellent place to spend a few days.
It was truly a pleasure to spend some time in the lazy afternoon on the beach and do a round of snorkeling.
Bharatpur beach is the beach that one gets to see as soon as you step onto Neil Island jetty.
Bharatpur beach is right at the Neil island jetty (about half a kilometer) and is wide, white beach. Most of the tourists visit this beach in the morning hours and do snorkeling as in the evening they get to watch the sunset at Laxmanpur beach.
The beach is well known for its coral reef which is undoubtedly utterly beautiful and probably the most beautiful in Andamans. This is one reason I call Neil island the coral capital of Andamans.
The best way to enjoy the beach, its cool sea breeze and the calmness of the place is to carry a nice book and a hammock with you. Tie the hammock around a tree and read the book under the shade. There are plenty of benches to sit and some stalls around that sell packaged drinking water and coconut water.
To do snorkeling, the snorkeling agents take you in the sea on a glass bottom boat that has a magnifying glass through which you can see the corals and small fish under the surface.
These service providers charge about Rs. 150 for the glass bottom boat ride and Rs. 400 for one round of snorkeling.
The beach has huge trees that provide a shade under the scorching sun on the beach.
How to reach Bharatpur Beach, Neil Island: There are regular boats from Port Blair to Neil Island. These boats run daily and are government ferries. The beach is right next to the jetty so if you have light luggage, you can directly get down at the beach.
Pathi Level beach:
mysteriously beautiful and slightly inaccessible caves located in one corner of the town of Diglipur in North and Middle Andamans.
On our way back to Diglipur city, we went to Pathi Level beach, which was abundant in natural beauty.
A sprawling, white beach with clear water and open sea on one end, it resembles Radhanagar Beach of Havelock to some extent.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands are full of such amazing places. Just that since some of them are not easily accessible and do not have the necessary infrastructure to support tourists, more than half of these go unnoticed or not talked about.
But that is main motive of Know Andamans blog – to bring such beauties of nature to fore.
From Alfred caves which lie near to Ramnagar beach, this Pathi level beach is at a walking distance of about 40 mins.
One can also reach this beach by dunghi from Kalighat jetty. The dunghi takes about an hour and fifteen minutes to reach Kalighat and goes through open sea and mostly wide creek.
How to reach Pathi Level Beach, Diglipur – Pathi Level beach in Diglipur is a little isolated and far away from the main city. To reach the beach, you need to walk from Ram Nagar beach or take a dunghi from Kishorinagar.
Mayabunder is a rather dull place in terms of tourist spots. There isn’t much to see in Mayabunder except Karmatang beach and Avis Island.
This weekend we decided to explore Karmatang Beach. It is in Mayabunder and is about 20 mins drive away from my house. It is a beautiful, green, clean beach that also has a little park for children.
The beach is a perfect location for an evening outing and to have a small beach party. There are several small huts that one can sit in during rains or when needs some shade.
The water is not clean as the sand is not dark colored brown sand and thus the color of the water is also like the sand but you would surely enjoy the walk on the beach.
Beware of the sand flies as with the sunset, one can actually feel the attack of the sand flies so it is better to carry an anti-mosquito cream.
This place gives you an opportunity to take a walk in the nature’s lap; enjoy the cool breeze and have a nice evening or a morning or rather any time of the day!
If you come to Karmatang beach, Mayabunder, carry a book with you for there are many benches and hammocks at the beach that provide a perfect setting for an evening read. There is also a small hut built at the beach that provides superb view of the sea and makes the beach an ideal place for an evening get together.
How to reach Karmatang Beach, Mayabunder: The beach is about 20 mins drive away from Mayabunder city. You can take a STS bus from Port Blair or come to Mayabunder by ship and then hire a cab to the beach.
Port Blair Sight Seen:
Corbyn’s cove beach & Sound and Light Show at Cellular Jail: On arrive at Port Blair, our representative receive you at Airport and escorted you to check in to the Hotel / Resort. After check-in at the hotel In the afternoon proceed for visit to Corbyn’s cove beach – a coconut fringed beach about 8kms from Port Blair city ideal
Get a Glimpse into the Life of the Brave Freedom Fighters of India The Cellular Jail is the top tourist attraction in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands drawing a huge crowd. The notorious jail dating back to the 1800s interests various people traveling to the Andamans- tourists, adventurists, historians, students and families out on a day trip.
The Cellular Jail was used by the British to imprison the Indian freedom fighters who were known for their formidable courage and love for their country. In those times reaching the Andamans itself was an almost impossible task because of its remoteness which made it the perfect location to hold the prisoners. Take a Walk Down the Corridors of Memory Lane and Experience the History of Indian Freedom Struggle The Cellular Jail was also known as “Kala Paani” or the Black Waters among the Indians. The prisoners were tortured and held captive without proper trials which were stopped by Netaji when he visited the facility in 1943.
Eminent freedom fighters such as Babarao Savarkar, Yogendra Shukla, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Shadan Chandra Chatterjee, Subodh Roy, Movli Abdul Rahim Sadiqpuri, Maulana Ahmadullah, and others had to spend their fateful days rotting in the small and lonely cells which earned the correctional facility its name of Cellular Jail.
The Cellular Jail today carries on the testimony of the struggle and torture endured by courageous Indian freedom fighters which earned its independence.
An Interesting Architecture of the Colonial Past The Cellular Jail in its prominent days consisted of separate 7 massive wings in the middle of which stood a tower. It was used as the guards to monitor the prisoners and keep control on them.
Each wing had a series of small cells where the prisoners were kept. The nature of the cells and the architecture of each wing prohibited any kind of communication between the prisoners. The solitary confinement was one of the British’s commonly used ways to punish the freedom fighters and stop any incidents of revolt.
It is something you won’t be able to imagine unless you see it with your own eyes!
Sadly, the Cellular Jail had to face various events over its lifetime like the invasion of the Japanese. Today only 3 wings of the correctional facility survive and the rest 4 have been destroyed due to various reasons.
You can explore the jail complex and walk down the corridors which house the lonely and small cells. Guides are available inside the complex who can help you with your questions and queries on architecture, history and other aspects.
The Jail complex also has other attractions which might be interesting to the tourists. You can find museums and art galleries, exhibition galleries and libraries containing books on Indian history. Students and historians shouldn’t miss a chance to attend the exhibitions as they can learn much!
The Cellular Jail is only 8 km away from the city of Port Blair and can be reached easily by public transport. We can also arrange you a comfortable vehicle and a knowledgeable guide who knows all about Cellular Jail.
Timings: The Cellular Jail remains open on all days except on national holidays. 30 am to 12.30 pm
30 pm to 4.45 pm
Enjoy the Light and Sound Show that Brings to Life the Struggles of Indian Freedom Fighters You should always make it a point to attend the light and sound show which brings alive the days of struggle for freedom of India. Using various effects, light and sound, actors enact the life and torture faced by the inmates of the facility during those days.
The shows are held both in Hindi and English so that everybody can get a taste of Indian history and also enjoy the show.
Timings: Hindi Shows– Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
05:30 pm to 06:30 pm
06:45 pm to 07:45 pm
08:00 pm to 09:00 pm
09:15 pm to 10:15 pm
English Show- Monday, Wednesday and Friday
08:00 pm to 09:00 pm
Visit Cellular Jail with Andaman Emerald Holidays for Comfort and Convenience The Cellular Jail is included in all of our packages and we arrange for your tickets and transport. You can also have an expert guide who knows the history of the complex to tell you about things that interest you.
We will also cover some of the important destinations as you drive by them on your way to and fro from the Cellular Jail. You can also book a sightseeing tour of Port Blair City and we will include Cellular Jail in the offer along with the most visited attractions to make the deal sweet!
Excursion to Coral island/ North Bay & Ross Island : After breakfast, start off for a day excursion to Coral Island (North Bay) to see coral reefs, exotic varieties of beautiful ornamental fish and other marine life. This is an ideal place for snorkeling as this sandy beach coupled with clear water creates a breathtaking spectacle. Please carry your drinking water & changing dress.( water sports activities available here are Scuba diving , Under water sea-walk , Snorkeling , glass bottom boat ride , Jet ski- water scooter , Banana boat ride , speed boat etc on direct payment basis Note Package not include water sport Activity) After North Bay, Visit Ross Island, the former residential and administrative island of the British during their rule of South East Asia, was nick named the Paris of the East. This island was completely destroyed in an earthquake. Overnight stay at respective Hotel at Port Blair.
Note : Wednesday closed Ross and North Bay island. Port Blair – City tour ( 05 Point): In the Morning After breakfast, start tour for a day “City Tour” of Port Blair – covering Cellular Jail- Better known as Kalapani –was built by Britishers in the year 1905 to imprison Indian freedom fighter, Chatham Saw Mill (one of the oldest & largest in Asia), Forest Museum, Anthropological museum, Navel museum, -, Fisheries (Marine) Museum is, cottage industries free for shopping activities. Overnight stay at respective Hotel / Resort at Port Blair.
Note: Monday closed City Tour.
Mahatma Gandhi National Marine Life Park , Jolly Boy /Red Skin: In the morning start for a tour of places the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park at wandoor (Jolly Boy/Red skin ) is at a distance of 29 Kms. from Port Blair covering an area of 281.5 Sq.Kms. This Marine Park made-up of open sea, creeks and 15 small and large islands, is one of the best found anywhere in the world. Viewing of race corals and underwater marine life through and snorkeling are a lifetime experience for anyone .overnight stay at Portblair.
Note :Monday Closed Jolly Boy /Red Skin
Mountharriet With Rs 20 Notes Back Sightseen: In the morning by 9.30 AM start for a tour from chatam jetty to bambooftat jetty by ferry then visit Mount Harriet with RS 20 notes back sightseen The summer headquarters of the Chief Commissioner during British Raj, this place is an ideal for a nice and fascinating over view of the outer islands and the sea. It is the highest peak in the South Andamans (365 metres high). One can trek upto Madhuban through a nature trail and can find rare endemic birds, animals and butterflie.reach back hotel by ferry to Portblair and relax hotel . Overnight stay at Port Blair.
Chidiya Tapu with sunset Point: After Lunch to by car 50 Km (approx.) to visit Chidiya Tapu is the southern most tip of South Andaman. As its name this is favorite destination for bird watchers. Its lush green mangroves, forest cover with numerous chirping birds and the Sylvan Sands make it an ideal picnic site. A very beautiful beach named Munda Pahad near by is very famous amongst the local people. There is a forest guesthouse situated on top of a hillock providing a fabulous view of isolated islands, breath-taking sunset also called the sunset point,then back to Hotel. . Overnight stay at Port Blair.
Bratang Island Sightseen, lime Stone Cave: Early morning at 3:30 AM departure (110Kms) from Port Blair to Baratang which holds the nature’s best treasures gifted to the Islands. Limestone caves are a must see points for nature lovers & leisure travelers alike. The Road journey from Portblair to Baratang involves crossing through creeks and dense equatorial forest. In the evening proceed for Port Blair. Overnight stay at Port Blair
Note :Monday Closed Baratang Limestone cave.
North & Middle Andaman Sight Seen:
Bratang Island sightseen to Rangat: Early morning at 3: 30 AM departure which holds the nature’s best treasures gifted to the Islands. Active Mud Volcano are a must see points for nature lovers & leisure travelers alike. The Road journey from Port Blair to Baratang involves crossing through creeks and dense equatorial forest. Limestone caves are a must see points for nature lovers & leisure travelers alike. The Road journey from Portblair to Baratang involves crossing through creeks and dense equatorial forest. In the evening proceed for Rangat . Overnight stay at Rangat.
Note :Monday Closed Baratang Limestone cave.
Rangat to Diglipur via mayabunder Rangat: In the morning start tour visit to Diglipur via Mayabunder offers excellent scenic beauty and beautiful Karmatang beach is also a turtle nesting ground. On after noon we reached the Diglipur.visit Situated in North Andaman Island, Diglipur provides a rare experience for eco-friendly tourists and Ross and Smith Island The twin islands joined by a bewitching sand bar, is 30 minutes away from Aerial bay jetty. we reached the Diglipur to Mayabunder/Rangat.Overnight stay at Rangat.
Note :Tuesday Closed Ross & Smith Island.
Port Blair to Havelock: Today, we start our journey towards Havelock island via ferry from Port Blair Harbour. On arrival at Havelock Island, our representative will receive and escort you to Radhanagar Beach (Beach No. 2), the Times Magazine rated the finest beach among the best beaches in Asia. It is an ideal place for swimming, sea bathing and basking on the sun kissed beach. . On arrival proceed to selected hotel. Stay here overnight amongst sandy beach and lush green forest in a comfortable beach resort.Havelock.
Havelock Island Trip to Elephant Beach: Trip to Elephant Beach: Embark on the most memorable snorkeling trip, this beach offers snorkelers calm blue shallow waters and is the perfect spot for beginner snorkelers. The boat goes right up to the beach and it’s so easy to slip on your gear and just start snorkeling. It’s also a great place to just spend the day lying on the beach and relaxing. The beach is very scenic with fallen trees and white sand giving the photographer some interesting shots. The reef here starts very close to shore at a depth . The large reef is mostly made up of hard coral and has plenty of marine life.. (Optional Activity 1000/- Per head Extra with transfers, boat charges, Guide and equipments). . On arrival proceed to selected hotel. Stay here overnight amongst sandy beach and lush green forest in a comfortable beach resort.Havelock.
Note: Elephatha Beach Tour Depend of weather condition.
Neil island Sight Seen:
Port Blair to Neil Island: In the morning at Phoenix Bay Harbor to transfer to Neil Island via ferry from Port Blair. On arrival at Neil Island, our representative will receive and escort you to check-in to the resort. After relaxation trip to Neil Sightseen, laxmanpur,Sitapur and Bharatpur Howra Bridge Overnight stay at Neil Island.
Neil island to Port Blair: According to boat schedule,you reach back Portblair by ferry. On arrive at Port Blair, our representative receive you at Phonix Bay harbour and escorted you to check in to the Hotel / Resort. After check-in at the hotel Overnight stay at Portblair.
Little Andaman Sight Seen: Port Blair to little Andaman: According to boat schedule to Transfer to little Andaman by ferry. On arrive at little Andaman , our representative receive you at little Andaman Harbour and escorted you to check in to the Hotel / Resort then visit to Little Andaman island is situated at 120 km of distance from Port Blair. The island is covered with widespread rainforest and rare species of marine turtle are also there. The most exciting thing of the place is its white sandy beaches and the waterfall that makes the place much more beautiful and picturesque , famous for its Red Oil Palm Plantation run by ANIFPDCL Overnight stay at little Andaman
little Andaman to Port Blair: According to boat schedule,you reach back Portblair by ferry. On arrive at Port Blair, our representative receive you at Phonix Bay harbour and escorted you to check in to the Hotel / Resort. After check-in at the hotel Overnight stay at Port Blair.
Note: Little Andaman Tour According Boat Schedule .