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Andaman and Nicobar islands

Andaman IslandAndaman and Nicobar islands are located in Bay of Bengal ( India ). These islands spreads across the total distance of 780Kms. The total geographical area of these islands is 8300Sq.Kms. Nearly 6400 Sq.kms land area of Andaman group consists of reserve forest and are protected areas. 35 percent of this land is tribal reserves. The group of Andaman islands are made up of North, middle and South Andaman islands.
There are nearly 300 islands and 200 rocky outcrops. But, only 24 islands (11 in Andaman and 13 in Nicobar) are inhabited. The nearest landmass in the north side is Myanmar, about 300kms from the Landfall island which is the north most island. At the south, the nearest land to Nicobar is Sumatra (Indonesia) at a distance of 150Kms.
The capital city of this place, Port Blair is about 1200Kms from Chennai (India) and Kolkata (India). Daily flights are available from Chennai and Kolkata. Weekly once ship service is also available from Chennai and Kolkata. The Andaman and Nicobar islands are famous for the pristine clean coral beaches. These islands were in mystery for many years and condemned as forbidden land, also called the Kalapani.

The total area of Nicobar islands is about 1800Sq.kms. Nearly 1500 Sq.kms is forest area. This group of islands consists of 24 islands. These groups are northern(Car Nicobar, Batti Malv), central or Nancowry( Tillangchong, Chowra, Teressa, Bompoka, Trinkat, Kamorta, Katchal and Nancowry) and southern (Little Nicobar, Great Nicobar, Pigeon, Megapode, Kondul, Pilo Milo, Menchal, Teris, Trak, Meroe) groups. The entire Nicobar is a tribal reserve.
The Andaman group of islands are originally inhabited by the Great Andamanese, the Onge, the Jarawa and the Sentinelese. These have lived and flourished here for more than 20,000 years. Though the total population of Andaman and Nicobar islands is more than 4 lakhs, the population of these four communities put together is not more than 500. People interested in aerial photography of Andaman islands can sit at the left side of the flight (back seats are still better) while travelling towards Andaman. SLR camera with medium telezoom lens is better for taking quality photos.

Andaman Island All varieties of accommodations are available to suit all kind of budget people. Both government and private agencies operate accommodation business. Tourist information centers are available at Port Blair to avail the required information about all kind of details. All kind of brochures are available at this center. Booking for various hotels can also be made here.

There is water scarcity during Summer season if rain is not there. The main source of water is ground water only. All kind of Indian food is available here.

Sagarika cottage industry and emporium in Andaman & Nicobar Island

SagarikaSagarika shopping point
This shopping center is situated at the city, Port blair in Andaman Island. This is a cottage industry and emporium, a shopping place for the visitors. The normal package of Andaman island trip covers this place to allow travellers to purchase items. Pearls and gems are not sold here as it is against the Government's clearence.

Khadi gramodyog emporium in Andaman & Nicobar Island

khadi gramodyogKhadi gramodyog emporium
Khadi gramodyog emporium is seen nearer to Sagarika emporium of Port Blair in Andaman islands. Here people can see Wooden crafts, shell crafts and khadi items. This is a shopping place. During the stadard package of Andaman island trip, this place can be visited as the Sagarika emporium is covered in the list.

Snorkeling at North bay island in Andaman

Snorkeling Snorkeling at Andaman islands
The under water corals in Andaman island beaches are colourful. One can experience the live corals at Jolly buoy, red skin, North bay and other island beaches. Snorkeling and Scuba diving is a great experience in these marine world. People who don't know swimming also can experience this marine world as they will be escorted by experienced person and rubber tubes will be provided.

Andaman Travel Packages

There are so many travel agents in India providing information and arranging package trips to Andaman and Nicobar Islands. For Andaman INR 25000 is sufficient (transportation, food, accomodation and entry fees) for a family with parents and two kids below 12 years. If possible bargain with the agents to reach Andaman via Chennai and return to Kolkata. The trip plan can include local site visit at Chennai and Kolkata also.

The best season to visit these islands is from October to early May. Avoid traveling in these islands during rainy season. There will be transportation problems by road in many of the areas, especially in South Andaman area. This is because of the Tsunami which had hit during December-2004.

Andaman Island Places to visit
The various places which can be visited in Andaman and Nicobar Islands are,
  1. City trip – consisting of,Cellular jail, Fisheries museum(called aquarium, situated near the Andaman water sports complex. Varieties of corals and lot of marine life collections can be seen here), Samudrika - Marine museum(This is run by Indian Navy. Varieties of shells and marine life collections can be seen here too), Anthropological Museum ( situated at Port Blair. Details of tribes living in Andaman can be seen here. Arts and handicrafts of these tribes are also can be seen), Forest museum (Depicts the forest activities and the sawmill miniature models. This museum is set by the forest department), Mini zoo , Sagarika – cottage industry and emporium (shopping place), Khadi gramodoyg Emporium (Wooden crafts, shell crafts and khadi items are available for shopping), Gandhi park (a relaxing place situated at the heart of Port Blair. Japanese temples, water sports are available here), Chatham saw mill (This is the oldest and biggest saw mill in Asia), Corbyn’s cove beach (Nearer to this beach, resorts (both government and private) are also available), Water sports complex (All kind of water sports facilities like wind surfing, scuba diving, speed boat round etc… are available here).
  2. Viper island. One hour sea journey (Harbour cruise) from Phoenix Bay Jetty of Andaman. Main interest in this island is the open space jail which was constructed before the construction of Cellular Jail. It is also called Women jail.
  3. North bay, This beach is 15 to 20 minutes journey by sea from Phoenix Bay Jetty at Port blair.
  4. Ross island, the then capital of Andaman And Nicobar islands. This island is now under Indian Navy. This is just 20minutes sea journey from Phoenix Bay Jetty of Port Blair.
  5. Mahatma Gandhi marine national park, around 30 Kms from Port Blair. This is situated at the place called Wandoor. The place Wandoor, has got an excellent beach.
  6. Jolly buoy. This place is very famous for under water corals and the pristine clear beach. This place is one hour sea journey from Wandoor. Snorkeling and scuba diving available here.
  7. Red skin island. Available in the same Mahatma Gandhi Marine national park. This island is also famous for under water corals and marine life.
  8. Havelock island. This island is famous for its golden sand beach and bluish sea water. Four hours Sea journey from Port Blair.
  9. Baratang , Located at Middle Andaman. The journey is through thick, dense forest area. The forest area journey is about 50Kms.
  10. Limestone caves near Baratang jetty. The Sea journey is through boats, 45minutes to one hour journey.
  11. Mud Volcano, near Baratang jetty. 20 minutes journey by road.
  12. Rangat. 170Kms (6 hours journey) by road and 90 Kms by sea from Port Blair. Biggest town in the middle Andaman.
  13. Diglipur. North Andaman, 290 Kms away from Port Blair. Journey runs through Jarwan tribal reserve.
  14. Chidiyatapu. Approximately 30Kms from Portblair city towards south. A must visit place for Sun set.
  15. Hut bay islands. Over 100Kms from the main city Port Blair. The transportation is provided by inter island shipping services.
  16. Mount Harriet. 55Kms from Port Blair by road. Ferry facility available to reach the place. Forest guest house (huts) at a height of 365 mts (above sea level) are available for staying.


  17. There are some good tourist packages available locally in Andaman also. Travellers who wish to visit without any package booked from India can also consider booking at Andaman arranging only their tickets to Andaman from India. Below is some information about standard trip packages at Andaman.

    tsunami Tsunami effect
    During end of December-2004 there was a disaster at Indonasia and several parts of Andaman Nicobar islands because of Tsunami. Even eastern part of India near Chennai got affected and so many people died because of this natural calamity. This picture shows the present (March - 2007) situation in South Andaman where some area is still filled with salt water making the soil useless for cultivation.

    Beaches
    Corbyn's cove beach, Wandoor and Radhanagar beach at Havelock island
    Coral islands
    North bay, Jolly buoy and Red skin
    Geographically important places
    Mud Volcano and Limestone caves at Baratang
    Historical and National monuments
    Cellular jail with Light and Sound show, Ross island, Viper Island, Chatham Saw mill
    Museums
    Fisheries, Samudrika, Sagarika and Anthropological museums

    The budget for the package including accomodation and tour varies from INR 3800 to INR 4000 for a 5 days and 4 nights in AC Room. For Non AC rooms, it varies from INR 3500 to INR 3800. Packages are also available for 4 days and 3 nights. The cost would vary from INR 3200 to INR 3500 for AC rooms and from INR 2900 to INR 3200 for NON AC rooms.
    The Northest point covered in these packages is Baratang only which is at Middle Andaman. Tourists who wish to visit North Andaman have to book separately.
    The tour package also covers one day local site seeing at Chennai and Kolkata.
    Places covered at Chennai are,
    Kapeleshwara temple, Marine beach, Snake park, Museum and Vivekanda house.
    Visiting places at Kolkata are,
    Science city, Victoria Memorial, Metro train, Kali temple, Swamy Vivekananda Mission
    Tourists are free to select visiting Chennai during their onward journey and Kolkata while returning or travelling through Kolkata and returning via Chennai.

    Facts about Andaman and Nicobar Islands:
    1.Indira point is the southern most place for India
    2.Volcano in Barren island is still active
    3.Middle Andaman is the largest ocean island

Number of User Comments : 56



shashank

16-06-2009

We are 4 people visiting Andaman on sept 09. Please send me details for 6 nights 7days tour package
C. Suresh Babu

29-06-2009

Myself along with my wife and 1 year kid planned to visit Andaman during december. Please send me details for 4 nights 5 days tour package
Anurag Singh Tomar

06-07-2009

Hi, We are planning visit for 6D/7N. We are 10 family members.Please give us suitable package.
Arindam

26-08-2009

Myself and my wife wants to visit Andaman during Durga Puja (28th Sep to 3rd Oct) or during chrismas (25th Dec - 2nd Jan). Please send me details for 6 nights/7 day tour package.
Haren

09-09-2009

We are 2 people visiting Andaman on Feb 10. Please send me details for 6 nights 7days tour package
Dinesh

30-09-2009

Hi, me and my wife are planning to visit Andman in 3rd week of dec 09. Please send us the package cost and other details like accomodation, food and transport etc. Please mention the places / cities covered also
prabir

29-10-2009

me and my wife are planning to visit Andman during 19-24 dec 09.please send us the package cost and other details like accomodation, food and transport etc. Please mention the name of the hotels and places to be visited.i donot want to stay in havlock island and baratang.
Prachi

20-11-2009

We want to visit Andman in Feb 2010. Please send me details for 6 nights and 7 days, for a couple.
Thiyagu

23-03-2010

We are 2 people visiting andaman in May 2010. Pls send us the Complete Package(inclusive of everything) details for 5N/6D.
Anand

19-06-2010

We are 3 people plannin to visit andaman for 5N/6D. Pls send me details of the package including everything(Right from sea travel to/fro from chennai).
Vinoth

08-07-2010

I need the details of the below package which you mentioned in the site...Our travel dates are Aug 18 to Aug 23
Beaches
Corbyn's cove beach, Wandoor and Radhanagar beach at Havelock island
Coral islands
North bay, Jolly buoy and Red skin
Geographically important places
Mud Volcano and Limestone caves at Baratang
Historical and National monuments
Cellular jail with Light and Sound show, Ross island, Viper Island, Chatham Saw mill
Museums
Fisheries, Samudrika, Sagarika and Anthropological museums

The budget for the package including accomodation and tour varies from INR 3800 to INR 4000 for a 5 days and 4 nights in AC Room
abhilash raval

08-07-2010

sir
we are going to plane andaman and nicobar at diwali vacation. we are 5 adult and 2 children. please send me economic and good package and also give guidance. we are from ahmedabad.
Floris

16-08-2010

Hi, I am interested in going from India oversea to Sumatra, Indonesia. ANd I was wondering if it is possible to go from Andman or Nicobar to Sumatra by boat?
Thanks,
Floris
PANKAJ JYOTI

22-08-2010

MY FAMILY IS PLANNING TO GO ANDMAN IN FIRST WEEK OF APRIL 2011 FOR 6 TO 7 DAYS, WE WANT TO REACH ANDMAN FROM KOLKATA THROUGH SEA(IN DELUXE CABIN OR A CLASS CABIN) AND RETURN THROUGH AIR IN ECONOMY . KINDLY ADVICE A COMPLETE PACKAGE WITH DETAIL CHARGES.
Ashwini

03-12-2010

hey we are couple and planning to visit Andaman for 7N/8D.We are looking for 19th dec 2010...Pls suggest me suitable complete tour package
jyothi

21-12-2010

me and my husband want to visit Andaman for 8 nights from chennai. please give us the details and rates..we want to vist most of the places in andaman. we want water sports too.. we would want to visit in oct last week to nov 1st week.
Sunil Kumar

24-12-2010

We are 3 people reaching Port Blair by air on 16th Jan 2011 at about 07 A.M.We have already booked hotel at Port Blair for 4 nights+ 5 days.
Please let me know regarding details of guided tours only to Port Blair,nearby tourist places one day tour to Havelock without night halt(at Havelock).Please quote your charges for adults at your earliest.
Surendra

12-01-2011

Hey,
Planning for honeymoon in Andaman during 3rd week of Feb. Please send me details for 4 nights 5 days tour package
Srikant

12-01-2011

We are 2 people visiting andaman in March 2011. Pls send us the Complete Package(inclusive of everything) details for 3N/4D.
Devipriya

18-01-2011

we are 2 people ,newly married couple planning to visit 4n/5d pls send me the details (complete package )right from sea travel to/fro from chennai
bhavya

03-02-2011

I am planning for Andaman tour. How much will it cost for 4 nights and 5 days package for 4 adults+1 child(2 years)
Gaurav

07-02-2011

We are 2 adults planning to visit Adnamans in the April 2011. Visiting from Mumbai.
Can you please send me the details of complete package including the flight tickets
Thanks
Ankur

15-02-2011

We are 2 adult and one kid - 4.5 yrs visiting andaman in 21-24 April 2011. Pls send us the Complete Package(inclusive of everything) details for 3N/4D.
ParamNPooja

17-02-2011

Hi, I am planning visit for 4D/5N on honeymoon in Andaman during 4th week of Mar'2011.Please give us suitable package.
ramesh

23-02-2011

hello sir...we(2 members) are planning to visit andaman tour for 3 nights and 4 days..in may need to know the full details about the package which includes::
cost of tickets airways and ship..
how the whether will be..
accomodation....etc
waiting for your reply..
prasad

27-02-2011

I want to travel by ship with in india from 1 to 7 days so give me the complete details and what are the package will be in may /june 2011
Rayudu

05-03-2011

Hi Hello sir, we r 3 (my wife 3 years kid & myself) planing to visit andaman in Sep 3rd week.
Please let us know about offers.

Regards
Rayudu I.S
rady

11-03-2011

Hi ..actually i want to know expense deatils for 4-5 days, and lemme know..is this days is enough to visit and how abt the safety for cpls over there and what is the best season to visit...
Thanks in ADV,
rady
GANESHKUMAR

13-03-2011

We are 2 adult and one kid -5 yrs visiting andaman in may 2011. Pls send us the Complete Package(inclusive of everything) details for 3N/4D.
Parandaman

14-03-2011

Hi, I am planning to go for a 4 day holiday trip to Andaman. Myself, my wife and 2 Kids aged between 6 & 11. Pls send us the Complete Package(inclusive of everything) details for 3N/4D.
Yatin

15-03-2011

Hi, I want to visit Andaman with my wife. I want to visit entire Andaman and Nokobar Islands. Package length does not matter. Plz provide me the necessary details. Thanks in Advance.
sumit

27-03-2011

i want to visit andaman with my wife and 6month old baby for one week. so please send me the best packages available.
bhrajesh

02-04-2011

sir, i want to visit andaman with my wife and 10 yrs old daughter for 7 -8 days pl provide me complete package for the tour..thanks..
SREEJITA MAJUMDER

04-04-2011

hi. i am planning to visit Andaman with my parents for 6days-7nights.the no of members is 3. please send me the complete package details inculding flight fare.thankx in advance.
IYAPPAN

05-04-2011

DEAR SIR I PLANNING TO GO ANDAMAN NEXT MONTH FOR 6 TO 7 DAYS, WE WANT TO REACH ANDMAN FROM CHENNAI THROUGH SEA AND RETURN THROUGH AIR IN ECONOMY . KINDLY ADVICE A COMPLETE PACKAGE WITH DETAIL CHARGES.WE LIKE TO GO ANY TRAVEL AGENCY FOR THIS TRIP OUR SAFER SIDE,WE DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS PALCE
Saikat Keshori

11-04-2011

Hello, Its me saikat 4m guwahati. We are planning for andaman and nicobar trip this december, we are 7 adults + 1 child want to reach by air and return by ship to kolkata in economy class. So send me each and every details with recommended accomodation and no of days of our trip.
Malay

12-05-2011

I want to visit Andaman during puja.Total 3 adult and a 3 yr. kid for 5 days, travel by air from kolkata .let me know the complete package cost including hotel,site visit and others if any.
shriram

18-05-2011

hello sir,we are 4 persons planning to visit andaman at the starting of july.i know its not an ideal timing because of monsoon,but is it okey to visit at this time? we are also looking for econimic trip including accomodation,food and site seeing with snorkelling.please provide us the details.
Bathala Kiran Kumar

20-05-2011

Hi Sir, My name is kiran and i want to travel through cruise ship from chennai to Andaman Islands along with my family (totally 6 adults, 3 kids, Could you please let me know what wud be the charges by ship in First Class tickets, accomodation in andaman etc all type of charges, return by air back to chennai
jignesh dalal

24-05-2011

I m planning to visit in month of october and interested to stay there for 5 to days
send the attractive package.
Muthuraman

30-05-2011

Hi Sir, My name is Muthuramanand i want to travel through Flight (air)from chennai to Andaman Islands along with my family (totally 3 adults) Could you please let me know what wud be the charges by ship in First Class tickets, accomodation in andaman etc all type of charges, return by cruise ship back to chennai
nehabhagat.4@gmail.com

01-06-2011

Hi,
I am planning to visit Andaman & Nicobar islands in the Month of Dec..probably from Dec 3,2011 to Dec 9,2011. Send me the package details including following information.
1. Accomodation charges (7D/6N)
2. Places to visit.(with Day wise breakup)

ASHU SHARMA

04-06-2011

please send me the details to stay in 5 star hotel with air tickets from delhi
Krupa Vora

11-06-2011

Hello Sir,
Very nice description of the tour. We are interested in visiting Andaman this year. Is it possible to make plan in August / September? Can you please tell us how much time will it take to cover all the places in Andaman and approx budget for a couple????

Thank you very much... Please reply us asap
Snehal Choudhary

17-06-2011

Hello sir,
We are interested in visiting Andaman this year. Is it possible to make plan in November? Can you please tell us how much time will it take to cover all the places in Andaman and approx budget for a 8 people????
Rahul Thakur

16-08-2011

Hello Sir/Madam,
Am planning my honeymoon in andaman this november. Kindly let me know is it a right time to visit and package details
vishnu Adhikari

23-09-2011

Dear All,
I wants to visit Andaman & Nicorbar so pls suggest us for the same .
Amisha Pathak

01-12-2011

4NT Package & 1nt Haverlock
A. Ghosh

22-02-2012

We are going to explore Andaman , 5N/6D trip including one night at Havelock . can you please help me by informing what are the place i must plan ?
info@discoverandaman.in

26-02-2012

If you are travelling for a quite peaceful and private time spend more time in Havelock and Neil, if you are interested in the history of Kaalapaani, visit Ross and viper Island. For a family holiday visit jolly buoy. For honey moon visit kalapathar and munda pahad, chidiya tapu, Parrot island......A must for all----Radhanagar and Elephant beach in Havelock, Baratang, City tour (Cellular jail, Chatham Mill etc)
jiju jose

17-07-2012

hi there,
name my jiju. i gone with my uncle jobin and aunty alyemma to andaman. there i is eat coconut and drunk vimto. poda!! i left quicly after i seeen my math sir.

Jiju Kunhi
Age: 35
saurabh

15-08-2012

I am travelling in december for Honeymoon trip?
How I plan my travelling? Is it better to stay more in Havelock or Port Blair?
Nagendra Prasad Kainthola

19-12-2013

hi
we want to explore Andaman in last week of feb 2014,plz send us d best nd economic package details(including-accomodation,meals,transfers,site seeing,scuba,parasailing,etc) for 2people for 5N/6Days.
with n without air tickets from Delhi.
vivek

18-06-2014

i just been there 5 days in June 2014. Could not cover all places due to off season.
Dinesh Bhatia

24-06-2014

I wish to visit andaman with family from 02 to 07 Oct 14plz send us d best nd economic package details(including-accomodation,meals,transfers,site seeing,scuba,parasailing,etc) for 2people for 5N/6Days.
without air tickets from Delhi.
sushil sharma

17-05-2015

me and my wife alongwith my two children (both r adult) are planning to visit anandman and nicobar island. how many days are sufficient to visit there (also tell me the package from delhi including meal and transport with accomodation (specially include havlock also)

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Andaman Photo gallery

Havelock beach of Andman
Andaman jolly buoy beach
Ross island gallery
Baratang Island gallery
Sea corals of Andaman
Andaman islands aerial view of Corbyns cove beach
Andaman Tsunami affected area
Andaman islands aerial view
Forest check post on the way to Baratang
Mud volcano near Baratang
Baratang mid point vehicle shifting place in Andaman
Ship to Havelock island of Andaman
Sea journey by boat to limestone caves from Baratang of Andaman
Jolly buoy island view from sea in Andaman
Wandoor beach to proceed towards Jolly buoy
Andaman cellular jail
North bay coral beach view and snorkeling in Andaman









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