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About Andaman

If endless white sandy beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters, pristine tropical rainforests and romantic sunsets are the words that aptly describe your dream holiday, there is no better destination than the Andaman Islands.

Andaman & Nicobar Islands are blessed with a unique tropical rainforest canopy, made of a mixed flora with elements from Indian, Myanmarese, Malaysian and endemic floral strains. So far, about 2,200 varieties of plants have been recorded, out of which 200 are endemic and 1,300 do not occur in mainland India.if we go to the history of Andaman we find archaeological evidence yet documented goes back some 2,200 years,however, genetic and cultural studies suggest that the indigenous Andamanese people may have been isolated from other populations since the Middle Paleolithic. In that time, the Andamanese have diversified into distinct linguistic, cultural and territorial groups.


Port Blair


Port Blair is the largest town and a municipal council in Andaman district in the Andaman Islands and the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a union territory of India which is also a capital of Andaman and Nicobar island, It lies on the east coast of South Andaman Island and is the main entry point to the islands. Port Blair is the headquarters for the Indian district of South Andaman, and the local administrative sub-division which is also called Port Blair. It is home to several museums and a major base for the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard and Indian Air force. It is also the headquarters of the Tri Services Command. Port Blair is also famous for the historic Cellular Jail and other small islands which were once home to British colonists.

How to Reach
Attractions
Water Sports Activities
FAQ's

From Chennai:

Port Blair is the Andaman's major gateway which is well connected by air & sea while regular passenger ship services are available to Port Blair from the India's major cities like Chennai. But the major source of Accommodation is air service which takes 2 hour from Chennai by flight. But if somebody takes the sea root from Chennai it takes around 50 to 60 Hours to reach Andaman.

From Kolkata:

From Kolkata, The best way to reach these exotic islands is to take flight from Kolkata which is two and half hour from flight. And distance from Kolkata to Port Blair through Sea is 1255 KM. and it takes 66 Hour to reach Port Blair

From Delhi:

Surrounded by the island there is no rail Services is available to reach from Delhi to Andaman, what is best way to reach from Delhi to, either reach first to Kolkata or Chennai by rail or then take a flight from Chennai or from Kolkata to Andaman.

 ADVENTURE SPORTS ACTIVITIES

Scuba Diving:

Scuba diving is a form of underwater diving in which a diver uses a scuba set to breathe underwater. Unlike earlier diving, which relied either on breath-hold or on air pumped from the surface, scuba divers carry their own source of gas, usually compressed air, allowing them greater freedom of movement than with an air line. A scuba diver usually moves around underwater by using swim fins attached to the feet, but external propulsion can be provided by a diver propulsion vehicle, or a sled pulled from the surface.

Sea Walk:

Sea walking in Andaman Island is one of the many fun adventures enjoyed by foreign tourists in the tropical island paradise. One can feel being one with nature as one will see live fishes in different sizes and radiant colors, gardens of corals and many other marine creatures.

Snorkeling Diving:

Snorkeling is the practice of swimming on or through a body of water while equipped with adiving mask, a shaped tube called a snorkel, and usually swim fins. In cooler waters, a wetsuit may also be worn. Use of this equipment allows the snorkeler to observe underwater attractions for extended periods of time with relatively little effort. Snorkeling is also employed by scuba divers when on the surface, and search and rescue teams may snorkel as part of a water-based search. It is also a means to an end in underwater sports such as underwater hockey, underwater ice hockey, underwater rugby and spearfishing.

Glass-bottom boat rides:

The Glass-bottom boat rides allow visitors to experience several fascinating aspects of marine life, and provide them a bird's eye view of the aquarium. Starting with the spectacular sight of Cownose Rays, which circle in flocks near the surface, the rides also offer an unprecedented overview of the various habitats of the diverse aquatic animals. Glass-bottom boat rides, which replicates an ocean environment, have their own marked territories at different levels of the tank, as they do at sea. Nurse Sharks, Fantail Rays, Guitarfish and all the small reef associated species are commonly found on the ocean's bed while the sharks prefer to be in the darker rocky areas and caves. Rays have a preference for being near the water surface, where they flap their

Jet Skiing:

This is the best adventure for all those who love speed. The 100-135 hp powered jet skis are used in this adventure, where the person is usually accompanied by an instructor as one can easily get carried away by the strong waves. The warm waters of the Gulf and year-round sunshine make Andaman an ideal location for water- skiing. Facilities and locations are perfect for both beginners and advanced skiers. Andaman's reputation as a water-skier's paradise is well established.

Banana Ride:

Banana, rides are the star attractions of many beaches all over the world, Andaman being no exception. A banana ride is truly unique as it can be enjoyed by whole family or a bunch of friends huddled together. Sitting on a six-seat banana-shaped contraption and being towed by a speedboat rising and falling on heaving waves of sea is truly a roller coaster in water. Holding on to dear in one terrifying moment and laughing hysterically in another moment and finally flipping over in the water is absolute fun.

sofa ride:

Enjoy the thrills and spills on an ever-popular water ride! The craziest sofa you ever sat on. Just sit and enjoy the fun as you are being wisked away through the waves and try to hold on in the turns not to fall off. A fun experience for both families and friends. Go on, challenge the driver and see if you can stay dry!

sofa ride:

Enjoy the thrills and spills on an ever-popular water ride! The craziest sofa you ever sat on. Just sit and enjoy the fun as you are being wisked away through the waves and try to hold on in the turns not to fall off. A fun experience for both families and friends. Go on, challenge the driver and see if you can stay dry!

*These rides are available at north bay coral islands portblair
Sightseeing Places in Portblair:


Cellular Jail, Port Blair
Cellular Jail located at Port Blair, stood mute witness to the torture meted out to the freedom fighters, who were incarcerated in this jail. The Jail, completed in the year 1906, acquired the name cellular, because it is entirely made up of individual cells for the solitary confinement of the prisoners.
Samudrika Marine Museum
Cellular Jail, presently a revered shrine dedicated to great Indian freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for the Independence of our Nation, is situated at Aberdeen near Port Blair in Andaman Islands.
Ross Island
The small island with its treasure of ruins in it became the hot tourists spot in the territory. 20minutes sea journey from Phoenix bay jetty of Port Blair. Cruises and port charters are available very frequently from Phoenix bay to Ross island. People can also reach Ross island after visiting North bay coral island. The usual trip will be to travel towards Viper island from Phoenix bay jetty and from Viper to North bay and then to Ross island. In Ross island people can see the ruins of buildings built during British period. Ruins of Church, Printing press, Government offices, Power house, Tennis court, Bakery, pond etc... can be seen. A museum called Smrithika is being maintained by Navy in this island.
Viper Island
Situated around 8 kilometers North West of Port Blair and one can access the island by boat or ferry. Viper Island is best known for the prison that was used before the notorious cellular prison was constructed in 1906. Some of the greatest personalities linked to the Indian Freedom struggle have spent their last days here at Viper jail. Documented evidence exists that Maharajas and Peasants were treated alike and tortured to the hilt for having played a part in trying to overthrow British rule. Tourists' today flock to the island to get a glimpse of the ruins of this jail and for a moment feel like a part of history. Apart from this, Viper Island is also a wonderful picnic place. The island can be reached in 20 minutes via the Phoenix Bay jetty. Some cruise services also offer tours on a boat around the island showing tourists different parts of the island and the prison from the boat.
Jolly Buoy Island:
Also known as the Wandoor Marine National Park, Jolly Buoy is an island proximate to Port Blair, and as most tourists put it, is nothing short of heaven on earth. Part of the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park . this place offers superior tourist value and offers tourists a chance to get up close and personal with the coral reef, pristine white and emerald beaches, even a dolphin or two if you get lucky. The ferry ride begins at Port Blair wherein tourists are taken through breathtakingly beautiful islands and waters, while the guides explain the various sights, sounds and marine life. Just short of the Jolly Buoy island which doesn't have a jetty, tourists are transferred into smaller boats with glass bottoms to view the coral reef as they approach the island.
Sea Walk:
Sea walking in Andaman Island is one of the many fun adventures enjoyed by foreign tourists in the tropical island paradise. One can feel being one with nature as one will see live fishes in different sizes and radiant colors, gardens of corals and many other marine creatures.
North bay Coral Island :
Located nearer to Phoenix jetty of Port Blair, this beach is also very famous for under water corals. Snorkeling and scuba diving is available. The one day package trip include North bay, Viper island and Ross island. Some travellers prefer to stay more time in North bay to enjoy the sea corals through snorkeling and scuba diving. Normal trip package goes with Viper island first, North bay next and Ross island last. Unlike other beaches, the crowd in North bay coral beach is more. People come here in large number because of the facilities available to enjoy the beach play.
Andaman Water Sports Complex :
The Andaman Water Sports Complex offers facilities for safe water sports such as water skiing, water scooters, parasailing and glass bottomed boats. There is a saline water swimming pool, promenade for walking as well as changing rooms and a food plaza available near the complex.
Chatham Island & Sawmill :
The Chatham Sawmill is one of the oldest and largest mills in Asia. Built on a tiny island by the same name and connected to Port Blair by a bridge, the island has the second largest wharf here and also houses a Forest Museum in its premises. Owned by Forest department and dating back to 1836, it is a big store house for different varieties of wood including Marble, Padauk, Gurjan and Satin wood.
Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park :
The Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park at Wandoor 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, mangrove creeks and 15 islands, is one of the best marine parks anywhere in the world. Viewing of rare corals and underwater marine life through glass bottom boats, and snorkeling are extremely popular here.
Anthropological Museum :
The Anthropological Museum is maintained and managed by the Anthropological Survey of India, and is located in Port Blair. It is an exquisite small museum showcasing a wide collection of tools and weapons used by the Andamanese tribes. It also exhibits photographs of different tribes and aborigines of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Sippighat :
Sprawling over an area of 80 acres is a Government farm. Research and Development programmes for cultivation of spices such as cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, coconut and pepper are conducted here. Research and demonstration farm of the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) is also located nearby.
Chidiya Tapu :
Chidiya Tapu is the southern most tip of South Andaman. Located 25 kms from Port Blair, the lush green mangroves, forest cover with numerous chirping birds and the white sand beach make it an ideal picnic site as well as a great place for snorkeling. The forest guesthouse situated on top of a hillock provides a fabulous view of isolated islands, submerged corals and the breath-taking sunset.
Madhuban :
Madhuban is 75 kms by road or 20 kms by ferry from Port Blair. It is primarily a trekking area, north east of South Andaman. Exotic endemic birds, animals, butterflies, and elephant lumbering are the most interesting part of the trek.
Mount Harriet :
The summer headquarters of the Chief Commissioner during British Raj, this place is ideal for a nice and fascinating over view of the outer islands and the sea. Located 55 km, by road and 15 km by ferry from Port Blair, it is the highest peak in the South Andamans (365 meters high).
Where is Andamans?

Andaman & Nicobar Islands are a group of 572 islands located in the Bay of Bengal. It is around 1000 miles away from the Indian subcontinent down South-East.

How can I reach Andaman?

Port Blair is the Andaman's major gateway which is well connected by air & sea while regular passenger ship services are available to Port Blair from the India's major cities like Chennai. But the major source of Accommodation is air service which takes 2 hour from Chennai by flight. But if somebody takes the sea root from Chennai it takes around 50 to 60 Hours to reach Andaman.

What is the best time to holiday in Andaman Islands and How is the weather there?

The best time of the year to visit the Andaman & Nicobar Islands is between October and May. It is also the time for the annual tourism festival. The waters are clear and relatively placid after the monsoons making them perfect for snorkelers and swimmers. The islands have a tropical climate with only minor fluctuations in temperature (23-30°C) and 80% humidity all around the year. There is medium to heavy rain during the monsoons twice a year from the month from May to mid September and November to mid December.

What is the formalities to enter Andaman?
Foreigners:

All foreign nationals can stay in the islands for 30 days. This can be extended by another 15 days with permission. They require a permit to stay from the immigration authorities. In addition, permits can also be obtained from: Indian Missions Overseas, Foreigner's Registration Offices at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Calcutta and the immigration authorities at the airports at Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta and Chennai.


Indians:

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. Application on a prescribed form may be addressed to the Deputy Commissioner, Andaman District, Port Blair.

What is the Currency used in Andaman?

Indian Rupees is used in Andaman Islands. You can exchange currency at the airport, from the banks or currency dealers. Also, you can withdraw Indian Rupees from the ATMs there.

Is is safe/secure to travel to Andamans?

The quantum of tourist inflow to the islands is a testimony of how safe tourists feel in the islands. These islands are one of the safest places to live/travel in the country.

can I get seafood there?

The islands are known for their exquisite sea food delicacies and one can find a Burmese and Thai influence in the cooking. A variety of sea foods such as prawns, fish, lobsters; crabs and so on are available at most local joints. Seafood might be a little on the expensive side but it is well worth the extra cost. Most of the hotels have their own restaurants and every island will have something different to offer.

Popular Hotels

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