Andamans has the charm and beauty of the highest order. This travel destination features at the topmost of any chart in a traveller’s to-do list. It has the right mix of everything the natural beauty, the beaches, the varied topography, the exotic limestone caves, the wild mangrove shelters, the pleasant sunshine, the warm coastal waters, the vibrant marine unwater life, the rich coral reefs and the warm. Smiling and always ready to help and down to earth local people to take care of your each and every need. And if you are thinking to replace the super busy and crowdy Delhi with a peaceful place in your coming holidays then, nothing can be more wiseful than Andaman Islands.
How to Go?
For obvious reasons, tourists can't reach directly from Delhi to Andaman Nicobar by train or by road as more than 1,200 kilometres of sea parts Andaman from the mainland of India. So, ruling out above two modes, the preferable mode to travel to Andamans is by Flights. The aerial distance of Andaman from Delhi is near about 2500 kms. You will have to take flight from New Delhi to Port Blair.
Some of the flights with their average duration of journey are as follows:
Air India – 3hr35min- Non stop
Spice Jet – 12 hr 55+ mins – Connecting
IndiGo – 5hr 25+ mins – Connecting
Go Air – 10hr 15+ mins – Connecting
Vistara – 5 hr 5mins – Non stop
Go Air – 4hr 45 min – Non stop
IndiGo – 5hr 25 min – Non stop
Where to plan the Stay?
Be it for honeymoon or family tour, for a sightseeing tour or a solo trip, Andaman is the favorite hub of the travelers for a holiday. Making travelers experience even more memorable, and taking their stay all together to a different level, there are multiple places where one can book a stay. Some of them are:
Havelock Island Beach Resort:
Havelock Island Resort is a new luxurious stay in Havelock Island that is strategically located by Nemo’s reef. Guests can choose from twelve deluxe rooms and four suites. There is a wardrobe, AC, TV, mini-fridge, and fan in every room. The bathrooms are spacious with modern fittings. The rooms have an outdoor seating area with lay-back chairs and a table. The suites are located closer to the beach and the café. They have roofs that appear thatched and a single glass window with a view of the sea.Guests can avail of pick-up and drop services, laundry, internet facilities, as well as room service from the Sea
Tango Beach Resort:
Tango Beach Resort is the only resort on Neil Island where you can actually stay on the beach and relax listening to the soothing sound of the sea.There are various types of accommodation to choose from as they have 42 rooms. However the prices differ not by the type, but by the location of the rooms; cheaper ones are those further from the beach. They have bamboo huts, bamboo cottages and some concrete cottages all with an attached bathroom offering a comfortable stay.Tango is one of the oldest places on Neil but it still remains as laid back and friendly as it was before. Even though it is pricier compared to other resorts, it does get busy during high season, so booking ahead is advisable.
The restaurant here offers buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. And there are plenty of activities to choose from; snorkeling, diving, fishing. They can also organize boat trips, glass bottom boats and ski jets if interested.
Hotel Shompen by Singhotel
Located in the tranquil environs of Port Blair, Hotel Shopmen is known for offering the best of leisure, hospitality and amenities to the guests. Named after a local tribe of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, this luxury hotel is ideal for leisure travelers, businessmen, and honeymoon couples as well. The location of the hotel makes it the preferred choice of tourists who love to enjoy water sports and observe marine life in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Exceptional service and amenities help this hotel stand ahead of its competitors.The spotlessly clean rooms at the resort are equipped with all the world class amenities. Plush interiors and elegant furnishing simply lures the guests. Also, you can enjoy a delicious gourmet tour that shows the culinary skills of the chefs at the restaurant. You can enjoy Island Specialties, Superb Sea Foods and the Indian, Continental and Chinese dishes at the restaurant.
Dew Dale Resorts, Baratang Island
The relaxing accommodation at Sundergarh Village in Baratang Island, Dew Dale Resort is responsible for initiating tourism in the Middle Andaman Region. This epitome of comfort is built amid the spellbinding grandeur of nature. The resort was constructed with the concept of encouraging rural tourism in Andaman. Dew Dale Resort promotes ecotourism and hence a guest can enjoy the stay in the midst of nature's exquisiteness. The resort is positioned on the side of the main highway. The lush and verdant forests form a congenial backdrop to this resort and offer tourists to enjoy a pleasant stay away from the muddle of urban life.
Pearl Park Beach Resort
Situated in the engrossing settings of Neil Island in Andaman, Pearl Park Beach Resort is set between the emerald hills of Neil Island and the azure sea. The resort is the insignia of comfortable stay near the stunning landscape blessed with sea, sand and sun. The cottages in this resort are edified in Andamanese style.The rooms in the resort are extremely comfortable and meticulously designed. In addition to this, for the travelers looking to get engaged in some exhilarating activities, Pearl Park Beach Resort offers speedboat and snorkeling facilities. This comfy accommodation option in Neil Island is designed with elegance and ensures its guests a relaxed stay in the midst of salubrious environs.
Places not to be missed
1. Port Blair: A multicultural town offering a glimpse of various local traditions, Port Blair is a scenic escape from the hustle and bustle city life. Steeped in colonial history, Port Blair is perfect as a base camp for your stay in Andaman.
2. Havelock Island: Clear blue waters and white sand beaches lined with Mahua tress give Havelock Island a picture-perfect look. With long treks and fascinating backwater, Havelock promises to be an escape into adventure and scenic beauty.
3. Neil Island: This serene island welcomes you to coral reefs, calm beaches and rich wildlife. Needless, to say, snorkeling is perfect here since, unlike other islands in the Andaman, Neil Islands offers an escape from the crowd. There are still a few virgin beaches around for an evening date with your lover or better, with nature itself.
4. Baratang Island, is located about 100 km from Port Blair and if you take it from the tourism point of view, then this island is an unexplored gem filled with pure beauty and natural wonders. This must visit destination slouches with verdant green meadows and thick mangrove forests. Incredible yet overlooked place Baratang Island houses some unique and fascinating attractions like the impressive limestone caves and interesting mud volcanoes.Another such attraction in Baratang Island that is visited by many tourists is the Mud Volcano. It so happens that the mud is pushed upward by a natural gas emitting from underneath created by decaying organic matter from underground. In addition to that, Parrot Island is also a must visit attraction located near Baratang Jetty. This beautiful place is best visited in the evening to witness thousands of parrots that fly around and roost.
5. Limestone Caves, Northern Andaman: The limestone caves are located in Northern Andaman and are a treat that shouldn’t be missed. Your journey will be mesmerizing, taking you through tribal reserves. You can also catch a glimpse of sun-bathing crocodiles camouflaged perfectly in the mangrove forests of the area.
6. Cellular Jail Memorial: The taboo of Kala Paani still haunts the walls of the cellular jail. The prisoners sentenced to exile here were not only traumatized by their journey to the prison, but they also believed they’d lose their Varna (caste) if they crossed the Kala Paani (dark water) of the ocean. The British used this prison to exile many freedom fighters and political prisoners. Located at Port Blair, it’s open to tourists from Tuesday to Sunday. The light and sound show at night is especially recommended.
7. Diglipur Island: On the northern Andaman island, Diglipur island is a prominent ecotourism destination that covers an expanse of greenery, and marine life. The island is mainly known for its beaches like Kalipur Beach, Ross & Smith Islands, Ramnagar Beach, and Pathi Level Beach that hosts activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, and trekking. Besides, Diglipur happens to the the largest peaks in the archipelago, which often remain thronged by the trekkers to see its unique wildlife. Do visit Ramnagar Beach, and Kalipur Beach to see the turtle nesting. A trek through the 41 cluster of Limestone caves is a must too.
For all those planning a holiday in Diglipur then the island is approachable by boat from Port Blair & Mayabunder. If coming from Port Blair, take a boat till Aerial Bay Jetty, which is very near to Kalipur in Diglipur. The boat services from Port Blair are available twice a week. Further, Kalighat is also well connected by daily two boat services from Mayabunder. Tourists can even travel by car to reach Diglipur from Port Blair.
8. Forest Museum: Located on the outskirts of Port Blair, Forest Museum is a famous attraction for its wide collection related to forest and the assortment of trees. This prominent museum is a must visit place in Port Blair and it is managed by the forest department of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The major attractions that are set on display in this museum include the artefacts that are made from timber, gurjan, oak, satin wood and paduak. These displayed artefacts reflect the rich and dense flora found in the islands. The forest department also carries out researches and the outcomes of these research activities can be clearly seen in this museum. To add flavour for the tourists, the museum also incorporates a mini zoo and a small zoological garden inside the building.
The Forest Museum is located inside the Chatham Saw Mill Complex. This attraction is at a distance of about 10 kilometres from central Port Blair.
9. Gandhi Park: Located in the heart of the city, Gandhi Park is just the perfect sightseeing place in Andaman to relax, rejuvenate, and revive. The park has its share of history too; the Dilthaman tank in the park was once the lone source of drinking water in Andaman. A symbol of the manmade brilliance, the park has a big statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the center. Around it, there are few other historical monuments such as the remains of a bunker and a Japanese temple. Amusement rides, nature trail around the lake and boating in the lake are some of the activities that one take part in the Gandhi Park.
The park is located on the RGT Road, which is right in the center of the city. To reach here, one can find an auto-rickshaw or minibuses from anywhere in the city.
10. Mayabunder Island: Some 242 km away from Port Blair and around three hours far from Rangat, the beautiful Mayabunder Island is an incredible place for a beach holiday. The island is located in the northern part of the Middle Andaman Island and boasts gorgeous mangrove creeks and spellbinding beaches and isles. It is also famed as a home to former Burmese Karen Tribes, who served as the logging labourers during British Colonial period. Amongst the top sightseeing places in are Karmatang Beach, Interview Island, Rampur Beach and Avis Island. The Karmatang Beach is reckoned as a eco-friendly destination and also a nesting ground for turtles. Small yet significantly beautiful, Avis is an uninhabited place which is known for its coconut plantation. The beach of Rampur though known for its pristine surroundings and mangrove forest but it is mainly famous for the remains of the German Jetty. The Interview Island on the other side is is known for its numerous fresh water sources. On the Western coast of the Island, there is a cave that gives out fresh water. Mayabunder is also favourable for water sports There are speed boats available once a week, the Port Blair ferry also takes one here en route to Diglipur.
The best time to visit between October and March, when the temperature is comparatively cool.
Local Transportation Facilities
Public transport is easily available there. A variety of transports are buses, auto rickshaws, and taxi and mini buses. A traveller can also hire a two-wheeler for sight-seeing. Cycles are also advisable for wandering in small islands such as Havelock or Neil Island.
If you want to enjoy your journey with the group then you can also take the bus. Many of the outer islands connected by road so if you arrive in Port Blair then you can take buses from Mohanpura Bus Terminus, the buses are operated by a private operator and also by transport department of Port Blair.
Private jeeps and vans are also available here. Roads are connect to many villages so if you want a closure look at the Andaman culture then you can hire a whole vehicle in inflated price.
Prominent Cafes and Restaurants to look for
Nemo Cafe & Bar, Havelock(aka Havelock Island Beach Club)
If you’re in Havelock and are yearning for a sea view, a DJ night, commendable hospitality, lively ambience, lip-smacking food, and quick service, Nemo Cafe is the place to be. You’ll get pretty much everything here. They can do party arrangements in case you plan to surprise your better half or your friend(s). Candlelights are a plus. Enquire before you go to know, as some days the place is closed for large party bookings.
Nemo Café , also known as Havelock Island Beach Club is especially the best idea for the guests of the resort as it is just a few steps away from the comfort of your room. After spending your day sightseeing, beach hopping or doing scuba diving, night time is the most perfect time to just rejuvenate and chill. Spend some time strolling on the while silky sand of the beach amidst the calming sound of waves and lush greenery. Appreciate the beauty of the star-studded sky and the moonlight touching the ocean. This is something that you cannot ever experience in your city. Such is the gorgeousness of Havelock Island! The fascinating lights used for decorating the whole place further enhance the beauty of the café and bar. Relax on the sun deck, and order your favorite drink as well as the food of your choice. All this while getting spellbound by the splendor of the Nemo Café. And after spending a few hours enjoying and relaxing, you can simply go back to your lavish room and have a good night’s sleep.
Location: Beach No.2, Havelock Island Beach Resort, Govind Nagar Beach, Havelock Island
Amaya, Seashell, Port Blair
With a magnificent rooftop sea view in Port Blair, Amaya is a fine multi-cuisine restro bar. The outdoor seating overlooks the sea and is a perfect location to enjoy the sea breeze, an intimate candlelight dinner, or just sing along (to the live music) with your friends. Amaya offers excellent seafood, barbeque, sizzlers and cocktails. Live music, sets the mood. This place tops our chart of Restaurants in Port Blair.
Cuisines: Amaya Seafood Platter and Signature Flaming shots
Location: Seashell Hotel, Marine Hill
Full Moon Cafe – Relish The Seafood
If you’re looking for top restaurants in Havelock Island, Andaman, then this famous cafe run by an Irish-Indian couple is the place to be! The cool thatched-roof ambience near the popular Beach No. 5 and the finger-licking good seafood make a visit here beyond incredible.
Cuisines: Indian, Seafood, American, and Asian
Location: Dive India, Beach 5, Havelock Island, India
Annapurna Restaurant – Vegetarian Delight
Renowned as one of the best pure veg restaurants in Andaman, this place is a little paradise on the island. Its not-so-expensive cuisines on the card make it a must-visit for every vegan holidaying near the Aberdeen Bazar in Port Blair.
Cuisines: Pure Vegetarian and Chinese
Location: 71 MG Road, Opposite Model School, Aberdeen Bazar, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Island
New Lighthouse Restaurant – Adore The Cool Ambience
Situated nearby to the Marina Park in Port Blair, this Andaman restaurant is a famous eatery both amongst locals and tourists. From serving lip-smacking grilled fish & lobsters to offering an open-air, comfortable environment, this place surely knows how to pamper its guests.
Cuisines: Indian (Veg), Seafood, Asian
Location: Rajiv Gandhi Nagar, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Bonova Cafe And Pub – Love Mouth-watering delicacies
Situated near the Govind Nagar Beach, this is one of the best restaurants in Havelock, Andaman. The modern yet classic ambience of the cafe, friendly hospitality, and hands down the endless array of toothsome cuisines make a visit to this place worth every dime. Besides exploring the water sports in Andaman, if you are a real foodie, this cafe will give the ultimate pleasure in taste after having the mouth-watering dishes.
Cuisines: Indian, Thai, Continental, and Chinese
Location: Beach Number 2, Govind Nagar Beach, Havelock, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Especiality of Andaman Islands when we talk about Food
1. Sea Food: Like other coastal areas, seafood is a specialty of the region. Port Blair is particularly recommended: try the whole lobster at New Lighthouse Restaurant or the seafood platter at Red Snapper. You can also get fresh fried fish from the morning’s catch at almost all of the islands.
2. Local Fare: When you reach Havelock, do check out the delicious samosas. If you’re looking for affordable yet scrumptious meals, many tiny local restaurants serve healthy Indian Thalis at reasonable prices. Many local joints also offer Italian, Thai and Continental cuisine, if you’re allergic to, or not fond of seafood.
Some Adventurous ideas for Andaman’s Trip
1. Island Trekking: Trekking is a standout amongst the most looked for adventurous experience sport in the Andaman Islands. Camps are the right decision for nature-beaus who wish to appreciate the sun, ocean and nature by spending calm occasions right on the shoreline.
One can go trekking through the nature trail from Mt. Harriet to Madhuban and appreciate the uncommon woods life, verdure. There are other trekking courses too. Some of the time, trekking undertakings are just a day or two long.
Location: Havelock Island
2. Parasailing: It is one of the favorite water sports in the Andaman. With a mixture of water and airborne adventure, you will definitely fall in love with this sport. A designed canopy is used to drag you through the wind as your experience the whole place from a different perspective.
This activity is basically done in the calm waters. So, this time don’t miss a chance to try parasailing and experience the fun. Soak in the amazing beauty of the region while you are flying up high in the air. You can enjoy this activity for 5-10 minutes.
Location: Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex in the Andaman.
3. Scuba Diving: With a plethora of things to do in Andaman, one of the most famous and important activity is scuba diving. As out of 120 islands, only 36 are inhabitable, the majorities of the places in Andaman are untouched by human disturbance and offer some of the most beautiful natural scenery.
Location: Havelock Islands, Neil Islands.
4. Snorkeling: It is yet another amazing way to explore the beautiful marine life and corals of Bay of Bengal. From umpteen varieties of fishes to plant species, you can find everything while you snorkel in the clear waters of Andaman.
Location: Radhanagar Beach, Red Skin Island, Jolly Buoy Islands, Neil Island, Elephant Beach and many more.
5. Sea Walking: It is one of the newest things to do in Andaman, which is expanding in level of ubiquity. The underwater Sea Walk is a standout amongst the most one of kind attractions that one must experience when going to the Andaman Islands. It is genuine once in an existence time experience for all the non-jumpers out there.
Location: Havelock Islands, Neil Islands.
Some Romantic Ideas
1. Candle light dinner: Candle light dinner beneath the moon, along sea shore, is great thing to experience. Deep conversations are taken forward with a glass of wine is more romantic thing to do. Several restaurants in Andaman offer such candle light dinner. Candlelight dinner on the beach is a must-do sensory delight, probably it is the most romantic dining experience, ideal for an under-the-stars celebration. The aromatic candles spread the romantic mode and you will be led to the dining table arranged near the beach. Enjoy the delicious food on your table as the sea waves play the chorus music.
2. Dine on a cruise ship: Cruise ship journey is demanded by every tourist. Couples can have a romantic dinner with the open blue sky and sea to get heavenly experience.
3. Dive: Swim along the marine life of the sea with your partner makes your honeymoon more memorable.
4. Wobble along with the music: No matter whichever club you go, this adds more romance in between you and your partner.
5. Indulge each other, together: Couples massages encourage bonding, increase the comfort level for both individuals, and offers a rare opportunity. For you do something together where you’ll both leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. As if these weren’t reasons enough, imagine experiencing all of these things on a pristine beach. The sound of waves lapping on the shore in the background, and the cool ocean breezes teasing your skin.
6. Under-water proposal: Proposals are most special yet important part of a relationship for any couple. So, its highly advisable that it should be done in a way that its romantic essence never gets faded even after decades. The more creatively done, the romantic it becomes and what can be more creative than doing it underwater, where the thoughtless mind intensifies soulful values to the proposal.
Some key notes for your Andaman’s Trip
i. What to pack:
Sunglasses, Hat or Cap for shade from the sun.
Light cotton clothing, sarongs, sun dresses, light shorts or pants, light shirts.
Bathing suits. Board shorts, bikinis etc.
Slides, slippers & comfortable open shoes.
Smart casual for evening meals.
Raincoat / poncho.
ii. Reliance Jio and Tata Docomo don't work in the Andaman Islands. You will need to change your preferred carrier in case you are carrying sim cards from these networks. So the mobile networks that function at a basic level are mainly Airtel, Vodafone and BSNL.
iii. October is the perfect time to visit Andaman, since the monsoons are over and the weather is perfect for sightseeing and island hopping.