Andaman and Nicobar Islands, A Perfect Travel Destination for Sea Lovers


Andaman and Nicobar Islands is the most romantic getaway for sea lovers, honeymoon couples and even for family outings. Here I am with my Andaman and Nicobar Islands travel experience and some beautiful pictures of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands captured by me.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands is one of my favorite travel destination especially if you are a sea lover and love water sports than this Island is for you. It is a perfect holiday destination for a honeymoon, adventure or even to explore the nature. You can enjoy lots of activities there or just watch the sunset or sunrise in peace.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

About Andaman & Nicobar Islands


Andaman & Nicobar Islands is a group of over 572 Islands which makes it a Dream Destination for the Eco-friendly Tourist. Tourist can visit Andaman group of Islands as the Nicobar group of Islands is out of reach for any kind of Tourism activities because a majority of people living in the Nicobar Islands are Tribal who does not like the interference of the outsiders. The capital of Andaman & Nicobar Islands is Port Blair and major languages spoken here are Bengali, Hindi, Malayalam, English, Tamil, Nicobarese, and Telugu.
The climate of Andaman & Nicobar Islands is Tropical and has a humid Weather. There is no winter season at islands. The rainy season happens twice a year, Southwest monsoon in mid-May to September, and Northeast monsoon in November to January. The best time to visit the Andaman & Nicobar Islands is between November and April when the weather is pleasant and less humid so that you can enjoy your vacation.

Andaman & Nicobar Islands has world-class Beaches, beautiful coral reefs, lush green rainforests, an active Volcano, and rich flora or fauna. The beautiful sandy beaches of Andaman & Nicobar Islands are lined with coconut and palm trees. It's clear sea water offers excellent scope for water sports like snorkeling, scuba diving, glass boat ride, Jet Ski Ride are the real attractions.

How to reach Andaman & Nicobar Islands


You can reach Andaman in tow only- By Air or By Sea. In my opinion, by air is the fastest and comfortable mode to travel this beautiful island but if you are looking for some cheap options then general passenger ships can opt though they offer no luxuries and take about 3-4 days to reach Port Blair which makes it little difficult to travel.

How to reach Andaman & Nicobar Islands by Air- Andaman the only airport is the Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair connected with Chennai and Calcutta by air. Many airlines like Indian Air Lines, Go Air, Jet Airways and many more offer daily flights to reach Port Blair. Flights for Port Blair can be taken from Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Bhubaneswar. Direct flights Kolkata, Bhubaneswar and Chennai take around 2.5 hours whereas flights from Delhi fly via Chennai or Kolkata take around 5 hours in total. Connecting flights are also available from Pune, Mumbai, and Bangalore.

Ferry ride to Havelock Island

How to reach Andaman & Nicobar Islands by Ship – You can avail the regular passenger ship services (three to four sailings every month) to Port Blair from Chennai, Kolkata, Visakhapatnam and back. The voyage takes about 50 to 60 hours and the ship normally berths at Port Blair for about two to four days. The Andaman and Nicobar Administration has introduced a Single window system for the purchase of any class of ship and ferry tickets from any counter throughout the STARS (Ship Ticketing Advance Reservation System), network.

Places to visit in Andaman Island


There are many beautiful sandy beaches in Andaman equipped with luxury to budget accommodation. You can visit lots of places and island to enjoy the serene beauty of this beautiful Island. Some of my personal favorites are described below.

Cellular Jail known as Kala Pani at Port Blair is associated with the freedom struggle of India. It is used by British especially to exile political prisoners to keep them away from any freedom moment. Cellular Jail is declared as the National Memorial to pay the tribute to our great freedom fighters that raise their voices against the British rule. Some of the famous inmates of the Cellular jail were Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Dr. Diwan Singh Kalepani, Bhai Parmanand, Yogendra Shukla, Batukeshwar Dutt and Maulana Ahmadullah who always raise their voice against the jail authorities for misbehaving the prisoners. It is the must have visited for everyone to feel a connection with the hard work our freedom fighters. You can enjoy the Light and sound show in the evening depicting the story of the struggle of our freedom fighter in Cellular Jail. Entry ticket to Cellular Jail is Rs 30/- and for light and sound show Entry fee for Adult is Rs. 50/-

Cellular Jail, Port Blair

Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Wandooras the name suggest is the display of marine life of Andaman. You can experience the fascinating world of coral reefs, 300 species of coral reef fishes, starfish, sea cucumbers, dolphins, turtle and sharks in their natural environment. Some lucky visitors can also see the endangered dugong (sea cow). Tropical rainforest within the park is rich in many birds and mammals spices like Andaman pigs, civet, and bats. Birds like Andaman teal, whistling teal, parakeets and reef horns are common to sight.

Forest Trekking

Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex offer unforgettable water sports activities like joy rides on speed boats, Jet Ski & Banana rides. Boating from water complex up to the Ross Island is an exciting experience. You can enjoy the artificial waterfall here.

RadhaNagar Beach, Havelock Island

Havelock Island is the group of Island with beautiful white sand beaches. It's a paradise for watersports lover one can enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, bird watching, game fishing kayaking and much more. Havelock is connected by sea and air from the capital city Port Blair. Radhanagar Beach, Vijaynagar Beach, Elephant Beach and Kalapather Beach are some of the famous beaches to enjoy sunbath, sunrise or sunset view.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Neil Island one of my personal favorite Island in Andaman is a small and beautiful island. You do not need to go to the sea for watching coral reefs or marine life, the water is so clear here that you can watch all these from the seashore also. Lakshmanpur beach, Bharatpur Beach, Sitapur Beach are some beautiful beaches to visit in Neil Island. Sir Hugh Rose Island is locally known as 'Chhota' Neil ('Small' Neil) is declared a wildlife sanctuary and is a turtle nesting ground but you need permission from the Deputy Range Officer, Forest Department at Neil Island to visit this island. You can enjoy Snorkeling, Scuba diving, Game fishing, trekking, Cycling, Sunbathing, swimming, bird watching and many more activities at Neil Island.


Natural Coral bridge, Neil Island


Baratang Island is famous for its beautiful beaches, mangrove creeks, mud-volcanoes and limestone caves. You can see thousands of parrots (parakeets) at Parrot Island in the evening. Naturally limestone caves are magical and you will be amazed to see these natural creations here.

Twin Islands are actually two islands Ross & Smith joined together by a sandbar to make a single group of islands. You can enjoy beautiful beaches and gem green water here. These islands are home to the Olive Ridley turtles so if you are lucky and be there at the right time then you can even witness the turtle nesting.

Where to stay at Andaman & Nicobar Islands


There are much pockets-friendly to luxury resorts and hotels in Andaman. You can choose any of them according to your choice and budget. I prefer to stay in beach resorts as they offer private beach services and water sports activities. We stayed in Gold Star Beach Resort at Havelock Island and Tango at Neil Island both are good and pocket-friendly. Both resorts have owned beach and fairly good services within budget.


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Guest Author: Sreejith30 Jun 2016

Well, no doubt Andaman Nicobar Islands is a landscape of scenic and picturesque . Is there is any entry formalities for Indian nationals?

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