Discover Andaman Island, famous for its serene, white sandy beaches by sparkling blue waters.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands, union territory, India, consisting of two groups of islands at the southeastern edge of the Bay of Bengal.
Andaman group has 325 islands which cover an area of 6,170 km2 (2,382 sq mi) Nicobar group has only 247 islands with an area of 1,765 km2 (681 sq mi)
Capital : Andamanese town of Port Blair.
Best Season: October to May.
To explore and enjoy the water sports in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the best time to visit is during summer and winter. During the rainy season water sports are halted and isn’t a good time to explore the place.
Entry to Andaman: Andamans is a part of India and hence the Indian tourists do not require visa to travel to these islands. But there are restrictions in travelling to some of the islands and destinations that are under the protection of the Indian Government.
Bengali is the most spoken language in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Hindi is the official language of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, while English is declared an additional official language for communication purposes but Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam also are common.
Agriculture, forestry, and fishing: Agriculture is the occupation of most of the residents of the Andaman Islands. Principal crops include rice, coconuts, betel (areca nuts), fruits, and spices (such as turmeric). Rubber, oil palms, and cashews also are important.
In addition to farming there is a small forestry sector on the islands, which focuses on production of sawn wood for domestic use, surpluses are exported to the Indian mainland.
Tribes in Andaman:
- Great Andamanese
Tribes in Nicober
- Mongoloid’ tribes
- Shompen and Nicobarese
Distance by Sea (in Kms)
Chennai to Port Blair -1190 kms
Calcutta to Port Blair – 1250 kms
Vishakhapatnam to Port Blair – 1200 kms
Distance by Air (in Kms)
Chennai to Port Blair -1330 kms
Calcutta to Port Blair – 1303 kms
5 best places to visit in Andaman:
Port Blair is a popular tourist destination and it is the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Port Blair attracts tourists from all over the country not just for being a clean city but for its remarkably beautiful coral reefs.
Situated on the ancient trade route between India and Myanmar, the Andamans were visited by the navy of the English East India Company in 1789, and in 1872 they were linked administratively by the British to the Nicobar Islands. The two sets of islands became a union territory of the Republic of India in 1956.
Port Blair is also gateway to other tourist attractions in Andaman and Nicobar islands, due to accessibility from mainland. Ferries operate mainly from Portblair to other lands .
Places to visit :
- Cellular Jail
- Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park
- Chidiya Tapu,
- Chatham Saw Mill
- Corbyns Cove Beach
- Samudrika Marine museum
Havelock Island is one of the primary destinations of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Snorkelling and scuba diving at Havelock under expert trainers can turn into a lifetime experience in Elephanta beach.
Radhanagar Beach is one of the most famous attractions in Havelock Island and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands itself. It is known as Beach No. 7, Radhanagar has been given the title of the best beach in Asia and the 7th best beach in the world by Time Magazine in 2004.
Places to visit:
- Radhanagar – Famous for white sand beach, clear water, serene nature.
- Elephant Beach – Adventure Sports (Scuba diving, snorkeling, Kayking, Jet Sking )
- Kalapathar Beach – Silent beach, relaxing, sunset location
- Vijaynagar Beach – Nature and Serenity
How to reach: By ferry from Port Blair to Havelock, it is about 45 min ride.
Neil Island is tiny island and is best known for its unexplored dense tropical forests and greenery surrounded with white sandy beaches and rich coral reefs.
If you looking for relaxation and unwind from hustle and busy with city life, Neil island would be best place for your long stay.
Places to visit:
- Sitapur Beach – Known as Shaheed dweep , popular for its iconic sunrise
- Bharathpur Beach – Water is crystal clear water, good for swimming, water sports activities(glass bottom boat ride, snorkelling, banana ride, jet ski etc.)
- Laxmanpur Beach – Natural Beach, spectacular sunset point .
How to reach: By ferry from Port Blair to Neil Island
Named after Captain Daniel Ross, the Ross Island is now renamed as the “Netaji Shubash Chandra Bose Dweep” by prime minister Narendra Modi in 2018. It is a very small destination that comes under the south Andaman district.
Although most of the attractions in Andaman are famous for the beaches, where as Ross Island brings a bit of history to the table that makes your vacation complete.
The ruins of these old buildings made by Indian prisoners are still present at Ross, textured by thick roots of peepal and serie trees that takes us back to an era, long gone yet still remembered.
All operations in the isles, including the construction of Cellular Jail was overseen from this island, which also served as the residence of the old Chief Commissioner.
How to reach : The island can only be reached by taking a boat or ferry from the Water Sports Complex, Portblair which will take you directly to the jetty in less than 15 minutes.
Baratang is famous for its natural wonders,dense mangrove creeks.
It is the first gateway up north from the capital city, located between Middle and South Andaman. Due to its distance from (approximately 100 kms).
How to reach : You will have to travel through the ‘Andaman Trunk Road’ (ATR) and move in a convoy with one short vehicle-ferry connection among the islands. This is a four-hour bumpy ride but the lush jungles and blue waters can make the drive quite interesting.
Place to visit :
- Limestone Caves
- Mud Valcanoes
- Parrot Island
- Baludera Beach
Above suggest location are must seeing suggested tourist places .One must need to have min 7 to 8 days duration to cover these places .
There are the many more interesting, unexplored places and off beat location in Andaman.
Andaman is just perfect place for water activities with crystal clear water and swim with colourful fishes .
Be it for a family occasion, honeymoon traveller, solo trip , Andaman is the best places and one stop destination which is loved by everyone .