Foreigners no longer need RAP to visit Andaman Islands

The Union Home Ministry decided on Tuesday, 7th August 2018 to lift restrictions for Foreigners visiting Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the foreigners will no longer need Restricted Area Permit to visit 29 inhabited Islands as the government intends to boost tourism. 11 other uninhabited islands will also be thrown open to foreigners.
The 29 inhabited islands have been excluded from the RAP notified under Foreignern order, 1963, till December 31, 2022, subject to certain conditions. However, citizens of Afghanistan, China, and Pakistan and foreign nationals having their orign in these countries would continue to require RAP to visit the Union Territory. For visiting Mayabunder and Diglipur, citizens of Myanamar will continue to require RAP, which shall be issued only with the prior approval of the Ministry. Separate approvals of the competent authority would be require for visiting resvered forests, wildlife sanctuaries and tribal reserves.

Port Blair- The Complete Guide

Port Blair

Port Blair

Port Blair is the capital of the Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. It is located on the east coast of the South Andaman Island. Port Blair is the gateway to the pristine islands. This island is a conduit to a world of treasures and scenic beauty which you cannot imagine. This is also the central point of attraction while you visit Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The amazing attractions that Port Blair holds are all mentioned down below.

Cellular Jail

Cellular Jail

The Cellular Jail as advertised is not just a way to reconnect with one’s history but this jail which is located in Port Blair has stood time and again as a mute witness to the most excruciating and barbaric exploitation and torture that was witnessed by the freedom fighters and who were incarcerated in this jail. If you listen carefully, you can almost hear the screams and cries of the pain of those prisoners. The jail, completed in the year 1906 acquired the name ‘Cellular’ because it was entirely made up of individual cells for solitary confinement. It originally was a seven-block structure with three stories and a central tower acting as its fulcrum comprising of honeycomb like corridors. Jail Museum opens from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon and from 1:30 pm to 4:45 pm all days except National holidays.­­

Sound & Light Show

If this isn’t enough to explicate the significance of Cellular Jail, this will push it to the edge- The Sound and Light Show that is presented in the Cellular Jail. This show walks you through the life of the prisoners and its significance in the freedom struggle. It seems like you are not hearing an account but actually living those moments. This show is very popular among the tourists who come here and is personally recommended by almost every tourist that passes by the Cellular Jail.

Anthroplogical Museum

This museum started in Port Blair in the year 1975-76. It is an ethnographic museum. It showcases the history of that island and the ethnic beauty and significance of the tribes and the people living there for so long. It showcases the four Negrito Tribes of the Andaman viz. the Jarawas, Sentinelese, Great Andamanese and the Onges and two Mongoloid Tribes of the Nicobar viz. the Nicobarese and the Shompens. This museum is closed on Mondays and Govt. Holidays.

Timings: 09:00 AM to 01.00 PM and 01.30 PM to 04.30 PM.

Samudrika Museum

The Samudrika Museum exhibits the richest and finest collections of Andaman’s animal and floral lives. It also contains various less known species of fish, plants, corals and other animals. This museum is located just opposite to Andaman Teal House. It contains five sections- The History of the islands, the geographical features, about the people and their lifestyles, the archaeological history and the marine life. It gives you a peek at the history of the scenic beauty which the Islands now have and how it should be preserved.

Giving any more information about this museum will be like spoiling the entire fun and suspense of what holds it together. So, Go and see for yourself!

Fisheries Museum

This museum is located adjacent to the Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex, Port Blair. This museum gives you a sneak peek into the marine species that are present in the islands and are found in the Indo-Pacific and Bay of Bengal. It is much like the miniature form of marine life of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. More often than not, you are not able to see all the species of fishes and other marine animals while you are in the water or roaming around it. So, this museum helps you cover all the bases and you can see all the major marine species that are found here.

Chatham Saw Mill

When you see this mill, you will get to know that the Chatham Saw Mill is one of the oldest saw mills in Asia. It is located in a tiny island and connected to Port Blair by a bridge. You can see a store house of timber varieties like, Padauk, Gurjan, Marble, Satin Wood etc. Within the saw mill premises, there is a museum which gives you an insight into the forest activities through scale models and diplay decorative pieces made of  Padauk, Marble, Gurjan, Satin wood etc. Closed on Sundays and Industrial Holidays. Forest Museum (Chatham) timings: 10.00 AM to 2.00 PM

Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex

This water sports complex is the first of its kind in India. It offers aqua-sports facilities including safe water sports and adventure water sports within its premises. In the safe water sports complex paddle-boats, row-boats, glass-bottom and bumper boats are available. In the adventure sport front, Jet Ski, parasailing, banana boats, speed boats are offered. This complex also offers open air eateries. The spectacle of marina park that surrounds the complex is enchanting. The Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex houses a memorial of the ‘Battle of Aberdeen’ fought between the Britishers and the Andamanese aboriginals in 1859.

Gandhi Park

This is not like a regular boring park that one witnesses here and there. This park has great attractions like amusement rides, safe water sports and nature trail around the lake, garden, restaurant and historic remains like Japanese temple as well as a bunker. The former Dilthaman tank was the only source of drinking water for Port Blair and around. This itself has been developed as Gandhi park and that too in a span of 13 days. It is open for access to tourists on all days.

Joggers Park

It’s a beautiful morning and you have had enough of watching beautiful landmarks and the famous places in Port Blair, You need to get refreshed and energized. For those people I have one destination- Jogger’s Park. For those fitness freaks or nature lovers who just need a break, this is a must visit place where you can have a good jog and feel refreshed for the entire trip thereafter. It is near the VIP Road. It is a quiet, peaceful location with greenery all around it.

Carbyn’s Cove Beach

This beach is six kilometers away from Port Blair. It is ideal for swimming and sun-basking. You will find many tourists walking about around the shores and enjoying a peaceful time. Hotel, Restaurant, Bar, water activities are available here. You can see Japanese Bunkers on the way to this Beach. There is a Snake Island which is quite famous for scuba diving. The Restaurants and Bars run by the Tourism Department provide delightful meals at reasonable and affordable rates and guarantees a peaceful ambiance.

Science Center

If you think that this island sidelines the Science enthusiasts in any way, you could not be more wrong. The Science Centre at Goodwill Estate is a great place to spend time with your family. This museum was established in 2003. It has a very ambient atmosphere. It has a playground with innovative slides and swings within its premises. It has innovative models on display which explains and talks about interesting natural phenomena like the behavious of fishes according to climates and how the oceans work. It is an engaging place for both adults and children.

It also houses experiments which explain some scientific principles and facts. The Centre also has the remains of the first ever aircraft to have entered the island. . The amphibian surveillance plane called ‘VT AAN’ crashed after a week. The broken pieces were later reassembled and restored by engineering students on the island and is now kept in the museum, the access to which will soon be available to general public, along with the new Jurassic Park-themed light and sound show.

Chidiyatapu

It is the southernmost tip of South Andaman Island situated at a distance of 28 kms. from Port Blair. Frequent bus service are available from Port Blair. It is famous for bird watching, sunset view, panoramic scenic beauties, and many colours of oceanic view. Swimming can be done at Chidiyatapu.  Safety places boards are erected in Chidiyatapu. But beware of crocodiles. The biological park at Chidiyatappu is the added attraction.

Wandoor

Wandoor is about 29 kms. west of Port Blair. This beach is known for its scenic beauty and is personally recommended by tourists. It has a picturesque view of the scenery. It is great place for swimming and coral sighting. It has clear blue waters which makes a beautiful contrast against the dried trees. The trees were uprooted during the Tsunami of 2006, makes for beautiful picture captures.

There are natural caves here to which you can take a short trek. It is advised that the trek is taken up in the morning because the tides are low and you can get back by the evening. It is a calm place and also a must visit place here in Port Blair.

Mount Harriet

Mount Harriet is the highest peak in the South Andaman archipelago and is named after Harriet Tytler, the second wife of Robert Christopher Tytler, a British soldier, naturalist and photographer, who was appointed officiating Superintendent of the Convict Settlement at Port Blair in the Andamans from April 1862 to February 1864. Mount Harriet, stationed at 55 km by road and 15 km by ferry from Port Blair. This place is ideal for fascinating overview of the nearby islands and the sea.

The greenery that this place offers is unmatchable. At Mount Harriet, there is a Forest Guest House where tourists can take rest and refresh themselves.

North Bay

North Bay island is one of the most popular destination at the Andaman Islands. Didi you know that the iconic light house of North bay appears on every 20 rupees Indian currency note. North Bay beach which is north of Port Blair provides snorkeling opportunities around its fringing coral reefs. Private ferry service takes you from Aberdeen Jetty across North Bay and brings back after a three hour stay. The corals at North Bay are spread over a large area. During snorkeling, one can spot many species of fish, lobsters and even clams on the coral reef. Sea walk is the latest addition of facilities there to watch under water life.

Ross Island

This is a small island- less than a square kilometre. This island served a s acapital to the Britishers from 1858 to 1941 when the Japanese occupied it and converted it to a ‘POW site’. his island homes the ruins of the church, Chief Commissioner’s house, the Cathedral and graveyard of the Britishers and few other important landmarks which today is hugged by wild wines and huge roots and trunks of century old trees. To reach Ross Island, private ferries are available from Aberdeen Jetty except on Wednesday. Sound & Light show narrating the history can be seen on all days except Wednesday at 5.30 pm.

 

 

Complete Travel Guide to Havelock Island

Havelock Kalapather

Havelock Island is a part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands that lied  70 km north east of capital city of Port Blair and is administratively part of South Andaman. Havelock is a picturesque natural paradise with beautiful white sandy beaches, rich coral reefs and lush green forest. It is one of the populated islands in the Andaman group with an area of 113 sq. km. and is located 39 km of north-east of Port Blair. This island, with beautiful sandy beaches fringed with green canopy of the rain-fed forests beckons everyone to enjoy the frolic and fun at the azure sea.

How to reach

By Ferry

Government ferries run by the Directorate of Shipping Services connect Phoenix Bay jetty, Port Blair to Havelock daily. Private luxury boats Makruzz operated by M/s Mak Logistics, Port Blair & Green Ocean operated by Green Ocean Seaways ferry tourists to Havelock daily. At Havelock buses and motorbikes are available for transport within the island.

By Air

The Civil Aviation Dept. of A& N Administration operates regular helicopter services from Port Blair airport to Havelock but due to the limitation of 8 seats per day and low fare for islanders, it’s almost impossible for a tourists to get a seat.

Where to Stay

Havelock has many beach resorts ranging from budget to 5 star. Most of the beach resorts are just 50 meters away from the sea and are surrounded by greenery. Few best resorts at Havelock are TAJ Aquatica, Silver Sand, Coral Reef, Seashell, Symphony, HIBR, Havelock Holiday Beach Resort, Eldorado, Moonlit Sands, ranging from 5 star to budget resp.

Places to visit:-

Radhanagar Beach

Radhanagar

Radhanagar Beach lies on the south coast of Havelock Island. It is about 12 kilometers from the Islands ferry pier. Radhanagar is a Grade A beach of outstanding quality. This beach is also rated as one of the best beaches in Asia by TIME Magazine. It has an overall length of two kilometers and an average width of 30 to 40 meters. The sand is white and very fine in grain. The beach has a gentle gradient of around 1:20 and continues out into the sea as a sandy bottom for over 100 meters. Words fall prey to the lack of it to describe a beauty such as Radhanagar Beach. You will not find a speck or a pinch of dirt on the beach. It is a wide stretch of clear blue waters along the white sparkling sand and there is abundance of greenery lining the coast.

Vijaynagar beach

Vijaynagar Beach, Havelock, is a long stretch of sand on the east coast of the Island, punctuated occasionally by rock section. Most of the beach is lined by mahua trees, whose trunks grow along the ground for many feet before they begin to climb vertically. These trees have lent a distinct character to the sea front and provide shade, close to the water. Vijaynagar Beach is perfect for long walks along the sea. Most of the hotels are also located on this beach.

Elephanta Beach

This beach is another ideal site for snorkeling. It has a rich coral reef formation and amazing underwater marine life. One can reach Elephant beach by small cruise boat from Havelock Jetty in about 40 minutes. By road one can go up to the Forest Camp which is 8 Kms from the Jetty towards Radhanagar side and from there by walk to the Elephant beach which will take another 40 minutes. Private ferry operators organize tours to Elephant beach from Havelock.

Kalapather Beach

This beautiful silver sandy beach located 12 km from Havelock jetty is slowly gaining visitors footfall, though proper facilities are yet to be established.

What to look forward to

Scuba Diving

The abundance of marine life around Havelock provides a rich variety of varied diving sites.  ‘Seduction Point’, ‘Aquarium’, ‘Lighthouse’, ‘Pilot Reef’, ‘Mac Point’, ‘Minerva Ledge’ and ‘Turtle Bay’ are promising areas for diving. The following are the registered dive operators at Havelock. The ideal dive season is from December to May.

Swimming and snorkelling

One can enjoy swimming at the calm and clear waters of Radhanagar, Vijaynagar and Elephant beach. Snorkeling is available to view shallow areas of the coral reefs without going underwater with scuba equipment. Under the water, one can glide along the coral shelf and experience the strange and striking coral formations. One can see fish swim, nibbling at colorful algae, sea anemones and plankton right next to you.

Do’s

  • Find out about safe swimming or diving area from the Tourist Information Center, Local Tour Operators and Forest Department Staff.  Do not swim in Protected Areas to avoid dangerous animals.
  • Look for the safety sign boards. They help you to identify potential dangers.
  • Ask a lifeguard on duty for some advice on swimming conditions like local currents, tides, visibility, and the presence of dangerous marine creatures etc. Swimming conditions can change quickly, so seek prior advice from a lifeguard before entering in water in an unpatrolled area.
  • Get a friend to swim with you so that you can look out for each other’s safety and get help, if needed.  Children should always be supervised by an adult.  Avoid swimming in the dark.
  • Raise your hand up for help if you get into trouble in the water. Stay calm and wave your arm for help.

Don’ts

  • Do not dangle your arms or legs in the water during boat rides.
  • Do not swim under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Shiny jewellery or bright colored clothes resembles fins of small fishes and may attract predatory fishes. Avoid such accessory or clothing while swimming.
  • If you have an open wound, please avoid swimming. Many predatory fish are attracted to blood odour.
  • Avoid diving or swimming among school of fish. This may attract predatory fishes such as sharks.
  • Avoid night swimming or diving.
  • Look out for harmful marine animals like:-
  1. Jelly Fishes   :   Their sting may cause pain and giddiness.  Don’t touch or play with them.  Get ashore if you see a large school of Jelly Fish.  In case of a sting, apply vinegar or an ice pack. Do not rub.
  2. Sea Snakes   :   Some sea snakes are poisonous and are usually recognized by their paddle-like tail.  They can be aggressive if handled or stepped on.  Stay well away from them.
  3. Stone Fish   :   Present in shallow coral and rocks or camouflaged in mud and sand.  It has venomous dorsal spines and its sting could be lethal.  To avoid sting never walk on coral reef area.  Never lift rocks or corals.  Wear sturdy sandals while walking in shallow coastal waters.
  4. Salt water crocodiles: Noticed in creeks, mangrove areas, sheltered waters and mouths of creeks.  Please avoid swimming or diving in these areas.  If you spot a crocodile, get ashore and alert the authorities. Crocodiles also move large distances in the open sea and can be found in coral reefs as well.

Everything you need to know about Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Introduction

The Andaman and Nicobar Island is a group of 572 islands. Out of those, about 550 islands are in the Andaman Group, 28 of which are inhabited.  The smaller Nicobars, comprise some 22 main islands (10 inhabited).  The Andaman and Nicobar are separated by the Ten Degree Channel which is 150 Kms. wide.  These islands are covered with dense rain-fed, damp and evergreen forests and endless varieties of exotic flora and fauna.  The Andaman and Nicobar Islands have been declared as two of the 218 endemic bird area of the world.  As many as 270 species and sub-species of birds have been reported existing in these islands, 106 of them being endemic.

There are about 96 Wildlife Sanctuaries, nine National Parks and one Biosphere Reserve in the islands. The Andaman Wood Pigeon, Andaman Padauk and Dugong are declared as State Bird, State Tree and State Animal respectively. These islands also boast of freedom fighting days’ historically significant landmarks viz. Cellular Jail, Ross Island, Viper Island and Mount Harriet. Now a days Andaman Island is one of the most attractive tourism destinations of India.

Capital City Port Blair
Districts 3 (South Andaman, North Andaman, Nicobar)
Total Area 8,250 Km2 (3,190 sq mi)
Population 3,80.520
Population Density 46/km2 (120/sq mi)
Official Languages Hindi, English
Languages Spoken Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Nicobarese and English
Time zone IST (UTC +05:30)
Website www.andaman.gov.in

Flora

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands have a tropical rainforest canopy, made of a mixed flora with elements from Indian, Myanmar, 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.

The South Andaman forests have a profuse growth of epiphytic vegetation, mostly ferns and orchids. The Middle Andamans harbours mostly moist deciduous forests. North Andamans is characterised by the wet evergreen type, with plenty of woody climbers. The North Nicobar Islands (including Car Nicobar and Battimalv) are marked by the complete absence of evergreen forests, while such forests form the dominant vegetation in the central and southern islands of the Nicobar group. Grasslands occur only in the Nicobars, and while deciduous forests are common in the Andamans, they are almost absent in the Nicobars. The present forest coverage is claimed to be 86.2% of the total land area.

Fauna

This tropical rain forest, despite its isolation from adjacent land masses, is surprisingly rich with a diversity of animal life. About 50 varieties of forest mammals are found to occur in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Some are endemic, including the Andaman wild boar. Rodents are the largest group with 26 species, followed by 14 species of bat. Among the larger mammals there are two endemic[citation needed] varieties of wild boar, Sus scrofa andamanensis from Andaman and Sus scrofa nicobaricus from Nicobar, which are protected by the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 (Sch I). Saltwater crocodile is also found in abundance. The State Animal of Andaman is the dugong, also known as the sea cow, which can be found in Little Andaman. Around 1962 there was an attempt to introduce the leopard, which was unsuccessful because of unsuitable habitat. These were ill-considered moves as exotic introductions can cause havoc to island flora and fauna.

About 270 species of birds are found in the territory; 14 of them are endemic, the majority to the Nicobar island group. The islands’ many caves are nesting grounds for the edible-nest swiftlet, whose nests are prized in China for bird’s nest soup. The territory is home to about 225 species of butterflies and moths. Ten species are endemic to these Islands. Mount Harriet National Park is one of the richest areas of butterfly and moth diversity on these islands. The islands are well known for prized shellfish, especially from the genera Turbo, Trochus, Murex and Nautilus. Earliest recorded commercial exploitation began during 1929. Many cottage industries produce a range of decorative shell items. Giant clams, green mussels and oysters support edible shellfishery. The shells of scallops, clams, and cockle are burnt in kilns to produce edible lime.

Location

Andaman and Nicobar Islands are located in Bay of Bengal. It’s about 1290 Kms away from Kolkata, 1350 kms away from Chennai and only 600 kms from Phuket, Thailand.

Longitude 92° to 94° East
Latitude 6° to 14° North

How to reach

Port Blair the capital of Andaman  and  Nicobar Islands is the only entry and exit point and it is connected by both Air and Sea to Mainland (India). Daily flights are available from various airlines like Air India, Go Air, Indigo, Jet Airways, Vistaara and SpiceJet from Chennai, Kolkata, Vizag and New Delhi.

How to visit Andaman and Nicobar Islands by Ship

Port Blair is also connected through ships from Kolkata, Chennai and Vizag and ships are operated at-least twice a month.

Latest ship schedule for Andaman and Nicobar Islands can be found here http://www.andaman.gov.in/hi/web/guest/latest-updates

Ship fare for Andaman and Nicobar Islands  are available here http://www.andaman.gov.in/web/guest/mainland-ship-fare-details

How to travel in between islands

Ferry and ship services are available to travel in between islands, the services which a tourist should know are listed below

Makruzz

This is the first private ferry service playing in Port Blair – Havelock/Neil Island sector; she takes 90 Minutes to Havelock. Catamaran ferry leaves from phoenix bay harbor (fishery’s jetty) at 8.15AM as normal trip to Havelock Island and 4 PM from Havelock Island to Port Blair. By travelling by this ferry you can save 1 Hrs. on one way. This ferry having a coffee shop on board. The vessel has 2 decks with passenger capacity of 280. It presents three classes for its guests –

  • 208 seats in Premium class—Lower deck with Mak Cafe ,best view is from the premium class.
  • 64 seats in Deluxe —-On the upper deck with refreshment served and good leg space.
  • 08 seats in Royal—–On upper deck a small cabin with 08 push back seats,refreshments served.

Green Ocean Cruise

Green Ocean cruise is the first and the only all weather deep-sea vessel to operate between port Blair and Havelock to provide unparalleled experience. With consciously designed space on board ship to facilitate unrestricted movement for the guest to enjoy the scenic beauty of the islands as it unfolds towards their voyage to Havelock Island.

Green Ocean Tariff-

ORIGIN DESTINATION EXECUTIVE LUXURY ROYAL
Port Blair Havelock 900/- 1000/- 1300/-
Havelock Port Blair 900/- 1000/- 1300/-

Government Ferry

Government ferry in Andaman is the life line of the people living around Port Blair. These ferries cater thousands of passengers (Islands & Tourists) daily to remotest of Islands and hot tourist destinations.

Government Ferry Tariff:

ORIGIN DESTINATION SEAT CHAIR
Port Blair Havelock 396/- 580/-
Havelock Port Blair 396/- 580/-
Havelock (Via Neil) Port Blair 396/- 580/-
Port Blair Neil 396/- 580/-
Neil Port Blair 396/- 580/-
Havelock Neil 396/- 580/-

Government ferry schedule for Havelock, Neil Island and Rangat can be found here http://www.andaman.gov.in/web/guest/neilhavrangat

Helicopter

Helicopter schedule for various island can be found here

http://www.andaman.gov.in/web/guest/helicopter-schedule

Helicopter fare for Islanders and Tourists can be found here http://www.andaman.gov.in/web/guest/helicopter-fare

Seaplane

Seaplane is not operational now a days. Seaplane’s service began in January 2011 in Andaman Islands, the Seaplane flew from Port Blair to Havelock Island once or twice a day but the services of seaplane were suspended in the year 2016.

Inside the islands

Public Transport is easily available in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. A variety of transports are buses, auto rickshaws, 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 island 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.

  1. Autorickshaws– These are abundant and cost Rs. 20-40.
  2. Private car hires– You can hire private cars for local sightseeing around Port Blair and South Andaman. Our car rental charges are as given below. Please contact us for booking.

    • DESTINATION Mahindra XYLO
      NAC AC
      Airport to Hotel- Drop (In city) 250 300
      Hotel to Airport Drop (In city) 250 300
      City tour Covering Per Point 250 300
      Sound and Light show – (Pickup and drop) 250 300
      Corbyn’s Cove Bach- Round Trip 800 1,000
      Hotel to Water Sport Complex Drop 250 300
      Water Sport Complex to hotel Drop 250 300
      Hotel to Harbor Drop at Port Blair 250 300
      Harbor to Hotel at drop at Port Blair 250 300
      At Havelock – Harbor to Hotel Pickup & Drop 300 400
      Radhanagar Beach – Pickup and Drop 1,200 1,500
      Elephanta Beach – Pickup & Drop 600 800
      Kalapathar Beach – Pickup & Drop 1,200 1,500
      At Neil – Harbor to Hotel – Pickup & Drop 300 400
      At Neil Covering per Point 300 400
      Wandoor Beach / Jetty – full Day Trip 1,200 1,600
      ChidyaTapu Beach-Round Trip 1,200 1,600
      Baratang Island – (Same Day return) 4,000 4,500
      Diglipure Round Trip (2Night & 3days journey) 12,000 16,000
  3. Boats and Ferries– They are the most used transport service for traveling from one island to another and even within the islands.
  4. Local buses– Many local buses are available at cheap rates for intra-city and inter-city travels in Port Blair.

Climate and Geography

The islands have a tropical climate. The South-west Monsoon sets in Andaman Nicobar islands towards the end of May and the North-east Monsoon in November. There is no fury of hot summer, no chilling winter, no water clogging or traffic jams. For those who want to enjoy boating, swimming, snorkeling, sightseeing all 12 months is season. North Indians find relief from burning heat and chilling winter if they visit the island from May/June/July and in December/January. Season for nature lovers is May to December when forest is lush green and waterfalls are at their prime. Divers can enjoy the best during December to April and bird watchers during winter times.

  • Normal rainfall at Port Blair : 3900 mm
  • Mean Minimum Temperature : 23.2° C
  • Mean Maximum Temperature : 25° C
  • Mean relative Humidity : 80 %

Tribes

(This is a tourism related website and we do not promote human safari or tribal tourism, therefore we are not writing anything about tribes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands)

Languages

Bengali is the most spoken language in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Hindi is official language of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, while English is declared an additional official language for communication purposes. As of 2011 census, Bengali is spoken as the first language by 28.49 percent of the Union Territorie’s population followed by Hindi (19.29%), Tamil (15.20%), Telugu (13.24%), Nicobarese (7.65) and Malayalam (7.22%). Languages in Andaman and Nicobar Islands vary from community to community. Since the Union Territory is an abode to all types of communities, all the major languages of India are spoken here. The major languages spoken at Andaman and Nicobar Islands are listed below- Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, English, Punjabi, Kannada, Gujarati, Malayalam, Bengali, Marathi, Oriya, Karen, Burmese.

Apart from the above, there are some tribal languages spoken around Andaman and Nicobar Islands. They are : Andamanese, Onge, Sentinelese, Nicobarese, Jarawa Since the cluster of islands have people from various cultural backgrounds and communities, so different languages in Andaman and Nicobar Islands are used. But the majority of the population of Andaman and Nicobar Islands speak Hindi. English is also spoken a by a large number of people along with their regional languages.

The main reason behind such vast diversity in Andaman and Nicobar languages is that the group of islands have people who have migrated from different states and communities to serve the punishment of “Kaala Pani” during the British rule. Thats how the Union Territory has people using different languages in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Religion

Religion in Andaman and Nicobar (2011):-

  1. Hinduism (69.44%)
  2. Christianity (21.7%)
  3. Islam (8.51%)
  4. Sikhism (0.33%)
  5. Buddhism (0.08%)
  6. Other or not religious (0.5%)

The majority of people of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are Hindus (69.44%), with Christians forming a large minority of 21.7% of the population, according to the 2011 census of India. There is a small but significant Muslim (8.51%) minority.

Local Cuisine

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.

The sea food Andaman and Nicobar Islands is usually found in the most unlikely of places. The restaurants at the various hotels are expensive and unless you are staying there it doesn’t make sense to eat at these places. The best bet is to ask the locals and figure out a cheap place to eat. Most of the shacks along the beach offer fresh catch.

Sea foods such as lobsters are usually available only in the upscale restaurants and they are quite expensive. Prawns, fish and crab are available everywhere and they are relatively safe to eat. You must try the Tandoori fish at the Lighthouse House Residency in Port Blair. Actually, most of the local joints also serve this dish and it quite stunning. The fish is covered with a variety of spices and then cooked in a tandoori open. Sea food lovers would have a wonderful experience at the Andaman’s. You can walk along the streets and explore the various dining options which are available to you. This is the best way to choose a good local joint.

Mainland Indian cuisine and Chinese cuisine is always available on the island. However, continental cuisine is mainly restricted to four and five start hotels in the region. They are quite expensive and might not be authentic in any case. Rice, roti, and naan along with a variety of Indian curries are available in most of the dhabbas around the islands. Curried prawns and grilled lobsters are ideal options if you have a cold drink in hand. One can find various barbeque parties and grilling sessions along the shore during the winter months. Freshly caught sardines, mackerel, king prawns, and crabs can be found here.

We have listed few good restaurants here http://adventureandaman.com/blog/cuisines-available-in-andaman-and-the-best-places-to-get-them/

Drink

The Andaman Islands hotel and bars are popular watering holes, the local bars are usually eerie and poorly lit but are normally safe. Fresh coconuts are available throughout the islands and these are a perfect accompaniment for any sea food dish. Most of the main islands have retail liquor outlets and you can pick up alcohol from here. But note than the beer would not be cold in most places. There are no clubs as such in the region and nightlife is largely restricted to the beaches.

Culture

The people of the region are not much different from rest of India. It means culture of Andaman and Nicobar Islands is similar to Indian culture. Remember that the islands are still a part of India and the customs and traditions are quite strict. Public displays of affection and inappropriate dressing are frowned upon. Bikinis and sarongs should be restricted to the beach and avoid drinking in public. The majority of the population is Hindu and a smattering of Christians and Muslims also live here.  The tourist areas are quite open but the rest of the regions are still restrained. If you are traveling to some of the local villages then you should behave and dress appropriately.

Administration

Administratively, the Union Territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands has three revenue Districts. Port Blair- the capital and gateway to the islands lies in South Andaman Island and falls under South Andaman District. The latest North & Middle Andaman District with Mayabunder as headquarters lies separated from South Andaman District by a creek. Car Nicobar is the District Head quarter of Nicobar District. As per 2011 Census, the total population of Andaman & Nicobar stands 3,79,944 and the literacy rate is 86.27%.

PORT BLAIR – THE CAPITAL OF ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS

Port Blair is the capital of the Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Port Blair is the gateway to the pristine islands. Port Blair, an Island town offering water-based activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, sea-cruises, and glimpses of the history and culture of the region. The Aberdeen Bazaar forms the centre of the town.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands- A safe haven!

Andaman and Nicobar Islands is not just a getaway to amazing fun and a place to relax and enjoy. It is also a safe place to do so. What spoils one’s appetite to have splendid fun in a strange and new island? – Fear! You spend your entire time being concerned about your belongings and safety and prefer to go back to your lodging before dark. It is not wrong to say that that is not the case here. You can be carefree and have fun, now, and here, in the literal sense.

Tourism is increasing

This is one of the most important reasons why tourism is increasing here day by day. People are flocking to Andaman in large numbers to get a peek into the splendour and enjoyment the Islands have to offer.

Safety is the primary concern of the administration.

With tourists increasing day by day, the security challenges also increase. And, they give paramount importance to safety of its tourists. To provide the sense of comfort, safety and security, administration make available safety to the tourists by giving them safety through tourism police and life guards at beaches at all the major attractions. Proper signboards are also present to guide travelers.

Crime rate in Andaman

Andaman and Nicobar Islands have the lowest crime rate as compared to the National Crime rate as per the reports in 2014. It is a calm place and crime rate is negligible with no political or other issues and also people are not of an aggressive nature. (This is probably because of how relaxed the Islands makes them.)

The tourists have been reported to say that if they forgot their bag or any belonging in some place. When they go back to look for it, it is almost always there or in the safety of the owner of that place. They say that the best part about this place is also that people are a lot nicer and also more helpful.

Safety of lone travelers and women

In an exclusive interview with Andaman Chronicle, the Director General of Police, enunciated the vision of his police force- to make women live their life with a freedom devoid of paranoia and fear that has become a part of daily life today. With Women and Child Helpdesks established in every Police Station across the Union Territory, police are specially trained to handle a situation of distress including harassment, domestic violence, sexual assault, exploitation and abuse.

A Crime Against Women Cell is already functional under the CID, which deals with a plethora of issues relating to allegations of dowry deaths, demand of dowry, eve teasing, sexual assault. DGP Malik boasts of a police force consisting of 18% female police officers. This beats the state wise ranking of Tamil Nadu having the highest presence of women in police force, 12%.

Promise of safety

Stressing on the fact that the number of tourists per year outnumbers the entire population of people living on the island which is over 4.5 lakhs, he claims that the society is a liberal one which is an amalgamation of various cultures and values. Individual culture and identity with regard to clothing fades as the island accommodates vast numbers of tourists who follow their own cultural practices. This has not only sensitised the islanders to various types of dressing, but also permitted a liberal approach to their acceptance of it.

The “Emerald Blue Islands” is now marked with a splash of pink. The “Pink Patrol Initiative” of the police force enunciates that vehicles driven by women police officers will patrol areas frequented by tourists.

The Andaman and Nicobar islands are a tourist haven, with a DGP who assures with full certainty that no crime will be perpetrated against women or tourists that will go unpunished. The emerald islands offer a breath of fresh air in the otherwise abysmal national statistics that speak of a degeneration in society and structure. Diving into the glimmering waters offers not just beauty but also the warm embrace of safety here.

 

Couple Photography in Andaman Islands

When you are visiting Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the one thing you most want are- photographs. And, when you are there with your significant other, you need someone to click your pictures together and make a memory of it. Well, there couldn’t be a better place filled with so much scenic beauty as in Andaman. So, if you are lucky enough to get here, get luckier by getting your pictures clicked.

 

There are so many amazing photographic locations in Andaman. The best of them are as follows:-

Photographic destinations

In Havelock Island:-

  • Radhanagar Beach Sunset and the flora around it it.
  • Underwater images among the corals and the beautiful fishes
  • Around the turquoise beach water.

In Port Blair:-

  • Carbyns Cove beach during sunrise
  • Mount Harriet with a view of both North Bay Island and Ross Island
  • Sunset at Chidiatapu
  • The panaromic ride to Red Skin Island

Neil island:-

  • Sunset at Laxmanpur Beach
  • Natural Rock Formation
  • Photographers in Andaman Island:

The Photographers are found mainly in Port Blair, however, in case you wish to do a photoshoot in Havelock or Neil Island then that is possible. The above mentioned places are among the best places for photographs. But, Couples mostly prefer Havelock Island as their photograph destination. The couples prefer to have a photo shoot at Radhanagar Beach or by the beach side resorts. Andaman Islands is a gift to photographic memories and should not be missed.

What to expect when you hire a photographer?

Almost everything is included when you hire a photographer in Andaman. It includes Camera Cost, Photographers Charge, Editing, Equipments and Extra Prop. Soft copies of the photographs will be provided.

The Price range

At Port Blair – For 1 Point Photoshoot at any of the beach – 4000 Rupees. Includes 75 RAW Images. The top 25 Among these raw images will be processed and soft copies will be given.

At Port Blair – For 2 Point Photoshoot at any of the beaches or view points – 6000 Rupees. Includes 75 RAW Images. The top 25 Among these raw images will be processed and soft copies will be given.

At Havelock Island – For Radhanagar Beach, Kalapathar Beach Or Any location around the resort that you are staying – 8000 Rupees + The Transport Cost of the Photographer to Havelock Island which usaully comes to around 4000 for a Day. Includes 100 RAW Images. The top 30 Among these raw images will be processed and soft copies will be given. The photographer will come from Port Blair to Havelock Island in the morning and will depart by 3:30 PM in the final ferry. In case, you are planning for a night photoshoot then an additional day cost will be applicable.

At Neil Island – The charges remain the same as in Havelock Island i.e. 8000 Rupees.

The above photographs are taken by V. Murli. For a great Photoshoot experience, contact him. The contact details are down below:-

V. Murli

  • Phone-9679504934
  • Email id- v.murli@hotmail.com

In the age where Instagram and Facebook rules the social media circles, photographs at amazing destinations are a must and for couples, this is no less than a heaven. A heavenly destination that brings at your feet scenic moments with your partners that you will never forget.

Baratang Island- Abode of natural wonders

Baratang Island is a gateway to North & Middle Andaman District of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. This District is quite unexplored from the tourism point of view. This is one of best part of your trip to Andaman Islands because of its virgin beauty and natural wonders. In Baratang Island you can see Mud Volcano, mangrove and tropical forests, Limestone Caves, Parrot Island and one nice deserted beach at Baludera. Other offbeat beaches are also accessible from Baratang such as Merk Bay Beach in North Passage Island, Lalaji Bay Beach etc.

Location Baratang Island is situated between South and Middle Andaman. It has many natural wonders to witness-beautiful beaches, mangrove creeks, mud-volcanoes and limestone caves. Andaman Trunk Road to Mayabunder and Rangat  goes through this island. This Island trip brings to you the tropical side of Andaman Islands.

How to get there– You can either get a shared bus or you can avail a personal vehicle depending upon your budget and convenience. Usually the pickup point for the former is at Goalghar, Phoenix Bay, Phoenix Bay Jetty, Gandhi Status, Aberdeen Bazaar Clock Tower, Dairy Farm, Bhatu Basti and Sippighat.

The vehicles have to leave in convoys. There are 4 convoys throughout the day from Jirkatang (6 am, 9 am, 12 pm, 2.30 pm). You cannot cross the forest unless you are in one of the convoys. At Jirkatang check post there is a toilet/bathroom with all facilities. So if you have left from you hotel/lodge at around 4am you will reach there by 5.15 am and you can get fresh and alight your bus/vehicle by 6.30 am before the 1st convoy leaves for Baratang. In the convoy 2 wheelers/bicycles are not allowed. Only 4 wheelers are allowed. The 1st vehicle in the convoy is always a bus, with 1-2 policemen

This is the only road connecting to North Andaman to places like Kadamtala (28 kms from Baratang jetty), Rangat (71 kms from Baratang jetty), Mayabunder (141 kms from Baratang jetty), Diglipur (203 kms from Baratang jetty). Here it is interesting to see how buses/vehicles alight the jetty to reach either side of the middle strait.

What is there to see?

1. Limestone Cave

From Baratang Island, Limestone Caves are half an hour boat ride through a creek which will lead you to Nayadera Jetty and further one and half km. walk through tropical forest. Limestone as we all know is a sedimentary rock which is formed at the bottom of the sea. It is formed by compression over millions of years and gradual deposits of other elements like shells and corals. The journey to the caves is splendid as one has to cross the mangrove forests from the Baratang boat jetty. This is a rare cave which contain stalagmites and stalactites rock structures proving against the common myth that both of them cannot be found together in one place. If you are tired of exploring the beaches and sitting in the sun, this is a must visit place for you. The wet and glazing limestone also creates a cool atmosphere as you go by exploring the cave.

There is a long walk in which you walk in the cave and explore the amazing collection and in so many rudimentary forms. They look like massive limestone formations, few are hanging from the top, some on the ground. People say that they are constantly evolving and changing in shape and size. Inside the caves, you can see different and varied patterns. Some caves are dense and dark and you have to use a torch light to see. It is also advisable to come in floaters, sneakers or shoes.

It is a whole world underneath and it feels so scenic as you keep walking around the cave. It will give you the thrill and the amazement you are looking for. It is a place you should definitely visit. Also, how often does one get to visit a cave with a real treasure inside?

Attraction– The mangrove forests encompassing the caves are the point of attraction at this place and people are eagerly waiting to take an adventurous boat ride through the mangroves and find the sleeping crocodiles in water. Another highlight which leaves the beauty of the caves heightened is its originality kept preserved from time immemorial. Humans have not exploited the real charm of the caves and thus these caves are stealing hundreds of hearts.

2. Mud Volcano

Mud Volcano is approachable by road from the Nilambur Jetty. A mud volcano is formed by natural gases emitted by decaying organic matter underground. As the mud is pushed As the mud is pushed upwards by the gas, it deposits and hardens above the ground. As more mud oozes out and spills over the edge it grows in size, gradually forming a miniature volcano with rich, creamy mud crater at the top.

Andaman is one of the few places in the world where these Volcanoes are found and you may thus want to give it a visit. Eleven mud volcanoes have been reported in the Andaman group of islands, of which eight are located in Baratang and Middle Andaman. Other three you can find in North Andaman.

3. Parrot Island

Parrot Island is an uninhabited island located in the southern part of Andaman. It is a paradise on Earth exhibiting the amazing attraction of nature elaborately.  Parrot Island got its name after what is known for- Parrots. There are hundreds of parrot flocking who come to visit the beaches and mangrove forests.

Sightseeing is the major activity which is done on Parrot Island. It showcases number of forests, mangrove gardens and rare sights of colourful birds and parrots. The boating through the creeks and the mangrove gardens is considered to be a thrilling adventure activity. The experience at Parrot Island at sunset, when all the parrots are returning home is indeed a mesmerizing experience.

Attraction-  Apart from the green parrots, visitors have spotted the large multi-colored parakeets on the island and both these species made the structure of island totally camouflaging and mind blowing. The sunset views, not to be explained, are dramatically stunning as it combines the sea and the sky together and indicates that the groups of parrots and parakeets are coming to the island soon.

Itineraries Baratang island is a full day tour that starts in the morning usually around 4 AM and ends by 5 PM. A full day is required for a visit to this island and can be visited from Port Blair itself. In case you are visiting Diglipur in North Andaman then you can visit this destination enroute Diglipur. Baratang bring forward the other side of Andaman mainly the thick forest and the jungle side of Andaman. The limestone Caves and the mangrove ride is a unique attraction in the island. Mud Volcano in Baratang is not much liked by travellers because of not so clear visibility of the volcano. Though people who are interested can visit Mud Volcano as well.

4. Mangrove Creek

Very nearly 13% of India’s mangrove cover is in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and among that, greater part is showing up in Baratang Island, a biologically critical and a well known vacationer goal. As far as thickness and development, Andaman’s mangroves appear to be the best.

Mangroves are found in plenitude where there is bitter water and that is the explanation for Baratang Island’s sequential help in the development of thick mangrove springs there. The island offers an unwinding watercraft ride through these mangroves which would lead you to achieve the lofty fascination of Baratang that is the Lime Stone Caves. Aside from Baratang mangrove spring safari, the vacationers are coordinated to appreciate different safaris like Yerrata Creek, Dhaninalla Mangrove Creek and Sabari Village in Rangat and so forth.

Attractions: There are enormous degrees for winged creature looking as the thick wild is a sanctuary for uncommon types of brilliant flying creatures. Additionally, there are resting crocodiles in the water. Subsequently, individuals shouldn’t put their hands inside.

This is a must visit destination as it will bring you close to a nature that you didn’t know existed.

Elephanta Beach- All you need to know for your visit there.

 

Snorkeling at Elepanta Beach

“While I was there with my family and my children were dancing around in their bathing suits and the cool breeze was blowing over us while we sat in the shadow of the big tree with a spread on the shore, I completely forgot I had cancer.”

Why should you visit Elephanta Beach?

The reason of you visiting Elephanta beach is simply- because it exists. It is hard to find such priceless places in the world. This place is ideal for relaxing and spending leisure time with your loved ones with food and drink. This is a place highly recommended by all the locals and also the tour guides. And once you have been there, it is hard to let go. You will always want to come back for more. To summarize few of the many many reasons you should visit here, they are:-

  1. Picturesque view– It is a secluded beach with clear blue waters and sky white sand. Not just fauna, the flora of this place will also capture your heart.
  2. Flora and Fauna– Ancient trees cast ample shadow for you to camp under. Also, there are some old trees lying around on which you can sit and chat, take pictures which make the beach more enchanting.
  3. Corals- The corals here remain one of the best on the island with the reef being close to the shore. This thus makes an excellent spot for snorkelling.
  4. Water sport activities- There are plenty of things for you to do here. The underwater life is truly amazing and so will be yours once you visit this beach. You can take sea-walking and snorkelling tours.
  5. Secluded- The cherry on the cake is that it is secluded. It does not mean that it is not crowded. No. people from all parts of the world flock to Elephanta beach to have the time of their lives. But, it is secluded from the busy city life. In a way, if you agree, it takes you away from your problems and complication in the reality.

A tourist who was a cancer patient solely came here to relieve herself of the stress and when asked, she said, “While I was there with my family and my children were dancing around in their bathing suits and the cool breeze was blowing over us while we sat in the shadow of the big tree with a spread on the shore, I completely forgot I had cancer.” She said that it was her therapy in nature.

  1. Food- In high season, there are a couple of vendors selling fresh fruits and coconuts and one can even find some water and snacks on the crowded part of the beach. The best option is that you bring your own food and have a picnic spread while sitting on the shore enjoying the beautiful view Elephanta Beach offers.

How to get there?

 

Elephant Beach is located in Havelock Island. If you haven’t been there, then you have missed an opportunity to see one of the greatest parts of Andaman. You can reach the beach from the main jetty which is around 20 minutes by boat from the Havelock Island dock. The ride is comfortable and covers the route while it sails across the beautiful azure water. You will be able to see beautiful marine creatures- fishes and starfish are the most seen underwater species. Also, if you look hard enough through the boat, you can also see some beautiful coral reefs.

Travelling by boat is the best and the most exciting way to reach the beach. You will not be bored and the underwater will be full of surprises. Also, for people who love taking and posting pictures on Facebook and Instagram, the boat ride is not to be missed. If you manage to go in the wee hours of the evening, you an see the most beautiful view of all- The sunset. The sound of the splashing waves, the underwater species greeting you and the beautiful sunset make the most amazing combination of all. It will soothe your mind and soul. The boat ride to Elephant beach passing through the light house is amazing.

You can also go some distance by a vehicle and then a 45 minute trekking through the jungles. But you should avoid trekking during rainy season because it becomes muddy and slippery and hence, dangerous.

Best time to visit-

The best thing about Elephanta Beach is that it has no bad time to visit. Anytime you go there, you will have an amazing and a memorable experience. That is guaranteed.  But for those who want to capture the fun and the picturesque view in a single time frame i.e. the best time to visit, the months of  October to May are the most preferred months. These months are an ideal time to visit because during this season the sea remains calm and fit for water activities as well. It is important that you plan your trip around this time to witness the best of what Elephanta has to offer.

Apart from the scenic beach, there are many other attractions to see around the Elephant Beach. Radhanagar Beach, Govindnagar Beach and Kalapathar Beach are worth exploring to make holidays in Andaman memorable one.

Things to have:

  • Sunscreen
  • Caps or sunglasses
  • Variety of food is not available. So, you can bring your own food.
  • Camera

Things to do:

Glass bottom boat rides– It is exactly how it sounds. A boat ride which makes you one with the Sea and the species within it. If you are here in Elephanta Beach, you cannot miss the mirror boat rides. It is like a theatrical experience which leaves you awestruck and flabbergasted. You will have an experience of a lifetime.

Snorkeling- It is one of the best places for snorkeling. Not just elders, even kids can do it with ease. The view is breath taking. The presence of coral and marine life adjacent to the shore added to the fun and adventure.

Sea walking- Ever heard of walking under the sea? If you haven’t, Elephanta Beach will give you the answer. Sea walking is an adventurous underwater sport activity which is very famous in Elephanta Beach.

  • How it works?

A helmet with a transparent visor is placed on your head. A special apparatus allows normal breathing under the water. Life Guards assist in taking you underwater and accompany you throughout the walk to guarantee your maximum safety. Once there you will experience the undersea world from close and will enjoy walking on the ocean floor which feels like walking on the moon.

You will feel light and fresh and so full of life. Going for a sea walk is like going for an underwater tour inside the reef, walking between the corals, seeing variety of fish, and discovering the rich sea life in the crystal clear blue water of the Beach.

  • Is it safe?

Absolutely. There will be a certified guide with you at all times to guide you through the process. Anyone from between the ages of 8 and 70 can go on a sea walk without any difficulties. The guide will ensure your safety at all times, from the beginning of the tour till the end. But people suffering from Asthma and Heart problems and also pregnant women are restricted to do this activity.

  • Sea walk timings?

Boat ride starts at 8:30 AM and is until 2:00 PM.

Swimming- People who want to feel refreshed after getting tanned in the sun can enjoy a quick swim and have an adventure of their own. It is still advised to not go very far away from the shore but swimming in the beautiful crystal waters of the Elephanta is an experience of its own.

Gaze at the sunset or sunrise– Who doesn’t like a beautiful sky with a beautiful sunrise or sunset. To lie down on the shore with your loved ones with food and drinks by your side, away from the care of the world and to see the wonderful sunset is an amazing experience. If you gaze long enough, you will feel that its just you and the sky.

Sunbathing– To all the lazy bones out there, this is an activity for you. All you need to do is lie there and get a beautiful sun tan. This is an activity who are not that adventurous and have come here just to relax and have a good time. Well, you couldn’t have come to a better place. But the sun rays are very sharp and crisp and therefore plenty of sun screen is recommended.

 

Things to keep in mind on the Elephanta beach:

  • Apply lots and lots of sunscreen lotion.
  • Wear sunglasses or caps to prevent sun burns
  • Don’t litter anywhere.
  • Don’t throw garbage or plastic in the water

What? Aren’t these reasons enough? So, Come on adrenaline junkies, grab your bags and hop on to Elephanta beach for your next trip! It is not to be missed!

 

New Things You Can Do on Your Annual Andaman and Nicobar Islands Holiday

Never forego your vacations because they give you the memories and help revive the fresh feeling in your mind. It is an investment everyone should make and the head of the family has the responsibility of picking the destination that thrills and has many affordable options. In this case, you are in the cushy seat with a ticket for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Fill Your Vacations to the Brim

Do plenty of activity – you can do some of them only at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. But, planning ahead helps you make the right choice in case something crops up and suddenly find yourself short of time. So, go through the entire list and see which activities you must not miss and which ones you can afford to.

Snorkeling

Trekking and snorkeling are among the best pastimes on Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Elephant Beach at Havelock Island is one of the best places for snorkeling. The name for the beach comes from the huge number of elephants on the beach. You can ride them if you want to.

South Button is an island, a small distance away from Havelock that is wonderful for snorkeling. It costs 4000 INR for one snorkeling trip. If you prefer a less-crowded option, then go to Neil Island. You will have the freedom or exploring beaches by yourself. The North Bay Island, Port Blair is also good for snorkeling. But, you will have more tourist rush here because it is so close.

Scuba Diving

Aquarium is the best place for scuba diving for beginners. The depth is not more than 30-35 feet and you have lots of fish and marine life here. This is on Havelock Island.  If you are an expert diver, then head for Barracuda City.  The depth of the waters here is 80-90 feet and you will find many secrets in the unexplored depths here.

For a secluded experience, head to Neil Island. The best place is Bus Stop that has small reefs with sandy bottoms. The depth of the water is 50-60 feet. And experience night time scuba diving at Lighthouse.  This is at Havelock Island and the water depth is 20-40 feet. You get to see many different fish species such as the Humpback Parrot fish, lobster, and octopus.

Trekking to Munda Pahar

The Munda Pahar beach is 25 kilometers from the capital city Port Blair. This is famous as a trekking trail and is close to the Chidiya Tapu beach. This is the best sunset point in the Andamans. You can see many kinds of birds here giving it its name.

Chidiya Tapu meaning ‘Island of Birds.’  Coral viewing and fishing are the other two activities for the tourists. You  can trek to the southernmost point of South Andaman through the lush forests on the beach at Chidiya Tapu. If you go by afternoon, you can return in time to watch the sunset. You will not have any restaurants but if you go to the entrance, you can see a few food stalls.

You get to see orchids and the white-spotted deer here.  Other than that, you will find an astonishing collection of seashells here. You can go up to the forest guest house on top of the hillock and get a commanding view of the setting sun from there.

Kayaking in mangroves

Havelock is a wonderful kayaking destination for holiday makers. The two to three hours sea-kayaking trip costs 2500-3000 INR. They also have night kayaking for the more adventurous spirited. The Andaman Mangroves is one-fifth of the total mangroves in India. They give you refreshments and a life-jacket and you will be accompanied by an instructor. This is a wonderful experience but the weather must  hold if you wish to go kayaking. They do not allow kayaking in bad weather.

Underwater seawalk

You need not know swimming for this underwater seawalk. You go to Havelock Island Dock and take a boat to Elephant Beach. Then, you wait for your turn for the Sea Walk. They place a helmet on your head. This has breathing apparatus attached so you can breathe underwater. The instructor will accompany you and take photographs if you want them. The walk lasts for 20-30 minutes and costs 3500 INR per adult.

Coral Safari Semi Submarine

The Coral Safari is a boat that takes you to the deep sea and allows you to see the underwater life from the comfort of your air-conditioned cabin. This is possible because the bottom of the 100-seater boat has glass windows. You get to see colorful corals and rare species of fish from close range. It is a remarkable experience. The cost for this is about 1800 INR.

Game Fishing

Indulge in the best watersport of all time, fishing at Andaman and Nicobar Islands. You have coral trout, grouper, red snapper, sailfish, bluefin, and more in the clear waters surrounding the island. Many of these weigh more than 20 kilogram. You have many jigging points around the island. Choose a good vessel and you are good to go.

Island Hopping

The entry point for all island hoppers is Port Blair. All boats reach here early in the morning allowing you to move to the other islands before it gets late. Neil Island is an unspoilt island that has plenty of activity like scuba diving and trekking. The ticket price from Port Blair to Neil Island is 196 INR. You can buy them once you are aboard.

The other islands include Long Island that has dense forests and a decent beach. This remote island has no tourist infrastructure. The roads are narrow and you must walk all the way. Again, the price by boat is 196 INR. When you travel north you come to the village of Kalipur on North Andaman. Here you can experience peaceful village life.

If you are a businessman with interest in promoting your business online, there are readymade templates for advertising your business here. You can use these templates to bring your business online at low prices. Check out the offerings and see if any of them suit your needs.

Take plenty of pictures and upload them to the web. This is easy because most smartphones have decent cameras and a decent storage space. Share your experience not only with your friends but also others you do not know because they will benefit by it. You can post these to popular social networking websites through Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp.

Cuisines available in Andaman and the best places to get them

Cuisines available in Andaman and the best places to get them!

You can get both North Indian and South Indian food here as the cuisine is marked by the essence of the people who have been in touch with this Island. A variety of sea foods such as fish, lobsters, prawns and crabs are available at local joints. Since, Andaman is all about beaches, therefore you will get a rich collection of seafood to enjoy. Sea food lovers will have amazing experience on this Island. The best way to find out the place you want is to walk around, mingle with the locals and figure out a place to eat.

According to the ratings of the restaurants and joints in Andaman, the following are the top 10 places to enjoy dining:

  1. Something Different- A Beachside Café

Location- Havelock Island

True to its name, “Something Different” offers a spectacular and exceptional dining experience. Imagine yourselves sitting in an amiable café with a hot meal and a truly marvelous view of the turquoise blue Andaman Sea.

They serve Indian, Chinese and Continental dishes along with milkshakes and light snacks. It is located at Beach No. 2 on Havelock Island and is only a few minutes from the local market.

  1. Full Moon Café

Location- Havelock Island

The ambience in Full Moon Café is to die for. It has a view of the beach, friendly staff and delightful food. It serves original American pancakes, a wide variety of freshly brewed coffee, amazing desserts and to top it all off authentic and tasty seafood. This place boasts of all items being prepared using local and fresh ingredients.

The cherry on the cake is the setting of this café. It is cozy with confortable sofas, pleasant music and ambient lighting. The staff is very polite and friendly. It has all you are looking for in a fine dining experience.

  1. Anju Coco

Location- Beach No. 5, Havelock Island

Anju Coco is considered to be the best seafood restaurant on the island. It is well decorated and has a great ambience. This place is well known for its grilled fish, prawns and lobsters. Their variety of fish is widespread but their barbequed tuna is what tourists vouch for. It offers a great value of money and is a heavenly experience for the seafood lovers.

This restaurant is seen to be crowded most at breakfast and they also serve special cocktails and juices.

  1. Red Snapper

Location- The Wild Orchid, Havelock Island

Red Snapper is the go-to restaurant for a seafood fix. Part of the Wild Orchid Resort, the restaurant exudes a rustic charm replete with bamboo-heavy furnishings and a thatched roof to blend in with the tropics.

It has an appealing thatched-roof with polished-bamboo decor which radiates a romantic island ambience. The delicacies served here include lavish seafood platters, pepper-crust tuna and handmade pasta. The outdoor deck seating is a good spot for a beer.

  1. Ha-O

Location- Sun Sea Resort, Port Blair, South Andaman Island.

Tired of the local cuisine? Ha-O is famous for their Punjabi delicacies and gives you a touch of the North Indian food. At times, people who go for long stay at Andaman get tired of seafood and continental food. This restaurant is a respite to those people.

It offers a good mix of Punjabi favorites- including a tandoori menu. It also has a Purple Bar housed within its premises where you can drop by for some drinks.

  1. New Lighthouse Restaurant

Location- Rajiv Gandhi Nagar, Port Blair

This is an open-air restaurant which is best known for its grilled fish, lobsters and crabs. This place will provide you with a dhaba like atmosphere but is assuredly clean and hygienic. You get a choice as to whether you need dishes with gravy or grilled. They serve you freshly grilled lobsters which is a good combination with beer.

You can come here, sit on the roof-top, enjoy a few many cold breeze and eat away. This will leave you with a rustic dining experience which is very hard to find.

  1. Ananda Restaurant

Location- Aberdeen Bazar, Rajiv Gandhi Nagar, Port Blair

Andaman is a place for sight-seeing and numerous times you focus on the places to see and it turns out that after sight visit, you are hungry and there is no food joint available nearby. Well, not in this case! This restaurant finds its existence near the Cellular Jail and Gurudwara. Both these places are swamped with tourists and this restaurant is the palce for them. Even if you are on a tuk-tuk an ask for a place to eat, they will most likely recommend Ananda.

The ambience is not very sophisticated. It is simple and service is prompt. It has  a reasonable price and they serve quality food. The Nicobari Chicken is highly recommended. The best part is, it even offers a decent spread for vegetarians. This place is generally very crowded during lunch and therefore getting there early will serve you best.

  1. Barefoot Bar and Restaurant

Location- Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island

Barefoot Bar & Restaurant is an elegant place, like a resort. It should not be confused with Barefoot Bar & Brasserie (B3) which is near Havelock Jetty. Barefoot Bar & Restaurant is part of the renowned Barefoot Resort. It offers a variety of seafood. You can find unusually large lobsters and crabs prepared delicately.

One can savour Indian and Continental dishes prepared by skilled chefs. Right next to the restaurant is a bar lounge where guests can enjoy drinks over jazz music in a quaint setting. If you are visiting Radhanagar Beach from another part of the island, it is worth grabbing a sandwich or pasta with fresh juices in the lounge area.

  1. Mandalay

Location- Fortune Resort Bay Island, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

The view of this place is beyond phenomenal. It is the best place to spend a long evening in. Seafood lovers can dig into fresh fish, crab and lobster. This menu also accommodates Chinese and Indian Cuisine.

It has a romantic seaside setting with a gorgeous view of the Ross Island and a lighthouse. Sea breeze keep you cool as you dine by candlelight on lobster or Andaman Fish Curry. There is no place better to just sit and enjoy a long meal.

  1. Garden View Restaurant

Location- Neil Island

This restaurant is situated in the middle of a lush garden not far away from the Sitapur Beach. It offers delicious and affordable seafood dishes. It is decorated with seashells, recycled glass bottles and colourful lights. It is a place to enjoy a meal close to nature. The highlight of the menu is the grilled fish.

They also serve Indian dishes and a variety of fruit juices. It has a brilliant view and the meals are fresh and warm.