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7 Tips for Finding Cheapest Airfare to Andaman

       The major expense in budget to visit Andaman is flight ticket booking to the islands. This is due to the fact that the number of airlines flying to the islands is quite less and the number of airlines that fly direct to the islands is comparatively lesser. Currently, the fare of direct flight from mainland India to the islands range from 7000 rupees to 14000 rupees. Fares increases to 25000 rupees in the vacation and peak season.

Here are some tips to follow while booking flight tickets to Andaman:

Decide in which season to visit:

Seasonal

      The best time to visit Andaman & Nicobar Islands is from April to June (during summers), May to September (during monsoon) and December to February (during winters). Many consider the best time to visit the islands is from November to May. As a result, flight tickets are quite expensive (more than 7000 rupees) during the peak season that lasts from November to May. While flight ticket fares are comparatively cheaper (somewhere around 5000 rupees) in the off season that lasts from June to September.

Direct flights vs. non-direct flights:

Non-stop

        Many consider that the fares of direct flights are comparatively cheap compared to the fares of in-direct flights. However, this is not always true. Many tourists have reported that they paid less when they decided to go to the islands by in-direct flights. This fare difference between direct and in-direct flights is due to the fact that the demand of direct flights from metropolitan cities in India (Delhi, Chennai, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata and Bangalore) is quite high.

Midweek day fares vs. Weekend fares:  

Cheap-flight

       Booking flights to the islands on midweek days like Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday provide tourists with best cheap deals as compared to the bookings made on other weekdays and weekends (Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday). This fare difference between midweek day fares and weekend fares is due to the fact that a lot of tourists visit the islands on weekends and on Mondays and Fridays.

Purchase Tickets In Advance:

Advance

    It is advised to book departure flight tickets to the islands as well as return tickets exactly a month in advance. It is not good to wait for the last moment to get the best deal.

Purchase Flight Tickets after Midnight:

Midnight

     Some say that the flight fares are reduced post midnight. Those who are planning to visit the islands can try to look for the best flight deals after midnight.

Look Forward To Flight Ticket Festive Sales:

festive-offer

       All the major airlines that fly to Andaman (Air India, Jet Airways, Spice Jet, etc) provide great sale offers on flight tickets. It is recommended to sign up for their regular email updates and information sheet or newsletter to get information about the upcoming dates of discounting and sale of tickets.

Check the terms & conditions when booking tickets:

Best-Price

      Airline tickets at discount and cheap tickets available are sometimes non-refundable and there are high charges on cancellation or modification of these tickets. Therefore, it is advised to check the terms and conditions thoroughly.

Radhanagar beach – Andaman

A pristine blue water that is calm and quiet, a white sandy stretch of beach, a beautiful sun set to enjoy with a cold beer, while the wind gently ruffles you hair… sounds way exotic to be true, doesn’t it?

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are beach paradises that can give other famous beaches across the globe a run for their money. Fewer people, cleaner, pristine as nature intended it to be, and most importantly, easy on the wallet! And it is home to one of the best beaches in Asia, the Radhanagar Beach, a picturesque expanse of white sand beach, nestled to the north western coast of Havelock Island.

The beach shot to fame for its enchanting curve of white sand bordering the almost turquoise blue water, giving it the title of “Asia’s Best Beach” by the Time Magazine. Families, couples, friends or even a solo traveller would find this place a great spot to be in, for its scenic beauty and the serenity it hosts in its awe inspiring landscape. It gets even better, for the beach is lined by a lush forest sprinkled with palm trees across, almost making one feel as if they have entered a picture post card! It gets even better while the sun hobbles over the horizon in the evenings, turning the skies and sea alike into a majestic orange hue!

Getting There:getting there- radhanagar beach

There are many government-operated ferries at your disposal every day from Port Blair to Havelock Island. Many private luxury boats are also operated between Port Blair and Havelock daily if you crave for some luxury on your travel.

Take the adventure a notch up by taking the seaplanes or the helicopter services from the Port Blair airport to Havelock Island.

At Havelock Island, auto rickshaws, buses, taxis and motorbikes are available. The government has also introduced AC Deluxe buses for tourists within Havelock.

Activities:

Radhanagar Beach is a breath-taking experience. But to make it even more fun, the beach has an abundance of water sports activities that you could indulge in. From scuba diving to snorkelling, the clear waters at Radhanagar can give you memories for a lifetime.

  • Scuba Diving:scuba diving in andaman

    The marine life around the Andaman Islands are lovely and a treat to the eye. The coral reefs around Havelock hosts an abundance of beautiful marine life, making it a great spot for scuba diving enthusiasts. Radhanagar beach is one such beach with a magnificent coastline, and one could dive into the nearby diving spots for a great experience. Seduction Point, Aquarium, Lighthouse, Mac Point, Pilot Reef, Minerva Ledge and Turtle Bay are some of the famous diving spots to look out for. December to May are the best seasons to scuba dive.

  • Snorkeling:snorkeling in andaman

    Glide along peacefully above the intricate network of beautiful and colourful coral reefs around Radhanagar by snorkelling into the shallow blue waters near the beach. The calm and clear waters at this spot can give you magnificent views of spectacular sea life. And if you simply care for a relaxing swim, jump right into the shallow waters, for Radhanagar beach is a perfect place to float around or go for a dip in the shallow blue waters.

  • Game Fishing:game fishing in andaman

    Climb aboard one of the many boats that offer fishing equipment to the fishing enthusiast. The coast along Radhanagar beach is rich in marine life and is blessed with an abundance of an exceptional variety of fish. There are multiple organizations along the beach where one could buy a fishing experience. You might be a great fisher, or might be just a beginner, but this place offers an experience that one shouldn’t miss never the less.

  • Bird Watching:bird watching andaman

    Calling all the bird lovers, remember I told you about the lush green forests lining the Radhanagar beach? Well, the shallow sea isn’t the only one that’s brimming with a variety of life! The beach (and the island) is home to a variety of birds including Olive-backed Sunbird and Andaman swallow. Sneak around the beach and if you’re lucky, you might find many other birds that call this island its home. From White Headed Mynas to red crown, fulvous-breasted woodpeckers, tropical birds of a myriad of colours are found in this magnificent place!  

  • Other Activities:

    Radhanagar beach has its share of beauty and fun in all the right amounts. Apart from the ones listed above, the beach also offers seasonal water sports activities and other fun experiences such as Beach Combing, where you might be lucky to find a pretty seashell or two, Sea walk, one of the safest underwater experience where one walks along the sea floor, Surf riding and what not! If you drift a little further away from the beaches, you could even chance upon a kayaking adventure or a fun trekking experience.

Places of Interest Nearby:

  • Vijaynagar Beach:vijayanagar beach

    A beautiful hue of blue-green shrouds this serene beach along the east coast of Havelock Island, the infamous mahua trees lining the shore. It’s a perfect spot to relax without the crowds looming over, and for the adventure seekers, the mahua trees are a great load of fun! The roots grow above the sandy beach for a few meters before they begin to form the trunk of the tree, and they are a great deal of fun to climb on! Take those beautiful beach selfies with blue-green waters behind, and breathe in the fresh, unpolluted beach air at this romantic setting.

  • Elephant Beach:elephant beach andaman

    Pretty close to Radhanagar Beach, The Elephant Beach is famous for the rich marine life it hosts under its shoreline. The abundance of corals and the marine life make it a fantastic spot for snorkelling. Quite an energetic crowd can be seen here, as many flocks in to admire the crystal blue waters around the coast. Swimming, snorkelling, banana boat rides, and speed boats are some of the major attractions. Elephant beach is just a 5-minute drive away from Radhanagar Beach, and it is also one of the must visit spots in every tourist’s books.

  • Kala Pathar Beach:kala pathar beach andaman

    For all the early birds, Kala Pathar Beach is a great spot to watch the sun rise. It does not see many tourists and is only gaining fame, but if you hurry, you would still find a peaceful retreat here without the crowd. It is naturally gifted with a great shore line with a rugged terrain, giving it a spectacular ambience. Many call the sun rise here one of the best experiences of a life time. The empty beach is a stunning spot for a relaxing walk, and with all the hype about its beautiful sunrise, Kala Pathar is a great place to be.

  • Elephant Training Camp:elephant training camp in andaman

    The Forest Department at Kala Pathar allows tourists within its campus to admire the elephants that call the camp their home. It is an awesome sight to watch elephants take a dip in the beaches, or playfully bathe themselves in the sea. There are many other locations within the island where you would find elephants working with men in logging the island. You could also go on an elephant ride and have a great time making friends with the gentle giants, and call it a day!

Fantastic Food:

Radhanagar Beach can fill you up with a great deal of happiness and peacefulness, but all those activities it offers can also drain you. But fear not, the beach is surrounded by some great cafes and restaurants that serve amazing food. Here’s a list of some of our favourite eateries:

  • Something Different – A Beachside Café:something different -andaman

    With a contemporary and fresh ambience, and a great amount of detail given to its interiors, Something Different has set up an ambience of a perfect beachside restaurant to go with its mouth-watering delicacies. From excellent pizzas to absolutely delightful seafood, a wide range of options to choose from and milkshakes that go beyond compare, this restaurant/café has it all. The staff is cheerful and soft-spoken and always ready to help. So hop into this cheery place and have a great meal for your perfect vacation.

  • Full Moon Café:full moon cafe andaman

    A great tourist magnet, the Full Moon Café serves one of the best continental cuisines in the island. Made mostly out of bamboos, the café highlights the importance of being eco-friendly and sets a great ambience to the diners. The café is highly eco-friendly and promotes no use of plastic bottles. The attention to the detail on the food and the way it is served on bamboo leaves will all lay a mighty good impression on you. Pancakes, homemade lemonades, tahini salads, aubergine fries are some of the favourites in this café. Overall, a great place to spend your evenings after a good long day at the beach.

  • Anju Coco Resto:anju coco andaman

    A large variety of choices at a great price, and at a wonderful taste, Anju Coco Restro offers outstanding meals that tempt every taste bud. Famed for their prawn delicacies, Anju Coco serves lovely sea food that brings people back after their first meal here. It is close to many other beaches and resorts and has lovely staff that are always on their toes to help you.

Accommodations:accomodations in andaman

During the tourist season, usually around December to May, the tourist department puts up domes at Radhanagar beach which is a whole new experience in itself. There are many other options to stay around this magnificent beach.

Havelock Island houses more than 50 resorts. And depending on your budget, there are multiple listings for accommodation that you could choose from at Bookings.com, Airbnb.com etc.

The government run Dolphin Resort is highly sort after. The Tourist Information Centre in the Directorate of Tourism at Port Blair can help you with the reservation at Dolphin Resort.

The closest resort to Radhanagar Beach is Barefoot at Havelock. A highly rated resort with spectacular views, and a serene ambience. It is a romantic getaway to newly-wed or those who just seek a perfect hide out near the beautiful beach. It is lodged near the lush forests around Radhanagr, to match its niche of being one with nature. Though a bit on the pricier side, Barefoot at Havelock is a perfect place to stay for its proximity to beautiful beaches and trekking spots. It also hosts a wonderful restaurant within the resort to keep your stomach happy!

Budget resorts like Holiday Inn Beach Resort is another great alternative. It offers its guests a private beach area with amazing water sports facilities, and it is located towards the north-east of Havelock Island, making most of the great restaurants and cafes and bars a simple walk away. Rdhanagar beach is only 20 minutes’ drive away from this resort, and it is also located near most of the other famous beaches in this pretty little island.

Safety:

Radhanagar Beach is one big package of beauty, calm and adventure. But beware that although the seas and coasts are generally safe, there are potential dangers that you might want to keep an eye on such as jellyfish and Stone fish. Schools of jellyfish might migrate depending on the ocean temperature, do not play with them or touch them. The stings of jellyfish are painful and could make you giddy.

The beaches are very safe for swimming or snorkelling but never venture into the open ocean without supervision. Sharks and sea snakes live around the deeper ends of the ocean, and could easily be carried away and have their safety compromised. Never enter the seas with open wounds, as the scent of blood can invite highly sensitive sharks closer to the shore.

The people of Havelock Island are homely and very welcoming, but always ensure to keep emergency contacts handy. If you are travelling alone, carry safety equipment such as a pepper spray. The island is extremely safe for solo travellers, but it is never too much to invest a little on safety.

In conclusion, Radhanagar Beach is a great holiday destination. Be it for a romantic honeymoon, a family trip, or a solo adventure, the beach is a welcome spot for every kind of traveler. So go ahead and book your tickets, and have an experience of a lifetime!

Best Scuba Diving Destinations in Andaman

      Scuba diving is the most enjoyable water sport which is best experienced on the islands of the Andaman for the reason that the islands have plenty of great diving spots and destinations. Generally, the charges of scuba diving in Andaman ranges from Rs 4000 to Rs 40,000 as the cost of fun activity depends upon the type of level or course diver(s) selected. Most of the scuba diving sites are located close to Havelock and Neil islands in Andaman.

Here are the best scuba diving destinations in Andaman:

South Button Island National Park:

     Divers at South Button are able to easily see Barracudas, crocodile fish, turtles, angelfish, red-lipped batfish and blue fin trevally. Many of them go for underwater diving in which the divers reach the bottom of the underwater surface.

Island-National-Park

       This site is reachable from Havelock and Neil Islands. The pure blue water surrounding South Button is around 6 to 25 meters deep and is best for getting pleasure from the experience of viewing magnificent underwater rocks, species, sea organisms and marine life from short distance.

The Wall:

the-wall

        This diving site is situated on the north-west of Havelock. The Wall is one of the best diving spots for both first time and professional divers and it is well-known for spotting octopus, marine fishes like wrasses, puffer fish, scorpion fish, shoal of green fish and lion fish. The depth here is around 60 feet which is equal to 18 meters. The underwater seems to be greenish blue and all types of multicolored corals scatter the wall’s top.

Water depth Level : 18 meters

Dixon’s Pinnacle:

Dixon-Pinnacle

       This spot is composed of three big pinnacles, i.e., one large pinnacle having the top at 18 meters and two smaller ones with their tops at around 25 meters. This diving spot is appropriate for advanced level divers as the water depth here is around 16 to 35 meters. Divers enjoy spotting marine fishes like Mackerel, Tuna, Giant Trevally, emperor angelfish, Napoleon Wrasse (that recurrently encircles the coral reefs), red-toothed triggesrfish, turtles, Barracudas as well as shoals of green fish here at Dixon’s Pinnacle.

Water depth Level : 16 to 35 meters

Johnny’s Gorge:

Johnny--Gorge

       It is situated on the east of Havelock. This diving spot is well-known for spotting barracudas, snapper, unicorn fish, Giant Groupers, Andaman Sweetlips fish and dolphins. Sharks are also spotted here. Johnny’s Gorge has water depth level around 20 to 30 meters and that’s why this spot is best for professional and high level divers. This site has a lot of multicolored reef.

Water depth Level : 20 to 30 meters

Elephant Beach:

Elephant-Beach

        This is a great spot for first time divers as they can get proper training for the water activity and the beach water depth is around 6 to 25 meters. Diving at the beautiful sandy Elephant beach is a wonderful experience as one can dive into it straightaway from the beach.  Besides diving, this beach is also famous for snorkeling.  This spot has lots of sand region and is well-known for its underwater areas of multicolored corals.

Water depth Level : 6 to 25 meters

North Bay Island:

Scuba-Diving

     It is a small scenic island located very near to the capital city Port Blair. The island is one of the best locations for snorkeling and sea walking activities along with scuba diving.

 

Andaman Holiday with Kids

      Andaman is the perfect destination for vacation with kids and new born babies as the islands have a lot of beautiful beaches, museums, and activities to do for fun. Following are some fun vacation activities for kids at Andaman.

Amusement Rides in Gandhi Park in Port Blair:

Gandhi-Park

       Gandhi Park is situated in the middle of Port Blair and it is maintained by Port Blair Municipal Corporation. Gandhi Park has a children’s park, multiple fun rides, and amusement rides for kids. This beautifully maintained park is the best place for kids as the park has a large number of amusement rides, a toy train ride and activities like paddle boat riding can be enjoyed here. Other things to see in Gandhi Park are historical Japanese temple, Merry-Go-Round (which is a great amusement ride) and an art gallery and studio.

Snorkelling at Elephant Beach:

elephant-beach-for-children

     Snorkelling at Elephant Beach is fun for kids as well as adults. It is the best water activity to do at Elephant Beach. Beautiful corals, a wide variety of fish, underwater life and underwater rocks are seen through participating in this water activity. Kids are allowed to snorkel along with their parents.

Exotic seafood at restaurants:

sea-food

      There a lot of restaurants in Andaman that serve delicious and exotic seafood. There are several seafood restaurants along with multi-cuisine restaurants that attract the international tourists. Multi-cuisine restaurants serve Thai, Continental, Mexican, Chinese, north Indian as well as south Indian dishes.  Seafood platter includes steamed garlic prawns, fish ball, oyster sauce, crab, stuffed chicken and lobster. Therefore, Andaman is the ideal place for those who eat together and love to have exotic seafood.

Enjoyment at Beach:

Enjoyment-at-Beach

        Andaman has a lot of beautiful beaches which are well-known for their wonderful deep blue waters, composure, fine white sand, and soothing environment. Some of the famous beaches are Radhanagar beach, Vijaynagar beach, Red Skin Island beach and Vijaynagar beach. Corbyn’s Cove is the most famous beaches in Andaman and is very scenic and filled with water activities. Kids love to write their names on sand, play with toys, watch colourful fish, participate in water sports, and spend fun time with parents and family members at the beaches.

Recreational activities at Andaman Water Sports Complex:

Water-Sports

        Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex, also known as Andaman Water Sports Complex, is situated in the middle of Port Blair. The complex provides visitors with a variety of exciting water sports activities like banana boat riding, parasailing, speed boat riding etc. The complex is situated 5 to 7 minutes drive from Port Blair. The sports complex has a very beautiful artificial waterfall. Entry is free here and the complex has good seating arrangement and a park. Recreational activities for kids like paddle boating, row boating, etc. can be enjoyed here.

Visit to Cellular Jail:

Andaman-Jail

      This is a historical jail situated in Port Blair. The outstanding sound and light show is a must-see. In this show several artists describe the story of this jail and the freedom fighters. The show starts in evening and happens both in English and Hindi. The jail has a museum that exhibits the famous lines of Indian freedom fighters, their photographs and more.

The archipelago of Andaman in the Bay of Bengal is undoubtedly one of the exotic destinations to explore in India. Think the Andaman Islands and you can visualize emerald blue sea, clear skies and vast stretches of mesmerizing white sand beaches, coral reefs, scuba diving, and more. All these features make for a perfect romantic getaway. But, there is more to Andaman than just beaches – it has an interesting colonial history, its terrain is ecologically diverse which has endowed it with a variety of flora and fauna and also it is home to some very scenic trekking and hiking trails. The Andaman Islands will amaze its visitors with all it has to offer.

Holiday trip to Andaman Islands on an Indian Budget:

With a number of luxury resorts lined on the palm fringed beaches to give you a premium experience and a mind-boggling variety of things to do in Andaman, holidaying here can be an expensive affair. However, there are ways to enjoy a trip to the Andaman Islands on an Indian budget. The crux to doing that is planning and researching well in advance. With so many tour operators claiming to provide you with cheap holiday packages in Andamans, deciding who to choose, what to do, and what to leave gets really confusing beyond a point. There are beaches and water sports activities everywhere – how to decide which experience is worth the money?

Well, in this article we are sharing some tips that will help you in making some crucial decisions and will save you money on your Andaman trip without compromising on the enjoyment.

  • Flights

Flights

The first tip is actually a no surprise. Since a good chunk of your budget will go into the means of reaching the famed islands; it is always advisable to book flights at least 3-4 months in advance. When flight tickets are booked at a short notice, they can cost you a bomb! Keep an eye on the fares and keep checking on the trending fares.

Many airlines run sales multiple times a year – you can watch out for deals in such sales and book as soon as you find a good deal. By scheduling your trip early you can save a substantial amount that can be utilised in better ways during your vacation in Andaman. Avoid the peak season for your travel as airfare can be three or four times the normal fare.

There are direct flights to the Andaman Islands only from a few select cities like Chennai, Kolkata and Bangalore. From other cities, you will get either a stopover or a connecting flight.

Another way to reach Andaman is through the sea. If you are feeling adventurous or have plenty of days in hand for the trip, you can choose to go by ship (at least one way). Going by ship will be obviously cheaper but then you might have to deal with sea sickness. So, weigh your risks against the pros and decide accordingly.

  • Accommodation

    Budget Hotel

The next big share of your holiday budget is taken by your accommodation. Of course, all of us would love to stay in luxurious resorts in such an exotic location. But, since we are travelling on a budget – we can only spend for a decent hotel.

Choose a hotel in a less commercialised area to get better deals. Also, AC rooms will cost more than Non-AC rooms. So, depending on where you can compromise, get a decent hotel on a budget. Hotels in Port Blair are cheaper than those in Havelock or any other Island.

So, you can base yourself in Port Blair or you can divide your days between Port Blair and Havelock Island for the best experience. 3 days for Port Blair and 2 days in Havelock Island is what most people do.

  • Number of days for the trip

Andaman-Beach

5 to 7 days’ time on Andaman is good enough to cover most of the popular attractions. Most people keep 5 days for holidaying on the island and 2 days for travel. Extending it beyond that means extra expenses and that can topple your budget.

  • Mode of transport in Andaman

    bus in havelock

Taxis are exorbitantly priced in Andaman. So, unless it is absolutely unavoidable don’t go for them. In Port Blair, you can get autos at very reasonable rates to move around the city. There are city buses also that can take you places – the only constraint is that it will take a lot of time.

The popular islands also have public transport within the island; using them can save you quite a few bucks. Since, island hopping will be a part of your itinerary, travelling by boat will be needed often. Here also there are private ferries as well as govt. boats. There is a huge difference in their rates, but again private boats are faster.

Another option to explore the island is on rented bikes. During off peak season, there is a lot of room for negotiation so try your best to get a good deal. Depending on your budget and the time you have at hand, you can arrive at a decision on the mode of travel in and around the islands.

  • Food

    Food

There are a number of restaurants and food-joints serving an amazing variety of seafood for tourists. The good part is there are many that can fit in your budget. So, walk around and choose the one that meets your fancy.

If you are looking for vegetarian food on the island, don’t worry there are a couple of vegetarian-friendly as well as pure veg restaurants like Gagan, Icy Spicy, Shakahaar, and Annapurna for you to check out.

  • Customise your trip for the best experience

Customise your trip for the best experience

Everyone visiting the Andaman Islands doesn’t have the same itinerary for their holiday. What interests others might not interest you, so do not go for a run-of-the-mill experience in a straight-jacket tour.

walking in the beach

scuba-diving

Instead, customize it as per your needs. Some may want to laze around the sun-kissed beaches all day (which is absolutely free), some may want to engage in some adventure sports activities like scuba diving, snorkelling, jet skiing, etc., while others will also want to go trekking on the island. Whatever you want to do on your trip to Andaman, write it down, and then prioritise it to see what fits your budget.

sea walking in Andaman

We would recommend you try at least one water sports activity like scuba diving, snorkelling, or sea walking in Andaman. In case, you are scared to death by such activities, you can experience the underwater sea life through a glass bottom boat ride.

To help you plan your itinerary, here are our recommendations for things to do in the Andaman Islands for the best experience.

  • Port Blair

    Port Blair

You will be entering the archipelago through Port Blair – the capital and one of the prime cities in the islands. You should utilise your day one by covering the attractions in the city.

  • Cellular Jail

Cellular Jail

Also known as the dreaded Kaala Paani, Cellular Jail was a prison during British Colonial times and was used to imprison political prisoners. Now, it has been turned into a museum. A visit here is a must to know about the struggles of our freedom fighters. You can plan a day visit here and another one again at night to watch the light and sound show. The show is well choreographed and depicts the pre independence era.

  • Anthropological Museum

Anthropological Museum Port Blair

Another attraction that warrants a visit if you are interested in knowing about the indigenous tribes of the island is the Anthropological Museum. It will give you some rare insights into the lives of the local tribes here.

There are some shopping places where you can buy a souvenir in Port Blair. You can also go island hopping to by basing yourself in Port Blair. Places of interest to check out from Port Blair include – Corbyn’s Cove Beach, Jolly Buoy Island, Chidia Tapu, Ross Island, and North Bay Beach.

  • Corbyn’s Cove

corbyn’s cove

If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Port Blair, just head to the Corbyn’s Cove beach situated about 8 km from the city centre. You can either hail an auto rickshaw or get a bike on rent to get here.

A winding road will lead you to the beach to be greeted by azure blue water and lines of coconut trees. You can spend some time meandering on the beach, watch the sunset, and sample some seafood delicacies from the eateries around.

  • Jolly Buoy Island

Jolly Buoy Island

Photograph by Ashwin Bagde

Famous for its clear turquoise blue waters and under water corals, Jolly Buoy Island is open only for 6 months a year. So, check before planning to visit here. To get to the island, you would have to go to Wandoor beach early morning first and then take a return trip ferry to Jolly Buoy Island from there.

The island is open for visitors until 2 pm. Jolly Buoy Island is one of the best places in Andaman to try snorkelling.

  • Chidia Tapu

Chidia Tapu

Photograph by Vjay S.

Located about 25 km from Port Blair, this place is a paradise for bird watchers. It is best to visit here in summer months when the skies are clear. Many exotic species of birds can be spotted here which includes sea eagles, emerald doves, parakeets, etc.

  • Ross Island

Ross Island

Regular ferries from Port Blair are available to visit Ross Island. It used to be headquarters of the British during colonial days before it was hit was an earthquake. This island has a significant historical importance; a visit here will make you walk back in time.

You can easily spend a couple of hours here exploring the ruins of the erstwhile British headquarter and gazing and marvelling at the beauty of the sea.

  • North Bay Beach

    North Bay Beach

Another beach to explore near Port Blair is the North Bay beach. It is very popular for water sports activities. One of the things you can try here is ‘Sea Walking’. This activity will give an opportunity to watch underwater sea life – umpteen varieties of colourful fishes, coral reefs and exotic looking marine life – really close.

You will be made to wear a helmet which will enable you to breathe normally even under water. A non-swimmer can also indulge in it without any worry.

  • Havelock Islands

    Havelock Islands

After you are done exploring Port Blair and the things around it, get set to explore Havelock Islands – the most popular and enchanting part of the Andaman Islands.

Havelock Islands is a gem of a natural paradise with serene white sandy beaches, pristine blue water and lush tropical forest. Don’t forget to experience an enchanting sunrise on the beach when you are here.

  • Radhanagar Beach

    Radhanagar Beach

Havelock Islands boasts of having the Radhanagar Beach – voted by TIMES magazine as Asia’s best beach. When you visit here you will be amazed by the scenery that greets you and you will know that it very much deserved the acclaim it gets.

You can spend your day beach bumming all day and bask in the sun. If adventure water sports are on your mind, try scuba diving here for once in a life time experience.

  • Elephant Beach

    Elephant Beach

Another beach on the Havelock islands that must be visited is the elephant beach. Boasting of exotic coral reed formation and beautiful marine life, this place is a piece of heaven on Earth. It is also a very popular place to try snorkelling.

What else can you do?

trekking on the Andaman Islands

After you have explored Havelock Islands, Port Blair, and islands around it and still have a day to spare, go for trekking on the Andaman Islands. Trekking through tropical forests, mangroves and a variety of flora and fauna is a great way to experience the islands. The popular trekking trails in Andaman are Mount Harriet to Madhuban trek and Diglipur to Saddle Peak trek.

Need help in planning your trip to Andaman on an Indian budget, the travel experts at Viisit are here to help. Depending on your budget and the days you have planned for the trip, they can help you with your tickets, accommodation and the best-customised itinerary covering the popular places of interest at a very reasonable cost. Get in touch with them at Viisit.com.

Andaman Travel Guide – Your catch for paradise

Andaman & Nicobar Islands are the grand group of more than 300 small islands in the gigantic Bay of Bengal in India. The Islands are situated just adjacent to India in the beautiful Indian maritime waters. The history of the place is exquisite, so as its beauty.

The Andaman & Nicobar Islands have much to offer to their visitors, the islands are stationed over a wide geographical range.

The volcanic islands

The volcanic islands

The Volcanic islands are the most intriguing, the land is hilly and is embedded with rocks. The area is surmounted by thick forests from all sides. The Andaman & Nicobar Islands is an established union territory, the capital of the region is the Port Blair.

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Zoom InThe city is the gigantic attraction for the tourists & enthusiasts, Port Blair has its own share of rich history in India’s struggle for Independence and more. Talking about the climate of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, the place is warm and extremely humid. It pours in Andaman & Nicobar Islands throughout the year, monsoon season is a fascinating one.

The region is an avid producer of high-quality Coffee beans, the coffee production of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands is world famous. Apart from coffee beans, the Andaman & Nicobar Islands are also famous for tobacco. Tobacco is cultivated here over a larger vicinity, coconut, rubber and more are also of greater importance.

The Andaman and the outside world

Andaman & Nicobar Islands are the perfect location to fulfil your thirst for wanderlust. The city of Port Blair is well connected with the rest of the Indian peninsula via deemed air routes. A well-fledged sea route has also been established. According to various sources, the Government of India is soon going to connect various parts of Andaman & Nicobar Islands amidst themselves.

The plan is to deploy over 240 kilometres of rail lines in the vicinity of the islands. If you’re a travel enthusiast and you love to explore places then Andaman & Nicobar Islands are the perfect pick for you. The Indian railways are running several trains for passengers who want to visit the Islands.

Exotic train journey to Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Exotic train journey to Andaman and Nicobar Islands

If you want to visit the Andaman & Nicobar Islands from the North India then it is pretty easy for you. You can reach Andaman and Nicobar Islands from Delhi by train easily.

There are various trains running over the route, there is a majority of trains that go to Chennai only.From Chennai, you are required to board another train or you can also consider going via air or boat.

Some Important Trains To Chennai From New Delhi

Some Important Trains To Chennai From New Delhi

  • Till Chennai you can board G T Express which departs from New Delhi on all the days of the week, the departure time of the train is 18:40 from the New Delhi Railway station.
  • The other major train is Tamil Nadu Express, which also runs on all the days of the week. The Andaman Express is yet another train that runs on the same route, the train is sourced from Katra, it passes from Delhi and arrives in Chennai Central railway station.

Trains can be the cheapest way to travel to Andaman and Nicobar. With services such as e-catering and onboard pantry available travelling to Andaman & Nicobar Islands via train is a viable option.

Mumbai Central and Chennai, the backbone of the rail link

Mumbai Central and Chennai, the backbone of the rail link

If you’re travelling from the central India then you can also consider boarding the train from the Mumbai Central.

Some Important Trains to Chennai from Mumbai

Some Important Trains to Chennai from Mumbai

If you’re wondering about how to reach Andaman from Mumbai by train then we have a great advice for you.

 

Indian Railways

  • The train connectivity has been ensured by the Indian railways till Chennai, the 1031-kilometer-long journey is pretty engaging. You can board the Chennai Mail train which departs from Mumbai Central railway station and arrives at Chennai on all the days of the week. The train covers the distance with minimum time possible.

 

CSTM

  • Another train can be the CSTM Chennai Express. Both the trains run on the same route from Mumbai to Chennai on all the days of the week. The train numbers for both the trains stand at 1102 & 11041 respectively.

Note-If you are thinking about how to reach Port Blair by train then sadly there are no direct trains connecting Port Blair to India.

Are flights the saviour?

Are flights the saviour

The cheapest and best way can be taking a Go Air flight from New Delhi international airport to Port Blair airport. You can also go to Chennai via train then you might take a flight to Port Blair or you can also consider travelling via ship. A deemed presence of flights is there between Port Blair and Delhi if you’re considering taking a flight than we can list Delhi to Andaman and Nicobar flight prices. There are around 32 flights travelling from Delhi to Port Blair and back every day respectively. You can always get reasonable airfares if you book well in advance.

Some Flights to Consider to reach Port Blair

Indigo Airline

  • The IndiGo airlines flight range starts from Rs. 6915 for one way, the flight is a direct flight between Delhi and Port Blair.

 

Spice Jet

  • The Spice Jet is also offering splendid rates over the travel, a one-way ticket to Port Blair from Delhi costs around Rs. 6400.

 

Go Air

  • Go Air is the cheapest amidst the all, with the ticket prices starting from Rs. 5800 only. Most of the times, flight tickets get costly as the date of travel approaches you, it is advised that you book your flight as early as you can.

Andamans an enthralling place to explore your soul

Andamans an enthralling place to explore your soul

The great Andaman and Nicobar Islands are nestled in the southern most region of the India, the location is fit for a great exotic vacation at any point of time in a year. The travelling to Andaman itself is an adventure, taking a ship to Andaman will take your travelling experience to a whole new level.

Sea route provides a deep exotic view of the flora and fauna, the gigantic oceans are pleasing. The view is splendid, one might get lost in the beauty of it, considering to visit Andaman and Nicobar Islands via ship is a decent option.

Explore the coral way of travel

Vizag

There are majorly three ports in India from where you can board a ship to Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Chennai, Kolkata and Vizag offer an unprecedented sea service to the Andaman & Nicobar Islands to the travellers. Don’t worry about how to reach Andaman from Chennai, the Chennai city has various ships that run between the city and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

How to reach Andaman From Chennai By Ship

M V Nicobar

  • M V Nicobar, M V Akbar, M V Swaraj and more are the commercial passenger ships that run amidst Chennai and Andaman Islands.

 

Kolkota

  • It takes around 60 hours on a ship if you’re travelling from Chennai to the Andaman, around 66 hours if you’re travelling from Kolkata.

 

port blair view

  • If we talk about the distance then the Port Blair and Chennai are 1190 kilometres apart. The journey can be appealing for travellers, various coastal scenic spots will be there, live exotic environment would be present too.

Reach Andaman and Nicobar Island by Ship

Chennai Port

If somebody asks you about how to reach Andaman and Nicobar Islands by ship then you can simply recommend them to board a ship from Chennai city. It is cheap, effective and vibrant. The fare can be pretty low if you’re travelling on a ship.

 

Rs. 2000 INR

  • It ranges from Rs. 2000 INR to Rs. 8000 INR on average, there is also the option to stay onboard. Several sorts of amenities are provided on the ships like Deluxe rooms.

 

Deluxe rooms

  • The Deluxe rooms are stuffed with a television and fridge for personal use for the travellers, the travellers are provided with a separate cabin. The other option can be choosing the First Class, you can accommodate four individuals in the first class of the ship.

 

Second Class

  • The other classes available over a ship are Second Class, Bunk class and more. Hopefully, doubts and information regarding how to reach Andaman by ship have been cleared and sorted correspondingly.

The Port Blair is very well connected with the sea route, most of the coastal tourist prefer ships over any other means of transport. The Indian railways have started working on a linkage project that will join the major islands amidst the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The linkage work will be done on a full-fledged scale.

The collection of gems: the volcanic islands

Andaman & Nicobar Island

The great union of 300 islands i.e. Andaman & Nicobar is referred as India’s topmost exotic vacation spot. Take a break from your corporate life culture and hit the shores of the enormous oceans. Let the jolly sun gleam your body, let your body tan while you explore the exotic beaches of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Andaman can be surely regarded as the place which never fails to thrill its visitors. The place relaxes you to your core and also reignite the real you. The natural beauty of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands makes it the destination worth a visit.

Come and visit the natural beauty of Andaman, move away from chaos, drift away and escape the void. Just like the pearls in the Bay of Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar Islands are glittering in the great vivid Indian ocean.

One will surely have a life changing experience here. Port Blair is the entrance to the great Andaman Islands, the tourism here is not just limited to the exotic beaches, the place has much to offer. The city is the capital of Andaman and Nicobar Union territory is well connected with major Indian cities through esteemed air routes.

Ever increasing tourist attraction

Ever increasing tourist attraction

Every day a larger number of people travel to Andaman and Nicobar Islands by the means of flights from the major cities of the India. You can always book a cheap flight to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands from any part of the India. The gateway to the tropical Andaman can be best experienced by taking a flight. The somewhat 1400-kilometer journey can surely make you fall in love with the grand and exotic view from your flight’s window seat.

Since getting into the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are not easy as they are remotely located, flights can be a splendid way to land in those thick forests. Interestingly, the Non-Residential Indians are required to have a valid permit to visit the Port Blair area. What comes as a great news is that you can always get a permit on arrival over the airport itself.

Direct flights to Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Direct flights to Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Chennai and Kolkata offers a staggering amount of flights to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. If you are looking about how to reach Andaman from Chennai by a flight then it is assured that after a bit searching you can surely find great deals. Major cities like Chandigarh, Delhi, Mumbai and more operates regular flights from and to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands respectively.

The Air India flight from Chandigarh costs around Rs. 16000 INR including various amenities to the Andaman Islands. On the other hand, average flight price from the Mumbai to Andaman and Nicobar Islands is Rs. 5200 only. Mumbai has a large number of operational flights to the Andaman Islands with various discount packages and more.

A great blend of heritage and cultural importance

Cellular Jail

Photograph by Avijit Mukerji

Talking about the attractions of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands then the must visit spot is the Cellular Jail. The place has its own chunk of history, other major places to visit on your trip to Andaman are Government saw mill, marine museum, limestone caves, Baratang islands and more. The thick forests and deep oceans offer an array of adventurous activities like Mountaineering, Sea diving, surfing, para gliding and a lot more.

Visiting the Andaman and Nicobar is a once in a lifetime experience for many, the marine life, the coral reefs and the astounding flora and fauna of the place is unmatched. The region is a divine heaven for the photographers, the island offers a breath-taking view to the visitors. It is never too late to visit the great Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The sandy beaches, long coconut trees, sound of splashing water and the kisses of the Sun can make anyone fall in love with the great Andaman.

Bottom Line:

Bottom line

You can see and feel the breath-taking touch of the coral fishes amidst your legs, large parrots around the trees, cute octopuses, zebras in the open fields, underwater corals and more. The visit to Andaman is the bliss of the mother nature, encapsulate the best of it. So before you plan your trip, do not forget to research a bit to find out the best way to reach the place without spending too much time and money.

Coming to Andaman may well be one of your most well rewarded decisions ever and yes you will thank yourself for it for years!  A tropical paradise with laid back charm and soothing serene beaches with a never ending coastline seems right out of a Bollywood movie’s dream sequence!

To make your trip memorable, let’s see what all are absolutely must visit places in Andaman:

  1. Aamkunj beach at Rangat

Aamkunj beach at Rangat

It is said to be one of the prettiest beaches in the Indian sub-continent and a well-developed eco-tourism spot for eco-travelers and is well maintained by the Andaman forest administration.

You can also visit the Eco Park in the area which has a setup entirely environmentally friendly and made from articles naturally appearing in the world devoid of any plastics, harmful chemicals. You can see pretty eco huts decorated with bamboo benches, chairs and sofas made from logs of wood which will remind you of a bygone era.

Don’t miss turtle nesting season from January to March when you visit which is a must-see if you have children in the group. The peels and squeals of their laughter and excitement will be a sight to remember when they see baby turtles coming out from the sands and scampering towards the waters.

  1. Merk Bay Beach at Long Island

Merk Bay Beach at Long Island

It is one of the most serene and secluded beaches on the Andaman archipelago and it is much off the beaten track of the travelers visiting Andaman.

So you can have a nice calm time spent at the pretty beach which has a long and narrow shoreline amongst lot of vegetation surrounding it and looks right out of a picture postcard.

You can come here from a jetty off the Long Island and this can count as a day trip as it does not have much staying options so you can go scuba diving and snorkeling here and then head back to Long Island where you can book your accommodation.

  1. Butler Bay Beach

Butler Bay Beach

Photograph by Sarmistha Ghosh Dastidar

This lovely beach is shaped like a concave which basically means you can view the entire beach from any standing point which also shows that it is a small beach. This can be on your itinerary when you visit Little Andaman and you can come here from Hut Bay.

Yes, you can do snorkeling and a lot of scuba diving here and the marine variety and vegetation will just stun you and will leave you wanting for more.

  1. Pathilevel beach at Diglipur

Pathilevel beach

This is one beach which is one everyone’s must visit list as it has natural picturesque beauty which is unparalleled by any other Andaman beach and is literally untouched by humans. You can come here on a jetty or dughi as it is called by locals from Ramnagar beach.

  1. Casurina Beach at Diglipur

Casurina Beach

 

Ok, so here we have another beach from the same town, Diglipur which you just have to visit. It is full of white sand and a major stop for all adventure lovers who are planning to visit Saddle Peak in Andaman which is the highest peak in the Andaman archipelago.

  1. Lamiya Bay Beach at Diglipur

Lamiya Bay Beach at Diglipur

The third beach on this list from Diglipur is relatively unknown and not commercialized like the other beaches. It has brown sand and corals on its shorelines and can be a stop for couple who want and love their solitude and privacy as you will have loads of it here. You can cover this beach on the same day as the trip to Kalipur beach.

  1. Stewart Island Beach

Stewart Island Beach

This one is located close to Mayabunder and is one of the serene and isolated beaches in Andaman which is preferred by couples and same sex groups to indulge in play and hang out. You can easily visit here from Mayabunder in the jetty and you can quite cover this in a day trip.

  1. Avis Island

Avis Island

This is a very small beach full of coconut plantations which can be easily assessed by a 30 minute boat ride from Mayabunder. This is good for a day trip as an excursion and not really for any water activities as it has more small tides.

  1. Bharatpur Beach

Bharatpur Beach

Bharatpur beach is a beach which is really known for its corals and adventure enthusiasts come here by the droves and indulge in many activities like coral viewing, scuba diving and snorkeling as you are likely to get the most awesome views of marine life and aquatic variety ever here.

  1. Corbyn’s Cove Beach, Port Blair

Corbyn’s Cove Beach

Corbyn’s beach stands out for its location as it is very near from the capital city of Port Blair and hence is more commercialized than the others. Water sports lovers will absolutely love this cute beach which has so many activities leaving you spoilt for choice.

Choose from your pick of jet skiing, scuba diving, snorkeling and yes you can even go for glass bottom cruises in which you can see the marine life and all the underwater views from inside the cruise. Don’t miss this for anything.

Lot of tourist restaurants, pubs and nightlife to boot for the city life lovers too!

  1. Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park

Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park

This is a must visit destination which has 15 small islands in itself and cover approximately 280 kilometers and the children will simply love it! This national park has in its collection some of the endangered marine species which are not to be missed. You can also view sea turtles here. You can also go for the glass bottom cruises here especially if you are travelling with family and children who will simply love it.

  1. Mount Harriet National Park

Mount Harriet National Park

It has quite a large collection of animals in the national park with wild pigs, saltwater crocodiles, robber crab and many others to view.

The national park is named after Andaman’s third highest peak and covers an area of approximately more than 45 kilometers with a dense tropical forest and vegetation covering it.

  1. The Great Nicobar Biosphere Reserve

The Great Nicobar Biosphere Reserve

Coming into this reserve requires a permit from the Andaman administration as this reserve houses the indigenous tribes of Nicobar. This reserve area is really big covering 885 square kilometers with much variety of vegetation and wildlife species of birds, animals many of which are endangered.

  1. Kalapathar beach

Kalapathar beach

This beach is considered to be one of the most famous beaches in Andaman and is much frequented by tourists due to its lovely blue waters and exquisite views in the background of the white silver sand on the shoreline.

  1. Ray Hill

Ray-Hill-Andaman

This area at Mayabunder has been developed by the Andaman administration as an eco-tourism resort area. The beauty of this place can be judged only by staying overnight here and experiencing the adventurous streak in living in one of the eco themed guesthouses in the area. You have the option of many activities here rock climbing and going on adventurous elephant safaris.

  1. Austin Creek at Mayabunder

Austin Creek at Mayabunder

The must do thing her is to go for a cruise through the creek which is surrounded by mangroves and simply stunning flora and fauna surrounding it. If you are in luck, you may even see a crocodile sunbathing on the shores with his monstrous physique in full display for you!

  1. Anthropological Museum

Anthropological Museum

After savoring the natural beauty of the islands, do visit the anthropological museums to see how the native tribes used to lead their lives in these quiet and isolated islands.

They have on exhibit many of the things from the numerous tribes which used to live in these Islands and many of whom are still living on the islands. Don’t miss this peek into history for anything.

  1. Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex

Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex

This is one place any water sports lover cannot just afford to miss for anything as it has simply all or most of the water sports which can be offered. You name it and its present here.

Calling all adventure enthusiasts and water sports lovers and yes children can also do the stuff here with all the safety and precautions are mandatorily followed. So what are you waiting for, jump right in!

 

  1. Food, Food, Food

Best Food in Andaman

Yes, you did read it right. Andamans has so many beaches, so much water which sets up the scene for amazingly delicious seafood on offer. The cuisine here has to be sampled and devoured whether you choose the five star resorts or the little shops scattered on the shores of the numerous beaches, it will be a gastronomic experience of a lifetime.

  1. Chidiya Tapu

Chidiya Tapu

This appropriately named Island gets its name from the hundreds of species of birds which swarm this little Island making it quite lieterally the ‘Bird Island’. Photographers and wildlife watchers rejoice for you have come to the perfect place where you can spend hours and never want to go to your hotel room. Sunrises and sunsets are also known in this island so don’t miss it for anything.

It is easy to access from Port Blair by road which is approximately 25kilometres away.

  1. Elephant Beach-Havelock Island

Elephant Beach-Havelock Island

Situated 65 kilometers from Port Blair, elephant beach is one of the most secluded beaches which are good for day trips. Adventure lovers will love this beach and snorkeling can be done very well here with a dense and beautiful coral reef which is close to the shores.

You can also watch the coral reefs by going on the glass bottom boats. Trekking is advisable with guided tour guides as the vegetation and forest surrounding the area is very dense and it is easy to get lost.

  1. Sea Walk at Havelock Island

Sea Walk at Havelock Island

Sea walking is as exciting as it sounds! Walking in the sea is an exhilarating way to experience and watch the under waters and the unique marine diversity available. In this the sea walker goes 7-8 meters down in the sea and it does not require any swimming or diving knowledge or experience.

It is suitable for people of all ages and you do need qualified guides with you on the way. The only apparatus needed is a sea mask which is a sort of a helmet which has fresh air being pumped in inside it and it also blocks the flow of the strong water currents. Don’t miss it for anything!

  1. Viper Island

Viper Island

This is a small and pretty quiet island situated 29 kilometers from Port Blair. It has many viper snakes present from which it got its name. It has historical importance as it had one old jail which the Britishers constructed here before the Cellular Jail in Port Blair was made and was used to house Indian freedom fighters and political prisoners.

It has a number of coconut plantations which lend it an air of captivating beauty and it is a perfect place to go to with your special someone.

  1. Sitapur Beach

Sitapur Beach

This is a pretty beach which is situated in the Neil Islands in Andaman and is also known as ‘sunrise beach’. It got this name from the absolutely mesmerizing views of sunrise and sunset which can be viewed from the beach shores. It has very high tides and extremely clear waters and swimming can be done here.

  1. Little Andaman Island

Little Andaman Island

Little Andaman is one of the largest islands which tourists can visit though the sweet name masks its size. It is home to a large number of beaches, waterfalls and elephant safaris which you can go on and can keep you happily occupied for more than 2 days.

You can choose to stay in the awesome tourist huts on the shoreline which are surrounded by coconut plantations which will offer simply amazing views of the sunset and the sunrise as well.

The journey to view the waterfalls is spectacular in itself as you will have to go trekking inside the deep jungles to view the waterfalls. And when you view it, wow is the word as you can see water splashing from a height over rocks surrounded by green forests forming a perfect picture postcard backdrop and you will wish that you remain there forever!

Savor this perfect destination with your loved ones from family or your special someone as you will have all the privacy in the world to have a picture perfect holiday!

Andaman’s and Nicobar Islands are the gateway to heaven, one can’t just ignore the beauty of the place. If you’re planning your dream vacation to visit Andaman and Nicobar Islands then you can visit the exotic resorts located in the vicinity of the Andamans. The resorts at Andaman and Nicobar Islands are known for their quality services, lip smacking food and beautiful surroundings.

Top resorts in the Andaman and Nicobar:

Below we are listing the Top 21 resorts in the Andaman and Nicobar Island that you must consider for your stay at Andaman and Nicobar Islands:

  1. Symphony Palms Beach resort

Symphony Palms Beach resort

If you fantasize about waking up next to the beach in the morning then Symphony palms beach resort will serve the purpose. The exotic resort is located in the Govind Nagar region of the Andamans and Nicobar Islands. The resorts offer a splendid view of the sun kissed beaches. The view is divine and breath-taking.

The symphony palms beach resort also offers various amenities to the customers, the cottages are well established and exuberant.

  1. Barefoot Resort, Havelock

Barefoot Resort, Havelock

Located amidst the deep yet intriguing forests, the Barefoot resort is setting the benchmarks in the customer service in the region. The Barefoot resort is located just near to the world famous pristine beach. The lush green beauty of the place is unmatched and nestled.

Customers get an option to choose from gracious cottages, villas, tents and more. One can experience the bliss of the mother nature here. The resort is located in the Radha Nagar village over the Havelock Island.

  1. Barefoot Scuba resort

Barefoot Scuba resort

If you’re a scuba diving enthusiast then the Barefoot scuba resort deserves all your attention. The resort offers an enriching scuba diving experience to the users. The vivid location rests just adjacent to gorgeous South Button Islands. The customers get to choose amidst sea facing rooms, tents, family cottages and more. The ecstasy of nature can be experienced here at its full influence.

You will love the exquisite surrounding, quality services, lip smacking food and overall ambiance of this place.

  1. Sea Shell resorts, Havelock

Sea Shell resorts, Havelock

Surmounted by coconut trees, lush green hilly foothills, Sea Shell truly opens up the gateway to heaven. The Sea Shell resorts are located in the Marine hill region of the Port Blair. Being situated on the Havelock islands, the Sea Shell resorts provide an exuberant view to the visitors.

Customers get an array of options to choose amidst cottages, villas, rooms, tents and more. The service of the Sea Shell resort is deemed and is the best in the region.

  1. Munjoh Ocean Resort

Munjoh Ocean Resort

Located just adjacent to the revolutionary Kalapather beach, the Munjoh Ocean resort features its very own private beach. The rooms are luscious and are stuffed with premium amenities which every customer desires.

You can also reside in wooden cottages facing the beach, the morning view would be ecstatic for customers.

  1. Emerald Gecko, Havelock

Emerald Gecko, Havelock

Now you can book a double story Bungalow in the Andamans and Nicobar Islands. With splendid sea views available at tips, one might get lost in the beauty of it. The luxury resort offers high-quality service to the customers and is pretty famous in the region for its commitment to the customers too.

  1. Eco Villa Palm Beach Resort

Eco Villa Palm Beach resort

If you’re a nature enthusiast and loves to reside in the natural way of living, then Eco Villa Palm Resort is for you. The resort is surmounted by big coconut trees offering an encapsulating view of the flora. The landscape features various premium cottages, rooms and more.

The beach is located just adjacent to the Eco Villa palm resort. It is not wrong to say that this resort is the best place to spend some time in the lap of the mother nature.

  1. Hotel Haywizz, Port Blair

Hotel Haywizz, Port Blair

Located in the Andamans and Nicobar Islands Capital Port Blair, Hotel Haywizz provides a brilliant service to the customers. The hotel is located just 3 kilometers away from the Andamans and Nicobar Islands airport. The luxury hotel offers every bit of premium amenity to the customers.

The hotel is also located in the heart of the city; thus, you get to visit vital locations easily. The food here is exotic.

  1. Island Vinnie’s Tropical resort, Havelock

Island Vinnie

The intriguing beach resort is located on the shores of the Cabana beach in the Andamans and Nicobar Islands region. The Island Vinnies Tropical Beach resort is gathering a lot of limelight for its exquisite and committed service to the users.

Tents are also available for the customers; the luxurious and comforting stay is assured by the resort.

  1. Wild Orchid Resort

Wild Orchid Resort

If you fantasize about having a romantic dinner with your loved one on a beach, then Wild Orchid resort has some exciting offerings for you. The resort is well known in the area for its high-class services and facilities. Customers can book resorts and revive beautiful memories.

This resort is the best place to stay for all newly weds and honeymooners because of its romantic ambiance and surroundings.

  1. Silver Sands resorts

Silver Sands resorts

If you’re looking for a family place to stay in engaging Andamans and Nicobar Islands then Silver Sands resorts are just for you. Filtering the best services for you, the resort ensures a high-quality stay for the visitors. You will love spending time at this resort. Staying here will help you bring some amazing memories home as your stay here is going to be so relaxing that you will never feel like going back home.

  1. Sinclairs Bayview, Port Blair

Sinclairs Bayview, Port Blair

Located near to the famous Aberdeen Clock Tower, Sinclairs Bayview offers a great view to the great Cellular jail of Andamans and Nicobar Islands. The resort is located near to almost all the major points of attractions in the region. So staying at this resort will give you an advantage to save on your travel expenses and will make sight seeing easier for you.

  1. Fortune Bay Island, Port Blair

Fortune Resort Bay Island

One of the best things about the Fortune Bay island resort is that it is located on the top of a magnificent hill in the Andamans and Nicobar region. The resort offers a comfortable stay to the users, swimming pool, gymnasium and other amenities are also present for the comforting stay of the users.

In short, you will get all the amenities you need to make your stay even more exciting.

  1. Peerless Sarovar Portico, Port Blair

Peerless Sarovar Portico, Port Blair

The famous Peerless Sarovar Portico resort is located just near to the Corbyn’s Cove, it is easily accessible from the main city. The lush green beauty and the delicate landscape is breath-taking. One can’t just ignore the fact that the view from here is the finest. You will love spending your leisure here with your friends and family.

  1. Dew Dale Resorts, Baratang

Dew Dale Resorts, Baratang

Located on the Baratang Island, Dew Dale resorts are offering comforting and appealing stay for the customers. The resort ensures all the amenities like quality rooms, air-conditioning, restaurant, deemed room service and airport transportation and more to the visitors.

The Dew Dale resort also provides an astounding view of the beaches surmounted by coconut trees.

  1. Anugma Resort

Anugma Resort

Located near the Wandoor beach, Anugma resort is one of the resorts that you can consider for staying in Port Blair. The good thing about this resort is that it also provides a bicycle to the tourist who wants to explore the area. All those tourists who are planning a visit to Jolly Buoy Island.

  1. Ripple Resort

Ripple Resort

Ripple resort is another wonderful stay option that you get in Port Blair. The resort is clean and is full of amnesties. From ordinary to luxury suites, you will get everything you need to make your stay comfortable and relaxing. The resort staff is polite and helpful and is available 24*7 at your service.

The resort is located at a distance of 5 minutes from Corbyn’s Cove beach.

  1. Dolphin Resort

Dolphin Resort

The best thing about the dolphin resort is that it is located at a distance of 2 minutes from the beach, which allows you to walk down the beach anytime you like. Staying at this resort also provides you a chance to enjoy the exotic view of the sea from your rooms.

This resort is also an ideal place to stay for all nature lovers and is affordable in price too.

  1. Coral Reef

Coral Reef Resort

This might surprise you, but Coral Reef resort is as pretty as this place. The resort has beautiful ambience and very spacious, comfortable and luxurious suites. You will surely fall in love with the place, the moment you will enter it.

The hotel suites and places in this resort are very well-designed and offer all the luxury and amenities you need for your stay. The staff at this resort will make sure you have a great time staying at this resort.

  1. Seashell, Havelock

SeaShell

This resort is a total bliss for tourists as it has everything you need to make your stay hassle free as well as luxurious. This resort is also popular with its fantastic views, location, the food, hospitality and much more. Not only this, the Seashell resort also offers you one of the finest scuba diving experiences in Andaman.

The resort is overall exquisite, serene as well as very welcoming. You will love your stay here.

  1. Sinclairs Bayview, Port Blair

This another unique and exquisite resort that offers spectacular sights of the ocean from its room. The natural beauty and serenity of this resort will take you to a completely different world. The fresh breeze, groves of coconut and the crystal clear ocean water is a true delight for the eyes.

Whether you stay here with your family or friends, you will surely have a gala time staying at this resort.

As we all know choosing a wrong resort can totally ruin your trip. So whenever you plan your trip to Andaman and Nicobar Islands, don’t forget to consider the above-listed resorts to make your stay comfortable and relaxing. All these resorts are included in this listed after researching and ensuring that these are a perfect fit for your stay. Just remember, staying in a right resort is really important to make your trip smooth and hassle free, so make your decision wisely.  Happy Holidaying!

As a solo traveler, one of the primary thoughts in my mind was ‘Does the place have enough exciting and engaging activities to do to keep me happily occupied’. The answer my dear readers, is a resounding ‘YES’.

A visit to Andaman & Nicobar Islands is likely to be one of your most memorable and exciting trips you may ever undertake! One of the most stunning locales in the world covering over 600 islands in a remote geography in the world defines Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Situated at the crossing of the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal, these beautiful islands are a union territory of India though they are geographically closer to Myanmar and Indonesia. It is one of the seven union territories of India and its capital city is the spectacularly pretty city of Port Blair.

Of the more than 600 Islands in this area, only 9 are open to foreign visitors and the rest are all off limits primarily as they have unique and rare tribes and the world’s only Paleolithic people.

Things to Know

Things To Know

Do note that a permit needs to be obtained in advance either from the Ministry of Home Affairs in New Delhi or the Foreigners registration office in Mumbai, Chennai, New Delhi and Kolkata. It can also be obtained upon arrival in Port Blair.

This permit allows for a travel visiting period of not more than 30 days and covers many places in Andaman like South Andaman Island, Middle Andaman Island, Little Andaman Island, Neil Island, Diglipur, Baratang, and Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park (not including Islands of Twin, Tarmugli, Pluto and Malay). You can stay overnight in the National Park with prior permission of the Parks authority with permission only.

Visits in a day are allowed to Islands like South Cinque Island, Ross Island, Narcondum Island, Interview Island, Brother Island, Sister Island and Barren Island.

Ok, so let me put it straight. Andaman Islands are primarily a destination sought after by honeymooners and families due to its scenic locales and calm waters. But you know what, that is actually deceiving as it has so much to offer a solo traveler irrespective of gender. So let’s dive right in and see what the Islands have to offer.

In this tropical paradise, there are so many things to do that it is easy to get lost in planning how to spend your days in Andaman. Let us make things simpler for you in this incredible journey.

Long Island or Guitar Island

Long Island or Guitar Island

Photograph by Minoti Satpute Singh

A wonderful little Island in the eastern coast of North Andaman is the beautifully named Guitar Island. It has a pretty white sand beach with calm and soothing waters off its coast and is really untouched by humans. All you will see are fishing boats going about on their regular day trips for catching fish and little else apart from it. It really does seem like the Island is yours for the taking!

Oh yes, you want to ask why the pretty name! As per the locals of the place, the name comes from the view of the Island if you happen to see it from the sky or a plane because it looks like a guitar!!

Lalaji Bay Beach
Lalaji Bay Beach

Photograph by Hari P S

This is one of the lesser known but magnificently beautiful beach which is an ideal spot for swimming and especially if you are a photography enthusiast in which case you will absolutely love it!

Geographically, this island lies on the northern side of the Long Island and can be visited together with this Island. It is a 45 minute boat ride here from Long Island on one of the Andaman administration operated jetties. You can also come here directly from Port Blair which would take 4-5 hours in a clear and quiet weather.

Don’t miss this for anything as this is one of the most underrated places Andaman has to offer and has the most amazingly delicious food too for the foodies reading this! Fish Fry is the dish to order and maybe more than once!

Neil Island

Neil Island

Photograph by Niladri Bhattacharya

This is one of the less famous beaches in Andaman and you must try Scuba diving here which is simply impressive. Coming here will just take you 2 hours in a ferry or jetty from the capital city of Port Blair.

It is a pristine and calm Island which has many places to explore like Ramnagar beach and Bharatpur beach along with the pretty rock bridge.

Rent a bike and explore the pretty Island and especially don’t forget to go to the Laxmanpur beach which has a brilliant and unique triangular edge on its coast.

It is also known as the ‘Vegetable Bowl of Andaman’ as it has been used for harvesting a lot of crops as it is blessed with good weather and good soil for a variety of crops.

Kalipur

Kalipur

Photograh by Minoti Satpute Singh

This is a small village which is off the beaten path for visitors to Andaman and is situated 25 kilometers from the town of Diglipur in north Andaman.

It is the perfect place for adventure seeking backpackers to go trekking to Saddle Peak which is the highest peak in Andaman. The beauty of this place can also be experienced through the quiet and unassuming village life and this will be on your itinerary if you are planning to visit the Ross and Smith Islands.

A unique activity to do here would be going on guided night walks to watch the nesting turtles here which are a pretty rare thing to witness and amazing to post on instagram, you bet!

Ross and Smith Islands

Ross and Smith Islands

Staying in the north Andaman, there is also Ross and Smith Islands to visit which can be accessed from a boat ride from Diglipur by jetties or boats which would take 30-40 minutes. It is one of the most visited Islands in Andaman with good reason.

It has developing eco-tourism with some of the best beaches in the world which you just have to witness to understand its exquisiteness.  They are marvelously decorated with thatched huts on the beach, sitting areas, hygiene facilities, swings under huge trees and hammocks swung around the tree trunks giving an amazing touristy vibe to the entire beach which you simply wouldn’t want to leave at all! It is the perfect place to be to have a chilled out holiday on one day and have an adventure filled day out on another with the yin and the yang so beautifully balanced in these Islands!

One more Instagram worthy activity to do is to walk across the area connecting the two Islands which is made possible in low tides and it is safe to do so!

Hutbay

Hutbay

Another interesting place to visit as a solo backpacker would be the Hutbay which is situated at a 45 minute ride from Port Blair if you take a chopper or seven-eight hours if you travel by ship. It is the most attractive surfing beach you can ever imagine! This island is located in the geographical area of Little Andaman which has the longest beach in the whole of Andaman and Nicobar too. It extends for up to 22 kilometers from one end to the other.

Another beach here deserves a mention which is the butler bay beach fast becoming popular among-st the tourists frequenting the place. It has numerous resorts scattered all over the beach and is the perfect destination for surfing. Surf boards are available for rent or purchase in the small little shops on the beach and you can also choose to do sun bathing or snorkeling in the clear turquoise blue waters.

Wait, you do need one more day to spend here. Once you are done with all the above activities and yes loads of photographing the awesome waters and the sunsets, go ahead and visit the surf waterfall nearby. This is situated at a short trek of 10 kilometers from the town, inside a jungle and has an entry fees as well. It is located bang in the middle of a thick jungle with bamboo and banana plantations falling 20 metres below and is nothing short of a wonder!

Corbyns’s Cove Beach

Corbyns’s Cove Beach

It is one of the most historically significant beaches in the city of Port Blair and one which is comparatively more commercialized as well. It has a number of options to stay and dine in and leaves you spoiled for choice.

One of the most famous sights to behold here are the long rows of coconut trees dotting the landscape of the beach leaving you with so many selfie moments! Many water sports can be enjoyed here as well like the Jet Ski and the speed boat rides offered on the beaches by number of local shops with or without the guides to assist you with, though it is advisable to take a guide with you who knows the waters well.

Munda Pahar Beach

Munda Pahar Beach

Photograh  by shubhayan banik

This attraction is located in southern part of the Andaman’s archipelago and is one of the hidden gems of the group of Islands. It deserves a special mention and at least 2 days on your itinerary as it is full of scenic locales and picturesque places dotted with unique kinds of trees which lends a dreamy and scenic beauty to the place.

The Andaman administration has taken various measures to beautify the beach and put out many sitting arrangements for the comfort and attraction of the visitors to this beach.

Do visit the beach at the time of the sunset and do carry your selfie stick with you! You can capture beautiful Facebook worthy pictures which you will love to share with your family and friends who will be jealous of you at the same time! Swimming is another activity which can be easily and comfortably done here as the waters are very calm and serene at this beach with very low tides.

Mayabunder

Mayabunder

A must see place in Andaman is Mayabunder situated in the middle Andaman area which is one of the most unique and naturally beautiful places in the world with mangrove forests all around it. Mayabunder mangrove forests are said to be so dense and lush that they cover an area spanning hundreds of acres and the Jarawa rain forest also falls in this area.

You can also go for mangrove kayaking in this town which is basically kayaking in between the forest waters which is as amazing and beautiful as it sounds. Soak in the greenery of the area which is a sight for sore city eyes and be one with nature in this amazing water activity which will be a joy for times to come. Do remember to get your selfie stick with you on this kayaking journey and capture all the sights and the sounds and the pristine views on the way.

Dhani Nallah Mangrove Nature Walkway

Dhani Nallah Mangrove Nature Walkway

Among-st the lush green mangroves, there is a striking natural wonder taking place which you can witness if you visit the area in the months of January to March. This is the annual turtle breeding and nesting season which is a rare sight to behold for everyone who is yet to see something so amazing and beautiful.

While walking though the huge and dense forest area, you will see lovely baby turtles who have just been born on the beach crawling to the sea waters. The charming walk in the woods was approximately covering an area of one kilometer and was dotted with a variety of mangrove trees which were adorned with labels of their scientific names as well as local names.

So my dear friends, do you still need more reasons to visit the land of nature and fantastic beauty! Call forth the wanderer in you and succumb to the splendor of this little beautiful gems of Andaman tucked away in the corners of India and make it the trip of your lifetime.

The Andaman Islands are a tropical paradise nestled in the Bay of Bengal. With gorgeous beaches, stunning landscape and amazing corals, no beach destination in India can beat this archipelago when it comes to its exotic quotient. If you want to have a dream vacation in Andaman, luxury should be on your mind. So, to give you the most premium experience during your holiday in Andaman we have handpicked some of the best luxurious 5-star hotels for you to choose from for your stay.

Luxurious 5-star Hotels in Andaman – 10 Handpicked Luxury Hotels in Andaman for a Premium Experience.

  1. Barefoot, Havelock Island

    Barefoot, Havelock Island

Located on the famous Radhanagar beach, Barefoot Resort in Havelock is an experience in itself with natural resort environment. Barefoot is not just the name of the resort, but a philosophy of experiencing Andamans in its truest form. No shoes, no digital connectively, it is the place to unwind and rejuvenate, Choose from the 25 eco-friendly cottages, villas or tent houses and leave the maniac digital city life behind. Meander along the beach, wake up to the chirping birds in the morning and sleep to the mystical humming of the forest at night. That’s Barefoot for you.

Address: Radhanagar Village (Beach No 7), Havelock Island

  1. Sinclairs Bayview, Port Blair

Sinclairs Bayview, Port Blair

The location of Sinclair Bayview Resort in Port Blair is its USP. The resort is literally situated on the sea and from almost all the rooms there you can have a view of the Bay of Bengal.

It is just 15 minutes’ drive away from the airport and also from the city. Functionally designed with an offering of 46 rooms and suites, a stay here means that not only you will always be close to the sea but also to the city.

Address: South Point, Port Blair

  1. Munjoh Ocean Resort, Havelock Island

Munjoh Ocean Resort, Havelock Island

The word ‘Munjoh’ literally means mine. So, if you want a private space for yourself to unwind in the island, this is the place ideal for your stay.

Situated in the vicinity of the Kalapather beach in Havelock, this resort boasts a private beach and spacious eco-friendly and comfortable cottages, villas, suites and beach houses. For an unhurried and tranquil experience on the island, head to Munjoh.

Address: Beach No. 5, Havelock Island

  1. Fortune Resort Bay Island, Port Blair

Fortune Resort Bay Island, Port Blair

Overlooking the turquoise waters of the Bay of Bengal, the Fortune Resort Bay Island in Port Blair is an epitome of luxury and comfort. Just a few minutes’ drive away from the Port Blair airport, this resort is located in the Marine Hills and has 45 luxurious and well-maintained rooms to offer to its guests.

The resort is constructed of ‘Padouk’ wood – a red timber that is native to the island. The resort offers a laid back and relaxing ambience to its guests and makes for a great option for a luxurious stay in Andaman.

Address: Marine Hill, Port Blair

  1. Silver Sand Beach Resort, Havelock Island

Silver Sand Beach Resort, Havelock Island

Silver Sand Beach Resort is one of the finest resorts near the Vijaya Nagar beach on the famed Havelock Islands. The beautiful sight of the long stretch of sandy beach, lined with swaying palm trees and the humming sound of the ocean waves makes for a heavenly experience.

The rooms here ware laced with modern amenities to ensure a comfortable and pleasant stay. Guests can choose to stay in one of the 39 AC cottages, villas, lagoon suite or indulgent ocean view suite room.

Address: No. 5, Vijay Nagar Beach, Havelock Island

  1. Seashell, Havelock Island

Seashell, Havelock Island

A perfect amalgamation of the rustic and the modern amenities, Seashell Resort in Havelock has a charm of its own. Wake up to a mesmerising view of the emerald sea, palm lined beach and a warm and welcoming ambience; a stay in Seashell resorts in Havelock island will remain in your memory forever. You can choose from a number of styled accommodations like villa, cottage, chalet, lagoon, and bungalow.

Address: Beach Number 2, Govindrajnagar Beach, Havelock Island

  1. Symphony Palm Beach Resort, Havelock Island

Symphony Palm Beach Resort, Havelock Island

Located on the Govind Nagar beach on Havelock Islands, the Symphony Palm Beach Resort offers its visitors a luxurious stay in their Scottish styled cottages amidst nature.

The location is quite ideal for those who want to take a stroll to all the shacks on the beach on foot. The Resort offers 100 elegantly designed with modern facilities stay options.

Address: 3, Govind Nagar Beach, Havelock Island

  1. Barefoot Scuba Resort, Havelock Island

Barefoot Scuba Resort, Havelock Island

If you are a scuba diving enthusiast and want to stay in a premier dive resort in the Andamans, Barefoot Scuba Resort in Havelock is the best bet for you.

It is also a part of the Barefoot Resorts and this stay in Beach no. 3 in Havelock has a full-fledged PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Dive Facility and several accommodations like Duplex Cottages facing the sea, Cottages and Huts. It is a great place to stay if you want to explore Havelock from both above and beneath the sea.

Address: Beach No.3, Govind Nagar, Havelock Island

  1. Coral Cove, Port Blair

Coral Cove, Port Blair

Situated in the heart of the city of Port Blair, Coral Cove is a new addition to the club of city’s luxury hotels. Elegantly designed, strategically located and boasting of every modern amenity, it makes for an idea place for a luxurious stay in Andaman.

Address: Minnie Bay, Port Blair

  1. Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Havelock Island

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Havelock Island

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa is the newest addition to exotic resorts in Andaman and it is going to be operational from autumn this year. Boasting of every modern amenity and a private beach, this resort will offer it visitors with 75 spacious villas – designed in the low-rise style of the local tribal Jawra huts. Situated on the famous Radhanagar Beach is Havelock, it is luxury personified in every sense of the word.  As soon as it opens its doors, it is going to be the go-to place for those looking for an ultimate experience in comfort and luxury. Amidst the serene settings of the beach, rich coral reefs and verdant mangroves, there are only few who can beat its exquisiteness.

Situated on the famous Radhanagar Beach is Havelock, it is luxury personified in every sense of the word.  As soon as it opens its doors, it is going to be the go-to place for those looking for an ultimate experience in comfort and luxury. Amidst the serene settings of the beach, rich coral reefs and verdant mangroves, there are only few who can beat its exquisiteness.

Address: Radhanagar Beach Number 7, Havelock Island.

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