The Andaman and Nicobar Islands, located in the south-east of the Indian mainland geographically, float in splendid isolation in the Bay of Bengal. Once a hill range extending from Myanmar to Indonesia, these picturesque undulating islands, islets numbering around 836, are covered with dense rain-fed, damp and evergreen forests and endless varieties of exotic flora and fauna.
Coordinates: 11.7401° N, 92.6586° E
By Air and Ship
The Veer Savarkar Airport, an International Airport is located in the capital town of Port Blair, the gateway to Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Port Blair, is connected with Chennai, Kolkata, New Delhi and Bangalore by air. Air India, Go Air, Indigo, Vistara & Spice Jet Airlines operate regular flights. Foreign chartered flights are also permitted to land at Port Blair subject to the fulfilment of guidelines of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
Regular passenger ship services are available to Port Blair from Chennai, Kolkata and Visakhapatnam and back. There are three to four sailings every month from Kolkata and Chennai to Port Blair and vice-versa. There is only one sailing for Visakhapatnam in a month. The voyage takes about 50 to 60 hours during fair weather.
No, Indian citizens do not require a passport to visit Andaman.
The Andaman Islands, like other parts of the Andaman Sea enjoy a tropical climate throughout the year. The average minimum temperature is around 23°C and it seldom goes much above 30°C. Humidity is relatively high at about 70% to 90%, however with a gentle breeze blowing most the time it is still quite pleasant.
Regular Govt. and Private Ferries are plying between Port Blair and Middle and North Andaman up to Diglipur. Regular Transport services are also available through Andaman Trunk Road (ATR) from Govt. and Private sectors.
Andaman Islands are open for Tourists all seasons. The best time to visit the Andaman Islands is from the month of October to May and Monsoon tourism will be from June to October.
Much famed as the best beach for scuba diving and snorkelling, Radhanagar Beach is one of the cleanest beaches in Asia, and hands down the best beach in Andaman. Radhanagar beach also bagged the prestigious blue flag certification in 2020. A Blue Flag beach is an eco-tourism model endeavouring to provide the tourists or beachgoers clean and hygienic bathing water, facilities, safe and healthy environment. Other notable beaches include 1. Lalaji Bay Beach (Long Island) 2. Laxmanpur Beach (Neil Island) 3. Butler Bay Beach (Hut Bay) 4. Twin Islands : Ross & Smith Islands 5. Aamkunj Beach (Middle Andaman)
Once you touch down the capital city of Port Blair, one can avail of the ferry services from there and reach Swaraj Dweep Island easily.
You can shop for items like Spices, Timber Crafts, Jute Items, Shall Crafts, Virgin coconut oil, Nicobari Mat (Chataai) and Coconut Handicrafts on your shopping spree in Andaman.
Yes, Andaman has mangrove forests that spread over 1136 Sq. Km. and 35 Sq. Km. Tourists can enjoy mangrove forests tours to get up close and personal with beauty of these forests. Tourist can enjoy Mangrove tours at Dhaninalla Mangrove creek, Baratang Island, Kopri - Vikhroli creek, Lime Stone Caves, Yerrata Mangrove Park and Yerrata Creek, Dhanninallah Mangrove Nature Walk Way, Panchavati Hills, Moricedera and Sabari Village.
Yes, Indian Rupee (INR) is the currency used in Andaman Islands. There are several ATMs and Bank branches on inhabited islands, so withdrawing cash is not a problem.
The indigenous tribes are distinguished in two groups: the Onge, Sentinelese, Jarawa and Andamanese of Negroid descent living on the Andaman Islands and the Shompen and Nicobarese of Mongoloid descent living in the Nicobar Islands. However, it is strictly prohibited, and against the law as well, to enter the tribal reserves, meet or photograph the tribes. One should refrain from disturbing the peaceful haven of these tribes. Respect the tribes and adhere to the law.
Lot of Adventure Water Sports Activities that one can do in Andaman. This includes snorkelling, scuba diving, sea walk, boat cruise, speed boating, Sea kart, Jet skiing, Parasailing and many more.
The Cellular Jail is open all days from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM for general visit and Sound and Light Show are scheduled from 5:30 PM onwards.
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Island is open on all days daily. Boats are plying from Port Blair from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM for general visit and Sound & Light Show from 4:00 PM onwards.
Taking photographs of the Aboriginal Tribes (Jarawas/Sentinelese/ Great Andamanese / Onge / Shompen) in the Tribal Reserves is not permitted. It is an offence punishable under PAT Regulation 1956.
Foreigners are permitted to visit the following Islands without requirement of Restricted Area Permit- (1) East Island (2) North Andaman (3) Smith Island (4) Curfew Island (5) Stewart Island (6) Landfall Island (7) Ayes Island (8) Middle Andaman (9) Long Island (10) Strait Island (11) North Passage (12) Baratang (13) South Andaman (14) Swaraj Dweep (15) Shaheed Dweep Island (16) Flat Bay (17) North Sentinel Island (18) Little Andaman (19)Chowra (20) Tilang Chong Island (21) Teressa (22) Katchal (23)Nancowry (24) Kamorta (25) Pulomilo (26) Great Nicobar (27) Little Nicobar (28) Narcondum Island (29) Interview Island & (30) Wiper Island(Day visit only).
Citizens of Afghanistan, China and Pakistan and foreign nationals having their origin in these countries would continue to require the Restricted Area Permit to visit Andaman & Nicobar Islands. In such cases, the Restricted Area Permit (RAP) would be granted only after prior approval of the Ministry of Home Affairs. If any such national is found visiting these Islands without the Restricted Area Permit, necessary penal action would be taken under the relevant provisions of the Foreigners Act, 1946.
Regular Govt. and Private Ferries are plying between Port Blair and Swaraj/Shaheed Dweep. Visitors are advised to reserve and confirm their to and fro tickets well in advance.
North and Middle Andaman is mainly famous for Turtle nesting (seasonal) Tracking, Bird watching, Mud Volcano, Lime Stone cave, Boat ride in Mangrove forest, Eco Walking and Sandbar connected islands like Rose and Smith Islands.
The volcanic Barren Island, the domestic and foreign tourists may be allowed to visit Barren Island on board vessels but no landing ashore subject to obtaining prior permission from the A&N Administration for the visitors and boats. For Narcondum Islands it has been decided that it may be opened to foreign tourists for diving and unescorted day visits. Narcondam is essentially accessible only from a live-aboard vessel as there are no facilities anywhere nearby for accommodation.
Yes, there are many Govt. Guesthouse available offered by different Govt. Departments like Circuit House, Tourism Guest House and CPWD Guest House etc. for more details contact concern departments or visit https://www.andamantourism.gov.in/govt_acco.php.
Active Mud volcano lie in Baratang & Diglipur Island, a part of the Andaman chain of islands. The volcano is one of the top places to visit in Baratang Island. To get to the volcano, you to take 11 km ride by road from the jetty of Nilambur and walk another 160 meters upwards to reach the spot.
In Port Blair there are many place which tourist can visit likes Museums, Aquariums, Water Sports Adventure’s, Beaches viz Corbyn’s Cove Beach, Wandoor Beach and Chidiya Tapu Beach etc. and Sound & Light Show at Cellular Jail and Netaji Subhas Chandra Boss etc.
Yes, there are many private agencies which offers two/four wheelers vehicles for rent to tourists.
https://www.andamantourism.gov.in/etourist - for booking of Sound & Light show at Cellular Jail and Tourism Department operated Guesthouses. There will be three shows daily: -
|Sl. No.||Show||Nos. of days||1st show Timing||2nd show Timing||3rd show Timing|
|A||Hindi version||07 days||5.30 PM to 6.20 PM
|6.50 PM to 7.40 PM
(Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday only)
8.10 PM to 9.00 PM
|B||English version||03 days||No show
|6.50 PM to 7.40 PM
(Monday, Wednesday, & Friday only)