Andaman Tour Package
Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Union territory of India, is an Indian archipelago and an integral part of the Bay of Bengal. There are roughly 300 islands and they are famous for their palm-lined, white-sand beaches, mangroves, and tropical rainforests. There are many coral reefs that support marine life and the rays make up for popular diving and snorkeling sites. There are islands that are not available for visitors but the place of full of places for you to explore. The majority of the area of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is covered with dense tropical forests, that supports a broad spectrum of flora and fauna.
The islands of the place make a small-dotted cluster on the world map that can be easily spotted when you focus on the southernmost tip of India. There is something about the place that will make you feel relaxed and stunned at the same time and you will have an experience of a lifetime without even realizing it. As soon as you reach the place, fresh air is ready to greet you and make you forget about all the deadlines of your life. It is a place where nature meets beauty and you meet your inner self.
How to reach Andaman and Nicobar
The intense history, rich culture, and peaceful beaches are what bring Andaman to the top of your next travel destination. To reach this serene and pristine cluster that is truly a paradise on earth, you don’t have to worry at all. If you are a part of the Indian subcontinent, you have a perk that you don’t need any passport, visa, or any other official document to visit the place. If you are a foreign traveler, you will need to carry your visa along with your passport. You first step of the journey is to reach Port Blair, the capital of Andaman.
Let us now move ahead towards discussing the ways to reach Andaman:
Travel by air:
From mainland India, the fastest way to reach Andaman is to take e a flight. A direct flight can be taken from Kolkata, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Delhi, and Vizag to reach Andaman. You will reach the place within 2.5 to 3.5 hours. There are also connecting flights from other airports in the country. For foreign travelers there are no direct international flights to and from Andaman. Provided, there is no international airport as of now. So, in order to reach Andaman, you have to take a flight to mainland India and then travel to your destination.
Travel by sea:
For those who want to travel by sea, you can board a ship from Kolkata and Chennai 3-4 times a month and only once a month from Visakhapatnam. However, the travel time would be around 3-4 days (50-60 hours) so it is not a very good option to consider. You will get exhausted, possibility of sea sickness, and no options for your entertainment. However, you can consider the option as it is cheaper and let you enjoy your journey before you reach the destination.
To reach Port Blair the best thing to do is to take a flight from Kolkata, Bengaluru and Chennai. The travel time is around 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Best places to visit in Andaman and Nicobar
When you arrive at Andaman and Nicobar Island, you will be greeted with positive vibes and freshness all around. Give yourself time to rediscover yourself and make sure you don’t forget to make the best of your trip. For that you must know where you should spend your time when you reach the place.
Hereunder is the list of places that you must visit during your trip in Andaman:
Havelock Island is one of the primary destinations of Andaman and Nicobar Islands that falls under the category of must-visit when you arrive in Andaman. It is one of the largest islands of the place. No one can ignore its pristine beauty that goes unmatched when we are talking of untouched and unexplored nature and virgin forests on earth. The place is a fair contrast of mesmerizing greenery, sandy whiteness and blue vast ocean body. Because of its popularity among tourists and travelers, Havelock has developed luxurious tourist resorts and hotels which adds to the convenience of guests living in the lap of intense natural beauty.
Another very scenic natural paradise with captivating white sandy beaches and lush green forests is Neil Island. You can access the place easily from Port Blair or from Havelock via regular ferry services of different categories. Neil Island has its own special appeal with some very popular beaches and a crystal-clear water. Neil Island came to be inhabited in the late 1960s. Apart from snorkeling and scuba diving, Neil Island will also greet you with a glass bottom boat rides for those who are not adventurous enough to enter the waters but would still want to enter the visually ecstatic world of corals and fishes.
This island carries the legacy from the time of Britishers when India was under the British rule. The place was named after Sir Daniel Ross who was Marine Surveyor at that time. When you visit the historical and architectural masterpieces, you automatically get transported to the world of the pre-independence Indian era. Ross Island is definitely a must-visit if you are in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The visit of Ross Island becomes extremely interesting as you walk through British era church, hospital, bakery, swimming poll.
North Bay Island:
To get the intensive feel of summer and sand, north bay island is a right place for you to visit. The exquisite corals of the place are spread through a long coast line with an extensive stretch. You can dive in to catch the glimpse of different fish families that will melt your heart. The entire experience will be the right mixture of fun and thrill and if it is your first time, you will remember it forever.
This island is popular for its exquisite secluded beaches, mangrove creeks, mud volcanoes and limestone caves. Each of them is unique and worth a visit. The experience of the mud volcanoes and limestone cave is so stunning that it is worth a peep for the adventurous and brave at heart people. Proper guides are provided and permission is needed from the Andaman Forest Department for limestone cave exploration.
Viper Island is tainted with the blood and sacrifice of the brave national heroes. It was jail where the prisoners were kept before cellular Jail of Port Blair was built. It contains the ruins of gallows on top of a low hill. The political prisoners were tortured in the worst possible ways where they were chained together through iron couplings that earned the name Viper Chain Gang Jail.
Apart from its historical significance, Viper Island is also blessed with immense natural grandeur. The old jail building tour interests every visitor. You can reach there by a short ferry ride from the Aberdeen Jetty of Port Blair. Not very well-maintained now and sort of destroyed because of the latest Tsunami that had hit the Andamans is yet worth visiting on account of its deep historical significance.
Food to try in Andaman
The Andaman & Nicobar is better known for its fusion of all Indian dishes and is home to a wide variety of cuisine including South Indian, Bengali, and Andhra varieties. The cuisine of Andaman is highly influenced by all the cultures that came into contact with the place. The influence of the Hindu, Christian, Muslim and also Sikh religion in the traditional food is very much. You must experience the deep impact on delicious food of Andaman & Nicobar Islands which has roots in the history and also in the culture of the land.
Now, we will have a look on popular dishes of Andaman:
Fish Curry is an exceptional dish that you must taste when in Andaman. We know that the place is covered with water so seafood is what they focus the most on. Therefore, all seafood lovers should try this recipe to experience a fulfilling taste and aroma.
Another scrumptious meal from Andaman is the Amritsari Kulcha. It is full of delicious stuffing like onion, potato, coriander leaves, seasonings, and many more which makes it flavoresome as well as a fulfilling meal. That is the reason, many people love this dish.
Another classic dish straight from Andaman is Chilli Curry. It is a really hot and happening meal, stuffed with onion, tomatoes, and also contains rich flavors in it. Many foreign tourists have actually appreciated this delicious food from Andaman.
Loved by many, Macher Jhol is a mouthwatering food item served in Andaman. The dish has its origin in Bengal and is served in various parts of country because of its unique taste. This meal contains different ingredients which includes fish, chilies, coriander seeds, turmeric powder as well as some other active ingredients.
Coconut prawn curry:
Prepared with the local spices of Andaman, coconut prawn curry is a must-try when you are here. A creamy coconut milk curry will undoubtedly add a spark to your entire eating experience. This is another mouth-watering dish that is highly flavored and has an authentic taste. It is served with rice to make it more delightful.
Grilled lobster is another delicious seafood variant available in Andaman. The main ingredients of grilled lobster are butter, parsley, chili flakes, and cloves. The taste of this grilled lobster is truly the best when we talk about the seafood of Andaman. If travelers are on holiday in Andaman, they don’t leave this island without trying Grilled lobster. It is going to be a great experience for everyone.
Things to do in Andaman and Nicobar
Dive in the adventure of Seakart:
One of the latest and popular sea sport in Andaman is Seakart where you self-drive it at sea along the coast of Port Blair. It is a hybrid watercraft that resembles a go-kart which will make sure that you don’t compromise your fun and excitement and that too safely and comfortably. If you are ready to explore thrilling activities with your loved ones, then you can’t afford to miss this at Corbyn’s Cove Beach, Port Blair, and self-drive in endless waters.
Enjoy the water with Snorkeling
If you haven’t tried snorkeling, this is your chance to do it. It is one of the best things to do in Andaman. As you go snorkeling at North Bay Island, you get a chance to capture the view of mesmerizing sea life with the rarest corals.
Experience the beauty of twinkling Stars in Bioluminescence
Be ready to experience the tiny lighted stars and galaxies floating under your feet. It is complete bliss. You can watch this happen at Havelock Island and it is one of the topmost things to see on your visit to Andaman. As you row your boat through them, the water glows and creates a beautiful experience for you.
Scuba diving for adventure lovers:
You don’t have to necessarily know swimming in order to do scuba diving. There are different places in Andaman for you to try scuba diving. You can easily discover the beautiful corals and enchanting water life.
Feel the thrill of Banana boat ride:
Another fun thing to do in Andaman is riding a Banana Boat. They are tied behind a speedboat to gain rush. 6 people can ride the banana-shaped boat at once. As long as you have your life jackets on, it is a perfectly safe activity to enjoy. Just make sure to follow the given instructions. This is an extremely fun activity that you must consider doing in Andaman.