Monday, November 9, 2009

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Andaman and Nicobar Islands:

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are popularly known as Emerald Islands   It offers you an eco-friendly tourist paradise. Its virgin chain of islands, tropical evergreen forests, sun kissed silver sandy beaches are adobe of natures. Tourists Come here to live in the worlds best beaches
For  a laidback vacation, Andaman and Nicobar Islands are the perfect place to be. Virgin beaches, lush greenery and varied species of flora and fauna are some of the things that one can look forward to during the vacations here

Best time to visit Andaman is from October to May.
October to May is ideal for sight seeing and also to engage in water sports activities.
LOCATION:                           Bay of Bengal
CAPITAL:                  Port Blair

HIGHEST PEAK:      Saddle Peak - 732 metros
CLOTHING :              Cottons throughout the year
IDD CODE:               ++91-3192 (STD 03192)

Route Map:
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Routes to step in:

BY Sea:   Regular passenger ship services are available to Port Blair from Chennai, Kolkata and Vishakhapatnam and back. There are three to four sailings every month from Kolkata and Chennai to Port Blair and vice-versa. There is one sailing from Vishakhapatnam in a month. The voyage takes about 50 to 60 hours and the ship normally berths at Port Blair for about two to four days
By Air:
Andaman’s airport is at Port Blair. It is connected to Chennai and Calcutta. There are number of flights from Port Blair to other Airports. During the tourist seasons discounted airfares are provided by the airlines.

LOCAL TRANSPORT -   The Directorate of Shipping Services maintains regular inter-island foreshore and harbour ferry services to cater to the needs of inter-island commuters. There are local buses, bicycles, motorcycles, auto rickshaws, and taxis available for local transport on the islands

Tourist Attractions:


It offers a breath taking underwater view of coral and marine life. It is an ideal place for snorkeling, sea bathing and basking on the sun kissed beach. Covered under Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Parks.

Corbyn's Cove  
 is a serene and unspoiled soft sandy beach in Andaman near to Port Blair. This beach is set in picturesque backgrounds of lush green coconut palms and pleasant scenary.

Chatham Saw Mill
owned by Forest department, is credited as one of the biggest and oldest saw mills all through Asia and is located at the north tip of Andaman

Havelock Island

This island offers beautiful sandy beaches and lush green forest. Radhanagar Beach (Beach No.7), Asia’s 7th most beautiful sea beach, is one of the attractive destinations for the tourists in the islands. Snorkeling and scuba diving facilities are provided in many beaches like Elephant beach etc. One can enjoy quite holidays in the lap of mother nature here.  

Andaman Water Sports Complex 
It is a renowned sports complex in India and is a unique sports complex offering many adventurous water sports activities

Jarwa reserve

Government of India reserved some of the regions of Andaman Islands for the tribes Jarwa in Andaman. This Jarwa reserve is part of the dense forests in two islands of Andaman. Jarwa, the first inhabitants of the Islands, is one of the four aborigines of Andaman Islands

Cellular Jail

This is  presently a revered shrine dedicated to great Indian freedom fighters sacrificed their lives for the Independence of the Mother Nation, is situated at Aberdeen near Port Blair

Neil Island:
This beautiful Island with lush green forest and sandy beaches is the vegetable bowl of Andaman. It provides an ideal holiday for eco-friendly tourists. Beautiful beaches at Lakshmanpur, Bharatpur, Sitapur and the natural bridge formations on the sea-shore are the attractions.  

Long Island       

 A breathtaking Island breasting beautiful sandy beaches, coconut plantations and evergreen forests, Long Island in Andaman is a very popular attraction for the nature loving tourists. The island can be approached by the fisherman’s vessel hired from Phoenix Bay Jetty.

Barren Island :
This is the only active volcano in India. This island is about 3 Kms. in crater of the volcano, about half km away from the shore. This island can be visited by special boats which are scheduled by the DSS weekly.

Port Blair

Port Blair is capital and largest city of the Andaman and Nicobar island group, with a population of around 100,000. Spend a day or two here walking around and enjoying fresh seafood and seeing a couple of the nearby sites.

Chidiyatapu         Chidiyatapu is the southern most tip of South Andaman. As its name this is favorite destination for bird watchers. Its lush green mangroves, forest cover with numerous chirping birds and the Sylvan Sands make it an ideal picnic site. A very beautiful beach named Munda Pahad near by is very famous amongst the local people. There is a forest guest house situated on the top of a hillock providing a fabulous view of isolated islands, breath taking sunset also called the Sunset

Ross Island:       Ross Island, which is accessible from Phoenix Bay Jetty through a boat ride, is situated at the entry region of Port Blair harbor. Ross Island encloses an attractive swimming pool, a cute museum Smritika established by Indian Navy.
Mt Harriet       Mt Harriet is an ideal place for bird eye's view of the outer islands and the sea. It was the summer headquarters of the Chief Commissioner during British Raj. 365 m high,

Samudrika Marine Museum,        Samudrika Marine Museum, run by the Indian Navy, is located at Delanipur in Andaman. This museum is meant to create awareness on various aspects of oceanic environment. The Samudrika Marine Museum has five sections dealing with history of Andaman Islands, Geographical information, people of Andaman, Archeology and finally the Marine life.
Kalpong    Kalpong, the only river of Andaman flows from here. Ross and Smith, the twin Islands joined by a bewitching sand bar, is travelled from Diglipur by engine dingy

Viper Island     Viper Island, named after the ship wreck event of a British trading ship named “Viper' located near Port Blair. Viper Island is a serene beautiful tourist destination and can be approached by harbor cruise originating from Phoenix Bay Jetty in Port Blair.

Nicobar Island:  The Nicobars abound in coconut palm, casuarina and pandanus trees. The fauna of Great and Little Nicobar islands consist of Giant Robber Crab, long-tailed Monkeys, Nicobarese Pigeons and Megapode, a rare bird found in Great Nicobar. The Indira Point the southernmost tip of India is Great Nicobar Island. Car Nicobar, is covered with cluster of coconut palms and enchanting beaches

Accommodation and Lodging:
To Eat:
South Indian food in Andaman & Nicobars are:
·         Restaurant & Bar, N.K. International
·         Megapode Nest
·         Vishranti
·         Dawat Restaurant & Bar
You can get North Indian food at
·         Hotel Sentinel
·         Corbyn's Delight Restaurant and Bar
·         Hotel Abhishek
·         Ananda Restaurant
Chettinadu cuisine can be found at
·         Annapurna Cafetaria
·         Gem Continental
·         Light House Restaurant
For Continental food you can go to
·         Hotel Sentinel, Restaurant & Bar
·         Mandalay Restaurant and Nico Bar
·         Corbyn's Delight Restaurant & Bar

Other Interests:

Essentials to be carried

Other than Passport, Visa, Identity Card, etc. some things are further essential to be brought in your luggage like: FIRST-AID KIT, NEWSPAPER, TORCH, SCISSOR, NAIL CLIPPER, UMBRELLA/SUNSCREEN etc.

Wild Life in India:


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