Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Andaman and Nicobar comprise of a group of 572 exotic Islands (36 of which are inhabited), islets and rocks – located in the serene clear blue waters of Bay of Bengal, that is East of the Indian main land and stretches over a length of more than 700 km from North to South. These rolling islands are covered with dense forests and endless variety of exotic flora and fauna. Islands are hilly and they abound in evergreen forests. Since pre-historic times aboriginal tribes have lived on these Islands. The Andaman group is inhabited by tribes of Negrito origin, while the Nicobar Islands are inhabited by Mongloid stock. The weather is generally pleasant with a minimum temperature of 23°C and maximum 30°C. There are many untouched beaches in cities like Rangat, Mayabunder, Diglipur, Little Andaman etc. Beach tours can also be arranged to enjoy those quiet and serene atmosphere. Andaman & Nicobar Islands is a paradise for beach lovers in India.


Andaman and Nicobar Islands have good facilities for diving. Many resorts offer scuba diving and various other sports adventure facilities. Andaman & Nicobar is a fort for busty adventure tourism. Andaman Islands provide busty adventures like scuba diving, snorkelling etc. Moreover, it’s an eco-friendly tourist destination.

The ideal tourist season is from October to May. If you wish to enjoy the monsoon holidays, the best time is from June to September.

We, at RAJ Travel Consultants, provide exotic tours, fun-filled adventures, beach-front world class resort vacations and hassle free packages for families or even group tours to this kind of untouched marvel of nature.

Highlights of Sightseeings

Harbour Cruise: Harbour Cruise provides a unique experience of cruise along the harbour in a boat leaving from Phoenix Bay Jetty. The panoramic view of the seven points from the sea, harbour, the floating Dock, Viper Island, etc., are memorable. Boat: Dep: 1500 Hrs. No Cruise on Wednesdays.


Cellular Jail: The saga of the heroic freedom struggle is brought alive in a moving Sound & Light Show at Cellular Jail.
Timing: All days. 1800 Hrs-Hindi | 1915 Hrs-English (Subject to weather conditions)


Jolly Buoy Island: Offers a breath taking view of underwater Coral and marine life. Glass bottom boats help to take closer look at the coral colonies. Ideal for sea bathing and basking.


Chidiya Tapu: Generally known as Birds Island; Situated at the southern most tip of South Andaman. Its lush mangroves and beach make it an ideal picnic site and sunset point.


The Redskin Island: Offers the lure of underwater coral gardens and unspoilt beaches. An occasional dolphin may also greet the eyes. A great place for swimming, scuba diving and snorkelling.
Timing: 0830 – 1630 Hrs. Packed lunch and drinking water to be taken by the guest.


Fisheries Museum: Display of more than 350 species of sea-life museum; gives an idea of the marine wealth that lies in the waters of these islands and types of fish.
Timing: 0830-1600 Hrs. Monday Closed.


Anthropological Museum: Display the habitual of aboriginals of these islands in miniature and types of tribals at Andaman.
Timing: 0900-1200 Hrs & 1300-1600 Hrs. Monday Closed.


The Cellular Jail: Now declared as a National Memorial; situated at Port Blair in Andaman. Its construction began in the year 1896 and was completed in 1906. Thousands of freedom fighters and convicts languished for years in solitary confinement in the cells of this jail each measuring 4X2.7 Mtrs.
Timing: 0900-1200 & 1400-1700 Hrs. Monday Closed.


Corby’s Cove Beach: One of the picturesque sea beaches in the island. It is ideal for sea bathing. The panoramic view of the seashore will delight the hearts.


Ross Island: Once the seat of British power and capital of these islands, it stands now as a ruin of the bygone era with the old structure almost in debris. A small museum named “SMITIKA” holds photographs and antiques of the Britishers relevant to these islands. Boat: 0830, 1030 & 1230 Hrs. Wednesday Closed

Getting there

By Air: Port Blair is connected with Chennai and Calcutta. The journey time is approximately 2hrs. Presently, flights are operated by Indian Airlines (Flights operate on Daily basis expect on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) Jet Airways (Flights operate from and  to Chennai on Daily basis).

By Sea: Regular passenger ship services are available to Port Blair from Chennai, Calcutta and Vishakapatnam. There are three to four sailings in a month from Calcutta and Chennai to Port Blair. There is a single sailing from Vishakapatnam once a month.

Chennai – Port Blair: Journey time about 60hrs (Distance by Sea is 1190Kms)
Kolkatta – Port Blair: Journey time about 66hrs (Distance by Sea is 1255Kms)
Vishakapatnam – Port Blair: Journey time about 56hrs (Distance by Sea is 1200Kms)

Entry Formalities

Indians
Indian Nationals need no permit to visit Andamans. However, visiting tribal areas of Andaman and Nicobar Districts is prohibited. Permits to visit the tribal areas can be granted by the Deputy Commissioner, Andaman District, Port Blair in special cases on receipt of application in prescribed form.

Foreigners

Foreigners require a permit to stay in the islands, which can easily be obtained on arrival at Port Blair (either by Air or Sea) from the Immigration authorities for 30 days. This can be extended by 15 days with permission. In addition, permits can also be obtained from: Indian Mission Overseas, Foreigners Registration Offices at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and the immigration authorities at the airports at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.

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