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Andaman and Nicobar is the archipelago of total 572 islands but only 36 islands are available for tourism. These islands are covered by turquoise blue waters and sunny skies to make your holiday pleasing.
You can have great experiences in Port Blair and explore its flora and fauna, museums, and rich marine life. Some of the best places are Port Blair, Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep), Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep), Radhanagar Beach, Baratang Island, Chidiya Tapu, Wandoor, Cellular Jail, Ross Island (Netaji Subash Chandra Bose Island), Bharatpur Beach, Elephanta Beach, Kala Patthar Beach, Diglipur Island, Baratang Island, Red Skin Island and Jolly Buoy Island. These islands offer vivid wildlife, exotic sunsets, and views of migratory birds to soothe your soul.
Sea and Air are the only mediums to enter Andaman Islands. You can take a regular flight from Kolkata and Chennai and you can also get there by waterways.
By Air – Port Blair has direct connectivity to Chennai and Kolkata from Veer Savarkar International Airport. Several flight services like Jet Konnect, Spice Jet, Air India, Vistara and GoAir are available.
By Sea – MV Swarajdweep and MV Nancowry are two major ships sailing from Chennai and MV Akbar and MV Nicobar from Kolkata. These ship services take around 50 to 60 hours. You can reach various islands of Andaman through inter-connectivity options.
No, Indian nationals don’t have to apply for a visa. Only foreign nationals have to obtain a visa from Indian consulate, mission, and high commissions. In order to visit restricted areas, you need Restricted Area Permit (RAP) from authorities like –
You need to visit Port Blair and get RAP to visit restricted areas, which are issued for free for foreign tourists.
Basically you need up to 6 to 7 days to visit the whole Andaman and cover several spots. You can customize your itinerary and keep it short. You can plan your Andaman tour by booking a tour package. You can customize your plan and remove the burden of choosing day, location and time. Also you can enjoy various water activities available in the Islands.
No permission, visa or passport is required for Indians. But it is vital to carry ID proofs and RAP (Restricted Area Permit). But foreign nations should have Indian visas. It is also applied to foreigners who are coming from a private yacht or charter to Andaman. In addition, they also have to carry RAP (Restricted Area Permit), which is available on arrival from immigration counter at Port Blair airport or at seaport. You can get RAP for 30 days, which you can extend to 15 days max.
You can enjoy a lots of exciting water activities in Andaman Islands. It is a paradise with turquoise blue waters. You can explore the vivid marine life and dive in deep. Here are some of the best things to do –
Scuba diving is a main activity in Andaman Islands. It is a great way to explore the underwater world. You can enjoy lots of activities for scuba diving to cover marine life and get close to them. It is literally safe to enjoy scuba diving here in the Islands. There are professionals offering this activity with safety gears. Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex has proper SOS kiosks along with in Port Blair.
Here are some of the most exciting sightseeing places in Andaman –
There is no special place in Andaman which is dedicated for kids but there are several sightseeing and water activities available to enjoy. Here are some of them –
Seafood is the main food and specialty of Andaman. Tourists can enjoy several types of seafood like crab, lobsters, cuttlefish, prawns, and different types of fishes. Some of the famous seafood restaurants are Full Moon Café, Lighthouse Residency, Anju Coco Restaurant and Ananda Bhavan.
There are also vegetarian restaurants offering best vegan foods, such as Annapurna and Ice Spicy Restaurant.
No, you shouldn’t meet the tribal people as they have disconnected themselves from the rest of the world. They live in restricted areas and it is prohibited to meet them.
There are different souvenirs and things you can buy in Andaman, such as authentic pearl jewelry, wooden artifacts, vivid sarongs, handicrafts made of shells and seashells, bamboo crafts, handicrafts made of coconut shells, replicas of corals, local spices, authentic coral jewelry, coffee, tea and sculpted walking canes.
You can find ATMs of SBI and other banks in Andaman Islands. But you are still recommended to carry enough cash to avoid any crisis.
When you are going to Andaman Island, keep in mind that there is no internet connectivity in Andaman. However, Airtel, BSNL and Vodafone work in Andaman Islands but mostly for calling.
In case of emergency, you can find some good hospitals in Andaman like INHS Dhanvantari, GB Pant Hospital, Pillar Health Center, Chakraborty Hospital, and ACE Hospital.
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For complete Andaman and Nicobar Islands information, refer to our Andaman Travel Guide.