in Andaman & Nicobar
Mythologically presumed to be the land of
Hanuman (the Hindu monkey God is supposed
to have stopped here while on his way to
look for Goddess Sita), Andaman and Nicobar
islands are like emeralds set in the deep
blue of the Bay of Bengal. This archipelagos
is beauty untamed and unlimited.
Welcome aboard! Port Blair, the capital
city, is a convenient base between the various
islands and it needs only a day or two to
explore. It has a number of museums dealing
with tribal artifacts, forest products,
marine life and animals found on the islands.
The highlight is the Cellular Jail, which
was used by the British to house India's
freedom fighters while the Chatham Saw Mill,
is said to be the largest in Asia.
Nothing comes close to the experience of
camping under the moonlight, with the sounds
of the waves crashing into the darkness.
Well, there is plenty of opportunity to
do that in the Andaman Islands. Pristine
white beaches and crystal clear water at
places like Havelock, Neil and Long Island.
Cooking is allowed on the beach, so a quick
meal of fresh crabs or fish and potatoes
in the bonfire is a fantastic way to round
up the evening.
A four day journey from Andamans leads to
the other side of the turbulent ten degree
channel, Nicobar. Time passes quite sluggishly
specially since the Ship has to make daytime
halts at Hut Bay, Car Nicobar, Kamorta and
finally at Campbell Bay- the last island
on Nicobar. It is possible to get off the
Ship during these stopovers and get a feel
of the island and its people who are equally
interested in passing visitors. At Hut Bay,
meet some of the tribesmen of the Onges,
some of whom are interact more openly with
Bengali and Tamil communities. The primitive
tribes whose culture dates back to the Paleolithic
era are the real treasures of these islands.
Even so, the Nicobarese, are today, perhaps
the most integrated into other communities.
On Campbell Bay, head out for the Indira
Point. Despite popular belief, Kanniyakumari
is not the southernmost tip of India. It
is only after a five-kilometer walk through
the forest resembling scenes from 'The Faraway
Tree' that one reaches the authentic tip
at Indira Point. Along the way, keep all
senses tuned for the endangered and unique
bundle of feathers called Megapode, a bird
endemic to this part of the Country. The
same place is also one of the main nesting
grounds for the Leather Back and the Green
turtles which come all the way from Australia
to lay their eggs.
It comprises all the ingredients for an
exotic holiday - solitude and distance,
the unfathomable depths of the underwater
world, a mix of cultures, and sheer simplicity
of lifestyle. Perfect!!.
Andaman and the Marine National Park -
Just an hours drive from Port Blair to the
southern tip of south Andaman, one can appreciate
the panoramic view of the Islands all along.
Beach Holidays in Andaman Nicobar
Corbyn’s Cove -
One of the most picturesque beaches, it
is ideal for sunbathing. The white sandy
beach and palm fringed further enhance the
look of Corbyn’s cove.
Mount Harriet - Mount
Harriet is set at 365 mts and regular trips
Black Rocks - Just 2 kms
from Mount Harriet are the Black Rocks
or Kala Pathher, the spot where prisoners
were pushed to death. The place is also
the point from where various nature trails
Ross Island - Once the
seat of British power and capital of these
islands, it now stands as an imposing relic,
with the old structure almost in debris.
Earlier, it was the residence of the chief
commissioner but now it has been converted
into a museum that displays photographs
and other antiques from the time of the
Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park - The
Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park at Wandsoor
is just 30 kms from Port Blair and covers
an area of 281.5 sq kms. Well worth a visit,
this marine park is made up of open sea,
creeks and 15 islands. Coral reefs, a plethora
of exotic coral fish and other marine life
abound in this area. Moreover, it offers
lots of water sport options like swimming,
diving, scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing
- Lying between 20 kms to 40 kms off the
coast of south Andaman and Baratang Islands.
A very beautiful island - one of the major
attractions here is the Havelock island
- it boasts of virgin beaches, and unpolluted
have a tropical climate. There is medium
to heavy rain during the monsoon, in the
months from May to mid September and November
to mid December. There is no extreme climate
except rains and tropical storms in late
summer often cause heavy damage.
Packages Andaman & Nicobar
Day 1: Arrival at Port
Blair in the morning by ship or flight and
transfer to hotel. After lunch, proceed
for a leisurely cruise [famous Harbour cruise
tour] in a steamer along the port Blair
harbour-which takes you to viper island.
It's wonderful tour to enjoy the scenic
harbour of port Blair. Overnight at port
Day 2: Early morning departure
by inter-island ferry to Havelock island.
Evening is free to explore the beauty of
this island. This island has crystal clear
beaches and also offers snorkeling, scuba
diving, etc. overnight at a beautiful beach
Day 3: After lunch, transfer
by ferry to port Blair. Evening is free
to do some shopping at sagarika handicrafts
emporium. Overnight at Port Blair
Day 4: After breakfast,
start a full day city tour covering places
like cellular jail, carbyns cove beach complex,
samudrika navel marine museum, mini zoo,
anthropological museum, science center,
etc. At evening attend the famous sound
and light show, which encompasses the saga
of freedom struggle, at the cellular jail
Day 5: After breakfast,
transfer to airport or harbour for return
- 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).
- 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.