Want to explore the beautiful Andaman Islands? This guide, ‘How to Travel to Andaman,’ will help you plan your dream trip step by step. From when to visit to what to pack, we’ve got you covered. Let’s embark on this exciting journey together!
Planning Your Andaman Adventure
Best Time to visit
The best time to go to Andaman is during the dry season, which is from September to May. During this time, the weather is sunny, and you can enjoy the beaches and outdoor activities without much rain. It’s ideal for a pleasant and enjoyable trip.
Day 1: Arrival at Port Blair
- Arrive at Port Blair Airport, greeted by our representative.
- Transfer to the hotel, check-in, and have lunch.
- Visit the Cellular Jail, a symbol of India’s freedom struggle.
- Attend the Light & Sound show in the evening.
- Return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 2: Port Blair – Havelock – Radhanagar Beach
- Enjoy breakfast and take a ferry to Havelock Island.
- Check-in at the hotel and have lunch.
- Overnight stay at the hotel in Havelock Island.
Day 3: Havelock – Elephanta Beach – Havelock (By speed Boat)
- Explore Elephant Beach, famous for water sports and marine life.
- Engage in activities like diving, snorkeling, and more.
- Return to the hotel and overnight stay.
Day 4: Havelock – Neil Island – Bharatpur Beach, Natural Bridge, and Laxmanpur Beach
- Check-out from the hotel and proceed to Neil Island by ferry.
- Visit Bharatpur Beach, Natural Bridge (naturally formed by dead corals), and Laxmanpur Beach.
- Explore the natural beauty and beaches of Neil Island.
- Overnight stay on Neil Island.
Day 5: Neil Island to Port Blair – Corbyn’s Cove Beach and Shopping
- Return to Port Blair after breakfast.
- Visit Corbyn’s Cove Beach and the Zonal Anthropology Museum.
- Return to the hotel, have dinner, and overnight stay in Port Blair.
Day 6: Port Blair Departure
- After breakfast, proceed to the airport for your onward flight.
- Depart with beautiful memories of Andaman & Nicobar.
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Getting to Andaman
Now, let’s talk about how you can get to this beautiful place. There are two main ways to reach Andaman: by taking a flight or by a sea voyage. We’ll discuss each option to help you plan your journey.
Air travel is one way to reach the Andaman Islands. You can book a flight to the capital, Port Blair. Remember that the price of tickets can vary a lot, so it’s a good idea to compare prices from different airlines. Once you arrive at the airport in Port Blair, you’ll be ready to start your Andaman adventure.
To get to Andaman, you can also travel by a big boat called a ferry. This is like a big car that goes on water. The ferry can take you to different islands in Andaman. You can see the schedule for the ferry and buy tickets. But be careful, the price for the ferry can change a lot, so it might be expensive sometimes. It’s a nice way to see the ocean while you go to Andaman.
Places to Stay
When you go to Andaman, where you stay is important. There are different types of places to stay:
- Resorts: These are like big, comfortable hotels with pools and restaurants.
- Hotels: Smaller places to stay, but still nice and comfy.
- Guesthouses: Cozy places where you can stay and meet locals.
- Cottages: Small houses you can rent, often by the beach. They feel like home.
- Airbnb: You can rent someone’s place, like a house or apartment, for your stay. It’s like staying in a real home.
Remember, it’s important to book your stay in advance, especially during the busy season. And choose the one that suits your budget and style!
What to pack?
When you go to Andaman, it’s important to pack the right things to have a great time. Here’s what you need:
Clothing and Gear:
- Clothes that are good for warm and humid weather.
- Swimwear for the beaches.
- Stuff for snorkeling like a mask and fins.
- Bug spray to keep away mosquitoes.
- Sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun.
- Sunscreen to keep your skin safe from the sun.
- Hats to cover your head and keep cool.
- A reusable water bottle to stay hydrated.
Must-see Tourist Attraction:
Andaman has stunning islands with gorgeous spots like Radhanagar Beach and Ross Island. These are great for relaxing and taking in the beauty of nature.
- Radhanagar Beach: This beach is famous for its beautiful white sands and clear blue waters. It’s a great place to relax and take in the stunning views.
- Ross Island: Explore the ruins of this historic island, which was once the administrative headquarters of the British. You can see old buildings and a small museum.
- Cellular Jail: This jail has a sad history from India’s struggle for independence. It’s a place to learn about the past and pay respects to the freedom fighters.
- Baratang Island: Visit this island to see the impressive limestone caves and the natural phenomenon of mud volcanoes.
- Neil Island: Known for its relaxed atmosphere and beautiful beaches, Neil Island is perfect for some quiet time and water activities like snorkeling.
- Havelock Island: A hub for water sports and beach lovers, Havelock offers great opportunities for scuba diving, swimming, and beachcombing.
- Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park: Discover the rich marine life through glass-bottom boat rides and underwater adventures like snorkeling.
- Chidiya Tapu: This is a birdwatcher’s paradise, with a variety of birds to spot during a leisurely walk through the lush forests.
- North Bay Island: Known for its coral reefs, North Bay Island offers thrilling opportunities for underwater sea walking and snorkeling.
- Limestone Caves at Baratang: Explore the intriguing limestone caves by boat and marvel at the unique formations inside.
These are some of the best places to visit in Andaman, each offering its own unique beauty and experiences.
Adventure and Water Activities:
When you visit Andaman, there are exciting things you can do in the water. Here is a list of fun activities to try:
- Scuba Diving: Explore underwater and see colorful fish and coral reefs.
- Snorkeling: Swim near the surface with a mask and tube to see underwater life.
- Boating: Take a boat ride to discover hidden coves and islands.
- Jet Skiing: Ride a small motorized watercraft on the waves.
- Parasailing: Be lifted in the air while tied to a parachute pulled by a boat.
- Banana Boat Ride: Sit on an inflatable banana-shaped boat pulled by a speedboat.
- Kayaking: Paddle a small boat to explore calm waters and mangroves.
- Glass-Bottom Boating: See underwater life through a glass floor in a boat.
- Fishing: Try your luck at catching fish in the clear waters of Andaman.
- Trekking: Hike through the jungle to discover waterfalls and hidden lagoons.
These activities are a fantastic way to enjoy the beauty of Andaman’s waters and nature.
Note- Arrange My Tour provides FREE snorkeling, with Welcome Drinks and Breakfast.
Embracing Andaman’s Culture
Tribes and Culture:
When you visit Andaman, it’s important to respect the local people and their way of life. Andaman is home to various tribes like the Great Andamanese, Onge, and Jarwa. They have unique cultures and languages. By respecting the local tribes and understanding their culture, you can have a more meaningful and respectful visit to Andaman.
When you visit Andaman, you’ll get to enjoy some special foods you won’t find anywhere else. Here’s a list of unique dishes:
- Fish Curry: Andaman’s fish curry is famous for its rich flavors and use of local spices.
- Coconut Prawn Curry: Prawns cooked in a creamy coconut sauce, a must-try for seafood lovers.
- Seafood Platter: Freshly caught seafood, including crabs, lobsters, and various fish, served grilled or fried.
- Macher Jhol: A spicy fish stew with vegetables, a favorite among locals.
- Tandoori Fish: Fish marinated in spices and cooked in a traditional tandoor oven.
- Bamboo Chicken: Chicken cooked in bamboo shoots, giving it a unique flavor.
- Andaman’s Red Snapper: A local variety of red snapper, best enjoyed grilled or fried.
- Breadfruit Chips: Thin slices of breadfruit deep-fried to create crispy, tasty chips.
- Saug: A sweet dish made from rice and coconut, a delightful dessert.
- Tapioca: Boiled tapioca served with grated coconut and spices.
Remember to try these unique Andaman dishes to savor the local flavors during your visit.
It’s important to take care of nature when you visit Andaman. Here are some strict rules about not throwing garbage or littering:
- Use Trash Bins: Always put your trash in bins provided by the island. Don’t throw it on the ground or in the water.
- No Plastic Bags: Avoid using plastic bags. They can harm the environment and marine life.
- Respect Nature: Don’t disturb plants, animals, or coral reefs. Leave them as you found them.
- Clean Up After Picnics: If you have a picnic, make sure to clean up all your food wrappers and trash.
By following these rules, you help keep Andaman’s beauty intact for future generations to enjoy.
To sum it up, traveling to Andaman is an exciting adventure. Before you go, plan well, pack right, and respect local customs. Remember, it’s crucial not to litter or throw garbage anywhere. Follow strict rules to keep Andaman’s beautiful nature clean and protect it for everyone to enjoy. Have a wonderful trip!