In the Bay of Bengal, 1000 kilometers away from the east coast of India are the Nicobar and Andaman Islands. Geographically closer to South East Asia but belonging to India, they are a relaxed, preserved, almost untouched paradise and a former penal colony. There, beaches are desert, water is transparent, marine life is incredibly diversified and colorful, colonial past intriguing and the remnants of a Stone Age culture mysteriously captivating. If you are planning to visit tribal areas, you will require special permits from the Deputy Commissioner in Port Blair.
Best time to visit Andaman
All year round the temperatures in Andaman Islands range from 23°C to 31°C and the humidity around 80%. Best time to take andaman packages and visit would be between December and late March, when days are warm and nights pleasant.
- Temperatures all year round: from 23°C to 31°C
- Humidity: around 80%
- Best time to visit: between December and late March, when days are warm and nights pleasant
Roads Less Travelled’s Andaman tour packages are customised according to both summers and winters, offering you the best way to explore the region according to the season.
Flying from Chennai, Kolkata or Delhi to Port Blair is relatively quick and easy, but you need to plan your trip and book ahead to make sure you have a seat in high season.
Going to the Andamans by boat can be an adventure in itself. There are four to six sailings a month between Port Blair and the mainland. Four boats sail from and to Kolkata once every two weeks in 56 hours and from and to Chennai approximately once a week in high season, the voyage being 60 hours.
Although the main Islands group (South, Middle and North Andaman) is connected by road, with ferry crossings and bridges, getting around the islands can be slow. Bus services run from Port Blair to South and North cities but, even in a taxi, do not expect to cover more than 30 km an hour. A boat is the most convenient and often the only way to reach most islands, in addition to that, the journey is pleasant and from the ferry you will often see flying fish and dolphins. For schedule check the above andaman packages. Since 2003, an inter-island helicopter service is available to Havelock Island and Diglipur once or twice a week. Make your bookings at the Island’s secretariat in Port Blair or choose from the above andaman packages and ask the representative for help. Renting a bike or a scooter is a more adventurous option for going around the cities and reserved for those who are used to a “wild” driving style.
As most civil servants come to Port Blair; the capital, on two years posting from India, be aware permits regulations are subject to sudden changes. If not Indian national, you will get an entry permit on arrival in Andaman Islands:
Valid for 30 days but can be extended by 15 days on special permission.
Permits regulations are subject to sudden changes. Better check in advance.
Tribal areas require special permits from the Deputy Commissioner in Port Blair
- Permits can also be obtained from:
Indian Mission Overeas
Foreigners Registration Offices in Delhi.
Immigration Offices in the Airports in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata
- Snorkeling is an activity you can do almost everywhere in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Enjoy the under-water marine life and view the rarest varieties of corals along pristine and undamaged reefs, right off white sandy beaches. You can even board a boat and go off the coasts of Havelock Islands or go in Mahatma Gandhi National Park to observe the most incredible density and variety of marine life in Andamans
- Scuba diving is an exciting experience and the major attraction of the islands. You can swim amongst one of the world’s most fascinating marine life, colorful fishes and amazing corals all around.
- Go trekking on the trail from mount Harriet to Madhuban and enjoy the endemic rainforest’s fauna and flora. Trekking and camping is the right choice for nature lovers who want to spend quiet holidays and enjoy the sun, the sea and the lush green nature all at the same time.
- Surf the waves of the east coast and enjoy the sea breeze while admiring the view of kilometers of Andamans’ untouched beaches.
- Fishing is also an activity everyone can do in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Festivals To Explore On Andaman Packages
- Explore the jungle-clad lost city of Ross Island, the former administrative headquarters of the British Andamans. Half-day trip from Port Blair discover “the Paris of the East” and wander through its Victorian English ruins full of history.
- The Andamans are lined with wonderful beaches and parks where you can just have a walk in the evening. Enjoy the cool sea breeze of Marina Park and Gandhi Park or the picturesque Corbyn’s
Only a few Andamanese indigenous people remain on the islands nowadays, and the main languages spoken are Hindi, Bengali and Tamil. English is also commonly spoken by a lot of people. Main languages spoken:
Medical facility on Andaman’s is limited so you should always carry the following things while going on any of the Andaman Packages:
First aid kit
The basic insect repellant and sunscreen
Your regular medications along with your doctor’s prescription