A month in the Andamans

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24th Oct 2015

Explore Neil Island

Photo of Explore Neil Island by Kunal

Ross Island, take from Port Blair

Photo of Ross Island, take from Port Blair by Kunal

Inside Cellular Jail, Port Blair

Photo of Inside Cellular Jail, Port Blair by Kunal

Bharatpur Beach, take from jetty at Neil Island

Photo of Bharatpur Beach, take from jetty at Neil Island by Kunal

Sunset Point, Neil Island

Photo of Sunset Point, Neil Island by Kunal

Explore Neil Island

Photo of Explore Neil Island by Kunal

Walk the narrow village road, Neil Island

Photo of Walk the narrow village road, Neil Island by Kunal

Swing on a hammock outside your hut, Neil Island

Photo of Swing on a hammock outside your hut, Neil Island by Kunal

Make a sand volcano, Neil Island

Photo of Make a sand volcano, Neil Island by Kunal

Ferry to Havelock Island

Photo of Ferry to Havelock Island by Kunal

Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island

Photo of Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island by Kunal

Get on a ship to Little Andaman

Photo of Get on a ship to Little Andaman by Kunal

Swim at Kalapatthar lagoon, Little Andaman

Photo of Swim at Kalapatthar lagoon, Little Andaman by Kunal

Palm Plantations, Little Andaman

Photo of Palm Plantations, Little Andaman by Kunal

Bus to North Andaman

Photo of Bus to North Andaman by Kunal

'Dunghi' dropping us off at Craggy Island

Photo of 'Dunghi' dropping us off at Craggy Island by Kunal

Look for corals, Ross & Smith Island

Photo of Look for corals, Ross & Smith Island by Kunal

Ross Island, Don't confuse with Ross & Smith

Photo of Ross Island, Don't confuse with Ross & Smith by Kunal

Don't get caught in a storm, Ross Island

Photo of Don't get caught in a storm, Ross Island by Kunal

Or a hurricane!

Photo of Or a hurricane! by Kunal

I spent 37 days in the Andamans in November, 2013. I spent a lot of time in Neil Island, around a week each in Little Andaman and North Andaman, a couple of days in Havelock Island and a few more in Port Blair. I got rid of some wasteful days to create this itinerary, which is a week shorter than my original unplanned one.

Route:

Port Blair > Neil Island > Havelock Island > Port Blair > Little Andaman > Port Blair > North Andaman > Port Blair

Note: 

  • Make sure you don't get stuck in Port Blair to get on the next available ferry to Little Andaman. You can book a return ferry in Little Andaman.
  • The bus to Diglipur, North Andaman leaves early in the morning. Book your tickets a day in advance. There are no overnight buses as driving through the Jarawa region is prohibited at night. The return bus for Port Blair leaves in the morning as well, and can be booked at the market in Diglipur.
  • Ferries to Neil, Havelock, Little Andaman can be booked from Phoenix Jetty. The ferry for Little Andaman leaves from Haddo Wharf.
  • It is illegal to try to make contact with the Jarawa tribe.
  • Travel agents will want to sell you Makruz tickets (expensive ferry) if you approach them to book government ferries.
  • You can find budget accomodation at Aberdeen Bazaar, Port Blair.

Transit times & approximate fares (INR):  

  • Port Blair to Neil Island: 2 hours (Ferry), 300
  • Neil Island to Havelock Island: 2 hours (Ferry), 300
  • Havelock Island to Port Blair: 2 hours (Ferry), 300
  • Port Blair to Little Andaman: 7 hours (Ferry), 200 (Seat)
  • Little Andaman to Port Blair: 9 hours (Overnight Ferry), 250 (Bunk Bed)
  • Port Blair to Diglipur: 10 hours (Bus), 500

Average expenditure (budget to mid-range) on food and stay (INR per day):

  • @Port Blair: Food - 400, Stay - 300
  • @Neil Island: Food - 300, Stay - 300
  • @Havelock Island: Food - 400, Stay - 600
  • @Little Andaman: Food - 350, Stay - 200
  • @North Andaman: Food - 600, Stay - 600 

Expenditure on transport (INR):

  • Return airfare (Chennai to Port Blair): 13000
  • Auto-rickshaw fares @Port Blair: 20 (minimum), 150 (Aberdeen Bazaar to Haddo Wharf), 50 (Aberdeen Bazaar to Cellular Jail)
  • Shared Auto-rickshaw fare @Little Andaman: 50 (Hutbay Jetty to Netaji Nagar)
  • Scooter hire @Little Andaman: 300 per day
Things you can do at Port Blair: -Explore Aberdeen Bazaar and buy a snorkel (700 rupees) -Visit Cellular Jail, Marine Museum, Mini Zoo -Visit biological park at Chidiya Tapu on a day trip -Do other touristy things
Photo of Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Kunal
Things you can do at Neil: -View sunset from Sunset point and walk back to your hotel along the beach in pitch dark (carry a headlamp) -Watch moon-rise from the edge of the jetty -Search for new swimming spots -Read a book while swinging in a hammock -Hunt for hidden spots of natural beauty -Walk the entire length of Neil Island. It is pretty long walk starting from Sitanagar beach and ending at Sunset Point -Sleep, swim, sip on coconuts, read and laze -Make a sand volcano and watch the waves devour it at high tide -If you are lucky (or unlucky) get stuck at Neil during a hurricane and wake up to a 'red dawn'
Photo of Neil Island, South Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Kunal
Photo of Neil Island, South Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Kunal
Things you can do at Havelock: -Eat a delightful dinner at Emerlad Gecko -Go on a long bicycle ride to Ramnagar beach. Try to swim while huge waves pound you -Scuba Diving, Snorkeling -Look for hidden spots of natural beauty
Photo of Havelock Island, South Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Kunal
Things you can do at Little Andaman: -Wake up to the chirping of birds and waves breaking at the shore -Hire a scooter and go to the lighthouse or drive the scooter at night in pitch dark -Swim in Kalapatthar lagoon -Drive through palm plantations and visit spice plantations -Go on Jungle trek to look for hidden waterfalls -Watch local boys fishing
Photo of Little Andaman, South Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Kunal
Things you can do at Ross & Smith: -Look for corals while snorkeling -Go on a glass-bottomed boat ride
Photo of Ross and Smith Islands, North and Middle Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Kunal
Things you can do in North Andaman: -Look for turtles at Kalipur beach -Hire a Dungy and go on a picnic at the secluded craggy island. Swim along with fishes -Go on a trek to Saddle Peak (highest point in the Andamans)
Photo of Diglipur RV, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Kunal
Things you can do at Ross Island: -Try to find the spot in this picture! -Watch as hundreds of deer gather near the walkway, to feed at snack time
Photo of Ross Island by Kunal
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amazing man!
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awesome info and detail
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