What’s And Where’s For A Short Andaman Trip

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15th Nov 2017
Photo of What’s And Where’s For A Short Andaman Trip by Vidya Sundaram

It is a paradise on an affordable budget that will leave you mesmerized.

These few points will be handy while you plan your trip to Andaman.

1. Carry a BSNL sim if you wish to stay connected because the other networks don’t have signal on the island.

2. Check if your resort offers WIFI beforehand if you wish to be connected.

3. Pre-book your ferry’s and accommodations to avoid last minute hassles.

4. Carry liquid cash because cards are not accepted in most places.

5. Avoid spending too much time in Port Blair unless you want to explore the history of Andaman.

6. Don't fall prey to the day trip visit to Havelock or Neil island. You will be lead only to crowded places like Radhanagar Beach.

7. Spend atleast 1 night in Havelock or Neil Island to acquire a complete island experience and discover the beauty.

8. Hindi is the main mode of communication in the island.

9. Prefer Elephanta Beach in Havelock over North Bay Beach or Jolly Buoy Island in Port Blair for discovering the underwater world.

10. Try going to Baratang Island from Port Blair for experiencing a boat ride amongst the mangroves.

11. Try sea walk, scuba diving and snorkeling because all three give a different experience in discovering the underwater world.

12. You don’t need to know swimming for snorkeling. You will be given a float and the instructor will be beside you the entire time.

13. People will bombard you with questions before your sea walk, just ignore them unless you have some big medical issue.

14. Carry an umbrella because island weather is unpredictable.

ITINERARY:

Day 1

Don’t forget to peep through the window while you land in Andaman because the view is a welcome sign to this paradise.

First glimpse of Andaman Islands

Photo of Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Vidya Sundaram

We booked a sea facing room with Megapode Nest Resort for our first day stay in Port Blair.

The room offers a beautiful view and the resort offers a decent wifi connection along with complimentary breakfast.

Sea view room - Megapode Resort

Photo of Megapode Resort, Delanipur, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Vidya Sundaram

Room with a view

Photo of Megapode Resort, Delanipur, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Vidya Sundaram

This place is for those who want to explore the story of Andaman before it became a tourist attraction.

The entry cost is 30₹ and if you want to watch the sound and light show, then you need to pay 50₹ extra.

There are 2 shows daily, one at 6:45 pm (Hindi) and other at 7:45 pm (Hindi/English).

If you decide to visit this place then do try the chenna aloo papdi chaat outside the jail. (30₹)

Cellular jail - Port Blair

Photo of Cellular Jail - National Memorial, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Vidya Sundaram

The high raised window in each cell

Photo of Cellular Jail - National Memorial, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Vidya Sundaram

Cellular jail

Photo of Cellular Jail - National Memorial, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Vidya Sundaram

Chenna aaloo papdi chat - opposite to the jail entrance

Photo of Cellular Jail - National Memorial, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Vidya Sundaram

Sound and light show - cellular jail

Photo of Cellular Jail - National Memorial, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Vidya Sundaram

The jail corridors

Photo of Cellular Jail - National Memorial, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Vidya Sundaram

It's a small beach surrounded by coconut trees. It gets crowded during the evenings due to it’s easy proximity from the city.

We were lucky to catch a glimpse of our first island sunset here.

Sand with coloured stones

Photo of Corbyns Cove Beach, Carbyns Cove, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Vidya Sundaram

Sunset at Corbyn’s Cove Beach

Photo of Corbyns Cove Beach, Carbyns Cove, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Vidya Sundaram

Beach after sunset - 5 pm

Photo of Corbyns Cove Beach, Carbyns Cove, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Vidya Sundaram
Day 2

We boarded a ferry ( Mark Marina ) to cover North Bay and Ross Island.

This island welcomed us with turquoise blue crystal clear water.

You need to pay 10₹ as island maintenance fee when you step in.

It offers ample activities to discover the underwater world like scuba (3500₹), snorkeling(500₹ for half mask and 1000₹ for full mask), sea walk(3500₹), glass bottom boat ride(500₹) and submarine ride(3000₹).

We did sea walk here and it was an awesome experience.

There are provisions for washing and changing in the island.

The crystal clear water

Photo of North Bay Island, South Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Vidya Sundaram

The water, The sky, The sand and The Trees

Photo of North Bay Island, South Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Vidya Sundaram

sea walk

Photo of North Bay Island, South Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Vidya Sundaram

Visit this island only if you intend to glance the half destroyed structures from the British era or if you intend to click haunted photographs.

You need to pay 30₹ as island maintenance fee before you step in.

This island can either be explored by foot or you can hop onto a battery operated car (70₹).

I would recommend you to take a walk because there is nothing much to explore so deep into the island unless you’re very much interested in history.

While you decide to step into this island, Do try the malai kulfi here. (30₹)

Ross Island- view from the dock

Photo of Ross Island, Andaman, Ross Island Road, India by Vidya Sundaram

The buildings of British era

Photo of Ross Island, Andaman, Ross Island Road, India by Vidya Sundaram

We wanted to try the bamboo cottage for our today’s stay with Megapode.

We preferred the sea view room to this because we had to descend too many steps to reach this cottage and also the view from the balcony was not great.

Bamboo cottage-Megapode Resort

Photo of Megapode Resort, Delanipur, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Vidya Sundaram
Day 3

We boarded our ferry ( Green Ocean 2 ) from Port Blair to Havelock Island.

NOTE - Do arrive at the jetty atleast 45 mins in advance because you need to do few security checks before boarding onto the ferry.

NOTE - Do remember to carry your original id proofs along.

Green Ocean

Photo of Coast Guard Jetty, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Vidya Sundaram

It was a 2 hour 20 mins journey. The ferry provides lots of entertainment to the passengers making the journey a memorable one.

View from the ferry

Photo of Havelock Island, South Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Vidya Sundaram

We checked in here and I highly recommend this to everyone.

It is a beautiful resort overlooking a flat tidal beach with white sand and turquoise blue water. You can walk in as much inside during the high tides and get a glimpse of the underwater plants during the low tides.

The resort offers wifi, complementary breakfast and also bikes/scooters on rent to explore the island.

Beach ????

Photo of Dolphin Resort, Andaman Tourism, South Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Vidya Sundaram

view from my room

Photo of Dolphin Resort, Andaman Tourism, South Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Vidya Sundaram

The same beach during low tide

Photo of Dolphin Resort, Andaman Tourism, South Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Vidya Sundaram

The same beach during high tides

Photo of Dolphin Resort, Andaman Tourism, South Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Vidya Sundaram

It is a beautiful beach where you can unwind and relax all day on the white sands with a view of the turquoise blue water. Do sip on a coconut while you lay on the sand.

I loved this beach more than Radhanagar beach and I highly recommend it.

White sand and turquoise blue water all for yourself

Photo of Kalapathar Beach, South Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Vidya Sundaram

Sand at this beach

Photo of Kalapathar Beach, South Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Vidya Sundaram

Beach

Photo of Kalapathar Beach, South Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Vidya Sundaram

It is an overrated beach and attracts too much crowd due to it’s popularity.

Try catching the sunset here if you chance to visit this beach.

The only best part for me was the bengali style papdi chaat outside for 30₹.

Water at Radhanagar Beach

Photo of Radhanagar Beach, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Vidya Sundaram

Papdi chat ????

Photo of Radhanagar Beach, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Vidya Sundaram

The beach during sunset

Photo of Radhanagar Beach, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Vidya Sundaram
Day 4

Get enrolled with dive india or barefoot scuba or any other diving school of your choice and go for an early morning dive.

Get a glimpse of the sunrise from the beach while you stay in the island.

Sunrise from the resort beach

Photo of Havelock Island, South Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Vidya Sundaram

It was way better than all the other beaches. It is my personal favourite. It has water activities and is less crowded when compared to North Bay beach.

You can reach this place either by a motor boat (20mins) or by a 45 mins trek via the mangroves.

It offers activities like sea walk(3500₹), snorkeling, glass bottom boat, banana ride, sofa ride and water scooter. ( All rides 600₹)

We got a complementary snorkeling by the sea grass team. They booked all our ferry’s and took care of our transportation within the island. They were very helpful. If needed they will book your accommodations too. You can reach them: Office: 03192 - 241589. Mob & Whatsapp: 9474258173, 9933277866

Try exploring the mangroves hidden behind the beach if you visit this place because it gives you an Amazon forest feel. You can spot moving roots and shells if you’re very observant.

You have provisions for changing and washing in the island.

Underwater during snorkeling

Photo of Elephant Beach, South Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Vidya Sundaram

Elephanta Beach

Photo of Elephant Beach, South Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Vidya Sundaram

Elephanta Beach

Photo of Elephant Beach, South Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Vidya Sundaram

Elephanta Beach

Photo of Elephant Beach, South Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Vidya Sundaram

snorkeling

Photo of Elephant Beach, South Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India by Vidya Sundaram

We got back to our resort and spent more time in the private beach before heading back to port blair.

Stayed the night at Megapode Resort.

Relaxed and walked around the island for one last glimpse before heading back home.

Day 5

With lots of memories we bid goodbye to the gorgeous island and got back to chennai.

bye bye gorgeous

Photo of Chennai by Vidya Sundaram
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