One of the 6th Union territories of India, Andaman and Nicobar Islands are scattered across the Bay of Bengal on the east side. It is said to host one of the most beautiful sets of islands. Often, this place is quite neglected or forgotten by people mainly because it is thought to be unsafe. But lately, I have noticed people travelling to this peace haven. Through this blog, I want to take you through the most memorable trip I had with my sister (a dual girl's trip).
So now the question is why you would travel here when you have similar places like Bali or Maldives and the like to go. Well, what if I say, you will get the best of the palm-lined white sandy beaches, volcano mountain trails, nature hikes, tropical rainforests, coral reefs and sea life, star gazing, untouched, pristine islands and much more all in a single place at an affordable price!! ????It's worth a try, isn't it?
Most of the Nicobar Islands are not accessible especially for the foreign visitors and parts of Andaman as well. It is mainly to preserve the indigenous tribes that live there, some of whom are quite hostile to visitors. They are usually dressed in leaves or barks of plants and are hunters by profession.
So, before we get into details, lets pin down some necessary information:
How to get there: Regular flights are operated from New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Vishakhapatnam and Bhubaneswar to Port Blair. There are cruise ships as well from Chennai, Vishakhapatnam, and Kolkata which take about 2 nights/3 days to reach depending on the weather.
Best time to visit: April to June (Summers - 24°C - 37°C), May to September (22°C - 35°C) and October to March (Winters - 20°C - 30°C). The monsoons have heavy rainfall and hence, avoidable as the water gets murky and inaccessible for snorkelling, scuba, etc.
Languages spoken: English, Hindi, Tamil and Bengali
Currency: Indian Rupees (INR)
Entry requirements: Indian nationals need no permits. Foreign nationals can get a permit on arrival at Port Blair for 30 days, extendable for 15 days more. Visiting the tribal areas is prohibited to all! More information on permits can be found here.
With so many activities and places to visit, it is difficult to make an itinerary. Based on the must do's and the most beautiful spots, I have penned down the best places to visit.
The whole of Andaman is very famous for its seafood. However, we being vegetarians, obviously didn't venture into it. But if you love seafood, then this place is a treat for you!!
So, here are the top things to do in Andaman:
1) Port Blair