Andaman Island – Life in the Heaven
Dominated by luxury crystal blue water beaches, world class diving adventure fun and far- flung location, Andaman is an ideal holiday destination for honeymooners. With lovely emerald waters and mangrove forest, the island features some of world’s richest and virgin marine reserves. Being a Union Territory of India, the Andaman is an archipelago of 570 tropical islands, out of which 36 are inhabitant. A part of Nicobar Islands, 86 percent of land is covered by forest area. The population here comprises South and Southeast Asian settlers, as well as Negrito ethnic groups. Spread over 6408 sq. kms, accompanied by Nicobar Islands, the region enjoys tropical and humid climate which is seamless for vacation. Boosted with immensely rich flora and fauna, the region is truly gift by nature to humanity in Bay of Bengal. With having 100s of islands, only few are open for tourists. Some of major attractions of Andaman are- Ross Island, Cellular Jail National Memorial, Little Andaman Lighthouse and Elephant Beach. The best part of Andaman Islands is the scuba diving and other underwater adventures. With Port Blair, the capital city being well-connected to major Indian cities, travellers can easily travel to this location. So pack your bags and head to this nature’s gift to humanity. How to Reach Andaman? Port Blair, the capital city of Andaman is well-connected to other countries. Port Blair is well-connected through air with Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. Port Blair is also connected through water transport from Chennai, Kolkata and Visakhapatnam. The connectivity is becoming better with more and more travellers are choosing Andaman as the ideal tourist destination. By Air: Large numbers of tourist travel to this island country from around the world. Travellers can travel to Port Blair easily through airways as several aviation including Jet Airways, Air Deccan, Indian Airlines and Spice. These flights connect to Port Blair from cities like Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. All flights take 2hrs to reach Port Blair. By Sea: Port Blair, the capital city of Andaman can be reached by sea. Usually 3-4 boats sail a month between Port Blair and Chennai and takes 3 days to reach. Similarly is between Kolkata and Port Blair. A monthly ferry runs between Visakhapatnam and Port Blair taking 4 days. All boat put their anchor at Haddo Jetty. Getting Around Andaman: With the increasing number of tourists coming in, getting around Andaman has become quite easier. Tourists can rent cars and bikes to roam around. A car with a driver will cost approx. Rs 500 per 35km. You can even go for motorbikes that can be rented from Port Blair and from all other islands under certain rent amount. There are certain restrictions for foreigners to drive their own vehicles to North and Middle Andaman. Boat: You can reach to different islands by boat which are available in different jetties and at the specific timings. There are regular ferries to visit important places like Havelock Island and Neil Island. Where to stay in Andaman: Andaman offers many options for tourist to stay at. From 5 stars to guest houses, tourist can select as per the budget and choice. Below are few options to stay in Andaman: Sinclairs Bayview: This 3 star hotel is located on the road to Corbyn’s Cove, 2km outside town. The hotel offers nice seaside garden with hammocks to lounge. The hotel offers free airport transport to its guests. Gold India Beach Resort: Set in Havelock Island, every room here is air-conditioned and features flat screen TV. The resort offer free use of bicycles and bike to travel around. Guests can enjoy water sports available near the resort. Hotel Hill Top International: Located in Port Blair, each room is well maintained with modern amenities. Chidyatapu Sunset Point is 23 km and the Vandur Beach is 25 km. The Port Blair Bus Station is 3.5 km and the Veer Savarkar International Airport is 8 km away.
Sea Shell Havelock: Featuring restro and bar, this guest house is located in the most peaceful location of Andaman. Kalapathar and Elephant Beach are located 5-6km away from the guest house. Guests can enjoy both Indian and International cuisines like Urban Takka and some refreshing beverages. What to See? Andaman Island is blessed with nature’s beauty, accompanied with crystal blue sea, dense forest and soothing breeze. Every beach here is exotic blended with freshness and alluring environment. Andaman offers some best options to see around: Port Blair: This capital city is the famous destination to visit in Andaman. Surrounded by dense lush forest and rugged coastline, the capital creates and image of Indian rural areas. With the vibrant cultural mix of Bengalis, Tamils, Telugus, Nicobarese and Burmese, it is the perfection destination to explore. Havelock Island: Blessed with white-snow beaches, coastline with shacks and offering the best water adventure sports, Havelock Island should not be missed. This is the location where every tourist visits and stays during their trip. Neil Island: This tranquil island is the most peaceful location in Andaman Island. Though it doesn’t offers luxury amenities as Havelock offers, but still remains the perfect destination. Little Andaman: Get the feast mangroves, jungle and teal ringed facing the enigmatic beach of Little Andaman. Though it was badly by 2004 Tsunami event, this spot remains the favourite spot for tourists. What to do? Water Sports: Enjoy the water sports at Havelock Island and Ross & Smith Island. The latter is connected by narrow sandbar and is the best location for snorkelling and swimming. Restaurant: Visit Excel Restaurant at Port Blair and enjoy dinner under the alluring bamboo-rooftop above Hotel Lalaji Bayview. You can enjoy grilled fish, burgers, Israeli dishes and other such menus. Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park: You can enjoy half snorkelling trips Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park for those who want to enjoy underwater experience. There are around 15 islands of mangrove creeks, tropical rainforest and reefs. You can travel by boat that departs 9am from Wandoor Jetty, costing ₹750 in addition to the ₹500 permit. Little Andaman Lighthouse: 14km east of Hut Bay, this lighthouse offers magnificent view over the coastline and forest. You can have peaceful walk over this lighthouse beach where very few log into. Samudrika Marine Museum: This museum is run by Indian Navy and is the home of diverse range of exhibits tribal communities, plants, animals and marine life. Just outside the museum you’ll see a skeleton of young blue whale washed ashore.