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  • A four week long curfew on the islands

    Updated: 26 May 2021

    There is an ongoing four-week long curfew on the island owing to rising COVID-19 cases.

  • Tourist attractions closed till further notice

    Updated: 29 May 2021

     Tourist attractions attracting large gatherings closed till further notice.

  • RT PCR report on arrival

    Updated: 29 May 2021

    A negative RT PCR report has to be presented by all passengers on arrival.

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  • All passengers will be required to go through thermal screening.
  • All incoming passengers have to carry the RT-PCR negative test report issued from an ICMR approved lab. The test should have been taken within 48 hours. RT-PCR timeline begins from the swab collection time. Any passenger without it will be sent back to the origin. Also, handwritten reports are not acceptable.
  • Along with having the negative RT-PCR report, all incoming passengers will undergo Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) upon arrival at designated testing centers that are located within two kilometers of Veer Savarkar International Airport, Port Blair.
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  • Activities attracting huge crowds such as the Light and Sound Show at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island and National Memorial Cellular Jail, water sports, beaches, and other such activities have been suspended across all three districts for another four weeks starting from May 20, 2021.
  • A new standard operating procedure for adventure water sports has been issued.
  • Travelling to North and Middle Andaman Islands, Nicobar group of islands, and Little Andaman Island is not allowed for tourism purposes as of now.
  • The ongoing night curfew has been extended by one hour from 9 pm to 5 am.
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  • Even if the test of the result conducted on arrival is negative, all passengers still have to home quarantine for a week.
  • Any passenger with a positive test result will be sent for institutional quarantine for further treatment.
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  • Regular flights to Port Blair (the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands) are operational now.
  • There are direct flights from Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, and Delhi.
  • Public transports like cabs, taxis, and bus services are also functional.
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Travellers should carefully follow social distancing norms and wear masks as well. Also, before making any booking, they should refer to the latest travel news on the government website of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

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About Andaman Islands

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The essence of Andamans lies in its landscape, from winding coastal roads to palm-lined white sandy beaches, tropical rainforests to limestone caves, from mud volcanoes to underwater marvels! Andamans is the perfect holiday destination. For those wishing to go on a vacation of a lifetime, there is nothing better than chilling at one of the beaches in Andamans, a thrilling scuba session at Havelock, walking down the historical lanes of Port Blair, savouring a candlelight dinner at a cruise, trekking to the highest peak in the Bay of Bengal, or watching the sunrise and set from a myriad of beaches.

At Andamans, bear witness to nature breathing magic while it entices and embraces you. A mosaic of cerulean waters and glistening white beaches, the increasing reputation of Andamans has made it one of the most popular places in India. Wander far enough along the seashore, and the crowds will begin to melt into the landscape, like mere black dots against the blue ocean in the distance. Dotted with surreal landscapes and vibrant culture, Andamans takes you into another time. Made up of over 572 islands, of which only 36 are habitable, Andamans must be your next vacation if you are looking for a beautiful adventure.

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Andaman Islands – Comprehensive Travel & Tourism Guide, a complete overview of Andaman Islands
As Pat Conroy once said, “Once you have travelled the journey never ends, it keeps playing time and again in the quietest chambers of your mind, never breaking off from the voyage you took.”

A visit to the beautiful Island of Andaman is one such journey, one that you will experience and remember for years to come.

The Most Splendid Little Island in the World – An Introduction
The island of Andaman, off the southern coast of India, has been known for many things, not the least of which is the fact that it is one of the biggest tourism destinations in the world.

Seeking heritage, culture, history, modernity, shopping, partying, drinking, and sundry enjoyments? Andaman Island is your one-stop destination for all things exotic and magnificent.

From popular activities like scuba diving and jet skiing to sea karting, trekking, and more, the island lives up to the saying ‘big things come in small packages’. From its tropical forests to reefs and beaches, Andaman is a sandy paradise equally rich historically as well as geographically.

Andaman Island has been conveniently divided into North, Middle, and South Andaman. Each segment has its own special and outstanding sights and unique things to do inAndaman.

“Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all.”

– Helen Keller

Top Andaman Islands

Soak your toes deep into the sand and let the water caress you by, when you are in Andaman Islands, just let time fly. A string of over a hundred isles strewn across the Bay of Bengal - Andaman Islands is the pearly nirvana that offers an unparalleled escape into the blue. While some islands are best known for their coral reefs and shallow waters, some are ideal for snorkelling and scuba diving. While one island houses an active volcano, one island is home to the only river traversing in the archipelago, and one island boasts of the best beach of Asia. Unleash your sense of adventure while island hopping with Andaman & Nicobar Islands holiday packages.

Refresh your tropical-island bucket list with a visit to this incredible island destination, because there is nowhere else you'd rather be. Andaman tour package, it all starts with the best quality plan directly from our experts and handcrafted to perfection for you. Be it snorkelling, swimming, deep-sea diving or simply sunbathing, you cannot escape the allure of the sapphire blues and vivid underwater life at Andamans. The top islands of Andamans - while Havelock, Port Blair, Neil Island are the sacred trinity of any tour packages in Andaman Islands, Diglipur, Baratang, Rangat and Mayabunder islands are the offbeat destinations to traverse. Welcome to island life, where days melt from one to the next, and the nights slip away like a dream.

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From pristine beaches to thriving marine life, lush greens to daunting treks, from Saddle Peak in the north to Cellular Jail in the south, Andamans is rich with varied landscapes, each one more stunning than the other. Apart from geographic diversity, the food and culture scenes in the Andaman Islands are equally diverse. This affluence is the reason why the Andamans islands tour is so popular. Andaman Islands Tours provide you with an ample range of Andaman tour packages to suit your appetite. While choosing the best itinerary for Andamans, our holiday expert helps you choose the most sought-after destination for a vacation. Comprising all must-visit spots in Andamans, these incredible tour packages in Andaman are apt to take you to enthralling islands with quaint hamlets and rejuvenating coastal towns. With our distinct tour packages, you can choose to take a sabbatical for a few days or go on an adventure spree around the many exciting activity hubs around the Andaman Islands. Take your partner, or your buddies or plan a solo trip, how you dream your vacation, we can make it happen. Andaman Islands Tours has something for every nomadic soul. At our website, you will not just find tour packages based on duration, but also for every occasion, mood or company. Bon Voyage!

Water Sports in Andaman Islands

The endless shorelines, golden beaches and vast ocean in the Andaman Islands, have been drawing tourists from across the globe for years now. The coastline in India is the centre of water sports in Southeast Asia, and Andamans is a major activity hotspot. Adventure sports like snorkelling, scuba diving, sea walking, parasailing, jet-skiing, canoeing, kayaking, banana boat rides, angling and game fishing are some of the most popular water sports that adventure enthusiasts can enjoy on this island. With its gushing water streams, surreal coves and cerulean ocean waters, Andaman Islands offer a delightful scope to adventure seekers to splash and dive in the big blue ocean. The Andaman and Nicobar group of islands in the Bay of Bengal are renowned for snorkelling and scuba diving in India. Andamans Islands Tours tailor these water sports to meet the adventurer in you. Experts from our team guide you through the do's and don'ts and walk you through the entire process. These water sports are ideal for families, honeymoon couples, and groups of friends alike. The clear waters, the tranquillity, and the bright weather during the summers make the island a perfect spot for water sports. The rides are completely safe and offer a thrilling experience. Andaman Islands - where you must head next for your next adventure.

Andaman Islands Hotels & Resorts

For most people, planning a vacation itself seems like a daunting task, and choosing the right accommodation, booking the tickets and making arrangements for ground travel calls for some serious planning. Andamans Islands Tours, being one of the leading travel companies in Andamans, endeavours to ease your travel woes by offering a range of services. Andamans Islands Tours offer hotel bookings all across Andamans at economical prices; whether you are travelling from India or abroad and are looking for hotels or resorts, then we have you covered. Where you stay is an integral part of your vacation, and if this element goes wrong, the entire plan is sure to go for a toss! Therefore, when you look at hotels online, you need to make sure it is the one that you want! And when you book the hotels, you need to make sure it is the one that you can trust. From budget hotels, standard 3-star hotels, to 5-star resorts and luxury villas, we have a wide range for every location. Apart from hotel reservations, we also offer great discounts on Andaman Islands tours. We specialize in providing customized Andaman tour packages. Travellers from around the world rely on us for expert advice on hotel bookings and tour packages. Do you make last-minute travel plans? No problem, we offer some attractive last-minute hotel deals too! Get in touch with us. With Andamans Islands Tours, you can now make hotel bookings on the go.

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Andaman Islands FAQs

  • Q1.   Where is Andaman and Nicobar Islands?

    A union territory of India, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands consist of as many as 572 islands. Of these, only 38 are inhabited. The island is at the juncture of the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. Nearly 150 kilometers north of Aceh in Indonesia, the territory is separated from Myanmar and Thailand by the Andaman Sea. Two island groups are comprised in it— the Andaman Islands (partly) and the Nicobar Islands. The 150-kilometer wide Ten Degree Channel (on the 10°N parallel) separates them.

    Port Blair is the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The total land area of the islands is around 8,249 square kilometers. It is divided into three districts:

    1. The Nicobar District with Car Nicobar as its capital
    2. The South Andaman district with Port Blair as its capital
    3. The North and Middle Andaman district with Mayabunder as its capital
  • Q2.   How do I reach the Andaman and Nicobar Islands?

    Residents of India or Indian nationals can simply fly to Port Blair, the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, via Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, or Mumbai. There is direct connectivity of daily flights.

    Foreign nationals will be first required to fly into mainland India. Chennai and Kolkata would be the best points of entry as from here, you can reach Port Blair via a direct flight. 

    From Chennai, Kolkata, and Visakhapatnam, ships to Port Blair also ply on fixed schedules. However, tickets have to be bought well in advance and the journey is of three days which can be quite monotonous as the ships are not luxurious at all and have minimal facilities.

  • Q3.   Which is the best island to visit in Andaman?

    Geographically, the Andamans are located in the east of the mainland of India. Featuring secluded beaches bordering the azure cobalt ocean, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are blessed with the best of nature. The islands of this union territory of India are proofs of God’s vivid imagination. The golden and white sands of the beaches meeting the turquoise waters of the ocean and the green shades of lush forests creating scenery in the archipelago is beautiful beyond anything else!

    The Andaman and Nicobar Islands comprise gorgeous islands. The best among them are as follows:

  • Q4.   What is the best time to visit Andaman Island?

    You can visit the Andaman and Nicobar Islands all around the year. Having its own charm in each and every season, there is a lot to explore in the island destination. The Andamans are popular for the green-blue waters, pure beauty, along with the mental peace it provides to the travellers. A majority of the tourists visit Andaman during the months from October to May. At this time, the downpour has its own charm. The natural beauty is absolutely mesmerising. The calming waters and lush greenery further accentuate the beauty of the tropical island.

    You can pick any season to visit the beautiful Andaman and Nicobar Islands:

    • Summer- April to June
    • Monsoon- July to September
    • Winter- October to March

    Just make sure that you have packed accordingly.

  • Q5.   What kinds of accommodations are available in the Andaman Islands?

    Andaman Island is the perfect destination for those who love nature and adventure. There are a number of places to see here that are sure to take your breath away. However, it is also very important that you enjoy your stay here as well. Some people prefer a beachfront resort property while others want to stay in a hotel located in the main market. Requirements of all kinds of guests can be easily fulfilled in the Andamans as it has grand and lavish beachfront properties as well as budget hotels across all the tourist destinations.

    If you want to stay at a beachfront resort, then we would highly recommend Havelock Island Beach Resort as it is well-equipped with all the modern amenities and so much more! Its location is excellent as well. You can spend quality time at its private beach.

  • Q6.   What are the highlights of Andaman Island?

    The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are known for having the best beaches in India. Radhanagar Beach, Elephant Beach, Kala Pathar Beach, etc. are counted among the best ones where you can laze around the whole day. Apart from that, there is a lot to do in the exotic location.

    Top 12 things to do in the Andaman Islands 

    • Islands- For gorgeous beaches
    • Historical attractions- To know about India’s fascinating past
    • Chidiya Tapu- For bird watchers
    • Trekking- For nature enthusiasts 
    • Jolly Buoy Island- To explore colorful reefs
    • Cruising- For a fun-packed party
    • Snorkeling, scuba diving, and sea-walking- For adrenaline junkies
    • Parasailing- For those who want to fly like a bird
    • Dolphin watching- To get close with adorable creatures
    • Makruzz- Enjoy a cruise ride
    • Mud Volcano- To witness something unusual
    • Naturally formed caves- To explore the unexplored 
  • Q7.   Do I need a visa or Restricted Area Permit to enter the Andamans?

    If you are an Indian passport holder, then you do not need a permit to visit and stay in the populated areas of the Andamans. However, if you are a foreign national, then you would need a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) over and above an Indian visa to enter the islands. You will be required to obtain the Indian visa in your country of residence prior to your arrival in India. One can easily obtain the Restricted Area Permit (RAP) on arrival in Port Blair. It is free of cost and is available to all foreign nationals. The procedure doesn’t take long.

    You will not be allowed to enter the Andaman Islands if your visa has a stamp that reads “Not valid for restricted areas” (or similar) as the island is a restricted zone. Please contact the issuing embassy if your visa carries this stamp. You will be required to get your visa re-issued. 

    Foreigners travelling to Port Blair are issued a 30-day permit. This permit can be extended by another fifteen days closer to the time of expiry (around three days ahead). This procedure can be done only at the immigration office in Port Blair. All you have to do is show a confirmed return ticket for the journey within the next fifteen days for obtaining the extension. There is a possibility that you may not get this extension in a few hours. In this case, you will be required to stay overnight in Port Blair for getting the extension.

    Foreign nationals having a valid entry permit in the Andamans are allowed to visit and stay in the municipal areas of the following places:

    • Port Blair
    • Havelock Island
    • Long island
    • Neil Island
    • Islands of South Andaman and Middle Andaman (excluding tribal reserved area–five kilometers away from Constance Bay to Luis Inlet Bay–western coast tribal reserve)
    • Baratang
    • Rangat
    • Mayabunder
    • Diglipur
    • North Passage Island
    • Little Andaman (excluding tribal reserve) 
    • All islands in the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park except Boat Island, Hobday Island, Twins Islands, Tarmugli, Malay and Pluto Island
    • Jolly Buoy Island
    • South Cinque Island
    • Redskin Island
    • Mount Harriet
    • Madhuban
    • Ross Island
    • Narcondam Island
    • Interview Island
    • Brother & Sister Islands 
    • Barren Island during the day (Visit to Barren Island is restricted onboard the vessel with no landing ashore.)

    The Restricted Access Permit is issued on arrival by the immigration department. No other authority can help you in obtaining the same. You will have to sort it out with the immigration authority if there is any problem. In order to prevent any complications, check the latest procedures and updates from the immigration authorities.

  • Q8.   How do I get to and from Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep)?

    Three ferries ply between Port Blair and Havelock Island on daily basis. All the flights reach Port Blair in time so that travellers can catch a ferry to Havelock Island and reach on the same day. You can choose between the slower and cheaper government ferry and the faster and expensive new catamaran on the basis of your arrival time in Port Blair and your budget.

    Please note that getting ferry tickets can be a little difficult and tiresome with long queues. Procuring tickets last minute can be extremely hard and even impossible if there is a rush. Therefore, we advise you to buy the tickets in advance. 

    You need to have enough time in hand to get to the appropriate ferry. Boarding stops fifteen minutes before sailing. If you have to board the catamaran ‘Makruzz’, then make sure that your flight reaches Port Blair before 8 AM. Passengers on later flights will not be able to board this boat.

    From Port Blair to Havelock Island 

    Government Ferry: 6 AM and 2 PM (Duration- 2.5 hours)

    Catamaran (Makruzz): 9 AM (Duration- 1.5 hours)

    A government ferry departs from Port Blair at 12:30 PM but it visits one more island before arriving at Swaraj Dweep. So the total time taken to reach Havelock Island is four hours. Thus, we do not recommend this one.

    From Havelock Island to Port Blair 

    Government Ferry: 2 PM and 4:30 PM (Duration: 2.5 hours)

    Catamaran (Makruzz): 4 PM (Duration: 1.5 hours)

    The administration can change the above timings at short notice. We would recommend you to recheck the schedule a few days before your arrival. Also, all sailings are subject to weather conditions.

  • Q9.   What is the best season to visit Andaman Island?

    In the Andamans, the main tourist season is from November to mid-May. However, the absolute peak season is between December and March. 

    The months from June to September are considered the rainy season. However, you can enjoy great off-season prices and discounts at many accommodations during this time period owing to the lesser tourist influx. In June and July, rain peaks and one can experience pleasant weather in the months of August and September with a little luck. The weather is highly unpredictable in the Andaman Islands. One can experience light showers even in November and December. It is quite tough to accurately predict the rain cycle as it is a tropical island.

    If you are an adrenaline junkie, then you should know that for scuba diving, the best time to dive in the Andamans is February and March. During this time, visibility is excellent, the wind is almost absent, and the sea is at its flattest. From June 1 to July 31, the diving remains closed in Havelock Island and they reopen on August 1 for the new season. 

    The temperatures in Andamans during different months can be checked below: 

    • Summers (April to June): 24°c - 37°c
    • Monsoon (May to September): 22°c - 35°c
    • Winter (December to February): 20°c - 30°c
  • Q10.   What are the best things to do in the Andaman Islands?

    What should you do while vacationing in the Andamans totally depends on your interest areas. Most people spend a day or two in Port Blair, the capital town, visiting nearby tourist attractions, and after that head to Swaraj Dweep for gorgeous beaches and exciting water sports.

    If you just want to relax and spend quality time in nature’s lap, then you should consider proceeding straight to Havelock Island. If you are more of an explorer, then you have the option of visiting other islands such as Rangat, Baratang, Diglipur, Neil Island, Mayabunder, Long Island, etc. However, you should know that these islands have much more basic facilities than those in Port Blair or Havelock Island.

    While holidaying in the Andaman Islands, there will never be a dull moment as you have the choice of being a total beach bum just chilling and enjoying the serenity or explore various islands over many days. 

  • Q11.   What are the places of importance in and around Port Blair?

    However, the majority of the tourists visit Port Blair as a port of transit to other islands but the capital city has so much to offer than it has been credited for. The place has it all ranging from historical museums to water sports.

    The top places to visit in Port Blair are as follows:

    • Cellular Jail
    • Corbyn’s Cove Beach
    • Veer Savarkar Park
    • Murugan Temple
    • Samudrika Naval Marine Museum
    • Cruise party
    • Japanese Bunkers
    • Chatham Saw Mill
    • Manglutan Village

    If you have got more time in hand, then you can also explore the following beaches and islands from Port Blair:

    • Chidiya Tapu
    • Ferar Beach
    • Parrot Island
    • Katchal Island
    • Amkunj Beach
    • Rutland Island 
    • Cinque Island
    • Diglipur Island
    • Butler Bay Beach
    • Karmatang Beach
    • Lamiya Bay Beach
    • Little Andaman Island
  • Q12.   What are the must-visit beaches in Havelock Island?

    The beaches of Havelock Island are amazingly gorgeous. They are sure to spellbind you. For an incredible beach experience in the Andamans, you have to visit the below-mentioned beaches:

    • Elephant Beach 
    • Radhanagar Beach
    • Neil’s Cove
    • Kala Pathar Beach
    • Vijay Nagar Beach
    • Govind Nagar Beach
  • Q13.   Are there any important points to keep in mind when planning my trip to the Andaman Islands?

    You should keep the following things in mind while planning your trip to the Andamans:

    • All foreign passports must be valid for a minimum duration of six months.
    • If you are a foreign national, then you should have a valid Indian visa.
    • You will not be allowed to enter the Andaman Islands if your visa has a stamp that reads “Not valid for restricted areas” (or similar) as the island is a restricted zone. Please contact the issuing embassy if your visa carries this stamp. 
    • At Indian Standard Time, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands have an early sunrise and sunset. Sunset is usually at 5:30 PM and sunrise between 5 AM and 5:30 AM. To make the most of the day, you should get up early in the morning as it gets light very early here and dark very soon.
    • Ferries from Port Blair to other islands are quite regular. But there may be bad weather that can cause cancellations. 
  • Q14.   How is the electricity supply in the Andaman Islands?

    India has standard 220 volts with sockets that are a mix of three-pin (round pins) and two-pin (round pins). Travellers should bring at least one travel adapter with them.

  • Q15.   What is the food like in the Andamans?

    The Andaman Islands is popular for its authentic seafood owing to the staple food of Bengali settlers, who arrived here. All restaurants serve crabs, shrimp, lobster and fish. However, seafood is not cheap here as demand is more than supply. Also, the cost of seafood is not that sky high but it is not cheap either. North Indian, South Indian, Vegetarian, Continental, and Chinese dishes are available easily here. And if you order continental food, then expect it with the Indian twist.

    The Andaman Islands is known as a foodie paradise. It serves a wide range of mouth-watering cuisines especially seafood. Offering varieties of delicacies at your service, there are a number of sea-facing food joints across the island. Even if you are a vegetarian, you will have a lot to choose from in restaurants. Nemo Café, Waves, and Pink Fly should be in your itinerary if you are looking to chill with live music by the seashore.

  • Q16.   What festivals does the local population celebrate?

    A mix of different religions can be seen in the Andamans. Thus, almost all festivals of mainland India are celebrated here such as Christmas, New Year, Diwali, Eid, and Easter. However, Durga Pooja is the biggest festival here due to the number of Bengalis on the island.

  • Q17.   What type of behaviour and etiquette can I expect from the locals of the Andamans?

    Andamans is quite a chilled out place and the rules are very simple. Just act with respect and follow the decorum. Dress appropriately, especially when you are away from the beach. And before taking photographs of the local population, always take permission. 

    Despite being a beach destination, the locals of the Andaman Islands are not used to seeing women in revealing swimwear. Kindly be sensitive to their traditions and cover up when you are in such areas where locals are present (village markets, jetty areas, etc.).

    This union territory of India is a remote place. Although people here are friendly, travellers should not expect the level of service and comfort that you would expect at a resort or hotel in mainland India. 

  • Q18.   What is the currency of the Andaman Islands?

    The Indian Rupee (INR) is the currency of India. You can exchange major currencies only in Port Blair here. It is recommended that you go through authorized money changers or official banks. Please note that the rates of exchanging foreign currency in the Andamans will not be as good as in mainland India.

  • Q19.   Which are the best beach resorts in the Andaman Islands?

    When in the Andaman Islands, make sure that you stay at a beachfront property to make the most of your holidays. The names of the best beach resorts, which are well-equipped with all the modern facilities, in the Andamans are as follows:

  • Q20.   How is the mobile connectivity in the Andaman Islands?

    The only networks that work in the Andamans are Vodafone, BSNL, and Airtel. You can buy an extra sim, so be on the safer side. But there are several places where there is zero signal connectivity no matter whichever sim you use. These are Radhanagar Beach, Elephant Beach in Havelock, and Jolly Buoy in Port Blair.

  • Q21.   Does the island has required medical facilities?

    All across the island, efficient health care facilities are available. In case of an emergency, prompt aids are available with speed boats to your rescue. Doctor’s assistance, medication from the pharmacy, hospitalisations, operation, and nursing are included in the healthcare facilities.

  • Q22.   Which language do the locals speak in the Andamans?

    Andaman and Nicobar Islands are home to a lot of tribes as well as a vast population. It is known for its rich topography and culture. The total population was 379,944 as per the census of 2011. Hindi and English are the official languages of the island. Bengali is the most spoken and dominant language. Other spoken languages include Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Nicobarese.

  • Q23.   Are there ATMs in Port Blair and Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep)?

    There are ATMs in Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. There are two ATMs in Havelock Island as well of late. But you should know that there is no actual bank in Havelock. So there are times when the machines don’t have any cash left. The ATMs there are replenished with funds once every three to four days. You should carry sufficient cash with you to pay your bills as other islands do not have ATMs.

    Apart from big hotels, resorts and some diving facilities, credit cards (MasterCard and Visa) are not widely accepted in the Andaman Islands. You will be required to pay surcharge and your passport and credit card will get photocopied for submitting to the bank. This is because all the transactions are done offline. Moreover, American Express cards are not accepted by many establishments.

  • Q24.   What should I wear in the Andamans?

    Shorts and t-shirts are acceptable everywhere. Some resorts accepts ‘smart casual’. For your comfort, carry flip flops. Carry a towel and extra clothes when going out for excursions. In the evening, wear something light with long sleeves and light trousers as mosquitoes come out. Carry a mosquito repellent at all times. The mosquito problem is only during evening and reduces after that. When visiting a temple, you should dress conservatively. Cover your shoulders and wear dresses or trousers below knee level. Take off your shoes before entering.

    Please note that India is country of mixed religions. Thus, topless/nude sunbathing or nude swimming is not appropriate at all. To respect this sentiment, you should cover yourself even of you are alone at a beach. Wear cool cottons and fabrics that absorb sweat. This will reduce the chance of heat rashes.

  • Q25.   How is the climate and weather in the Andaman Islands?

    Like other parts of the Andaman Sea, Andamans also enjoy a tropical climate all around the year. The average minimum temperature is around 23°C and it rarely goes much above 30°C. The humidity level is quite high at about 70% to 90%. However, it is still quite pleasant as a gentle breeze blows most of the time.

    Towards the end of May before the monsoon season, June and July, some rainfall can be expected. Some rainfall is there through to November. This has a natural charm of its own as it keeps the island lush and green.

    The main tourist season begins in October every year. The southwest monsoon showers are over by September. There is a mix of rain and sun at this time. The island is at its most lively in October and November. It is lush and gorgeous. The farmland has a standing paddy crop. The forest is extremely green and the island is the most vibrant after shrugging off the shackles of the monsoon season. Nature is at its best here during these two months owing to intermittent showers. Andamans is fresh and green and the weather remains lovely. As the Southwest winds have blown away, the waters off the Bay turn calm and flat. As the Northeast winds blow briefly through the island, there may be rainfall in end November or early December. 

    In December and January, the weather is usually quite pleasant. Daytime temperatures are ideal. It is sunny and pleasing. Nighttime temperatures are cool. In the evenings, you may need a light jacket or full sleeve shirt. 

    The weather in February and March is very much settled. It slowly turns warmer. The sky and the sea are at their bluest and clearest at this time. It is summer season in April and it continues till the first half of May. The daytime temperatures reaches 36 centigrade but it is in the shade. From the second half of May till June and July, the Southwest Monsoon can be witnessed. It eases off after August/September. Paddy farmers yield their first harvest then.

  • Q26.   Do I need to take any health precautions?

    Due to the remoteness and low population in the Andamans, health services are limited. However, there are good medical facilities at GB Pant Hospital, which is located in Port Blair, the capital town. India is a malarial risk area. However, there are very few known cases in Havelock Island. Consult your doctor and decided whether you want to reduce this risk further by taking anti malaria, which may have some side effects. You should also check the status of your vaccinations and decided which ones do you need for your travels. 

    Follow normal sensible precautions with food and you will be out of trouble. Drink a lot of bottled drinking water for prevention of dehydration. Do not drink tap water. Wear light and loose clothing made from natural fibres. In this humidity, heat rash and fungal infections for tourists are not unusual.

    In case you get injured, consult a doctor and/or take antibiotics and apply an antiseptic cream regularly. It is easy for an infection to set in as the humidity level is high.

  • Q27.   What is the religious stance in the Andamans Islands?

    India is known for having unity in diversity. It is home to mixed religions, cultures, and traditions. In the Andamans, Hinduism is the most popular religion here followed by Christianity and then Islam. Most of the times, the Hindu festivals are the most celebrated ones here but you will also see big colorful stars available in the market and small processions with Santa Claus around Christmas Day.

  • Q28.   What time zone do the Andaman Islands lie in?

    The whole of India falls under the same time zone. The local time is GMT + 5½ hours throughout the country year round. Life in the Andaman Islands begins a little earlier in the day as it is geographically closer to Thailand than India.

  • Q29.   Is there a postal service?

    Generally speaking, Indian postal services have a good reputation for posting domestically as well as internationally. But the service is not that reliable in the Andamans. In the past, there have been cases of parcels and letters not reaching their destination. Thus, you should use postal services on mainland India rather than on the island.

  • Q30.   Can I make international calls and access the internet when in the island?

    Major hotels and ISD available in the markets offer the service of international dialing. Dial 001 plus the country code plus the area code plus the phone number if you wish to make an international call. The service is reliable and not that costly. Port Blair and some parts of Havelock Island have excellent mobile connectivity. In other islands, you may find the service but it will not be that good. At present, BSNL, Airtel, Reliance, and Vodafone are available there.

    Port Blair and Havelock Island have internet facility. Connectivity in the capital town is quite good with fast connections. In Swaraj Dweep, the internet facility is very slow as it is on dial up connections. The facility of satellite internet is available in some places that is faster but more expensive. So many islands don’t have internet services at all.

  • Q31.   What should I buy from the Andaman Islands?

    There are no duty free shops or malls in the Andamans as it is still a bit under-developed and is not for any shopping. But if you love souvenir shopping, then you are going to love it here. You can buy lovely handicrafts and souvenirs in Port Blair, mainly in Aberdeen Bazaar as well as at Sagarika that is an outlet of the cottage industry. Havelock Island has jewellery shops selling handmade coconut jewellery items. There are many shops here from where you can buy bags and clothes that are brought in from the mainland.

  • Q32.   Is there a lot of crime in the Andaman Islands?

    There is no as such organised crime on the island. Watching your valuables major tourist areas would be wise as just like in almost all the countries, pick-pocketing can happen here as well. Just follow simple precautions as they will go a long way in your safety. There are many resorts that offer safety deposit lockers and it would be wise if you don’t flash a bundle of notes while paying your bills. In case you face any problem, then you can file your complaint at a police station and seek help. Police stations are present on all islands. Generally, locals are also very helpful as well.

  • Q33.   Can I rent a bicycle, motorbike or a car in Port Blair and Havelock Island?

    When in Port Blair or Havelock Island, you can rent a bicycle from the market area. However, it is not possible on other islands. Charges are on a per day basis. The rented bicycles are very basic. You will not get high quality mountain terrain bikes here on which you can do stunts. A motorbike can also be easily rented for the duration of your stay. There are options of non-geared and the geared motorbikes and scooters. The shops renting these bikes will ask for your driving license before you take anything on rent. Charges vary and are on per day basis. You have to bear the fuel charges on your own.

    You can be stopped by police personnel for a sudden check. So keep your license with you at all times. Wearing a helmet is mandatory and you will get it with the bike. You will be fined if police stops you and you are not wearing your helmet. Self driven cars are not available for rental but taxi service can be availed for short distances and day hire. 

  • Q34.   Are there sand flies in the Andaman Islands?

    There are some Andaman beaches that have sand flies. So you have to carry a strong insect repellent in your beach bag. Avoid being on a beach at dusk as sand flies usually come out at this time. If you get bitten by sand flies, then attend to it immediately to make sure that you do not get infected. Do not scratch and keep the affected area dry.

  • Q35.   How about the flora and fauna of the islands?

    The island is home to canopied rainforests that harbor three thousand species of plants including mangroves, epiphytes (130 ferns and 100 orchids), palms, woody limbers, timbers (teak, mahogany, Andaman paduk) and along with diverse varieties of tropical fruits. The marine fauna is broad as well comprising an extensive variety of corals and tropical fish. The flora and fauna here is diverse and unique, and the eco-system is fragile in nature. There are as many as 96 sanctuaries spread over 466.218 square kilometers and nine national parks spread over 1153.938 square kilometers in the Andaman Islands.

    Most are bio-diversity hotspots, as per the island’s environmental team. More than a quarter of the flora and fauna is endemic (only found in the Andaman Islands). Out of the world’s seven species of sea turtles, four nest on these beaches including the endangered leatherback turtle, The extensive mangrove swamps are homes to giant monitor lizards and salt water crocodiles.

    You should be responsible while travelling to these islands. Be sensitive to the issues concerning physical environment of the beaches, rain forests, and marine life.

  • Q36.   Can I meet the endangered tribes of the Andaman Islands?

    There are untouched and endangered tribes in the beautiful Andamans. Entering the tribal reserves, meeting or photographing the tribals is prohibited and against the law. Please refrain if anyone offers you a trip to meet the tribal people. Adhere to the law and respect the Andamanese tribes.

    However, you should visit the Anthropological Museum in Port Blair to have a look at their tools, weapons, and photographs showing their lives and traditions. 

    There are two groups of the indigenous tribes—The Shompen and Nicobarese of Mongoloid descent living in the Nicobar Islands and the Onge, Sentinelese, Jarawa and Andamanese of Negroid descent living on the Andaman Islands. 

    Still living in isolation on the North Sentinel Island, the Sentinelese is the least studied tribe. They are nearly 250 in number. They are not clothed as they have been living in total isolation for many centuries. Adornments of bark and shell, like necklaces, arm bands, waist bands, etc. are used by the Jarawa.

  • Q37.   Where to eat and enjoy the nightlife in Havelock Island?

    Havelock Island is a great party destination as well and offers an exciting nightlife and dining experience. There are several restaurants and clubs in Havelock island that host happening events and parties. The vibrant nightlife of the Andaman Islands can be best witnessed in Havelock Island. Andaman entertainment is not too loud and offers a unique experience. In case you want to experience more than the tranquility of this island, then this is your one-stop destination.

    Top nightlife spots in Havelock Island 

    • Nemo Café by the beach at Havelock Island Beach Resort , also known as Havelock Island Beach Club
    • Bonova cafe and pub
    • Full moon cafe
    • Something different – A Beachside Cafe
    • Venom Bar
    • Cicada Lounge Bar

    Best restaurants & food outlets in Havelock Island

    • The Nemo Café
    • Sea Dragon Restaurant 
    • Something Different
    • Anju Coco Resto
    • Fat Martin Café
    • Full Moon Café
    • Bonova Café 
    • Dakshin Restaurant 
    • Golden Spoon
  • Q38.   Where to stay in Havelock Island?

     To help you in making an informed decision, we have listed here the best hotels and resorts across Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep). We have compiled this list after considering a number of parameters such as location, amenities, and distance from the beach (if any), to mention a few.

    1-star

    • The Kingdom Resort
    • El Dorado
    • Radhakrishna Resort

    2-Star

    • Green Valley Resort
    • Gold Star Beach Resort
    • Orient Legend Resort
    • Emerald Gecko
    • Royal Palace
    • Wild Orchid Beach Resort

    3-Star

    • Symphony Palm Beach Resort
    • Holiday Inn Beach Resort
    • Coral Reef Resort
    • Havelock Holiday Beach Resort
    • Aparupa Sands Marina
    • Cross Bill Beach Resort

    4-Star

    • Havelock Island Beach Resort
    • Taj Exotica
    • Silver Sand Beach Resort
    • Munjoh Ocean Resort
    • Sea Shell Resort
  • Q39.   Where should I stay in Neil Island?

    The scenic beaches of Neil Island boast of white sands and uninterrupted views of the clear blue skies. It is slightly less developed, but those deciding to stay here are rewarded with untouched beaches. The best hotels and resorts across the Neil Island are mentioned below:

    1-Star

    • Elephant & four wise men resort
    • Break Water Resort
    • KP Lodge
    • Jayanthi Lodge

    2-Star

    • Vacation Village
    • Sunset Garden Resort
    • Moon shine garden resort
    • Hotel Sarthak Residency
    • Nirala Resort

    3-Star

    • Pearl Park Beach Resort
    • Tango Beach Resort
    • TSG Aura 
    • Hotel Amullya
    • Kingfisher Hotel
    • Coco N Hut Resort
    • Holiday Inn Neil Island

    4-Star

    • Sea Shell Resort
    • Summer Sand Beach Resort
    • Silver Sand Beach Resort