Latest Information on Travelling to Andaman Islands?
  • Runway Status for Port Blair Airport From October,22 to February, 23

    Updated: 19 Sep 2022
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  • Andaman Tourism Opens

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

    Andaman Tourism Opens: The Andaman & Nicobar administration has announced that all tourist spots in the South Andaman district will be opened for tourism activities with immediate effect 8 Feb 2022.

  • RT PCR report on arrival

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

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

  • What is the advisory to travel to North & Middle Andaman District?

    Updated: 14 Aug 2021

    The tourists are allowed to visit Baratang/North & Middle Andaman on production of double dose covid certificate/ All other passengers viz. unvaccinated and partially vaccinated passengers (those who have taken only 1S1 dose of COVID vaccine) shall have to produce RT-PCR negative test report

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  • All asymptomatic fully vaccinated persons coming to these islands from mainland are exempted from the requirement of carrying RT-PCR negative test report,irrespective of the type of vaccine received and country of origin. Such fullyvaccinated individuals shall produce the final vaccination certificate at the origin airport, sea port in the mainland and at Port Blair Airport / sea port.
  • Alt asymptomatic children below 5 years of age are exempted from carrying RT-PCR negative test report and further RT-PCR testing at Port Blair Airport.
  • All other passengers viz. unvaccinated and partially vaccinated passengers (those who have taken only 1S1 dose of COVID vaccine) shall have to produce RT-PCR negative test report to travel to Port Blair from the mainland, as is the practice now. Such an RT-PCR test should have been taken within 48 hours prior to commencement of journey from the origin airport connecting Port Blair. Such passengers will also have to undergo additional RT-PCR test on arrival at Port Blair. Such passengers shall remain in self-quarantine till the arrival of the test report.
  • If a passenger on arrival is tested positive then, the prescribed quarantine protocol is to be followed.
  • All Airlines shall ensure strict compliance of this order and observance of COVID Appropriate Behaviour. Any non-compliance shall invite action under Disaster Management Act and other applicable laws. 
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General Guidelines defined for traveling to Andaman Islands during COVID :

  1. The Tourism Activities are permitted only in South Andaman & North & Middle Andaman District except Nicobar District.
  2. Persons above 65 years of age, persons with home co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years advised not to travel for tourism purposes.
  3. Tourists/Visitors who are at higher risk due to some medical history are advised to take extra precautions.
  4. Tourists/visitors shall minimize contact with other staff and visitors as far as possible and zero contact policy should be followed at all tourist destinations.
  5. All tourists/visitors shall be briefed by the hotel concerned about do’s & don’ts to be mandatorily followed during their stay and movements.
  6. While travelling tourists/visitors should wear a face mask and carry their own sanitizer and wet wipes for personal use.
  7. At all tourist destinations, staff must wear face masks and wash/sanitize hands regularly while performing their duties.
  8. Arogya Setu App shall be mandatory for all incoming tourists/visitors.
  9. Respiratory etiquettes to be strictly followed. This involves strict practice of covering one’s mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing with a tissue handkerchief/flexed elbow and disposing off used tissues properly after use.
  10. The tourists/visitors on arrival at Port Blair airport have to undergo mandatory Covid-19 screening with RTPCR test free of cost. Thereafter the tourists/ visitors are allowed to move to their respective hotels. However, they will have to be under quarantine at Port Blair in their hotel rooms until the result of RTPCR tests are received. In case of RTPCR positive test results, the tourists/visitors shall remain in institutional quarantine in hotels notified by the Hoteliers Association in consent with the A&%N Administration, on rate as specified or to the designated hospital/ Covid 19 care centre on case to case basis.
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What are the guidelines for testing for tourists coming to Andaman after August 03 2021?

On arrival at Port Blair :

1. The tourists need to carry COVID-19 negative test report from mainland based 1CMR approved lab using Reverse Transcriptase-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RTPCR). However, the sample for RTPCR test should have been taken within 48 hours prior to starting the journey from the origin station. (For e.g. if the tourist takes a flight from Delhi at 0600 hrs. on 1st September, 2021, the sample for RTPCR test should have been taken not before 0600 hrs. on 30th August, 2021).

2. The tourists/visitors on arrival at Port Blair airport have to undergo mandatory Covid-19 screening with RTPCR test free of cost. Thereafter the tourists/visitors are allowed to move to their respective hotels. However, they will have to be under quarantine at Port Blair in their hotel rooms until the result of RTPCR tests are received. In case of RTPCR positive test results, the tourists/visitors shall remain in
institutional quarantine in hotels notified by the Hoteliers Association in consent with the A&N Administration, on rates as specified or to the designated hospital/ Covid-19 care centre on case-to-case basis.

3. Tourists may also have to undergo random Rapid Antigen Test conducted from time to time on payment basis as prescribed by A8N Administration.

What if the tourists test positive after arriving at the Andaman Islands?

If the tourists tests positive during their stay in the Islands, he/she will need to undergo institutional isolation as per existing health protocols. The
cost of such isolation for govt. facility will be paid by the tourists as fixed by the administration from time to time.

If the patient wants to stay at hotels, he/she can stay in the hotels if all the conditions below are met:

a) Patients are not symptomatic and not more than 60 years old.
b) Request/ undertaking is made by patient in writing.
c)lf allowed by doctors.

Hotels will make necessary arrangements to designate a part of their rooms for institutional isolation for this purpose.

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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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  • Is Port Blair worth visiting? If yes, then how many days should you spend there?

    Travellers often think about these questions when they decide to travel to the Andaman Islands. We know that the best beaches are in Havelock Island, but Port Blair is known for its rich history. So, most of the people think should they skip it and head directly towards Havelock Island or spend some time there as well. We would recommend you to make up your mind to stay in the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands for two days at least. Ultimately, apart from knowing about the historical events that this place has witnessed, you will also see a fair share of nature and beauty in Port Blair. Most importantly, you can witness an interesting phenomenon that occurs in an unusual place. You should definitely add it to your itinerary, but let us tell you in advance that it requires more time and money. But you should not miss it at any cost. It definitely deserves a place in your travel bucket list. So, what it is? Find out yourself…   

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    Where to stay?

    When in Port Blair, you would want to stay near a beach far away from the hustle-bustle of the city. Is that correct? The best part of staying in beachfront accommodations is that they are just a few minutes’ walk away from the beach that is surrounded by coconut trees. But let us tell you that such hotels are located in seclusion and also there is no market nearby in some cases.  

    What to see?

    Cellular Jail

    Port Blair is famous for the historic Cellular Jail that was built by the Britishers in ten years. It was constructed as solitary confinement for Indian political prisoners. This was the most dreaded and grueling colonial jail, which was also referred to as Kala Pani. It has witnessed the most atrocious punishments imposed on innumerable freedom fighters of India. Open to the public as a national memorial, you can see the whole place soaking in the misery and pain of the revolutionaries. You can climb the stairs, walk through the corridors, get inside the cells, and see the gallows where execution was done by hanging. You will get a glimpse of India’s struggle for freedom.

    Timings and fees for Cellular Jail and Jail Museum (Open all days except national holidays)

    09:00 am to 12:30 pm

    01:30 pm to 04:45 pm 

    Entry Fee: Rs. 30, Camera: Rs. 200, Video Camera: Rs. 1000, Film shooting per day with prior permission: Rs. 10000

    Son-et-Lumiere (Sound and Light Show) at Cellular Jail

    The show presents the saga of the heroic freedom struggle. The entry fee for kids is Rs. 25 and for adults, it is Rs. 50. You can choose any of the following timings to watch the one-hour show:

    05:30 pm to 06:30 pm

    06:45 pm to 07:45 pm

    08:00 pm to 09:00 pm 

    09:15 pm to 10:15 pm 

    Corbyn’s Cove Beach

    You can go there on the first evening of your trip. After a long day, all everyonewants is to take a leisurely stroll surrounded by peaceful beach vibes. One of the most famous beaches in Port Blair, people come here for boating, water scooters, and jet skiing as well. It is easily accessible, and you can spend hours here while relaxing, shopping and eating.  

    But let us tell you that this beach is nowhere near the pristine beaches of Havelock Island. 


    If you want to see something extraordinary, then don’t forget to include Barren Island in your travel itinerary. Located in the Andaman Sea, the Barren Volcano is the only confirmed active volcano in South Asia. Also, along a chain of volcanoes from Sumatra to Myanmar, this is the only active volcano. It is located nearly 138 kilometers from Port Blair. If it’s a lucky day and if you are also fortunate enough, then you can see the volcano erupting lava and ash. Its first eruption was recorded in 1787.

    Getting there

    If you are willing to have a sightseeing tour around the Island, then you can do so by renting boats/ferries. However, visitors are restricted to land ashore. A seaplane tour from Port Blair can also be opted to look around the island. Getting approval of the forest department and necessary permits is mandatory as this island comes under the restricted zone.

    Best time to visit

    Usually, November to February is considered the best time to visit this island. The weather is clear during these months giving a good possibility to see the island and the volcano. 

    Other places to see when in Port Blair

    If you have more time, then you can visit these places as well: 

    • Ross Island
    • Viper Island
    • North Bay Island
    • Chidiya Tapu
    • Baratang Island
    • Jolly Buoy Island
    • Anthropological Museum
    • Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex
    • Wandoor & Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park
    • Samudrika Naval Marine Museum 
    • Marina Park & Fisheries Museum
    • Chatham Saw Mill

    If you are in the planning stage of your vacation in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, then contact Andaman Island Travels to make all your bookings. A well-known and trusted tour agency, it is located in Port Blair and is committed to help you in planning the holiday of your dreams as per your budget and requirements. Whether it is your accommodation, any adventure activity that you want to do, or hire a car, it will take care of all your needs in the best way possible.

  • The Andaman Islands, located in the Bay of Bengal, are a mesmerizing archipelago in the Indian Ocean. Known for their breathtaking natural beauty, these islands boast pristine beaches, lush forests, and a rich marine ecosystem. With a tropical climate and a diverse range of flora and fauna, the Andaman Islands offer a unique and enchanting environment for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike. The islands are home to indigenous tribes, each with its own distinct culture and heritage. 

    Trekking is an exhilarating outdoor activity that involves exploring natural landscapes on foot. It is a form of adventure travel that allows individuals to immerse themselves in the beauty of untouched terrains and experience the thrill of conquering challenging trails. Trekking offers a unique opportunity to connect with nature, escape the hustle and bustle of urban life, and challenge personal limits. It requires physical endurance, mental resilience, and a spirit of exploration. 

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    So if you want to go trekking in the Andaman Islands, keep reading this article to find out everything about it. 

    The Andaman Islands: A Trekker's Paradise

    The Andaman Islands are truly a trekker's paradise, offering a plethora of natural wonders and adventurous trails to explore. With their untouched beauty and diverse landscapes, these islands provide an unparalleled experience for those seeking an off-the-beaten-path trekking adventure.

    One of the captivating aspects of trekking in the Andaman Islands is the sheer geographical diversity they possess. From pristine white sandy beaches and turquoise waters to dense tropical rainforests and rugged hills, the islands offer a wide range of terrains to traverse. Trekking through these varied landscapes allows trekkers to witness stunning panoramic views, discover hidden caves, and encounter unique flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world.

    Popular Trekking Routes in the Andaman Islands

    1. Trekking options for beginners
    • North Bay to Mount Harriet: This is a relatively easy trek that takes you from North Bay Island to Mount Harriet, the highest peak in the Andaman Islands. Along the way, you'll pass through lush forests, enjoy stunning coastal views, and have the opportunity to spot exotic bird species.
    • Chidiya Tapu to Munda Pahar: Starting from Chidiya Tapu, known as the "Bird Island," this trek leads you to Munda Pahar, a hill offering breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding islands. The trek is moderate in difficulty and rewards you with mesmerizing sunsets and a chance to spot various bird species.
    1. Moderate-level trekking routes
    • Diglipur to Saddle Peak: This moderate-level trek takes you through the forests of Diglipur to the summit of Saddle Peak, the highest point in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The trail is known for its rich biodiversity, including endemic flora and fauna. The trek offers stunning views of the surrounding islands and the opportunity to explore the unique ecosystem.
    • Baratang Island - Limestone Caves Trek: Baratang Island is famous for its limestone caves, and this trek offers a thrilling experience through dense forests to reach these natural wonders. The trek involves crossing creeks and walking on wooden planks, adding an element of adventure to the journey. Inside the caves, you'll witness stunning stalactite and stalagmite formations.
    1. Advanced-level treks
    • Long Island to Lalaji Bay: This advanced-level trek begins from Long Island and takes you through dense forests, mangrove swamps, and secluded beaches to reach Lalaji Bay. The trek can be challenging, involving steep ascents and descents, river crossings, and camping in the wilderness. The reward is the pristine beach at Lalaji Bay, where you can relax and enjoy the untouched beauty.
    • Mount Harriet to Madhuban: For experienced trekkers seeking a challenging adventure, the trek from Mount Harriet to Madhuban is an excellent choice. The trail offers stunning views of the surrounding islands and takes you through dense forests, uphill climbs, and rocky terrain. Along the way, you'll have the chance to spot unique wildlife species, including the Andaman wild pig and the Andaman serpent eagle.

    Steps to Obtain Permits for Trekking

    • Research and plan your trekking route: Determine the specific trekking routes you intend to explore in the Andaman Islands. It's essential to gather information on the permits required for those particular routes.
    • Contact local authorities or trekking agencies: Reach out to the Andaman and Nicobar Administration or authorized trekking agencies for detailed information regarding the permits needed for your chosen routes. They can provide guidance on the specific permits required and the application process.
    • Complete the permit application form: Obtain the necessary permit application form from the Andaman and Nicobar Administration or authorized agencies. Fill in the required details accurately, including personal information, trekking dates, and the chosen route.
    • Provide supporting documents: Prepare the required supporting documents, which may include a copy of your passport, visa, itinerary, and a letter of undertaking stating your understanding and commitment to following the rules and regulations during the trek.

    Benefits of Hiring Local Guides for Trekking Expeditions

    • Local knowledge and expertise: Local guides possess in-depth knowledge of the Andaman Islands, including the terrain, flora, fauna, and cultural heritage. They can provide valuable insights, navigate challenging trails, and enhance your overall trekking experience.
    • Safety and emergency preparedness: Experienced local guides are well-versed in local safety protocols, weather conditions, and potential risks. They can assess and mitigate risks, ensuring your safety throughout the trek. In case of emergencies, they can provide immediate assistance and coordinate rescue operations, if needed.
    • Cultural immersion and interpretation: Local guides can offer cultural insights, share stories about the indigenous tribes, and help you understand the local customs and traditions. This adds depth and authenticity to your trekking experience.
    • Support local communities: By hiring local guides, you contribute to the local economy and support sustainable tourism practices. Local guides often have strong connections with local communities and can ensure that your trekking activities have a positive impact on the environment and local livelihoods.

    Let’s Go Trekking!

    When you go trekking in the Andaman Islands, be prepared with the right gear, follow responsible trekking practices, and respect the environment and local culture. Immerse yourself in the natural wonders, capture breathtaking views, and create unforgettable memories in this tropical paradise.

    So, pack your bags, tie your shoelaces, and get ready to explore the captivating trails, lush forests, and pristine beaches of the Andaman Islands. Let the beauty of nature, the thrill of adventure, and the warmth of the local hospitality make your trekking journey an unforgettable one. Start planning and get ready to embark on an extraordinary adventure in the Andaman Islands!

  • Havelock Island is a picturesque tropical paradise located in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India. It is renowned for its stunning white sandy beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and lush greenery. With an area of approximately 113 square kilometers, it is the largest island in the Ritchie's Archipelago.

    Havelock Island offers a serene environment, making it a popular destination for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. The island is known for its diverse marine life, making it a haven for snorkeling and diving. The coral reefs surrounding the island are home to a wide variety of colorful fish, turtles, and other marine creatures.

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    Overview of Available Flights and Ferries

    Getting to Havelock Island typically involves a combination of flights and ferries. Here's an overview of the available transportation options:

    • Flights: To reach Havelock Island, travelers first need to fly to Port Blair, the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Port Blair is well-connected to major cities in India, including Chennai, Kolkata, and Delhi. Airlines such as Air India, SpiceJet, and GoAir operate regular flights to Port Blair. The flight duration from the mainland to Port Blair varies depending on the departure city but typically ranges from 2 to 3 hours.
    • Ferries: Once in Port Blair, travelers can take a ferry to Havelock Island. There are two types of ferries available: government-operated and private ferries.
      • Government Ferries: The Directorate of Shipping Services (DSS) operates regular ferry services between Port Blair and Havelock Island. These ferries are economical but have limited seating capacity and fixed departure schedules. It is advisable to check the ferry timings and book tickets in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons.
      • Private Ferries: Several private ferry operators also offer services between Port Blair and Havelock Island. These ferries generally provide more flexibility in terms of departure timings and offer a faster journey compared to government ferries. Makruzz, Green Ocean, and Coastal Cruise are some of the popular private ferry operators serving the route.

    1. Ferry Timings and Duration: The ferry journey from Port Blair to Havelock Island takes approximately 1.5 to 2.5 hours, depending on the type of ferry and sea conditions. Government ferries typically have fixed departure timings in the morning and afternoon, while private ferries may have additional evening departures. It is advisable to check the ferry schedules in advance and plan the trip accordingly.

      Ticket Booking: Tickets for both government and private ferries can be purchased in advance either online or from the respective ticket counters in Port Blair. During peak tourist seasons, it is recommended to book ferry tickets well in advance to secure a seat.

      Best Time to Trek in Havelock Island

      The best time to trek in Havelock Island is during the dry season, which generally spans from November to April. Here's a breakdown of the seasons and their characteristics:

      • Winter (November to February): This is considered the peak tourist season in Havelock Island. The weather is pleasantly cool with temperatures ranging from 20°C to 30°C (68°F to 86°F). The skies are clear, and rainfall is minimal, creating ideal conditions for trekking. However, it's advisable to carry some warm clothing for cooler evenings.
      • Spring (March to April): Spring is another favorable time for trekking in Havelock Island. The temperatures start to rise, ranging from 25°C to 35°C (77°F to 95°F). The weather remains dry and sunny, allowing trekkers to enjoy their adventures without much concern for rain or excessive heat.

      Popular Trekking Trails

      Here are some of the well-known trekking trails on the island:

      • Kalapathar Beach Trek: The Kalapathar Beach trek is a mesmerizing trail that takes you through dense forests and leads to the secluded Kalapathar Beach. The trail is known for its picturesque landscapes, diverse flora, and occasional sightings of wildlife.
      • Radhanagar Forest Walk: This trail starts from Radhanagar Beach, one of Asia's most beautiful beaches, and takes you through a dense forest area. 
      • Mangrove Forest Trek: This trek provides a unique opportunity to explore the mangrove forests of Havelock Island. Starting from the village of Kalapathar, the trail winds through dense mangrove vegetation, offering glimpses of unique ecosystems and diverse wildlife.
      • Tamarind Camp to Lalaji Bay Trek: This longer and more challenging trek takes you from Tamarind Camp to Lalaji Bay, a secluded beach on the eastern side of Havelock Island.


      Essential Trekking Gear

      Here are some essential trekking gear items to consider:

      • Backpack: A sturdy and comfortable backpack is crucial for carrying all your essentials during the trek. Choose a backpack with adjustable straps and proper padding to distribute the weight evenly on your shoulders and back.
      • Trekking Shoes: Invest in a good pair of trekking shoes that provide ankle support, traction, and comfort. Opt for waterproof or water-resistant shoes as the trails may encounter streams or wet areas. Make sure to break them in before the trek to avoid blisters.
      • Socks: Choose moisture-wicking socks that provide cushioning and minimize the risk of blisters. Carry extra pairs of socks to change if they become wet during the trek.

      Tips for Responsible Trekking

      Here are some tips to promote responsible trekking in Havelock Island:

      • Respect the Environment: Stay on designated trails and avoid venturing into restricted or sensitive areas. Refrain from littering and always carry a trash bag to collect your waste. Dispose of waste properly and leave no trace of your presence. Minimize your impact on flora and fauna by not disturbing or feeding wildlife.
      • Use Eco-Friendly Products: Opt for eco-friendly and biodegradable products whenever possible. Use refillable water bottles instead of single-use plastic bottles. Avoid single-use plastics such as straws and plastic bags. Choose biodegradable toiletries and use natural insect repellents to minimize chemical pollution.

      The Final Word

      Trekking in Havelock Island is an incredible opportunity to connect with nature, explore stunning landscapes, and create unforgettable memories. As you embark on your trekking adventure, it is important to approach it responsibly, ensuring that your actions have a positive impact on the environment and local communities.

      By respecting the environment, using eco-friendly products, and practicing responsible camping, you can minimize your ecological footprint and preserve the natural beauty of Havelock Island. Supporting local guides, businesses, and communities not only enriches your experience but also contributes to the sustainable development of the region.

  • Havelock Island, nestled in the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago of India, has gained immense importance and popularity as a top tourist destination. Known for its pristine white sandy beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and lush greenery, Havelock Island offers a mesmerizing tropical paradise to travelers from around the world. Its natural beauty and untouched landscapes make it a haven for those seeking a serene and idyllic escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

    So if you are planning to visit the Andamans, we recommend you visit Havelock on your journey. And while you are there, you must know which activities you can perform, right? Thus, to help you, we have shared the top things to do at Havelock Island in this article. 

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    Exploring Radhanagar Beach

    Radhanagar Beach, located on Havelock Island in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India, is a stunning stretch of coastline renowned for its natural beauty and pristine shores. Here are some key points to help you make the most of your time exploring Radhanagar Beach:

    • Scenic Beauty

    Radhanagar Beach captivates visitors with its breathtaking scenery. The beach boasts powdery white sand, lined with swaying palm trees and framed by crystal-clear turquoise waters. The picturesque backdrop of dense forests adds to its charm, creating a perfect setting for relaxation and rejuvenation.

    • Beach Activities

    Radhanagar Beach offers a range of activities to make your visit memorable. You can spend hours sunbathing on the soft sands, enjoying the gentle ocean breeze, and soaking up the warm tropical sun. The clear waters are ideal for swimming and cooling off in the azure sea.

    • Beach Sports and Recreation

    For adventure enthusiasts, Radhanagar Beach provides opportunities for beach sports such as volleyball, Frisbee, and football. The expansive shoreline and the firm sand make it a perfect spot for engaging in these activities with friends and family.

    • Sunset Delight

    Radhanagar Beach is renowned for its spectacular sunsets. As the day draws to a close, the sky transforms into a canvas of vibrant colors, casting a magical glow over the beach and the surrounding waters. Don't miss the chance to witness this awe-inspiring sight and capture stunning photographs.

    • Nature Walks and Birdwatching

    The beach is also a gateway to the lush tropical forests of Havelock Island. Take a leisurely stroll along the shore and explore the nearby trails that lead you into the island's rich biodiversity. Keep an eye out for unique plant species and tropical birds that inhabit the area.


    A Visit to the Elephant Beach

    One of the top things to do at Havelock Island is visit Elephant Beach. Here's what you need to know to make the most of your visit:

    • Natural Beauty and Tranquility

    Elephant Beach is renowned for its natural beauty and tranquil ambiance. It features pristine white sand, clear turquoise waters, and a lush green backdrop of tropical forests. The beach's secluded location adds to its charm, providing a serene and peaceful atmosphere for visitors to unwind and enjoy the surroundings.

    • Water Activities and Adventure Sports

    Elephant Beach offers a range of water activities and adventure sports for enthusiasts. Snorkeling is a popular choice, allowing you to explore the vibrant coral reefs and encounter diverse marine life, including colorful fish, turtles, and sometimes even small reef sharks. Snorkeling gear can be rented on-site.

    • Glass-Bottom Boat Rides

    If you prefer to stay dry while still experiencing the underwater beauty, you can opt for a glass-bottom boat ride. These rides offer a unique perspective, allowing you to observe the marine life and coral formations through the transparent bottom of the boat. It's a great option for non-swimmers or those seeking a more leisurely experience.


    1. Enjoying Local Cuisine and Nightlife

      Here's what you need to know to enjoy the island's culinary delights and lively entertainment:

      Local Cuisine

      Havelock Island offers a range of culinary experiences, combining local flavors with fresh seafood and traditional Indian dishes. Some must-try dishes include:

      • Seafood Delicacies: Indulge in fresh catches of the day, including grilled fish, prawns, lobsters, and crabs. These can be prepared in various styles such as tandoori, masala, or butter garlic.
      • Andamanese Cuisine: Sample local specialties like fish curry, crab curry, and dishes made with ingredients unique to the region, such as the famous Andaman wild pepper.
      • Coconut-based Dishes: Enjoy dishes prepared with coconut milk, a common ingredient in Andaman cuisine, adding a rich and creamy flavor to curries and stews.
      • Tropical Fruits: Don't miss the opportunity to taste the abundant tropical fruits available on the island, including papaya, mango, pineapple, and jackfruit.

      Restaurants and Cafes

      Havelock Island boasts a variety of restaurants and cafes that cater to different tastes and budgets. Some popular establishments include:

      • Full Moon Café: Known for its relaxed beachside ambiance and delectable seafood dishes, this café offers a range of international cuisines and refreshing beverages.
      • Something Different: This popular restaurant serves a fusion of Indian and continental dishes, along with vegetarian options. It is known for its cozy atmosphere and friendly service.
      • Red Snapper: Offering a fine dining experience, Red Snapper is renowned for its seafood specialties, including the freshest catches prepared with local flavors.
      • Barefoot Bar and Brasserie: Located in a stunning beachfront setting, this restaurant offers a unique dining experience, combining gourmet cuisine with an extensive selection of wines.



      Havelock Island's nightlife scene offers a mix of beachside bars, live music, and cultural performances. Some options to explore include:

      • Bonova Café and Pub: Known for its lively atmosphere, Bonova Café features live music, DJ nights, and a selection of beverages, making it a popular spot for tourists and locals alike.
      • Venom Bar: Situated near the main market area, Venom Bar offers a vibrant nightlife experience with a variety of drinks, music, and occasional live performances.
      • Beach Bonfire Nights: Many resorts on the island organize beach bonfire nights, where you can enjoy live music, and cultural performances, and mingle with fellow travelers under the starry sky.


      Final Words

      Above, we shared some of the top things to do at Havelock Island. For adventure enthusiasts, scuba diving and snorkeling at Havelock Island provide an opportunity to explore the mesmerizing coral reefs, encounter vibrant marine life, and discover the wonders beneath the sea surface. The island's dive centers and tour operators offer courses, certifications, and guided tours to cater to divers of all levels.

      Apart from the natural wonders, Havelock Island also delights visitors with its local cuisine and lively nightlife. From savoring fresh seafood and Andamanese delicacies to experiencing beachside bars, live music, and cultural performances, the island offers a diverse culinary and entertainment scene.

  • Andaman and Nicobar islands, a union territory of India, comprises of 572 islands out of which 37 are inhabited. Interestingly, these islands are closer to Myanmar and Indonesia than with the Indian mainland, which is more than 1300 km away.
    Andaman Islands offer a picturesque view of sun kissed beaches, amazing sea creatures and beautiful sunsets. One of the best ways to explore the aquatic beauty around is to take a glass boat ride in Andaman.  

    There are multiple options to choose from on what to do when you are in Andaman’s, from deep sea diving at Havelock Island to captivating sunrises and sunsets to indulging in amazingly tasty local cuisine at Port Blair. However, nothing beats the experience of witnessing the marine life through Glass boat ride in Andaman.

    This is a must do activity for anyone traveling to Andaman and will definitely be a memory to cherish for an entire lifetime. It’s very rare to get this close to a dolphin or a fish while riding a boat and sitting in the company of your loved ones.

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    What is Glass Boat Ride?

    Glass Boats are beautiful small boats / ferries adorned with transparent bottom allowing the occupants to experience the marine life in their own natural habitat.

    The boats can accommodate 4 to 6 people and as it sails on the pristine clear water of the Andaman Sea, lets you have a closer view of the beautiful and mesmerizing sea creatures and scenic corals.

    You can get onto these boats from different places within Andaman.  The ride can be between 15 minutes to an hour and the charges depend upon the length of the ride.  The longer the ride, the more expensive it will be.

    However, the thrill of riding a boat, sailing on crystal clear water while you witness the wild sea life inside is simply sublime, worth every minute of it.

    Why take a Glass boat ride in Andaman?

    The desire to satisfy the experience of watching enchanted exquisiteness of the underwater empire of Andaman without having to wet your body or take a dip inside the sea, is possible with this glass boat ride.  
    You not only get to have a close encounter with corals and fishes swimming around your face but also get to see dolphins, fire goby and freckled frogfish from a very close distance.

    The ride is also an excellent option for children and elderly to experience the aquatic diversity without any risk.  The central transparent portion of the boat allows everyone to have an uninhibited view of the sea underneath.

    People with families or on special trips can enjoy the adventure without any risk while satisfying the thrill of an adrenaline rush and encounter exotic aquatic species.  A must do activity when you are in the Andaman and wish to experience its genuine beauty.

    Popular Places for Glass Boat ride in Andaman

    There are umpteen number of places within Andaman offering this ride.  Some of the popular places to enjoy your Glass boat ride in Andaman include:

    Havelock Islands

    Falls in Ritchie’s archipelago and has one of the most famous Elephant beach along with rich accumulation of coral reefs and marine life.  Radhanagar beach in Havelock Island is known for its ethereal sunset while the interiors of the island is dotted with thick tress housing various birds chief among them being white headed mynas and woodpeckers.
    The Havelock Island is popular for glass boat rides, which can be booked online too.

    Port Blair

    Viper Island just 4 kilometers from Port Blair still has ruins of the first jail, which came up in Andaman’s even before the now famous Cellular Jail.

    The place is now used to ferry people on boats to give them a closer view of the sea creatures living off the seawaters of Bay of Bengal. This place is also the capital city and here too tourists can enjoy the famous Andaman glass boat ride.

    Neil Island

    It lies close to Havelock islands and just like other places in Andaman has beautiful beaches to explore and enjoy.  Bharatpur beach in Neil Island has a rich marine life with colorful fishes & coral reef at one end of the beach.

    This is another place offering Glass boat rides to the tourists.

    Ross Island

    This falls in south Andaman administrative council and is only 3 kilometers from Port Blair.  In addition to the glass boat rides, you can also enjoy the historical ruins of the place, which are a big tourist attraction here.

    These ruins were the war installations of Japanese POW camp.  The Presbyterian church is also a popular spot to visit.

    North Bay

    One of the best places to admire the marine life with an abundance of coral reefs, splendid white sand beaches and awesome natural beauty.  The place is also referred to as coral islands because of the huge presence of coral reefs here, which makes it an ideal place to visit and spend time in.

    The best time to visit it is from September to May, however the summers too are cooler than most of the other parts of India.  
    People can indulge themselves in Suba diving, snorkeling, sea walking and of course glass bottom boat rides at North Bay.

    Safety Precautions

    Although, the ride is safe it is important to follow the directions of your guide.  They are the ones who know everything about the boat and the safety processes to be followed in case of an emergency.  Some of the basic dos and don’ts of glass bottom boat ride at Andaman that you can follow are:

    Always carry your water bottle. You may not have access to water during the ride and its important to remain hydrated.
    Always listen to the details provided by the guide or the operator while you are in the midst of the ride.
    Do not step on the glass portion of the boat.
    Do not move unnecessarily inside the boat.
    Do not put your hands or legs out of the boat, as it can be dangerous.

    These are some of the basic precautions one can follow while relishing the glass boat ride. Although, the guide will explain everything before you step inside, its important to follow their instructions even while you are in the midst of the boat ride to have an experience to remember.  

    So, the next time, you think of visiting Andaman, remember to enjoy the quintessential Andaman glass boat ride and experience the thrill of being in close contact with our exotic friends from the sea.

  • Overview of Mayabunder Island


    A tiny isle nestled amongst the Middle Andaman Islands, spanning for only 1348 sq. km, Mayabunder remains one of the top attractions the Andamans have to offer.

    If you’re musing about how to reach Mayabunder Island, then you’re at the right place. Mayabunder is connected to Port Blair through roads with one or two ferry rides in between.

    About 250 km away from port Blair, it will take you about 8 to 9 hours to reach Mayabunder. If you prefer the serenity of the sea, it can be reached in more or less the same time via boats or ships.


    A century ago, Mayabunder was settled by the migrating tribes from Myanmar (then known as Burma). The hill tribe Karen from Burma brought along their culture and traditions from southeast Asia to the isle.

    Sprinkled along the coast are rice fields, and remnants of the settlements and wood logging camp. The cuisine is also derived from the culture of the various settlers, that once called this place their home.


    The fantastic cultural diversity of the Mayabunder Islands and unmatched exotic sights that will leave you breathless are thanks to the integration of different civilizations.

    It truly has a heritage deeply rooted in traditions and culture. The Burmese tribes, colonial prisoners, and settlers from India and Bangladesh (including east-Pakistan) have all contributed equally to the legacy of the place.

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    Reasons to visit Mayabunder Island

    So why should you add Mayabunder Island to your bucket list? If the eccentric cultural fusion isn’t enough to convince you to go here, the untouched beaches with volcanic sand and pristine blue waters should pull you in.

    The secluded snorkelling spots and hiking trails lure in travellers looking to spend some alone time communing with nature. It is definitely worthwhile to go on a sightseeing tour of Mayabunder Island.

    As Mayabunder is kind of secluded and quiet, government-funded PWD guest houses, private guesthouses and lodgings, low budget hotels, and resorts such as the Hawksbill Nest are your best options on the island.

    Since the locals only speak in Bengali or Hindi, the staff at the hotels & resorts at Mayabunder Island do help the tourists in getting around the island.

    The major sightseeing spots at Mayabunder Island are:

    Ray Hills

    Known for being an eco-village, Ray hills Mayabunder Island is a rustic treasure trove. On the unparalleled hiking trails, you can breathe in the pure air and heal your soul.

    If you’re looking for cliffs to go rock climbing, Ray Hills offers that as well. The guesthouses situated on the coastline present views that are just breath-taking.

    You can observe the majestic wild elephants strolling through the dense jungles. Although, it is also possible to go on an elephant ride through the mangrove forests.

    It is advisable to make a booking before you arrive at the place.

    Austin X

    The colonial monuments and ruins, amidst the green backdrop of the thickets of trees, are worthy of being featured on the postcards.

    Austin X Beach at Mayabunder Island is home to radiant and vibrant corals as well. This makes it the destination in Mayabunder to go diving for pearls and sea walking.

    Also worth visiting are the fragrant orange orchards here. Advanced hikers and adventure sports enthusiasts are also in for a treat when visiting Austin X.

    Karmatang Beach

    Karmatanag Beach at Mayabunder Island is merely a half an hour away from the main city. But the beach itself is a sight to behold.

    Especially if you’re visiting during turtle nesting season, you might get to witness nature in action.

    There is also a well-maintained park around, which is ideal for families looking for a picnic spot.

    Avis Island

    Another little nook for photography enthusiasts, Avis Island, Mayabunder Island, is surrounded with vivid blue ocean waves and primeval sandy beaches.

    Avis (or Aves) Island can be visited after you have attained consent from the authorities. But trust us, it is worth the hassle.

    The beach is practically uninhabited, which makes it perfect for a romantic escapade or a group get-together, away from the crowd.

    The picturesque island is littered with coconut plantations. So, if you wish to spend some quiet time on a hammock with a new book, Avis Island is the place you should be at.

    Interview Island

    Interview Island at Mayabunder Island is right at the boundary of the North and Middle Andaman Islands. It is renowned for its Wildlife Sanctuary, which was established way back in 1985.

    Now, this largest Andaman sanctuary is home to Asiatic wild elephants along with some other exotic wildlife. The marshlands and evergreen jungles are suitable for a hike, which is why visitors recommend trekking at Interview Island, Mayabunder Island.

    Austen strait, which is right next to Interview Island, is apt for a dinghy boat ride. It’s also the home to large saltwater crocodiles, so be extra careful when you’re out there!

    German Jetty

    German Jetty Mayabunder Island is on the APWD Guesthouse grounds. Bordered by lush green forests, it might have one of the best lookout points on Mayabunder island.

    The place is an old settler harbour and was named as the ‘German jetty’ during the second world war.

    Rampur beach

    Located just 25 to 30 minutes away from the Danapur junction in Mayabunder, Rampur beach is framed with a thriving mangrove forest. It is right off the side of the road and next to the Rampur village.

    Pokhadera Beach

    A lesser-known beach near the Mayabunder dock, it is also home to some lively coral reefs. Prior permission is required before you plan your trip to this beach as it is a part of the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park.

    Once you get here, though, you should definitely go for a swim!

    Museums Mayabunder

    The forest museum houses an atypical collection of indigenous flora and fauna from the Andaman Islands. The nearby food stalls also provide mouth-watering southeast Asian cuisine.

    On the other hand, the private Anmol Driftwood museum and the Wood museum close to the DFO office is just the right place for travellers that don’t mind a little history lesson.

    As a bonus, you also get to enjoy the excellent craftsmanship and miniature pieces fashioned out of wood.

  • Introduction

    Mayabunder is a place to engage in offbeat experiences. Home to beautiful beaches, this developing tourist destination is bestowed with natural scenic beauty. Charming locals, uninhibited in their generous hospitality welcome tourists to visit Mayabunder – a place that they have made a home for centuries. Known for its mangrove forests, shallow crystal clear beaches, turtle nesting grounds, eclectic food, vast white sand beaches – Mayabunder is unlike a regular tourist destination – and that’s why it is charming. It’s a place to find solidarity, comfort, tranquil and infinite peace in the lap of nature. How to reach Mayabander Island Andaman islands is never an issue given the connectivity from Port Blair via road or sea.


    Located in Middle Andaman, towards the Northern part, Mayabunder is 242 km away from the capital city of Port Blair. For the North and Middle Andaman region, Mayabunder is an administrative headquarters.

    Sightseeing Spots at Mayabander Island Andaman Islands is plenty. Mayabunder is full of farmlands. Being a seaport that was inhabited by a hill tribe named Karen, who was originally from Burma, the agrarian culture is depicted here in vivid detail. Rice paddy fields, teaming forests, blend harmoniously with the gleaming ocean.

    When visiting here, there are plenty of eco-huts beside the beach to spend time looking at the ocean and finding peace. There is an observation tower on Karmatang beach from where one can witness the scenic landscape.


    The culture of Mayabunder is representative of the amalgamation of different ethnicities from East Pakistan, Myanmar and ex-convicts from Mainland India during the British colonial period. The culture is eclectic, to say the least. Languages spoken in Andamans are spoken here too. This includes Andamanese, which is the indigenous language of the Andamans. Being an agrarian culture, the lifestyle of people, cuisine, festivals, and general demeanour is rustic, hospitable, friendly, and accommodative. The locals thrive on the tourism economy, so expect good and safe treatment from them. The all-encompassing culture, by virtue of it being multi-ethnic, creates a unique way of life in Mayabunder where people of all faiths live in harmony.

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    Rampur Beach – From Danapur Junction, reaching this place takes about 30 minutes. Danapur Junction has a bus stand, so if anyone wishes to take a bus to Rampur Beach can do so from here. Although small, the Rampur Beach is stunning to say the least. From the beach, the view of the Mangrove forest is a highlight attraction.

    Karmatanag Beach at Mayabander Island Andaman Islands – Considered to be the best beach to visit in Mayabunder Islands, it is in the spotlight always for it is a turtle nesting ground. Green Turtles of the Andaman and the Olive Ridley Turtles can be seen here on the vast stretches of white sand flanked by crystal clear waters.

    German Jetty Mayabunder Island – This is essentially an old harbour. When on a visit here, one can see huge rocks beside the sea. The waves splashing on the rocks creates thunderous music. The jetty is a structure that juts out from the land into the water. A German engineer built it during the Second World War.

    Some other attractions here are Avis Island Mayabander Island Andaman Islands, Ray hills Mayabander Island, AustinX Beach at Mayabander Island Andaman Islands, and Interview Island at Mayabander Island Andaman Islands. Most tourists don’t forget Trekking at Interview Island Mayabander Island Andaman Islands – it is considered amongst the finest in Andamans.

    Famous cuisine of Andaman/ Mayabunder Islands

    The cuisine of Mayabunder is similar to the cuisine of Andaman in general. Serving food that has the delicious flavours of traditional Indian cooking, along with the local flavours, the Indian food here has a unique taste. When sauntering along the island on foot or a personal vehicle, one can find numerous food stalls lined along the small roads. These are called Dhabas here – but the food may not be typical of an Indian Dhaba – the ‘Dhaba’ moniker is suggestive of the place being a roadside eatery. Local people run most of these eateries.

    So what to expect at these eateries? The menu can include an amazing variety of food! Starting from Fish Curry, Chilli Curry, Amritsari Kulcha, to Tandoori Fish, Coconut Prawn Curry, and Macher Jhol. No one is left looking for alternatives – such is the culinary experience here. And eating amidst a sea of greenery, a spellbinding ambience, and amiable eatery staff is a delightful experience.

    Tips to find the perfect restaurant

    Anywhere on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, one is not far away from good food. No Sightseeing Tour of Mayabander Island is complete without food! There is food for everyone – vegetarian, non-vegetarian, and exquisite seafood. No one goes away from the islands without having a soulful culinary experience.

    Even on Mayabunder Islands, there is no shortage of good eateries. Run by locals, the food has a homemade characteristic to it. For those who dote on homemade food or something similar, can enjoy the delicious food on offer at the numerous stalls, dhabas and private eateries.

    There are restaurants too – the trend in Mayabunder, however, is to eat-on-the-go. Whether it’s travelling on the island by foot or by vehicle, stopping by a food stall and engaging one’s tastebuds with some delicious, fresh food is a common activity. Can add such experiences in one’s food journal – of travelling for food, and food for travelling!

    The best places to eat at Mayabunder Islands

    There are plenty of Hotels & Resorts at Mayabander Island Andaman Islands. Hotel Sea and Sand, Tamil Nadu Restaurant, Middle Andaman Mayabunder, Chakraborty Hotel, Jaya Lakshmi Hotel, Hira Hotel, and Dolphin Restaurant are some of the many restaurants here. And then there are the scores of eateries, private food stalls, take-away stores, dhabas. All of it combined, Mayabunder has a lot of places to eat.

    The cuisine on offer is an eclectic mix. A culmination of native island food, integrated flavorfully with mainland Indian food, presents an exotic variety of food. Although the food name could indicate a popular Indian dish, the tastefully done dish can assimilate local native flavours, giving it a unique taste. This can be said of all Indian food that is available here. Not just Indian food, even International cuisine is available here. Remember that Mayabunder, just like any other place to visit in Andamans, is a prominent tourist destination for travellers from all parts of the world.

  • The pandemic crisis brought almost the whole world to a standstill. Nations went into lockdown and everyone was restricted to their homes. Companies relying heavily on an office presence for the completion of their tasks found a way to work from home. But this was temporary as industries had to open to prevent an economic meltdown. The world as we know it can’t function at such a slow pace.   

    There were a lot of changes. And most importantly, something had to change from our regular way of doing things. As a result, the way we travel changed, the way we communicated modified, and we even altered our way of greeting each other.

    Far away from the hustle and bustle of the world, our amazingly beautiful and lavish beachfront property, Havelock Island Beach Resort, is nestled in the remote Andaman Islands. Located in Havelock Island (now known as Swaraj Dweep), our resort follow elevated safety protocols and stringent hygiene standards. Also, we conduct mandatory temperature checks for staff and guests on daily basis in order to ensure your safety and a worry-free stay. In case you are willing to go for a vacation to get rid of all the work stress, then a secluded paradise would be a great destination.

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    New norms to be followed while travelling to the Andaman Islands

    COVID-19 testing

    Every passenger is required to either go through a Rapid Antigen Test at Port Blair airport (Veer Savarkar International Airport) or get an RT-PCR test report from the mainland, the sample for which must be given within 48 hours of arrival. The same can be used to board the ferry to Havelock Island. The test is not that costly and the result is given in nearly half an hour. All this will ensure the safety of the island for travellers.
    Things to remember

    Everyone has to wear a mark keeping their nose and mouth covered at all times, especially when in public settings.

    Social distancing should be maintained. You should avoid close contact by staying at least six feet apart (about two arms’ distance) from anyone who is not with you.

    Regular sanitisation of hands is mandatory. We have dispensers installed across the resort.

    Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth, especially after touching other surfaces.

    Wherever available, use contactless payment and no-touch trash cans and doors. Rather than by hand, the cash or card should be exchanged by placing them in a receipt tray or on the counter, wherever possible.

    Stay away from crowded spaces as much as possible. Avoid group gatherings.

    Get thermal checking wherever required, including at our resort and activity centres.

    Carry your own essentials such as water bottles, personal sanitizers, etc.

    The safety rules set by concerned authorities are there to ensure the wellbeing of everyone in the wake of the pandemic. Kindly follow them for your own and others’ safety.

    Important points for tourists travelling to the Andaman Islands

    The COVID-19 test report has to be from within 48 before starting the journey. It will not be valid if the date of testing is more than 2 days before landing at the Port Blair Airport.

    If you have tested negative either through RTPCR from an ICMR approved lab, then no institution or home quarantine is needed.
    Travellers going to and from Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep) and Havelock Island will not be required to test again if they have a negative test report.

    If you start developing symptoms, then you have to immediately report to the nearest PHC/CHC. Necessary testing will be done as per the doctor’s advice.

    If a tourist tests positive after arrival, then they have to be in institutional isolation as per existing health protocols. The cost of such isolation will be paid by the tourist as fixed by the administration.

    If the positive-tested person wants to stay at a hotel, then the hotel has to make the required arrangements for designating a part of their rooms for institutional isolation for this purpose. They can stay there provided they meet the below-mentioned conditions:

    -If allowed by doctors
    -Request/undertaking is made by the patient in writing
    -Patients are not symptomatic and not above the age of 60

    There will be thermal checking and scanning at every entry and exit points.

    Now you need more time in hand to visit tourist places in the Andamans as the timings of most places are changed and the opening hours are reduced.

    No group photography is allowed in any place.  

    How to Reach Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep)?

    Located about 57 kilometers from Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, you can reach Havelock Island via sea only. It takes nearly two to three hours to reach Havelock Island from Port Blair. There are frequently available ferries and cruises operating between the two places. You can choose as per your convenience and budget as both government ferries and private cruises are functional to the island. The ferries leave from Phoenix Bay Wharf.

    Now known as Swaraj Dweep, Havelock Island receives the maximum footfall in the Andaman Islands owing to its pristine beaches and turquoise waters. It has also the best infrastructure for a number of water activities, thus ensuring an incredible experience for everyone. You can try scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and a lot more. The island offers a relaxed atmosphere with tropical vibes. The beaches of Havelock Island are amazingly gorgeous. They are dotted with PADI diving centers, cute cafes, and luxurious beachfront properties. You can reach this island by sea. Private and government ferries operate from Port Blair and Neil Island, which are the neighboring islands. These are the lifeline of the Andaman Islands as they connect so many islands with each other. The same can be booked through Andaman Island Travels for an easy and worry-free experience.

  • Who doesn’t love the Ocean? What if your other half also loves the Ocean? Then, go underwater for a romantic proposal that can spark the rest of your lives! Underwater romances have always been the substance of blockbuster movies. Just imagine experiencing the extra special moments with your special someone surrounded by the stunning coral reef and the most bright, colorful marine life, in your homeland. Yes, Andaman Island is the best place to express your love for your partner in a unique scenario.

    How to Plan your engagement proposal?

    Proposal ideas differ from person to person, depending on their lifestyle. It is the hardest thing in this world to do which, needs a lot of planning. The best way to do it is by planning special activities for the rest of the day and keeping your proposal a blissful moment.

    Beach is the romantic location where you can experience an amazing underwater proposal. If you and your partner are adventure junkies then this could be the right choice. Plan a bunch of activities all through the day, this will excite her to jump in the water with you. Now, dive together into the turquoise waters, take pictures together, and after arriving at a wonderful spot, draw out the ring carefully before your young lady or guy notice asking him/her the inquiry. If your photographer is waiting underwater then you get quality pictures to cherish the moment for life.

    Proposing to your love in this unique and creative way while letting the marine creatures witness this extraordinary moment is one of the great and remarkable memories in your happiness. So plan your proposal around what will make her feel safe and confident about the future.

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    Choose a creative underwater photographer

    The photographer you pick should be creative and think-out-of the box. For extra adventures, couples whose proposals and weddings are near the ocean are heading into the sea to capture the unique moments in underwater photography. Whether your photographer uses a drone to get overhead or just rely on underwater cameras he must be willing to run with anything that comes their way.

    Underwater photography not just gives you stunning and artistic photos that celebrate your love yet an experience that you have never experienced before. 

    Think about how you will pop up the question

    When it comes to popping the question timing is everything. Asking your loved ones to marry you is probably the most important question you will ever ask and is the most nerve-wracking moment! You’ve decided to pop the question? Know that you cannot use your voice underwater. Instead, there are a lot of possibilities either you can make underwater signage with you underwater, or write a message on the side of the boat. The answer to your question can’t be heard underwater but seeing the smile on her face would surely bring you the assurance you’ve been waiting for.

    To give your partner the proposal of their dreams this unique and personalized proposal is the one-of-a-kind proposal that you want.

    So what’s included?
    Scuba dive sessions for two
    “Will you marry me?” underwater signage
    Rental equipment’s
    Underwater photography
    A bottle of bubbly with champagne

    Just bring out your creativity and be as romantic as possible. This proposal story is going to be retold a lot. So make sure it’s a story worth- telling to your family, friends, and your future children.

  • The capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair is famous for the historic Cellular Jail that was built by the Britishers in ten years. It was constructed as solitary confinement for Indian political prisoners. This was the most dreaded and grueling colonial jail, which was also referred to as Kala Pani. It has witnessed the most atrocious punishments imposed on innumerable freedom fighters of India. Open to the public as a national memorial, you can see the whole place soaking in the misery and pain of the revolutionaries. You can climb the stairs, walk through the corridors, get inside the cells, and see the gallows where executions were done by hanging. 

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    At present, the entrance block of the national memorial houses freedom fighters photos and an exhibition gallery on the ground floor. An art gallery (Netaji Gallery) and a library on the Indian freedom movement are on the first floor of the building. Galleries on the first war of independence and another one displaying a rare collection of old photographs are also on the premises. In memory of all freedom fighters and martyrs, there is an eternal Flame “Freedom-Swatantrya Jyot” that has been erected in the vicinity of the jail. 


    Timings for Cellular Jail and Jail Museum: 9 am to 5 pm (Open all days except national holidays)


    • Entry Fee: Rs. 30
    • Still Camera: Rs. 200
    • Video Camera: Rs. 1000
    • Film shooting per day with prior permission: Rs. 10,000

    Address: Atlanta Point, Port Blair, Andaman, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, 744104, India


    The Light and Sound Show at Cellular Jail is a must-see when in Port Blair. Son-et-Lumiere (Sound and Light Show) presents the saga of the heroic freedom struggle. The entry fee for kids is Rs. 25 and for adults, it is Rs. 50. Along with the language (Hindi or English), you can also choose any of the following timings to watch the one-hour show:

    • 05:30 pm to 06:30 pm
    • 06:45 pm to 07:45 pm
    • 08:00 pm to 09:00 pm 


    The construction of Cellular Jail began in 1896 and was completed in 1906. This unique three-storied structure was the first of its kind in India. Spread as seven spokes of a bicycle wheel, it had 693 cells specially built for solitary confinement of the prisoners. The front of the row of cells faced the back of the other. Thus, there was a complete absence of communication between prisoners housed in different wings. 

    Near the entrance of the jail, a two-storied building on the left side was built to be used as the hospital. The Martyr's Column now stands on the plinth of this building. At the right side of the main entrance near the compound wall, there are gallows where three persons could be executed simultaneously. There was a separate door in the outer compound wall to carry the corpses.

    Cellular Jail imprisoned many freedom revolutionaries of India. Savarkar brothers, Babu Ram Hari, Pandit Parmanand, Ullaskar Dutt, Bhai Parmanand, Prithvi Singh Azad, Trailokyanath Chakravarthy, etc. were incarcerated here among many others. Many charismatic freedom fighters involved in Alipore Bomb case, Lahore Conspiracy Case, Inter-Provincial Conspiracy Case, etc. were also brought to this jail under long terms of imprisonment.


    Water Sports 

    There is no water sport available at Cellular Jail. However, there is Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex nearby and you can try your hand at the following exciting water sports there:

    • Jet Ski Ride
    • Banana Ride
    • Sofa Ride
    • Parasailing
    • Kayaking
    • Glass Bottom Boat


    Nearby Hotels 

    Cellular Jail is a major attraction in Port Blair and there are a number of hotels located nearby. Some of them are as follows:

    • Blue Bridge Home
    • Ross View Hotels and Resorts
    • Andaman Vacations Home
    • J Hotel
    • Raja Monsoon Villa
    • Hotel Sea View
    • Hotel Royal Palace
    • Atlanta Cottage
    • Deer Park Homotel
    • NH Regency 
    • Kevins
    • Sunnyvale Andaman
    • Hotel Aqua Breeze
    • Guru International
    • Hotel Serene Palace


    Nearby Places To Eat 

    There are various good restaurants near Cellular Jail. Some of the best ones are as follows:

    • Icy Spicy - a vegetarian restaurant specializing in Indian and Chinese cuisines
    • New Lighthouse Restaurant - popular for its mouth-watering seafood dishes
    • Fortune Resort Bay Island - a high-end restaurant known for its great hospitality 
    • Ananda Multi-cuisine Restaurant - specializing in seafood and Indian cuisine 

    How To Reach

    Located in Port Blair, Cellular Jail is easily accessible. Just about 7.8 km from the center of Port Blair via RGT Road, it is located in a very good area. To reach there, you can either hire a cab or take any local transport like taxi, auto, bus, tuk-tuk rickshaw, and minibus. You can also easily hire two-wheelers and cycles in Port Blair. However, travelling via a cab is the most recommended option. Cellular Jail is well-connected and once you are here, you can visit other tourist hotspots as well. 

    Best Time To Visit

    The Andaman Islands are known for their warm and pleasant tropical climate round the year. Thus, you can visit this paradise at any time of the year. April to June is the summer season here and the weather is sunny. So this is the perfect time to visit Cellular Jail if you don’t mind sweating a bit. The duration from June to November is the rainy season here. Generally, it is the offseason here and it is quite secluded at this time of the year. Hotels and resorts offer great discounts during this period and thus, it is also the cheapest time to visit the island. You can travel to the Andamans at this time if you are not scared of getting a little drenched in the rain. The most popular season to visit Cellular Jail is the winter season—from November to March. The climate is not too hot and is quite pleasant for tourists to explore the whole place. 


  • You can go to this popular beach in Port Blair on the first evening of your trip. After a long day, all everyone wants is to take a leisurely stroll surrounded by peaceful beach vibes. One of the most famous beaches in the capital town, people visit Corbyn’s Cove Beach here for boating, water scooters, and jet skiing as well. It is a secluded and unspoiled beach that is not so far from the city center. A prominent sightseeing place in the Andaman Islands, the beach has azure waters and verdant green coconut palms. You can go there to relax and enjoy various enthralling water sports that are available on the beach shore. It is an ideal location for enjoying sunbathing and swimming as well. There are hotels and restaurants nearby Corbyn’s Cove Beach where you can get refreshed and enjoy mouth-watering food. 

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    Whether you are a nature lover or an adventure enthusiast, Corbyn’s Cove Beach in Port Blair is a place where everyone is sure to have an unforgettable time. It is the most visited beach of the capital town as it offers one of the most delightful sceneries on the islands. Stretching up to 1.5 kilometers in length with a fairly wide area open on both sides, it has one of the longest constructed shorelines in Port Blair shaped in a crescent. The water of the beach is clear and has the perfect amount of waves for a great swimming experience. There are no underwater reefs and the sand has the right amount of stiffness. Thus, your feet are safe from cuts and sea creatures while you swim. 

    Things To Do

    Along with relaxing and going for various thrilling water activities at Corbyn’s Cove Beach, you can also take a tour of the bunkers, which were built by the Japanese army during World War II.

    Water Sports

    Corbyn’s Cove Beach is popular for swimming and strolling. However, if you are an adrenaline junkie, then there are some water sports available here to give you the much-needed rush. These are mentioned below:


    • Jet Skiing

    Jet skiing definitely stands out among all the water sports at Corbyn’s Cove Beach. However, it is affected by weather conditions. It should not be done during a heavy downpour or a storm; otherwise, it would be highly dangerous. Therefore, before heading out to enjoy this superb activity, don’t forget to check the weather conditions first. And for your own safety, don’t stand up while driving the jet ski.

    If you love speed, then jet skiing is the best water sport at the beach for you. Feeling the thrill as you zip through the waves in a criss-cross way would definitely be an amazing experience. It will be even more memorable and charming when the cool wind and ocean water will be sprinkled all over your face. The skilful experts will familiarise you with the basics of jet skiing once you reach there. And after the training session, you will zoom through the challenging sea waters and hustle against the breeze. This will surely satisfy adrenaline junkies’ hunger for adventure. 


    • Speed Boat Ride


    If you are someone who wants to glide on the waters but doesn’t want to get in, then speed boating is particularly for you. By speed boating at Corbyn’s Cove Beach, you can experience the thrill but still be completely safe. This is the perfect water sport for you. While the speed boat splashes through the waters at a fast pace, you will be inside, safely and in your life jacket. Swimmer or otherwise, you just cannot miss this water activity when at this beach in Port Blair. 


    • Scuba Diving


    This is the best water activity not only at Corbyn’s Cove Beach but across the Andaman Islands. It is the most sought-after place in Port Blair for scuba diving. Its waters are perfect for diving and exploring the underwater world. This enthralling water sport is carried out near Snake Island that has patches of both hard and soft corals as well as an ideal amount of marine life. From the left side of the beach, you will take off on a boat and will be taken near this tiny island where licensed divers will train you and accompany you under the water for your incredible experience. 

    Corbyn’s Cove Beach is not the best place for scuba diving on the island. However, it does offer a fairly decent experience to the divers. The best part is that anyone can go for this enthralling activity as you don’t need to know swimming to witness the diverse marine life of the ocean.


    • Sea Kart


    For trying your hand at sea kart, Port Blair is the place where you need to be. The ride begins from the beautiful Corbyn’s Cove Beach, takes you near Ross Island, and brings you back. On the way, you can ride the kart and enjoy exploring the gorgeous coasts of the capital town of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Starting from Rs.3,500 per person, a sea kart ride on the island is light on your pocket. The overall experience is absolutely fun-filled.


    Nearby Hotels 

    Some of the best properties near Corbyn’s Cove Beach are as follows:

    • TSG Emerald View
    • Peerless Resort Port Blair
    • Lemon Tree Hotel
    • Hotel GKM Grand
    • Sinclairs Bay View
    • Sea Shell Coral Cove
    • Hotel Sentinel
    • Ripple Resort
    • Hotel Shompen
    • Hotel King Safire
    • J Hotel
    • Ami Grace
    • Hotel Horizon Hues
    • Sea Hills Hotels & Resorts
    • Sun Sea Resort



    How To Reach

    The beach is only seven kilometers from the main town. You can either rent a two-wheeler or take an auto-rickshaw (costing nearly Rs. 150) to reach there. 

    Best Time To Visit

    The best time to visit and chill at Corbyn’s Cove Beach is December to early May. During this time, you can witness the amazing flora and fauna of the place at their best. It is also a good time for trying your hand at various adventure water sports as well.


  • Whether you are an adrenaline junkie or a history buff, including Ross Island (renamed to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island) and North Bay Island in your Andaman travel itinerary is a must. Ranging from exciting water sports to witnessing rich history, going on an excursion to these two islands would be an excellent idea. At North Bay Island, you can try your hand at various adventure water sports whereas at Ross Island, you can look at the ruins of the place that was the administrative capital of the British in the past. When in the Andaman Islands, these two destinations should not be missed at any cost.

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    A few miles from Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Ross Island was the administrative headquarter for the Britishers at one time. In 1941, an earthquake rocked this island, and the British left it and settled in Port Blair. The island could never recover from the damage since then. Nature began to take its toll slowly but steadily. The buildings were engulfed by the banyan trees present there, and this replaced the man-made structures. Making you nostalgic, Ross Island takes you back in time. Some of the old buildings have been turned into bakeries and local stores by the Indian Navy. From here, you can buy souvenirs as memories.

    Also known as Coral Island, North Bay Island is counted among the top destinations in Port Blair. The stunning beach and thrilling water activities in its fringing coral reefs are the major highlights here. Lovely corals are spread across a large area here and if you are lucky, then you can spot various fish, lobsters, or even clams on the coral reef. North Bay is a perfect place to relax and enjoy.

    A fee of Rs. 30 at Ross Island and Rs. 10 at North Bay Island has to be given after you have reached there. Advance payment is not possible. 



    The ruins of the old buildings constructed by Indian prisoners can still be seen in Ross Island. These are textured by thick roots of peepal trees that take all the visitors back to an era that is long gone yet still remembered. The place gives out a unique vibe that cannot be found anywhere else in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. You can witness magnificent man-caves, the old church, and a grim history. The whole experience gets further memorable with its protected forest that is a sanctuary of diverse birds and animals including peacocks and deer. So you are definitely going to have a good time there if you love walking around and enjoy your time in the lap of nature under the shade of tall tropical trees.

    If you are a nature lover or marine life enthusiast, then you will be amazed to see the lovely coral reefs that are extremely appealing. If you consider yourself a water baby and ocean is your second home, then North Bay Island should be your next stop. The splendor of coral reefs is sure to take your breath away. This island is a paradise for adventure seekers. Here, you can spend some quality time enjoying the sights of nature while basking under the sun. Adrenaline junkies can indulge in activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, sea walking, and more.

    Top Things To Do in Ross Island

    • Explore the ruins

    There is a lot of history associated with Ross Island, and this is the top reason to visit this extraordinary place. The island is home to some of the oldest British and Japanese structures in India showcasing the lavish life of Britishers after the occupied Andamans. The island also served as the residence of the old Chief Commissioner. All operations in the isles, including the construction of Cellular Jail, were overseen from Ross Island.

    The ruins include the following along with many others:

    • Church
    • Secretariat
    • Government House
    • Chief Commissioner's residence
    • Long strips of luxury gardens
    • Swimming pool
    • Grand ballrooms
    • Tennis court
    • Water treatment plants
    • Hospital
    • Printing press, etc.

    Looking at these remnants of our unforgettable past will take you back to the penal settlement age and remind you of our struggle for freedom.

    • Attend the light and sound show

    This show will take you back to the past by presenting the history of how everything was planned and constructed in the islands. The show majorly showcases the penal settlement period including how Britishers came to the islands, what they focused on constructing, and setting the administration to rule the isles. The luxurious lifestyle of the Chief Commander and his family is also showcased in the show. It will also explain the difficulties faced by the inmate Indian workers who build the jail, only to be thrown in their cells later on. We recommend attending this show if you want to add a pinch of history to your vacation.

    • Visit the sanctuary

    Located in the middle of the island, the sanctuary is home to deer and peacocks, which are protected under the Andaman administration. Their population across the Andaman Islands is the highest at Ross Island as these animals are taken care of on a daily basis by a caretaker appointed by the government. They live inside a reserved area filled with large tropical trees including coconuts and palms. Also, they can come out of the reserve to play around with visitors. Feeding or harming animals in any way is strictly prohibited here. If you are an animal lover and want to have a close encounter with them, then you should definitely visit this place.

    • Explore the man caves

    These man caves are uniquely interwoven, and these were built all around Ross Island for helping the prominent British officers escape in case of an attack. Now, these caves are abandoned as they have run out of their purpose. At present, they act as a display of outstanding skills, effort and hardships faced by Indian workers in making them. The crucial offices and constructions throughout the island are connected by theses caves that follow several joint paths. If you decide to explore them, then you will be presented with a very mysterious vibe. In order to ensure safety and swift return and to avoid any complications that may occur, it is highly recommended that you visit there with a guide with you.

    • Visit the pond

    There is no specific name and it is called a pond only! It is a huge pond where the water gets collected and stays for long periods. It has turned into green color. Used by the British a long time ago, there are a few small ruins near the pond. Tall trees surround the place from all sides. There is a comfortable little place where you can sit, relax, and appreciate the view. By following the signs in less than fifteen minutes of walking, you can easily reach this point of attraction. 

    • Enjoy a calming lunch

    There are a number of huts and small sheds built across Ross Island where tourists can take a break and spend some quality time amidst the shade of tall trees and shrubs. There is a diverse variety of bird species present on the island. They chirp and play around the visitors and present a wonderful scene. It is a good place to relax and have your lunch. 

    Top Things To Do in North Bay Island (Water Sports)

    Andaman Island, the untouched Indian union territory, is a storehouse of adventure sports for adrenaline junkies from all over the world. Especially famous for its water sports, North Bay Island is popular for offering such activities that can be enjoyed by swimmers as well as non-swimmers. The island is famous among adventure seekers owing to the diversity of water sports one can experience here. Having a multitude of activities available for one and all, no one can get bored on this little piece of paradise. 

    We present here some of the famed water sports in North Bay Island that you should definitely try during your vacation here. The below-mentioned are some of the enthralling activities that you can try on the island:

    • Scuba diving

    The Andaman Island is the hub of popular water activities, and North Bay Island is counted among the top five places to experience them. Beyond the shallow waters above the shoreline, it offers the richest and diverse underwater world that presents a great world for the divers. The underwater currents are moderate. Some of the very rare species of fishes can be spotted there more often than not.

    • Snorkeling 

    Haven’t tried snorkeling yet? No problem! Probably, you were destined to do this water activity at the best place in India. You will notice the colorful reefs of the ocean shining through your underwater goggles. You can have a look at the marine life and the rarest corals while performing this activity in Andaman Island. 

    • Parasailing

    It is an incredible water sport that anyone can enjoy in North Bay Island. Parasailing offers a fantastic combo of water and airborne adventure. While harnessed in a parachute, you are tied behind a motorboat with a rope. As the boat speeds off into the sea, you start flying like a kite in the sky! You may get to dip into the water as well. The whole experience is extremely enthralling! This activity is something that you should not miss at any cost in Andaman Island. And yes, don’t forget to wear clothes in which you can move comfortably. 

    • Sea walking

    A superb fun adventure sport, absolutely no experience is required to do this. There is not any complicated equipment to handle. Just wear the helmet and walk on the smooth and clean sand of the seafloor. You will get a close-up view of the underwater world without any hassle. The instructors are there by your side at all times, thus it is perfectly safe to do. Neither your contact lenses/glasses nor your fancy hairdo will get messed up under the water. No wonder it is one of the most preferred water sports! 

    • Dolphin glass-bottom boat

    Glass bottom boat rides from dolphin is perfect for those tourists who don’t want to get wet or for families who prefer to adventure together. The boat starts from the Jetty and explores the ocean surrounding the islands. While sailing, you can explore the vast sea, flying through the waves. You can watch the sea through a transparent bottom, making the experience wonderful and enjoyable for yourself. Kids and elders enjoy this activity a lot.

    • Semi-submarine ride

    Coral Safari offers a semi-submarine ride in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. If you want to experience the wonderful underwater world of corals and fishes from the comfort of your cabin, then you should definitely try this activity. The submarine takes you to the best-known spots of coral belts around the North Bay Island. You can look at and appreciate the treasure of corals without having to worry about safety or equipment. Unlike scuba diving and snorkeling, the semi-submarine ride can be enjoyed by both kids and elders. It is an adventurous as well as family-friendly activity. It offers a good experience if you are seeking something unique. 

    Nearby Hotels 

    An important thing to know is that the civilian settlements of any kind are prohibited by the administration at both these islands. Therefore, there is no place to stay at night there. Everyone must leave the island before dawn. The nearest hotels to Ross Island and North Bay Island are in Port Blair. 

    • Sinclairs Bay View
    • Welcomhotel By ITC Hotels, Bay Island
    • Seashell Hotel
    • Hotel Megapode Nest
    • J Hotel
    • Ami Grace
    • Haywizz
    • Ashiaanaa Residency Inn
    • Hotel Semtinel
    • Sunray Homes 

    Where To Eat 

    While travelling to these two islands, you can have a good meal at Ross Island. You will see a small cafeteria and restaurant in Ross Island that serves both tourists and defense personnel. As the goods are transported there via a boat, the prices are a bit high when compared to Port Blair, the capital city. Don’t expect so many dishes. However, the restaurant serves vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian food with a decent menu. There are a lot of small vendors as well who offer fresh coconut water near the jetty. You can buy some refreshments on the island from them. Also, you can have some snacks when you reach the Water Sports Complex on your return trip. In case you ever need to refill your water bottle, there is an RO water purifier near the jetty.

    How To Reach

    Just take a ferry from Phoenix Bay Jetty, Port Blair. It will take nearly fifteen minutes to reach Ross Island. The island is located very close to Port Blair. In fact, you can see the whole island from the Water Sports Complex. It is completely disconnected by land. Thus, it is not possible to reach there by road. You can reach Ross Island by taking a boat or ferry from the Water Sports Complex. It will take you directly to the jetty in less than fifteen minutes. The ticket fare varies from Rs. 150 to Rs. 500 based on the size and seat position. As the tickets get sold out very fast, you should make the booking in advance in order to ensure seamless travel. You can buy the tickets easily by visiting the Directorate of Shipping Services office, located at Aberdeen Bazaar. There is no place to stay on the island. Therefore, ensure to get a return ticket as well. Also, remember to keep your identity proof with you as it will be required for booking tickets. In case you are not an Indian citizen, then you need to carry your passport.

    You can easily reach North Bay Island via a boat. The number of large ferries available for transportation is less in number. Generally, the trip includes a visit to Ross Island but private boats can be booked if informed earlier. The boat begins the journey from Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex and reaches North Bay via Ross Island in around half an hour. To make sure that you are absolutely safe during the journey, life jackets, instructions and other measures are taken strictly. Generally, there is a travel guide who will accompany you on your journey. He explains about the history of the islands and the significance of the isle you are about to visit. The boat may take off from the Junglighat Jetty sometimes. But there is nothing to worry as your vendor will notify you about this when you book the ticket.

    Best Time To Visit

    The best time to visit Ross Island and North Bay Island is from October to March. During these months, the weather in the Andaman Islands is clear and there is no chance for sudden rainfalls. Thus, you can do sightseeing without any problem.

  • This little tranquil island derived its name from the vessel ‘Viper’ in which Lt. Archibald Blair came to the islands in 1789. He arrived here for establishing a penal settlement. It is believed that the vessel met with an accident and its remains were found near this island. The island is one of the islands of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands groups that are a part of the Indian subcontinent. The site was known during British colonial rule. They used this place as a jail where they imprisoned convicts and political prisoners. With a lot to see, Viper Island has become a popular tourist destination in Andaman Islands

    Viper Island is the proof of countless sufferings the freedom fighters had to go through. Convicts were put in fetters and forced to work on the island. Known freedom fighters including Nanigopal, Nandlal Pulindas Sher Ali, and many more were imprisoned on this island. You can still see the ruins of the jail and gallows on Viper Island. 

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    If you are a true nature lover and want the much-needed ‘me-time’ surrounded by nature out there, then there is a long list of things that you can do and see. Trust us, the list is more than just lazing around on the beaches, soaking in their natural beauty and appreciate the greenery. You can spend your day sunbathing, swimming, and a lot more. 

    The island has a pleasant and humid atmosphere throughout the year. However, you can visit this amazing place between the months of November and February. During this time, the humidity is almost zero. 



    Let’s get ready to dive into this amazing jewel of the Bay of Bengal! Get set go for an ultimate journey! When you are having a vacation in Viper Island, follow the tips mentioned below for a fun and safe trip:

    • As the weather is hot and the temperature might be a little high, always wear light-colored clothes. 
    • Wear shoes that are comfortable to walk in.
    • In order to keep yourself energetic throughout the trip, you should carry water bottles and a few snacks. 

    Things to do in and around Viper Island

    To make your trip memorable and exciting, there is a lot to do and see in and around Viper Island. You can take a walk to the ruins of the jail that was built by the Britishers. The Jail has historic importance to Indians and you can learn about each and every bit here. You can also explore the island on foot and witness views of the neighboring islands, ocean, and harbor.

    • The Jail


    This is one of the most important places on the island. Forming an integral part of the history of India, it is now in ruins. Britishers used this place during their colonial rule to imprison convicts and political prisoners. Because of its incapacity to hold the number of freedom struggle participants, this use of this jail was stopped. Thus, another jail was constructed known as Cellular Jail.

    • Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park


    In order to protect the aquatic flora and fauna of the Andaman Islands, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park was constructed, and it is a big attraction near Viper Island. The place offers adventurous activities like scuba diving and snorkeling that are among the favorites among the tourists visiting the island.

    • Anthropological Museum


    It is an essential part of tourism in Viper Island. This museum is under the control of the Anthropological Survey of India and is located nearby. You can see here a wide variety of Andamanese tribal weapons and other traditional things. The museum is a great place to visit if you are interested in knowing about the cultures, traditions, artifacts, and livelihoods of the tribes and people living on these islands.

    • Forest Museum


    Travellers visiting the Andaman Islands include this museum as well in their itinerary. This museum is under the control of the Forest Department of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. You can see here various artifacts made of timber, gurjan, padauk, oak, and satinwood. The museum was built significantly to make people aware of the forests and their importance.

    • Marina Park and Aquarium


    Next to the famous Water Sports Complex, Marina Park and Aquarium is a major attraction that is a popular picnic spot. Surrounded by trees and plants, the place allows people to enjoy nature while they spend good quality time with their loved ones. Amazing all the visitors, the aquarium showcases some of the best flora and fauna found around the Andaman area.

    Water sports 

    Located near Viper Island, the Water Sports Complex is a key attraction among tourists. It offers a variety of water rides that let the visitors enjoy the whole day. You can have a fun-filled time here and create unforgettable memories. The following water sports and activities are available there:

    • Paddle Boats
    • Rowboats
    • Water cycles
    • Glass-bottom boats
    • Bumper boats
    • Jet skiing
    • Parasailing
    • Banana boat rides
    • Speedboat rides
    • Windsurfing

    Nearby hotels

    The nearest hotels to Viper Island are located in Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. These are as follows:

    • Lemon Tree Hotel
    • Sea Shell Coral Cove
    • The North Reef
    • Driftwood Hotel & Resort
    • Hotel Mansha Regency
    • Sinclairs Bay View
    • TSG Emerald View
    • SR Castle 
    • Haywizz
    • Hotel Blue Mmarlin
    • Hotel Megapode Nest
    • TSG Grand
    • Hotel Harriet View Bed & Breakfast
    • Hotel Horizon Hues
    • Hotel AT Villa 

    How to reach

    Situated inside the Port Blair harbor, you can reach Viper Island via boat in twenty minutes. It is approachable via road and sea from Port Blair city. Including the time taken to cross the stretch of sea, it takes nearly 45 minutes to reach Viper Island via road. The journey can be started from the Phoenix Bay jetty that takes about 20 minutes to reach Harbor Cruise. The cruise plies to and fro from the jetty. It also gives a tour of various points of the harbor and makes a trip to Viper Island.

  • When travelling to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, your first stop is Port Blair—the capital town. Though the nearby islands of this Indian union territory in the Bay of Bengal successfully allure the visitors, Port Blair is also popular for offering an ideal combination of nature and history. The vibrant town has various interesting museums for those tourists, who are willing to know more about culture, history, and tradition. One of the most famous tourist hotspots in Port Blair is the Anthropological Museum that focuses mainly on the indigenous tribes of the island.

    Anthropological Museum is one of the most-visited and the best museums located in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It highlights the informative and profound portrait of the island’s local community of tribes. These tribes are counted among one of the oldest in the world. The museum is located at the Middle Point in Port Blair (the capital town) and is a must-visit sightseeing place on the island for everyone, especially for history buffs. It is surely a delight to explore the life of Paleolithic Islanders there. Jarawa chest guard, shamanic sculptures, etc. are the major exhibits of the Anthropological Museum. Here, you can gain so much knowledge about the primordial eras of Jarawas, the Onges, the Sentinelese, the Shompens, the Andamanese, and the Nicobarese. Therefore, there is a myriad of reasons in include this museum to your Andamans travel itinerary. 

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    There are specific timings to visit Anthropological Museum in Port Blair. You can go there from Tuesday to Sunday and from 9 am to 4:30 pm in the evening. You can gain knowledge about some of the most incredible facts about the Andaman and Nicobar Islands there. You can see various handicrafts, tools, weapons, photographs, clothing, crafts, etc. that date back to the olden times. Reaching there is also quite simple. Just catch an auto or a local bus to reach MG Road. The museum is located there itself. 

    Anthropological Museum teleports you to an earlier era where you can dig deep in history. You can know a lot about the tribes, how those people live, their cultures, customs, and traditions. That is why this museum is very popular and attracts a lot of tourists every year. To explore the whole place properly, you will need at least two hours. Make sure to explore the section about Paleolithic Islander’s life. The best thing is that the entry ticket is very affordable. To take a tour inside the museum, adults will have to pay Rs. 10 whereas students have to pay Rs. 3 only.



    Established in 1975, the Zonal Anthropological Museum in the Andamans is one of the best museums in Port Blair. This well-maintained museum features the history of the island’s local tribes. The six main tribes native to the island are Onges, Sentinelese, Jarawas, Andamanese, Shompens, and Nicobarese. There is not so much information available about them as these maintain minimal contact with the world. No visitor is allowed to enter the tribal areas and special permission has to be taken for the same. Therefore, if you are curious about knowing their way of living, then this museum will tell you a lot.

    • Timings: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. The museum is closed on Monday.
    • Entry fee:
    • Adults: INR 10
    • Student (with ID): INR 3
    • Camera: INR 20

    Things to do

    One to two hours are sufficient to take a complete tour of the Anthropological Museum in Port Blair. Mentioned-below are some of the things to do there:

    • Know about the life of Paleolithic Islanders.
    • Watch the various exhibits including shamanic sculptures, Jarawa chest guard. and more.
    • Handicrafts, arts and crafts, tools, photographs, weapons, clothing, etc. dating back to the older times are some of the most interesting items to observe here.
    • You can also watch short films and documentaries made on the lives of these tribes, their social traditions, and the culture of this union territory. 
    • Observe the way of living of the tribal people with the help of the displayed models that are made up of hay and clay. They showcase the kind of ornaments they wore, the utensils they use, the houses they lived in, and so much more.
    • You can visit the souvenir shop of the museum and buy informative and interesting books and journals along with more such items. 

    Nearby hotels


    Whether you are on a budget trip or a luxurious vacation in Andaman Islands, properties Anthropological Museum in Port Blair cater to all requirements when it comes to accommodation. It is highly recommended that you make your booking in advance as the prices may shoot up during peak season and the best places will get full. 

    • Low Budget- INR 500- 3000 (per night)
    • Mid-range- INR 4000- 8000 (per night)
    • Premium stays- INR 9000- 12000 (per night)

    Some of the best hotels and resorts near the Anthropological Museum in Port Blair are as follows:


    • Hotel Kavitha Regent
    • Hotel Shreesh
    • Hotel Rhishabh


    • Sun Sea Resort
    • Hotel TSG Emerald View
    • Hotel NK International
    • Hotel Holiday Inn
    • Hotel Blue Sea
    • J Hotel 
    • Hotel Blue Mmarlin


    • Hotel Aparupa
    • Hotel Sentinel
    • Peerless Sarovar Portico
    • The North Reef
    • Hotel Silver Spring
    • Hotel TSG Grand
    • Hotel SR Castle
    • Hotel Luxor Grand


    • Sea Shell Resorts
    • ITC Fortune Resort Bay Island
    • Keys Select Hotel Aqua Green
    • Sea Princess Beach Resort

    How to reach

    Reaching the museum is very easy. It is located on the MG Road in Port Blair. You can take a bus, auto, or any other transport to reach there from anywhere in the city. To reach Port Blair, flights are available from all the major cities of India. If you are willing to travel via water, then passenger ships are available from Chennai, Kolkata, and Visakhapatnam. However, taking a flight is the most convenient and comfortable option. 

  • Located in Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Jolly Buoy Island is home to colorful corals and rich underwater life. Whether you want to go for snorkeling or get a sun-kissed tan, its beaches are perfect for both. The island promises you a long stretch of pristine white sandy beaches with hues of turquoise waters fringed with a drool-worthy coastline. Rich in exotic corals and marine life, the island is adorned with surrealism and tranquility where one can find nature in its purest form. It is covered with mangrove swamps and tropical rainforests that provide it with a tranquil landscape and a touch of incredible appeal. You can enjoy the spellbinding beauty of nature here and enjoy seclusion at its best. 

    One of the fifteen beaches found inside the Marine National Park of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Red Skin Island is located adjacent to Jolly Buoy Island. This island is like a tiny paradise on earth where you can enjoy relaxed quality time. Tourists from all over the world visit Red Skin Island owing to the picturesque beach and adjoining forest that make it a picture-perfect holiday. The island is home to abundant red coral reefs, aquatic animals, tropical plants, white sandy beaches, and azure water. It is also located in the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. Its beautiful beach offers an impressive view of corals and marine life. Thus, it is popular among snorkelers. Red Skin Island is a great day trip from Port Blair if you are looking for a fun day at a secluded beach. 

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    Red Skin Island is located inside the Marine National Park in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. One of the 36 inhabited islands of the union territory, Red Skin Island and Jolly Buoy Island are often considered alternatives to each other as they are located adjacent to each other. 

    The most special features of Red Skin Island are as follows:

    • It is a must-visit to one of India’s most safeguarded eco-friendly beach.
    • Have an amazing journey through the thick wilderness encompassing the ideal perfect ocean.
    • You can watch rich marine life and miraculous submerged corals from glass-bottomed vessels ride
    • You can spend your time amidst the flawless pristine blue waters. Go for a swim and watch the white sparkling sands wash your feet.

    Jolly Buoy Island has adventures that an adrenaline junkie seeks as well as pure beauty that a nature enthusiast looks for. It is the perfect spot for both. If you want to enjoy everything that it has to offer, then you should visit here when the weather is pleasant so that you can try all the water sports as well. You can go for all the thrilling activities and also relax at the turquoise beach without worrying about rain. You can relax at the shimmering beach while getting the perfect tan. 

    You can easily plan a trip to Jolly Buoy by gathering the below-mentioned three important permissions and tickets:

    • First, obtain the required permissions from the local authorities and forest department.
    • Second, you can go for booking the boat tickets by visiting the Wandoor Beach.
    • Third, you can book the return ticket as well from the island for a seamless travel experience.



    You cannot visit Jolly Buoy Island at any time of the year like other islands in the Andaman Islands. It remains closed for six months in the year for the preservation of the corals. In 2019, the island was open from November to April. During these months, the temperature remains moderate, neither too hot nor too cold. Therefore, you can easily engage yourself in different enthralling water sports during this time. You are required to obtain a proper permit from the Wandoor beach along with the ferry ride for entering the Jolly Buoy Island. Moreover, it is closed on Mondays.

    Water sports & activities 

    Jolly Buoy Island and Red Skin Island are perfect destinations to enjoy various adventures in the lap of nature. They are nestled away from pollution and dirt. To get an insight into the best adventures to enjoy on these islands, stroll through the list below:

    • Snorkeling

    On your Jolly Buoy Island and Red Skin Island tour, snorkeling would be the most fantastic adventure activity to get indulged. The island gives amazing underwater opportunities to snorkelers for enjoying exotic corals and marine life in the turquoise waters of the island. The place is highly rich in corals and has crystal clear waters. You can appreciate the beauty of marine life from close and capture the memories forever in your heart and mind.

    • Glass Bottom Boat Ride

    If you are a little faint-hearted and don’t want to go under the water, then this activity is specially designed for you. A glass-bottom ride will allow you to experience the exotic marine world without indulging in arduous activities like snorkeling and scuba diving. The activity is extremely popular among kids as they get to witness the real beauty of the underwater world. These special boats have a glass enclosure through which you can have a look into the underwater world while sitting in the boat.

    • Scuba Diving

    You should make the most of your island trip by undergoing a scuba diving adventure. Keep your fear aside and let your adrenaline rush get high. Get bewildered at the beauty of nature by having a glimpse of the colorful world of marine flora and fauna. One thing to note is that you should know the weather conditions beforehand undertaking scuba diving. It is not recommended to try it during the high tides on these islands as it can be dangerous.

    • Enjoy sunbathing

    Under the glistening rays of the sun, the spellbinding scenic landscape of the island calls for nothing but just relaxing and enjoying sunbathing. This is the best place for soaking yourself in the sunshine and admiring the pristine aura of natural beauty. You can also go for swimming at its beach. 

    Nearby hotels

    Jolly Buoy Island is a very small island, which is protected by the forest department. Thus, there are not places to stay there at night. You will be required to leave the island in the evening. 

    There is no hotel available in Red Skin Island as well. Night stay is not allowed. Thus, you have to come back to Wandoor or Port Blair by the end of the day.

    How to reach 

    To reach Jolly Buoy Island and Red Skin Island, you need to take a boat from Wandoor Beach, which is located 30 kilometers southwest of Port Blair. You have to take a taxi from Port Blair to reach Wandoor Beach. The route is a scenic drive covered with a lush green forest. Keeping the map of both the islands with you is highly recommended. From the Wandoor beach, take a ferry ride to reach these islands. You can also choose to do snorkeling for a while as it is included with the ferry ride.

    • Jolly Buoy Island ferry timings- 9 am
    • Jolly Buoy Island ferry cost: INR 850 including permit charges
    • Jolly Buoy Island entry ticket: For Indians, the permit fee cost to visit Jolly Buoy Island is INR 50 and for foreigners, it is INR 500.

    One can buy the tickets only one day before the trip begins. If you have made the bookings via a tour operator, then the company will provide you the tickets as these may be included in the package. Before you board the boat, the tickets will be handed over to you. Please note that the tickets are subject to availability. 

    Pro tips for travellers while visiting Jolly Buoy Island & Red Skin Island

    • Do not plan a visit to the Jolly buoy Island on Monday as it is closed on this day. Also, there are no ferry services available to Jolly Buoy Island on Mondays.
    • Remove all the plastic items such as bottles, plastic bags, etc. before going to Jolly Buoy Island as the island comes under the plastic-free zone.
    • You cannot enter the island without taking a proper permit from the administration. Permit to visit the island can be obtained at Wandoor Beach.
    • There are no eateries and water facilities available there. So carry your own eatables and water bottles (not plastic ones) before heading here. 
    • You are not allowed to carry any shells, corals, and any other thing from underwater before the prior permission from the government.
    • Make sure to carry a sim card of either Airtel or Vodafone while visiting there as these two networks work comparatively better on the island. 
    • Carry all important things like sunscreen, extra clothes, insect-repellent, power bank, sunglasses, and medicines. There is no accessibility to all these things on the islands.
    • You should reach the Wandoor Beach before time as all the ferries leave from the beach for the island at 9 am sharp. No ferry is available after this. 
  • Do you know the Andaman Islands, the union territory of India located in the Bay of Bengal, comprise nearly 600 islands, islets, and rocks? Among these, only around 40 are inhabited to date. Along with major tourist attractions, there are so many other pristine islands also that are capable of mesmerising travellers from around the world. One of them is Cinque Island that promises 360-degree entertainment to you whether you are a history buff, a beach bum, or an adrenaline junkie. Here, you have the most fabulous photo opportunities, enthralling water sports activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, and so many others, along with secluded destinations that are waiting to get explored by adventurers like you.

    Let us expand your horizons giving you ideas about what all you can do here and make it a superb beach vacation. Here is a detailed guide to know more about Cinque Island and escape to the gorgeous land of white sandy beaches and azure waters. Are you ready to embark on the most incredible journey of your life? Just hop on!

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    Cinque Island is known for its untouched coral reefs and turquoise waters. It is among the loveliest islands in the Andaman Islands. Adorned by the shimmering crystal clear waters and enclosed by the lush-green jungles, this island is a land of hidden treasure. With enormous diving options and lazing down at the white sandy beaches, there is a vast option for the water babies to enjoy and explore around. The hidden paradise of Cinque Island is yet to come into limelight for most of the people. Segregated into North Cinque and South Cinque Islands, it is an untouched beauty of the Andamans that every nature enthusiast must include in the travel itinerary. 

    This part of the archipelago remains untouched and inhabited as it rests at a distance of 26 kilometers from Port Blair, the capital city. This island is further divided into North and South Cinque islands. It is located between the Passage and Duncan Island towards the north side. These islands also share boundaries with Wandoor Marine National Park. It is a charming experience to explore this place. Cinque Island is home to the beautiful surroundings along with some of the rich and exotic marine life which includes coral reefs, fishes and turtles, and starfishes. 



    If you crave sunny skies, white silky sand beaches, azure waters and swaying trees, then Cinque Island is the best travel destination for you in India. It is better to leave for the island in the early morning and spend the whole day. You can indulge yourself in some enthralling activities and return in the evening. The island is a tropical region. In order to make sure that your skin is saved from getting tanned, keep a sunscreen, swimsuit, extra set of clothes along with basic medications. 

    Cinque Island enjoys a tropical climate and thus, it is a year-round destination. It is an amazing travel destination for all kinds of people. It is a perfect spot for both- adrenaline junkies and nature lovers. If you want to enjoy each and everything here, then make sure that you visit it when the weather is pleasant so that you can try all the water sports as well. October to May is a good time to visit this place, as during this time, you can go for all the enthralling activities as well as relax at the azure beaches without stressing about rain. Make the most of your beach holiday by relaxing at the pristine beaches, trying the local cuisine, and indulging in various water activities. 

    Cinque Island is a hub of water adventure sports. You can do so many activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, etc. along with exploring the untouched beauty of marine life. 

    P.S. Quick medical facilities are available in Cinque Island despite being inhabited. The tour operators carry a first aid kit in case of emergencies. Also, the island is close to the Gandhi Marine National Park that makes it easily accessible to medical aid. In case of special medications, it is highly recommended to carry your own medicines in order to avoid any mishap.



    Being a traveller, one of the primary thoughts in one’s mind is ‘Does this place have enough engaging and enthralling activities to keep me occupied happily?” When you think of Cinque Island, the loveliest part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the answer to this question is a resounding ‘Yes!”. The island is a piece of paradise on earth and a perfect destination for solo travellers, especially if you are a nature lover or an adrenaline junkie. If you love to explore places on your own, then a visit to Cinque Island is likely to be the most unforgettable and awesome trip on your travel list. Its beauty and magnificence are appreciated all across the world owing to its oozing gorgeousness. 

    Cinque Island is a highly preferred travel destination among honeymooners and families because of its natural marvels. But you should know that the island has a lot to offer to a solo traveller as well. The place is extremely safe for everyone. Let’s dive right into its awesomeness and see how you can have the best time here during your vacation. 

    Water sports

    Adrenaline junkies, good news for you! The depths of the waters are waiting to be explored by scuba diving that is guided and instructed by the PADI divers. You can also try other water activities like sea walking and snorkeling. There are so many things to do here in this isolated haven. You are sure to fall in love with its splendor.

    Nearby hotels


    The civilian settlements of any kind are prohibited by the administration in Cinque Island. Therefore, there is no place to stay at night there. Everyone must leave the island before dawn. The island is an uninhabited place that is located inside the premises of the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. Therefore, there are no resorts pr hotels on the island. Tourists are only allowed for day trips.

    The nearest hotels to the island are in Port Blair. You can consider the following properties:

    • Sinclairs Bay View
    • Welcomhotel By ITC Hotels, Bay Island
    • Seashell Hotel
    • Hotel Megapode Nest
    • J Hotel
    • Ami Grace
    • Haywizz
    • Ashiaanaa Residency Inn
    • Hotel Sentinel
    • Sunray Homes 

    How to reach 

    It takes two hours from Chidiyatapu and nearly four hours from Wandoor via boat to reach this charming island. However, the boat service is not regular. Also, special permission from the Forest Department has to be taken to visit Cinque Island.

    Cinque Island is located at a distance of 25 kilometers from Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The island rests within the vicinity of the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. There is a simple way to reach from Port Blair to Cinque Island. After reaching Port Blair, take a boat or a chartered ferry that transfers to Cinque Island. These ferries run on the same route multiple times a day. The cost of the ferry varies according to the season. If you are traveling through a travel agent, then the cost is usually included in the package.

    Cinque Island is a fascinating virgin island in the South Andaman region. It is surrounded by turquoise blue waters and a shore full of white sands. The two island portions of North and South Cinque Islands are connected by a spectacular sand bar. It was once broken and affected by the tsunami but has reformed naturally over the years. It is a wonderful sight!

    Don’t you want to escape to this unexplored heaven and get set in a mood to holiday at the beaches? Do keep this handy and quick guide with you while you travel to Cinque Island.

  • Veer Savarkar Park is located right in front of the Cellular Jail in Port Blair, the capital town of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. You can come here to get some rest after your visit to the jail or while you are waiting for your chance to attend the light and sound show. You can witness the pride of the past in the form of a really good collection of statues of our freedom fighters. Refreshments like green coconuts and tea are sold by vendors there. The park also has a few rides for kids. 

    The pandemic crisis brought almost the whole world to a standstill. Nations went into lockdown and everyone was restricted to their homes. Companies relying heavily on an office presence for the completion of their tasks found a way to work from home. But this was temporary as industries had to open to prevent an economic meltdown. The world as we know it can’t function at such a slow pace.

    There were a lot of changes. And most importantly, something had to change from our regular way of doing things. As a result, the way we travel changed, the way we communicated modified, and we even altered our way of greeting each other.

    Now when travelling is slowly gaining pace, we would like to recommend that Veer Savarkar Park is a nice place to visit when you are in Port Blair. After getting some time from Cellular Jail, you can include this park in your itinerary of the Andamans. 

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    Veer Savarkar Park is open for tourists throughout the year. However, the best time to visit there is from October to April when the weather is pleasurable. Most of the people preferring to come here plan their visit during this time. The summer season is likely to be avoided. Visitors can travel to the park at any time as it witnesses comforting weather throughout the year. But when comes to choosing the best season to visit there, winter stands tall as one of the best times of the year to visit the secluded isle. With the dry weather facilitating easy commutation, the summer season is also beneficial for tourists.

    • Recommended duration: 30 minutes
    • Address: Atlanta Point, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands 744104, India

    Mobile connectivity at Veer Savarkar Park 

    Visiting Veer Savarkar Park in Port Blair and spending some time there is surely a great idea, but you should know that mobile connectivity is a major concern for tourists visiting the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Almost all networks fail to function properly there and the ones that work, offer very basic services, Call drop, bad network, not being able to download applications, etc. are some of the issues that you may face at the island. However, it is found that BSNL provides better service than other networks here. So, make sure that you carry a BSNL sim card on your trip to the Andaman Islands. It is recommended to take the help of a tour operator in order to avoid any kind of risk. In case of an emergency, you can also carry some extra sim cards that you can use. 

    Nearby hotels


    There are all kinds of properties near Veer Savarkar Park, ranging from budget to luxurious. The best ones are as follows:

    • Lemon Tree Hotel
    • Sea Shell Coral Cove
    • The North Reef
    • Driftwood Hotel & Resort
    • Hotel Mansha Regency
    • Sinclairs Bay View
    • TSG Emerald View
    • SR Castle 
    • Haywizz
    • Hotel Blue Mmarlin
    • Hotel Megapode Nest
    • TSG Grand
    • Hotel Harriet View Bed & Breakfast
    • Hotel Horizon Hues
    • Hotel AT Villa 

    Things to remember when visiting Veer Savarkar Park during COVID-19

    • Everyone has to wear a mark keeping their nose and mouth covered at all times, especially when in public settings.
    • Social distancing should be maintained. You should avoid close contact by staying at least six feet apart (about two arms’ distance) from anyone who is not with you.
    • Regular sanitisation of hands is mandatory. There are dispensers installed everywhere.
    • Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth, especially after touching other surfaces.
    • Wherever available, use contactless payment and no-touch trash cans and doors. Rather than by hand, the cash or card should be exchanged by placing them in a receipt tray or on the counter, wherever possible.
    • Stay away from crowded spaces as much as possible. Avoid group gatherings. 
    • Carry your own essentials such as water bottles, personal sanitizers, etc.
    • The safety rules set by concerned authorities are there to ensure the wellbeing of everyone in the wake of the pandemic. Kindly follow them for your own and others’ safety.

    How to reach

    You can easily reach Veer Savarkar Park from anywhere in Port Blair. You can take any public transport such as an auto or a bus to reach there. There is an option of reaching here via a taxi as well if you need more comfort and safety. 

    There are no direct flights to the Andaman Islands from everywhere. For instance, if you are flying from Delhi or Mumbai, then you will have a layover in Hyderabad or somewhere else. From there, you will be flying to Port Blair, the capital of the island. Its airport is Veer Savarkar Airport. However, there are direct flights also from a few cities such as Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, and Kolkata. 

    Andaman Island Travels is a reliable tour agent located in the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands—Port Blair. The union territory is a perfect holiday destination whether you an adventure lover, nature lover or wildlife lover. Our dedicated staff specialises in preparing customised holiday packages as per your requirements and budget. The holiday experts will make sure that you have a magical vacation time. Moreover, we understand the importance of nature and wildlife, and thus we strongly support environmental conversation.

  • The Andaman Islands is all about pristine beaches and enthralling water activities. But do you know that this union territory is also the one-stop destination for shopaholics? Along with offering the most amazing rejuvenating experiences and exciting adventure sports, the Andamans houses some of the prettiest and the most exciting markets that you just cannot miss. The shopping lover in you would be completely excited to see the cute little shops that are going to catch your attention for sure. When in the Andaman Islands, be ready to feel your wallet getting lighter as you splurge on some really delightful and exciting items here.

    Sagarika Government Emporium is the place to visit in Port Blair if you want to see some of the best creations of the locals. A platform for showcasing the talent and selling beautiful creations is provided to the locals via this emporium. The people sell handmade stuff that is primarily made with wood, seashells, and jute. You will find everything here ranging from handicrafts to wooden items, mirrors, and even apparel. Everything sold here is completely authentic and stunning that you will not be able to resist. 

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    The markets in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands range from the very popular Aberdeen Bazaar to the unique Andaman Handicraft Emporium. A wide variety of items can be bought from here that you can take back home as cute souvenirs or something that you can gift to your loved ones. The markets are an absolute delight and something you can’t miss out on. You can buy wooden artifacts, pearl jewelry, some really fancy hats, and a lot more. 

    Sagarika Government Emporium is a moderate budget market that is best visited with for its exclusive handicrafts. Whether you are on your own, or with your family, partner, or friends, this is a great place to spend fun time. It is closed on Mondays. An important thing to know in advance is that you should carry cash as cards may not be accepted here.

    Sagarika Emporium has to be your perfect place for shopping if you are willing to buy some pretty handicraft items. Visiting this place should definitely be in your travel itinerary if you plan on visiting the Andaman Islands. One of the most famous markets in the islands features this emporium. It is a paradise for those looking for some pretty seashell articles and handicraft items.

    • Location: DAG Colony, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands 744101
    • Timings: 9 AM to 7 PM (every day except Monday)
    • Recommended duration: 3 hours 



    Sagarika Government Emporium is located on MG Road in Port Blair. This shopping complex in the Andaman Islands is popular for selling wide variety of lovely handicraft products. These handcrafted items made with bamboo, seashells, coconut shells, and wood are perfect souvenirs, and you can take them back for your loved ones. With its unique heritage of aboriginal tribes, the islands are quite popular for them. If you are a shopaholic, then Sagarika Government Emporium is not less than a dreamland for you. You can purchase many amazing items for sale such as coconut lamp shades, murals made out of sea shells, and tribal artifacts. There is an entire complex dedicated only for the Nicobari tribes found in various islands of the Andaman archipelago. An ideal place for grabbing beautiful souvenirs of your sojourn in the remote islands, Sagarika Emporium has a fixed price policy. Thus, you don’t need to stress about bargaining with the shopkeepers. 

    It is a unique market in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands where you will find all kinds of seashell items ranging from mementos like bamboo cane crafts to very beautiful coconut shell lamps, and many other famous items. You can buy the best variety of seashell earrings, bracelets, lockets, and keyrings here. If you love accessories, then you are sure to lose track of time here. 

    Things to do

    Drop by Sagarika Emporium if you are hunting for souvenirs or gifts for your family and friends back at home. This government-run market offers a wide variety of local goods at fixed prices. The stores here are stocked with handicrafts, furniture, and carvings made from padauk wood. Tribal masks and lampshades made from coconut shells are sought-after items here. You will be amazed to see the products made by self-employed locals. Using mother-of-pearl and seashells, they can create salt and peppershaker sets! You will also find products here that are on sold on discounts. When you are in Port Blair, keep a couple of hours to visit Sagarika Government Emporium.

    Nearby hotels


    Sagarika Government Emporium is one of the best markets in the Andaman Islands. Tourists from all over the world come to visit this market when they are in the Andamans. Here, you can buy a wide range of products ranging from plain and simplest household goods to some very fancy and distinctive household goods. Your vacation in the Andaman Islands will be complete only after visiting this famous market. 

    Some of the best hotels located nearby the emporium are as follows:

    • Sinclairs Bay View
    • Welcomhotel By ITC Hotels, Bay Island
    • Seashell Hotel
    • Hotel Megapode Nest
    • J Hotel
    • Ami Grace
    • Haywizz
    • Ashiaanaa Residency Inn
    • Hotel Sentinel
    • Sunray Homes 
    • Hotel Shreesh 
    • Hotel Landmark

    How to reach 

    Sagarika Government Emporium is easily accessible from anywhere in Port Blair. Just take an auto or a taxi to reach there. 

    This emporium portrays Andamanese culture in the most amazing way possible. This place is counted as one of the most famous markets in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Ranging from common household items to luxurious items, you can find everything here. You are sure to find something for yourself here even if you are on a budget trip. It is quite vast and showcases a diverse variety of shops. The emporium is located in the close vicinity of various popular eateries and restaurants that you should definitely try.

  • The Andaman Islands, the archipelago of hundreds of islands, is extremely rich in natural attractions, wildlife, and biodiversity. For wildlife activists, photographers, and conservationists, Campbell Bay National Park is counted among top tourist attractions owing to its rich nature and a spellbinding underwater world. This park leaves no stone unturned in casting a magical spell on visitors. This is the perfect place for you to spend your holidays if you crave adventure and thrill. The invigorating wildlife of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is sure to take your breath away with its richness and uniqueness. 

    The months between March and October are the best time to visit Campbell Bay National Park. The weather is quite pleasant and orchids and other wild flowers are in full bloom during this time. The park is anyway gorgeous but during this period, it is even more stunning.

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    While vacationing in the beautiful Andamans, you should definitely include Campbell Bay National Park in your travel itinerary. This national park extends across an area of 426 square kilometers. It is located at a distance of about 190 kilometers from the Sumatra region of the Indian Ocean. Campbell Bay National Park is rich in aquatic life and is home to species like Megapode, crab-eating Macaque, Nicobar Pigeon, and Giant Robber Crab. The park authorities also offer camps and cabin facilities for an adventurous day out if you are looking forward to getting close with nature. The national park is counted among the best spots to visit whether you are visiting with your family, spouse, friends, or alone. 

    The climate at the national park is hot and humid. However, it has moderate temperatures in comparison with most parts of India with the mercury reaching 20 degrees Celsius in the winters and 31 degrees Celsius in the summers. You should wear lightweight cotton clothes that are suitable for hot weather conditions while visiting here.



    Established in the year of 1992, Campbell Bay National Park is known for its beautiful variety of orchids and various flowering plants. It is located in an area that is strictly reserved for the betterment of wildlife and biodiversity. Activities like developmental, forestry, poaching, hunting, and grazing on cultivation are illegal here. Their boundaries are well marked and circumscribed. The national park is one of the 96 sanctuaries on the islands. There are a total of 572 islands that form the Andaman and Nicobar stretch.

    The national park has sprawling vegetation of tropical and mangrove forests. It is located in the Great Nicobar Island of the archipelago. Travellers from all over the country visit Campbell Bay National Park owing to the stunning variety of orchids and flowering plants. During the spring season, it looks extremely gorgeous as all the flowering plants in this area are in full blossom. Thick tropical evergreen forests and tree ferns dominate the landscape with beautiful orchids for a wonderful photography experience. The rich ecosystem of the national park is further enhanced with mangrove forests that have their unique ecosystems. The vegetation of this park comprises tropical evergreen forests, orchids, and tree ferns. There is the provision of watchtowers in the forest from where travellers can watch various species of birds.

    Location: Island of Great Nicobar, Nicobar Islands

    Timings: 12 AM to 12 Noon

    Entry Fee: NA

    Things to do


    The national park is known for its abundant wildlife and if you are fortunate, then you can spot wonderful birds and animals here. It is rich in aquatic life along with flora and fauna. Orchids and tree ferns are present in abundance here. Thus, it is not less than a heaven for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts.

    Wildlife that can be spotted here includes the following:

    • Crab-eating Macaque
    • Megapode
    • Giant Robber Crab 
    • Nicobar Pigeon
    • Olive Ridley Turtles
    • Leatherback Turtles
    • Wild Boar
    • Deer 
    • Civet Cats
    • Nicobar treeshrew
    • Malayan box turtle
    • Andaman wild pig
    • Saltwater crocodile
    • Reticulated python
    • Fruit bat
    • Palm civet
    • Hawksbill turtles
    • Nicobar serpent eagle
    • White-bellied sea eagle

    Some of the best things to do in Campbell Bay are mentioned below:

    • Trekking
    • Sunbathing
    • Bird watching
    • Wildlife spotting
    • Taking a nature walk
    • Relaxing in the lap of nature
    • Enjoying views from the watchtower
    • Visiting Indira Point—the southernmost point of India's territory 

    Places to visit near Campbell Bay National Park are Little Andaman, Nancowry, and Car Nicobar.

    Nearby Hotels

    There are provisions for shacks at Campbell Bay where tourists can stay overnight. But if you want to stay at a luxurious place and do not want to compromise on your comfort, then the best option would be to book a hotel or resort in Port Blair. From there, you can travel to the national park.

    How to reach

    To reach Campbell Bay National Park, you have to take a ferry ride. The whole journey in itself is quite adventurous as the inter-island boat service will take you through Little Andaman, Nancowry, and Car Nicobar. Tourists can also book a seat in MV Campbell Bay, which is a government ship vessel. 

    Campbell Bay National Park showcases the natural magic and beauty at its best. You can make your island vacation even more memorable by including this spot in your travel itinerary. And if you want to just chill and relax while having a stress-free vacation, then contact Andaman Island Travels to get the best of everything. If you are in the planning stage of your vacation in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, then contact Andaman Island Travels to make all your bookings. A well-known and trusted tour agency, it is located in Port Blair and is committed to help you in planning the holiday of your dreams as per your budget and requirements.

    Booking everything in advance when travelling to the Andaman Islands is a great idea. Everything cannot be booked in advance and thus, you should trust a local tour agency to make all the bookings on your behalf. Contact Andaman Island Travels today to get the best deals.

  • To have a look at the rustic beauty of the pre-independence days, you should go and see Chatham Saw Mill in Port Blair. The mill was set up in 1883 by the British administration. It is a popular wood processor in Asia. The saw mill is one of the top places to see in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. It is the biggest and oldest sawmill not only in the country but also in the whole of Asia. Holding a great value in the Indian history, the saw mill is owned by the forest department. It is counted among the top places to visit in the capital town.

    Port Blair is the entryway to the rich expanse of beauty and serenity that the islands have to offer. Here, you can visit various museums, and explore flora and fauna along with the rich marine life. Along with that, when in Port Blair, you can know about the significant history of India by visiting a place like Chatham Saw Mill. The months from November to March are the best time to visit the mill. Between June and September is the monsoon season. However, light showers can be expected even during other seasons in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. 

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    Provides timber to furniture units and other industries across the world, Chatham Saw Mill is known for building the largest production of timber with raw materials that are procured from the forest of Chatham Island. There is a museum inside the mill that offers a glimpse into the history of this island along with its diverse biodiversity. A wonderful collection of wood-work and carvings depicting the perfection in craftsmanship is showcased at the mill. Don’t forget to include Chatham Saw Mill in your travel itinerary when you are in Port Blair.

    Constructed in the nineteenth century, Chatham Saw Mill is the oldest sawmill in Asia. The museum here has photographs of different phases the mill has witnessed. Producing nearly 20000 logs every year, the mill generates employment to nearly 800 people in the local community. 

    There are a number of good eateries and restaurants located near Chatham Saw Mill. So when you are free from there and want to eat something delicious, you can go ahead and try the following spots:

    • Amaya: Specialties include Indian, Seafood, and Asian. It is located 2.2 kilometers from the mill.
    • Milkyway: Serves Indian and fast food. Located at a distance of 1.4 kilometers from the saw mill
    • Annapurna: Serves Indian and Asian. Located at a distance of 3 kilometers
    • New Lighthouse Restaurant: Located three kilometers away and serves delectable seafood
    • Cafe Rebel: 2.2 kilometers away from Chatham Saw Mill, it serves international cuisine like American cuisine.



    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. One such incredible place is Chatham Saw Mill.

    The colonial regime built Chatham Saw Mill was constructed in 1883 in order to meet the local requirement of timber for construction work. Huge quantities of timber was later started getting exported by the British for meeting the needs of London, New York, and several other cities. However, later during the years of Japanese rule, the islands were invaded by the rulers and these were bombed in 1942. That led to the collapsing of the saw mill.

    The island was reclaimed after World War 2 and at that time, Chatham Saw Mill witnessed its rebirth. Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Burma, along with various Indian states settled in the islands. They increased the timber producing capacity of the mill. At present, the mill is a storehouse, which is probably the biggest one for different varieties of wood. For the government as well as private agencies, Chatham Saw Mill functions as the major source of timber.

    • Timing: Tourists can take a tour of the Chatham Saw Mill in the first half of the day—8 am to 2:30 pm. It is open on all days except on Sundays and public holidays.
    • Time required: You will need a couple of hours to see the whole place.
    • Entry fees: Rs. 10 per head and Rs. 50 for a tour with a guide

    Things to do in/near Chatham Saw Mill

    One can choose to indulge in various activities in and around the same area as Chatham Saw Mill. Travellers can indulge in the following:

    • Visiting and learning the historical importance of Cellular jail, followed by attending the entertaining light show there
    • Wildlife spotting at Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park
    • Relaxing, swimming, or sipping a beer or two at Corbyn’s Cove Beach
    • Paying a visit to Port Blair’s famous church—Roman Catholic Church
    • Visiting museums located close to Chatham Saw Mill 

    Nearby hotels


    Some of the best properties near Chatham Saw Mill are mentioned below:

    • TSG Emerald View
    • Peerless Resort Port Blair
    • Lemon Tree Hotel
    • Hotel GKM Grand
    • Sinclairs Bay View
    • Sea Shell Coral Cove
    • Hotel Sentinel
    • Ripple Resort
    • Hotel Shompen
    • Hotel King Safire
    • J Hotel
    • Ami Grace
    • Hotel Horizon Hues
    • Sea Hills Hotels & Resorts
    • Sun Sea Resort

    How to reach

    • From Port Blair: Located very close to the capital town, Chatham Saw Mill is just at a distance of eleven kilometers. You can take any public transport, mainly a bus, to reach there. Two-wheelers can be rented or a cab can be hired easily in case you want to commute via a private mode of transport.
    • From Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep): Government as well as private ferries run between Port Blair and Havelock Island. You can take any kind of ferry to first reach the capital town and then hire a local cab to reach the saw mill. You can also hire a two-wheeler in Port Blair at pocket-friendly charges.
  • One of the most famous tourist destinations in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chidiya Tapu Beach is an amazing place to explore. Spend a few hours at this stunning place if you are on a trip to the islands. A haven for bird watchers, Chidiya Tapu Beach is known for its diverse range of birds. Indigenous and migratory birds can be seen flying high in the skies here. That’s why if you are an enticing nature lover or a wildlife enthusiast, then you should include this place in your Port Blair travel itinerary. It is a treasure trove of thick forests and stunning views of the ocean. 

    Since you are there, you can also visit Chidiya Tapu Biological Park. At this biological park that was established in 2001, you can witness the rich biodiversity that comprises beautiful tropical flora and fauna of the Andamans. It aims towards the study and conservation of different species of animals and plants that are found only here. Covered with dense green jungles, the place provides natural habitat to the animals. It overflows with natural beauty and charm.

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    One of the most famous tourist destinations in the Andaman Island, Chidiya Tapu Beach is great place to unwind. Spend a couple of hours at this serene beach to rejuvenate yourself. It is majorly famous for its wide variety of birds and thus, it is a paradise for bird watchers. The clear skies here get decorated by indigenous and migratory birds. Nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers should definitely visit this beach when in Port Blair as they will get to see endemic and endangered species of plants and animals in their natural habitat.

    • Timings: 10 am to 5 pm, open from Tuesday to Sunday, closed on Mondays
    • Time required: Two to three hours
    • Entry fee: Rs. 20 for Indians and Rs. 50 for foreigners

    There are many hidden gems in Chidiya Tapu that you may otherwise miss. Thus, it is recommended that you get yourself a guide. In just Rs. 1500, you will get to know all the relevant details of the place. 



    Chidiya Tapu Beach is a treasure trove of thick forests and gorgeous views of the azure ocean. At every turn, you are welcomed by the jaw-dropping views of the thick lush green blanket and cobalt seawaters. The dense mangroves cover the entire island and the peaceful aura gives you a sense of peace. If you want to take a break from your hectic lifestyle back in your hometown, then don’t forget to take a stroll through the verdant jungles here. 

    A must-see island in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands that promises to make your vacation super special is Chidiya Tapu Island. The corals spread over this extensive region are majestic. You can spot different fishes on the coral reef. While you are here, you can appreciate the natural beauty of the whole region. If you are a nature lover or marine life enthusiast, then you will be amazed to see this extremely appealing spot. 

    Things to do

    • A paradise for nature enthusiasts, Chidiya Tapu is the perfect place for bird watching. The beach is popular all over India for being the best place to spot a wide variety of bird species. Some of them are endemic and endangered as well. Along with the indigenous ones, one can also see exotic migratory birds. 
    • Adventure lovers can indulge in various enthralling water activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, pearl hunting, boating, and undersea walking. 
    • A quiet picnic in the biological park will be an ideal getaway if you are holidaying with your family.
    • Chidiya Tapu is also famous as The Sunset Point. You should not miss the sight of colorful hues splashed around the sky in the evening. 

    Water sports

    Chidiya Tapu is an attractive option for adrenaline junkies. Its underwater sea life is very rich and it comprises colourful corals and vibrant marine creatures. You can try your hand at snorkeling or scuba diving if you want to witness the splendor of the underwater world. You can swim with majestic sea turtles, get caught in the whirlpool of tiny fishes, and explore the labyrinthine reefs under the ocean. You can also go for sea walking if you want an easier option. An experienced diver will be with you at all times under the water. So you are in safe hands.

    Nearby hotels


    There are several options for a luxurious stay if you have enough time in hand. An ideal blend of modern facilities and stunning views, Sea Princess Beach Resort is a great choice. The property is only fifteen kilometers from the island. Thus, you can go for sightseeing whenever you want. Hotel Blue Marlin is also a great choice if you are looking for spacious and airy rooms at an affordable price. If you are a luxury traveller, then you can stay at Comfort Inn Blue Waves where you will get a truly pampering stay. For backpackers, The North Reef is a cheap and cosy hotel. 

    How to reach

    From Port Blair: Located around 30 kilometers from Port Blair, Chidiya Tapu can be reached easily. You can take a bike and ride to reach the island. The serpentine road is known for spectacular views and lovely vistas. Appreciate the spellbinding beauty of the dense jungles, rolling hills, and the rocky beach of Kalapathar if you choose to take this route. A taxi can also be hired to reach Chidiya Tapu from the capital town.

    From Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep): There is no direct route between Chidiya Tapu and Havelock Island, and you have to reach go there via Port Blair. There are many routes from Havelock Island to Port Blair such as taking a government tourist ferry that leaves thrice a week. You can also go there via an exciting helicopter ride that offers wonderful views of the islands. You can reach Chidiya Tapu Beach via a bike, taxi, or ferry once you reach Port Blair.


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