Latest Information on Travelling to Andaman Islands?

  • A four week long curfew on the islands

    Updated: 26 May 2021

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

  • Tourist attractions closed till further notice

    Updated: 29 May 2021

     Tourist attractions attracting large gatherings closed till further notice.

  • RT PCR report on arrival

    Updated: 29 May 2021

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

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

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Cost of Visiting the Andaman Islands for Solo Travellers

Date : 13 May 2021
Categories: Andman island

“You are the one that possesses the keys to your being. You carry the passport to your own happiness.”

This quote by the famous Belgian designer, Diane von Furstenberg, has motivated a lot of travellers across the world to go on a solo trip at least once in their lives. If you love travelling, then it is quite obvious that you must have taken journeys with your partner, friends, and family. But what about discovering your own self? As far as your whole life is concerned, isn’t that also necessary? 

A solo trip to a beautiful destination is your ticket to knowing yourself on deeper levels, and of course, having fun simultaneously. That is why, you should include a solo trip to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in your travel bucket list. The most beautiful union territory of India, the islands are very popular across the world for being the perfect honeymoon destination. But solo travellers too deserve to surround themselves with its splendor of white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and blue skies. Isn’t it?

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For solo backpackers, including solo female travellers, the Andaman Island is like a gold mine. Out of nearly 600 islands, only a few are open for tourists. Also, we would like to clarify that it is absolutely a misconception that the place is highly expensive and completely out of budget for a solo traveller. You can make your vacation as costly or pocket-friendly as per your own preferences. The islands have something for everyone. 

In this article, we present the ultimate guide for a solo backpacking trip to the Andamans along with the cost involved.

Cost of flying to the Andaman Islands from major cities of India 

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If you are travelling on your own to the Andaman Islands, then you should know that the journey is going to be extremely smooth. There are direct flights from all metropolitan cities of India. The flight duration varies between 2 hours and 3 hours 30 minutes. One-way flight ticket starts from Rs.3000. 

Check out the table given below to get a fair idea:

Departure city

Airfare (one-way)

Flight duration (fastest)

Delhi

Starting from Rs.6000

3 hours 35 minutes

Mumbai

Starting from Rs.4500 (layover in Chennai)

Direct flight also available at Rs.12500

3 hours 30 minutes

Bengaluru 

Starting from Rs.3500

2 hours 25 minutes

Kolkata 

Starting from Rs.3500

2 hours 10 minutes

Chennai 

Starting from Rs.3000

1 hour 50 minutes 

Cost of Adventure Sports in the Andaman Islands

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Travelling solo to the Andaman Islands is in itself a big adventure. To put the cherry on the cake, you should definitely try various adventure sports here as the island is popular for being the storehouse of adventure sports for adrenaline junkies from all over the world. There are a number of water sports available that can be enjoyed by swimmers as well as non-swimmers. If you are an adrenaline junkie, then there is a diversity of water sports that you can experience here. There is so much to do and you can never get bored on this little piece of paradise. The cost of visiting the Andaman Islands for solo travellers also includes the cost of different enthralling water activities. You can go through the detailed rate list below:

S.No.

Water Sport

Price 

1

Parasailing

Starting from Rs.3,500 per person

2

Sea Walking

Starting from Rs.3,500 per person 

3

Snorkeling

Starting from Rs.1,000 per person 

4

Kayaking

Starting from Rs.3,500 per person 

5

Jet Skiing

Starting from Rs.750 per person 

6

Glass Bottom Boat Ride

Starting from Rs.600 per person 

7

Banana Boat Ride

Starting from Rs.1,000 per person 

8

Scuba Diving

Starting from Rs.3,500 per person 

9

Game Fishing 

Starting from Rs.13,000 per person 

10

Sea Kart

Starting from Rs.3,500 per person

11

Semi Submarine Ride

Starting from Rs.1,850 per person

Best resorts and hotels in the Andaman Islands for solo travellers

There are properties in the Andaman Islands for all kinds of travellers, ranging from luxury seekers to backpackers. Whether you want to spend your days at a beachfront lavish resort or a budget room well-equipped with all facilities, you will have so many choices here. 

Below-mentioned is the list of the best properties across the top tourist hotspots in the Andamans: 

Top Hotels & Resorts in Port Blair

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1-Star

  • Hotel Kavitha Regent
  • Hotel Shreesh
  • Hotel Rhishabh

2-Star

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

3-Star

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

4-Star

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

Top Hotels & Resorts in Havelock Island

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1-star

  • The Kingdom Resort
  • El Dorado
  • Radhakrishna Resort

2-Star

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

3-Star

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

4-Star

  • Havelock Island Beach Resort
  • Taj Exotica
  • Silver Sand Beach Resort
  • Munjoh Ocean Resort
  • Sea Shell Resort

Top Hotels & Resorts in Neil Island

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1-Star

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

2-Star

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

3-Star

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

4-Star

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

Top Hotels & Resorts in Baratang Island

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  • Dew Dale Resort
  • Coral Creek Resort
  • Hotel Avis

Top Hotels & Resorts in Rangat

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  • Hotel Ross & Smith
  • Hotel UK Nest
  • Hotel Avis
  • Hotel Priya International
  • Hotel Laxmi Villa

Top Hotels & Resorts in Mayabunder

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  • Hotel Sea N Sand
  • Blue Bird Resort
  • Hotel Aashna
  • RG Hotel
  • Hotel Landfall

Top Hotels & Resorts in Diglipur

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  • Turtle Resort
  • Pristine Beach Resort
  • Saddle Peak View Resort
  • Titlee Guest House
  • APWD Guest House

Best time to visit the Andaman Islands

You can visit the Andaman Islands at any time of the year but the best time to visit would be between October and May. The weather is pleasant during this time and ideal for doing various water activities. The blue sky and white cotton-like clouds are the major highlights of this time period. 

Top places to see in the Andaman Islands

 If you want to see the best of the Andamans on your solo trip, then include the following attractions in your travel itinerary.

Port Blair

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The capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the first stop of your vacation will be Port Blair. The town is the most commercialised part of the islands, thus a little bit crowded. 

Also known as Kaala Paani, Cellular Jail is a major attraction here that is very important from the historic point of view. The British used the jail to exile political prisoners. It will take you to India’s political, pre-independence past. Giving an uncommon insight into the subtle nuance of how the local tribes live, the Anthropological Museum is also a must-visit. If you are a foodie, then visit the Main Bazaar where the local bars serve mouth-watering royal faloodas that are sure to satisfy your taste buds.

Other places to see when in Port Blair are as follows:

  • Little Andaman Island
  • Butler Bay Beach
  • Karmatang Beach
  • Katchal Island
  • Rutland Island 
  • Parrot Island
  • Chidiya Tapu
  • Ferar Beach
  • Diglipur Island
  • Cinque Island
  • Lamiya Bay Beach
  • Amkunj Beach

Havelock Island (officially known as Swaraj Dweep now)

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Havelock Island is the most frequented island in the Andamans owing to its gorgeous natural charm. Being a solo traveller, you will have a lot to explore here. If you are a budget backpacker, then you will be happy to know that there are economical stays and affordable food options for you. And as far as appreciating the beauty of the island is concerned, you have to go and see Radhanagar Beach. It is also counted among the best beaches in the world. Catch the most stunning sunset here. Elephant Beach is another mesmerising spot here that is known for its azure waters and clear sky. You can go there via ferry or hiking (highly recommended!). Another lovely beach is Kalapathar Beach, which is a fantastic picnic spot and is away from the main town. On one side, it has a lush green forest and a heavenly silvery beach on the other. If you are into souvenir collections, then you will be happy to know that there are a number of shops selling local handicrafts and other lovely items by the roadside.

Govindnagar Beach and Vijaynagar Beach are other beautiful beaches in Havelock Island. For beach hopping, you can rent a scooty or bike for yourself. It would be a great experience for sure as you will feel the tropical breeze on your face.

The island is a hub of the most amazing water sports. Go for fun diving or an advanced course offered by PADI to explore the wonderful marine life of the Andamans. If not scuba diving, then you can try your hands at other activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, jet-skiing, glass-bottom boating, etc.

Other places to see when in Havelock Island are as follows:

  • Neil’s Cove 
  • Forest Camp Beach

Neil Island

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Officially known as Shaheed Dweep, Neil Island is home to superbly beautiful beaches. It is the one-stop destination for you if you prefer a rather quaint spot that is bursting with flora and fauna. This pristine location is perfect for solo travellers craving peaceful alone time. Here, spend a day at Bharatpur Beach to relax or go for snorkeling, scuba diving, or jet skiing. You can also take a glass-bottom boat tour here which is one of the most unique activities. The bottom of the boat is made of glass that allows you to take a look at the rich aquatic life of Neil Island. Laxmanpur Beach is another attraction here. This beach is known for the best sunsets in the Andamans. You can see a sky full of several shades of orange. When in Neil Island, you can also visit Sitapur Beach and Howrah Bridge.

Diglipur

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Diglipur is a must-visit place for those travelling solo. It is a small town in the Northern part of the Andaman Islands. A popular destination among offbeat travellers and nature lovers, Diglipur is far from all the crowd and commercialisation. It is a great place for those solo travellers who want to take the road less travelled. Trek to Saddle Peak, which is located at the northernmost point of the Andamans near Diglipur. It will take nearly two hours to reach this beautiful top. The stunning view from there is simply mesmerising. Witnessing the sunrise from there will make you drop your jaw. It’s absolutely spellbinding!

Other places to see when in Diglipur are as follows:

  • Ram Nagar Beach
  • Lamiya Bay Beach
  • Alfred Caves
  • Jal Tikry
  • Ross & Smith Islands

Baratang Island

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This island is the first gateway up north from Port Blair. It is located between the South and Middle Andaman. Take a day trip to the island and explore its unique beauty. This wonderful natural delight is slightly less developed which is a blessing in itself. 

Places to see when in Baratang Island are as follows:

  • Limestone Cave
  • Mud Volcano
  • Parrot Island
  • Baludera Beach

Get ready to dive into this amazing jewel of the Bay of Bengal! Get set go for an ultimate solo backpacking journey!