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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Top 30 Things to Do in Port Blair

Top 30 Things to Do in Port Blair
Date : 01 Sep 2023

Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, is a destination that offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, historical significance, and adventurous opportunities. With its turquoise waters, verdant landscapes, and diverse cultural heritage, Port Blair is a must-visit location for tourists. Whether you're a curious about history, an adventure junkie, or simply someone looking to relax in beautiful and stunning beaches, Port Blair has something for all your whims and fancies. 

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Let’s dive into the top 30 things to do in this tropical paradise.

  1. Go Back into History at Cellular Jail 

Start your journey by visiting the infamous Cellular Jail, also known as Kala Pani. Built by the British colonial rulers during the late 19th century, the Cellular Jail served as a dreaded penal settlement for political prisoners. Today, the jail stands as a national memorial and museum, inviting visitors to step into the shoes of those who suffered within its confines. The light and sound show, primarily available in Hindi, is held every evening at the jail premises and recounts the history of the Indian freedom struggle. 

Timings: The Cellular Jail is open to visitors throughout the week except on Mondays. The visiting hours are usually from 9 AM to 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM to 4:45 PM. The light and sound show starts after that. There are usually three shows: the first show begins at 5:50 PM, the second show starts at 6:50 PM, and the third show starts at 7:50 PM.

Entry Fee and other costs: The entry fee for Indian nationals is ?30 per person and ?100 for foreign nationals. You’ll have to pay extra for taking a camera or video camera inside. For non-professionals, the cost of carrying a camera inside is INR 200; for professionals, the rate is INR 1000. 

The cost for the light and sound show is separate. Adults have to pay INR 300 per person for the show and the fee for children (aged 5-11) is INR 150. 

This table captures the schedule and entry fees for the Cellular Jail, Port Blair

Cellular Jail Schedule


Entry fee for India Nationals (INR)

Entry fee for Foreign Nationals (INR)

Days Open

Tuesday to Sunday



Morning Visiting Hours

9 AM to 12:30 PM



Afternoon Visiting Hours

1:30 PM to 4:45 PM



Light and Sound Show

5:50 PM, 6:50 PM, and 7:50 PM

300 (extra); 150 for children (5-11)

300 (extra); 150 for children (5-11)

Camera Charges


Professionals -1000; Non- professionals - 200

Professionals -1000; Non- professionals - 200

Cellular Jail, Port Blair
  1. Explore Ross Island 

Once the administrative headquarters of the British during their rule over the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Ross Island, now also known as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island, was a bustling centre of activity. The ruins of ornate buildings, including the Chief Commissioner's House, the church, hospital, and more, paint a vivid picture of the island's former glory. Ross Island offers a sound and light show in the evening starting at 5:30. The show is available both in English and Hindi. 

How to reach: The most common and convenient way to reach Ross Island from Port Blair is by taking a ferry. You can take a ferry from Port Blair’s Aberdeen Jetty, which has multiple ferries operating to and from Ross Island. The ferry ride typically takes about 20 minutes. 

Cost: A ferry ride to Ross Island cost you around INR 100-150. You’ll have to pay an entry fee of about INR 30 (Indian Nationals). There’s also a light and sound show in the island which may cost around INR 300 for adults and INR 75 for children (aged 5-11). 

This table captures the schedule and entry fees for Ross Island (Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island), Port Blair

Expense Category

Cost (INR)

Ferry Ride


Entry Fee


Light and Sound Show (Adult)


Light and Sound Show (Child)


  1. Enjoy the Sun and Sand in Corbyn's Cove Beach 

Spend a leisurely day at Corbyn's Cove Beach, known for its calm waters and scenic beauty. The crescent-shaped bay is framed by lush green hills and swaying palm trees. The gentle waves and shallow waters make Corbyn's Cove Beach a haven for swimming and water sports. The beach is also dotted with cafes and shacks that offer a variety of local and international cuisine. The beach does not have any specific timings, so you are free to enjoy your time chilling. While Corbyn's Cove is not famous for water sports, you may still be able to enjoy some jet skiing here. Tour operators usually charge around INR 800-1000 for jet skiing at Corbyn's Cove. 

How to reach: Corbyn's Cove Beach is located just about 8 kilometres from the city centre of Port Blair. An auto rickshaw ride from Port Blair to Corbyn's Cove Beach can cost you around ?150 to ?200. You can also take a private taxi which will cost you around INR 300. 

  1. Snorkel and Dive at the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park

Imagine plunging into the azure waters of the Andaman Sea, the sunlight filtering through the surface and illuminating a world of vibrant corals and marine life. The Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, with its stunning underwater landscapes, beckons both snorkelers and scuba divers to explore its hidden treasures. The national park covers about 281.5 square kilometres and is made up of open sea, creeks, and 15 small and large islands.

How to Reach: The national park is situated near Wandoor, around 29 kms southwest of Port Blair. You can take a bus or taxi to Wandoor, which should take you 1-1.5 hours. The cost is INR 40-80 by bus and INR 1200-1500 by taxi. From Wandoor you can take any boat to explore islands like Jolly Buoy for snorkelling. The ride takes around 20 minutes to reach the islands. Expect to pay around ?1000 to ?1500 for a round trip.

Snorkelling can cost you around INR 2500-3500 while scuba diving will cost you INR 3500-5000 or more depending on the type of dive you want to do. 

  1. Enjoy the Sunset at Chidiya Tapu 

Head to Chidiya Tapu, also known as Bird Island, to witness breathtaking sunsets. Take along your binoculars and take a leisurely stroll along the designated trails that wind through the tropical forests. Each step takes you closer to the hidden world of chirping, fluttering, and vibrant plumage. The best place to visit in in Chidiya Tapu is the Chidiya Tapu Biological Park which is like a mini zoo. There are many signboards in the zoo to help you figure out the best spots for birdwatching. Make sure you reach early in the day as the best time to spot birds is early morning around 6 PM. Don’t worry if you cannot make it at that time, as the place visited by bords throughout the day until sunset, which on most days is around 5:30 PM to 6 PM. 

Entry fee: While there is no entry fee for visiting Chidiya Tapu, you’ll have to pay a small fee for visiting the biological park. For adults, the entry fee is INR 20, while for foreign nationals, the fee is INR 50. The fee for children is less at INR 10. If you want to carry a video camera inside, you may have to pay an additional INR 50. 

How to reach: Chidiya Tapu is around 30 kms away from Port Blair, and the most convenient way to reach it is by hiring a taxi. The journey takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour. Hiring a cab may cost you around INR 1500-2500. You can also take an auto rickshaw, which may cost you around INR 1000 or slightly less. 

  1. Visit the Samudrika Naval Marine Museum 

Visit the Samudrika Naval Marine Museum to learn about the rich marine life, indigenous tribes, and the geography of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The diverse collection includes preserved marine specimens, models of marine animals, and even a life-size replica of a blue whale skeleton, which offers a staggering visual representation of the ocean's giants. 

The entry fee to the museum is around INR 50 for adults and INR 20 for children aged 5-11. You may have to pay an additional fee of INR 50 if you carry a camera inside. The museum timings are from 9 to 5 PM on all days of the week except for Mondays. In most cases, it would not take you more that 2-3 hours to explore the museum and all its wonders. 

The museum is located near the Haddo Jetty and is easily accessible from the main market centres of Port Blair. You can easily get a taxi or auto to the Samudrika Naval Marine Museum. In most cases, you’d have to pay around INR 100-300 depending on your mode of transportation. 

  1. Explore Wandoor Beach 

Wandoor Beach greets visitors with a serene atmosphere that is as calming as it is captivating. The powdery white sands stretch along the coastline, inviting you to take leisurely strolls, build sandcastles, or simply bask in the sun's warm embrace. Whether you're lounging under the shade of palm trees or listening to the rhythmic lullaby of the waves, Wandoor Beach's natural beauty sets the stage for a peaceful retreat. If you are in for a lazy day, you can easily spend the day in the beach and watch the sunset around 5:30-6 PM. 

If you want more adventure, head for the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. Wandoor beach not only boasts a scenic beauty but also serves as the starting point for a journey into the underwater world of the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park with its many stunning islands. 

How to reach: The distance from Port Blair to Wandoor Beach is around 20 kms. You can take a bus or taxi from Port Blair to Wandoor beach. It should take you around 1.5 hours to reach the island and cost you around INR INR 80 (bus) to INR 1500 (taxi).

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  1. Unravel Andamans’ Cultural History in the Anthropological Museum

Delve into the diverse cultural heritage of the indigenous tribes of the islands at the Anthropological Museum. The museum showcases the traditions, lifestyles, and artistic expressions of various tribal communities that have inhabited these lands for centuries. From the Onge, Great Andamanese, and Jarawa tribes to others, each community has contributed to the islands' culture.

The museum is around 7 kms from Port Blair’s city centre, so it should take you around 15-20 minutes to reach it by cab or taxi. Depending on your mode of transportation, you’ll probably have to pay INR 100-300. The museum can be covered within 2-3 hours. 

Timings: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm and 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Entry Fee: INR 10 for Adults and INR 3 for students. If you carrying a camera, you’d have to pay INR 20 towards the entry fee. 







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  1. Enjoy Water Sports at North Bay Island 

Indulge in adrenaline-pumping water sports at North Bay Island. From snorkelling through vibrant coral gardens to going on glass-bottom boat rides, North Bay Island caters to both seasoned adventurers and first-time explorers. The crystal-clear water is also great for activities like sea walking, where you can stroll on the ocean floor surrounded by marine life. You’ll be charged around INR 1000-2500 for snorkelling, while a glass bottom boat ride may cost you around INR 1000 for 15 mins. You can cover most of the activities within 2-2.5 hours. 

How to reach: Boats to North Bay Island depart from the Aberdeen Jetty in Port Blair. It takes around 30 minutes to reach the island, and the boat ride will cost you around INR 500-800 round trip. 

Ross Island is also very close to North Bay Island at just 4 kms. This is why travel packages to both Ross and North Bay Island together are popular among tourists. You should be able to cover both the places within 4-5 hours and the cost should be around INR 4000-5000. 

  1. Relax at Munda Pahar Beach 

Escape the crowd and unwind at Munda Pahar Beach. Situated on Chidiya Tapu's southern tip, this beach offers a retreat into serenity and solitude. As you lounge on the sandy shores and listen to the symphony of nature, your worries gently ebb away with the tides. While the beach does not have any strict timings, it is usually open from 6 AM to 5 PM for swimming and sunset views. 

How to reach: You can first travel to Chidiya Tapu by bus or taxi from Port Blair. Chidiya Tapu is around 30 kms from Port Blair, and it will take you around 30-45 minutes to reach the tapu. Most taxis charge around INT 1500-2500 to go to Chidiya Tapu, while an auto ride cab cost you around INR 1000. The Munda Pahad beach is just 1.5 kms away from Chidiya tapu’s bus stand, so you can easily make the journey on foot or you can ask your taxi you drop close to the beach itself!

Munda Pahad Beach

  1. Visit the Fisheries Museum 

Explore the fascinating world of marine life at the Fisheries Museum in Port Blair. The Fisheries Museum in Port Blair is a captivating tribute to the deep-rooted relationship of the Andamans with the sea. The fisheries museum showcases the fishing traditions of the Andaman Islands and the vital role of fisheries in the region's cultural and economic landscape. It is known to have more than 350 species of fish. While the museum is sufficiently large, you wouldn’t need more that 2-3 hours to explore it. 

The museum is close to the Aberdeen market — just around 4-5 kms. You can get an auto for around INR 100-200 to reach the museum, or you could just walk if you want to keep exploring Port Blair on foot. 

Entry fee: The entrance fee for adults is INR 5 for adults and INR 3 for children aged 5-11. 

Timings: The museum is open from 9 AM to 5 PM every day except for Mondays. 

  1. Try Local Cuisine 

No visit to Port Blair is complete without embarking on a culinary adventure that explores the flavours of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. From fresh seafood delights like crab curries and fish Amritsari to unique dishes like banana flower sabzi and coconut-based preparations, each plate tells a story of the islands' history and traditions. Indulge in a seafood feast at the Aberdeen Bazaar, where numerous eateries offer an array of fresh catches cooked to perfection. You can have satisfying meals for as less as INR 150-200 or indulge in food that can run up to thousands. It all depends on your budget. 

  1. Explore Viper Island 

Just a short boat ride away from Port Blair, Viper Island holds within its shores a wealth of historical significance and captivating stories from the past. Named after the British vessel HMS Viper, this island has witnessed the trials and tribulations of colonial rule and the resilience of those who once inhabited it. 

Viper Island is just 20 to 30 minutes away from Port Blair by ferry. You can get a ferry at Phoenix Bay Jetty. The ferry ride can cost you around INR 75-100 on one side. The island is open between 6 AM to 5 PM. You don’t have to pay any entry fee for viper island. 

  1. Visit Campbell Bay National Park

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 the top tourist attractions owing to its rich nature and 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 wildflowers are in full bloom during this time. The park is located in Island of Great Nicobar, Nicobar Islands. 

The park is open all the time and people can visit between 12 AM to 12 Noon on all days. There is no entry fee. 

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 book a seat in a government-run boat like MV Campbell Bay or MV Sindhu, which runs from Port Blair to Campbell Bay once a week and takes 24 hours to reach the Island. It may cost you anything between INR 2000-5000. 

Campbell Bay National Park

  1. Take a Scenic Drive to Mount Harriet 

For those seeking an enchanting escape into nature's embrace, the scenic drive to Mount Harriet from Port Blair offers a journey through the beautiful landscapes of the Andaman Islands. The road winds through verdant forests, revealing breathtaking vistas at every turn. The climax of your journey rewards you with stunning views from Mount Harriet's peak, where the Andaman archipelago unveils its pristine beauty in all its splendour.

How to travel: You can take a ferry ride to Mount Harriet from Port Balir, given that the sea route is the shorter route at 11 kms. If you take a ferry, you should reach Mount Harriet within 45 mins. Many people prefer travelling by road, which can take you around 2 hours since the distance is around 48 kms. Hiring a taxi will cost you around INR 2500-3000. The taxi will take you to the Chatham Jetty, from where you’d have to take ferry (vehicle ferries are also available) for around INR 100. The view promises to be beautiful. 

  1. Witness the Limestone Caves at Baratang Island

Hidden beneath the dense foliage of Baratang Island lies a breathtaking spectacle that nature has meticulously crafted over millions of years – the Limestone caves. These caves boast intricate stalactite and stalagmite formations that captivate visitors with their unique beauty. Inside the cave, you're transported to an underground chamber adorned with a myriad of formations. The Limestone caves are a must-visit if you are traveling to the Andaman Islands, as offering a blend of adventure and stunning sights.

Timings: The Limestone Caves are open from 7 AM to 3 PM on all days of the week. There is no entry fee. If you prefer taking a guide, you will have to pay a separate fee to them. 

How to reach: The distance between Port Blair and Baratang is approximately 100 kms, and the journey usually takes around 3-4 hours by road. You should ideally hire a cab which will charge you around INR 7500-9500. Taking a bus will cost you around INR 150-200. In Batarang, you’ll have to go to Neelumbur Jetty and take a short speedboat ride through the mangrove forest to the Limestone caves. The boat ride will cost you around INR 1000 and usually covers the entry fee to the mangrove forest. 

The entry to the limestone cave is around 1.5-2 kms away from the jetty where the speedboat drops tourists, which can be easily covered by a short walk.

  1. Visit Chatham Saw Mill

Visit one of the oldest and largest sawmills in Asia, the Chatham Saw Mill. You can take a guided tour through the mill, which was built in the 19th century, to learn about timber processing and the role it played in the history of the Andaman Islands. You'll come across many vintage machinery, and towering timber stacks. The mill is also a starting point for exhilarating activities such as zip-lining and rappelling. The entry fee to the mill is around INR 10 without a guide. For a tour guide, you’ll have to pay extra INR 50. You can pass 1-2 exploring the mill. 

The mill is close to the city centre of Port Blair at just 11 kms. You can hire an auto or taxi from the market at INR 100-300. You can also take a bus, which you cost you around INR 30-40.

Timings: The mill is open to tourists from 8 AM to 2:30 PM every day except for Sundays. 

  1. Take a Trip to Jolly Buoy Island

Jolly Buoy Island is a pristine paradise that beckons nature enthusiasts and beach lovers alike. Located within the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, this enchanting island offers a quintessential Andaman experience, combining marine life and unspoiled landscapes. It is definitely a snorkeller’s delight, but is also famous for glass bottom boat rides. Snorkelling here can cost you around INR 1000-2500, and a glass bottom boat ride can cost you around INR 750 for 30 minutes. Note that you mayb not be able to snorkel here if there is a low tide. The island is usually open for water sports from 8 AM to 2 PM. 

How to reach: Jolly Buoy Island is around 40 minutes to 1 hour away from Wandoor beach in Port Blair. The ferry ticket could cost you around INR 1000 one side. 

Jolly Buoy Island

  1. Visit Sippighat Agricultural Farm 

The Sippighat Agricultural Farm is a verdant haven that showcases the agricultural heritage of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. This lush retreat is a captivating blend of tropical flora, sprawling plantations, and serene landscapes that invite visitors to immerse themselves in the island's agricultural legacy. You can easily spend around 1-2 hours in the farm. The farm is 15 kms from Port Blair on the way to Wandoor, so you can easily take a bus or taxi, which can cost you INR 50-500 depending on the mode of transportation you take. The entry to the farm is free, but you will have to pay for any farm produce you may want to buy from there.

Timings: The farm is open between 9 AM to 1 PM in the afternoon. 

  1. Visit Gandhi Park 

Amidst the vibrant streets of Port Blair, Gandhi Park stands as a serene oasis of peace and reflection. Named after the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi, this lush expanse offers locals and visitors alike a space to unwind, connect with nature, and pay homage to the ideals of peace and nonviolence that Gandhi espoused. You can spend 1-2 hours in the park. 

Timings: Gandhi Park opens at 8 AM in the morning and there is no entry fee.

  1. Have Fun with Family at Marina Park and Aquarium 

Spend quality time with your family at Marina Park and Aquarium. Marina Park's scenic beauty is an ideal backdrop for leisurely strolls, picnics, and relaxation. The Aquarium at Marina Park is a captivating journey into the underwater realm, offering a kaleidoscopic display of marine life that thrives in the Andaman Sea. From vibrant fish to intricate coral formations, the exhibits showcase the breathtaking diversity of the coastal ecosystems in the islands. 

The park is just 3km away from Aberdeen market, so you can take an auto or just walk to the park, An auto ride can cost you between INR 50-100. 

Timings: The park is open from 9 AM to 3 PM. There is no entry fee. 

  1. Visit Murugan Temple 

Pay a visit to the Murugan Temple, dedicated to Lord Murugan. The temple’s architecture is a testament to the timeless beauty of Indian temple artistry. Elaborate carvings, intricate sculptures, and vibrant murals narrate stories from Hindu mythology and symbolise deeper spiritual teachings. The temple also hosts various festivals and events that celebrate religious traditions.

Timings: The temple opens at 5 AM and closes around 9 PM. There is no entry fee. 

Murugan Temple

  1. Participate in Local Festivals 

If your visit aligns with local festivals, seize the opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant cultural celebrations and rituals of the islands. Events like the Island Tourism Festival, held annually, offer a showcase of the islands' cultural richness through performances, exhibitions, and art displays. 

  1. Go on a luxurious Cruise Trip

Cruises from Port Blair often present the opportunity to explore multiple islands, each with its unique charm. Imagine hopping from one idyllic destination to another, discovering hidden coves, pristine beaches, and cultural gems that define the beauty of the Andamans.

For thrill-seekers, some cruises offer more than just relaxation. Activities like snorkelling, scuba diving, and kayaking bring you up close and personal with the sea's treasures. The starting prices of a day trip on a cruise is around INR 2500, which can go up to INR 10,000 or more depending on the facilities. The cost of any activity is separate. Cruises can leave from the Phoenix, Aberdeen, or Haddo jetty depending on where you want to go. 

  1. Shop at Sagarika Emporium 

Shop for unique handicrafts, souvenirs, and local artefacts at Sagarika Emporium. Sagarika Emporium is a great place for those seeking to take a piece of the Andaman Islands. This bustling marketplace is a treasure trove of authentic local handicrafts, souvenirs, and cultural artefacts that capture the essence of the heritage of the island. The emporium is open between 9 AM to 7 PM every day. 

  1. Visit Barren Island Volcano

The Barren Island volcano, located approximately 135 kilometres from Port Blair, is home to one of South Asia’s only active volcanoes that can be visited by tourists. As you approach the remote and inhabited Island, the rugged landscape and the imposing silhouette of the volcano come into view. The sight of the smoky plume rising from the volcano's caldera is a reminder of the forces that shape our planet. 

While you can take a cruise or speedboat to Barren Island, you are not allowed to get down on the island. 

How to reach: Boat trips to Barren Island are organised by a few tour operators in Port Blair. The boat ride usually takes about 4 hour and you get to spend around 1-2 hours around the island. The trip may cost you around INR 12,000-20,000. Private charter boats can cost you upwards INR 10,0000. 

  1. Learn about World War II History in Japanese Bunkers

Exploring the Japanese bunkers in Port Blair is like stepping back in time to a period of global conflict and intrigue. During World War II, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands were occupied by the Japanese forces, who established a network of bunkers. Exploring these bunkers allows you to trace the footsteps of soldiers and immerse yourself in the history of the war. You can spend around 1-2 hours in the bunkers, and if you like photography, the sunset from the bunkers is a great canvas for your pictures. 

  1. Step into the Colourful Aberdeen Bazaar

The bustling Aberdeen Bazaar is a display of the cultural diversity of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is a shopper's delight, where colourful stalls line the streets, offering an array of goods that range from traditional handicrafts to modern fashion apparel. There are also many street food stalls and eateries in the bazaar that serve up delectable local cuisine. The market is open from 9 AM to 9 PM every day.

  1. Visit the secluded Rangat Island: 

Rangat is one of the lesser-visited destinations in the Andaman Islands, and that's what makes it so charming. It offers a tranquil environment, beautiful beaches, and a glimpse into the local way of life, away from the commercial hustle of more popular spots.

How to reach: You can hire a taxi to reach Rangat from Port Blair by road, which is a journey of approximately 4-5 hours as the distance is almost 160 kms. Hiring a taxi may cost you around INR 7500-9000. You can also take a bus from Aberdeen bus stop, which you cost you around INR 300-500. 

  1. Visit the Bustling Clock Tower 

In the heart of Port Blair, the iconic clock tower also known as the Aberdeen Clock Tower stands as a testament to the history of the Andaman Islands. The Clock Tower's history dates back to the colonial era when it was constructed to commemorate the visit of Lord Chelmsford, the Viceroy of India. Today, the Clock Tower serves as a central gathering point for both locals and visitors. 

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