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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Top Things To Do in Andaman Islands

Date : 23 Oct 2020
Categories: Travel Guide

Andaman and Nicobar Islands is the perfect Indian paradise. It forms an archipelago in the Bay of Bengal. Once a mysterious place, the island is now a popular holiday destination for all age groups. It is located 1370 kilometers east of the Indian mainland and comprises 572 islands. The island is majorly divided into Great Andaman Islands, Little Andaman Islands, Ritchie’s Archipelago, East Volcano Islands, and Sentinel Islands. There are a lot of fun activities that you can do in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands ranging from underwater walking, bird watching, scuba diving, to glass boat rides, trekking, star gazing, and cruise rides. This Indian union territory can be visited by everyone- friends, solo travellers, couples, and families.

Weather in the Andaman Islands

The weather in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is suitable throughout the year. As such, there is no summer or winter there. The temperature remains the same round the year. However, humidity starts to decrease in the island in the month of October.

Best things to do in the Andaman Islands

During your vacation on this island archipelago, below mentioned are some of the most invigorating activities you can engage in. Keep scrolling down and read along to know more about the most enticing things to do in the Andaman Islands. Islands- For gorgeous beaches Historical attractions- To know about India’s fascinating past Chidiya Tapu- For bird watchers Trekking- For nature enthusiasts Jolly Buoy Island- To explore colorful reefs Cruising- For a fun-packed party Snorkeling, scuba diving, and sea-walking- For adrenaline junkies Parasailing- For those who want to fly like a bird Dolphin watching- To get close with adorable creatures Makruzz- Enjoy a cruise ride Mud Volcano- To witness something unusual Naturally formed caves- To explore the unexplored

Islands- For gorgeous beaches

Located in the Bay of Bengal, the Andaman Islands are ideal for beach hoppers. Its beaches are an epitome of surreal beauty with the perfect landscape. The island is an ideal and the most tranquil place to relax as it is home to the world’s most gorgeous beaches. Here, you will be having so many choices when it comes to hopping from one beach to another. You can go to Havelock Island (now known as Swaraj Dweep) that comprises major tourist destinations- Radhanagar Beach, Kalapathar Beach, and Elephant Beach. After that, you can visit Neil Island (now known as Shaheed Dweep) that has Laxmanpur Beach, Bharatpur beach, and natural rock formations. Exploring Diglipur with Ross and Smith Island in north Andaman Islands should also be a part of your travel itinerary.

Historical attractions- To know about India’s fascinating past

Some of the most captivating museums are located in Port Blair. The Anthropological Museum portrays the islands’ 4 Negrito tribes of Andamanese, the Jarawas, Sentinels and the Onges. The Samudrika Marine Museum presents the biodiversity found on the islands. Once a colonial prison used by the Britishers to imprison Indian revolutionaries, the historical Cellular Jail is also known as Kala Paani. It was used to exile political prisoners to remote islands. V.D. Savarkar, Batukeshwar Dutt, and Yogendra Shukla were some of the most famous freedom fighters who were imprisoned here. At present, this cellular complex serves as a national memorial monument.

Chidiya Tapu- For bird watchers

This spot in the Andaman Islands is popular for sunset views and bird watching. The island is a dense spot with forests, mangroves, and a huge number of different species of birds. You can hear birds chirping throughout the day. One can spot birds in all colors, shapes, and sizes, ranging from serpent eagles, kingfishers, to chestnut bee-eater, parakeets, doves, and Andaman Drongos flying from one tree to another, looking for food.

Trekking- For nature enthusiasts

In the Andaman Islands, trekking is one of the most sought-after things to do. The island is an adventure seeker’s paradise owing to the lush green jungle-clad spots, marvelous hillock, emerald dove, flora and fauna, and the breathtaking natural beauty. Andaman Island has some of the most amazing trek options for hikers!

Jolly Buoy Island- To explore colorful reefs

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. Please note that night stays or camping is not allowed on this island. The island promises you a long stretch of pristine white sandy beaches with hues of turquoise waters fringed with a drool-worthy coastline. It is located near Wandoor, a short drive of 30 kilometers from Port Blair. 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.

Cruising- For a fun-packed party

Who doesn’t love parties? You will find hardy one person on earth who doesn’t like to enjoy exciting parties. Isn’t it? Being a part of a happening party while dancing the night away and treating your taste buds to some of the most delicious meals is what an enthralling party is all about. Since we are talking about parties, having one on a luxurious cruise sailing on the azure waters of the Andaman Islands has earned a place for itself on top position. Gone are the days when a party has to be enjoyed in a banquet hall or a club. Try something extraordinary this time by hiring a private yacht or cruise.

Snorkeling, scuba diving, and sea-walking- For adrenaline junkies

Your vacation in the Andaman Islands is incomplete if you don’t go for scuba diving here. Havelock Island, which was renamed to Swaraj Dweep in 2018, is known for the best diving spots in Andamans. This is popular for having white sandy beaches, hypnotising turquoise lagoons, colorful corals, tempting cobalt waters, and enthralling marine life. Imagine going into the depths of such a magical place! It would be an experience of a lifetime. People from all over the world come to the Andaman Islands to experience this amazing water adventure activity, and their preference is Havelock Island because that’s the one-stop destination for enjoying so many water sports.

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 the Andaman Islands.

A superb fun adventure sport, absolutely no experience is required to do sea-walking. 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! Are you excited to try underwater sea walk in Andaman Island?

Excited to try any one of these water activities? All you have to do is contact Andaman Island Travels to make all the bookings for you. Its experienced tour operators will take care of all your travel requirements including accommodation as well. The best thing to do would be to make all your bookings through Andaman Island Travels. It will help you with your other reservations as well including ferry, etc. It is a one-stop destination for booking holiday packages and accommodations for families, couples, and solo travellers. You can also book slots for water sports activities (scuba diving, snorkeling, etc.) here. It offers a wide range of services to its esteemed customers on discounted prices.

Parasailing- For those who want to fly like a bird

It is an incredible water sport that anyone can enjoy in the Andaman Islands. 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 the Andaman Islands. And yes, wear clothes in which you can move comfortably.

Dolphin watching- To get close with adorable creatures

Two of the most spectacular beaches popular their Dolphin habitat in the Andaman Islands are North Passage and the Lalaji Bay. You can enjoy witnessing these happy mammals in their natural habitat here. A boat will take you in the middle of a bright blue ocean. When these adorable beings come close to your boat to greet you, then ensure that you do not feed them anything other than the fish your boat operator has provided you.

Makruzz- Enjoy a cruise ride

Whether it is about getting from one island to another or for going out for dolphin and whale watching, there are several cruises and ferry rides in the Andaman Islands that you can opt for. You can get into the amazing one and a half hours Makruzz cruise rides if you want to add a twist of luxury to your island vacation. Taking a ferry from Port Blair to Havelock Island will give you precious memories of a lifetime!

Mud Volcano- To witness something unusual

In Baratang, it is a famous sight and one of its kind in India. It is a small bubbling puddle of mud, which makes it worth visiting. Some people marvel at the science behind it while some consider it as a great natural marvel. You cannot miss this place if you are really willing to see something rare in the Andaman Islands.

Naturally formed caves- To explore the unexplored

Diglipur is home to more than 41 unexplored caves. Alfred Caves were one of them, named after the scientist who discovered them. These are limestone caves and are completely secluded due to the dense jungle. These are unique and thus, difficult to reach. A trek to these caves is not meant for someone who is faint-hearted as one has to do strenuous trekking for about an hour through narrow jungle trails. October to April is the best time to visit the caves. Avoid the rainy season completely as the paths are slippery and extremely unsafe.

How to reach the Andaman and Nicobar Islands?

If you want to travel to this fabulous union territory of India, then you can choose from the below mentioned two ways by which you can reach the Andamans Islands in a comfortable and stress- free manner:

By Air- Taking a flight to the Andaman Islands is the most convenient option. The airport is located in Port Blair (the capital city) that has good connectivity with Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, and Bangalore.

By Ship- Ship services are available from Chennai, Kolkata, and Vizag to reach the Andaman Islands is you want to embark on your journey via water. But it takes nearly 60 to 70 hours to reach the destination.

The Andaman Islands will never fail to amaze you with its magical and adventurous experiences. There are incredibly a fair amount of things to do when you are there. The place has grown to become a must-visit place among wanderlusters. So what are you waiting for? Plan your escape to the Andaman Islands and witness the fine balance of nature and adventure. Such an offbeat destination should be on every nature enthusiast’s travel bucket list because once you reach there, the rewards would be beyond your imagination.

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