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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Travel Guide for Port Blair

  • 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).

    Cover for Wandoor Island

    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. 

  • Port Blair, the capital of the Indian Union territory- the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, is a town on the South Andaman Island. Known for its vibrant nightlife, lively culture, museums, and numerous sightseeing spots, tourists travel to this interesting destination owing to its lush green forests and the rugged coastline that add charm to the beauty of this wonderland. There is a lot to see and do in Port Blair- from handicrafts to local food and shopping spots. When you are here, your itinerary must include Cellular Jail, Corbyn’s Cove Beach, Anthropological Museum, Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex, and Samudrika Naval Marine Museum.

    The Andaman Islands are a paradise on earth that is snuggled in the Indian Ocean. The region is known for its amazingly pristine beaches as well as a colonial past. The Andamans flaunt as many as 572 islands, out of which only a few are inhabited. And in Port Blair, apart from knowing about the historical events, you will also see a fair share of nature and beauty.

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    How to reach Port Blair?

    There are two ways by which you can reach the capital town of the Andamans- via air and water. Let’s explore each option below:

    Reaching Port Blair by air

    Veer Savarkar International Airport, the only commercial airport of the Andaman Islands, is located in Port Blair. Direct flights to/from a few cities such as Chennai, Kolkata, and Bangalore are available easily. Flights are faster and more comfortable. Thus, it is a preferred option. However, you should know that there are no direct flights to Andaman Island 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.

    As of now, no international ship or flight services exist in the Andaman Islands. However, Veer Savarkar Airport has been turned as an official immigration check post by the Indian government so that non-natives can enter and exit directly from there.

    Pro travel tip- Taking an early morning flight will help you in utilising the rest of the day.

    Reaching Port Blair by water

    You can also reach Port Blair by sailing from the ports of Kolkata, Chennai, and Vishakhapatnam. Operated by the Indian government, the voyage via these ships takes nearly three to four days (50-60 hours). Haddo Wharf is the main seaport in the town. Three to four sailings take place from Chennai and Kolkata, and only one sailing from Visakhapatnam every month. You should know in advance that these passenger ships are not cruise liners and thus, do not have entertainment and food options. Moreover, booking can only be done from the shipping corporation offices in Chennai, Vizag, and Kolkata. The booking process is quite time-consuming. Online booking is not available. Ships are cheaper but general passenger ships are more troublesome. If you are travelling between May and October, then seasickness is also common. However, if you want to experience a voyage amidst the blue sea, then we recommend a ship journey. It is an unusual adventure in itself.  

    Can we travel to Andaman by train or bus?

    There is no way one can reach the Andaman Islands by train from anywhere in the world. Also, no buses are available to the islands. You can cross the Bay of Bengal either via flit or ship only.

    Is a passport required for travelling to Port Blair?

    As the Andaman and Nicobar Islands come under the Indian subcontinent, Indian tourists have no travel restrictions. It is like travelling to any other place in our country. They do not need a passport, visa, or any other permission. They can stay in permitted areas as long as they wish for. For foreign travellers, a passport is required along with an Indian visa.

    Getting around in Port Blair

    Commuting by local transport in Port Blair is very convenient. Roads are well-built and you will not get lost as every spot is just by the road. Moreover, the locals are also very helpful. You can carry a map or an offline map here as the internet doesn’t work properly here.

    Top places to see in Port Blair

    Port Blair- the capital city of the most beautiful union territory on India, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, boasts of a number of tourist-friendly places that are spellbinding. It is a gorgeous and awe-inspiring city, and taking a pit stop here never disappoints anyone. It promises you clear blue waters, lush greens, rich cultural history, and a lot more. Along with visiting various places in the city, if you have plenty of time for sightseeing, then you can travel to the unexplored attractions and tiny islands nearby Port Blair as well.

    Historical places to see in Port Blair

    Cellular Jail
    Japanese Bunkers
    Chatham Saw Mill
    Murugan Temple
    Recreational places to see in Port Blair
    Manglutan Village
    Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex
    Madhuban Ranges
    Marina Park and Aquarium
    Veer Savarkar Park
    Beaches and islands to see in Port Blair
    Corbyn’s Cove Beach
    Ross and Smith Islands

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

    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

    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 Forest Museum on Chatham island is famous for its scale model, artefacts and decorative pieces designed from timber, oak, satinwood, gurjan, padauk and sandalwood. This impressive collection reflects the rich diversity of flora and fauna seen in the forests of Andaman. Famous for its wooden artefacts associated with the forest and the variety of flora and fauna found within the forest, The Museum is managed and maintained by the Forest Department of Andaman and Nicobar Islands along with the Saw Mill. It is an excellent place for folks interested in woodwork and discovering the history of Andaman through the eyes and skill of its skilled-labourers and artists.

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    Getting There

    The museum is located within the Chatham Saw Mill complex and is roughly 10 km away from central Port Blair. One can access it via road by hiring a cab or a taxi.

    Cabs: Private travel companies in Andaman provide cab services to all major tourist attractions.
    Rental: Rental services for two-wheeler vehicles is a choice. Hiring two-wheelers and going round the nearby places connected to the Island may be a good option.

    Be There Do That

    The museum is home to a mini zoo and zoological garden, housing many species of birds, animals and endangered plants. The forest museum also showcases the skilled craftsmanship of its inhabitants, along with the use of modern-day machinery. The artefacts found inside the museum originate from trees which are polished regularly and cleaned by the staff members daily. These artefacts depict different kinds of animals and a unique variety of trees that either existed earlier or are inside the forest area.

    While You’re There

    • Be sure to call in advance to make sure it is open on that day.
    • For photography enthusiasts, feel free to bring along a camera with you.
    • Note the timings of the museum, 8 A.M. to 12 Noon. There is a break till 2.30 P.M. after which the museum reopens and visitors can tour the place till 5 P.M. The
    • museum stays open on all days of the week except on Sundays.
    • Wear comfortable clothing and suitable footwear for walking around the place.
    • Do not litter the place; dump waste at a convenient location.
    • We advise hiring a local guide for an in-depth preview of the museum.
    • Know that there is a nominal entry fee of Rs. 2 per visitor to enter the premises.

    Closing Statement

    Marvel at the intricately carved products with refined polishing, designing and showcasing skilled craftsmanship of local folks. The museum has gained popularity for its excellent woodwork. Also, a few of the endangered plants draw a massive number of visitors every year. Tourists visiting Andaman can club their visit to the Forest Museum with a detour to the famous Chatham Saw Mill, which is the primary source of employment and income for many households in Andaman. While on a visit to the Forest Museum, do not forget to buy souvenirs to support the local artisans and to cherish the time you spent while enjoying holidays in Andaman.

  • Surrounded by mountains of tall green trees and incredible wilderness, Mt Harriet National Park is the pride of Port Blair. This park is carved from the forests, further showcasing flora and fauna beautifully. The park got its name from the British artist Harriet C. Tytler. It was established in 1987 as a forest reserve and also served as headquarters for British officials for a long time. The park is spread over 5 square km and is home to rich biodiversity and panoramic views of the area. It is also the highest peak within the group of islands in Andaman. Did you know that this mountain features in the 20Rs note in the Indian Currency?

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    Getting There

    The national park is at a distance of 70 km from Port Blair.
    Cabs: Private travel companies in Andaman provide cab services to all major tourist attractions.
    Rental: Rental services for two-wheeler vehicles is a choice. Hiring two-wheelers and going round the nearby places connected to the park may be a good option.
    Via sea: Tourists can Board the ferry at Chatham dock in Port Blair which will take you to Bambooflat harbour just in 15 minutes. Taking the sea route is preferable and faster.

    Be There Do That

    Mount Harriet National Park houses a diverse range of wild plants, trees, and animals. Over 100 species of birds reside within this park. With its variety and diversity, it is no wonder that multiple trekking trails are prevalent here. If you have young children and elderly parents with you, who cannot walk for an extended period- you can take your car and drive up the forest area up to the highest peak of Mount Harriet. You will be amazed at the marvellous view from the top of Mount Harriet. Be ready to catch it on your camera and have it posted on social media for other people to see. If you are a nature-lover, then this is the perfect place for you to visit and try to enjoy being in an environment with picturesque views. One of the sights you can see in North Bay Island’s LightHouse.

    While You’re There

    • Do not forget to wear comfortable footwear and clothing.
    • Carry enough snacks, drinking water as there are no shops on the premises.
    • It is advisable to carry Sunglasses, umbrella and caps, especially during the summers.
    • Get the entry permit at the park entrance.
    • Park charges to be paid directly at the reservation office.
    • Do not litter the place; dump waste at a convenient location.

    Closing Statement

    If you are planning for a quick escape amidst the hustle and bustle of the city, The Mount Harriet National Park in Port Blair can be an excellent getaway. The National park is not only famous for its collection of flora and fauna but also offers enviable views of the neighbouring islands. Moreover, with the calm Andaman Sea in the backdrop, the charm of the lush green forests grows multifold. Laze around or explore the wilderness on a trekking expedition– This park has it all!

  • Located in the Wandoor village at a distance of 29 kilometres from Port Blair, the capital city of Andaman, this park is home to 15 charming islands exhibiting the most exotic marine life. The park has an area of 281 square kilometres encompassed by peaceful beaches, coral reefs, lush mangrove covers, rainforests, and lagoons which brings in an aesthetic feel. The Mahatma Gandhi National Park was established in 1983 to conserve the marine ecosystem including biodiversity, tropical forest, mangrove, coral reefs and fauna. It is entirely a no-plastic zone. It was brought upon under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, to preserve coral reefs and sea turtles. Both of the islands- Red Skin and Jolly Buoy have a kinship to the Rutland Archipelago.

    Getting There

    The beautiful Wandoor beach is situated at Mahatma Gandhi marine national park, around 30 km from Port Blair. For travelling to the jolly buoy and Red skin islands, people have to reach this place by road and board the ship (port charter boats). The giant aqua park is in Wandoor which is about 30kms from Port Blair. Public and private buses plying at regular intervals serve as the best option for a budget traveller between 6 am to 8 pm. The Department of Information, Publicity and Tourism Andaman and Nicobar Islands also provides excellent bus service specifically for this Marine Park. The closest airport is at Port Blair.

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    Be There Do That

    This Marine Park comprises 15 small and large islands and an open sea. The coral reefs growing around the islands attract not only tourists but also scientists and researchers from all over the world. Visitors can view some of the rarest corals which include the likes of Acropora, Pacillopora, Montipora, Leptoseris and Other marine animals like Starfishes through glass boom boats.

    While You're There

    • Do not enter the park without a permit. Do not collect or destroy any living or dead corals.
    • Do not stand on coral reefs while snorkelling. Do not take video or photos without a permit.
    • Make sure to reach Wandoor beach before 9.00 am as the port charters will start towards the Jolly buoy and Red Skin islands at 9.00 am
    • Visitors have to take tickets for each camera they would like to carry along with them towards the Jolly buoy and Red Skin islands at this counter at Wandoor beach.
    • Treat the park with the utmost respect as it is an element of our national heritage. Make use of services of tourist guidelines.
    • Take a packed lunch before heading to the park.
    • Explore the delicate and stunning coral reefs through the glass-bottomed boats you're provided with and be stunned for a long time.

    Closing Statement

    Tucked away from the hustle-bustle and busy streets, the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park is a dream-like spot in the Andamans. If your idea of paradise is serene and postcard-perfect landscape, then this park is the answer to all your prayers. With its gorgeous vistas and stunning marine culture, it is indeed the perfect place to whisk you away for a vacation.

  • Located at a distance of approximately 1,000 km away from the coast of eastern peninsular India, the Red Skin Island in the Andaman Island calls for a visit to every nature lover. This island is the most frequented island among the many beautiful islands to visit in this archipelago. Red Skin Island is one amongst the 15 beaches inside the Marine National Park of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The picturesque beach and adjoining forest cover make for a picture-perfect holiday attracting tourists from all corners of the world. It is also a hub for marine life having abundant red coral reefs, aquatic animals, tropical plants, white sandy beaches and clear water. Considered an alternative to Jolly Buoy Island due to its adjacent location, this island promises a relaxed journey on a coast that is a paradise in itself.

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    Getting There

    The island is at a distance of 30 km via road from the capital city of Andaman, Port Blair. The ferries are available from the nearest village called Wandoor. Regular rides are available on a strict timetable as the ferry service starts from 9 am. The return journey starts from 2:30 pm onwards every day.

    Cabs: Private travel companies in Andaman provide cab services to all major tourist attractions.
    Rental: Rental services for two-wheeler vehicles is a choice. Hiring two-wheelers and going round the nearby places connected to the island may be a good option.

    Be There Do That

    The beach has shallow water allowing tourists to take a natural bath with sea-salt. Tourists favourite activities include glass boat rides and snorkelling on the external water surface. The natural beauty of the island clubbed with pleasant surroundings make red skin island a perfect venue to unwind. It is also becoming a popular destination choice of honeymoon for newly-weds crediting its lush landscape, weather, abundant marine life and adventurous activities. Souvenirs in the form of rare and uncommon shells can be collected lying on the shore.

    While You're There

    • Remember to take a permit from the Forest Department before the visit.
    • The island is closed on Mondays and opens during May-October.
    • Note that night stays are not allowed on the island, making it a memorable day-trip.
    • The island is open for six months to visitors for the ecology to recover from human interference.
    • Use of plastic is not allowed on the island, so we discourage you from using anything of the sort.

    Closing Statement

    Red Skin Island is A Charming Seascape In Andaman That You Can't Afford To Miss. The island is indeed a perfect avenue to soak in views of the ocean with the melting sand under your feet while the tranquil ambience captivates you. The main pull factor of the island is its abundant and rich coral reef. Apart from that, it houses fishes such as zebrafish, parrotfish and sea urchin. Elephants are also present on the beach. The natural beauty is to be enjoyed rather than utilised, and this is what makes this white sand beach island a mandatory destination for those visiting the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

  • Known for its breathtaking natural landscapes, magnificent coral reefs, serene underwater marine life and signature white-sand beaches, North Bay Island is a traveller's paradise. It is one of those spots where you can enjoy a combination of peace and thrill and is considered an epitome of natural splendour. One of the most prized treasures of this island, the coral reefs are a significant tourist attraction that draws people from all corners of the world. It is also known as Coral island. North Bay Island is a popular destination among the travel buffs and has something for everyone from its coral reefs to its panoramic landscapes and adventurous sports.

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    Getting There

    At a distance of 43 km, this island is to the north of Port Blair. Trips to the North Bay Island begin either from Junglighat Jetty or the Andaman Water Sports Complex depending upon the government regulations and schedules. The boats accommodate up to 250 people and have life jackets for passenger's safety. If you are looking for the most convenient way to reach this location, private cabs are your best bet. Private travel companies in Andaman provide cab services to all major tourist attractions.

    Be There Do That

    Sea Walk at North Bay island is a must-do activity. The experts handpicked the island for Sea Walk because of the beautiful reef and varieties of fishes available in the island. It has a lighthouse offering a spectacular view of Port Blair skyline and Ross Island. Sea walking on the island introduces you to the vibrant world of the sea. A glass-bottom boat tour is another option allowing tourists to explore the marine world. The island flaunts varieties of coral reefs and fishes which are absent in most of the islands.

    While You're There

    • The North Bay Island is open for visitors from 8 AM to 5 PM.
    • The trip might get cancelled in case of bad weather.
    • Moderate rain will not hamper the trip. Well, the island looks much beautiful when it drizzles. In case of rain, necessary arrangements are made for you not to get wet.
    • Changing rooms and restrooms are available.
    • Pre-purchase of Scuba and Sea Walk at North Bay Island would be helpful else due to overload you might not get a ticket.
    • Carry a spare clothing set even if you don't plan to take part in any of the water sports activities.
    • Scuba Diving and other water sports do not happen post noon, therefore, make sure that you don't waste your time.
    • Make sure to inform about your health issues to the instructors if any, before you indulge in any water sports.

    Closing Statement

    If you prefer spending a genuinely memorable and pleasant vacation on the seashores at the beautiful beaches or dream of waking up to the views of an endless sea, then North Bay island is what you're looking for! While its water sports will set your adrenaline pumping, you can also pay a visit to this island to find an escape from the city crowd. As soon as the ambience sinks in – all you would want to do is unwind, capture the moments and be grateful for having stopped here before moving further.

  • Fisheries Museum is a famous tourist attraction in the Andaman Islands. This popular sightseeing place of Andaman has a wide range of installations with informative coverage of the islands' ecosystem, plants, animals, tribal communities and marine life. This museum includes a small aquarium that houses various collections of fishes and corals and shells. This museum is adjacent to the Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex, Port Blair and exhibits species of marine life endemic to the islands. It holds over 350 species of marine life found in the Asia-Pacific.

    On entering the premises, it feels like stepping into a bio laboratory because of various plants and animals installations. The museum has live animals like crabs, sharks, starfish and corals along with life-size displays of a sawfish and dolphin, and the skeleton of a sperm whale believed to be one of the most massive toothed whales.

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    Getting There

    The museum is at a distance of almost 9 kilometres from the central Port Blair in the Andaman Islands. You can reach the museum from Aberdeen Bazar/ Port Blair bus terminus by walk, bus, auto or car. It is about 3 km from the main bus terminus in Port Blair.

    Cabs: If you are looking for the most convenient way to reach this location, private cabs are your best bet. Private travel companies in Andaman provide cab services to all major tourist attractions.

    Rental: Rental services for two-wheeler vehicles is a choice. Hiring two-wheelers and going round the nearby places connected to the park may be a good option.

    Be There Do That

    The Fisheries Museum houses hundreds of marine species of unusual fishes, corals and shells. This place is perfect for studying various marine species. Start exploring the museum by locating the different sized fishes, sharks, and whales. These are exhibited to the guests meticulously by being preserved in glass jars. Displays of turtles and remnants of the Sperm Whale make this museum a busy spot on all days. Children love this space and are amazed at the marine life species of the islands. All aquatic creatures present here are sourced from the Bay of Bengal and Indo-Pacific Bay.

    While You're There

    • The museum is closed to visitors on public holidays, Mondays, and second Saturdays.
    • The museum is open from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 4:45 pm.
    • Do not touch the containers or the creatures.
    • Do not forget to wear comfortable footwear and clothing.
    • Taking pictures is prohibited inside the museum.
    • Do not litter the place; dump waste at a convenient location.

    Closing Statement

    Fisheries museum promises of a perfect, airbrushed start into what could quite probably be the most ingrained, indulgent holiday of your lives. Come and Witness the exceptional specimens in the Fisheries Museum, hand-picked from the underwater life. It is a treasure trove of information about the exotic marine life in Andaman. Housing an aquarium with various species of fishes and other creatures which exist deep down the azure waters, the museum is a crowd-puller.

  • Samudrika springs from the word Samudra, meaning Sea. Run by the Indian Navy, Samudrika Naval Marine Museum is themed around all things sea, showcasing all its aspects in several rooms. There are exhibitions on marine life, tribal life, lifestyle, and culture. A prominent attraction of the museum is the skeleton of a baby sulfur bottom that was washed ashore on the coast of Andaman & Nicobar. Another speciality of the museum is its inbuilt aquarium featuring regional varieties of the ocean plants and animals.The museum houses five rooms specified as follows,

    Room One: This room has exhibitions focused on the tribal culture of Andamanese, volcanoes of the region, wood species, and flora and fauna of the area.
    Room Two: Aqua room holds numerous exhibits of the undersea world like stonefish, parrotfish, and others in a large aquarium. You can spot multiple fish species in this room.
    Room Three: The coral room showcases an unusual marine formation and their exact locations.
    Room Four & Room Five: The display and tribal rooms display an outsized collection of seashells, exotic butterflies, a spread of snake specimens, and war currency.

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    Getting There

    The Samudrika aquarium settles at a distance of 9 kilometres from the centre of Port Blair. It is easily accessible via road and a walkable distance. The museum stays open on all days from 9 AM to five PM barring Mondays. The area also exhibits the island's ecosystem and marine life and also features a small aquarium with various species of aquatic animals.

    Be There do that

    There are several activities which include coral cruising, beach activities, ferrying to islands, Forest walk, visiting museums, water sports, photography, Beach walk and shopping. It is an ideal destination for travel, the places nearby Samudrika Marine museums attract tourists of each age bracket from every continent to possess a pleasant moment at Andaman. The exhibits of the museum represent the history of the Andaman Islands and people of the region, archaeology, marine life, and general information of the land. The exhibits in the museum provide information about marine life and its sensitive ecosystem.

    While You're There

    • Note that the entry fee to the museum is Rs. 50 and Rs.30 for adults and youngsters.
    • Remember not to feed the fish or crocodiles, because it is against the principles set by the authorities.
    • Do not litter the place and dispose of waste at a suitable site.
    • Take care not to touch any of the relics or exhibits as many are rare showpieces and fragile.
    • Look for a small zoo within the premises of the museum, where you can find a few species of salt-water crocodiles.

    Closing Statement

    The government established this museum with the thought of spreading awareness among people on various aspects regarding aquatic life and therefore, the importance of preserving this sensitive ecosystem well for a balanced way forward for the citizenry. It takes approximately 2-3 hours to explore this place, and the main aim behind running this museum is to spread awareness about life within the ocean.

  • Tucked away from the noisy streets and humdrum of the city, the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park is a dreamy paradise in the Andamans. Present in Wandoor village, this park is home to 15 charming islands having an exotic marine life. The Marine National Park park was established on 24 May 1983 under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 to protect marine life prevalent in the area. The park encompassed peaceful beaches, coral reefs, lush mangrove covers, rainforests, and lagoons which brings in an aesthetic feel and has an area of 281 square kilometres.

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    Getting There

    Marine National park is roughly 18 kilometres away from the Port Blair city, and tourists can reach here within 30 minutes. Visitors can either opt for a taxi or avail the bus services till Wandoor which run daily from 6:00 AM onwards.

    Cabs: If you are looking for the most convenient way to reach this location, private cabs are your best bet. Private travel companies in Andaman provide cab services to all major tourist attractions.
    Rental: Rental services for two-wheeler vehicles is a choice. Hiring two-wheelers and going round the nearby places connected to the park may be a good option.

    Be There Do That

    Most of the islands present in the park are preserved and therefore not accessible by visitors. For the health freaks who fancy a morning jog, the jogging track made on the untouched, new shore is pure joy. The water sports complex is perfect for adventure seekers too. In fact, what is remarkable about Marina Park is that it has something for everyone. Take a dip in the pristine beach waters or enjoy the water activities in Marina Park, the choice is yours. The Aquarium present in the park houses up to 350 species of fish and other creatures, like turtles, sharks, and crabs. The outdoors have a skeleton of a blue whale that got washed into the shore on the Nicobars.

    While You're There

    • The Marine National Park is open on all days of the week apart from Mondays between 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
    • Do not forget to carry essential items and refreshments.
    • Rajiv Gandhi water sports complex is also the place where one can indulge in water sports activities like jet ski riding.
    • Do not forget to carry a camera.
    • Children's traffic park is also adjacent to it. Kids can cycle here and learn traffic rules.
    • Tourists can also visit the Fisheries aquarium adjacent to it.
    • There is no entrance fee for the Marina Park.
    • Do not forget to wear comfortable footwear and clothing.
    • For those looking for a seaside dining experience, Ocean Blue Restaurant, overlooking the sea, is an excellent place to spend a few hours. Owing to fast service, it also serves well if one wants to grab a bite on the way to the jetty.

    Closing Statement

    Reckoned as an eco-friendly destination of Andamans, the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park is a serene place offering a bang for bucks to its visitors. Ideal for picnics and water sports it could be your next fun-filled family getaway. Amidst all the alluring beauty of the island, this is a must on your trip to Andaman.

  • Positioned near Port Blair, Viper Island was the location of an old jail used by the Britishers to keep political prisoners and harbour convicts. This island is exceptionally exquisite and tranquil. There are multiple versions of the stories about how the island got its name. One of the notable and well-accepted accounts maintains that the island got its name from the name of the vessel in which Lt. Blair came to Andaman and Nicobar in the year 1789. Visitors swarm this beautiful island as it serves a beautiful amalgamation of historically significant elements and arresting grandeur of nature.

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    Getting There

    People can visit Viper Island from Port Blair both by road and sea. Folks usually opt for ferries available between Viper Island and Port Blair. It takes roughly 45 minutes to reach Viper Island by road which includes crossing stretches of the sea. Folks start from the Phoenix Bay jetty, taking 20 minutes to arrive. The Harbor Cruise, running and from the jetty, can help explore the different points of the harbour along with a trip to Viper Island.

    Be There Do That

    The ruins of the jail, cells and the gallows narrate unfortunate incidents of a brutal rule that India had to undergo in the past. You get a bird's eye view of the neighbouring islands, the seven-point harbour and the mighty ocean in its splendid shades. On the way to the island, do not forget to witness the magnificent beauty of 7 point harbour with boats wayfaring in the mighty ocean. A walk to remnants of the jail built by the Britishers might enthuse history buffs keen to know more about Indian history. Multiple beaches in the vicinity make it an ideal place to spend an hour at Viper Island.

    While You're There

    • Take an hour to explore the ruins of the jail and gallows reminiscing past. Viper Island is a relatively small Island, and history buffs would want to spend some more time delving deeper into the past.
    • Please travel in groups during peak seasons.
    • Stay away from bushes and ruins for the scare of creepy-crawly creatures. Depart from the island before sunset for your respective destinations.
    • There is no entrance fee for Viper island.
    • Note the timings of Viper Island are from Monday to Sunday from 6 AM to 5 PM.
    • Either pack quick bites in their backpack or return to Port Blair for a hearty meal. The island doesn't have any eateries or restaurants for the tourists.

    Closing Statement

    Viper Island located on the Bay of Bengal is a prominent travellers' spot of the Andaman Islands and has loads of and is a delight to all historians, photo posers and nature lovers. Viper Island is also a painful reminder of the atrocities our forefathers had to bear back in the day. The archipelago territory will blow the mind with its lush green coconut palms and pristine beaches with blue waters. Exquisite strips of sand lapped by emerald waters and backed by lush hills, palm trees and boulders; the island awaits your arrival!

  • Filled with dry tree trunks and long stretches of white sandy beaches, Jolly Buoy island draws the attention of tourists for its submerged corals that are a testament to the underwater life of this island. An integral part of Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, it is a preserved area protected by the Andaman Administration. Its long beaches display a soothing combination of green, white, turquoise and blue. This island is renowned for its underwater corals and the pristine beach. The underwater coral view further comes alive with snorkelling, scuba diving, or taking a glass-bottom boat in the clear island waters. Marine of the island is another quintessential attraction of the island.

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    Getting There

    To reach Jolly Buoy from Port Blair, find a convenient commute till Wandoor Beach. Once at Wandoor Beach, you can inquire about speed boats from the local shop. From Port Blair, Jolly Buoy Island is at a distance of 30 Km, and you can take a ferry from Port Blair.

    Cabs: Private travel companies in Andaman provide cab services to all major tourist attractions. The beach dwells at a distance of 30 km from the airport, and it takes around 1 hour to reach there.

    Rental: Rental services for two-wheeler vehicles is a choice. Hiring two-wheelers and going round the nearby places connected to the island may be a good option.

    Be There Do That

    Snorkelling and diving are the regular activities found on the island happily experienced by thousands of tourists. Although there are no palm or coconut trees here, the Jolly buoy features a small yet dense tropical forest that covers 70% of the island and can be easily trekked through with the help of a guide. The beach is only present at one side of the island while other sides open up to a cliff that ends in water, which is why it is not allowed to stand near the edge of the jungle.

    While You're There

    • Remember that all boats run on strict time tables and take passengers together.
    • Just like the Mahatma Gandhi National Park in Wandoor, Jolly Buoy Island remains closed on Mondays.
    • Obtain a prior permit and entry tickets.
    • The Jolly Buoy island charges an entry fee of approximately 50 INR per adult and 25 INR per child.
    • Being a protected area, it is a no-plastic zone, and visitors are required to submit the list of all plastic items. It is not allowed to leave any belongings on the island because it might affect biodiversity.
    • There are no changing booths or places on the island, so make sure you don't wet your clothes.
    • Jolly Buoy is only open for six months from June to September.

    Closing Statement

    The island has a vast richness of flora and corals. For families, couples, or friends to have the best leisure time Jolly Buoy Island is the best spot with adventure activities supported by the underwater world here would leave you awe-struck. Whether it is scuba diving or any other water sports – you name it, and you've got it right here on the island. Don't miss out to gain this beautiful experience in the islands of Andaman and it is never too soon to start planning your vacation!

  • Andaman is known for its gorgeous beaches. There are several breathtaking beaches on the archipelago, and Corbyn Cove Beach in Port Blair is known for its astounding scenery and spectacular surroundings. The beach houses coconut palms, white shimmering sand, and turquoise beaches. The tranquil ambience is best for those looking to rejuvenate and revive from the monotony of daily life. The beach has a chain of mouth-watering restaurants, cafes, beach houses, clubs, and shopping stalls. You can also Experience the heart brimming water sports activities at the beach.

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    Getting There

    Corbyn Cove Beach lies roughly at a distance of 8 kilometres from Port Blair, the capital city of Andaman. The entry to the beach is free.
    Public Transport: If you want to save some money, then you can opt for a public bus. The bus service is available from 4:30 am to 12 noon, and the buses are accessible all through the day.
    Car hire and rental: There are multiple shop establishments for car hire and rentals. For adventure seekers, a two-wheeler is recommended to experience the surreal views while driving on the scenic coastal roads.

    Be There Do That

    Corbyn Cove beach is in close proximity to Snake Island, known for its vast and rich marine life, also a paradise for nature lovers. Kala Pani, a nearby location to this beach was a famous jail at the time of British rule in India. It is open to all visitors throughout the year and is known for its famed Light and sound show on India's freedom in Hindi and English. Joggers Park rests on top of a hill that offers a panoramic view of the crystal clear ocean. If you crave some me-time to relax and relish the peaceful setting, then without any doubt spend some time at Joggers Park near Corbyn Cove Beach. Scuba diving is another enthralling activity to attempt at the beach. Somebody will train you to use the gear and equipment while you dive underwater by driving instructors. Swimming is one of the must-do things to indulge in Corbyn Cove Beach, make sure to carry a swimsuit, towel, and changing clothes to the beach.   

    While You're There

    • Note that Corbyn's Cove Beach opens from 4:30 am and closes at 9:30 pm.
    • Know that there are no direct buses to get to the beach.
    • Entry to the beach is entirely free, and the benches on the beach are on a paid basis.
    • The water sports only open from April to September depending upon the season.

    Closing Statement

    The beach lives up to the hype by offering multiple serene locations on the island. Enjoy the lingering walks on the pristine beach with your loved ones while experiencing a dazzling sunset. Swaying coconut trees and an uber-calming atmosphere makes Corbyn's Cove beach a place to kick back and unwind. It is indeed one of the best alternatives for those looking to rejuvenate and revive from the monotony of daily life.

  • Collinpur Beach, located in the southern Andaman, is the residence of enchanting cobalt water and the tranquil stretch of smooth sand. The exotic Collinpur beach also has a thick veil of palm plantations. The offbeat location of Collinpur Beach makes it one of the most favourite destinations in Port Blair, free from the crowd. It is also known as 'Sunset Bay'. The beach of Collinpur is U-shaped with ocean clouds floating around seawater. Piles of Smooth sand cover the beach and the dense vegetation in the region exhibit multiple shades of green. The enchanting blend of great green tropical forests and knotted trunks of old trees make the place very picturesque and offers a beautiful backdrop to the azure waters that cross the coast.

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    Getting There

    This island is 36 kilometres from the city of Port Blair and is easily accessible via road.

    Cabs: If you are looking for the most convenient way to reach this location, private cabs are your best bet. Private travel companies in Andaman provide cab services to all major tourist attractions.

    Rental: Rental services for two-wheeler vehicles is a choice. Hiring two-wheelers and going round the nearby places connected to the park may be a good option.

    Be There Do That

    Since the beach is on the outskirts of the city, it is relatively cleaner and quieter. Being covered by dense vegetation, you won't know that you're near the sea until you see it. It is a long stretch flanked by a hill on one side, and since the gradient is not steep, it is ideal for sunbathing. Due to the low water, the Collinpur beach is also suitable for swimming. Watching the sunset and basking in the glory of the sun can be a memorable experience on the beach. It is indeed a beautiful escape into nature's arms. At both ends of this small beach are Japanese bombers from World War II.

    While You're There

    • Speed Boating and Jetski are the only two water sports activities that one can enjoy at Corbyn's Cove Beach.
    • It is advisable to carry Sunglasses, umbrella and caps, especially during the summers.
    • Do not litter the place; dump waste at a convenient location.
    • A tour of the beach would lead to bunkers that were built by the Japanese army during World War.
    • The beach is at a remote location ensuring privacy and is therefore perfect for a relaxing time.
    • Do not forget to wear comfortable footwear and clothing.

    Closing Statement

    An excellent option for honeymoon couples, the beach provides a serene and peaceful ambience. What's even more tempting is the fact that exquisite strips of sand lapped by emerald waters await your arrival. The scenery and tranquillity of Collinpur Beach make it an unforgettable experience. With a lovely contrast of the pristine blue waters and the pure white sand, it's undoubtedly one of the best-secluded beaches out there. If your idea of paradise is serene and postcard-perfect landscape, then Collinpur beach is the perfect choice for a getaway.

  • Adorned by the shimmering water and enclosed with dense forests, Cinque island is a land of hidden treasure. With multiple activities and white sandy beaches, there is a vast option for the water babies to enjoy and explore around. Segregated into North Cinque and South Cinque islands, this island is an untouched beauty of Andaman which every nature lover must explore at least once. This well known submerged jumping spot is on the north side of the mainstream Duncan Passage and amidst Rutland and Passage Islands. The occupied island is an excellent delight to every one of the voyager's touch base here.

    Getting There

    This island is on the north side of Duncan Passage, at a distance of 26 kilometres from Port Blair. At the same time, it is 3.5 hours away from Wandoor in 2 hours from Chidiya Tapu. Cinque Island is on the south-western shoreline of South Andaman in the Bay of Bengal. The two divisions of the island separate by a sandbar and are a part of the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. There is no scheduled ferry service, but Chartered boats are allowed from Port Blair and Wandoor. To avail this facility, one has to contact private boat operators in Port Blair affiliated with the Forest Department to hire a boat.

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    Be There Do That

    Cinque Island has coral reef gardens extending hundreds of meters into the deep sea. It offers a vista of its shells, starfish, coral reefs, seaweeds, colourful fishes, sea anemones, salt-water crocodile, turtles and water snakes to its visitors. This island also has a fine sandy beach and tropical rainforest. Famous for underwater diving and activities like camping, game fishing, scuba diving and snorkelling, the ideal time to visit this island is from October to May. Submerged corals also attract nature enthusiasts to Cinque Island.

    While You're There

    • Tourists can opt for game fishing activity which is very famous in the Cinque Islands.
    • Do not forget to carry essential items and refreshments.
    • The island is an ideal spot for snorkelling. Explore underwater wonders and spot the vibrant corals and various colourful fishes.
    • You can spot Variety of fishes in the sea such as Big Eye Tuna, Angle YellowFin Tuna, GT, Wahoo, Barracuda, Grouper's, Red Snapper, to name a few.
    • This island is a perfect spot for nature photographers with a secluded island, rainforests, and the sandbar.
    • Do not forget to carry a camera.
    • Do not forget to wear comfortable footwear and clothing.

    Closing Statement

    The Cinque Islands is an ideal getaway with your family and loved ones as many tourists do not frequently visit the island, and it is just you and the nature that surrounds. The island houses varied species of bird population which are unaffected and free. These islands support ecotourism, and special permits are required to visit this place. The rarely available licenses and the high cost of these charter boats make it less touched by the travellers and hence ranks as the most untouched visitable island. There is more to this archipelago than what meets the eye. Up for a close encounter with the rarest of corals? Or walk on the seafloor and behold the underwater world? Or with a promise of that and more aqua adventures, the island doesn't disappoint.

  • Enclosed by thick forests and dense mangroves, this Island in the Andamans is a prime trekking destination for adventure lovers. As the name suggests, Chidiya Tapu is known to be a haven for birds and bird watchers. Indigenous and migratory birds decorate the skies for wildlife enthusiasts visiting the place. The beautiful treks with melodies of birds singing in the background and the sighting of wildlife is a thrilling experience. For the wildlife admirers and photography enthusiasts, there is no better place on Andamans than Chidiya tapu. You can also witness the rich biodiversity and a wide range of tropical flora and fauna at the natural park established in 2001. The park features exotic plant species like Mahuas and Padauks, to exquisite birds and animals. Spread over 40 hectares, it is home to wild pigs and deers in the jungle.

    Getting There

    Chidiya Tapu is at the southernmost tip of the South Andaman region at a distance of 32 kilometers from the main town. One can access it via road by hiring a cab or a taxi. Most travellers rent a car or bike to succeed in Chidiya Tapu from Port Blair.

    Cabs: Private travel companies in Andaman provide cab services to all major tourist attractions.

    Rental: Rental services for two-wheeler vehicles is a choice. Hiring two-wheelers and going round the nearby places connected to the Island may be a good option.

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    Be There Do That

    The main attractions on this Island include the Biological Park, Chidiya Tapu Beach, the Sylvan Sands and the Munda Pahad beaches. There is a government guest house located at the top of the hilltop, famous for its surreal sunset views. It is an excellent site for snorkelling because of the presence of bright corals. The Chidiya Tapu Biological Park was established in 2001 to conserve and study endangered species of flora and fauna found in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The park is now a renowned centre for biodiversity and conservation and is spread over 40 hectares by area. One can easily spot Various species of the plants, including Mahuas and Padauks. The place covered with thick green jungles provides animals with natural habitat. Nature lovers can easily spot a variety of birds, wild pigs and deers.

    While You’re There

    • Wear comfortable clothing.
    • Pack some snacks and beverages in plenty alongside you as there are not many food stalls or hotels during this area.
    • Make sure you carry a first-aid box with you.
    • Do not forget to take sunscreens and bug repellent creams.
    • Make sure to pack accordingly to the season at the time of your visit.
    • Don't forget your binoculars and cameras.
    • Add Sunset point on your itinerary.

    Closing Statement

    Chidiya Tapu is a must-see in Andaman. There is so much here that you can never fully embrace the length and breadth of this Island. At almost every turn, the views of a thick green forest cover and azure sea waters await you. Experience serenity as the dense mangroves cover the entirety of the Island and make sure that you spend a couple of hours at this exotic place with your loved ones.

  • Enormous store rooms with wooden planks piled up on one side and a massive workshop with century-old machines on the other, that's Andaman and Nicobar archipelago's Chatham Saw Mill, the oldest and also one among the most important in Asia. Situated 3 kilometers north of Port Blair, the mill has got its name from the entire island occupying it. The massive wooden front gate at the doorway proudly announces its contribution to the history of the island. The mill was primarily built in 1883 during British colonial rule to meet the need of timber for construction works within the island. The British also used the sawmill to convert vast quantities of wood for catering to the requirements back in their own country.

    Getting There

    The Chatham sawmill is within the Chatham Islands, which is at a distance of 11 kilometers from Port Blair. The best way to reach the mill is by hiring a private cab or an auto-rickshaw for your convenience. The sawmill and therefore the forest museum is open on all days except on Sundays and public holidays.

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    Be There do that

    In 1942, during the planet War II, British heavily bombed Andaman island to take control back from Japanese occupation which destroyed multiple parts of the mill. A half hemispherical shaped bomb pit by this bombing remains there. A canopy walk is formed over the bomb pit for the tourists to take a closer look. As one nears the mill, one can see large wooden logs piled across the region. The mill also features a museum that exhibits wooden crafts made by skilful artisans. There are displays of some flora and fauna inside the museum too. While visiting here, tourists can witness the varied manufacturing processes that want to convert massive logs into small and complex chunks of wood. The Department of Environment & Forests established a contemporary Museum in September 2006 within the Mill Complex. The museum exhibits beautiful photographs of historical importance also as about the overall working of the Department of Environment & Forests.

    While You're There

    • Note that the visiting hours are from 8.30 AM to 2.30 PM.
    • Remember to purchase an entrance ticket to enter the sawmill.
    • Know that the Entry Fee for the mill is Rs. 10 per Person & Rs. 50 for a guided excursion.
    • Look right outside the main workshop in Chatham where stands a massive storeroom with old metal tracks to carry the logs and wooden planks. This storeroom was built by 200 Indian freedom fighters who were exiled by the then British government.
    • Do not litter the place; eliminate waste at a correct position.

    Closing Statement

    The Chatham Sawmill is of great historical significance because it has witnessed tons of ancient events and maybe a great place for people to love history. If you're a history buff, then you want to pay a visit to the Chatham mill. Whether you're an individual who loves history or not, this mill is worth a visit because it isn't just a traditional destination, it's something different and unique.

  • Cellular Jail is a national memorial of great historical significance for India and touts to be the most prominent tourist spot in Andamans. Built by the Britishers during their colonial rule in India, especially to exile political prisoners, Cellular jail was where the inmates were subject to punishments and atrocities at the hands of the British soldiers. The construction of the present structure of the cellular jail went on from 1896 to 1906. Nevertheless, the British officers had been using the prison as an exile for prisoners from the late 1950s. Once known as Kala Pani, the jail was used by the British for deporting political prisoners from India.

    Getting There

    The cellular jail lies within the town of Port Blair, located at a famous landmark known as Atlanta Point that lies about 7.8 km from the centre of Port Blair via RGT Road. An ideal way to reach the jail complex is by hiring a private cab or an auto-rickshaw for your convenience. Tourists can also hire Two-wheelers and cycles from multiple rental shops in port Blair.

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    Be There Do That

    The architectural style of this jail is cellular. Upon visiting, you will notice that the stories and struggles of the freedom and political fighters of our country displayed proudly on the walls of the prison. You will chance upon a gallery dedicated to the memorabilia of the movement of the freedom fighters, and the anecdotes of the adversities faced by the brave soldiers who were unfortunate enough to bear the torment of the Britishers. Each parapet of the seven-winged structure stands a proud witness proclaiming the glory of the illustrious dissidents such as Yogendra Shukla, Veer Savarkar, Batukeshwar Dutt, and many others. From the corners of the brick structure, one can also view the legendary Ross Island lying just across in front, and the North Bay Island towards the left.

    While You’re There

    • Remember that the Cellular Jail stays open from 09:00 AM to 12:30 PM, 01:30 PM to 04:45 PM on all days, except national holidays.
    • Note that the entry fee is INR 30 and charges for a still camera are INR 200 and for a video camera INR 1000.
    • Keep a lookout for the light and sound show organized in the memory of the brave martyrs by the Cellular Jail authorities on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The show timings are 6:00 PM and 7:15 PM for the Hindi Audio show, whereas there is just one show in English at 7:15 PM and the price of the show is INR 50 per head.

    Closing Statement

    The jail offers a reckoning insight into the horrible past of India. The state of the country under colonialism and the unwavering love of the freedom fighters for their nation. The prison is a standing testimony to what our heroes had to go through to achieve the freedom that we have today. With its historical value and architectural prowess, the Kalapani or Andaman Cellular Jail remains a remarkable place for the tourists who visit Andaman from all over the world.

  • Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island, formerly known as the Ross Island, used to be the residential headquarters for the British administration in the Andaman Islands. The British brought with them all modern amenities and endowed the island with beautiful buildings and government institutions, giving it the nickname of ‘Paris of the East’. The island clad with coconut and palm trees all across the island resides in the Archipelago of Andaman. However, it is now mostly deserted with some parts of the island retaining the colonial architecture. Incidentally, it was also the capital of the Archipelago for close to a century, between 1858 to 1941. The island has been named after ‘Sir Daniel Ross,’ a marine surveyor and has attracted a vast number of visitors from across the globe.

    Getting There

    Ross Island is 3 km away from Port Blair.

    By Water: One of the best mediums to reach Ross Island is by taking a ferry. You can choose between private ferries or a boat departing from Phoenix Bay.

    By Road: Several buses connect Port Blair to Aberdeen Jetty, which is near to Ross island. From there, take a ferry to reach your destination.

    Be There Do That

    The island contains several brick walkways crisscrossing the settlement. There are several small shops with water and food supplies, and ferries run every hour or so from Port Blair. As it is a navy controlled territory, visitors have to sign-in upon entry and exit. Tourists can also explore the historical ruins that are on the island – Troop Barracks, Chief Commissioner’s House, etc. The island is closed to tourists at night. For wildlife enthusiasts, the island has a variety of endangered species of birds and deers and hence makes for an exceptional sight itself. The swimming pool and the tennis court on the island are a perfect leisure spot for the visitors. A journey to Ross Island would be incomplete without attending its marvellous Light and Sound Show.

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    While You’re There

    • Ross island is open to visitors from 8 Am to 5 Pm.
    • Remember to pre-book a guide for the Ross island at port Blair itself.
    • It takes roughly 2 to 3 hours to explore the island.
    • Do not litter the island.
    • Do not forget to carry essential items and refreshments.
    • Do not forget to carry a camera.
    • Walking is the only way to explore the island. Do not forget to wear comfortable footwear and clothing.
    • The Japanese constructed bunkers and countless tunnels during world war two, which can be witnessed by the tourists.
    • It is advisable to carry Sunglasses, umbrella and caps, especially during the summers.

    Closing Statement

    Once the seat of British power, Ross Island now boasts of breathtaking ruins and an exciting journey to the past. It’s the nostalgia that surrounds the Ross island accounting for its beauty and charm. Ross Island has a rich history and cultural heritage, offering a lifetime experience. The island promises of a perfect, airbrushed start into what could quite probably be the most ingrained, indulgent holiday of your lives.

  • One of the most famous and well-maintained museums of Andaman, Anthropological Museum sheds light on the profound and informative portrait of the island's area people of tribes. These tribes are considered together of the oldest within the world. The museum displays various articles like handicrafts, tools, arts and crafts, implements, photographs, and clothing dating back to the era of the prominence of these native tribes. It also showcases models of clay and hay to inform of the houses, utensils, ornaments, and equipment used by these tribes. The museum works towards the aim of preserving the heritage and tribal culture of the islands.

    Getting There

    The Anthropological Museum resides at a distance of around 7.3 kilometres from Port Blair which will ideally consume 13 to 15 minutes. The most convenient mode to reach the Anthropological Museum is to travel via MG road. The museum remains open between 09:00 AM to 01.00 PM and 01.30 PM to 04.30 PM. Make sure you plan your visit following the timings of the museum.

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    Be There Do That

    The museum throws light on the four Negrito Tribes of the Andaman, i.e. Jarawas, Sentinelese, Great Andamanese, and therefore the Onges and two Mongoloid Tribes of the Nicobar viz. the Nicobarese and the Shompens. The collection of the museum includes portraits, models, and photographs of tribal communities in Andaman Islands. Since these tribes maintain little or no contact with the surface world, the museum may be an excellent opportunity to know their culture and lifestyle. The significant exhibits one can find are shamanic sculptures and the Jarawa chest guard.

    While You're There

    • Watch the varied exhibits, which include shamanic sculptures, Jarawa chest guard, to name a few.
    • Know that the museum remains closed on Mondays and holidays.
    • Learn about the life of Paleolithic Islanders.
    • Ascertain other items on display such as handicrafts, arts and crafts, tools, photographs, weapons, and clothing dating back to the older times.
    • Get conversant in the living sort of the tribals through the models made out of hay and clay which provides one an image of the type of kit and utensils they used, ornaments they wore, and therefore the houses they lived.
    • Know that an hour or two is enough to take a complete tour of the museum.
    • Visit the souvenir shop that's adjoining the museum and find informative and exciting journals, books, and more such items here.
    • Remember that special permission is required for visitors to access some of the tribal areas.

    Closing Statement

    The Anthropological Museum gives insights about the life of the tribe that once called this island their home. Andamans houses six native tribes that are isolated from the rest of the world. The museum further enables you to gain insights into the tribal life of these people. What this museum lacks in design, it makes up for in enthusiasm. Not the exact state-of-the-art kind of gallery compiles the information beautifully, so full marks for that. If you are a history buff, make sure to include this landmark in your itinerary.

  • Port Blair is the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and is also the entrance to the natural beauty and serenity of this little paradise on earth. Here you can explore historic museums, diverse flora and fauna, and rich marine life. Enjoy taking a stroll at Marina Park to enjoy the sweet sea breeze. You can also choose to walk past the Japanese bunkers, try water activities, trek to the island’s high peaks, and know about the affluent diversity and culture of the land. Port Blair would be your first stop in the Andaman Islands and you can begin your beach vacation on a high note from here.
    Veer Savarkar International Airport is the Andaman Island’s only commercial airport located in Port Blair. Thus, it serves as the only entry and exit point into the islands. It is connected to various islands by ferries. North Andaman Islands (Diglipur Island, Baratang Island, Rangat Island, and Mayabunder Island) is connected to Port Blair by road. If you are interested in knowing about the culture and heritage of the Andamans, then Port Blair is your one-stop destination. 

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    When to visit Port Blair?

    The best time to visit Port Blair is between November and March. The monsoon season falls between June and September. However, you should expect light showers even during other seasons as well since it is a tropical island.

    How to reach Port Blair?

    You can reach Port Blair via two ways- by air and by sea. Veer Savarkar International Airport, the only commercial airport of the Andaman Islands, is located in Port Blair. Direct flights to/from Chennai, Kolkata, and Bangalore are available easily. Flights are faster and more comfortable. Thus, it is a preferred option. Ships are cheaper but general passenger ships are more troublesome. However, if you want to experience a voyage on the sea, then we recommend a ship journey. It is an unusual adventure in itself.

    Getting around in Port Blair

    Commuting by local transport in Port Blair is very convenient. Roads are well-built and you will not get lost as every spot is just by the road. Moreover, the locals are also very helpful. You can carry a map or an offline map here as the internet doesn’t work properly here. Some of the recommended options for getting around Port Blair are as follows:

    Tourist taxis- You can rent a tourist cab from anywhere in Port Blair. The drivers will be waiting at the jetty. It is the best option for getting around. You can book a cab in advance from Andaman Island Travels in order to save your time and effort.

    Bike rentals- Bikes can also be hired in Port Blair on a daily basis at around Rs. 500 per day. Petrol pumps are not opened till late night here. So, keep the tank full. During monsoons, avoid renting a bike as roads can get slippery.

    Auto rickshaws- Auto rickshaws are available for short and long rides at affordable rates.

    Public transport- Budget travellers prefer commuting via public buses in Port Blair. However, it may get a bit exhaustive for you. It is not advised as the best mode of transport for tourists.

    Airport/hotel pick-up and drop off- Andaman Island Travels is the best platform to book a taxi for your airport/hotel transfers or sightseeing on the island. The pre-arranged transportation will be provided to you between the airport and your final destination, whether it is a hotel, cruise port, or another local point of interest. You can also book the transfer at the end of your trip when you have to head back to the airport.

    How to travel from Port Blair to other islands?

    All other islands that are open to tourists are connected to Port Blair by land and sea. Transfers between islands are possible in the following four ways:

    Private ferries- These ferries connect Port Blair, Havelock, Baratang, and Neil Island. It takes nearly 1.5-2 hours to reach the respective island. A bit expensive, ferries are the most convenient and preferred modes of transport in the Andaman Islands. Some of the cruises available are Makruzz, Coastal Cruise, Green Ocean, etc. These ferries operate daily and offer easy accessibility to the islands.

    Government ferries- These ferries connect Port Blair to Havelock Island, Neil Island, Little Andaman Islands, Diglipur Island, and Nicobar (not accessible to tourists).

    Helicopter- Pavan Hans flies from Port Blair to Havelock Island, Diglipur Island, Hutbay in Little Andaman Island, and Neil Island. However, the service is mainly for government officials and medical emergencies. Travellers are allowed to fly only on very rare occasions.

    By Road- Only North Andaman Islands comprising Baratang Island, Rangat Island, Mayabundar Island, and Diglipur Island are connected via road. The national highway connects Port Blair to Diglipur Island. Cabs and buses are also available. Before ferry services started to Baratang Island, this was the only way to reach there.

    Top things to do and places to see in Port Blair

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

    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. It is open to the public as a national memorial.

    Veer Savarkar Park

    This park is located right in front of the Cellular Jail. 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.

    Corbyn’s Cove Beach

    Port Blair has a number of options for beach bums who are looking for the best beaches and islands to relax under the sun and laze around. Its nearby beaches are perfect for a rejuvenating escape that lets travellers soak in the beauty of Mother Nature.

    After a long day, all everyone wants is to take a leisurely stroll surrounded by peaceful beach vibes. Corbyn Cove is 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.  

    Murugan Temple

    Located centrally in Port Blair, this temple offers a religious excursion to its visitors. It is the biggest pilgrim site of the Andaman Islands, which is dedicated to Lord Murugan, the son of Lord Shiva. The temple displays Dravidian architecture at its best. If you want to witness a grand occasion, then you should plan your visit to the temple during festival time. Don’t forget to try the delicious vegetarian or the non-vegetarian platter around the temple complex. Authentic food from different cultures is served there which is surely worth a try if you are a foodie.

    Samudrika Naval Marine Museum

    A perfect blend of historical and modern Andaman Island, this museum greets its visitors with the skeleton of a massive blue whale as you enter. You will see there an aquarium with fish of all shapes and sizes ranging from a parrotfish to the rare and venomous species of stonefish and corals. The place is an ideal visit for kids. If you love collecting souvenirs while travelling, then you can buy a lot of interesting stuff from the gift shop for your loved ones back at home.

    Japanese Bunkers

    Reminiscent of World War II, these relics of the bygone era can be easily spotted across Port Blair tourist places. They attest to the time when a siege on these islands was attempted. A popular place to be visited in Port Blair, these bunkers are situated on the way to Ross Island and Corbyn Cove beach.

    Chatham Saw Mill

    Chatham Saw Mill displays the rustic beauty of the pre-independence days. A well-known wood processor in Asia, the British administration set up this mill in 1883. Among so many places to visit in these cluster islands, Chatham Saw Mill is quite an attraction for everyone.

    Manglutan Village

    This village is located in the southern region of the Andaman Islands that is known for its rubber plantations. It offers stunning views of natural beauty including a stream that flows through the village. The rubber plantation covers an area of 60 acres, and it is the major source of income for the locals. You can learn about the plantation process, from seed to extraction and production level, during your visit to this village.

    Local shopping

    Port Blair is the best place in the Andaman Islands for shopping. The main roads in several areas are dotted with small shops that offer trinkets made of bamboo, seashells, and the local mahua wood. You can also visit Sagarika, which is a huge government-run handicraft store in Andaman.

    Water sports and boat rides

    Port Blair is a hub of water adventure activities. You can try jet skiing, glass-bottom boating, and seaplane ride here. If you love doing adventurous activities, then Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex is the perfect place for enjoying different exciting water sports. Here, you will find paddleboats, rowboats, parasailing, speed boats, banana boats, and a lot more. The best time to visit the complex would be summers so that you can enjoy being in the water even more.
    Banana boat rides are known to have the perfect blend of fun and adventure. This splendid and exciting activity is a must-try in Andaman Island. These boats are shaped like a banana and are tied behind a speed boat to gain speed. A total of six people can ride on these boats, and that includes an instructor as well. It is absolutely safe as everyone is given a life jacket. Don’t hold yourself back and go for this activity when in Andaman Islands. It is counted among the best sports here.

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

    Jet skiing definitely stands out among all the water sports in Port Blair. However, it depends on 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 are someone who wants to be in the waters but doesn’t want to get in, then this activity is particularly for you. By speed boating, 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, safety and in your life jacket. Swimmer or otherwise, you just cannot miss this water activity when in Andaman Islands.
    In glass-bottom boating, you have to be in a tiny boat with the bottom made up of glass. As it sails through the sea, you can have a glimpse of the water. This is very popular in Port Blair. One can enjoy glass-bottom boat rides from Water Sports Complex to North Bay Coral Island or from Port Blair to Jolly Buoy Island. You have to wear a life jacket. One of the finest sea sports, it is a magical experience for sure. When in Port Blair, do not miss this activity.
    Want to have an awesome experience of being in a commercial seaplane? Port Blair is your one-stop destination to fulfill this dream of yours. One of the best adventure sports, a ride in a seaplane should not be missed by you at any cost. These planes carry a total of nine passengers at a time and take you from Port Blair to Havelock Island. In just 15 minutes, you will reach your destination which otherwise takes two hours via ferry. Just check the weather forecast before going for the adventurous ride.

    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.

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

    Where to stay in Port Blair?

    Whether you are on a budget trip or a luxurious vacation, properties in Port Blair cater to all requirements when it comes to accommodation. Depending on the tourist seasons, tariff varies between peak and low. 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 in Port Blair are mentioned below:

    1-star hotels
    Hotel Kavitha Regent
    Hotel Shreesh
    Hotel Rishabh

    2-star hotels and resorts
    Sunsea Resort
    Hotel TSG Emerald View
    Hotel NK International
    Hotel Holiday Inn
    Hotel Blue Sea
    Hotel J
    Hotel Blue Mmarlin

    3-star hotels and resorts
    Hotel Aparupa
    Hotel Sentinel
    Peerless Sarovar Portico
    The North Reef
    Hotel Silver Spring
    Hotel TSG Grand
    Hotel SR Castle
    Hotel Luxor Grand

    4-star hotels and resorts
    Sea Shell Resorts
    ITC Fortune Resort Bay Island
    Hotel Keys Aquagreen
    Sea Princess Beach Resort

    Where to eat in Port Blair?

    Check out the best restaurants & food outlets in Port Blair below:
    1. New Lighthouse Residency
    2. Annapurna Restaurant
    3. Ananda Multi Cuisine Restaurant
    4. Rola Costa Restaurant & Juice Center
    5. Gagan Restaurant
    6. Icy Spicy family Restaurant
    7. Sea Food Delight
    8. Tandoor
    9. Cafe Down Under
    10. TRIO - The family restaurant
    11. Bella Bay Dinner Cruise
    12. Anju Coco Family Restaurant
    13. Rajasthani Dhaba
    14. Happy Belly
    15. Gem Continental

    Important Information about Port Blair

    Weather- Port Blair witnesses mainly three seasons- summer, tropical winter, and monsoon. Located in the Bay of Bengal, it experiences heavy winds during the monsoon and a tropical climate otherwise. The best weather can be enjoyed in the islands from early November to mid-May. The capital city is situated at a slightly elevated area, and thus experiences a little lower temperature as compared to the other islands.

    Communication and internet- Network is a luxury in Port Blair, especially the internet. Only BSNL network works here, and the internet is extremely slow. Many cafes, restaurants, and hotels do provide WiFi facility but that is often disrupted. If you are thinking of buying a local number in the islands, then buy a BSNL sim card that will be easily available there.

    Safety- The efficient Andaman and Nicobar Islands Police take care of the discipline department in the union territory of Andaman. You can get in touch with them in case of an emergency.

    Supermarkets and bazaars- The most developed markets and bazaars in the islands are present in Port Blair. They are not so fancy but all the necessary items are available there.

    Fruits and vegetables- If you want to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, then the Sunday market lining the Junglighat Jetty is the best place. You can also purchase these from the shops situated in Gandhi Market.

    Hardware, electronics, groceries, and spices- You can buy these from small wholesale and retail shops located in Ratnam Market.
    Large departmental stores- The departmental stores in Port Blair offer everything ranging from cosmetics to medicines and packed food to milk, bread, and other daily requirements.

    Clothing and apparels- Most of the garment shops in Port Blair are owned by the locals. Now some branded clothing shops such as Fab India and Raymonds have also opened outlets here.

    Language- Port Blair is a blend of various religions, cultures, and linguistic groups. Hindi, Bengali, and Tamil are the most commonly spoken languages here. English is less preferred. Getting around here is very easy if you know any of these languages.

    Airport and port facilities- Port Blair is home to the only airport of the Andamans–Veer Savarkar International Airport. There are direct flights from Chennai, Kolkata, and Bangalore.

    Port Blair has the following three main ports aka jetties:
    1. Phoenix Bay Jetty connecting Port Blair to Havelock Island, Neil Island, and Rangat Island. All private ferries leave from here.
    2. Aberdeen Jetty connecting Port Blair to Ross Island, North Bay Beach, and Viper Island
    3. Haddo Jetty connecting Port Blair to long-distance islands like Little Andaman and Nicobar Islands.


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