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

  • A family trip to Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a dream come true to those who long for a relaxing vacation in the lap of nature in comparative solitude. Among the many attractions in the Andaman Islands, a short trip to Baratang Island is an opportunity to explore virgin territory that has been opened to visitors only recently. Rest assured, a trip to Baratang Island will be an enriching experience to the discerning traveler, with ample scope for lazing indulgence as well as adventure in uncharted terrain.

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    Where is Baratang Island located?

    Baratang Island is the gateway to Middle and North Andaman for reaching places like Rangat, Mayabunder, and Diglipur. The 100 km journey from Port Blair to Baratang Island is a study in exploration through one of the maximum-security Andaman Trunk Road, which bisects the Jarawa Tribe Reserve. Registered vehicles are allowed to drive non-stop in convoys in a strictly monitored schedule. Lucky ones may fancy their chances of sighting a few members of the ancient tribe on the way, but any interaction with them is prohibited.

    Culture and Traditions of Baratang Island:

    The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are home to people in two broad categories - indigenous and outsider settlers. The culture and traditions have emerged as a blend, rooted in the origin of these people. The Islands are home to six tribes, while the settlers are mainly Bengali and South Indians. The influence of the outsiders is amply reflected in the cuisine, languages of communication, and celebration of festivals. Baratang Island is the abode of the elusive Jarawa, is special which has remained unspoiled by the onslaught of civilization.

    Key attractions in Baratang Island:

    An abundance of the evergreen rainforest, meandering mangrove creeks, secluded golden sand beaches - where blue of sea and sky merge on the horizon in pristine glory, provide ample ideas for things to do at Baratang Island, like anywhere else in Andaman Island. What makes it special is the sight of unique natural wonders of Limestone Caves, Mud Volcano, and an evening amidst thousands of multicolored Parakeets returning to roost in the uninhabited Parrot Island. The spectacle of a riot of colors patterned by the Parakeets in the backdrop of Crimson Sky painted by the setting sun; is a breathtaking experience in the company of the noisy din, awakening the otherwise sedate Island to life. Not to mention the Speed Boat ride in the Mangrove Forest, which ranks among the top activities in Baratang Island. It transports the traveler to a world of light and shade, amid exotic wildlife and birds rekindling the curiosity of shutterbugs.  

    Why try out speed boating?

    The Andaman Islands is a haven of water sports activities, a range awaiting visitors of all ages,  from pushing up adrenaline rush to fun and frolic activities suitable for the entire family. While Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, and Sea Walking provide a ringside view of vibrant marine life, others like Speed boat ride in Andamans and Banana Boat ride is designed for entertainment and fun. That Baratang Island speed boat ride serves the dual purpose of an eventful journey of exploration, culminating in a visit to the Limestone caves is a bonus. The sheer thrill of cruising through the winding waterways under a thick canopy of the mangrove, with light and shade playing hide and seek, raises the bar with the melody of birds tickling the senses. It is enticing for travelers with a penchant for capturing images to play with the natural chiaroscuro's challenges, creating patterns every free moment.

    Best opportunities for speed boating at Baratang Island:

    The pristine Baratang Island is dotted with the thickest of Mangroves found anywhere in the Andaman Islands. Maybe it is for the bitter water source, and the still unknown charms of the Islands, the best water sports at Baratang Island revolves around the Mangrove Forests,  combined with a visit to the Limestone Caves. Speedboat ride through the Mangroves on the way to the natural architecture of the caves is as rewarding as the awe-inspiring shapes of stalagmites and stalactites within the prehistoric caves.

    Speed boat ride in the mangrove forest in Baratang Island:

    A trip to Baratang Island is conjured by the traveler as a package tour from Port Blair. Starting at 3 AM, the journey is planned as a single day affair covering visits to all the top activities in Baratang Island, which includes a speed boat ride in the mangrove forest on the way to Limestone Caves. Cost of Speed boat ride in Baratang Island is included in the package price, in the range of Rs.3900/- per head approximately. However, it is incumbent upon the traveler to check out the inclusions and exclusions in the tour itinerary, for which the prices may vary.

    Location: Speedboat safari through the biologically critical Baratang Mangrove is the most popular approach to the Limestone cave. The ride commences at the Baratang jetty, where both the tickets and permission are granted for a visit to the caves. It also entails a short trek of 1.5 Kms after the speed boat ride takes the visitor to the landing point, symbolized by a wooden platform for easy disembarkation. The visitor has to retrace the same route for the return journey.

    Experience: The speedboat carries five to ten passengers for the winding ride through the shimmering narrow mangrove creeks, for an experience of a lifetime. Bird watching exotic species and a rare sighting of saltwater crocodile basking in the sun can be the icing on the cake for the lucky ones. At the other end near the caves, visitors can refresh with "Nimbu Pani" and tender Cucumber to quench their thirst on a hot sunny day.

    Fare: Though the Baratang Island speed boat ride fare is included in the package from Port Blair, those on their own can purchase tickets at the office counter at the Baratang jetty at Rs.600 per head. However, it may vary, and it is best determined on actual visits to the site.

    Best time to visit: Other than the monsoon months, Andaman Islands can be visited at any time of the year. But the trip assumes ethereal proportions during the months of November to February when the sea is serenely calm, the waters a bright turquoise blue merging with the azure blue of the sky. It renders a heavenly aura to Baratang Island for an unforgettable vacation when the soul is in sublime harmony with nature.

  • A Brief Overview of Mayabunder Island

    Enveloped by miles of sea, Andaman & Nicobar Islands is one of the most intriguing destinations in India. It houses various beautiful islands, of which Mayabunder is the most scenic and unique. In addition to various popular tourists spots, it is also considered the adventure capital of the country. Ranging from serene rides on the sparkling waters in the midst of nature, nothing quite like the thrill of water sports in Mayabunder will attract adrenalin junkies like moths to a flame.


    Situated at a distance about 240 kilometres from Port Blair, Mayabunder is sprawled over 1348 square kilometres of land and nestled in the Northern sphere of the Middle Andaman Islands. Less commercial, the island is still well-connected from the mainland by various different modes. The underwater beauty, unparalleled surroundings and the clear blue skies above make for a sterling experience of sightseeing spots at Mayabunder island.

    Key Attractions

    This land of rich flora and fauna crystal clear waters and pristine woods makes for a heavenly experience for travellers. Some of the key attractions on Mayabunder island include Ray hills, Karmatang beach, Austin X, Avis island and Interview island. All of these are must-visit places in Mayabunder and popular for water sports.  

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    The Top Beaches in Mayabunder

    With Mangroves dotted along pristine beaches, islands in Mayabunder have a bevy of beaches which are perfect for beach bums. They have options of various water sports to indulge in as well as offer the serenity of just spending some time soaking up the sun. The top beaches in Mayabunder are listed below.

    1. Karmatang Beach

    For a nature lover who is looking for a sterling beach experience, Karmatang beach at Mayabunder island is the ideal place. Located at a distance of about 12 kilometres from Mayabunder, this blissful beach is picture-perfect with crystal clear water, rich coral rocks and Mangroves dotted along the edges. Also known as a turtle paradise of the nation due to it being a nesting ground for turtles,  Karmatang beach is a coastal haven. Not to add, it has a bevvy of water sports at your perusal such as;

    * Snorkelling
    * Scuba diving
    * Swimming
    * Boating
    * Jet skiing

    2. Avis Island

    A bordered beach track sprinkled along with lavish sands makes for Avis Island at Mayabunder island. With a stunning mini-beach that overlooks meandering turquoise waves steering in the direction a never-ending horizon, Avis island is a must visit place for anyone who visits Andaman & Nicobar Islands. It is fairly untouched by tourists and one will need prior permission to access the beach.  A choppy but short 15 minutes boat ride from Mayabunder jetty this is an accessible beach and one can engage in the following listed activities;

    * Photography
    * Picnic
    * Swimming

    3. Ray Hills

    Ray hills at Mayabunder island is a recently developed ecotourism village adorned with pristine waterways. It houses a many eco-houses and also has a multitude of activities for visitors. A gem that is tucked away in the heart of the Andaman Islands, Ray Hill Mayabunder island is only an approximate 20 minutes boat ride from the Mayabunder jetty. Not your average beach, but it is bordered by water all the way through.  Great for those looking to indulge in activities, Ray Hill has a host of excursions such as;

    * Wilderness trail for hiking
    * Elephant safaris
    * Rock climbing
    * Angling
    * Trekking

    4. Austin X

    Only a 25 minutes boat ride from Mayabunder jetty, Austin X beach at Mayabunder island is a palm-fringed beauty, only for those who are lucky enough to witness it. The sea is comparatively shallow but an unequalled visual splendour. A fruity smell lingers the surrounding area, luring you towards the island while wild spotted deer make their way there to quench there first. Not one for highly adventurous activities, one can still partake in the following;

    * Picnics
    * Deer spotting
    * Trekking
    * Mild water sports

    5. Interview Island

    A true experience of flora and fauna is achieved at Interview island at Mayabunder. Never having witnessed sightings before, this untamed island is home to many wild elephants that often come and claim their habitat. With waterways all around and a coarse coral beach, this is definitely an unmissable place in Mayabunder. Some fun activities to indulge in include;
    * Trekking
    * Jungle safari
    * Elephant spotting

    Why Try Out Water-sports?

    Watersports in Mayabunder island are the exact type of stress buster the doctor ordered. Refreshing and relieving, the underwater world is spectacular, to say the least! There are various health benefits related to these type of activities in addition to the sheer entertainment factor. Scuba diving, snorkelling, swimming, deep-sea diving, kayaking and plenty more, you are transported into a parallel dimension of sorts.
    Indulging in watersports in Mayabunder Island is an experience one should not miss – especially those water babies. Exploring the bright ocean life, including rich corals, is just deeply relaxing. Nothing comes without its limitations, but with the right instructions and gear, watersports can be a way to be one with nature, spellbinding you on the way.

    The Best Opportunities for Water-sports in Mayabunder

    Some of the most thrilling water sports are offered to visitors on Mayabunder island. Ranging from certified diving lessons to more light-hearted boat rides, there is a soaking activity for everyone. Take a look at some of the must-do watersports to engage in when visiting Mayabunder.

    * Banana boat rides
    * Snorkelling
    * Scuba diving
    * Jet skiing
    * Kayaking
    * Glass bottom boar rides
    * Mangrove kayaking
    Some of the world’s most avid travellers brave the world and make their way to Mayabunder Island to indulge in the glorious ocean life of the tehsil. Engulfed by water on all sides and open skies above, this exotic destination attracts tens of thousands of tourists every year. Water junkies get satiated in the numerous and affordable activities that the island serves up in a platter.

  • Location

    Affiliated to the Middle Andaman group of islands, Rangat was established in 2006 as a tourist center after the establishment of Baratang. It is situated at a distance of 200 kms from the capital city of Port Blair. If you are curious about how to reach the place, then you can avail the jetty service from Port Blair or the private speedboats. You can also avail the bus service which takes around 5-6 hours to reach. There are cabs for your convenience as well.


    The level of awareness about things that are problematic in the world might shock you here. People have realized that even though tourism as an industry exists they cannot abuse it. This led to the growing cry for eco-tourism in Rangat. There are eco-huts and Mangrove Nature walkway that have been built to inculcate in people the understanding of finer things in life. Since people are from different social backgrounds the level of respect for boundaries is immense.


    Even though most people are unaware, the demography of Rangat is pretty heterogeneous. There are people who have shifted from Tamil Nadu and Kerala and there are people who have taken off from West Bengal. People are pretty hardworking there and they earn their livelihood either in the capacity of a fisherman or as a cultivator of farm produce. Other people anticipating the establishment of a tourism spot have opened eateries and hospitality initiatives. They are a welcoming bunch and often travelers out of their curiosity have asked the fishermen and the cultivators their trade secrets and have not been let down.

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    Reasons to visit Rangat Island

    Not visiting Rangat Island right now would be a foolish thing especially because the business in the place hasn’t taken off yet. This means you get top-notch services at really cut-price deals. Also given its natural beauty, there is no need for further advertisement. If one doesn’t want to visit Rangat despite its aesthetic it’s that person’s loss. There is no shortage when it comes to food choices because Rangat offers concoctions of your favorite seafood along with commonplace dishes that one might like. Language won’t be a problem either because there are people from all over India residing there.

    Beaches in Rangat Island

    There are so many beaches both accounted and unaccounted in Rangat island that quantifying them is a useless exercise. There is the Raman Bagheecha Beach which has been earmarked by couples for their romantic getaways. There is the Amkunj Beach at Rangat Island Andaman Islands, known for its stone cold appearance and vintage feel. There is the Cuthbert Bay beach famous for turtle nesting spots during the beginning and the end of the year and obviously there is the Lalaji Bay beach which is a comprehensive vacationing spot for people of all ages. The assortment of beaches entail, that every person is sure to find his favourite from this wide array.

    Guitar Island

    One of the very less frequented islands of Andaman, this island is in the shape of a guitar. If you take a Trip to Guitar Island from Long Island Andaman Islands, you are sure to be flabbergasted by the hauntingly beautiful environment. During the times of a low tide, the island gets connected to other islands around it. There is a similarly shaped island opposite the guitar island and it is named as the small guitar island. The island is left alone to its own fate and that is one of the reasons as to why it is so beautiful. Any natural landscape without human interference is bound to bloom.

    Activities in Guitar island

    There won’t be anyone to police you, such is the isolated nature of the place. You can wear whatever you are comfortable with, carry a book or a speaker and let yourself go. With nature gallivanting and prancing around you, visit the island before the sun reaches its zenith and expose yourself to the bounty of nature. The tranquilizing ambience will rid you of your troubles while you are surrounded by it. The Guitar island is quintessentially for people who want to go off the radar or for people seeking direction in life.

    Experience at Guitar island

    The magical experience begins from the dunghi ride from Long Island and stays with you till you breathe. The guitar island speaks to the soul like an ascetic, with a sedating murmur of wind and rustling of leaves and the break of waves. People have often stayed back for unaccounted hours or have wandered aimlessly. The amount of freedom and beauty or rather the combination of it in unparalleled in any other place. Avid readers have often taken a corner or a shade and enjoyed perusing through a decent piece of fiction and forgotten the cares and worries of the world.

    How to visit Guitar island

    The island can be reached from Havelock and as well as Long Island. The island is 163kms away from the capital of Port Blair. One can choose either bus or a ferry to reach the place. After reaching Rangat from Port Blair on a bus you can take another bus to the Yerrata jetty. The jetty will carry you to Long Island near Rangat Island Andaman Islands, from where you can reach Guitar Island on a small boat called the dunghi.

    From Havelock Island you ought to take a government run ferry that operates on every alternate day. The ferry starts at Port Blair and takes a small stop at Havelock. On reaching the guitar island a three-minute walk is sure to take you closer to the vanilla sands of the beach.

    There are no accommodations if you are looking for one so one needs to stay at Long Island. There are however decent restaurants around. The Blue Planet will offer you different seafood based cuisines but if you have a soft corner for north Indian food then Laxmi Hotel should be the go to place. There is a place called the Corner bar which sells sodas and drinks.

  • Baratang Island has everything an exotic island offers, ranging from enticing beaches, limestone caves, mangrove creeks, and more. The island is a tourist hotspot and has some expensive hotels. You get to stay in places like Hotel Avis, which is one of the top hotels in Baratang Island. Over the years, the island has become a favourite for tourists from across the world, although it is still one of the least places visited in the Andaman.

    Best Time to Visit Baratang Island

    Baratang Island is open for tourists throughout the year, and you can visit the island any time when you plan to go to the Andaman. But one of the best times to visit the island is from November to February. The sea is calm during this time of the year, and you can enjoy some thrilling water sports, not to mention, trekking, and other adventurous sightseeing activities. There are some exquisite resorts in Baratang Island. So, you can choose to stay there if you want to. In any case, the season offers the best for tourists as there is also less rainfall and you get refreshing weather during winter.

    During monsoon, however, you should avoid going here, as there is too much rainfall, and it can hinder your plans for sightseeing and other activities.

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    How to Reach Baratang Island?

    Baratang Island sits just 100 kilometres from Port Blair. Tourists can reach the island using the Grand Andaman Trunk Road by travelling for about two and a half hours. The two- and half-hour odd journey consists of two phases. In the first phase, you need to get to Jirkatang from Port Blair. And in the second phase of the trip, you will get from Jirkatang to Baratang Island.

    You can also take a bus or hire a cab to the island once you land at the Vir Savarkar Airport. You can’t go to the island on a bike as two-wheelers are prohibited from traversing on the Grand Andaman Trunk Road. You can also get to the major attractions of the island such as the Mud Volcanoes, limestone caves, Jarawa Creek, and Parrot Island that are situated in the vicinity.

    Importance of Staying at a Good Hotel during a Vacation

    Baratang Island is for nature and adventure lovers. So, if you are looking to book hotel in Baratang Island, both high-end and budget options are available. But it’s still vital that you choose an excellent place to stay, especially when you have come from your hometowns to enjoy all that the island has to offer. Also, if you wish to stay in a resort, there is only the Dew Dale Resort that gives you a comfortable stay while also allowing you to enjoy some fun activities. The Dew Dale Resort is the best hotel that you can be staying at, not only in Baratang Island but also in the whole of Andaman as most of the important attraction sights lie close enough.

    Hotel Avis in Baratang Island

    Hotel Avis in Baratang Island lies in the Rangat area of Middle Andaman. The hotel offers tourists large rooms at affordable prices. Avis works with such a policy to provide value for money for tourists. All the rooms at Hotel Avis come with enough space to accommodate at least four beds. So, you can also bring along kids as there is enough room to house them. Furthermore, all the rooms also come with their baths and a T.V.

    What’s more? You also get to stay in an air-conditioned room if you like. But even though the rooms have ample space to accommodate four people, the hotel’s policy allows for only three people to stay in a place. So, this means that any extra person will have to sleep on the floor, in the spare bed that the hotel provides upon request.

    The hotel also has a child policy. According to this policy, the hotel does not charge any additional amount for children below five years. Whereas, the same does not hold good for children whose ages lie between five and 12 years. Also, for children aged above 12 years, it is mandatory to avail an extra mattress.

    You also have the option of breakfast along with the room. But do be wary that the hotel charges for the food for all infants above the age of three. Hotel Avis also has several meal plans that you can opt, including C.P, which gives accommodation along with breakfast, MAP, which offers accommodation along with breakfast and either lunch or dinner, and A.P., which provides you with all the three options.

    Also, know that you need to check-in on or before 9.30 AM, and check-out on or before 8.00 AM.

    Even with all these in place, Hotel Avis is still one of the best hotels that you can stay at in Baratang Island. Hence, in case you plan to visit the island anytime soon, don’t forget to book a hotel room, especially in Hotel Avis.

    Also, when making the reservation, you may need to know that the hotel will hold the booking until the specified cut-off time, following which, it will be given to someone else. The booking will only be confirmed after the full payments have been made.

    Regarding the cancellation policy, you can get a full refund if you cancel within 30 days from your stay. Or, you get a 50 per cent refund if you cancel your reservation within 15 days of your upcoming visit. And, there is no refund if you do it in less than 15 days.

    Hotel Avis in Baratang Island is one of the most popular places to stay, especially for tourists. It also comes with lots of places to see and things to do. The different areas of interest are not far off. So, make sure that you stay at Hotel Avis on your next trip to Andaman if you plan to visit Baratang Island. You won’t be bored here for sure as there are plenty of things to do and places to see. The island is truly one of the best places in the Andaman.

  • Baratang Island: Location and Geography

    Baratang Island or Ranchiwalas Island is one of the major islands in North Andaman in the Great Andaman island chain. Located between Middle Andaman and South Andaman in the Bay of Bengal, Baratang Island is about 110 km from the capital Port Blair. The major charm of a visit to Baratang Island is the adventure, as well as the sightseeing experience associated with it.

    This island is the real gem of the sea and holds abundant natural wonders and a diverse landscape. It has got it all-from dense mangrove creeks to magnificent limestone caves, beautiful beaches to tidal swamp forests. A unique natural feature very prevalent on this island, and the only place on earth to witness such a scene is the mud volcanoes or jalki, as known amidst the native Jarawa tribes.

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    How to reach Baratang Island in Andaman?

    While a visit to the Andaman Islands promises you days full of sunny skies and azure beaches with white sands, the Baratang Island reveals the emerald greenery and flora and fauna of North Andaman. It is fast developing as a major tourist center, well-known for its tidal swamps, mangrove boat rides, beaches, limestone caves, trekking, and volcanoes.

    For all those who love to explore the beauty of Andaman’s tropical forests, a trip to Baratang Island from Port Blair is a must. Baratang Island to Port Blair distance is 101 km. It is connected to port Blair by both roads and by water. This distance can be easily covered in 2-3 hours, depending upon the medium of travel.

    Baratang Island tour from Port Blair should be a must in your Andaman island travel itinerary for its fascinating journey and enormous sightseeing opportunities.

    If you are wondering how to reach Baratang Island from Port Blair, there are two options, namely, road and the sea. You can either take private cabs or government buses from Port Blair for a road trip or a ferry for water travel from Port Blair to Baratang Island.

    How to reach Baratang Island by air?

    There is no direct air travel route from any of the major Indian cities to Baratang Island. You would first have to book a flight to Port Blair, the capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and then you can plan a trip to Baratang Island from Port Blair via land or sea.  The Veer Savarkar International Airport, Port Blair, is the nearest airport located about 104 km away from this island.

    How to reach Baratang Island by road?

    This mode is the most common way to reach Baratang Island. You can hire a private car, jeep, or a private AC bus. Government buses also can be the best bet. Two-wheelers of any type are not allowed to Baratang Island.

    Many Government buses start from Port Blair to Baratang, which leaves the Bus Terminus near Aberdeen Bazaar, Port Blair, every day from 5:30 AM and 11:00 AM. They take about 4 hours, 45 minutes to reach there. There is no system of advance booking. You will have to book the bus tickets at the Port Blair Bus Terminus ticketing counter.

    There are also AC coaches to the Baratang Island that are commonly provided by local service providers. They promise a comfortable trip, and they also come inclusive of lunch. These buses pick up tourists from their hotels and resorts for the journey. The journey is in two phases – Port Blair to Jirkatang, which is a distance of 40 km covered in 1 hr 15 minutes, and then Jirkatang to Baratang, which is about 50 km covered in about the same time again. The Andaman Grand Trunk road connects Port Blair to South, Middle, and North Andaman. You can drive through this road to the government convoy check post at Jirkatang village.

    The check post clearance is done in the early morning hours, i.e., 6 AM and 9 AM, so you will have to leave from Port Blair much early, preferably at 4 AM or 6 AM.

    It is an exciting drive to Baratang Island from Port Blair with rich green scenery and birds on the way.

    How to reach Baratang Island by water?

    You can also reach Baratang Island from Port Blair by water using a ferry. This way is the faster mode of travel, but it is not available every day. Government ferry services from Port Blair to Baratang are available, but this ferry does not make a return trip on the same day. So it is not suitable for a day trip. Two days before the scheduled departure, ferry Tickets go on sale, and you can buy them.

    The ferries sail from Port Blair to Baratang and drop the passengers at Baratang. They then immediately go to Havelock Islands. The Havelock to Baraton Island distance is roughly about 170 km. You can take the journey in from Port Blair to Jirkatang, and then from Jirkatang to Nilamber Jetty via Middle Strait. The Andaman

    Administration has launched havelock to Baratang Island ferry service. You can also use this service to cross the bay to Uttara Jetty also where you can do bird-watching and sightseeing.
    Even when you are traveling to Baratang Island by road, you have to take the vehicle ferry at Baratang Jetty check post. Ferries take all the road vehicles aboard to cross the waters between Nilambur Jetty at Middle Strait and Baratang.

    A day trip to Baratang Island from Port Blair is an enriching experience. A typical Baratang Island day trip booking can be made either online or at Port Blair itself, when you visit the place. You get picked from your hotel in Port Blair and start the journey around 3:30 AM. You get to travel through the dense tropical mangrove forests to the Jarawa Tribal Reserve. Rich natural scenery, exotic birds, and mesmerizing limestone cave all add to the beauty of your surroundings. In all, a trip to Baratang Island not only provides an energizing trip but also creates lasting memories to cherish forever.

  • A brief overview of the Mayabunder Island

    Mayabunder Island impresses with mesmerising characteristics that will have you praying to the holy trinity of sea, sun and sand. The never-ending ocean enveloping the islet that is pocked with abundantly mighty mangroves and coconut trees will grasp you in its unequalled beauty. For those looking to travel to a heaven-on-earth type of a destination, Mayabunder Island sightseeing spots will leave you worshipping for more.


    Mayabunder Island is headquartered into the Northern part of the Middle Andaman island. Not to difficult to get to once you reach Port Blair, you can make that trip from around 6-9 hours depending on what mode of transport you choose. This trip can be made by ferries, a private helicopter service or a simple road trip which is an about 240 kilometres from the capital city of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Expanded over approximately 38 hectares of land and hailing of a population of 3000+ people, Mayabunder island is a must-visit destination for offbeat travellers.


    Little, but larger than life, Mayabunder island is as uncommercial as it is unique. Comprising of a small cluster of eco-friendly villages, the island is not tech-savvy and functions on environmentally friendly practices for the most part. The Burmese tribes – remnants of the British colonial era, still live there. Also famous for another remnant from the same era, the German Jetty in Mayabunder Island attracts a lot of tourists to marvel at its rich historical remains.

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    Major Tourist Highlights

    Tourists visiting Mayabunder island will be spoilt for choice as the place has everything naturally beautiful to showcase including India’s only turtle nesting site! Whether you want to engage in extreme water sports, view some wildlife in its purest form or laze back and be a beach bum, sightseeing tours in Mayabunder will have covered it all. The most visited attractions in Mayabunder include Avis island, Karmatang beach, Ray hills Interview island and Austin X island. Mayabunder Island is a final frontier for intrepid travellers looking to scratch out the unique destinations off their bucket lists.

    Famous Cuisine of Andaman/Mayabunder Island

    Any foodie with a penchant to dabble their tastes into an eclectic cuisine, the islands of Andaman and Nicobar will fulfil their quest. They offer a fusion of a variety of different Indian dishes with a twist of the local spices. Food in Mayabunder is influenced quite heavily by the cultures that reside in that region. Made both, locally in homes as well as in various restaurants that cater to tourists, the famous cuisine of Mayabunder will leave you longing for more. Some of the dishes you must try are:

    1. Chicken tikka masala
    2. Barbecued meats
    3. Fish curry
    4. Prawn curry
    5. Khadi crabs

    Being a coastal region, the seafood is fresh and meaty with flavourful and aromatic spices that make it finger-licking good. Vegetarians need not worry as the same preparations can be made for non-meat items too.

    Tips to Find the Perfect Restaurant

    Finding a perfect restaurant is not as easy as it seems, especially when travelling to an unknown place. There are many pros and cons to weigh out when making this decision because one bad item or an unhygienic place can make your stomach go for a toss, ruining that perfectly planned holiday. Below mentioned are some tips to find the perfect restaurant when you are in uncharted territory.

    Eat what you see – More often than not, if it smells good, it tastes good. Sometimes, it is ok to go with the flow, and if you see or smell something that you like, chances are, It will be good. Always go for cooked food as opposed to raw items like salads. Things with live counters are safer as you can see what is being made in front of you.

    Word of mouth – Local guides, hotel staff and fellow tourists are your best option for recommendations. It is these personal experiences that can help you make an informed decision. Even online reviews can be very informative, and anything over a 3-star rating can be experimented with.

    Cleanliness – By far, the most important aspect when choosing a place where your next meal will be at. If you spot dirty dishes, stained table cloths and creepy crawlies around, head for the hills. If they don’t even care to keep the customer section clean, you don’t even want to know what is happening inside the kitchen.

    Hotel Sea and Sand in Mayabunder Island


    Hotel Sea and Sand in Maybunder is a popular choice of accommodations by travellers due to the convenient facilities offered. It is in a great location and a clean place to stay at. The air-conditioned rooms are spacious with attached bathrooms. All the rooms have large windows offering great views of the sea and surrounding landscape. Head on over to the terrace to get mesmerising views of the sunsets while you sip on your cuppa and embrace nature at its finest.


    The humble shack-like appearance can be misleading as the interiors of the restaurant are bright and lavish. Traditionally designed tables and chairs with friendly smiles on the servers’ faces make it homely. Contemporarily designed fenestrations complete the overall look and create a welcoming vibe. Despite the simple décor, the restaurant is clean, and the kitchen staff follows strict hygienic practices.


    The multi-cuisine restaurant and bar caters to all their patrons and offers delicious food items, both local as well as continental. All your meals will be served at this restaurant, including breakfast, lunch, dinner and high tea. The waiters are well informed and ensure that they recommend food items that will please your palette.


    Eating at the restaurant at Hotel Sea and Sand in Mayabunder is a humbling experience. The friendly owners, alertness of the staff and servers along with its affordable price tag, make this restaurant a popular choice to eat their meals amidst guests and locals both. There is even an additional discount for those dining at the restaurant, which is always an added advantage for those looking to travel on a budget-friendly allowance.

  • Overview of Mayabunder Island

    Snuggled in the crevices of the North Andaman, Maybunder islands is a treasure box overflowing with resplendent gems that shine on their own accord. Dense mangroves sprout hither and thither of its pristine creeks. Apart from being a secure pouch for some of the world’s greatest sea turtles, the shiny sands of its calm beaches add a generous sprinkle to this island’s serenity.

    One of the 37 popular islands of Andaman, how to reach Mayabunder islands can never be an issue given its excellent road, air and water connectivity.
    A 9-10 hour bus ride from Port Blair to Mayabunder Jetty does all it can to avoid dents in your pockets. Clusters of Jarawa tribes are a common sight as you snake your way through the pastoral forests of the Andaman Trunk Road. If you are on an island-hopping spree, daily buses operating from 4 AM to 11 PM is at your beck and call.
    For those who want to savour the Andaman ripples, ferrying is the one-stop option. From Port Blair’s Phoenix Bay Jetty to Diglipur, an 8-9 hours ferry ride feels like a luxurious voyage. It proves to be a slightly inconvenient choice for those who are on a tightly packed schedule as they operate only twice weekly. The rides are at the mercy of weather conditions and availability.

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    Reasons to visit Mayabunder Island

    Sightseeing tours in Mayabunder Island can be squeezed into the tightest of schedules. With the luxury of being able to visit any day, an hour or two is ample time for one to explore the sightseeing spots at Mayabunder islands.
    Karmatanag beach

    Kayaking through the rich mangrove-lined waters of Mayabunder islands will lead you to Karmatanag beach at Mayabunder Island- a paradise with cushions of turtle hatchling spots. Tiny huts perched in its watery confines are a perfect sanctuary for you to loosen your shoulders and draw breath from the salt-kissed air. If you want to hit the roads, ditch kayaks and opt for a 30-minute hired-bicycle ride to get completely immersed in the exotic beauty of the towering green trees sprinkled along its way.

    Ray Hills

    Freshly included in the Andaman eco-tourism spots, Ray Hills at Mayabunder Island is an ideal place for one to trail through its virgin woody patches. Rock climbing, trekking and elephant rides in its preserved biodiversity- a twenty minute boat ride from Mayabunder islands let you into this haven for creating an infinite family memories.
    Avis Island

    It is inevitable to witness coconut trees scattered in every nook and corner of Avis Island at Mayabunder Island. Lying on your back on the shiny sands and gazing at the serene waters- Avis Islands’ beach is the gateway to puff away all the fatigue. A permit is all that’s required to embark on a fifteen-minute boat ride to this secluded islet nestled amidst tropical shrubs.
    Austin X islands 

    Peppered with vineyards and orange shrubberies, Austin X island at Mayabunder Island remains ever so faithful to the eco-friendly Mayabunder trait. Paddling across the saline waters of its mangrove fringes makes one close-knitted to the pristine diversity. Upon catching sight of deer sip water from tiny creeks, resisting the urge to pat their heads will go in vain. 
    Interview island

    A three-hour dunghy ride from Mayabunder to Austin strait gives way to Interview islands at Mayabunder Island. Housing the largest wildlife sanctuary in Andaman,
    Interview islands provide leeway for wild elephants to occupy its tropical
    peripheries. The vast littoral patches inhabited by white-headed starlings in
    this 101 km area islet make jungle safaris and trekking at Interview islands a must-do in your itinerary.
    Major cuisines of Mayabunder Island

    The sensual pleasure of sipping coconut water is an experience that can be felt even if you go to the smallest of shacks on this island. Fish curry doused with mustard and green chillies. Prawn embalmed with native spices and bathed in a splash of refreshing coconut milk. Chilli curry with a generous dosage of onions and tomatoes. Amritsari Kulcha stuffed with chillies and a plethora of spices. Mayabunder cuisines are an interplay of all the cultures that brush past each other in this region- Christian, Sikh, Muslim and Hindu. Skewers arranged with sardines, lobsters and squids in every restaurant adorning this islet will make your hunger pangs shoot up to the sky.

    Being an island unaccustomed to people thronging towards, the solitary surroundings of Mayabunder have a handful of fresh eateries to their credit. The main market is well-equipped with juicy fruits and vegetables. Vendors in the Mayabunder streets selling titbits are always present to cater to one’s hunger cravings.

    The top restaurants in Mayabunder Island

    It is a general word passed off by many to carry food and drink from Port Blair before making way towards Mayabunder. Even if you forget to stop by a restaurant and procure food items, don’t let that unnerve you. The hotels and resorts at Mayabunder Islands induce a touch of quaintness to their culinary delicacies.

    Hotel Sea N Sand
    If one wants their taste buds to be exposed to an array of delicacies transgressing international boundaries, Sea N Sand restaurant is at your disposal. From serving simple homemade food to sensational seafood delicacies, it can make you feel at home and in another world at the same time.

    About a kilometre away from Mayabunder junction, Sea N Sand restaurant serves fresh food right from the grill. A bar attached to the eating joint makes chugging a glass of wine in merry-making moments an absolute possibility. With spacious seating and parking facilities available, waiting for steaming hot dishes arriving a little late is worth it. The warm hosts of this restaurant are the pioneers of rendering Mayabunder tourist services.

    Carlo Restaurant And Bar

    A well-equipped restaurant with luminous lightings and plush seats stashed across each other, Carlo Bar and Restaurant is a well-loved restaurant in Mayabunder. A view of the calm Andaman ripples with coconut trees and mangrove fringes interspersed amidst the waters elevates the familiar Indian flavours available here to an all-time high.

    Hotel Payel Garden And Bar

    Open from 11 AM to 11 PM, Payel Garden and bar is a restaurant situated in the Mayabunder vicinities. Lip-smacking dal tadkas served here make for a heavenly treat. Facilities, service standards and cost-effectiveness seem to garner quite good ratings from customers visiting this food outlet.
    A myriad of eateries may not be a normal sight within the precincts of Mayabunder islands. Relishing seafood skewers in the low-key restaurants sprinkled across a few spots in Mayabunder islands is sure to satisfy your hunger qualms.

  • Andaman and Nicobar Islands conjures an image of the exotic in the minds of visitors, who cherish holidays in the lap of virgin nature for moments of bliss, spent in solitude. An archipelago comprising of 572 islands, islets, and rocky outcrops, a visitor to the Andaman Islands is spoilt for choice of sun, sea, sand, and the beauty of evergreen and mangrove forests. A Profusion of marine life forms in their natural habitat is best enjoyed through walking undersea, snorkeling, scuba diving, and, if not anything else, glass-bottom boat rides. The trip to the Andaman Islands is incomplete without a visit to  Baratang Island, which is at a distance of 100 km from Port Blair. The best time to visit the famous Baratang Island Limestone Caves and Mud Volcano is between November and February when the sea is tranquil and the weather, pleasant for a memorable vacation.

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    Top things to do in Baratang Island:

    The ethereal journey to Brarating Island through the Andaman Trunk Road runs deep within the Jarawa territory, one of the oldest surviving and essentially reclusive tribes on Planet Earth.  Baratang Island things to do are both sublime and thrilling in abounding heavenly attractions. The silence of the woods is interspersed with the melody of myriad bird species. The serene blue-green crystal clear water, lapping at the feet changing hues with splendid crimson of the setting sun, is supremely fulfilling. Yet, Baratang Island Itinerary is a storehouse of varied activities to be enjoyed in the company of family and friends.

    Trek to the Limestone Caves:

    The Baratang Island Limestone Caves are the magical natural architecture of Stalagmites, Stalactites, and a visual treat inspires awe. A trek through the thick Baratang Island Andaman Mangrove offers the discerning visitor an adventure of a lifetime. The Limestone Cave is a unique natural geological wonder. It transforms daily with fresh carvings, created by deposits of marine components like corals, skeletons, and seashells over millions of years.

    Hiking to the Mud Volcanoes:

    One cannot miss the experience of hiking to the Mud Volcano, the only natural landmark in India. Imagination and remembering the many visuals of live Volcanoes around the world can be a reality at Baratang Island. Instead of the anticipated molten lava from a gushing Volcano, this mysterious creation of nature is a sea of craters spewing mud, water, and gases like Carbon dioxide, Nitrogen, and exploding Methane. If not for the spectacle of seeing a live Volcano, an opportunity to witness the only such natural Geological marvel in the country cannot be missed.

    Boat Ride through a Canopy of Mangroves:

    The piercing sunshine through the Baratang Island Andaman Mangrove Canopy creates a magical display of natural chiaroscuro of tantalizing patterns on the shimmering water. The dancing light beckons the visitor in leisurely Baratang Island Boat Rides to the majestic Limestone Caves. The serpentine waterways, crisscrossing the Mangrove forest, leaves one in a mesmeric trance by cheering exotic birds and animals, which is certain to rekindle the aesthetics of a shutterbug to capture vivid images for posterity.

    Visit Parrot Island:

    Lurking within close proximity of Baratang Island is the secluded uninhabited islet, which comes alive with the chirping of thousands of Parakeets coming home to roost every evening. Nestled among the surrounding Mangrove, Parrot Island derives its name from the spectacle of the bright green feathered birds, painting the crimson backdrop of the setting sun in dazzling contrast. Their cheerful vibrancy brings the otherwise sedate Island to life, making it a must Baratang Island place to visit.

    Exploring Baludera Beach:

    Can any Island in the Andaman be without its own alluring beach? Baratang is no exception. The pristine expanse of sun and golden sand, juxtaposed with blue-green contrast of tranquil waters, with equally azure skies in the company, is the ultimate in luxurious relaxation. Famous as a secluded beauty, Baludera Beach is a study of peace in solitude. Far from the bustling crowd, it is among the Baratang Island top places to explore. Eco-friendly huts for lazing on the sandy beach, feasting upon the sight of the deep blue sky meeting the sea at the distant horizon, accompanied with delicious drinks and platter, Baludera Beach has it all. Despite its pervasive silence, one can give free rein to indulgence in beachcombing and the occasional fun-filled Elephant Ride.

    Salt Water Crocodile sighting:

    Salt Water habitat for Crocodiles in mainland India is few and far between. The Andaman Islands offer Salt Water Crocodiles ample scope to thrive. Sighting Baratang Island Crocodiles in their natural habitat is awe-inspiring for wildlife aficionados and a rare opportunity for others. Salt Water Crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus) habitat is spread across the entire archipelago. Thus, exploring the Islands can result in the sighting of Salt Water Crocodile in the Open Sea, near the Coastline and Shores, Mangrove Creeks, Freshwater Rivers, and Swamps.

    Explore Jaeawa Creek:

    A ride in the Jarawa Creek offers the visitor of all ages the scope to absorb the raw, pristine beauty of Baratang Island. The Creek is the abode of the Jarawas, who still live in harmony with nature. Reputed to be one of the ancient surviving tribes, they shun civilization and lead a life of detachment, surviving on their hunting skills. Sheer luck can lead to a glimpse of a few members of the tribe. But interacting with them is aggressively discouraged. The mystique of the Jarawa encounter is an added anticipatory attraction of the dense greenery, encompassed by a profusion of surrounding blue waters and sky above.

    Exciting Water Activities:

    When in Baratang Island, the adventurous have ample scope to indulge in adrenaline gushing activities, apart from treating the senses to nature’s bounty, typical of a tropical paradise. Canoeing, Snorkeling, and Scuba Diving options are a must to grab, as they are seldom found activities elsewhere. The sight of Corals at Mohwa Dera, 31 Km from Port Blair, leads one to an underwater fairyland. It is an experience bound to be forever etched in one’s mind, to be cherished for years to come.

  • Enjoying a romantic candlelight dinner in a luxury boat or yacht in the pristine waters of the Andaman Islands is something that not everybody gets to experience in their life. When the cool breeze in the atmosphere touches your face while you take a sip of your favorite wine and eat the delectable dishes, all your worries will vanish in no time. As you enjoy the comforts of this excursion, appreciating the reflection of the moon on the sea would be a memorable experience.

    Out of more than 500 islands in the Andaman and Nicobar group, only around 40 islands are inhabited. Dense rain forests cover the remaining islands. They are home to nature’s best-kept secrets. When going for a boat candlelight dinner, you can get a glimpse of this hidden paradise. Being away from human habitation, it is an ideal getaway for nature lovers. You are going to be spellbound by the serenity of the island for sure. So, are you ready for romance on board?

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    Fine dining and party in the sea

    There are a number of boat candlelight dinner packages available for you as per the varied requirements. Whether you want to party hard with your besties, enjoy a sunset cruise or wine and dine with your significant someone, Andaman Islands promise to offer you all these. Imagine being on a lavish yacht for a couple of hours, sipping wine and having a delicious dinner. In the background, melodious music is being played. And the decorations are as per your chosen theme. Wouldn’t it be the most fabulous dinner you ever had?

    Then there is an option of going on a sunset cruise. You can enjoy the evening tea with snacks while you look at different shades of orange and the setting sun in the sky. Soft music soothing your soul. Moreover, you can get beautiful pictures clicked by a professional photographer while you are having the time of your life. And finally, a mouth-watering dinner is served.     

    If you are a party animal, then experiencing a boat party is something that you have to enjoy at least once in your life. Imagine being a part of an exciting deck party where live music is being played. The decoration is absolutely stunning that serves as a lovely background for the pictures clicked by a professional photographer. Imagine enjoying your favorite drink amid the natural beauty of the Andaman Islands. And finally, buffet dinner comprising different vegetarian and non-vegetarian food items is served for guests with varied preferences.     

    Delectable food and beverages

    The best seafood can be enjoyed by you while you are having a boat candlelight dinner in Andamans. For vegetarians, the menu also has some of the best authentic dishes. There will be an in-house chef who will prepare hot and appetising food for you on the boat. To get the fresh food served on board, you can choose from the vast menu before your cruise starts. If you are a foodie, then you are surely going to love the whole experience.

    Safety and security while sailing

    There is absolutely no need to get worried about your safety even a single bit. The boats are well-equipped with all types of safety devices as per the government norms. They adhere to the prescribed speed limits and follow all safety rules. Moreover, for your enhanced safety and security, lifeguard and security are present on the boats.

    Pickup and drop from hotel

    Complimentary pickup from your hotel to the boarding point can be arranged in luxury cars. Your safe return will also be ensured. With absolutely no hassle at all, you should just focus on enjoying your boat candlelight dinner. The rest will be taken care of.  

    Geographical location of Andaman and Nicobar Islands

    An extension group of islands is formed with the island of Andaman and Nicobar. Located in the Bay of Bengal, the capital of the Indian union territory is a small town known as Port Blair. Andaman Island is one of the most remote yet beautiful tourist destinations in the country. It is a perfect vacation place for people who love seclusion or those who seek a little peace and quiet.

    There are no direct international flights to the islands. You can reach there by catching a flight to Port Blair from either Chennai or Kolkata. A majority of the island is uninhabited. However, it is home to various aboriginal tribes like the Andamanese, Sentinelese, Onge, Shompens, etc. Detached from the modern-day society, these tribes have little or no contact with the outside world. There are some parts of the islands that can be visited only with special permission from the government, while there are some parts that cannot be visited at all. Some of the best experiences of untapped wildlife are provided by these deserted islands.

    If you also want to have the experience of enjoying a boat candlelight dinner in the Andaman Islands, then you need a local tour operator who can make all the arrangements for you. The peak season is extremely busy here and availability becomes a major concern. Thus, associate yourself with a reliable tour operator who would make arrangements for everything including flights, stays, transfers, etc.

    A reliable company, Andaman Island Travels, offers a diverse variety of cruise packages across the islands that are carefully designed to keep in mind the requirements of its esteemed clients. These packages can be customised also to suit individual preferences. The tour operating company has a reputation for planning flawless yacht dinners and parties in the Andaman Islands. Its experienced team of professionals makes sure that everyone onboard has a gala time. It understands that such a special dinner is among the most awaited days in one’s life and that’s why, the company ensures that all your wishes are fulfilled when it comes to a boat candlelight dinner in the Andaman Islands. It makes sure that even the tiniest thing is taken care of.

  • Are you planning on getting married soon? Are you and your future partner unable to narrow down on one option? Yeah, we understand the dilemma. That’s pretty normal because you both have the same intention- to make your D-Day the best day of your life. Let us ask you a question. Would you like the idea of exchanging your vows on a pristine beach surrounded by lush greenery and white sands? We know you have already started to think about this amazing idea. Isn’t it? Congratulations, you are among those few extra romantic couples who have a magical dream destination wedding in Andaman.
    Many people are apprehensive regarding logistics, costing, and overall arrangement. To provide you all the relevant details and things to keep in mind, we present here a full-fledged guide on how to plan a beach wedding in Andaman Island.

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    Selecting the right venue

    If you have selected Andaman Island for celebrating the beginning of your new life, then it is obvious to picture yourself standing on a lovely beach with an azure ocean in the backdrop while you gently put your head on your lover’s shoulder. This island is popular for having these kinds of beaches that provide a dreamy background. But you have to keep in mind your budget before finalizing the beach.

    Havelock Island, renamed as Swaraj Dweep in 2018, is a great choice for a beach destination wedding in Andamans. A sweet intimate wedding celebration with close friends and family members and a cocktail party afterward amid the miraculous beauty is what you will be offered here. We would definitely recommend Havelock Island Beach Resort to you if you are looking for hassle-free arrangements. Along with taking care of crucial services like that of decorators, caterers, florists, etc., this popular resort will also ensure that all your guests are transferred smoothly. It’s your wedding and we want you to only focus on making the most of this beautiful time. Rest everything else on this reliable beach property.

    Another option is to plan your beach wedding in Port Blair. It’s the capital city and thus, is more accessible than other locations. Not competing with the level of charming Havelock Island, this destination can also be considered.
    Picking the right date

    You should not choose any date around the monsoons in Andaman that arrives here in early May and stays for a few months. Andaman has also experienced hurricanes and stormy weather in a few areas. We understand that the weather cannot be predicted six months in advance, but kindly make sure that you have a backup plan at the chosen venue in case of any climatic calamity. For instance, along with the wedding decorations at the beach, you can also get a banquet hall lightly decorated on standby. It won’t take much of your efforts but will prove to be exceptionally beneficial in those rare times.  
    Send a themed invite

    We would definitely suggest you to try some innovative ideas with your wedding invitation. A unique request sent by you to your guests to attend your wedding is something that they will never forget. You can put your card inside a glass bottle filled with some sand and seashells. Some couples also create a beach-themed wedsite featuring the venue and travel details along with a wish list of gifts. All this will add to a great build-up for a destination wedding. How does that sound? Chic and classy, right?

    Making arrangements for stay, food, venue, etc.

    Many couples limit the guest list because they want all their guests should stay in the same hotel so that attending everyone becomes easier. That’s why picking such a property becomes mandatory that can accommodate all of them so that there is uniform hospitality and hassle-free management. Keeping all these crucial requirements in mind, we highly recommend Havelock Island Beach Resort because it can even offer you excellent services if your list comprises three-digit guests. Booking the resort for particular dates is not an easy job, but advance planning can help you in getting your job done.
    You will get a diverse variety of food here including seafood, which is of course the highlight and top suggestion. Décor for the destination using fresh flowers, etc. will also be taken care of by the resort. Hair and makeup experts, mehndi artists, photographers, and priests will also be arranged easily. This will save your efforts for sure.

    Prepare an unrestricted guest list

    Indian weddings are known for attracting relatives from far and wide- if not in thousands, then in hundreds for sure. It is a joyous occasion of nearly a week of festivities and excessive photo opportunities. A beach wedding would anyway have a bigger draw as most of your guests will be clubbing their own holiday after attending the wedding ceremony.

    Keeping in mind an Andaman wedding, usually people would limit their guest list to 50-70 guests owing to the stay arrangements and logistics. Don’t you think that it’s a big challenge for you to decide whom to include and whom to leave? Your school BFFs and workplace seniors would also be required to be added to the list along with close relatives. The whole task would require a lot of maneuvering. Fortunately, you don’t have to worry even a single bit if you pick Havelock Island Beach resort as your wedding destination. The super-spacious beach property is capable of accommodating your guests even if they add up to three digits.  

    How to reach Havelock Island Beach Resort?

    There are ferries plying from Port Blair that take nearly two and a half hours to reach Havelock Island. From there, the resort’s cars will pick up all your guests and drop them safely at the destination. All you need to do is make a request in advance.

  • White sandy beaches, blue-green waters and tropical forests- all this personifies the natural and serene beauty of the Andaman Island, the most beautiful union territory of India. It is the most gorgeous place if we talk about honeymoon destinations in India. No other place can be compared with these stunning islands. Whatever you desire for, lazing on the beach or going for water adventure activities, Andamans will offer you. This is the best honeymoon destination to start the new chapter of life with your significant other. If you want to know why, then we present in this article the top reasons why it attracts lovers from all over the world.  

    Best time to plan a honeymoon in Andaman Islands

    This place can be visited at any time of the year as it has a moderate climate. But the best time to plan a honeymoon in Andaman is between October and May. During this time, the weather is extremely pleasant there thus making it the best time to enjoy water sports at the beaches. The sky is clear and the temperature is pleasing.

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    Top Reasons why Andaman Islands is the best honeymoon destination in India

    The right amount of seclusion

    Newlyweds want to go to such places for their honeymoon that don’t have crowds and have immense beauty. The tropical weather and vibes of the Andaman Islands make it a perfect romantic spot. You can spend quality time here amidst the splendor of this destination. Being a group of islands, it is not a part of the mainland and thus, is not that much populated. Its natural charm and incredible views are sure to fascinate both of you. Strolling on the seashore and cherishing the loveliest sunset together is a perfect way to bond over.  

    Hub of water adventure activities

    The Andaman Islands have the best beaches in India. A few are counted among the best beaches across the world as well. Its spectacular beaches are a treat for everyone’s senses. Here, you can simply relax under the sun or go for a swim in the turquoise waters. The beaches are popular for scuba diving, snorkeling, sea walking, surfing, kayaking, jet-skiing, parasailing, and a lot more. So if both of you are adrenaline junkies (or not), then you are going to have the best time of your life here. You will get tons of opportunities to strengthen your bond and spend some quality time together. Radhanagar Beach, Elephant Beach, Jolly Buoy Beach, etc. are some of the most popular beaches here and are incredibly beautiful.
    If you plan to visit limestone caves and mangroves of Baratang Island and serene Jolly Buoy Island, then you will easily find day tours from Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman Islands. You can also witness a superb sunset at Chidiya Tapu and trek to Munda Pahad Beach. A visit to Mount Harriet National Park is another great option.

    If you are diving in the sea, then you will see stunning and colorful corals, which are among the world’s finest. The government puts commendable efforts for the preservation of live corals.

    Fabulous beachfront properties

    When in Andamans with your better half, you have to stay at a beachfront resort if you want to have the best romantic experience. These properties are not just accommodations, but a great relaxation spot. You can spend time at the resort’s private beach at any time and without any restrictions. Imagine holding your lover’s hand while listening to the soothing sound of the crashing waves at night. Picture yourself looking at the moon and its reflection on the sea! Dreamy, isn’t it? You can enjoy a wide variety of seafood and other cuisines. You can also book a beachside cottage here that overlooks the tidal waves of the Andaman Sea. This would make the most special accommodation ever!

    Havelock Island Beach Resort is a well-known beachfront luxurious property in the Andaman Islands. Being the one-stop destination for your honeymoon, the resort’s staff makes sure that you have a fantastic stay there. It will also arrange romantic candlelight dinners, especially for the newlyweds. Satisfying your taste buds overlooking the perfect sunset featuring pink and orange shades in the sky would be quite an experience! All this would be accompanied by the soft tropical breeze that further lets you get cosy. The place portrays the poetic weather that is sure to take your breath away. The resort is elegant and lavish, and will take care of your other requirements as well such as airport and ferry transfers, bookings for scuba diving, snorkeling, etc., cab service, and a lot more.
    The Andaman Island is also known for secret treks on the middle of the lush green forests that takes you to the most beautiful and secluded beaches. One such beach is the Elephant Beach in Havelock Islands (now known as Swaraj Dweep). Of course, you can go there by ferry as well but trekking has its own charisma. You can also go for sea walking there.

    A paradise for water sports lovers, the beaches offer so many amazing activities for everyone. Riding off in the sunset together on a jet ski would be an unforgettable experience, for instance. Along with pristine beaches, you can also see wonderful natural marvels here that include active mud volcanoes, mangrove forests and treks through the rainforests. Doing such kinds of activities helps you in bonding even more. You both can stroll on the wood bridges that pass through the mangrove swamps. And the view from there is awesome. The islands are located in the lap of Mother Nature and spending time here is total bliss.

    Perfect for short or long honeymoon trips

    Ferries are the lifeline of the Andaman Islands. They make accessible all the islands here and let you explore so many lovely spots. Government/private ferry services connect Havelock Island, Ross Island (now known as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep), North Bay, Viper Island, Neil Island (now known as Shaheed Dweep), Baratang Island, Long Island, Rangat, Diglipur, etc. So you can visit any of these as per your convenience and wish. Whether you are there for a whole week or just a few days, you will be able to explore the untouched beauty of the Andaman Islands.

  • Finally, you are getting hitched with the love of your life! You are going to exchange rings with your would-be life partner. Your engagement ceremony is one of the most amazing days of your life that is celebrated before the wedding day. Every couple wants this to be the most beautiful and fun-filled. They want everything fantastic- from the right venue to the right menu. If you want to get engaged at a superb location but don’t want the hassle of dramatic planning, then having your engagement on a cruise amid the natural beauty of the Andaman Islands is the best idea. The cruises offer various facilities to plan a shipboard or shore side engagement ceremony here. A cruise engagement in the Andaman Islands would be unforgettable for the lovely couple as well as their guests.

    Having a cruise engagement is a unique yet preferable option as it offers an extravagant experience that is less likely to be found anywhere else. The feeling of being on a voyage while exchanging rings is totally worth your money. There are so many cruise packages in Andaman Islands and you can choose any one of them as per your budget.

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    Why choose Andamans?

    The Andaman Islands are counted among the most beautiful places in India. You can make the most of your memories by having a destination engagement on this tiny paradise on earth. It is the best place in the country for couples owing to the scenic wonders, crystal clear waters, and coconut grooves. Its serene beaches and picturesque shores call you for an awesome journey of your life.

    Have the adventure of a lifetime

    A ship is one such mode of transportation that seems to be built especially for romantic sweethearts. The true example of this is having a cruise engagement in the Andaman Islands. The cruise provides you the best experience at sea as you cross the turquoise waters of the gorgeous island archipelago situated in the Bay of Bengal. Each and every moment of the journey becomes lovelier than the destination as you spend the most romantic time with your life partner on a cruise. Imagine exchanging rings while sailing lazily amidst such natural splendor. Everything stops at such a lovely moment when you are with your partner having the most dreamy day of your life.

    Cruises in Andaman Islands promise high-class facilities such as good music, AC cabins, bars, etc. So, you can have a relaxing and soothing atmosphere during the engagement ceremony. You and your guests can have a rocking time while you dance the night away.

    Share your vows surrounded with natural marvels

    You will surely be left with incredibly sweet memories to cherish for the rest of your life while spending time on the cruise. You will be witnessing the most mesmerizing views while onboard, like cherishing an otherworldly sunset from a good spot on the deck with your sweetheart. Enjoying a dreamy candlelight dinner is definitely recommended. You can have the most perfect start to your new life this way, and nothing can ever beat such close moments. The experience of being with your partner on a cruise will leave you awestruck. It will be something that you will never get out of your heart, even after boarding the return flight to your home.    

    You can float over the azure waters of Bay of Bengal along with appreciating the beauty of far-sighted beaches studded with tropical palm trees, shacks and the sun shining at you. You can hire these cruises for a few hours or one or two days, as per your requirements.
    In the meantime, your friends and family members can relax on the deck of the luxurious and magnificent cruise. They can spend time looking at the vast ocean, go to the bow and watch fishes chasing the cruise. Or, they can choose to simply enjoy their favorite drink or show their moves on the dance floor.

    Embark on the love-cruise

    Sea is an amazing place to celebrate your love for each other. This is a fabulous venue to exchange rings, and invite friends and family to be a part of this wonderful occasion of your life. Delicious treats, a bottle of champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, dinner at a specialty restaurant, fantastic décor, etc. make this adventure as romantic as it gets. You can make your ceremony even more colorful with an array of floral options. Custom bouquets, accents and other arrangements can be chosen by you. Moreover, a team of professionally trained photographers will capture your special moments together. This is going to be an extraordinary journey for sure!

    Straight out of a fairytale

    If you want a spectacular engagement ceremony, then the venue has to be spectacular. You have to host your engagement party at a ‘never- before-dreamed-of’ kind of space. A cruise is one such venue. You are sure to fall in love with it. You can add that bling to your royal ceremony with live musicians, custom flowers, photography package, and anything else that you need for an incredible ceremony. On melodious music, dance the night away with your significant other to experience the most enjoyable time together.    

    The memories of your special ceremony will be etched forever in the heart of your close friends and family members as well. They will have a great time enjoying the VIP treatment while you sail. This would be an amazing opportunity for having an adventure of a lifetime together!

    If you have decided to have a cruise engagement, then trust one and only Andaman Islands to take care of all your bookings. You will find fantastic choices onboard. Its inclusive packages can be customised as per your requirements. You can also add special personal touches as per your wish. The cake, flowers, music, food, etc. will exactly be as you want it to be. From intimate to limitless and from formal to fun, the cruise packages will romanticise your moments of nuptial bliss even more. Your new, happy life together starts here!

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

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    Take your celebration to a sailing cruise

    Whether it is your bachelor party or you are vacationing in the Andaman Islands with your closest buddies, having a cruise party on the waters of Bay of Bengal is something that is absolutely worth experiencing. We know a beachside is also a great place to chill and enjoy, but why not take your celebration to a sailing cruise? What could be a better place where you can do anything without being judged? Of course, you are allowed to let your weird and wild side out of your system with your close ones. You can rent a luxury cruise or yacht for a day’s party or overnight stay. Imagine embarking on a continuous journey with groovy music, your favorite drinks, mouth-watering food and serene landscape. What else would a party animal need? Going for such an adventure of your life with your squad would be a fabulous addition to your life.

    The Andaman Island is undoubtedly the one-stop destination especially when it comes to bachelor/bachelorette party celebrations. The white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and pleasant surroundings make your special time even more fantastic while you are in this Indian union territory. Partying with your BFFs is definitely a treasured experience here.

    Having a cruise party in the Andaman Islands is a unique yet preferable option as it offers an extravagant experience that is less likely to be found in any other kind of party. The feeling of being on a voyage while sipping wine like you are on top of the world is totally worth your money. There are so many cruise packages in Andaman Islands and you can choose any one of them as per your budget. From the right venue to the right menu- a cruise party has everything you desire. Partying on a cruise amid the natural beauty of the Andaman Islands is the best idea. The cruises offer various facilities to plan a shipboard or shore side party here. A cruise party would be unforgettable for everyone.

    The beaches of the Andaman Islands are counted among the most beautiful ones in India. You can make the most of your memories by having an enthralling party on this tiny paradise on earth. It is one of the best places in the country for party animals owing to the scenic wonders, crystal clear waters, and coconut grooves that you get to witness while sailing. Its pristine beaches and charming shores call you for an awesome journey of your life. Let’s embark upon an adventure of a lifetime.

    If you are looking for such a place that is far, far away from your daily city life, and where you can forget everything else, then choose to have a cruise party in the Andaman Islands to have the most energetic time. Here, you can indulge in an incredible party with your close friends, and everything will be as you want it to be.

    Youngsters and enthusiastic people from all over the world are attracted to the Andamans owing to its tropic vibes. Its whole aura is completely different from what you have seen in your city or during other trips. You should plan a fun-filled party with your squad on a cruise to have the most awesome party of your life.

    Wear a funky dress

    Get even groovier by wearing something funky on your cruise party. Dress up in cool clothes to get that free-bird party vibes. Forget about your usual clothes. Be the party diva of the evening by wearing that extra-special dress. You can also choose to wear a floral one-piece dress. Spice it up with trendy bead accessories and other party stuff to add a dash of awesomeness to your cruise party in Andaman Islands. And guys, to look extra handsome, pair up light colored t-shirts with floral beach shorts is it is an afternoon party.  

    In your cruise party, you are going to experience thrill, relaxation and some time away from the hustle and bustle of your daily life. Such a unique and lavish party will help you create memories for life. Imagine treating yourself to a variety of authentic dishes while cruising on this little heaven that is embellished with lush green coconut palms and soothing blue waters. You definitely deserve such kind of fun time spent in the middle of nature’s creations.
    You will surely be left with incredibly happy memories to cherish for the rest of your life while spending time on the cruise. You will be witnessing the most mesmerizing views while onboard, like cherishing an otherworldly sunset from a good spot on the deck with your closest people. The experience of such a superb cruise party will leave you awestruck.

    Whom to contact for the best cruise party?

    If you have decided to have a cruise party, then trust one and only Andaman Islands to take care of all your bookings. You will find fantastic choices onboard. Its inclusive party packages can be customised as per your requirements and those special personal touches can be added. The beverages, flowers, music, food, and everything else will exactly be as you want it to be. Contact its experienced party planners for availing the most affordable prices if you are worried about your expenses. Its crew will help you with your whole vacation on the islands in case you want to go for water sports and other adventure activities as well.

  • Neil Island (renamed to Shaheed Dweep) is popular for its superb biodiversity, uncharted coral reefs, white sandy beaches, and tropical woodlands. If you want to spend some peaceful time in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, then it should be your one-stop destination. With an area of only 13.7 square kilometers and the flat landscape, you can travel across Neil Island in a bicycle with minimal effort. It is soothingly different from its neighboring Havelock Island owing to its laid-back vibes and lucid charm.

    If you are willing to spend a relaxed time amid long secluded beaches, then Neil Island is best suited for you. It has a little bustle and a few enthralling activities to try. You can also explore the island’s villages. Neil Island is the Andaman Islands’ rustic masterpiece where you can spend quality time at its serene beaches as well as indulge in water sports in the crystal clear water.

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    Important things to know about Neil Island

    This tiny and beautiful island is located 37 kilometers south of Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

    Neil Island is also known as the vegetable bowl of the Andaman Islands as its land is ideal for the cultivation of fruits and vegetables owing to great climatic conditions.

    You can reach Port Blair from Neil Island in 1.5 hours and to Havelock Island is 45 minutes via private ferries. From Neil, you can reach Port Blair, Havelock Island, and Rangat by government ferries as well.

    The internet is not available on the island. You can find a patchy BSNL data network on the phone if you are lucky!

    Neil Island has mainly three seasons- summer, winter, and monsoon. It experiences heavy winds during the monsoon and a tropical climate otherwise due to its location in the Bay of Bengal. The best weather can be seen from early November to mid-May.

    There are only two ATMs (Syndicate Bank and Cooperative Bank) in Neil Island, and both are in the bazaar.  

    There is no broadband connection on the island. A patchy data network is sometimes available on phone. Only BSNL network is available here.

    The island has only one primary healthcare center. One has to travel to Port Blair for any specialty healthcare.
    The efficient Andaman and Nicobar 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.

    The small market of Neil Island comprises little shops selling all essential commodities ranging from stationary to common medicines and simple clothing to groceries. The best in the market are fresh fruits and vegetables. In fact, most of the fruits and vegetables in Port Blair are from here. In the evening, this part is the busiest part of the town. Visit this place to get a glimpse of the local chatty culture on the island.

    Hindi is the most commonly spoken language in Neil Island. Bengali is also spoken largely here. English is the least preferred language.
    Veer Savarkar Airport in Port Blair is the closest airport to Neil Island. The only jetty on the island is the jetty at Bharatpur Beach, and this is where all private and government ships dock.

    How to reach Neil Island?

    The capital of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Port Blair, is well-connected via flights. Direct flights are available from Chennai, Kolkata, and Bangalore. You can opt any of the following options to reach Neil Island:

    Ferry to Neil Island- There are government ferries plying from Port Blair to Neil Island. Every day, two ferries leave in the morning.
    Ferry from Rangat- Daily ferry service is available from Rangat.

    Private Boat- There are two private boat service providers, Makruzz and Ocean Green, that have scheduled and private departures for Neil Island.

    Things to do in Neil Island:

    Go for 3 Point Tour

    Going on this tour will take you to three natural wonders of Neil Island. A trip to Bharatpur Beach, Sitapur Beach, and Laxmanpur are included in the 3 point tour. You start by visiting either the natural rock formation or Bharatpur Beach. You end the day with a lovely view of the sunset at the gorgeous Lakshmanpur Beach. If you are spending only one day in Neil Island, then it is a perfect way to explore the island. You can also combine it with the sunrise beach aka Sitapur Beach.

    Meet turtles

    Neil Island’s untouched beauty makes it a perfect nesting ground for the marine turtles. Head to Sir Hugh Rose Island if you want to see these amazing creatures. They are found in abundance there. Located at the tip of Neil Island, this tiny island is often known as Small Neil in the local language. You will need permits to visit there as it is a protected region.

    Try scuba diving and snorkeling

    In India, Andaman Island is the best place that provides scuba diving experience and certification courses. Of all the places, Neil Island has the most advanced scuba diving facilities. The crystal clear water of its beaches makes the underwater sighting even easier. The experience of scuba diving at Neil Island is a memorable one. The underwater marine life surrounds you so closely that you can literally touch it (but you are not supposed to!). If you are lucky, then you can spot a Dugong (sea cow), the state animal of the Andaman Islands. The resorts on this island offer scuba training and gear lending as per your requirements.

    Enjoy the best ride on a glass floor boat

    Neil Island is famous for glass-bottom boating. This activity is perfect for those who do not wish to go underwater. The Bharatpur Beach here is known for the beautiful and colorful coral formation. That’s why the population of fishes is more here. This beach is a must-visit on this island owing to the coral population. The place is a popular spot for fishing and angling as well.

    Go Trekking

    Trekking to Howrah Bridge is something that invites all adrenaline junkies to Neil Island. It is among the most popular things to do here. Resembling a bridge, Howrah Bridge is an arch-like structure. Trekkers reach its tip that goes through a small artificial garden and a muddy path. Let us warn you in advance that the route to the bridge is closed during the monsoon season.

    Enjoy lazy time at the loveliest beaches  

    Some of the prettiest beaches in Andamans are located in Neil Island. The scenic beaches boast of white sands and uninterrupted views of the clear blue skies. During monsoon, the sight changes entirely as the sky becomes way too dramatic.

    The most popular beaches of Neil Island are:
    Sitapur Beach
    Bharatpur Beach
    Lakshmanpur Beach
    Sir Hugh Rose Island
    Natural Rock Formation
    You can book your stay nearby Lakshmanpur or Sitapur beach at a fancy resort.
    Explore the island on a 2-wheeler or bicycle
    Roads in Neil Island are very easy to ride as there are no sharp curves or elevations. It is navigation friendly, and thus you can easily cycle or ride through the island. It would be a great adventure! You can rent mopeds from the jetty. Moreover, many resorts have their own cycles and motorbikes available for rent.

    Where to stay in Neil Island?

    Neil Island as emerged as a fantastic tourist destination in the Andaman Islands. Several luxury resorts have sprung up over the last few years that offer excellent facilities for all kinds of guests. The island features affordable and basic huts along with lavish resorts that resonate with the warmth of tropical vibes, stunning views, and contemporary settings.  

    Budget stays are available at Sitapur Beach and Bharatpur Beach ranging from Rs. 500 to Rs. 800. For mid-range rooms with AC, the price tariff ranges from Rs. 1500 to Rs. 3000. One has to pay Rs. 5000 and more for luxury hotels with swimming pools and fabulous views.

    Top Hotels & Resorts in Neil Island:

    The scenic beaches of this island boast of white sands and uninterrupted views of the clear blue skies. Some of the best properties are as follows:
    Elephant & four wise men resort
    Break Water Resort
    KP Lodge
    Jayanthi Lodge
    Vacation Village
    Sunset Garden Resort
    Moon shine garden resort
    Hotel Sarthak Residency
    Nirala Resort
    Pearl Park Beach Resort
    Tango Beach Resort
    TSG Aura
    Hotel Amullya
    Kingfisher Hotel
    Coco N Hut Resort
    Holiday Inn Neil Island
    Sea Shell Resort
    Summer Sand Beach Resort
    Silver Sand Beach Resort

    How long to stay in Neil Island?

    It is tough to specify a timeline for Neil Island owing to its secluded beauty. On their way back to Port Blair from Havelock Island, tourists will little time in their hands visit this place for one day. The island has laid-back vibes and natural enthusiasts and backpackers come here for a longer duration and stay for weeks.      

    How much will it cost per day in Neil Island?

    Neil Island is a popular backpacker destination. It has developed as a tourist destination in recent years with all the investment by entrepreneurs in the island. If you are looking for an extravagant resort experience during your beach vacation, then Neil Island is a great place. A budget-friendly location having basic restaurants and other facilities, this island would be a great addition to your travel diaries. It depends on the kind of accommodation if you want to know how much does it cost in one day. Hotel tariffs begin from as low as Rs. 500 per day.     

    Local transport in Neil Island

    A little island, it is very easy to navigate in Neil Island. The roads are flat and well-built, thus making it perfect to ride a moped or a bicycle. If ever you are unsure about the directions, then you can ask the friendly locals.  

    The following are the ways by which you can get around Neil Island:

    Bus- A local bus plies every hour. It starts from the main bazaar and goes till Sitapur Beach.
    Bike and bicycles- Popular and preferred among tourists, bikes and bicycles are affordable here. You can find them at the jetty. You can also ask for the same at the property where you are staying. There are several resorts that have their own vehicles for renting purposes.

    Autos- Autos are a great option if you are visiting the island for a short time. You can get them from the jetty and market area.

    Car rentals- The best and the most comfortable way to get around Neil Island is renting a car. It is suited for everyone including families and group travellers. Private chauffeured AC cars are also available for rent. They are most of the time overbooked as they are limited in number. Thus, it is advised to book a car or hire a scooter in Neil Island in advance.

    Where to eat in Neil Island?

    There are a number of eating places ranging in Neil Island. Therefore, you will get to choose from many options. To relish the local and authentic food, try out these places across the island. We have covered the best food outlets on the island. These are the most visited places. We have also mentioned their USP so that choosing any one of them becomes easier for you depending on your mood. Check out the best restaurants in Neil Island below:

    Best restaurants & food outlets in Neil Island:
    1. Hungry Stone Restaurant- Good for groups
    2. Seashell Restaurant- Have some finger-licking seafood
    3. Ripon Sea foods- Mouthwatering seafood
    4. Yatri Dhaba- Taste at affordable prices
    5. Full Moon Café- Great seafood restaurant
    6. Dugong Restaurant- For a relaxed atmosphere
    7. Sea Zaika- Famous among both, locals and tourists

  • The weather is warm, the days are long, and flowers are in full bloom, summer truly is a magical time of the year. After saying yes to the love of your life, you might be in the process of finalising a wedding date. But it doesn’t just stop there. Does it? You have yet to decide upon the shenanigans. Right from the decor to the cuisine served, there’s a lot that needs your attention while planning a wedding. Summer weddings have their charm, and we are here to bring you up to speed. What if we tell you that we have some fun and easy ideas that will make your wedding, unique, interesting, and a picture-perfect affair? Unconventional is the new conventional. Destination weddings are just another trend that became a norm after grabbing attention for their intimate and memorable take on weddings. So, let us begin at the beginning.

    1. Take Vows At A ‘Cool’ Destination

    Summers are a perfect time to sip on a pina colada while sunbathing on a beach. Well, imagine a beach wedding, under the shade of palm trees, and the perfect sound of the waves crashing against the shore, leaving little shells behind. Summer weddings can be a sultry affair when you are in the wrong place at the wrong time. With the right venue in hand, to get hitched and lo and behold, your summer wedding might just become a tale of its times. Though the first destination that pops in anyone’s head at the mention of the beach, is Goa, here is another place that is just right for a summer wedding. We agreed to take the unconventional route, did we not? Andamans in all its glory, with its exotic backdrop, crystal clear waters and famed beaches can be ideal for your D-day. A treasure trove of exquisite vistas, Andaman is full of things that can make you go gaga. Don’t you want a wedding that is as incredible and unique as you? Well, what better way to ensure that by deciding to take vows at a place we would like to call 'a little slice of paradise'! As songwriter Van Morrison says and we quote, "Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly."

    2. Turn Your Outdoor Function Into A Pool Party!

    An Indian wedding hardly is what you call a day’s affair. Unlike English weddings, our celebration lasts up to three to four days; to say the least. One of the days hosts functions for either Haldi or Mehndi or both combined. The best way to have an outdoor day-function in summers and literally not get fried in the heat is to turn it into a pool party. Summers are yet another chance of plunging into the waters and taking a chill pill. What better way to celebrate your Mehndi or Haldi, dancing to the pop chartbusters while playing in the pool with your friends and cousins? The photos during the function will definitely give out some major Bollywood vibes! It sure is a way to notch things up a little. With a poolside bar and a DJ on board, the guests are going to love it. And, so are you!

    3. Take your cocktail party on a cruise!

    While some wedding ceremonies revolve around the family, some functions are a treat, especially for your friends and cousins. A cocktail or an engagement party sounds like one of them. What can your cocktail party have in common with some dope Bollywood party songs, other than the drinks and glamour? Well, how do you like the idea of a cocktail cruise party? Andamans is a delight in summer. Owing to the star-studded night sky, the ocean below transforms into a shimmering sea of stars. With a live DJ, cocktails, mocktails, seafood cuisine, and your guests on board, the cruise will be ready to set sail in the evening. Put your dancing shoes on and swing to the tunes of your favourite dance number! Your close ones, a cruise, a celebration, hmm, where have we heard a song for that? Hint Hint, our pick for the same has to be, Gallan Goodiyan! What do you say?

    4. Choose a unique theme!

    Theme plays the most crucial role in a wedding. Choose breezy and fresh summer hues for the decor. The flowers can be arranged according to the season, adding a touch of summer in the ambience. You can also play around the idea of shells and sand while sending out the wedding invitation. Basically, you can experiment a whole lot with the theme and colours. While the attire most couples go with for a wedding is traditional, that doesn’t mean you can’t try different outfits for other functions. Experiment with breezy, flowy, breathable fabric and style. Remember, the backdrop is exotic on its own, and the right theme in hand might just accentuate everything.

    5. Try your hand at water activities

    Andamans and adventure go hand in hand. When the wedding preparations get a little overwhelming at times, there is no harm in letting go for a while and taking in your surroundings (we mean nature and not the chatter) to feel at ease. Even the guests might find themselves looking for ways to blow off some steam. What better way to this, than by indulging in a little aqua adventure? The vast ocean seduces you to take a dip and traverse the world of corals and fishes underwater. On your visit to Andamans, you have snorkelling, scuba diving, parasailing, undersea walking, speed boating, and kayaking at your fingertips. Might we also recommend an underwater photo shoot for the couple? You are welcome.

    To plan your fairytale wedding in Andaman, get in touch with us and drop an inquiry here. Andaman Island Travels have been hosting events and weddings in Andaman and will connect with you at the earliest to understand your requirements. Congratulations and cheers! We would love to hear from you.

  • Just like the size of the word, Neil Island is also a small island spread across 13.7 square kilometres of land floating over the mesmerising ocean. Officially termed as Shaheed Dweep, this island along with Havelock Island come under the administrative part of South Andaman district and hence are located separately far from the mainland in the sea towards east. It is almost 37 km away from Port Blair, thus easily accessible via ferries. Locally known as the vegetable bowl of Andaman, this island has the suitable climate to Carrying with it a soothing aura to relax and admire the beauty, this island has very much contrast characteristics with that of Havelock Island. If you are an adventurer who wishes to find serenity in the beaches of Andaman, then Neil Island should be your first choice. The unmatchable biodiversity that is left untouched on the white sandy beaches sharing the space with the enthusiastic ocean water is truly admirable. Travellers with the motive of spending quality time alone or with you family/friends in a comparatively less crowded place, away from the hustle-bustle of commercialisation should visit this island without a second thought. Since, it has not been many years that this island was made available for tourists, so it is also one of the reasons for less crowd, which is an added advantage for peace lovers.

    This island is known to be much popular amongst foreign tourists than Indian tourists because they tend to spend weeks in comparison to Indians who just visit here for a day. The untrodden paths and isolated beaches are not the things to miss when you come here to give yourself a treat. The roads are a delight, filled with paddy cultivation and banana plantations that diffuses a delicious smell in the air as you travel by.

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    Best Time to Visit Neil Island:

    The ideal time to pay your visit to Neil Island is from December to February as the winter season is bearable and enjoyable. If you don’t want to have a sweaty and exhausted sightseeing experience then you should definitely plan your trip during the winter months. Light rain showers can also result in spotting spellbinding rainbows, adding vibrant colours to your trip. This season is preferred over summer and monsoon because it does not create hindrances in terms of temperature and water sports availability. And on the top of it, you won’t face issues regarding ferry delays during this time of the year so you can enjoy a convenient vacation.

    How to Reach Neil Island:

    Once you reach Port Blair or Havelock Island, it is very easy to make your way to Neil Island. The closest airport to Neil Island is the Veer Savarkar Airport in Port Blair. There are inter island ferries available to connect you to Neil Island via Government ferries, private ferries and helicopter services. The most preferred and recommended route for the tourists is Port Blair – Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep) – Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep) – Port Blair route but if you wish to avoid crowded journeys you can definitely take up Port Blair – Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep) – Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep) – Port Blair route. It totally depends on you to decide upon the route and mode of transportation as per your preferences. The ferry takes 60-90 minutes to land you to Neil Island whereas the helicopter takes only 15 minutes to travel the distance.


    The Government administered helicopter services- Pawan Hans operates in this island which allows tourists to travel to and fro Port Blair and Neil Island within no time. This service was introduced as an addition to the faster mode of travel in case of Government officials and medical emergencies. It is considered to take 15 minutes to land you on Neil Island with proper safety and precautions. If you have a restricted time period for travelling and spending your vacation, then you should definitely consider this option to save time and invest it in dwelling the time in moving around the island.


    Travelling via seaways could be a warm hug in the cool splashy ocean. The sight of the never ending sea would want you to reconsider your idea of spending your rest of the life on land. There are two available option to avail via seaways- government ferries and Private ferries, out of which private ferries give you a comparatively more enjoyable and commodious journey. The jetty at Bharatpur Beach is the only jetty on the islands and this is where all private and government ships dock.

    Government Ferries:

    Government ferries are the budget friendly mode of transportation except the fact that it requires lot of patience to stand in the queue to book your tickets. These have to be done 3 days before the departure so if you have planned to stay in Andaman for long then you might go for this option. If you have hired any tour operator or travel agent then you can approach them for your conveyance but then it would bear extra charges. The sailing schedules for these ferries are also published in the Administrative News of Andamans daily so you can take a look and decide accordingly. The most annoying disadvantage of travelling via Government ferries is that there is a high possibility of tickets not being confirmed so why take a risk, isn’t it? The earlier you sort out the mode of transportation, the better it is for you to experience less hectic journey.

    Tickets can be booked in advance in Port Blair and Havelock; you can even get the tickets done from our portal. From Rangat  (via Long Island and Havelock) there is also a ferry coming from the north to Neil that takes approx. 1 hour but the boat timings are subject to change/cancellation due to weather and one should always check the latest boat schedule (incl. fares) for a smooth journey overall. The timings of the regular ferries leaving at Phoenix Jetty are:
    Duration to Reach Neil Island
    6:00 AM
    2 hrs
    11:00 AM
    2 hrs

    Private Ferries:

    The private ferries is preferred to provide a touch of luxury to your travel journey. It is not only the destination that one should enjoy, the journey has its own beauty- which stand true in case of surfing through the ocean waves in private ferries. You can have a feel of Tiny Titanic and enjoy the prestige of the royal travel. These ferries ply from Port Blair Phoenix Bay Harbor & Haddo wharf. There are various private ferries operators you can choose from, amongst which the popular ones are:
    Green Ocean Cruise
    ITT Majestic
    The bookings can be made via our portal for your convenience.

    Transportation of Neil Island:

    Since Neil Island is a tiny one spread around over only a few kilometres, the transportation ways are far more convenient and easily accessible than any other island. The flat, easy going and well navigated roads is the reason why tourists do not find it difficult to make their way around the entire island. Along with it if you cannot locate your way, the local residents would make your heart melt with their warm and kind gestures to help you out. There are various transportation available depending upon the personal choice of the tourists. It is generally recommendable to rent two wheelers and turn on the beach mode by putting on your favourite outfits.
    The options available to you can be listed down as:

    Bicycles: To give your young bones a remembrance of childhood fun, you can definitely go for a bicycle as the eco-friendly mode of transportation. It is one of the best mode to witness every minute scenic beauty with a pause and appreciation. Many hotel, resorts or transportation services can provide you rental bicycles @ Rs. 150/- approx.

    Scooters: This is the best possible option for you to explore the Neil Island with your family and friends. There are many options available near the jetty and around the hotels too to book your rental bikes and scooters for a day. It almost costs around Rs. 500-600/- for renting a scooter for the entire day along with the licence card. Pro tip: Since there is no petrol pump on this island, make sure you fuel in the tank before 5 in the evening and make your travel worth by visiting all the best places and not missing out on any place.

    Bus: There is only one Government bus that is available here for the public transport and starts from the main bazaar (market) and goes till Sitapur Beach. It comes after every 1.5 hrs, through which you can have the entire visit to the Island twice. The ticket costs around Rs. 20/- which is very cheap. The bus cater you to have interaction with other tourists and local people to collect verbal and heartful memories.

    Auto-rickshaws: The tourists can also go for auto-rickshaws, for which there is no fixed price and thus differs largely depending upon the mode and place of bookings.

    Rented/ Pre-booked Cabs: If you are with your family, then the best option for you is pre-booked cabs that can be booked online and are available throughout the year. Also, to cover the 3 point trip, Rented cabs is the most suitable option.  The rates for this also varies but they are around Rs. 1500/-

    Duration of Stay in Neil Island:

    It solely depends on the tourists regarding their duration of stay. Frankly, this place deserves a lot more importance as the vibes are unmatchable along with the
    tranquillity and relaxing atmosphere. Usually tourists with families plan their trip to Neil in their itinerary as a one day event but wander lust and peace lovers spend more than a week here, jamming, playing and calming their bubbling thoughts of eternal life. Technically, the tropical greenery of this island is one of the reasons of why one should reconsider spending more time on this island.

    People of Neil Island:

    This island has a population of 3,040 (2011 census), thus making it an unpopulated environment to isolate and find peace in the phenomenal beaches of this island. Like Havelock, the vast majority of settlers at Neill were refugees from erstwhile Bangladesh, following the exodus of Hindu Bangladeshis prior to that country's war of independence in 1971. Agriculture is the primary occupation of the villagers, and the island supplies vegetables to the rest of Andaman. The people will guide you to the tour of this tiny island very conveniently and they are the most reliable people to ask for directions and reviews on the island.

    Culture of Neil Island:

    The culture of Neil Island is subtle, chill and breezy. Tourists come here to find their inner peace and takes away a whole set of memories while exploring this small island. Just like Havelock Island, here too the tourists enjoy the diverse cultural festivals which adds colours to the skies. The exotic dishes, fancy restaurants, luxury hotels and perfect ambience is the USP of this place. The loveliness of this island is reflected through its rich, painted like green surroundings with plantations and agricultural avenue.

    Language of Neil Island:

    The communicating language is diverse as this place is influenced by the refugees and their mother tongues. Most frequently, Hindi is used by most of the people and hence widely understood but along with it, regional languages such as Bengali and Tamil. Because of increased foreign tourism, English language has also prevailed as one of the conversing languages, which is also now common amongst the local residents.

    Exploring Neil Island:

    Beaches: The sands of the overwhelming beach sticks to the body and gleams under the bright sun while one embraces the soulful breaths filled with the sound of playing water in this Island. The beaches of this island serves you the perfect get away with your family and friends away from the overburdening city chores. The glorious mood of these beaches would want you to lay down from dusk till dawn with a lovely, heart-warming sunset. The beaches are comparatively quiet and offers the perfect location to give a rest to your ears and mind. There are 5 beaches on this island which are named after the characters of the Ramayana- the Hindu epic, namely: Ramnagar Beach, Laxmanpur Beach, Sitapur Beach, Bharatpur Beach and Natural Bridge Formation.
    Ramnagar Beach: This beach is close to the Atreya Mangrove Point and is highly underestimated by the tourists. The beauty of this beach lies in its splendid sunset which many of the tourists fail to encounter due to tiredness of their day tour of the island. The beach is located in an off area near the Sitapur Beach, full of varied species of trees and vibrant coral reefs. The water sport available on this beach is snorkelling as the ample of fishes, swimming and cutting through the water hypes up the thrill of this water sport.

    Laxmanpur Beach: Crowned by the title of being the 2nd best beach of Andaman after Radhanagar Beach, this triangular beach is an awe of wonder in terms of sightseeing with a wide shoreline. The sides separates the beach into a dense forest canopy and a never ending ocean where the forest side locates small benches and huts to relax and calm the mind. The white shell along with shallow water is the perfect place to try the hand on snorkelling and embrace the experience of vacations. The waters of this beach resides amusing creatures, the natural rock and coral formation is a terrific geological creation and the witnessing the sunset on this beach is like a dreamy note with musical backdrop.

    Sitapur Beach: Sitapur Beach gives you the start to your tour in Neil Island. With the heart clinching sunset, one stands irresistibly still to appreciate the morning rays that falls on the faces, glowing up the face golden and glossy. It has a curved shoreline stretching all over with surrounding tropical trees and hilly rocks on the sides, trapping the water in the middle and opens up into a wide view of the horizon. The ocean is not suitable for swimming and other water sports because of the deal corals and rocky features but the dual curved bays and small caves still makes this beach a worth visit. The natural vegetation and limestone formations cover most of the part of this beach’s attraction.

    Bharatpur Beach: This beach is located half kilometres away from the Neil Island jetty, and it glorifies the presence of one of the best corals which can be explored by glass boat riding. This beach offers variety of options to try out various water sports activities like scuba diving, jet skiing, snorkelling, game fishing etc. to enjoy with family and friends. The shoreline is stretched wide and is seen to be parked with both personal and commercial boats. The natural aura along with commercialisation makes this place to pay heed to.

    Natural Rock Formation: This magnificent geological structure has surpassed the tests of time by projecting its eyes-warming sight of beauty to the tourists. It is located near Laxmanpur Beach 2 but it is not visible from the beach thus tourists shall have to take a left from the Laxmanpur beach shoreline to reach there. The best time to visit this place is during the low tides as the waves take away the dead coral, making it easier to walk and reducing the risk of slipping. In addition to this, Natural Bridge 2 can also be explored if you are a travel freak.

    Water Sports: These beaches provide ample of opportunities for tourists to indulge in several water sports activities to rejuvenate the playful vibes and get lost in the ocean of madness and fun. With pleasant morning, sun and frolic afternoon and relaxing evening, your stay in Neil Island can be a fairy tale with all the modern and classic facilities provided by the hospitality businesses and resorts. The water sports available here can sink your heart in the ocean of excitement. The vendors are available to guide you and give you the most memorable experience to imbibe in your memory book. The water sports available in Neil Island can be penned down as:
    Scuba diving
    Jet skiing
    Glass bottom boat ride

    3 Point Tour of Neil Island: If you have set your itinerary of one day stay at Neil Island, then this plan is for you to cover all the beautiful beaches of Neil Island. This tour allows you to visit the 3 main beaches of Neil Island, namely: Sitapur Beach, Bharatpur Beach and Laxmanpur Beach. The beautiful sunrise of Sitapur Beach, followed by the marvellous and enriching experience of the water sports and activities of Bharatpur Island and lastly, the soothing white sand walks on Laxmanpur Beach will set your soul on fire and water at the same time.

    Trekking and Bird Watching: The tropical forest of the Neil Island suits best for trekking, but with a proper hired guide to ease the pathways and prevent from losing sight of your group. The forest is also a home to wide variety of bird species which can be carefully observed by patiently keeping an eye on the movements and sounds in the dense forest. Your binoculars could be your best buddy and camera your best tool to capture the diversity and dynamism of this island.

    Candlelight Dinner: What could be more perfect than to spend the tired evening with your partner under the moon hung sky along the beach side, with 2 perfectly lit candles and exotic food served on the platter? Such daydreams can come true during the nightlife of Neil Island. The Gentle romantic music diffuses a charm and passion in the ambience, serving as the perfect place to shred off the tiredness of the entire day with your loved ones. With less tourism in Neil, the candlelight dinner is generally chaos free here unlike Havelock and other commercialised islands.

    Nightlife in Neil Island: Even though not being a place to party and have a nightlife, still this place offers some private rooms and halls in some resorts and hotels to enjoy in Neil Island. Certain hotels and resorts also hosts pool parties, outdoor parties and other café parties for their customers and in the tourism season.

    Village in Neil Island:

    The 5 villages of Neil island, namely: Sitapur, Bharatpur, Ramnagar, Laxmanpur and Neil Kendra are vivacious and full of amazing beauty. The evergreen splendour of the forests and the cultural ethnicity of these villages brings to you the traditional lifestyle of Andaman. These villages have the 5 beaches of this island and thus, a lot of people take a tour of both the villages and the beaches hand in hand. You can go lost in the villages and revive in the beaches with the cool winds and bouncy sea waves.

    Hotels to Stay in Neil Island:

    Through the tourism rate is low here, but the hotels are no less in luxury and comfort. There are various hotels and resorts available in Neil Island which offers you both traditional and modern life setting aroma within your rooms. The hotels that you must consider when you visit Neil Island are listed below:

    Restaurants in Neil Island:

    The delicious beachy cuisine would trigger the food explorer in you and you won’t be able to resist yourself to try out the meals from one of the best places of Neil Island. The eateries here are really rich in taste and offers a calm and cool environment to eat and enjoy with family and friends. Some of which we would really like you to go and give a try are:
    1. Hungry Stone Restaurant
    2. Seashell Restaurant
    3.Ripon Sea foods
    4.Yatri Dhaba
    5. Full Moon Café
    6. Dugong Restaurant
    7. Sea Zaika

    Markets in Neil Island:

    Neil Island has a sophisticatedly small market which has small shops that sell all the required commodities for the locals and the tourists. Since, Neil Island is the vegetable bowl of Andaman, there is ample supply of the fresh fruits and vegetables. It is duly noted that Port Blair also attains the fruits and vegetables from Neil Island market. The local population can be found here in great numbers during the evening and often it is seen to be the most crowded place on Neil Island. On an interesting note, this island has only two ATMs and both are located at the bazaar – Syndicate Bank and Cooperative Bank. Here, no money exchange takes place and some small resort owners do accept foreign currency especially in emergency situations and later exchange this in Port Blair.

    Connectivity in Neil Island:

    This island does not support broadband connectivity and data network is available but is turtle-slow and difficult to operate. BSNL provides a better range of network and connectivity but only at some specific locations.

    Healthcare and Safety in Neil Island:

    Neil Island has only one primary healthcare centre which serves free treatment. Emergencies and special healthcare, the Port Blair hospitals are referred. Here as well, the Andaman and Nicobar Police operates and ensures the law enforcement with proper discipline efficiently. In case of emergencies, the following numbers could be of great help and support:
    Primary Health Center & Ambulance Service: 03192-282627
    Police Station: 03192-282602
    Police Radio: 03192-282676

  • Baratang Island, also known as Ranchiwalas Island, belongs to the North and Middle Andaman administrative district, almost 150 kms away from Port Blair. It is the gateway to the north from Port Blair and is counted amongst one of the main islands of the group, closely situated near the archipelago in the Bay of Bengal that adjoins the Andaman Sea. This magnificent island of an area of 243 square kilometres has some wonderful geographical features such as marvellous mangrove creeks and startling limestone caves. Famous in Andaman for giving a one day enriching experience, this Island has some of the distinct features too like the only mud volcanoes found in India. Baratang Island is still unexplored and untouched which is why it is not commercialised and has almost negligible tourists’ facilities such as luxury hotels and resorts like other islands of Andaman, which is an added advantage to this island. But, there is availability of private accommodation along with Forest and PWD guest houses that need permits accordingly. The blues and hues amalgamate here on this island, turning your journey memorable with endless snaps and unexplained beautiful views. The classic rustic scenery of villagers and tribal inhabitants is a treat to the city people to get to live their lifestyle and embrace their customs and traditions. On your way to this island, if you are lucky enough then you may spot the Jarawa tribes on your commutation from Jirkatang to Middle Strait, especially when you’ll go through by Great Andaman Trunk Road.

    The untarnished beauty of this island separates it from the rest of the islands and maintains its position as a popular destination for tourists even without some exotic and extravagant facilities. Since human safaris are banned in this island as per the orders of Supreme Court to maintain and decrease the exploitations of the tribes, this place feels much more connected to nature and its glory. The mangrove boat ride would entice your heart strings and the local Indian cuisine would please your tummy while you lose yourself in the aura of Baratang Island.

    Best Time to Visit Baratang Island:

    This island allures the tourists throughout the year but the best time to visit is from November to February. The calm sea during these month provide the best environment to experience the available water sports and go trekking in the undulation trails, and witness the awe of nature in its lap. The weather during these months is the most suitable to experience the USPs of this island to the fullest. It is generally advisable to avoid the visit during the monsoon season to avoid risk and travel hindrances. It is also advisable to wear light cotton clothes along with comfortable shoes because this island requires a lot of walking.

    How to Reach Baratang Island:

    Great Andaman Trunk Road is the path that leads you to Baratang Island from Port Blair. The duration of travel from Port Blair to Middle Strait is approx. 2.5 to 3 hours which is divided into two parts- from Port Blair to Jirkatang and then from Jirkatang to Bartang Island. It is important to note that two-wheelers are not permissible and thus, small four wheelers are the only option available to visit Baratang Island. The undulating topography may cause a little travel sickness but the scenic outdoors will woo your heart with ample of awe-striking natural beauty. You may also track Jawara tribe on your way along the roadside.

    The types of transportation available for travelling are government bus from the STS Bus Terminal at Aberdeen Bazaar, private bus from Mohanpura Bus Terminal, taxi/ cabs from Veer Savarkar Airport and jetty from the Nilambur Jetty.

    Government Bus: If you are willing to save out on travelling cost then you must consider taking a government bus from Port Blair from the STS Bus Terminal at Aberdeen Bazaar. These buses offers shared trips and aren’t equipped with air conditioners. The starting point of these buses is in the morning from Port Blair which covers Baratang Island, North and Middle Andamans. There is a possibility that the bus do not take a return trip to Port Blair on the same day so be prepared well in advance to board adifferent bus if you wish to return to Port Blair on the same day from Baratang. The only disadvantage of choosing government bus is that it does not pick you up from your location and hence, you would have to board it wither from the main Bus terminus or from some bus stops on the Andaman Grand Trunk Road. Thus, make sure you book your tickets will in advance and take a confirmation before you head towards Baratang Island.

    Private Bus: These buses also start from Port Blair in the morning itself. They are well equipped with air conditioner because of which its fare is a bit more expensive as compared to that of the government buses. But if you want to ease your travel experience then you should try it out before giving it a second thought. In these buses, there is also the facility of special coaches for the one day Baratang trippers which have to be pre-booked. Like the government buses, these buses also do not cater the facility to pick you up from your location and hence, have to board it from a specific location as per the tickets and the nearest boarding location or from some bus stops on the Andaman Grand Trunk Road.

    Government Ferry: Nilambur Jetty is the place from where you get a jetty to Baratang. The government and private buses can take you from Port Blair to this jetty. The ferry fare is very reasonable as it is government operated and takes only about 15 minutes to reach Baratang  which could be a time saver. The only problem is that this ferry doesn’t come back to Port Blair on the same day making it less preferred for the travel option for a one day trip. After this ferry drops the passengers at Baratang Island, it leaves for Havelock Island ( Swaraj Dweep ).

    Private taxis/ cabs: This could be a more expensive yet an altogether comfortable experience for you as you make your way from Port Blair to Baratang Island. It is considered as a good option for the ones who are more prone to motion sickness because the bumpy rides can spoil your entire mood if not taken care of the health while travelling. A private cab/ taxi can be booked as per the number of passengers so if you are travelling with a small group, cabs/taxis which are generally 5-7 seater can do but if it’s a comparatively larger group then you can go for Tempo travellers.

    Transportation of Baratang Island:

    It is comparatively easy to travel in the Baratang Island than travelling to this island from Port Blair. There are various options available depending upon the number of people and individual convenience. Some different modes of transportation can be listed as:
    Private Jeeps- These can take you to places like Mud Volcano from the Baratang Jetty.
    Government Bus – It can give you a ride to sightseeing spots such as Mud Volcano and Baludera Beach.
    Private Cars- The private cars or taxis can give you a one-time solution for all the travel matters on this island; from Port Blair to Baratang, around the island and then back.
    It is important to note that scooter or bike rentals are not available on this Island and also, auto-rickshaws are also nowhere to be accessible on Baratang Island.

    Duration of Stay in Baratang Island:

    This tropical island unleashes one of the most treasurable attractions such as Limestone Caves, Mud Volcano, and Parrot Island. Most of the island can be covered in 2 days maximum but if you are time bounded then it is advisable to cover the major spots and make it a one day trip to satisfy your adventure hunger. Baratang Island is technically not a destination to take accommodation because of the inadequate stay facilities. Since there are only three guesthouses – APWD Guest House, Forest Guest House and Panchayat Guest House – and a private resort, Dew Dale, it is difficult to accommodate tourists and thus, may lead to an uneasy environment. Also, for night halt, a special permit is needed from the UT Administration.

    People of Baratang Island:

    According to the 2011 census of India, the Island has 5691 inhabitants. There are a twelve villages in Baratang in which the most popular ones namely are Adazig, Sunderghar, Nayaghar and Nilambur(HQ).The people residing in this location have a long history dating back to the late nineteenth century when the city of Ranchi was under political upheaval. The locals escaped and took refuge by converting themselves to Christianity who were further commanded to move to the forests of Andaman and Nicobar islands by the Britishers. They would great agriculture opportunity in Baratang Island so they stayed back here to cultivate crops. Since then, this Island is also the home to those refugees and their heirs along with Jarawa tribe who have their settlements along the Great Andaman Trunk Road, particularly in the Jarawa Tribe Reserve region. Make sure you do not intrude their privacy or interact with them, as it could lead to fine and imprisonment. Also, offering food or any objects and clicking their individual pictures or selfies is also prohibited by the Andaman administration.

    Language of Baratang Island:

    Most people know Hindi but they are not well versed with English. Since, this location is not a typical tourist destination, the lack of commercialisation has proven to be a drawback in term of language and communication. The crop cultivators of Ranchi and Jarawa tribe are the local residents of this place and hence, it is difficult to indulge in even small talks here without a proper guide.

    Exploring Baratang Island:

    Baratang Island is the place to embrace the full-fledged experience of a day out in the forest lands amongst the tribe and tremendous natural habitat. At every step ahead in your journey, it offers you a chance to gaze at the utopia of nature. It gives you a taste to cherish the basic lifestyle and spend a quality time staring at the nature than at your phones and devices. The tour can be a nirvana in your hectic lives where you can galvanise yourself from the worries of life.

    The exploration of Baratang Island is one level up than its travel journey: it is definitely a treasure hunt in the vast green tropical island with lots of surprises boxed up on your way! You should not miss out on exploring these sites on your visit to Baratang Island:

    Mangrove Creeks: The soothing boat ride floating amidst the thick mangrove creeks will definitely be once in a lifetime experience to grab onto. Lose yourself in the dawdling ride with you loved ones while you witness the variety of birds chirping and singing honey dipped melodies and animals gazing you with their timid eyes to set the ambience. It seems like a tunnel to heaven that leads to limestone caves, leaving you speechless with its overwhelming milieu with the streams of canopies and tree knots.

    Mud Volcanoes: The most special attraction of this island is its mud volcanoes as they are the only active mud volcanoes present in India. Some of these mud volcanoes are also found in Diglipur which grabs the attention of almost every traveller. The tempting live volcanoes can drop your jaw with the clayey grey mud discharging from the mouth of the volcanoes. You can be relieved by knowing the fact that these volcanoes erupts natural gases like methane instead of molten lava. On your walk to these volcanoes, you shall also come across some intriguing and sporadic wildflowers and mushrooms.

    Limestone Caves: The limestones caves will entice you with its stimulating and erratic shapes of stalagmites, stalactites and rock formations. These have been formed over the years of recurrent erosion by carbon dioxide dissolved water. You can have fun while you trek to this location after a delightful ride in the Mangrove creeks. It would take 30-minutes’ drive from Baratang and a 30 minutes trek (2 km) into the jungle to reach this location. The natural carving of these cool limestone caves are irresistible and can give you a magical experience to appreciate the creativity of mother earth. Here, you can also locate the crocodiles that rest near the swamps.

    Parrot Island: Ever wondered what would it be like to visit a land full of vibrant parrots? Come and hear out the parrots of Baratang Island in their residence- Parrot Island. You can spot various types and colours of parrots along with few other variety of birds as they retrieve to their nests as the sun sets. The amalgamation of the crimson sky and flock of parrots is the perfect way to end your day with a blissful heart and lots of lovely memories. If you are bird watcher, then you can’t afford to miss out on this location.

    Baludera Beach: A beach that brings you closer to solitude and nature: Baludera Beach. With less population and more serenity, this is a perfect place to relax and take a breath from your tour in Baratang Island. Make yourself comfortable by swimming in the low tides under the bright sky. The aura of this beach leaves you in awe and makes you want to spend your entire day lying around in leisure. This island is also a happening place in terms of some fun activities such as beachcombing and elephant ride which you can take as a gift wrapped up in the memory lane.

    Hotels to Stay in Baratang Island:

    Since Baratang Island is not a place to stay for longer and is not fully commercialised in order to maintain the natural and cultural significance, this island does not have many accommodation spots. The available ones are really comfortable and operate in a way that brings you closer to the natural way of living. The three best places to have a home like stay are:
    Dew Dale Resort
    Coral Creek Resort
    Hotel Avis

    Restaurants in Baratang Island:

    The limited food places of Baratang Island offers you the Brest ethnic and local cuisine to warm your taste buds during your trip to this island. The rich taste of the naturally grown crops without added preservatives can change your perspective as a foodie. Some food stalls and small eateries are available near and around the Nilambur jetty, which serves mainly South-Indian and Bengali dishes as their core platter but the snacks and refreshments are adequately available for the tourists at every turn. The meals here are very much affordable along with a good taste that can make your day. The coconut water shall add life to your tiresome trekking and would help you to beat the heat of the scorching sun. Spicy cucumbers, lassis, and buttermilk are some other rejuvenating snacks that you can rely on while you dwell in the beauty of Baratang Island. The places that we would like you to try out are:
    Dew Dale Restaurant
    Jetty Hotel
    AMS Restaurant
    Port Canteen
    Sujath Bar and Restaurant
    Deeya Baroi Hotel

    Connectvity in Baratang Island:

    This island does not support proper connectivity and the tourists might suffer in keeping in touch but this is a good reason to keep the phones aside and indulge in admiring the nature. Here, BSNL is known to provide much better connectivity than any other networks. Also, it is advisable to the tourists to carry enough amount of cash to ease the trouble of withdrawing money from the ATM since there are limited number of ATM’s available which are generally out of cash because of multiple withdraws from tourists.

    Healthcare and Safety in Baratang Island:

    This island has a very limited access to proper and well equipped medical facilities but it is easy to connect with Port Blair which eases the emergency situations. Since, this island is on its developing stage, the health infrastructure is being improvised and taken care of by the health administration. Anyway, there are enough medical facilities to deal with medical issues and in case of some serious case, he patients are transferred to Port Blair. Homeopathy dispensaries are also available in this island which is a sign of progress.

    In case of emergencies, you can feel free to dial these numbers to assist you in Baratang Island:
    Baratang Hospital : 03192-279533
    Baratang police station: 03192-279503

  • We all picture ourselves in a heavenly land, surrounded by the natural exquisiteness of the most precious flora and fauna alongside a waterfall who’s gushing droplets fall on our faces, illuminating up our mood and faces. Well, your daydream can turn into reality when you visit Rangat Island which is situated in Middle Andaman Islands. It is almost 200 km away from the capital city-Port Blair. This island is an unexplored thing of beauty which is quite less popular amongst the tourists, but has its own inimitable feature which can swept you off your feet. This island, having an area of about 1070 sq. km, is the second largest in Andaman Islands and offers some of the best experiences of beaches and volcanic rocks spread over the immaculate sand where turtle nest during the months of December and January. The never-ending trails are amongst the longest in the mangrove forests of India where one can embrace the walks of life. The picturesque waterfalls will thrill you and please you at the same time where you can store the memories on your cameras.

    The immense spice plantations is one of the core features of this island which separates this island from the rest of the isles. This beach is considered idyllic for sun-bathing and enjoying some water sports like snorkelling and scuba diving. The wide stretched shorelines playing with the sparkling water under the sun surround by the shades of dense green forests is truly a mesmerising location to leave your heart at. Rangat Island falls on your way when you travel to Mayabunder, Long Island or Diglipur from Port Blair by road so many tourists try to explore the locations of this island during their travel journey. This island is known for promoting eco-tourism through eco-friendly structures like eco huts and groves that excites the urban population with the local and aesthetic vibes.

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    Best Time to Visit Rangat Island:

    Like every other island of Andaman, this island is best explored during the winter season from December to March but you can add a slight twist to your itinerary if you want to enjoy the phenomenal natural waterfalls of this island. You can visit it during the monsoon season to witness the enormously attractive falls with your family and friends. Though there could be difficulty in walking the trails but it would be worth the trouble to experience something so soothing to the eyes.

    How to Reach Rangat Island:

    Travelling is the most beautiful part of the trip as it’s when you hold on to your horses to witness what lies in the destination but still appreciates the dawdling span of travel. To reach a destination there are endless ways and the same is applied for Rangat Island. The tourists can choose whichever option they feel comfortable in to reach the Island with their desired level of content. There are 2 major routes to reach Rangat Island- via Port Blair and via Havelock Island. The ways to commute to Rangat Island are: Roadways, Seaways and Airways.

    Options via Port Blair:

    Port Blair- the capital city of Andaman and Nicobar Islands provides ample of option to travel to Rangat Island.  Tourists have the feasibility to choose their modes and ways of transportation as per their needs, comfort and convenience.

    Roadways: Travelling via road is considered one of the most feasible option where you can encounter and appreciate the travel journey with your family and friends. The lush green trees alongside the roads give a refreshing feel while the air gently touches your face. It would take almost 7-8 hours to cover the route to Rangat Island which is approximately 93 kms from Port Blair. There are 3 modes through which you can travel via roadways, that is, Government Buses, Private Buses and Private Cabs/Taxis.

    Government Bus: The Government Buses provide you the most pocket-friendly yet amazing experience as you travel from Port Blair. These buses have different departure timings from Port Blair which can be easily enquired from the ticket counter. It takes approximately 8 hours to reach Rangat from Port Blair through a government bus. The route encompasses the Andaman Grand Trunk Road and drops off the passengers at the Public Bus Stand at Rangat Island. These buses do not offer air-conditioned services but you won’t be disappointed as the natural air does its work very efficiently. The government Bus depot of Port Blair provides the bus tickets which can be a cumbersome process to procure due to long queues. The affordable cost of the buses and the transportation of local people to and fro increases the tickets demand. The boarding location of these government buses is at the Aberdeen Bus Depot. But there are other pick up points on the Andaman Trunk Road too. It is recommended for the tourists to enquire about the pickup point that falls in the proximity to their accommodation location for a better convenience.

    Private Buses: The Private Buses offer comfortable journeys from Port Blair to Rangat Island. The departure timings of these buses vary and tourists have ample of boarding options available to reach Rangat. The duration of journeys is 8 hours, same as that of the government buses. These buses have both AC and non AC facilities so tourists can choose as per their convenience and budget. These buses, whether AC or non AC have higher ticket fares in comparison to that the government buses. The tickets can be obtained from their respective reservation offices in Port Blair. The boarding point of these buses is also mostly the Aberdeen Bust Depot but there are option to board from other locations, such as on Andaman Trunk Road as well which has to be enquired beforehand.

    Private Cabs/Taxis: This is considered to be the most reliable mode of transportation as this fits in all your schedules and would let you enjoy every location without being anxious about the return schedule and other travelling requirements. You shall not be time restricted and hence would be able to enjoy the serenity of Rangat much better. The driver being a local resident of Andaman would be able to guide you better than anybody else, direct you to some unexplored locations and share facts and testimonies of his experience which can turn out to be an enjoyable talk as you travel.
    This option is feasible for the ones who have time restriction and have fixed date schedules and days to explore Rangat Island and other islets of Andaman. The cabs/ taxis have to be booked in advance which can be done both online and offline as per the plans of the tourists, Another advantage of travelling via cabs/taxis is that they would come to pick you up at your accommodation place which would save your time and energy.

    Seaways: It is rightly said that the waves of the sea sweeps away all the worries and help you to relax in the middle of water. To reach Rangat Island, you can opt for the seaways to via ferry to calm your brain cells while floating in the water. It is a very convenient and affordable way which could lead to your destination. The island is almost 50 nautical miles by seaways and one has to note that the shipping services are available for 4-5 days in a week so the travelling plans have to be made accordingly. The time taken to cover the route via is about 4-5 hours which can be relishing amongst family and friends.

    Government Ferry: The Government operated Ferry makes it much easier to commute from Port Blair to Rangat via the sea route. The duration of the voyage shall be approximately 5-6 Hours in which the route that shall be followed to reach the Rangat would be from Port Blair via Neil Island and Havelock Island. This could be a trouble maker as it depends on the number of passengers and their respective boarding spots and destination spots. The government ferry is not available everyday which is the biggest disadvantage. Also, the tickets of the ferry has to be booked one or two days in advance from the STAR ticket counters in Port Blair. The harbour for Rangat is the Yerrata Jetty. So the government ferry can be an option for the travellers who have no restriction of time.

    Airways: The airways can be a less time taking option but the only disadvantage is that it is seasonal so the fares and its availability greatly varies according to the weather and season.

    Helicopter: It takes less than an hour to reach Rangat Island in helicopter. The high altitude and the speedy winds will blow your mind away as you fly. It is seasonal so the plans for having a helicopter ride has to be made accordingly.

    Option via Havelock Island and Neil Island:

    If you have to visit Rangat Island after you are done exploring Havelock Island or Neil Island then there is only one option available that lead you to Rangat and that is Government Ferry. It is available on alternate days and covers the popular route: Port Port Blair to Rangat via Havelock Island and Neil Island. Thus, the passengers can board from Havelock Island or Neil Island if they aren’t planning to board the ferry from Port Blair. The route of this ferry ends at Long Island, which is yet another magnificent island that can’t be described my mere words.

    Transportation in Rangat:

    The transportation services here in this island are less as compared to the more commercially developed islands of Andaman group. Tourists have to book private cabs/taxis or take government buses to visit the various awe-inspiring locations here. The richness of this place lies in its deprivation of the intrusion of modernity and technology which is often reflected by the simple means of transportation available here.

    Duration of Stay in Havelock:

    Tourists would be amazed to explore the natural aura of this island and would be restless to bid adieu to it after their overwhelming experience. Maximum of 2 days can be invested to stay around in this island which shall be sufficient to cover all the major spots and give you a time to relax at the same time. Generally tourists complete their exploration in one day but if you want to give time to yourself in the lap of nature, you should definitely stay for more than one day.

    People of Rangat Island:

    The land that cherishes the rich verdure of nature is blessed with people who take care of this land with utmost dedication and principles. This island has a dense population of 38815 people as per the Indian census (2011) who reside across 75 villages approximately. It is interesting to note that this island has 14 gram panchayats as well. The residents of this island have diverse linguistic background but they stay together as one community. Most of the locals are the residents of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and West Bengal. The main occupations of the local people comprise of fisheries, cultivation and stall vendors such that of tea stalls, food stall and market vendors.

    Culture of Rangat Island:

    The culture of this island takes you back to the primitive living styles which is currently trending. Tourists often escape their city lives to find peace and a technologically free world, and no place can be better than this to shred off the qualms and attain harmony with and in nature. Though the cuisine does not have a big menu but it surely delights the hearts with the delicacies of the sea food and local eateries. So, some of the dishes can even beat the taste of the mouth-watering fancy dishes of the restaurant. The ethnicity is reflected at every part and every panoramic view of this island which makes it complete and beautiful on its own.

    Language of Rangat Island:

    Since most of the local residents are from Tamil Nadu, Kerela and West Bengal so you may not find it odd to observe people conversing in Tamil and Bengali here. English is not widely spoken here on this island due the low tourist rate and commercialisation. Hindi can be heard from the tourists and guides but still it is not prevalent as a local language due to the linguistic barriers of the local population.

    Exploring Rangat Island:

    You can’t explore paradise in a lifetime; you need an eternity for that but you can take a sip from the holy bowl and mesmerise yourself with the beauty it offers. This stands same for the Rangat Island as it so much to offer which is yet to be explored by the tourist population. The trails, the amazing natural ambience, the beaches and the transition of the days and nights from dusk and dawn simply can’t be moulded in words. The main attraction of this island can be listed as:

    1) Cutbert Bay Beach: One of the most beautiful beaches, located at a distance of 12 kms  from Rangat Island, Cutbert Bay Beach enthrals the tourists in its net of wonders by the gleaming golden sand spread across the land with rich flora and fauna blooming alongside the boundaries. The mangroves with the darkest shade of green that combines with the purest shade of blue of the waters paints the delightful location which one can’t even imagine. This beach is also the home to a variety of sea animals which often nest here, which is another USP of this beach. The wildlife sanctuary situated at this beach also observes the seas turtles nesting from December to February which is an unnoticed yet pretty detail to witness. Also, the tourists can enjoy elephant safaris and also visit elephant training camps which is too exciting to witness. The cool and pleasant climates fits well throughout the year for tourists to hang out at this location in Rangat Island. This beach gives you time to make peace and introspect your life in a nutshell, which is the ultimate goal of any travel plan.

    2) Panchvati Hills: The Panchvati Hills has gained the attention of the tourists owing to the captivating waterfalls that emerges from a height. It is one of the most exhilarating experience that one could take back home from their vacation from Andaman. These waterfalls are located on outskirts of the Rangat Island which makes entices the tourists more to discover its beauty. Due to the undulating and rough geographical conditions of this place, it is advisable to the tourists to not go very near the waterfall and ensure the safety of themselves. Though people can also enjoy fishing and swimming here with their family and friends in peace in the lap of nature. People are awe-struck by the graceful stream of the waterfall that merges with the river and ultimately to the sea. Do not indulge yourselves in trekking as it can be risky due to the slippery ground. If one misses out on Panchvati hills in Andaman then, the pang in the heart would stay forever so make sure you have added this location in your itinerary and get numerous pictures clicked to save it as memoirs.

    3) Ambkunj Beach: This beach marks its identity and popularity amongst the tourists by its fascinating rocky black sand that is seen almost everywhere in this location. It is located in Nmbutala village, almost 8 kms away from main Rangat Island.The crystal clear water reflecting the black sand under the sun is irresistible to take eyes off from. This beach offers a serene and poetic location to the tourists where they can observe lovely oceanic birds, enjoy water sports like snorkelling, swimming and one can also embrace sunbathing and beachcombing on the blissful beach. Another factor that is interesting about this place is the eco-friendly sofa-like sit-outs and huts with proper share and round tables that are comforting to the visitors. The tsunami of 2004 wreced the tree and uprooted them which were then converted into such benches, tables and dustbins to utilise it for the ones who came to find peace here.

    4) Dhani Nallah Mangrove and Beach: If you like long nature walks, then the Dhani Nallah Mangrove walk would give you the maximum level of satisfaction. It is 20 km away from Rangat Island and a one km walk along the wooden board which is surrounded by the mangrove creeks leading to the Dhani Nallah Beach. It’s really fun to walk on those pathways with your family and friends as you make amazing memories while chit-chatting. The beach is another thing of beauty for the tourists as it magical effect leaves the tourists speechless. Here too, on ecan notice the nesting ground of the turtles from December to February. One could also observe a tiny eco hut as you walk through the mangroves, which is named after Olive Ridley, the most frequent turtle species of the Dhaninallah Beach. Dhaninallah beach provides facilities for swimming and sun bathing along with eco-friendly sit outs, changing room and washroom facility for the convenience of the tourists.

    5) Morice Dera Beach: Situated 8 kms away from Rangat Island, opposite to Ambkunj Bay Beach, this place is perfectly suited for leisure walks and treks. The aroma of the vegetation and the calmness observed here is soothing and relaxing which could be a therapy to the tourists. The twin rock present here is God’s display of artistry which are beautifully moulded into unique rocky figure. The Horizon View Point is another speciality of this place which cannot be observed in any other island. The tourists are made comfortable with the arrangements of sea-facing sit-outs along and around the beach. Here, interestingly one may not find water which is compensated by the freshwater stream which acts as a natural swimming pool for the visitors.

    Hotels to Stay in Rangat Island:

    The accommodation facilities at this island is very basic and decent, so the tourists should not expect a luxury stay. The amenities are also very plain and simple which can be thoroughly enjoyed as we should have a taste of everything in life. Make sure you do the reservation beforehand as there are less hotels available in comparison to the tourist population. The few hotels we would like to recommend from our part are:
    1. Hotel Ross & Smith
    2. Hotel UK Nest
    3. Hotel Avis
    4. Hotel Priya International
    5. Hotel Laxmi Villa

    Restaurants in Rangat Island:

    Since, this location is yet to be commercialised so it does not have big, extravagant places to eat but it sure provide with some good options in food. The small eateries, local restaurants and canteen style of places are prevalent here which serves amazing seafood that can be said no to. The option of Vegetarian food is also available here in order to cater the diet of vegans.The accommodation options above mentioned also provide dining options but like the rest, serves limited menu options. The restaurants that you can try out in Rangat Island are:
    1. Bodhi Bengali Restaurant
    2.Royal Restaurant
    3.Sai Kripa
    4.Aroma Restaurant

  • Weather & best time to visit

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

    Summer (March to May):

    The weather in the summer season maintains higher temperatures, constantly fluctuating between 25°C and 32°C.  Early mornings and evenings are amazingly pleasant. If you are visiting the Andaman Islands during this time of the year, then you should also pay a visit to the popular Beach Festival that is held every year. It is a perfect time to soak in the sun on some of these shimmering beaches.

    Monsoon (June to September):

    Owing to its tropical proximity, the monsoons in the Andaman Islands witnesses a substantial amount of rainfall. With temperatures alternating between 25°C and 30°C, conditions turn extremely humid. Some brave adventurers visit the island during this time as well in order to experience exciting festivities such as the Monsoon Festival and the Food Festival.

    Winter (October to February):

    During the winter season in the Andaman Islands, temperatures sometimes hit a minimum of 20°C and occasionally touch 30°C too. This season is the most favorable time of the year to explore the island as it offers a very pleasant feel. As the sea waters remain calm and composed, underwater activities such as sea walking, swimming, scuba diving, and snorkeling are at their best during winter. You can also catch up on the Island Tourism Festival and the Film Festival on your visit during this time of the year.

    Getting acquainted

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

    Medical facilities- The islands have very limited access to medical facilities but their close proximity to Port Blair makes things easier for the tourists. The capital town has a good healthcare service with several medical stores and hospitals. The health infrastructure here is limited but you can easily see improvement and modernization in medical services. There are enough medical facilities to support the outsiders that include ambulances, X-ray machines, captive power generators, and a lot more. One can also find few homeopathy dispensaries here. G.B Panth hospital is the most reputed hospital in the city. It is known for providing affordable and genuine treatments to patients.

    ATM- It is advisable to carry a decent amount of cash with you as you will find only a few ATMs around the island. The ATMs here are replenished with cash in four to five days. Thus, while visiting the Andamans, you should carry enough cash with you. In case you visit Port Blair on this trip, then you don’t have to worry about cash as it has various ATMs and you will not face any trouble there.  

    Minimum duration for visiting the Andaman Islands- If you are planning to cover the south, north, and middle Andaman, then it is advisable to plan a week’s trip. In these seven days, you can travel in and around Port Blair and explore tourist attractions like Ross Island, Havelock Island, Neil Island, Baratang Island, Mayabunder, etc.

    Crucial things to keep in mind while visiting the Andaman Islands

    • Andaman Island is a gorgeous place offering a plethora of activities and attractions. However, travelling across this lovely destination is not that easy as you have to cross tribal zones that are protected by the Government of India (GOI). Therefore, there are a few important things that you must consider on your journey to this island.
    • You should not offer any food items to the tribal people as it might prove to be injurious to their health. Also, taking pictures with tribal people is also strictly prohibited in this area.
    • You should always carry cotton and loose fit clothes as most of the time, the weather on the island is quite humid sometimes. This will make you feel comfortable and easy throughout the journey.
    • Don’t forget to carry good walking shoes with yourself if you are an adventure lover who is willing to engage in hiking and trekking activities.
    • Don’t forget to carry an umbrella with you if you are planning your journey in the rainy season.
    • You need to carry enough cash with yourself while you are visiting the Andaman Islands as there are not many ATMs there.
    • As the island remains crowded with tourists throughout the year and last-minute booking might result in inconvenience, you should book a decent accommodation well in advance.

    Reaching the Andaman and Nicobar Islands

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

    To reach any major island from Port Blair, you will be required to take a government ferry or faster private catamaran. However, the timetables are not predictable and services are slow. Sometimes, it can take up to three to four hours to reach Havelock Island or Neil Island.

  • Overview

    Bestowed with the title of Best Beach of Asia in 2004 by the TIME magazine, the crescent-shaped Radhanagar Beach lies blissfully tucked on the western coast in Havelock Island. Known for its breathtaking sunrises, picturesque sunsets, white stretch of sand against the backdrop of turquoise waters, and towering mahua trees make it one of the most popular beaches in Andaman Islands. Locally known as Beach No. 7, Radhanagar beach, with its spell-binding landscape, looks straight out of the postcard. In first glance, all one can see from a distance is a reflection of trees all around the shoreline. Then as you get closer to it, the glory of the Radhanagar beach sweeps you off your feet and leaves you in total awe! It is needless to say that the beach ticks every check to make the perfect beach, and to call your trip to Andamans incomplete, without a visit to Radhanagar beach is not an exaggeration.

    The beach, dotted with palm trees and a shoreline that stretches out for as far as your eyes can see, is a prime tourist hotspot and offers them the ambience to truly unwind amidst nature. The beach tends to experience a hot climate all year-round owing to its close proximity to the equator. Winters are pleasant in Andamans and provide slight relief from the humidity, so tourists generally swarm here from October to February. A multitude of huts, benches and wooden chairs are conveniently placed on the beach, along with beach beds and shower rooms, to grant maximum comfort to the visitors. Traverse new waters while you are here literally, swim along, walk barefoot while relishing the feeling of ocean waves brushing past your feet and capture some of the best Insta worthy pictures. The beach truly opens up a world of absolute serenity for the travellers while also feasting on luscious meals from cafes selling all kinds of cuisines extending from local to global.

    How to reach

    Radhanagar Beach is roughly 72 kilometres from Port Blair and almost 11 kilometres from Havelock Jetty. Located on the western coast of the island, one can either hire a rickshaw/cab to the beach or merely rent out a two-wheeler from the jetty. The road is straight and navigable. A 30-minute drive through a scenic landscape, and lo and behold, you have arrived at the Beach No. 7 aka Radhanagar Beach. Though public buses and shared jeeps also frequent the route, the schedule is predetermined. The beach tends to buzz with thronging visitors, mostly around late mornings and afternoons, making early mornings the best time to visit.


    With a distinctive sort of bloom each season, Havelock Island has a new avatar to flaunt around the year. While summers are ideal for aqua-adventure and stargazing, monsoons paint the sky in vivid colours. Radhanagar beach is one such place that can host most romantic honeymoons as well as family picnics with equal grace. One of the perks of this beach is that you can carry food and drinking water with you inside the gates. This setting can any day effortlessly turn into an easy-peasy picnic, just like that. With recent surveillance of the forest department and lesser spottings of crocodiles in the area, the beach is both enjoyable and safe. At time elephants can be found strolling on the beach, so make sure that you and your cameras are ready. The tranquil water, along with its resident turtles, fishes, draws many divers every year. And to top it all,  Radhanagar beach resorts are some of the daintiest stay options on the island. With top-notch amenities, these resorts are sure to entice you into spending some days here.

    Wondering what to do on Radhanagar Beach?

    1. The crystal clear water at the beach makes it ideal for swimming. The waves are medium till the evening, post which tides turn high and swimming remains prohibited. In cases of unforeseen emergencies, lifeguards are stationed at the beach during the opening hours to ensure the safety of the visitors.

    2. Enveloped by rainforests on one side and the vast ocean on the other, the adjacent region of the beach is perfect for a little hike in the evening. A small trek of roughly 1.3 kilometres through the beach leads to the Neil's Cove, a gorgeous lagoon with freshwater streams.

    3. The Resorts grants an exciting opportunity for a staycation in Radhanagar Beach. The resorts lies blissfully inside a forest, aiming at experiential living devoid of any urban distractions such as TV or Wifi. Are you planning on doing a digital detox? You are looking in the right direction.

    Closing statement

    Imagine walking on a beach, with velvety sand rushing beneath your feet, towards the sea, and gentle blue waves grazing against the shore while the sea breeze brushes past you. Luring photographers and travel enthusiasts from all across the globe, Radhanagar Beach is everything you want it to be, something straight out of a dream! Despite its massive popularity among the travellers as well as locals, Radhanagar Beach is hardly ever jam-packed, making it one of the must-visit spots in any Andaman itinerary.

    Getting There: The most convenient way to reach the Radhanagar Beach is via hiring a rickshaw/cab or renting a two-wheeler from the Havelock Jetty. Note that there is no entry fee to visit the beach.

    What to do: Swimming, Hiking, Neil’s Cove, Staycation, Watching Sunsets

    What not to miss: The surreal landscape that bagged the repute of Asia's Best Beach by TIMES Magazine in 2004.

    Best time to visit: The beach is open for tourists throughout the year, but the months between October to February are the best time to visit. Owing to thunderstorms and heavy rainfall, tourists must avoid the monsoon season to prevent any hindrance to their travel plans.

    What to carry: Carry drinking water, snacks, sunglasses, cap/hat, flip flops, swimwear to enjoy beach time and don't forget your camera while you are at it!

    Nearby Attractions: Neil’s Cove, Elephant Beach, Kalapathar Beach

    Essential Info :

    Medical Facilities on Radhanagar Beach- There is a government hospital near the market where the road bifurcates to Radhanagar beach and Kala Patthar beach at Havelock Island.

    Timings- Radhanagar Beach can be visited anytime between Sunrise to sunset.

    Mobile Connectivity- The internet and mobile network are grim in Havelock Islands, including Radhanagar beach.

  • A unique confluence of black boulders against white silky sandy shores, Kala Pathar Beach probably derives its name from its appearance, or the local village, or the adjoining Black Road. Exuding a natural rustic charm, Kala Pathar Beach lies on a corner in the eastern coast of Havelock Island. Known for its lush green forest cover running parallel to the big beautiful sea, a picturesque solitude, and bright corals heaped along the shoreline makes Kala Pathar Beach an absolute delight to visit. If you go a little distance away from the beach, beyond the Kala Pathar Village, a beautiful panorama of paddy fields and banana plantations come into view. This landscape paints quite a different picture from the bustling life of tourists in islands, showcasing the quiet life of the islanders. The stretch of the road that leads to the Kala Pathar Beach is undulant. Though the beach tends to get a bit crowded in the tourist season, yet if one walks further to the south they can get to the clutter-free zones that are still and serene without much tourist action taking place.

    A forsaken island with a beautiful and alluring ambience is ideal for anyone who just wants to get away from the hum-drum of the world, sit by a tree, and relax on the beach. Best to visit as a stopover attraction, Kala Pathar beach is a place with no one around, most of the time. The best time to visit the beach is spring to soak in the beautiful stretch of white sand in contrast to the black rocks and perfect sync with the glimmering ocean. Spring is when everything appears greener and better, the perfect season to explore Havelock's crowned jewel, Kala Pathar. The beach is neither too hot nor too cold, the weather is pleasant, and the sea breeze is mild.

    How to reach

    Kala Pathar Beach is roughly 70 kilometres from Port Blair and almost 6.5 kilometres from Havelock Jetty. Located on the eastern coast of the island, the route to Kala Pathar has quite some cheap options to reach here. One can either take long scenic walks, hire a taxi, rent a bike, or drive if you have a car.  There are no bus services on this route, and the drive takes roughly 10 minutes.


    There are a couple of umbrellas and wooden chairs on the beach. During the peak season, locals often begin selling fresh coconuts and fruit juices. To maintain the cleanliness of the beach, trash bins are also set in the proximity. During a hike to the jungle, a lodging path comes into view where once resided an elephant training camp and now lies an isolated beach. An ideal site for weary travellers to relax and rejuvenate, the water here is deep enough to swim unaffected by tidal waves. Be wary of corals and rocks before entering the water. As the beach is uncrowded, couples can enjoy a long romantic walk on the beach and families can create some memorable moments together in peace. Since there are no restaurants or shacks near the beach, it is best to carry some snacks and drinking water with you.

    Wondering what to do on Kala Pathar Beach?

    1. There is not much to do at Kala Pathar, except cherishing the solace and solitude, whilst taking in the beauty, one view at a time.

    2. The ideal way to spend a day on the beach is to put up a hammock nearby, grab a book and a drink to complement the ambience, and watch the clouds sway along with the waves.

    3. The tranquil environs make for the perfect sunbathing shenanigans.

    4. Bring your camera along to capture the big black boulders against the backdrop of a big blue ocean. Palm-fringed shorelines, clear skies, and the sun shining through the trees, Kala Pathar Beach is a photographer's all-time favourite.

    Closing statement

    Stroll at the beach, and feel the gentle breeze swaying your hair. Walk on the silky sand, and witness the changing hues of the sky. Carry a hammock, tie it to a tree, and say cheers to nature while drinking coconut water. Bask in the exquisite aura of the beach, and capture the moment in your memories forever. If you are looking for an isolated beach paradise, Kala Patthar beach in Havelock Island is a classic escapade while vacationing in Andaman.

    Getting There: Kala Pathar Beach can be easily reached from Havelock Jetty by either hiring a taxi, renting a bike or taking a long walk or stroll through the jungle.

    What to do: Sunbathing, Hiking, Watching Sunrise and Sunsets.

    What not to miss: The black boulders in sharp contrast with the white sand.

    Best time to visit: The beach is open for tourists throughout the year, but the months between October to March are the best time to visit. The weather is pleasant enough to explore the island and soak in the beauty of the island. Summer and winters observe weather extremities, the beach is either scorching or chilling, leaving no room to explore the island wholly. And one must avoid monsoons at all costs as travelling becomes dangerous.

    What to carry: Carry food and drinking water along, since there are no restaurants at Kalapathar Beach. When visiting a beach don't forget your sunglasses, cap/hat, flip flops, swimwear and your camera.

    Nearby Attractions: Radhanagar Beach, Elephant Beach, Barren Island

    Essential Info :

    Medical Facilities on Kala Pathar Beach- Though there is a government hospital near the market where the road bifurcates to Radhanagar beach and Kala Patthar beach at Havelock Island, one can carry some basic medicines as a precaution.

    Timings- Kala Pathar beach remains open 24 hours, but it is advisable to visit anytime between Sunrise to sunset, to avoid high waves during the night.

    Mobile Connectivity- Due to the remoteness of the islands and lack of mobile towers, mobile connectivity at Kala Pathar beach is sub-par, like most of its neighbouring beaches.


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