Saturday 28 November 2015

Andaman Honeymoon Packages

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A corporate account requires great attention to detail. Every business and individual has unique needs and preferences that we make every effort to accommodate. Packages are being developed for tours and conventions on a continual basis. We will plan and book your entire trip. The simplicity of that principle is backed up by a lot of hard work and years of experience Andaman Bluebay Holidays provides many services for the clients such as Conferences, Seminars, Dealers Meet, Incentive Tours, Adventure Tours, Taxi Services, Student Group Outbound Holidays, Day Outings and other business Andaman Bluebay Holiday can coordinate groups as small or as large as requested, as well as, plan meetings and conventions.

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Andaman Bluebay Holidays Is A Well-Known Tour, Travel & Holidays Company That is Based in Port Blair (Andaman & Nicobar Islands). We are a Prominent Event Organizer Also That is Successfully Providing Complete Arrangements For All Kinds of Corporate Events Specially for All Types of Film Shooting Works in Andaman and Nicobar Islands With All Official Formalities.

If you are going Ho have an Exhibition or an Official Meeting, We Will Offer Our Clients Expert Services. Our Offered Event Organizing Services Comprise All The Aspects Such As Selection of Venue, Managing Guests, Decoration, Foods, And Many Others.

Andaman Bluebay Holidays is a Complete Travel Management Company Teamed By Hardcore Professionals & The Leading Travel and Tour Operator in Andaman Islands, India. Our Core Competence Lies in Ground Handling of Tourists Visiting The Place (Business & Leisure both), No Matter How Logistically Difficult The Reach Be To Far Flung Island, We play Hard To Cater The Clients Requirements. We Cater Holiday Tour Packages To Port Blair And Other Nearby Islands. Offering Our Services To Corporate And Retail Segment Including Foreign National, Indian, Corporate, Leisure Travelers, Holiday Crunch And Others (Including Other Travel Companies).

We Offer Tour Packages And Arrange Customized Trips, Hotel Bookings, Air Ticket Bookings, And Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Sport Fishing And Car rental Arrangements In Andaman’s. We Strive To Deliver You The Best Travel Services Today In Andaman’s. The Head Office Is at Port Blair And Also A Branch Office In Chennai, And A Network of Travel Associate Offices Throughout The Islands Manned By Professionals.

The Company Is Associated With Leading Hotels And Resorts In Andaman Islands Enables Us To Give Our Clients The Best Of The Services. The Firm Is Registered (Reg:-No-3641/LC/2011) And Also Is a Member of (AATO) Andaman Association of Tour Operators, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands & In All India Companies Act.

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Andaman Nicobar Tour Packages

Andaman and Nicobar Islands are one of the most famous tourist destinations of India that attracts tourists from round the world. It is the ideal holiday destination for nature lovers. This destination is believed as the heaven on the ground. The pristine beauty of Andaman Nicobar is affected by human interference. The virgin vegetation and unpolluted environment Andaman make it a perfect Holiday Destination in India. These islands are the cleanest and purest of the Tourist Destination of the globe and attract Tourists from whole over the globe. The innate beauty of these islands is a virgin is considered a heaven for nature fans.

You can select one of the packages that meet your expectations both Andaman and budget. You can besides make your Personalized Travel Package Andaman Nicobar where you are free to pick out the number of days, type of living accommodations, commercial enterprise opportunities and other inclusions of their own.

The beauty of the Andaman and Nicobar attracts many newlyweds. If you contrive to design your Honeymoon there, and so I would be glad to know that Andaman Tour Package came with exciting tour packages Andaman Nicobar.

During his trip to Andaman Nicobar, you can enjoy activities such as sunning, diving, snorkeling, yacht service, fishing, etc. These islands include numerous beaches and beautiful spaces where they are partnered off with sport and culture events such party place, the Andaman destination becomes the most happening on land. Andaman Tour Package provides cover all aspects of a trip package so that you can experience a great time of your holiday without any fuss.

Monday 2 November 2015

Andaman Tourism in World Travel Market

First Time Ever, Andaman Tourism Participates in World Travel Market

Port Blair, Nov. 2: The four day ‘World Travel Market’ (WTM) began at Excel Exhibition Center, London today 2nd Nov. 2015. WTM is a global meeting place for the travel trade and the leading global event for the travel industry to meet industry professionals and conduct business deals. Through its industry networks, unrivaled global reach, WTM creates personal and business opportunities, providing customers with quality contacts, content and communities.
For the first time in the history of Isles Tourism, a team from Andaman is representing the Andamans at the WTM. The three member team representing Andaman & Nicobar Islands consists of Dr. P. Vishwakannan, Director Tourism, Shri M.Vinod, President AATO and Shri Ratnam, President FORTO.

The India pavilion was inaugurated by Shri. Vinod Zutshi, Union Secretary Tourism, Govt of India. The Secretary Tourism on his visit to Andaman Pavilion was gifted a Coffee Table Book on Andamans, which mas much appreciated by one and all present.

Andaman Tourism has Participated in the World Travel Market which has started today at the Excel Exhibition Center, London.
The Team of Andaman is led by Dr.P.Vishwakannan, Director Tourism and also attended by Mr M.Vinod, President AATO, and Mr Ratnam, President FORTO. The exhibition is of four days and this is the first time that Andaman Tourism is participating in WTM.

The India pavilion was inaugurated by Mr Vinod Zutshi, Union Secretary Tourism, Govt of India and on his visit to Andaman Pavilion a coffee table book was presented to him and participation of Andaman Tourism in WTM was appreciated by the Union Secretary.

Mr. M. Vinod, the President AATO has expressed his gratitude towards Hon’ble Lt. Governor for providing such a big platform for the local stake holders. This platform will definitely help the tourism industry of the islands to grow.

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Thursday 17 September 2015

Andaman Tour Packages A Bagful of Delights

At the point when thinking about a fun occasion pullulated with history, nature and society, the name of Andaman Island promptly appears personality a primary concern. An Andaman Tour Packages get a unique consideration when one is looking for a delightful get-away for this family or companions. Arranged in the middle of Bay of Bengal, the shimmering archipelago is a paradise for eco-voyagers and carefree explorers. 

An Andaman bundle never disappoints you, when appreciating history and nature is your concept of immaculate getaway. Take a visit to Havelock Island and you get energizing shorelines, wonderful experiences and outlandish magnificence of nature to investigate. The fragrance of adorable foods and a flourishing merriment year-round make this place a paradise for recreation explorers. In case you're in frequent of history, Andaman has a few points of interest including the renowned Cellular Jail and different exhibition halls, for example, the National Memorial and Anthropological Museum. These age-old structures give a profound understanding of rich past of the Island. You can appreciate a flawless wonder of nature and perfect marine life going by the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. 

A trek to this radiant paradise brings you unending rushes and fervors. Right from scuba-plunging to timberland outdoors and trekking to untamed life safari, Andaman respects the thrill seekers with a full scope of undertakings to investigate. Completely clear water and good atmosphere make Neil island a perfect spot to appreciate snorkeling and jumping. Perfect and pristine seashore and brilliant touring add more to the delights this regular paradise brings to the table. 

Furthermore, you would end up in the midst of fascinating tribe societies, the yummiest cooking styles & fish and warm amicable individuals with Andaman visit bundles. Book your required travel offices or complete Andaman bundles well ahead of time, in case you're making arrangements for a skipping occasion at Andaman.

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Saturday 12 September 2015

Cochin Shipyard to build 4 ships For Andaman

An offer to straightforwardness transportation hardships confronted by the general population of Andaman & Nicobar, the Center has requested that the Cochin Shipyard fabricate four traveler vessels at about Rs 1,400 crore. No new ships were gained amid the most recent 10 years by A&N organization that prompt challenges for travelers. "The present government, subsequent to exploring the circumstance, chose to obtain 2x1200 traveler limit vessel for terrain island area and 2x500 traveler limit vessel for entomb island part under the 'Make in India' activity," a Shipping Ministry authority told office. These vessels would be developed by Cochin Shipyard, with an aggregate expense of around 1400 crore in next three years, he said. The authority said a few activities have been taken to streamline sea transport foundation of A&N Islands, by method for securing of new ships and speeding up port framework advancement. "Plus, the service has further appointed its energy to Andaman Lakshadweep Harbor Works (ALHW), its subordinate association, for undertaking the port and harbor area exercises proficiently in a period bound way," he said. Amid the most recent 10 years no new ships was procured by A&N organization for territory island area and also for entomb island part, he included.

About Andaman Beaches Forest And Natural Attractions

This is the main city in the Andaman And Nicobar Islands. Port Blair is the operational hub of the economy of the Islands. Port Blair is situated in the south-east elixir of south Andaman division. The city gets its name from Archibald Blair, splendid surveyor who was dispatched by the British Government in the eighteenth century for a punitive settlement. It is the capital of A & N Islands, taking care of a large portion of their payload & traveler movement. The city has air terminal which gets travelers by Boeing 737 of Indian carriers. Presently the battle is worked by Alliance Ltd, a backup organization of Indian aircrafts. The aggregate geological region of the town is 7.9 sq.kms. it has 57 income towns with a populace of 74,955 as 1991 evaluation. Around 26.7% of aggregate populace of A & N Islands is living in the city. The word related part of the city is partitioned into five classifications in particular government representatives, school and school instructors' proprietor of little scale mechanical unit's exchanges, talented specialist and workers and so forth. Taxis government transport transports are the main methods of travel. The port blair city has various vacation destinations and spot of noteworthy interest and noteworthiness; its grand excellence pull in alarge number of sightseers both from terrain and abroad.
Shoreline's in Andaman " Little Andaman ( kalapathar shoreline) Kalapathar Beach is a characteristic shoreline in Little Andaman. This is one of the renowned shoreline in little Andaman. which is made by dark Rock by nature so it's called Kalapathar shoreline. Here ocean water is too sharp and clean. Loads of individuals can visit to little Andaman to watch kalapathar shoreline. South Andaman (North narrows shoreline) The shoreline and the snorkeling, Scuba jumping & ocean strolling open doors in its bordering coral reefs are the nearest ones you will discover to Port Blair, and in this way, it gets entirely swarmed. South Andaman (Carbyn's inlet Beach) This stand out shoreline close to Port Blair city.The coconut-palm-bordered shoreline, perfect for sun lolling. Offices like lodging, eatery, bar, changing room and so forth are accessible close to the shoreline. Verifiable stays like Japanese shelters can be seen in transit. South Andaman (Wandoor Beach) Wandoor Beach popular for swimming & for Coral Viewing. One can likewise go to Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park from Wandoor by pontoon. South Andaman (MundaPahar Beach) Before the dusk, appreciate a swim at MundaPahar Beach. One more name chidiyatapu shoreline. Diglipur (Ross & Smith) The most elevated Point in the Andaman is adjacent. Kalpongsea, the main waterway of Andaman streams from here. Ross and Smith, the twin islands joined by a charming sand bar. Mayabunder (Turtle Beach) Turtle Beach is on the longest shoreline in Andaman that is in Mayabundertown.Turtle shoreline is having one more name is Karmatang Beach. In a season turtles are coming to laying egg's. Near the shoreline, you can likewise see a segment of mangrove woodland. Havelock Island ( Radhanagar Beach) In entire Asia RadhaNagar is going to 7 no. position. This is Grade beach& exceptional quality. This shoreline is additionally appraised as the best shoreline in Asia by TIME Magazine. The nature of water at Radha Nagar shoreline is incredibly quiet and clear .This shoreline is for the most part celebrated for white sand. Havelock Island (Elephant Beach) Elephant Beach is one of he well known Beach Located In Andaman Islands (Havelock island) .prominent For snorkelling,Sea strolling & scuba plunging Elephant shoreline is a percentage of the lively coral reefs. Red skin Island The shoreline and the snorkeling open doors in its bordering coral reefs. 

The aggregate geological range of the domain speaks the truth 8293 sq. kms of which 7144 sq. kms is under woods. Held woods is 2912 sq. kms and ensured backwoods 4232 sq. kms. The backwoods go under the general central belt of tropical evergreen, soggy deciduous and mangrove timberland. There speak the truth 200 species yet just 44 are collected of which just 29 are utilized for modern reason. The run of the mill Andaman backwoods are loaded with evergreen trees. The woods division began working in 1883. Separation and remoteness from the limitation. In timber was affirmed to a couple specie in particular Padauk, silvergrey and Koko. 

Characteristic Attraction Climates: Climate is a component that essentially influences tourism industry especially in A & N Islands.. The best atmosphere/season to visit A & N Islands is from October to might. More or less, these islands get precipitation for at least five months and a greatest of six months. The south west storms initiate in start of May and proceed till mid-October. At that point, from mid-October, north east rainstorm begins and proceeds till the mid December. At the point when contrasted and south west rainstorm, north east storm brings less rain. The period in the middle of January and April is loaded with daylight and warmth. Remote voyagers like this atmosphere and amid this season/atmosphere, the nonnatives appreciate sunbath on the ocean shore for quite a while and they go for ocean shower. Obviously, the Indian vacationers like the atmosphere of cloud-less daylight, charming cool climate which wins for the most part amid the time between Octobersto December. Amid the period, the sightseers require not stress over downpour; climate is exceptionally charming, cool wind blows and ocean stays extremely quiet. Going to Inter islands by watercraft/boat amid this season/atmosphere is truly magnificent. Sightseers can witness the neighborly fish (human brained), dolphins coming in gathering and their wonderful swimming, bouncing and other wicked exercises they go with the vessel to some separation. Grand Beauty: The slopes, high points and low points of these Islands convey larger piece of the beautiful magnificence. They have superlatives, crests, swifts, living types of plants and winged creatures and creatures like crabs. The brilliant sandy shorelines, shining clear as can be ocean, encompassed by excellent mangrove backwoods, thick blustery timberlands are the nature's blessing to these islands. When a traveler goes into the backwoods (not held one) he will overlook himself and can appreciate the essence of peace. The coral reefs, submerged marine life, multicolour fishes, ocean growth's plants and blooms make these islands as lala land and office is given by organization as an approach to achieve this fairyland. Travelers from distinctive parts of the nation appreciate the picturesque excellence of the lavish green woods. Another fascination of the spot lies with its streams and asylums. Going through the rivulets, encompassed by the thick mangrove backwoods, truly fulfill the visitors and merry. These streams are suitably situated for film shooting. The picturesque perspectives starting with one end then onto the next with some Island/Islands are foundation has its own excellence, which can't be seen somewhere else in world. As an asset, this picturesque asset (common asset) has not in any manner been touched for abuse for any financially gainful purposes. This range is interested in the scientists also.

Little Andaman Island The Best Surfing Destination in INDIA

Little andaman Island, found south of the South Andaman Island, is at a separation of 120 km. via ocean from Port Blair. Cottage Bay in Little Andaman is the section and way out point furthermore the island headquarter. Little Andaman island offers an immaculate blend of white sandy shorelines entrancing Waterfalls, Boating through the Creeks, energizing Elephant Safari, Elephant blundering, Elephant calves preparing, Surfing and so on. Every one of the spots of vacationer hobby are receptive by the street, driving northwards from the Hutbay Jetty. Little Andaman has an evergreen downpour woodland which clears path for an extremely rich biodiversity. 

Aeronautical perspective of Dense Forest at Hutbay 

Little Andaman coaxes the individuals who need to run off from the commonplace and tedious urban life to appreciate the magnificence of the ocean, sandy shore and the green orchestra of the nature. 


Little Andaman offers the best presentation, regardless of the possibility that the season is entirely short because of the rainstorm which hits the division from May to August. From November to February some southwest spots, open via ocean, stay tolerable. Surfing is quick picking up in fame in the island as a movement alternative with little resorts leasing surfboards and orchestrating surf camps close Butler Bay shoreline whose waves make it the best surfing destinition in India. Little Andaman has been secured as a prime surfing destination in India in " The Stormrider Surf Guide, Indonesia and the Indian Ocean". There is a private office which runs a Surfing School at Little Andaman.

Instructions to Reach ? 
Little Andaman Island (125 Kms via ocean from Port Blair). 
Govt. Ship between islands 

Government ships keep running by the Directorate of Shipping Services associate Phoenix Bay pier/Haddo Wharf, Port Blair to Hut Bay, Little Andaman consistently. The jouyney takes around 7 to 9 hours. For timetable of vessel administrations visit site: 

Via AIR 

The Civil Aviation Dept. of A & N Administration works customary heli administration from Port Blair airplane terminal to Little Andaman. It takes around 35 minutes by helicopter. For timetable of helicopter administration visit: 

Where to Stay ? 

Stay choices at Little Andaman is exceptionally restricted. There are 6-8 private inns/cabins/resorts with the fundamental offices. APWD, ANIFPDCL and Forest Dept. visitor houses take into account government hirelings. These visitor houses rent out space for travelers subject to accessibility. The aggregate room limit in the island would be under 80. 


Steward Bay Beach 

The most well known and lovely shoreline in Little Andamans is the Butler Bay Beach. It lies at a separation of 14 kms from the Hut Bay Jetty. Head servant Bay is an excellent shoreline suitable for Sun Basking, Coral Viewing, Surfing, and so forth. Accomodation offices - cabin sort resorts - are accessible adjacent. Drifting through the spring close to the shoreline is an energizing background 

Netaji Nagar Beach 

Netaji Nagar Beach, 11-kms from the Hutbay Jetty is a white sandy shoreline suitable for sun relaxing. 

Waterfalls : White Surf and Whisper Wave: 

White Surf Waterfall 

Approach to White Surf Waterfall 

There are two waterfalls in the island. White Surf waterfall which is 6.5 kms from Hut Bay Jetty amidst the evergreen rainforest is a perfect outing spot. The waterfall is huge and consistent with its name – Whit Surf. Seeing white frothy water gushing down a little slope merits viewing. The whole place is secured with lavish green timberlands and is perfect for nature sweethearts. You might likewise trek to the highest point of the waterfall which is slightly a pool up on the slope. There are a couple of little brooks that you would cross when you stroll for the waterfall. Whisper Wave Located 25-km from the Hutbay Jetty. This waterfall is likewise amidst the wilderness. Adventure to this waterfall incorporates 4-km trekking through the woods which includes a trek through the downpour timberland. 

Elephant Ride 

The Andaman & Nicobar Forest and Plantation Development Corporation Ltd. which works the Red oil Palm manor likewise has elephants for its ranger service operation and elephant calves preparing inside the woodland. A portion of the elephants are accessible for wilderness ride in extra time. Do look at for accessibility with ANFPDCL. 

Oil Palm Plantation 

Red Oil Palm 

Lilttle Andaman is renowned for its Red Oil Palm Plantation keep running by ANIFPDCL, 11-km from the wharf. The manor is spread over a region of 1,593 hectares. An industrial facility for extraction of palm oil is likewise keep running by the ANIFPDCL. Vacationer can visit the estate and also the processing plant and see the diverse phases of oil palm organic product creation and oil extraction. This can be gone by while going between the white surf waterfall and head servant narrows shoreline. 

What to do ? 

Exercises at the island include snorkeling, Diving, Swimming, Game Fishing, Coral watching, Sun Basking and so on. 

Sailing at the stream close Butler Bay allows to the flying creature watchers to catch a look of animal groups like Hawabill and Nicobarese pigeon. Stream Boating office has been given by ANIFPDCL in the rivulet close to the Butler Bay Beach, which is likewise home to a portion of the rarest marine turtles. 

The northern side of the Butler Bay Beach is prominent surfing site. Corals are accessible in the close-by zones. Voyagers need to convey essential supplies alongside them for the above purposes. 

There are shorelines like Netaji Nagar and Harminder Bay Beach. Netaji Nagar Beach is useful for a visit however not for exercises like Snorkeling. 

Auto rickshaws, taxis, transports, motorbikes and cycles are accessible for transport inside of the island. Resort proprietors in Little Andaman likewise contract out vehicles including bikes. They additionally mastermind snorkeling, swimming, vessel tickets, and so fort.

Thursday 10 September 2015

Tour Operators From Kolkata Want Cheaper Fares To The Andamans

KOLKATA: The Andaman and Nicobar Islands have the makings of much sought after tourist destinations in countries like Thailand but exorbitant air fares and lack of infrastructure are keeping tour operators in Kolkata from exploiting the situation. The Kolkata - Port Blair air route is among the most expensive in India. Fares for the 2 hours 15 minute journey shoot up to anything between Rs 18,000 and Rs 20,000 during vacations. Even otherwise, air fares rarely fall below the Rs 7,000 mark. Tour operators say that the government needs to take steps to try and bring this down if it wishes to promote tourism in the Andamans in a big way. According to the Andaman and Nicobar (A&N) Administration, annual tourist figures hover around 2.5 lakh but there is capacity for more. It also wants more international tourists on the islands that have some of the best natural beaches in the world.

"There is a lot of scope. Nowadays, a large number of international tourists want to cover an entire circuit in a span of a few days. They come to Kolkata and want to cover Darjeeling, the Andamans and other locations in one go. We can sell the Andamans provided infrastructure in the islands improves. So far as domestic tourists are concerned, this is a price sensitive market. People wouldn't want to travel to the Andamans if air fares are the same or even higher than to Phuket. After all, infrastructure in Phuket is far better than in the Andamans. Air fares need to be brought down but airlines complain that the route is not viable due to insufficient passengers," said Anil Panjabi, honorary chairman, eastern India, Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI).

The Veer Savarkar International Airport at Port Blair will soon get night landing facilities. The Indian Air Force's base at Car Nicobar has also granted permission to use its runway as an alternative one in case civil aircraft can't land at Port Blair. Now, efforts are also being made to operate a Port Blair - Phuket service for international tourists.

"A study is on to introduce a Port Blair - Phuket service. This will allow international tourists to travel to the Andamans directly without stopping over in the mainland. We also have plans to park aircraft at Port Blair in the night so they can take off early in the mornings for international destinations. Tourists prefer morning flights as it allows them have the whole day to themselves after they reach their destinations. We want to develop the islands into a tourist attraction like any other location in South East Asia. The process has already started. The new terminal building of the Veer Savarkar International Airport is being developed at a cost of Rs 413 crore," said Bishnu Pada Ray, MP, Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Click Here For More Details.

Monday 7 September 2015

A Solo Bag Packing Trip To The Andaman Nicobar Islands

This Mysterious Area Has Concealed Diamonds That Recognize it From Common Vacationer Hotspots.
Andamans resembles a bit of dots hung together in the BlueBay of Bengal, straight out of a fantasy set. It is flanked by the delightful and entrancing North and South Andaman Islands, and extends till the Nicobar gathering of islands in the south. Comprising of around 556 islets, this otherworldly land has some astounding concealed diamonds that are far from the typical touristy hotspots. There are some of these, which are just as, if not less, engaging and picturesque than the generally referred to places, for example, Havelock and Neil Islands. My voyage to the islands was expected to appear as something else and a touch challenging, so to say. It was a performance exploring outing, the climate was not helpful, and I would say there was never a solitary minute I lament being isolated. You can without much of a stretch fly to Andamans from any city through Chennai or Kolkata (which is generally a two-hour venture). Global explorers and sightseers would, on the other hand, need to have a grant to enter the islands, which can be serenely benefited from the powers upon entry. So here's my definitive schedule for you to dive into the dark blue waters and virgin islands of Andamans and make a performance hiking outing yourself. 

Long Island and Guitar Island 

A small bit of characteristic marvel concealed off the eastern bank of the North and Middle Andamans, Guitar Island has a clear as can be white sandy shoreline that you can have just for yourself. It is not possessed by human populace aside from a couple water crafts cruising and circumnavigating it for angling. The whole shoreline is yours, fair you, the sand, and the ocean. Where else on earth would I be able to discover such a spot, I pondered. Be that as it may, why this name, I asked inquisitively. "Its ethereal perspective is fit as a fiddle of a guitar and henceforth its name," says the timberland office official who went with me to the island. These authorities conquered the storms to convey me here to witness its stunning excellence. Situated off the Long Island, Guitar Island has a pleasant and colorful quality that spells a mysterious appeal. Another astounding shoreline you ought to visit is Lalaji Bay Beach, which is an immaculate hotspot for shoreline brushing, swimming and nature photography. It is arranged on the upper east bank of Long Island and one would require a nation pontoon (a ride of 45 minutes from Long Island breakwater) to achieve here. You can reach Long Island by boarding one of the Andaman and Nicobar Administration worked boats from Port Blair. It would generally take four to five hours (and about Rs600-700) to reach Long Island from Port Blair by boat (by means of Havelock/Strait Island). This spot is off a touristy agenda and justifiably, there are not very many staying alternatives on this island. I stayed for a night at the Vanashree, the Forest Guest House (verify you book it ahead of time). There is likewise an exclusive resort on this Island. The Forest Guest House has four fundamental breezy rooms, a manicured greenery enclosure, sandalwood trees and a perspective of the ocean. You can get the most astonishing fish sear here, which I had amid my sit tight. The staff is friendly, respectful and would give you your decision of the supper on time. I asked for a dinghy to make a speedy excursion to Guitar Island. It was made but with a drifting cloudy. Following a brief 15-moment drive, our vessel tied down on the coast and I got off to set my foot shaped impression on the disconnected and unfathomably calm shoreline. Bunches of ocean animals, sand crabs, recluse crabs, shells came through to the shoreline and I swiftly caught them on my lens. One must be truly quick to photo them; one squint of an eye and they are gone, inundated underneath their sandy openings. Meanwhile, the cloudy sky took an all the more undermining symbol. It kept on growwing darker and darker. Luckily, as an issue of safeguard and to ensure my camera, I had brought an umbrella. We moored back our watercraft subsequent to investing some energy in the shoreline, pursued the mists and breezed past the rough waves to reach Long Island.

Rangat in Middle Andaman
I got myself a vessel ride of around an hour from Long Island (withdrew at 7 am) and come to Yerrata Creek close Rangat traveling through the absolute most lovely, quiet and flawless mangrove rivers. At the other side (Yerrata Creek close Rangat), my vehicle was prepared to lift me up for my trip. I ate in transit at Rangat (this is a clamoring center and you can discover nearby shops and eateries in the business sector. The Andaman Tourism division has its own particular visitor house, Hawksbill Nest, which offers an agreeable stay with nearby delights. Rangat is honored with a couple of exceptional eco-tourism spots, for example, Aamkunj Beach, Morice Dera Beach and Dhani Nallah Mangrove Walkway. On my way, I initially ceased at Aamkunj shoreline (8 km from Rangat) which is a long, sandy and inconsistent stretch blended with stones. You can appreciate watching the waves, or sit unobtrusively for quite a while at the eco-accommodating seats, for example, log couches and log teapoys. Next was Morice Dera shoreline (12 km from Rangat) which has been produced by the tourism and backwoods division as an eco-tourism hotspot. It has remarkable twin rock developments right on the shoreline where you can stroll along the edges through a pathway. Be that as it may, the most energizing part was the 700-meter Mangrove walkway at Dhani Nallah. It is a praiseworthy showcase of mangrove preservation endeavors by the Andaman and Nicobar organization. The walkway takes you through the rich biodiversity of mangroves, palm trees, breathing roots, and Hathi Kaan orchids. The walkway prompts a really long and energizing shoreline called the Dhani Nallah shoreline. It is an unfathomable field of sand extending from Curtbert Bay at one hand to the extent my eyes could go then again.

Ross & Smith Islands in North Andaman Islands
A watercraft ride of very nearly 15-30 minutes from Aerial Bay breakwater in Diglipur (North Andaman) conveys you to the wonderful Ross and Smith Islands in North Andaman. The organization has kept up some astounding eco-tourism activities in Smith Island. These are absolute minimum, given that the twosome islands are yet to take off in the national and global tourism circuit as a prevalent traveler destination. In any case, I felt these were satisfactory — there spoke the truth 10-15 thatched cottages, sitting enclosure, sufficient cleanliness offices, evolving room, a few swings set impractically in the midst of coconut trees, and shoreline leaning back seats. Interestingly, the west side of Ross and Smith Islands was to a great degree blustery while the east side was out of the blue quiet. The waters in the eastern side were still and quiet as though it's a swimming pool. When you arrive, take counsel from the backwoods and tourism authorities on the off chance that you need to swim over its shorelines. Ross and Smith Islands are ideal for seeing the dawn, shoreline brushing and sunbathing. You can stroll over the sandy stretch associating the pair islands amid low tide.

Hutbay in Little Andaman Island
Get yourself a chopper ticket from the State-run Pawan Hans Limited between island chopper administrations to fly from Port Blair to Hutbay. A ticket for Hutbay would cost you Rs2,625 and you can serenely achieve there in 45 minutes. On the other hand, there are day by day ships from Port Blair that will take five to eight hours relying upon their rate. Hutbay brags of facilitating the best surfing destination in India. It's not a misrepresentation and when you visit this isle, you would trust that. Situated in Little Andamans, Hutbay has the longest shoreline of Andaman and Nicobar Group of Islands — 22-km stretch — from Netaji Nagar toward one side till Butler Bay shoreline at the other hand by means of Kalapathar. The Butler Bay shoreline, which is picking up notoriety among household and worldwide surfers for its wonderful ocean surfing waves, is overflowed with exercises amid winter and summer. A large group of private resorts flanking Netaji Nagar offer surf sheets on rent, however do check with them preceding landing. There should be satisfactory foundation offices on this shoreline yet you would be entranced by the brilliant sandy stretch here. On the off chance that you are not a surfer, you can go for snorkeling, sun showering, or sailing in the midst of the reasonable waters. When you have had your fill from the ocean and the sand, you can make a beeline for a close-by waterfall which is the main surf waterfall in Andamans. It is situated inside a timberland and would oblige you to make a short wilderness trek of 10 minutes from the principle door going through a few rivers. There is a passage expense of Rs20 per individual and a vehicle charge of Rs20. Andaman's just waterfall, concealed inside the verdant and thick rainforests, coaxes you. Seeing this beguiling 20-meter perfect waterfall will doubtlessly excite you. You can likewise take a plunge underneath its clear as can be waters, encompassed by bamboo and banana ranch. While on your trek to Little Andaman, you can stay at one of the private eco-resorts at Hutbay or the Government-claimed APWD visitor house. Room levies at the private resorts begin from greatly sensible Rs400 every night, while the APWD visitor house (which can be occupied through the Directorate of Tourism) charges about Rs500 per bed every night. A large portion of these private resorts likewise offer bikes to travelers for touring at Rs300 every day. There aren't any extravagance or top of the line resorts in Hutbay.

Friday 4 September 2015

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Tuesday 1 September 2015

Andaman Islands, Top Travel Destinations This Summer Survey 2015

Indians explored new destinations this summer as they gave the traditional summer hotspots of Goa and Jammu & Kashmir a miss, says a survey conducted by Delhi-based travel market place.

While Kerala emerged as one of the top spots for andaman travellers during the summer, even Himachal Pradesh and Andaman Islands were amongst the frequently booked holiday spots. Mauritius, Maldives and Sri Lanka were the top foreign destinations preferred by Indians travelling overseas. Price continued to be the deciding factor for selection of holiday packages, followed by services offered in the itinerary and guarantee of experience andaman tour.

Andaman Beaches seemed to be the most preferred destinations with more than 53% of total andaman tour packages booked for destinations near coastlines, while hill-stations too continued to be popular as summer retreats with 36% holiday-goers selecting hilly destinations to beat the heat. Off-beat and adventure destinations featured in 11% of package bookings, highlighting a growing trend of opting for adventure andaman holidays.

Almost 65% of travellers preferred to travel for medium duration trips, whereas 25% of them opted for short weekend getaways. Only 10% of the travellers preferred longer holidays. The report, which was compiled based on the bookings showed andaman honeymoon couples as the leading holiday demographic with almost 50% bookings, while summer vacations and leisure holidays with andaman family tour packages made for 32% travellers and the rest 18% being travel for religious and spiritual reasons.

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Friday 28 August 2015

Native Bird of Andaman and Nicobar Islands

A Blue-Footed Booby Bird, which is a native Bird Watching in Andaman and Nicobar islands, was rescued from the Juhu beach by the local police Saturday night. The bird is said to have floated across as a result of migration or trade. According to bird helplines, this is the fourth time such a bird has been rescued in the state this month.

The bird was not seen in the area for more than a decade. The helplines also said this pattern is being noticed only in the state. “We have called most of the bird helplines in India. But this trend is being seen only in Maharashtra, where the bird has been rescued once from Deonar, the other time from Ratnagiri and twice from the city this month,” said Nitin Valmiki, zoologist from the organisation Ecoecho.

The bird was rescued by police officials near the beach. “On Saturday there was sparse crowd on the beach due to which we were able to see the small bird floating across the high tides,” said Prakash Katake from the Juhu police station.

The bird had to be kept in the police station for the entire day and while it was rehabilitated in the evening, its life couldn’t be saved.

“The bird is not found on the shores of islands and flies over deep sea. The bird therefore may have been brought to the city by some boat or ship, which was sailing in the deep waters and might have caught hold of it,” said Mr Valmiki.

He also added that the bird could not survive, as the environment of the city must have proved stressful for it. “When we had brought it back, the bird was already dull and looked lifeless and even when there were no external injuries on it, it could not be saved,” he added.

Thursday 27 August 2015

The Beauty of Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Andaman and Nicobar Islands is an archipelago of 572 islands which are located at the junction of Andaman Sea and the BlueBay of Bengal. With a total combined area of the island spanning across 8073 square kilometres, these islands are probably one of the best kept nature’s secrets. Once used as a place where the convicts were sent to live in exile by the British (Kalapani), the post British era islands have blossomed into a beautiful bunch of islands which have managed to grab enough andaman tourist attraction.


Andaman and Nicobar are the Union Territory of India and are directly governed by the State of Head of India. However in practice it is the Lt. Governor is appointed to administer the territory directly.


The earliest known record of these islands has been reported by the Arab merchants way back in the 9th century when they were sailing past them while they were on their way to Sumatra. Although these islands were spotted in the 9th century very little historical evidence is available since then. Marco Polo has been said to be the very first westerner to set foot on these islands. The islands were captured by the Marathas in the late 17th century and were later converted into a navy base. It was then captured by the British and Japanese and later was returned back to India on gaining independence.


These islands are all situated in the Bluebay of Bengal and lie towards the Southeastern section of India. The island is sprawled across the sea. The largest city among the islands, Port Blair, is also its capital. These islands have a number of picturesque beaches which are a big hit among the tourists. The two most important islands here are Labyrinth Islands and Ritchie’s Archipelago. To the south of Andaman are the Nicobar Islands. These islands have been formed by submarine mountain ranges which also happen to separate the Andaman Sea from the Bay of Bengal. The Saddle Peak on the islands is the highest at 730 m and is largely formed of clay, sandstone and limestone.


Since these islands are surrounded by the sea, they experience a fairly moderate temperature all around the year. The warm tropical climate means that the humidity is always high with an average of 80% but the sea breeze which blows in helps in maintaining the temperature between 23 degree Celsius and 31 degree Celsius. Other than some occasional storms or rains, these islands do not experience any extreme climate. However, the monsoon may be a little rough on these islands.


Most of the natives of these Islands are found to be talking in Hindi. The official languages are English and Hindi. The other languages widely spoken are Bengali,Telugu,Tamil,Malayalam and Kannada.


Though these islands comprise of a few hundred islands, it is sparsely populated. Only about 12 Islands of Andaman and Nicobar are inhabited by people. Due to diseases most of the indigenous population of the Andaman has been wiped out and very few of them survive today. The majority of people living here are settlers from the Indian mainland. The majority of people living in Nicobar group of Islands are Nicobarese.


Until recently most of the tribes living on these islands practised hunting and hence ate what they caught. This is probably the reason why there is no cuisine that has been developed in this region. With all the immigrants that have moved in to the Islands, they got with them their local cuisine which now has been adopted by the natives as well. Since there is water all around, sea food is available in plenty and to an extent it dominates the diet of the people.


The connectivity in these islands is made possible by several roads and water transport. Several buses ply between south Andaman and Port Blair. Apart from these, there are call taxis, maxi cabs and tourist taxis which are present for travelling within the island. To travel in between islands there are several ferries and ships which help the people move about. Reaching a particular place usually requires both a bus and a ferry ride and the islands are connected by an interisland boat service. These islands are connected to mainland India by air route as well as sea route. The capital, Port Blair, is connected to the mainland by these routes.


The festivals celebrated on the islands are heavily borrowed from mainland India. Onam, Panguni Uthiram, Pongal and Durga Pooja are the most important festivals while Pongal, Janmashtami, Holi, Diwali, Mahashivratri, Christmas etc are also celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm. The most fun festival celebrated on the island is Island Tourism Festival which is celebrated for 15 days every year in Port Blair between the months of December and February. Troupes from different islands congregate to display their skills and entertain people.

Tourism Andaman India 

Tourism is an ever growing sector of the Islands with several hotels scattered all across the entire territory to for the comfort of the visitors. The most popular tourist attractions include the remains of the British colonial era like the Cellular Jail of Andaman. It also has a number of sanctuaries, garden and parks which appeal to the trekkers and ecotourists. Due to the abundant presence of water bodies, all sorts of water sports are also practised here and they have been a huge hit with both the locals as well as visitors.


There are two very distinct cultures in the islands. One belongs to the Negrito people from the Andamans while the other belongs to the Autochthones from the Nicobar. Irrespective of the number of influences that the islands faced, these tribes have managed to hold on to their culture. The settlers brought with them the culture from their home lands which influenced the natives greatly. The folk traditions which are still alive include several different kinds of ritual tribal dance and sea – farers. A few tribes even today remain in complete isolation and do not entertain a visit from outsiders. These tribes have managed to keep their tribal rituals and cultures alive. The beauty of these islands is a well kept secret which is slowly being realised by people. With the encouragement of the Indian government, they are fast emerging as a popular destination for tourists.

Friday 21 August 2015

Tourist Review About His Trip To Andaman And Nicobar Islands on Social Media

April-May being the most sought after months for vacations I was fortunate to put together the time table of all for an andaman family vacation trip and hop to Andaman and Nicobar islands. Even luck was on my side as I was able to get tickets without hassles, may be because it was the 4th week of May and end of the vacation period. Once the tickets were booked I was prioritizing my wish list of places to visit there.

The very mention of the Cellular jail (also known as Kala Pani) of Port Blair gives goosebumps to all those who know the history of this colonial prison. Naturally a visit to this prison, now declared a national monument, topped the list of my itinerary during my recent visit to this archipelago. Though I had seen the pictures and had and read about it especially the agony and cruelty suffered by the inmates and had conjured a vision of it, there is nothing like seeing it face to face.

The crystal clear waters of the spotless beeches, getting a close look at the underwater marine life, trying to get a glimpse of the indigenous Jarawa tribes in the thick forests and having a look at the historical ruins of the British at Ross Island and enjoying the clean environs topped the list of my priorities. This visit to this non-polluted island where crime rate is zero remains an unforgettable experience of my life.

We left Mangalore on 20th May and our Air India flight to Port Blair was scheduled at 5 am on 22nd. The driver of our Innova taxi who had taken us around Chennai the previous day almost ruined our holiday plan as he came 35 minutes late and we had to cover a distance of 15 km to the airport. Even that early morning the route to the airport was quite busy and we managed to reach the airport at the nick of time and frantically barged into the check in counter and heaved a sigh of relief.

It is a two hour journey from Chennai to Port Blair over the BlueBay of Bengal covering a distance of 1190 kms. It is interesting to note that the distance to some South East Asian countries is much less than from India. The closest country from Andaman Indonesia which is 147 kms, Burma is 193 kms and Bangladesh is 805 kms from this archipelago.

Though Andaman Islands comprise 572 islands only 37 islands are inhabited. My colleagues in Port Blair had suggested that could spend five days in Andaman Nicobar islands and my traveler also had arranged the itinerary accordingly. Our schedule did not include visit to Nicobar Islands. The first day of the tour began on the arrival day in the afternoon with a visit to coconut palm fringed Carbyns Cove Beach just 9 kms from Port Blair followed by a visit in the evening to the much awaited Cellular Jail.

Mesmerizing yet nauseating

Though outwardly the jail fails to impress, once inside what we see is a massive three-storied structure. We were told by the guide that four of the original seven wings of the jail were damaged in the 1941 earthquake and were subsequently demolished. The remaining three wings have been preserved and it has been declared as a national monument. But even this truncated structure looks massive and deadly and I did feel a bone-chilling moment when the guide began to give explicit details about the torture and brutality inflicted on the political prisoner’s nay our freedom fighters. The cellular jail was called so because it had 698 solitary cells measuring 4.5X2.7 meters. Standing down the guide showed us the cell that had housed Veer Savarkar for 12 long years in solitary confinement. His cell was the last in the row in the third storey and was intentionally given to him so that he could see and hear the cries of those prisoners who were sent to the gallows.

It was really sickening to see the “Fansi Ghar” with three ropes with noose standing testimony to the merciless and brutal treatment given to prisoners, who sacrificed their lives. A visit to the dark room down from where the wooden board was displaced to hang convicts was quite a nauseating experience. Every inch of the Cellular prison is a stark reminder of the sacrifices made by these freedom fighters, be it the sight of the flogging stand, the oil mill, the sight of different kinds of iron chains, uniform made of gunny bag or the neck ring shackle. Interestingly most of the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives in this Cellular Jail were from Bengal and Punjab, clearly showing that these people were in the forefront of freedom movement. A sound and light sound show late in the evening was worth a dekho as it gave a glimpse of the dark moments of the history of this island.

The second day was scheduled for Port Blair city tour and shopping. The day started off with a visit to the Chatam Saw Mill, believed to be the largest and oldest saw mill in Asia. It was established by the British in 1833 and is still functioning. A forest museum a bomb crater and Japanese bunkers are the other attractions at the premises of the mill. Evening was meant for shopping where we ended up buying some sea-shell jewellery which is a major industry here. We took time off to the busy schedule to visit local fish and vegetable market. .

Joy ride to Bartang Island

Another keenly awaited tour in our itinerary was to Bartang Island, passing through the no overtake zone of evergreen Jarawa Reserve forest, a 90 km journey from Port Blair. The day began at 3.30 am as all vehicles heading to Bartang have to go through police escort from Jirkatang check post, a 40 km drive from Port Blair. The experienced driver of our tempo told us to be alert to spot the tribes as we pass through. Though others in the tempo could get a quick glance of two Jarawa men I was fortunate to get a full glimpse of a family of four during the return journey. The woman holding a small child in her arms beamed a smile at us with her white teeth against dark skin flashing like a fluorescent bulb. Unlike the popular belief all the four were fully dressed like normal people. Since photographing Jarawas is prohibited I could only capture that scene in the lens of my eyes.

Once in Bartang we had a joy ride on a boat and our eyes feasted on some of the dense mangrove forest before reaching Lime stone cave, a major tourist destination. We cruised through the same backwaters and went to see the mud volcano, the only known examples of such live mud volcano in India. Though it looks normal without any activity on careful observation one could see mud oozing out in small quantity. It can be said the volcano has deleterious impact on surrounding vegetation as all trees in its vicinity are dead.

Havelock Island – A earthly paradise

Havelock Island was our destination on the 4th day and once again our day began early morning at 5.30. We had to catch the inter-island ferry to go to Havelock covering a distance of 57 km by sea. It is a two hour journey and ticket cost is quite expensive even for economy class Rs. 1000/- per ticket one- way journey.

Nevertheless it was worth it because we cruised through a rough sea which encountered heavy breeze and good rains and travelling in the middle of the sea in such a situation is a treasured experience. On arrival we headed to Radhanagar beach, one of the top beaches of Asia. It has crystal clear blue-green waters resembling a rainbow from a distance and the beach is so spotlessly clean even the silver sand of the beach is visible through the water. My children who knew swimming enjoyed skylarking in the sea for nearly three hours along with a big crowd of tourists.

The beach is an ideal destination even for those who just love to watch the waters from a distance sitting under the shades of huge trees that we usually don’t see in beaches. Our guide had told us to be ready to catch the same ferry back scheduled at 4 pm and after a good lunch and some shopping we travelled back to Port Blair. The back journey was quite entertaining as enthusiastic tourists danced to the tunes of popular numbers.

The much awaited water sport - scuba diving was part of our itinerary for the final day of our tour and the destination was North Bay Island. In the morning we visited Ross Island, the former residential and administrative island of the British Empire. Ross Island which once upon a time was the luxurious abode of the British today is in ruins with overgrown vegetation on the walls of those once majestic structures. Yet there is so much to see and savoir those splendorous edifices that speak of the might of the British Empire. Scuba diving was quite an exhilarating experience andaman tourism and we came back with those memories intact.

The place attracts tourists from all over India and abroad. It is surely favorite andaman honeymoon package destination and we spotted many lovebirds there. The place is clean and its scenic beauty is incredibly idealistic. The weather was just perfect when we went and so was the tour itinerary. We were back in Chennai by early morning flight next day and from there boarded an evening train to reach in Mangalore the next day morning.

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Thursday 6 August 2015

Exotic Andamans Host Some Amazing Hidden Gems

Andamans appears like a piece of beads strung together in the Bay of Bengal, straight out of a dream. It is flanked by the beautiful and mesmerising North and South Andaman Islands and stretches up to the Nicobar group of islands in the south. Consisting of about 556 islets, this magical land hosts some remarkable gems that are far away from the usual touristy hotspots.

Take an offbeat tour in Andamans to Long Island and Guitar Island, Rangat, Ross and Smith Islands and Little Andaman. I went during the monsoon. Imagine flying on a chopper through rain-laden clouds and seeing their dark reflection in the sea below! I was surprised to see a steady flow of tourists even in the rainy season. Contrary to popular belief, the spells of rains don’t last too long in the Andamans. A splash of rains for few minutes and then it’s bright and sunny as before! However, the waves remain choppy throughout the monsoons.

You can easily fly to Andamans from any city through Chennai or Kolkata (usually a two-hour journey). International travellers and tourists would, however, need to have a permit to enter the islands which can be availed from the authorities on arrival. If you want to experience Andamans in a new way or something completely different, here is my itinerary to nudge the adventurer in you.

Long Island & Guitar Island

Guitar Island—tucked away off the eastern coast of the North and Middle Andamans—has an exquisite, white, sandy beach that you can have all to yourself. It is not inhabited by humans; but you can find fishing boats cruising nearby. The entire beach is yours: just you, the sun, the sand, the sea and the rich forest cover. Where else on earth can you find such a place? But why this name? It’s in the shape of a guitar.

Located off the Long Island, Guitar Island has a picturesque and exotic aura that spells a magical charm. There is another beach you should visit once you are here—Lalaji Bay Beach. This is situated on the northeast coast of Long Island and one would need a country boat (a ride of 45 minutes from Long Island jetty) to travel here. You can reach Long Island by boarding one of the Andaman & Nicobar administration-operated ships from Port Blair. It would roughly take four to five hours (and about Rs600-Rs700) to reach Long Island from Port Blair by ship (via Havelock/Strait Island). This place is off a ‘touristy’ itinerary and, quite understandably, there are few options to stay on this island. I stayed for a night at the Forest Guest House (make sure you book it in advance). There is also a privately-owned resort on this Island. The Forest Guest House has four basics: airy rooms, a manicured garden with flower plants, sandalwood trees and a view of the sea. You can get the most amazing fish fry here. The staff is courteous and would provide your choice of the meal on time.

We came by a dinghy (country boat), with a dark, rain-laden cloud cover above us. After a quick 15-minute sail, our boat anchored on the coast and I set my footprint on the sands. The pervasive silence surrounding the beach is infectious: perfect for spending a quiet morning. You could only hear the birds chirping, sight the possible playing of fish on the waters and an amazing marine life. Lots of sea creatures, sand crabs, hermit crabs and shells came through to the beach and I hurriedly captured them on my lens. One has to be really fast to photograph them. One blink of an eye and they are gone, immersed beneath their sandy holes.

Rangat is blessed with a few remarkable eco-tourism spots such as Aamkunj Beach, Morice Dera Beach and Dhani Nallah Mangrove Walkway. I first stopped at Aamkunj Beach (8km from Rangat towards Mayabunder and Diglipur) which is a long, sandy and patchy stretch interspersed with pebbles.

You can enjoy watching the sea waves, or sit quietly for some time on the eco-friendly benches such as log sofas and log teapoys. From Aamkunj, head towards Morice Dera Beach, 12km from Rangat. This has been developed by the tourism and forest department as an eco-tourism hotspot. It has a unique twin rock formation right on the beach; you can walk along the ridges through a pathway and indulge yourself for some time in solitude.

The most exciting part was the 700-metre-long Mangrove walkway at Dhani Nallah. It is an exemplary display of mangrove conservation efforts by the Andaman and Nicobar administration. The walkway takes you through the rich biodiversity of mangroves, palm trees, breathing roots and hathi kaan (elephant’s ears) orchids. The walkway ultimately leads to a pretty long and exciting beach called the Dhani Nallah Beach. It is a vast expanse of sand stretching from Cuthbert Bay at one end to as far as my eyes could see on the other hand. You may like to take rest at one of the eco-huts on the log sofas and benches at the beach.

Ross & Smith Islands

A boat ride, of almost 15-30 minutes, from Aerial Bay jetty in Diglipur (North Andaman) brings you to the exquisite Ross and Smith Islands. The Andaman & Nicobar administration has maintained some remarkable eco-tourism initiatives on Smith Island. These are bare minimum, given that the two islands are yet to take off in the national and international tourism circuit as a popular tourist destination. But I felt that these were adequate—there were about 10-15 thatched huts, sitting arena, adequate hygiene facilities, changing room, a couple of jhulas (swings) set romantically amidst coconut trees and reclining beach chairs. Quite interestingly, the west side of Ross and Smith Islands was extremely windy while the east side was, unexpectedly, calm and quiet. The waters on the eastern side were still and peaceful as if it were a swimming pool. Ross and Smith Islands are perfect for witnessing the sunrise, beach combing and sunbathing. You can literally walk across the sandy stretch connecting the duo islands at low tide. Do take proper precautions and advice of the tourism and forest officials, in case you want to attempt swimming in the waters.


Get yourself a chopper ticket from the State-run Pawan Hans Limited inter-island chopper services, to fly from Port Blair to Hutbay. This would cost you Rs2,625 and you can comfortably reach there in 45 minutes. However, there are daily ships from Port Blair that will take you five to eight hours, depending on their speed. The inter-island fare from Port Blair to Hutbay through the administration’s ship services is between Rs85 and Rs320, depending on the class (deluxe, first class, second class, bunk). Hutbay boasts hosting the best surfing destination in India. It’s not an exaggeration.

Located in Little Andamans, Hutbay hosts the longest beach of Andaman and Nicobar group of islands—22km stretch—from Netaji Nagar at one end up to Butler Bay Beach at the other via Kalapathar (black rock). The Butler Bay Beach, which is gaining popularity among domestic and international surfers for its exquisite sea surfing opportunities, is teeming with activities during the winter and summer months. A host of private resorts, flanking the Netaji Nagar, offer surf boards on rent; however, do check availability with them prior to your arrival. Although infrastructure facilities on this beach are not quite adequate, you would be mesmerised by the golden sandy stretch that this place offers. If you are not a surfer, you can go for snorkelling, sun-bathing or boating in its clear waters.

Once you have had your fill of the sea and the sand, you can head to a nearby waterfall—the only surf waterfall in the Andamans. It is located inside a forest and would require you to make a jungle trek of 10 minutes from the main gate, passing through some nallahs (creeks). There is an entry fee of Rs20 per person and a vehicle charge of Rs20. The sight of this bewitching 20-metre pristine waterfall will surely enthral you. You can take a dip in its crystal clear waters, surrounded by bamboo and banana plantations.

While on your trip to Little Andaman, you can stay at one of the private eco-resorts at Hutbay or the government-owned APWD guest house. Room tariffs at private resorts are extremely reasonable at around Rs400 per night, while the APWD guest house (which can be booked through the Directorate of Tourism) charges about Rs500 per bed per night. Most private resorts also offer two-wheelers to tourists for sightseeing at Rs300 per day. There aren’t any luxury or high-end resorts in Hutbay, yet.


Places to see in the Andamans: The A&N archipelago consists of 556 islands. Your itinerary should include Ross & Smith Islands, Baratang Caves, Havelock Island; North Bay and Ross Islands (multimedia sound and light show) in Port Blair; Hutbay (Little Andaman).

Things to do: Nature walk, jungle trekking, snorkelling, banana skiing, jet skiing, scuba diving, kayaking in Havelock; sea walking in North Bay Island. Light & sound show in Ross Island; surfing in Hutbay.

Hotels: You can choose to stay at any of the hotels and resorts owned and operated by Andaman & Nicobar administration or from a range of budget- to luxury-category facilities offered by private players. Book through reputed tour companies or websites. For booking government resorts, you have to contact the Directorate of Information, Publicity and Tourism in Port Blair.

Best time to visit: I would suggest October to April. But the weather is unwaveringly enjoyable throughout the year and you may choose to visit any time of the year. I chose to visit in the monsoons to see the magical Andamans during the rains.

How to travel: You can fly from any city of the world to Port Blair via Kolkata or Chennai. There are direct flights from New Delhi via Kolkata/Chennai.

Permits: Foreign tourists and travellers to the Andamans need a restricted area permit which can be easily obtained on arrival at Port Blair. However, domestic and international tourists and travellers are not allowed to visit the Car Nicobar group of islands. Domestic tourists are allowed to visit Campbell Bay—the southern-most tip of the archipelago—which has the landmark Indira Point, the southern-most tip of India.