Tours Andaman & Nicober Islands
Andaman & Nicober Islands, an archipelago of islands in the Bay of Bengal is a Union Territory of India. The Islands stretch over 8000 sq kms (311 sq mile). Of about 572 islands only about 38 are inhibited. The Islands are the nature lovers dream lands for serene, clean environements, breathtaking beaches, underwater corals, water sports, wild life, marine life, trekking, monuments, plush greenery, National Parks, about one hundred Wild Life Sanctuaries, wispy coconut palms swaying in the breeze, the feel of soft white sand under bare feet, the flash of birds vivid against the blue sky, the green shadows in the forest, an infinite variety of under water marine life and the breath taking color of the sea. Port Blair is the capital of Andaman, the largest city on the islands and the only airport. Car Nicober also known as Malacca is the capital of Nicober. Port Blair is accessible by air and sea from Kolkata and Chennai and by sea from Vishakhapatnam.
Getting around: Buses, ferry, taxis, boats, ships, emergency services by Army helicopters may
be available and tour vehicles.
Tourist seasons: High tourist season is May to August, mid and low seasons are from
September to April.
Weather: Climatological Information Port Blaire, Andaman & Nicober Islands, India, source India
Meteorological Department. Altitudes and other factors may substantially influence the weather
conditions in the same city, town and neighborhood. Historical data may not be relied on for
current conditions. Visit the relevant source for other climate variables.
100mm = 3.9370 inches, 50mm = 1.9685 inches,
25mm = 0.9842 inches, 12.5mm = 0.4921 inches
Climatological information is based on monthly averages for the 100-year period 1901-
Attention: Please note that the averaging period for climatological information and the
definition of "Mean Number of Rain Days" quoted in this web site may be different for
different countries. Hence, care should be taken when city climatologies are compared.
Tour sites and attractions:
Cellular Jail,located in Port Blair, stood mute witness to the torture meted out to the freedom
fighters of India who were incarcerated in this Jail. The Jail, completed in the year 1906, acquired
the name cellular because it is entirely made up of individual cells for solitary confinement of the
prisoners. Originally, it was a seven pronged, puce-colored building with central tower acting as
its fulcrum and a massive structure comprising honeycomb like corridors. The building was
subsequently damaged and presently three out of the seven prongs are intact. The Jail is now a
pilgrimage for all freedom loving people and has been declared a National Memorial. Sound and
light show is held in the Cellular Jail premises every evening, which offers an insight about the
historical happenings here.
Marina Park,is an amusement park on the seashore for children and adults. As first of its kind
in India the park attractions include a miniature botanical garden, rides by giant wheel, paratrooper,
dragon coaster, toy train, and children’s traffic park. Statue of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose is an
Andaman Water Sports Complex,located adjacent to the Marina Park, is a place of delight
for water sports enthusiasts, offering facilities like water skiing, sail boating, windsurfing, speed boat
riding, paddle boating, row boating, sea water swimming pool and changing room.
Chatham Island,is connected by a bridge with Port Blair and it houses one of the biggest
and oldest sawmills in Asia storing some varieties of timber.
Gandhi Park, in the heart of Port Blair, is children’s amusement and Entertainment Park with
deer park, water sports, Japanese Temple, nature walk trails, and lake garden restaurant etc.
Area earlier housing Dilthaman tank, the only source of drinking water supply in Port Blair and
areas around, has been developed into what is now known as Gandhi Park.
Anthropological Museum, is an anthnographic museum, small but informative, showcasing the
four Negrito tribes of Andamans and two Mongoloid tribes of the Nicobars. Exhibits include
products of their culture, photographic displays depicting the respective cultural backgrounds
models, artifacts and records of exploratory expeditions undertaken.
Ross And Smith Island, the twin islands joined by a sand bar, is 30 minutes away from Aerial
Bay Jetty or Kalipur water sports center, the erstwhile capital of Port Blair during the British
regime, is a tiny island standing as guard to Port Blair harbor. The island presently houses the
ruins of old buildings like the Ballroom, Chief Commissioner’s house, Government House,
Church, Hospital, Bakery, Press, Swimming Pool and Troop Barracks, all in dilapidated condition
as reminiscent of the British regime.
Smudrika, is a Naval Marine Museum housing variety of corals and colorful fishes of the Islands.
Museum is located just opposite to Andaman Teal House at Delanipur.
Jolly Buoy And Red Skin Islands, the two islands located in the M G Marine National Park offer
a breathtaking underwater view of coral and marine life. It is like a beautiful garden under waters.
It is an ideal place for snorkeling and sea bathing. These Islands are reachable by bus or taxi to
Wandoor and onward by boat leaving daily at 10am subject to weather conditions.
Cellular Jail, the tiny, serene and the beautiful island of Viper, witnessed the untold sufferings
the freedom fighters of India had to undergo. So called dangerous convicts found guilty of
violating the rules of the Penal Settlement, were put in fetters and were forced to work with their
fetters on in this island. Freedom fighters like Nanigopal and Nandlal Pulindas, who had resorted
to hunger strike at the Cellular Jail, were imprisoned at Viper Island. Owing to the working
conditions, the jail earned the notorious name Viper Chain Gang Jail. Gallows built on top of a
hillock, visible to all prisoners in the island, signified death. Sher Ali, the Pathan, guilty of
assassinating Lord Mayo, was condemned to death and hanged at Viper Island Gallows. The
Harbor cruise available daily from Phoenix Bay Jetty provides a panoramic view of different points
around the harbor and includes a trip to Viper Island.
Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park at Wandoor, is at a distance of 29 kms (18 miles) from
Port Blair covering an area of 281.5 sq kms (109 sq miles). This Marine Park made up of open
sea, creeks and 15 small and large islands, is one of the best found anywhere in the world. View
of rare corals and underwater marine life through glass bottom boats, scuba diving and snorkeling
are a lifetime experiences.
Sippighat Farm, about 14 kms from Port Blair, sprawling over an area of 80 acres is a
Government farm; Research & Development programs for cultivation of spices like cloves,
nutmeg, cinnamon, coconut and pepper are conducted here. Research and Demonstration Farm
of the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) is nearby.
Chidiya Tapu, 25 kms (16 miles) from Port Blair, is a tiny fishing village with green mangroves
and peaceful forests are all inviting for nature lovers. Chidiya Tapu which literally means Bird
Island is also known by other names like Chidiya Tapu Biological Park and Chidiya Tapu Beach.
The Sylvan Sands and Munda Pahar beaches are the prime attractions. A forest guesthouse on
the top of a hillock provides a wonderful view of islands and flooded corals. Besides snorkeling,
scuba diving and shell collecting, one can enjoy boat trips from Chidya Tapu to the Cinque Islands.
Collinpur, about 36 kms (22 miles) from Port Blair situated near Tirur, has beautiful sandy beach
with shallow water for swimming, sun basking and sunset viewing.
Madhuban, about 75 kms (45 miles) by road, 20 kms (12 miles) by ferry, is a trekking area from
Mount Carpenter, north east of South Andaman. Exotic endemic birds such as swift, parakeet,
dove, local teal, tern, hite, bellied sea eagle, kingfisher, wader, whistling teal and reef heron are
found here. Multi colored butterflies and elephant lumbering are added attraction of the trek.
Long Island, 28 kms (17 miles) from Port Blair by boat, has enchanting sandy beach at Lalaji
Bay, a beautiful forest area, timber industry and coconut plantation.
Mount Harriet, 45 kms (28 miles) by road, 15 kms (9 miles) by ferry, located at a height of 365
mt (1198 ft) is the highest point in South Andaman and was summer headquarters of the Chief
Commissioner during the British period. The height location of Mount Harriet provides a
fascinating view of the entire cluster of island and is the natural trek to Madhuban.
Diglipur, about 320 kms (199 miles) by road, 180 kms (112 miles) by sea, is a North Andaman
Island, provides a rare experience of eco-friendly tourism and is known for oranges, rice and
marine life. Saddle Peak, at about 732 mt (2402 ft) height, is the highest point in the islands and
nearby Kalpong River, the only river of Andaman flows from here, where hydro-electric power
project is also located.
Havelock Island, about 38 kms (24 miles) from Port Blair, is the most visited and largest island
comprising of beaches known more by their numbers rather than names. This island provides an
idyllic resort in the lap of beautiful virgin beaches and unpolluted environment. Best weather is
from around mid January to mid May with monsoon starting around end of May lasting until end
of July, which is not the right time to visit. Because of somewhat meagre facilities advance
arrangements and plans are recommended. Radhanagar is more popular while the arrival port is
at beach # 1 with junction centre being at beach # 3 also known as Govind Nagar. Dolphone
Resort is near Beach # 5 also known as Vijay Nagar. Govind Nagar is the main town. Other than
lying around on a beach popular activities on these beaches are scuba diving, snorkelling, diving,
fishing and jungle trekking etc,
Neil Island, about 32 kms (20 miles) from Port Blair, is a beautiful island with green forests,
sandy beaches and is connected by boat service. It is an ideal holiday for eco-friendly tourists.
Andaman and Nicober Tourism Department runs Hawabill Nest for the tourists to stay and is
required to be booked in advance.
Mayabunder or Maya Bunder, about 240 kms (150 miles) by road and 137 kms (85 miles
by boat from Port Blair in the northern part of Middle Andaman, is the only other port that can
harbour passenger ships and is an ideal holiday area in an unpolluted environment and rare
scenic beauty. Among the three beaches nearby are Rampur, Pokhadera and Karmatang the last
one is also a turtle nesting ground.
Rangat, about 90 kms (56 miles) by sea and 170 kms (106 miles) by road from Port Blair, is the
second biggest town of these islands in Middle Andaman. Rangat provides an ideal haven for
eco-friendly tourists seeking sun, sea and fun. Cutbert Bay beach is nearby, which is also a turtle
nesting ground. Amkunj beach is another tourist attraction.
Little Andaman Island, about 120 kms (75 miles) by sea from Port Blair, is the fourth largest
island of Andaman Islands. This island has a water fall, beautiful beach and plantation of coconut
palm. Plenty of vegetables are produced here. Tribes like Onges live in these islands. The
Nicobarese part is inhabited by settlers from erstwhile East Pakistan and other places. It takes
about seven hours by boat from Port Blair to Little Andaman, Hut Bay. Butler Bay, about 14 kms
from Hut Bay Jetty, is a beautiful beach for sun basking, coral viewing and surfing. Netaji Nagar
beach is about 11 kms from Hut Bay Jetty.
Cinque Island, about three and a half hours boat trip from Wandoor, situated about 30 kms (19
miles) from Port Blair, is a pair of islands known as North and South Cinque, which are connected
by an enormous sand bar and thus are considered to be a one island. Cinque Island is one of the
best dive destinations on the island with clear emerald waters and a visibility of up to 80 feet. The
deep dive offers a terrific variety of marine life including back coral, sightings of sharks, is ideal for
the experienced divers and for swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing and camping.
Carbyn’s Cove Beach And Snake Island, the Carbyn’s Cove Beach is about 6 kms (4 miles)
from Port Blair and Snake Island lies just across from the Carbyn’s Cover Beach with awesome
rock faces and a spectacular dive landscape. Marine life here includes trigger fish, grunts,
goatfish and rays. Corbyn’s Cover Beach is lined with palm and coconut trees and has earned its
place as one of best beaches in the islands. An ideal place to lounge in the sun, this beach offers
the tourists an unhurried pace. Located nearby are the Peerless Resort and the Hornbill Nest
Guest House, which provides a kaleidoscopic view of the blue water front.
Nicobar Islands, separated from the Andaman Islands to the north by 150 kms (93 miles) wide
Ten Degree Channel, comprises of about 28 Islands with an area of 1841 sq kms (71 sq miles).
Nicobar is abound in coconut palm, casuarinas and pandanus. Great and Little Nicober have the
Giant Robber Crab, Monkeys with long tail, Nicobarese Pigeons in plenty. Megapode is a rare
bird found in Great Nicober. Southern most tip of India is not Kanyakumari as has been said until
recently but it is the Indira Point in Great Nicober Island.
Car Nicobar, an area of 127.sq kms (49 sq miles) at a distance of about 260 kms (162 miles) by
sea from Port Blair, is the headquarters of Nicober District. It is a flat fertile island covered with
cluster of coconut palms and enchanting beaches with roaring sea all around. The Nicobari huts,
built on stilts having entrance through floor with a wooden ladder, are unique to this island.
Katchal, about 350 kms (190 miles) by sea from Port Blair, is a tiny island in Nicober group and
has beautiful beaches at East bay, Jhula and West bay.
Great Nicober,about 500 kms (310 miles) from Port Blair by sea, located at the southern end of
the Nicobars and north of Indonesian Island of Sumatra. Easiest way to get to this place is by
helicopter service from Port Blair. Indira Point (formerly Pygmallion Point), is the southern most
tip of Island and India and the most visited place by tourists. Campbell Bay National Parks, north
in the Island, is the second most tourist visited place. The beach near Glathia National Park,
located in the southern interior of the Island, is the nesting ground for Giant Leather Back Turtles.
Great Nicober Island is known for varied wildlife, rainforest and hills through out.
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