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Andaman & Nicobar

Incredible Andaman and Nicobar

Andaman is the melting pot for beach enthusiasts, animal lovers, nature lovers, and honeymooners with the waves of turquoise water hitting the white silvery beaches,. Who doesn’t love to tan under the purple sunsets, go for colorful underwater diving and have the perfect Hollywood styled escape in the tropical lands of India?
Andaman has more than 500 islands including top tourist destinations like Port Blair, Havelock Island, Neil Island, and others, love kindling love spots and, some uninhabited adventure spots. Are you looking for spending more time with water enjoying activities like fishing, scuba diving, beach picnic, and others? We have the right package for you. On the other hand, if you are planning to stick with the on-land nature by trekking, mountain activities, sightseeing, and others, we have crafted plans too.
Andaman is capable of creating a perfect vacation for all kinds of travelers. It is all about choosing the right plan. With us, you can choose from a long list of travel packages covering important cliché destinations and exotic activities. Are you visiting Andaman for the very first time? It could be hard choosing the right itinerary without knowing what type of activities each destination could provide. In such cases, our team would craft a customized Andaman Nicobar package for you, based on your idea of your vacation.


Andaman and Nicobar Islands Travel Guide

Andaman and Nicobar Islands are like the treasure hunt of pristine beauty, make you feel that you are stepped in a fantasy world. But here the difference is fantasy meets with real experience. The Islands bustled with a countless number of beaches, lush green forests, diverse wildlife, interesting tourist attractions, and so on many creates an exotic environment to discover the beauty of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
In a few words, Andaman and Nicobar Islands are the best-ever tourist destinations to dwell in a world of joy and excitement with surrounding abundance natural beauty.
The crystal clear waters, white sands, and serene environment of beaches here excite tourists soak in relaxation and fun with adventurous water sports and activities. Like snorkeling, parasailing, scuba diving, etc many water sports and activities make you busy exploring the beaches and sea world of Andaman and Nicobar.
Besides, the thick rain forests and diverse wildlife of Andaman and Nicobar add more fun and enthusiasm to explore the Islands greenery and picturesque spots. Everywhere sprawled with lush forests and mangroves and routing between them to reach different places seem to be very refreshing and adventurous. Those who want to live in adventure and to get a refresh with the surrounding soothing environment, Andaman and Nicobar are the finest and worthy to pay a visit.
But everything is easy to say and watch when it comes to reality it is quite different what we think. Also, Andaman and Nicobar Islands are far from India and located in the mid waters of Bay of Bengal.
So, how to reach, when to visit, what to see, what to experience, interesting facts, like many questions will arise in your mind. For the people, the travel guide will answer all your doubts and make clouds clear for your journey to Andaman and Nicobar Islands. So take a keen read to have a clear mind about the journey to enjoy without any tensions and myths.


Best Time to Visit Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Andaman and Nicobar Islands will be at prime beauty throughout the year. This is due to the fact that the region receives very little fluctuation in the temperature throughout the year. This group of islands contains around 572 islands and the climate at any given month is very similar in all. These islands fall under the tropical belt and thus, they receive more rainfall and are generally warm throughout the year.

In Summer (Apr – June)
Summer starts in April and ends in June. The temperature fluctuates between 24 degrees C and 37 degrees C during summer. Summer is the right time to visit Clique Island, Little Andaman, Port Blair, Havelock Island, Long Island, and Diglipur.
Summer months are mildly warm and pleasing. This season is the right time for trekking, banana boat ride, surfing, paragliding, scuba diving, snorkeling, and others. Mid of April to mid of May is the warmest time.

In Monsoon (July – Sep)
Monsoon starts in July and ends in September. The temperature ranges between 22 degrees C and 35 degrees C. During this season, the islands receive heavy rainfall.
Thus, sea waves and tide strength are unpredictable. Thus, it is best to choose to spend your vacation away from the beaches. You can choose to enjoy cultural activities, nightlife, sightseeing, museum visits, and others.
Most of the water sports would be canceled due to harsh weather. However, the islands would be at prime beauty and it is the best time for romantic vacation and photography.

In Winter (Oct – March)
Summer startsWinter starts in October and ends in March. The temperature varies between 20 degrees C and 30 degrees C.
Unlike most of the regions around the world, winter is not the time for cold climate in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. This is the warm season.
The temperature would be close to that of the summer season and the place will be very pleasing and lush due to the recent rains from the monsoon. Winter is the right time to enjoy water activities, romantic vacations, and land activities.

Best Season to Visit Andaman and Nicobar Islands
As mentioned before, the islands are at prime beauty throughout the year. However, if you wish to enjoy all the activities, it is better to avoid the monsoon season. The prime tourism season of the islands starts from November and ends in July.
For safer and happier travel, here are a few tips regarding the climate of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

  • If you are looking for cost-cutting, the end of August or the beginning of September is the right time. The islands would be receiving mild to moderate rainfall and the skies would be comparatively clear. Due to the recent rains, the tourism would be dull, which would help you get better deals.
  • Scuba diving is open throughout the year. However, if the instructor indicates that it is not the right time for amateurs to dive, please obey.
  • If you are looking for exotic water activities like sea walk, it is best to visit during the peak tourism season.
  • There is a history of cyclones in Andaman in October and November (Cyclone HudHud, Cyclone Sidr and Cyclone Phailin). Thus, check with the weather reports before you visit during these months.

What to Pack During your Andaman and Nicobar Trip

  • Sunglass, sunscreen (even for monsoon vacation), cap or other head cover
  • Light clothing, bathing suit (even during winter visit)
  • Slippers or open shoes (avoid closed shoes, socks and anything that might retain sand under your sole)
  • Raincoat (if visiting in monsoon)
  • Insect repellent (if visiting in monsoon)
  • Indian currency
  • Passport and visa (for non-Indian travelers)
  • Hammock or beach mat

25 Major Fairs and Festivals in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Apart from being a place of beaches and islands, Andaman and Nicobar Islands also have great religious sentiments. As it is a place where people of diverse cultures, religions, and castes reside, hence, every year it witnesses grand celebrations of a wide range of festivals.
In this post, we have listed down some of the important festivals, fairs, and events that are widely celebrated by the people of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

1. Kali Pooja
Kali Pooja is celebrated by worshipping Goddess Maa Kali. Goddess Kali is considered as the Goddess of ruining the evil. She is worshipped with great dedication in the month of Aswin (October-November) every year.
During Kali Puja, Kali temple at premnagar is the main attraction, which is beautifully adorned with colored lamps. Locals and visitors from different regions visit the temple to attend the poojas and artis. They worship the Ma Kali idols placed inside the temple with sheer dedication.
Apart from the Kali Temple, other places with Kali’s idols also witness a huge crowd that pays a visit to offer their prayers to Maa Kali. Post Kali Pooja, a procession takes place by which the idols are carried out for immersion in the water.
A huge crowd consisting of Kali Maa’s devotees takes part in the procession with dance and songs to bid adieu to Maa Kali.

2. Durga Pooja
Maa Durga is widely celebrated in Andaman. It is one of the main festivals of the Hindus. It is also celebrated with the name “Navratri” for nine days during the month Sept-Oct.
Bengalis in the region are huge devotees of Maa Durga and make her idols with clay to worship the same. The localities get decorated with lights and Durga pooja pandals are placed at different regions with thousands of devotees visiting to offer their prayers.

3. Ganesh Pooja
As per the Hindu calendar, in the month of Bhadrapad Sudha Chaturthi, Ganesh Pooja is widely celebrated in the Andaman. It is also celebrated with the name “Vinayaka Chaturthi”. There are various Ganesh temples in Andaman that get decorated with flowers and diyas, with flocks of devotees visiting to offer their shraddhanjali and prayers to Lord Ganesha.
Then they offer dishes like “kozhukattai” and “Sundal”, which later get distributed among the devotees as Prasad. The priests perform aartis and poojas. The Sri Lakshmi Vinayagar Temple at Aberdeen Bazaar and Shri Karpaga Vinyagar at Goal Ghar are must-visit during Ganesh Puja.
Apart from temples, many pandals are also placed in rural areas and villages with beautiful Ganesh idols erected in the middle with various decorations.

4. Ayappa Pooja
Ayappa pooja is celebrated to worship Lord Ayappan. According to Hindu mythology, he is the son of Shiva and Mohini. Ayyappan is also referred to as Ayyappa, Sastavu, and many other names. It is generally celebrated on 14th or 15th January.
All the devotees gather at ayappan temples to offer their prayers and worship the idols with bhajans and devotional songs.

5. Holi
Holi (festival of colors) is perhaps the most colorful and cheerful festival of the country widely celebrated in different regions. Andaman is also celebrating Holi with great enthusiasm.
People gather with friends and family to play with Colors and savories. As per the Hindu calendar, this festival falls on the day of phalguni poornima during the month of February-March. People of all caste and creed celebrate Holi without any discrimination. It indeed brings happiness to each and everyone soaking themselves in colorful hues.

6. Guru Nanak Jayanti
Gurunanak Jayanti is dedicatedly celebrated by Sikhs and Punjabi people on Kartik Poornima Day. Also known as Gokula Ashtami, it commemorates the birthday of Sikh Guru Nanak. All the Gurudwaras get beautifully decorated with fairy lights and lamps and welcome people of all religions to offer their prayers to Guru Nanak.
In Andaman, the Police Gurudwara in Aberdeen Bazar and Dr. Diwan Singh Gurudwara are main attractions were loads of devotees gather to celebrate with songs, prayers, bhajans followed by prasad.

7. Deepawali
Deepavali, the festival of lights is another important festival celebrated by Andamanis. It has been celebrated for ages during the month Oct to Nov, which signifies the victory of light over darkness/evil. The festival is also linked to Ramayana as on this day Ram, Sita, Laxman, and Hanuman return to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana.
People celebrate it by wearing new clothes, distributing sweets and gifts to dear and near ones. They clean their homes and decorate it with lights and diyas. Crackers are burst in different regions. However, cracker bursting should be avoided by people for the betterment of the environment and reduce pollution.

8. Saraswati Pooja
Saraswati pooja is celebrated to worship Maa Saraswati, the Goddess of education, and Vidya. It is celebrated with great commitment to educational and vocational institutes. Continuous poojas and shraddhanjalis are performed during the day.
People wear traditional clothes and head out to offer their prayers and seek blessings of Maa Saraswati. It is widely celebrated by youngsters and students to excel in their education and professional career. It is celebrated during Feb-March.

9. Ram Navami
Ram Navami is celebrated during March-April in the month of Chaitra to celebrate Lord Ram’s birthday. All the Ram temples in the region get decorated with lights and diyas and special poojas and aartis are performed by the priests.
All the Ram bhakts gather to offer prayer and seek Lord Ram’s blessings. Songs and bhajans on Lord Ram and Sita are performed. In Andaman, Ram Temples located in Haddo, Aberdeen Basthi, and Kumrakheti are the main attractions during Ram Navami.

10. Villakku Pooja
This Pooja has an interesting history. Earlier, this pooja was celebrated only by married women at their homes. Nowadays, it is celebrated by all people with sheer dedication to worship Goddess Maa Maha Lakshmi. All the temples of the region get beautifully decorated.
All the married women (also known as Sumangalis) gather at the temples with flowers, turmeric, kumkum, sugar candy and recite verses with the priests and offer their prayers. The pooja continues for about 3 hours and Prasad is distributed among the devotees later.

11. Ramzan
Ramzan, also known as Ramadan is observed by Muslim people in Andaman. As a part of the celebration, people fast from dawn to sunset. Before dawn, they observe a pre-fast meal called suhur and then fast for the whole day.
In the evening they break the fast and consume the meal known as iftar. They also offer charity to the poor. The whole celebration continues till 30 days and the entire Quran is read during these 30 days.

12. Pradosha Pooja
Pradosha Pooja is celebrated two times in a month in honor of Lord Shiva. One is celebrated during the period of the waxing moon and the other during the period of depreciation moon. The idols of Lord Pooja and Goddess Parvati are decorated beautifully to offer poojas and aartis. The idol of Nandi Dev is also decorated and offered with rice.
As a part of the celebration, devotees whisper their wishes to Nandi Dev after the poojas and aartis. It is believed that Nandi Dev passes on the wishes to Lord Shiva.

13. Nag Panchami
Nag Panchami is celebrated on the fifth day after Amavasya in the holy month of Shraavana. Nag, the Indian cobra is regarded as sacred in many religions in India.
The festival is widely celebrated in Andaman in the honor of Serpent God or Nag Devata. People worship snakes and offer milk to them. The Indian cobra is worshipped because Lord Shiva holds an Indian Cobra around his neck. He is the only deity who holds an Indian cobra.

14. Vasant Panchami
Vasant Panchami is a festival that marks the preliminary preparations before the onset of the spring (Basant) season. It also marks the beginning of the preparation of Holika and Holi. The festival celebrates the harvests of agricultural fields’ of mustard crops. People get dressed in new clothes and enjoy great feasts together.

15. Mariamman Festival
This is one of the biggest festivals of Hindus celebrated to worship Goddess Arulmigu Sri Mariamman. A popular and old temple is situated in Astinabad village, which is at a distance of six km from Port Blair.
The devotees of Maa Mariamman greatly believe that Maa is guarding the Chidyatapu islands of Andaman. This festival is celebrated every year during the month of February. the devotees gather to perform pooja and aartis.
People irrespective of all regions visit the temple to offer their prayers. This has also become a famous tourist attraction of Andaman.

16. Panguni Uttiram
This festival is celebrated in honor of God Sri VetrimalaiMurugan also popularly known as Lord Karthika. The Sri Vetrimalai (Victory hill) Murugan temple is one of the oldest temples in these islands, which attracts flocks of visitors every day.
People have a strong feeling that their prayers are fulfilled by God Murugan.
During the festival, this temple is a prime attraction with colorful lights and banners throughout. As a part of the celebration, “Anna Dhanam” ids performed i.e. full meals are provided to the visitors.
Tourists also actively take part in the celebrations. The devotees of god Murugan walk on fire to reach the moolasthanam where the GodMurugan’s statute is placed.

17. Sankatahara Chaturthi Pooja
This pooja is performed to worship Lord Sri Ganesh. The term “sankata” means difficulties. Lord Ganesha is known to be the destroyer of difficulties. People worship Shri Ganesha to put an end to their difficulties.
All the Ganesh temples get beautifully decorated and devotees flock in large numbers to seek Ganesha’s blessings. The pooja is performed on the fourth day from the day of the full moon. Some also celebrate it at the time of the rising moon.

18. Christmas
Christmas is widely celebrated among the Christian community of Andaman on 25th December every year to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. All the churches get decorated with lamps and other decorations and people gather in large numbers to offer prayers.
People decorate their homes with beautiful lights and decorative items and prepare savories at their homes and invite friends and family to enjoy a sumptuous meal together.

19. Shivaratri
Another significant festival celebrated in Andaman and Nicobar islands is Shivaratri. As per the Hindu calendar, it falls in the month of Magha, during February-March in the honor of Lord Shiva.
All the Shiva temples get decorated with flowers and diyas and poojas are performed by the devotees. They perform songs and bhajans in the name of Lord Shiva and later prasad are offered to the visitors. People also consume bhang in the name of Lord Shiva and indulge in dances and dramas.
The main attractions during this pooja are the Lord Shiva Temples in Delanipur, Pahar Goan, and Garacharma. The popular Sri Vetrimalai Murugan Temple also has a Shiva Lingam, which is adorned with colorful flowers meant for Lord Shiva. The Shiva Linga is also offered with milk by devotees.

20. Island Tourism Festival
The Island Tourism Festival held in Andaman is among the biggest festivals held in the Archipelago, which is worldwide popular for its majestic celebrations. It is a 15-days festival held every year in the month of January in Port Blair and different parts of various islands like Havelock, Neil, Diglipur, Rangat, and so on. The worldwide popularity attracts thousands of tourists every year.
The Island Tourism festival hosts a plethora of events for its visitors. You are guaranteed to have a row of magical cultural nights with live music concerts, dance performances, theatres and plays, and other entertaining events.
As a part of the Festival, a fair is held in Port Blair, which exhibits handicraft and handloom stalls, food stalls serving varied cuisines, games for adults and children, kids’ contests, kite playing events, flower, and plant shows, and many more.

21. Beach Festival
In the month of April, a grand beach festival is organized across different beaches in Andaman. Selected beaches take the responsibility of hosting different events designated under the Beach Festival by the Directorate of tourism.
Main attractions of the Beach Festival.
The prime intention behind organizing the beach festival is to promote shoreline exercises along with providing a magical nightlife experience to the islanders and visitors. Water sports activities are a major part of this festival, which are organized on select beaches. Sand sculpture rivalry and fisherman dinghy race are always the main attractions of this festival.
Other fun activities involve games like volleyball, kabaddi, tree climbing, tug of war, musical chair, and much more.
On the cultural front, many crafted worked stalls are placed at different places. To provide a nightlife experience to the spectators, musical concerts and dance shows are organized.

22. Film Festivals
Andaman and Nicobar Islands host numerous prestigious film festivals every year. One of the greatest film festivals held here in Port Blair is the Panorama Film Festival. This is also the first-ever film festival of Andaman, which was first held in 2011.
Every year the film screens notable feature films and documentaries from across the world. It also invites renowned film personalities for panel discussions.
The DBRAIT Auditorium of Port Blair hosts various other film festivals every year including children’s film festivals, a centenary celebration of the Film Festival, etc.
A Patriotic Film Festival is also organized by the Directorate of Information, Publicity, and Tourism to foster the spirit of patriotism.

23. Monsoon Festival
The Monsoon Festival is organized every year by the Directorate of Tourism in collaboration with every single nearby Department under the A& N Administration and tourism administration suppliers of the Islands. It is generally held in the month of June-July.
The Monsoon festival is held for both entertainment and business purposes. On the business front, business shows, work deals, and diversion programs are organized.
For the entertainment of islanders and visitors, games, culinary shows, and traditional exhibitions are organized. Live music performance, DJ music, and other music projects are the main attractions.

24. Food Festival
Andaman’s annual Food Festival is a paradise for food lovers. Held every year in the month of September in ITF ground Port Blair, it offers a mouth-watering range of culinary delights to the visitors. Travelers from across the world mandatorily pay a visit to this 5-day long food festival to tantalize their taste buds.
The Festival is organized by the Tourism Department of the A& N Administration every year to promote and popularize Indian traditional cuisines and cultures of different states and communities. Every year, food stalls with cuisines of different states such as Tamil Nadu, UP, Punjab, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and so on. Apart from food stalls, many cultural programs are also organized to entertain the visitors.

25. World Tourism Day
World tourism day in Andaman is a glitzy affair. For the year 2019, it was celebrated in Port Blair, which was attended by various travels and tourism fraternity members. It began with members of the Andaman Association of Tour Operators (AATO) greeting its tourists with flowers at the airport.
The same day, a beach cleaning drive with a motto ‘Swatch Bharat Swatch Paryatan’ was held at Marina Park, Corbyn’s Cove, Chidiyatapu beach, and North Bay.
As the prime attraction of the day, a “Flea Market” was also made a part of it. A wide range of programs was organized to promote the local culture, cuisine, arts & handicrafts.
Other entertainment events like mini-golf, roller skaters, and various other fun activities were conducted. The prime motto of the celebration is to educate and encourage the participation of islanders to promote tourism in the islands.

15 Best Islands in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Andaman and Nicobar Islands are blessed with exotic and most beautiful islands in India, which are also one of the best and youngest honeymoon destinations in India.
Located at the juncture of the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands consist of 572 Islands boasting unique tropical rainforest, varieties of forest animals, and exotic sea beaches. All you need to do is book your tickets to experience the pristine beauty of these islands.
Given below are the Islands you most definitely cannot miss on your visit to Andaman and Nicobar Islands:

1. Havelock
Havelock Island is a part of Ritchie’s Archipelago, named after British General, Sir Henry Havelock. However, in December 2018, it was renamed as Swaraj Island as a tribute to Subhas Chandra Bose.
It belongs to the South Andaman administrative districts and comprises of a chain of islands to the east of Great Andaman in the Andaman Islands.
The best and easiest way to reach Havelock is by the AC catamaran ferry, which only takes 90 minutes from Port Blair. Havelock can also be reached using Government ferry, which takes up nearly 2.5 hours.
Havelock Island is a real treat to eyes and thus the best time to visit Havelock is during winter months from December to February when the climate is cool and appropriate for sightseeing.
There are plenty of activities to be done in the island, namely, exploring the marine life: Scuba Diving; relaxing at the beach: one must enjoy the barefoot walk on the white sand at Radhanagar Beach to catch the perfect sunset; exploring the Coral Reefs: Snorkeling at the virgin shores of Elephant Beach should not be missed.

2. Jolly Buoy Island
Being a part of Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, this island is mostly famous for coral reefs and pristine clear beach. In order to reach Jolly Buoy Island, visitors must take a taxi from Port Blair to Wandoor Beach and then take the ferry to reach the island.
One must reach Wandoor Beach early as most ferries to the island leave around 9 in the morning.
This island remains closed for six months of the year for the preservations of corals. The things you can do to enjoy at the Jolly Buoy Island include Snorkeling: being rich in corals and crystal clear water, this island gives the best opportunity to the snorkelers; Glass Boat Rides: designed especially for faint-hearted people to experience the exotic marine world; Scuba Diving and spots for relaxing and sunbathing.

3. Neil Island
Neil Island aka Shaheed Dweep is an island in Ritchie’s Archipelago lying 36 Km northeast from Port Blair. Neil Island can be reached by taking an early morning boat from Port Blair. This island has good connectivity with different cruises that are available from cities like Chennai and Kolkata.
The favorable month to visit Neil Island is between October and May and the best season to visit is winter and onset of summers.
Neil Island is best for sightseeing with exotic beaches like Lakshmanpur Beach, Bharatpur Beach, and Neil Kendra. One can also indulge in water activities like Scuba Diving, Swimming, and Cycling. Being a breeding place for schools of fish, it is a popular spot for Sportfishing.

4. Ross Island
Named after Captain Daniel Ross, now renamed as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep, is situated 3km east from central Port Blair. Ross Island can be reached by air as the nearest airport is Veer Savarkar International airport, 5km from centre of Port Blair.Ferries are also easily available for Ross Island.Also, there are plenty of buses connecting Port Blair to major cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur.
The best time to visit Ross Island is between October and March. Being a part of Bay of Bengal, this island experiences a tropical climate all around the year.
While in Ross Island, one must visit Penal Colony and Samudrika Naval Marine Museum. Also, do not forget to go for Thrilling rides at Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex and attend the grand Ross Island light and show sound!

5. North Bay Island
North Bay Island is home forexotic marine beauty. One cannot stop oneself from having fun while at North Bay Island. It is situated in the northern side of Port Blair. December to March is considered the best time for the vacationers to visit North Bay Island.
In order to reach North Bay Island, one can take ferry from Port Blair. One can get an impeccable view of Ross Island from North Bay Island. This island is famous for rich growth of Coral reefs.
One can indulge in several activities like Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Sea Walking and Glass Bottom Boat Ride in order to enjoy their stay at the North Bay Island.

6. Ross and Smith Island
Ross and Smith Island in Diglipur are majestic twin islands connected by thin fifty-meter long island. Ross and Smith Islands are located in the northernmost tip of Andaman. In order to visit Ross and Smith Island, one has to require a forest permit from Forest Office at Diglipur.
The beauty of the island can be enjoyed by taking a 45-minute boat-ride from Diglipur, crossing the beautiful Kalpong River and Aerial Bay on the way. The best time to visit the island is between November and May.
While at Ross and Smith Islands, one can opt for Scuba Diving and Snorkeling; this island is also preferred place for trekking and trail hiking by many tourists.

7. Cinque Island
At a distance of 26 km from Port Blair, the Cinque Island is an isolated island in the Andaman Archipelago on the north side of the Duncan passage between Rutland Island and Passage Island. Cinque Island is the ideal island to have some lone time with your family, as it is not visited by a lot of tourists.
Cinque island is blessed with beautiful weather throughout the year, however, to enjoy the most one must visit the island during summer. Cinque can be reached very easily with the help of short boat ride from Port Blair. The Cinque Island has exotic and untouched marine life, thus Scuba Diving and Snorkeling are the best activities to be done.

8. Baratang Island
Baratang Island located in North and Middle Andaman administrative districts, lies 150 km north of Port Blair. The best time to visit Baratang Island is during winters from October to February because of negligible rainfall and relaxed sea water.
One can take government buses and ferries from Port Blair to reach Baratang Island. Ferry can also be taken from Nilambur Jetty. Here, one must go to trekking to the magnificent Limestone Caves and hiking to mud volcanoes.
Also indulge in sea walking under Peaceful Waters, boat ride through a Canopy of mangroves, and coral gazing at MohwaDera.

9. Red Skin Island
Situated inside the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, the island is considered as a gem of Andaman. Often referred to as Sleeping Beauty, one needs to travel to Wandoor Jetty within 30 km Port Blair to take a ferry till the island. The island remains open for only 6 months of the year.
One can enjoy Glass bottom boat rides and snorkeling here; coral reefs are major entertainment in the Red Skin Island.

10. Barren Island
Barren Island is located off the coast of Burma near the Andaman Islands. This island is located in the Andaman Sea and is the only active volcano in India. In order to reach the Barren Island, there are two ways. One can take sea plane from Port Blair or a ferry ride, which takes three rounds around the island.
In Barren Island, it is not allowed to stay at night, thus, one must take early morning rides to the island. Since Barren Island is an active volcano, thereby, there aren’t many activities to be done other than sightseeing and photgraphy.

11. Inglis Island
Inglis Island is located Jalebar town in Andaman lying 67 km from Port Blair. With deep jungles and picturesque beaches all around, Inglis Island makes an amazing tourist hotspot. One can reach the island by taking a short boat ride from the Havelock.
Walking on the sandy seashore and strolling in the shallow turquoise water is one of the tranquil things to do in the island.One can also try the adventurous Scuba Diving and boating. Do not forget to click some breathtaking pictures as well.

12. Little Andaman Island
Lying at the Southern end of the Archipelago, Little Andaman Island is the fourth largest island of Andaman. Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful islands, it serves as a good tourist spot during November and May. In order to reach the Little Andaman Island, there are daily Government ferries that connect Phoenix Bay and Haddo Wharf in Port Blair with Hut Bay.
The journey will takes 6 to 8 hours amidst the beautiful roads engrossed with lush green vegetation. Overnight ferries are also available. The best suited activities to be done to enjoy the beauty of the island includes diving; swimming; snorkeling, game fishing; glass bottom boat rides to witness the underwater coral. One can also simple relax while basking in the sun.

13. Parrot Island
Parrot Island is a small island located near Baratang and a Bird Watcher’s paradise. The most suitable time to visit the Parrot Island is during winter. One can take STS bus, taxi or boat after reaching Baratang from Port Blair to reach this paradise of birds. Then from Baratang Jetty, one has to take Dunghi boat ride; regular ferries are also available.
If you visit the island in the evening, you can easily spot various spots of exotic birds. Other adventurous things to be done in the Parrot Island are Scuba Diving, jet skiing, and snorkeling.

14. Mayabundar Island
Mayabundar is located in North Andaman and provides beautiful island getaways or day trips. Mayabundar is a town in the northern part of Andaman Archipelago. Mayabundar Island is at time distance of about10 hours from Port Blair; there are many direct buses from Port Blair to Mayabundar Island.
The best time to plan a trip to the island is from October to mid-May; one must avoid monsoon season. The Mangrove Creeks and orange plantation is a siren call to all who love nature. One must not miss to visit Ray hills, Austin X, Karmatang Beach, Avis Beach, and interview Island while in their vacation at Mayabundar Island.

15. Diglipur Island
Diglipur Island is a popular eco tourism destination blessed with posh greenery and exotic marine life.Situated on the Northern Andaman Island,it can be reached by all modes.
Helicopters are definitely the fastest and most exciting option. Boat rides are also available. One can also travel by road travel through the Andaman Trunk Road making one’s way through various three creeks and Jarawa Tribe.
Diglipur is one the ideal holiday destinations with divine beauty and blessed with wide variety of flora and fauna. Diglipur Island can be visited at any point of time of the year, though winter is mostly recommended.
What attracts tourist to Diglipur beach is the Kalipur Beach, Mud Spitting Volcano, and ThambuNali. For the adrenaline junkies, snorkeling, scuba diving and trekking are a great choice.
Diglipur Island provides easy accommodation, transportation as well as food option. Hence, one must not worry about visiting it and should just go for the same!

16. Long Island
Long Island in Andaman is an offbeat location in the archipelago but is a must visit place. Within a distance of just 80 km north from Port Blair, the island attracts flocks of tourists every year. The most economical way to visit the Long Island from Port Blair is to first reach Rangat and take a Government ferry from there.
The best time to visit the Island is from October to May. One can engage in Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, glass bottom boat ride, parasailing, banana boat ride to enjoy at the Long Island.

8 Famous Museums in Andaman and Nicobar

There are very few people who would visit Andaman for the main purpose to visiting museums. However, if you wish to analyze and explore Andaman in a deeper level, it is better to scale some of the museums. None of these places would let you down.

1. Kala Paani Museum
Most popularly known as the Cellular Jail of Andaman, this place was once the jail for freedom fighters of the British-ruled India. Today, this place stands as a memorial for the freedom fighters and a museum.

2. The Anthropological Museum
The Anthropological museum of Port Blair is one of the most visited museums in this region. This museum showcases weapons, tools and other utensils of four ancient tribes who ruled Andaman (Great Andamanese, Shompen, Jarwas and Sentenalese). This is the right place to watch their past life, culture and its link to the present lifestyle.

3. Samudrika Marine Museum
Also called as the Samudrika Naval Marine Museum, this Port Blair museum is famous for the exhibits about marine and ocean life of the land. This museum isfamous for its exclusive collection of ocean ecosystem including marine plants and animals and, their connection with the tribal culture.
There is a small aquarium inside the museum where you can find collection of coral reefs, fishes and shells of the region, including the skeleton of a blue whale.

4. Smritika Museum
This museum is on the Ross Islands. This is relatively a smaller museum and it holds artifacts and memories from the British controlled East India Company. The exhibits of the museum explains the importance of Ross Islands to the British during their rule.

5. Fisheries Museum
This is a large aquarium with living fishes, corals and other marine animals. You can also find skeletons of exotic animals and exhibits about their marine habitat. There is a huge section for sea shells in which the shells are arranged in increasing size.

6. The Science Center
This museum was established in 2003 and holds many exhibits about volcanic activities origin of different islands, ocean science and others. There is also a modern technology gallery and science gallery. This museum is famous for holding the world’s latest formed rock.

7. ZSI Museum
The Zoological Survey Museum of Port Blair is famous for its collection of exotic specimens like whales, starfish, fossils, ancient skeleton of marine ecosystem and others.

8. Forest Museum
Andaman is not just about ocean. This museum displays the land’s forest wealth like wildlife specimens, satinwood artifacts, and articles made with timber, oak, paduak and gurjan and so on.
You can also find other exhibits explaining local animals and their habitat.

8 Best Shopping Places in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Andaman is the land of natural beauty. Apart from leaving the tourists spellbound, the nature also provides numerous items for crafts. The tribal culture of the land adds more souvenirs to the market.
Thus, you can find numerous craft items, and tropical souvenirs in the stalls of Andaman.
Top Souvenirs to Buy in Andaman
If you are looking for cliché souvenirs, seashell items and pearl jewelries will top the list. Apart from these, you can find numerous other souvenirs like bamboo mats, wooden articles, home décor items, toys, cane artefacts, spices (black pepper, cloves, cardamom, and cinnamon), sarong, and others.
Famous Shopping Markets in Andaman

1. Aberdeen Bazaar
This is the main market region for tourists. This market is the best place for buying pearl articles, seashell handicrafts, and other souvenirs. However, the market is always crowded. Thus, avoid weekends.

2. Sagarika Emporium
This is a government controlled emporium for helping tribes to make a sustainable income. The main items to buy from this emporium are wood articles, seashell articles and jute articles.
You can also find a small collection or pearl accessories, apparels, and mirror articles. These products are hand-made and of high quality.
If you are looking for more government regulated emporiums to buy handicrafts, you can find Cottage Industry Emporium, Andaman Handicraft Emporium, Gandhi Khadi Commission, and others.

3. Market 3
This market is located in Havelock Island. It might not be a large market, but is a hit among tourists. The market is famous for selling swimwear and beach essentials for tourists.
You can also find many stalls for jewelries, and other souvenirs. There are a few stalls, which sell designer garments and exclusive souvenirs. However, make sure to check for authenticity as there are numerous knock-off brands.

4. Anup Eco Arts
This is a government initiative eco-friendly stall, which is famous for artistic souvenirs made from coconut shell, husk, coir, seashells, and other. If you are looking for innovative products, this is the right spot.

5. Electric Plaza
This is a newer market in Port Blair region, where you can find loads of cheap items. You can find numerous stalls erected close to each other, selling a variety of articles starting from souvenirs to laptop chargers.

6. MG Road Market
This market is named after Mahatma Gandhi. This is an important hub for shopping in Port Blair. This is the place to buy both budget and luxury souvenirs.
You can find numerous shops selling every known Andaman souvenir starting from cheap hats to expensive pearl articles. The market also has numerous eateries to try the cuisine of the land. It is one of the most common market for tourists

7. Ratnam Market
This market is located at the center of Port Blair, making it easier for tourists to visit. This is also a busy market to buy seashell products and spices.
If you are looking for things other than souvenirs, this market is also famous for fresh fruits, electronic items, and groceries.

8. Sunday Market
This market is erected in Junglighat Jetty. The interesting part about this market is that it is open from 5 in the morning to mid-afternoon.
As the name indicates, this market commences only on Sundays. You can find organic food items, colorful souvenirs, fruits, and spices for sale.
Apart from these, there are numerous stalls in the beaches, where you can find simple souvenirs and tribal articles. Haggling is quite essential while you are shopping in any local markets.

Famous Things to Buy in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

How can we end our trips without getting our hands on some of the hand-picked souvenirs that stand as a memoir of the place? But most of the time we end up buying nothing as we are not aware of the things a place is popular for.
Here, we have listed down some of the products one can consider buying when visiting the paradise of Islands – Andaman & Nicobar.
What to Buy in Andaman

1. Pearls
Who isn’t a fan of shinning pearls straight from the sea? The Bay of Bengal has huge varieties of pearls to offer. They are undoubtedly the best things to pick when visiting any coastal area. A great idea for a souvenir or a gift for a loved one.
You can buy authentic pearls in the form of ornaments, accessories, purses, home decors, and many more from different stores.
However, the catch is to carefully scan the product before purchasing for there are huge chances of duplicate items.

2. Corals
One may think corals and pearls are identical items. But that is not the case. Both these items are found in the sea, but there exist many differences between them.
Since the seas are rich in coral reefs, many shops in Andaman sell amazing dead coral products in the form of gemstones, ornaments, décor items or jewelry. You can also buy them in the raw and processed form to simply place them as a décor item in your home.

3. Fishbone Articles
Fishbone articles are home décor items that are made from the bones of dead fishes. They are a great replacement for the monotonous showpieces in your showcase. They are also a great pick for gifts and souvenirs for your loved ones.
Who thought such waste could be converted into beautiful items? All credit goes to the skilled artisans of the place for their excellent craftsmanship. Once you set your eyes on them, it will be too difficult to resist. And we bet you will not easily be able to make out what they are made of.

4. Shells
Who wouldn’t be attracted to buy a few seashells from the spectacular beaches of the Andaman? But sadly, that is not permitted by law. However, you can buy as many shells you want from various stores at reasonable rates. You will also be contributing to the daily livelihood of the local people.
They are available in a variety of forms be it ornaments, accessories, wall hangings, home décor, lampshades, bags. Or you can simply buy different varieties of raw shells. Whatever you buy, keep your receipt carefully.
You will need to produce them at the airport as a part of the law. Now you know, why you shouldn’t make the mistake of picking them from the seashore.

5. Spices
India is aplace of spices and herbs and we Indians are a fan of spicy food. South India has always been popular for its cultivation of rich spices and herbs. Andaman is home to an abundance of superior qualities of spices and herbs including cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, black pepper, betel, and more. They are cultivated and nurtured in huge quantities.
Your visit to Andaman is incomplete if you do not lay your hands on these aromatic spices.
Where to buy it from? You will come across various spice gardens and plantations while your sightseeing tours.You can visit any of them to buy a handful of these spices and herbs.

6. Wooden Crafts
Wooden items are yet another best items to get from the Archipelago. Crafted from the timber of luxuriant trees, the finely crafted wooden items are sure to lure you into buying loads of pieces.
And they are not just limited to home décor or showpiece items. Even wooden toys, ornaments, accessories are also of great demand out there. We bet you will be confused about what to pick and what not to pick.

7. Cane Goods
Cane and bamboo products are another great example of handmade products available on the Island. They are available in abundance in the local markets in the form of bags, flutes, photo frames, key chains, pitchers, wall hangings and the likes.
Beautifully crafted with the perfect finishing touch. Be it for your home or your loved ones, picking some cane goods can never go wrong.

8. Jute based Items
Due to huge Jute cultivation, jute based items are available in abundance in the archipelago. They are quite popular as well among the masses. Jute bags items range from bags to footwear or clothes to jewelry items. You will get numerous stores and outlets dealing in such products.
Jute bags are a great replacement for plastic products. Apart from being bought as a souvenir, you can also play your part in encouraging jute bags and redeeming the use of plastic for the betterment of the environment.

9. Coconut Handicrafts
Yet another beautiful creation from waste products. Coconut handicrafts are nothing but amazing handicraft items made with the hard shell of the coconut.
You will be amazed once you set your eyes on these beautiful items that comprise of showpieces, bags, wind chimes, vases, candles, bowls, toys, animal figurines, lampshades, and many more beautiful creations.
They are a perfect gift for your loved ones. Available at very reasonable rates in numerous local stores, they will surely make you think the next time you are about to throw away the hard shells after eating a coconut.

10. Nicobari Mats
You should tuck in at least one Nicobari mat in your bag. The tribal tribes of Nicobar Islandare popular for their excellent weaving skills. The handcrafted Nicobari mats and other décor items are their best-crafted products. Though visiting the Nicobari Island is banned by the Indian Government, these products can be bought from crafts stores in various places of Andaman.
These products are quite different from regular mats and décor items as they are weaved with naturally grown items. They also exhibit the diverse culture of the inhabitants of the Nicobar Island. They are sure to be a unique addition to your collection of home décor items to decorate your beautiful home.

11. Hats
Due to the scorching weather, hats are a necessity in Andaman to protect yourself from the UV rays of the sun. There are many stores in different parts of Andaman that have huge collectionsof funky and colorful hats in different shapes and sizes to complement the beach vibes. They can also be a great pick for gifting your loved ones. These quirky hats would always keep reminding you of the beautiful paradise.

12. Sarongs
Another garment popularly found in Andaman is the Sarong. Ditch your regular clothes and say hi to these beauties. They are the most comfortable things to wear when visiting the beach. Available in breathable fabric like cotton and gorgeous, they will keep you calm all day long on the beach.
The vibrant colors and beautiful patterns of the sarongs will surely steal your attention despite being amongst a variety of other clothes.

13. Other Wearables
Besides hats and sarongs, Andaman also has varieties of shops selling cute wearable. You can get a wide range of funky shorts, T-shirts, dresses and more at attractive prices.

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