Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a paradise on earth. It is a gorgeous archipelago located in the Bay of Bengal. This region is dotted with exotic beaches combined with coral reefs and amazing marine life, making this landscape breathtakingly beautiful. Away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Andaman is labelled as a perfect beach holiday. This island is a haven for both adrenaline junkies and nature admirers. Port Blair, the capital of Andaman and Nicobar Island, is the gateway to this pristine island. The island offers multiple water-based activities such as scuba diving, snorkelling, and sea cruises. Andaman has a tropical climate, which is defined by warm sunny days (between the months of December and March) and a comparatively colder weather (between the months of October and December).
How to Reach Andaman and Nicobar
If you are travelling to Andaman and Nicobar Islands, it is necessary to plan elaborately. Most tourists prefer to take flights from Kolkata or Chennai. You can also opt for passenger ships that are available from Visakhapatnam, Chennai and Kolkata that alight in Port Blair. Apart from flights, cruises are a major means of water transport available for Andaman and Nicobar travel. There are both local and luxury sailboat services for travelling between the islands.
In Andaman, all the ferry services are handled by the Directorate of Shipping Services. There are two kinds of ferries, small tourist ferries and larger local ferries. The fares of the tourist ferries cost around Rs. 150-200 one way from Port Blair to Havelock Island. The tourist ferries can accommodate up to 100 people at once. You can enjoy the enthralling view of the Andaman Sea from the upper decks of the ferries. The local ferries, compared to the former, are more stable in the sea and are larger. They can accommodate around 400 people on two levels: luxury seating, which is available upstairs, and the deck, downstairs.
How to Travel in Andaman
The Andaman Trunk Road or NH 4 is the main highway for travelling in Andaman Island. You can opt for private jeeps or minivans for getting around the island. A cab costs around Rs. 500-800 for airport pick-up and drop services. For 1-day sightseeing, you can book a cab that costs around Rs. 1500. However, the charges increase for trips from Port Blair to Diglipur. Though it’s a bit expensive, the trip exposes you to mesmerising panoramas and fun-filled adventures during your Andaman and Nicobar travel. Visitors can also hire motorbikes or scooters worth Rs. 400 per day from Port Blair. Bus services are also available from Port Blair to Baratang, Diglipur, Rangat, and Mayabunder in the north and Wandoor in the south. The north, south, and mid-Andaman are well-connected by road, with ferry and bridge crossings. However, some restrictions are imposed in tribal regions, especially in the middle and north Andaman. The tourists are prohibited from driving.
Andaman is populated by several luxurious resorts and hotels. After a long journey, do not compromise on your rest and avail of an immaculate retreat. Symphony Palms Beach Resort and Spa is one of the most opted resorts in Andaman. This resort houses a collection of 100 lavish and beautifully designed cottages that offer cutting-edge facilities. Set amidst the lush green nature, spend your time with your loved ones beside peaceful shorelines and scenic views!