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|Best Selling Andaman Tour Package | Havelock Special||5 Days / 4 Nights||₹ 18400.0|
|Underwater Romance in Andaman||6 Days / 5 Nights||₹ 27200.0|
|Honeymoon Escape to Andaman | A Tropical Touch of Love||6 Days / 5 Nights||₹ 25700.0|
|Ultimate Beach Vacation for Family||7 Days / 6 Nights||₹ 27200.0|
|Island Hopping in Andaman with Snorkelling||6 Days / 5 Nights||₹ 25500.0|
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How can I reach the Andamans?Andaman Islands are accessible by air and boat. There are regular flight from Chennai and Kolkata. The island can also be reached by waterways.
By Air: Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair is connected to Kolkata and Chennai aiport. Air India, Spice Jet, Jet Konnect, Spice Jet and GoAir are available flight services.
By Sea: There are regular ship services leaving from Chennai, Kolkata and Vishakhapatnam to Port Blair. There are 2 ships- MV Nancowry and MV Swarajdweep - from Chennai and the MV Nicobar and MV Akbar from Kolkata. The journey takes 50-60 hours to reach its destination.
There are inter-connectivity options to reach different islands on Andaman. Directorate of Shipping Services, A & N Administration operates regular ferry services from Phoenix Bay Jetty, Port Blair in the inter-island and foreshore sectors connecting all populated island/tourist places.
Which is the safest route to travel to the Andamans? Which one is the shortest?The shortest route to reach Andaman is by Air (Port Blair is landing destination). Not that ships take atleast 3 Days to reach Port Blair. Ships from Kolkata takes a little more time. There are different classes in Ships. So airways is the fastest and shortest route.
Do I need a passport/visa/RAP(Restricted Area Permit) to visit the Andamans?Visa is valid for Andaman for foriegn tourist, for Indian don’t need visa. It can be obtained from Indian mission, consulate and high commissions. Restricted Area Permit (RAP) is also important to get for Andaman visit because there are restricted areas which need RAP document. For RAP, the permit granting authorities are:
• MHA & FRROS
•All Indian Missions Abroad
•Chief Immigration Officer, Chennai
•Immigration Officer, Port Blair
To get RAP for Andaman Islands, one must visit to Port Blair and is issued for free of cost to foreign travellers.
What sort of climate can I find in the Andamans?The general climate of Andaman Islands is pleasant. However, the best season considered is October to April when monsoon isn’t forecasted and climate remains pleasant. Being surrounded by sea, the cool breeze helps to keep the temperature to range in between 23° C and 31° C. Monsoon brought by the southwest wind sets in during mid-May and continues till early October. Season for nature lovers is May to December when forest is lush green and waterfalls are at their prime. Divers can enjoy the best during December to April and bird watchers during winter times.
How many days are sufficient for Andaman tour?The ideal duration trip to Andaman is 6-7 nights when you can explore multiple places around. You can create itinerary for the trip and keep it short and exciting. Tour package is the best way to plan your Andaman tour. One of the reasons why tour package is the best option is because you can customize the plan accordingly. It brings down the burden of choosing the location, day and time. Moreover, you can enjoy different activities offered in the island.
What type of accommodation is available in Andaman?There are different accommodations available in Andaman Islands. From resorts and 5 star hotels to cottages, one can have varied options to choose. Havelock Island and Port Blair are the major stay destinations. Barefoot, The Jalakara, Andaman Galley, Havelock Island Beach Resort are some of the options for accommodation. There are luxury, premium and budget hotels to choose and stay. There are also private and government lodges too offered in affordable rate. These hotels are available in Havelock Island, South Andaman, Port Blair and few other regions. The rate of these hotels, lodges and resort differs as per the service.
Which place is good for stay Port Blair or Havelock?Well, both are good options to stay at. Port Blair and Havelock have some good stay options which are mentioned above. So whether you visit Havelock or Port Blair, you no need to worry about the stay.
How much it will cost me if I travel by plane/ship?The cost of the air and ship for Andaman depends on the service you're using.
By Air: There are connecting flights by Jet Airways, Air India, Spice Jet, Go Air, Indigo and few others. The cost for connecting flights starts from INR 6K and goes to INR 12K. You can find some flight discounts and book tickets in advance.
By Ship: The cost of the ship depends on the service and city from which you're boarding. From Delux to Bunk, you can have varied booking options. MV Swarag, MV Harshavardhana, MV Akbar and few others are some shop options. The price of the service starts from INR 2K and goes till INR 9K. Vizag, Kolkata and Chennai are three main destinations.
What is the process to book a cruise?There are three ports in India from where you can sail to Andaman – Kolkata, Chennai and Vishakapatnam / Vizag. Each comes with different time durations.M. V. NICOBAR, M.V.NANCOWRY, M.V.AKBAR, V.HARSHAVARDHANA and M.V.SWARAJ DWEEP are major cruise service available. To book the tickets for Andaman you can follow below ways:
Direct ship ticket booking via STARS: The tickets are available on first come, first serve basis. Most ticket bookings open a month in advance. You can either personally visit the port office in the cities from where you plan your journey or take the help of an expert tour operator. Get your two passport size photos, photo id proof, address proof, a full advance payment and the entry form duly filled out for submission ready.
Booking ship tickets from Kolkata to Port Blair: Visit Shipping Corporation of India at Shipping Hosue,#13, Strand Road, Kolkata-17. You can check out their online website.
Booking ship tickets from Vishakapatnam to Port Blair: Booking of both cargo and passengers is done by an agent of the Shipping Corp M/S A.V. Bhanoji Rao Garuda Pattabiramaiah & Co. Ltd.
At the private ticketing counter Booking ship tickets from Chennai to Port Blair: MV NANCOWRY and MV SWARAJDWEEP go to the office of the Dy. Director (Shipping Services), Chennai adjacent to Gate No.1 of Chennai Port, Opposite Customs Office, Rajaji Salai, Chennai-1. MV NICOBAR, MV AKBAR and MV HARSHAVARDHANA go to the office of the Shipping Corporation of India(SCI) situated at Madras(chennai) Port Trust,Rajaji Salai, Opposite Customs Office, Chennai-1.
Is it safe to travel by ship? Is it safe for solo female travellers to visit the Andamans?It is extremely safe to travel by ship. It is well equipped with all the medical tools and emergency tools. You’ll be given all the details about the ship journey and safety procedures.
Yes, it is extremely safe to travel Andaman by solo female travellers. Government has strict rules and regulations as the only mode of income is Tourist. So female travellers can safely travel around.
Are there proper medical services on the cruise?Yes, every cruise is equipped with medical services for travellers who have motion sickness. In some high-end cruise, there are medical experts available for emergency. Also pharmacy stocks are available on-board. However, it is advisable to carry medication along and know more about the medical services offered in the cruise.
What is Motion/Sea Sickness? How to overcome it?Motion sickness is a feeling you get when the motion you sense with your inner ear is different from the motion you visualize. It happens when you travel by car, train, airplane and boat. Motion sickness progresses from a feeling of uneasiness to sweating and dizziness.
To overcome the problem, one can take medication available over the counter. Also one can treat by changing the environment. Some patients respond well to biofeedback training and relaxation techniques. You need to check with your doctor before such trip and seek medication to avoid motion sickness.
What documents one must carry while visiting the Andamans?For Indians: No passport/visa/permission is required. But it is important to carry RAP and ID proofs.
For Foreigners: A passport is required with an Indian Visa to enter India. This is also applicable to foreigners entering Andamans directly from a charter/private yachts. Additionally, a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) is also required which can be availed on arrival to Port Blair from the Immigration counter at the airport or, embarkation of ships at the sea-port. RAP is issued for a 30 day visit to the islands, and is extendable up to 15 more days. Tickets can be rescheduled in Port Blair itself from the respective airline offices.
What should my travelling luggage be like? What all things I must carry? What sort of clothes I should carry?It depends on number of days you’ll be travelling to Andaman. Moreover, it depends on the climatic condition of the place. Carry light clothes, especially linen and cotton shirts and some casual pair of trousers. If visiting during monsoon season, due carry umbrella. For winter, jackets are best. Swimming costumes are a must and carry loads of sunscreen, especially if visiting during summer season because harsh sunrays may effect your skin. Sunglasses, vital medicines and sunburn relief products. Along with these, do carry passport, spare passport photos and ID proof.
What activities can I do in the Andamans?At Andaman, you can enjoy doing some thrilling water activities. With clear crystal waters, you can dive in deep to explore the colourful marine life underneath. Some of the water activities are-
• Scuba Diving
• Sea Walk in Elephant Beach Havelock
• Andaman Dolphin Glass Boat Ride
• Kayaking in Andaman around Mangroves
• Trekking to Elephant Beach
• Coral Safari Semi Submarine
Apart from these, you can indulge in sightseeing too. Some of the tourist spots in Andaman are-
• Saddle Peak National Park
• Kalpong River Dam
• Mud Volcano at Shym Nagar
• Limestone Cave
• Ross and Smith Island
• Ramnagar Beach
• Lamiya Bay and Kalipur Beach (Turtle Nesting)
• Red Oil Palm Plantation
Where can I do Scuba Diving? Is it safe to do Scuba Diving in the Andamans?Scuba diving is the major activity in Andaman Islands where you can explore the world beneath the blue sea. One can enjoy hours of scuba diving activity to explore the marine life and get close to them.
It is completely safe to do scuba diving in Andaman. Each service here are equipped with safety gears and are professional helping you to perform the activity. SOS Kiosk (Emergency Assistance Booth) has been setup at Rajeev Gandhi water sports complex, Port Blair and other places. Make sure you wear life jacket before boarding the boat.
What sort of fitness I must have to do Scuba Diving? Can small kids do it as well?One should not have any kind water phobia or health issues before getting into the scuba diving. You need to carry medical certificate to present it with the service providers for confirmation.
There is age limit of suba diving. The minimum age is 10years. Having prior experience of this activity would be very helpful.
How much does it cost to do Scuba Diving?The cost of the scuba diving differs as per the timing and the type of diving you would be doing. There are different Suba Diving services for swimmers and non-swimmers. For this, there is no swimming skills required, also one record personal videos at the end of the dive, also swimmers will be provided with a certificate.
• Scuba Diving For Non Swimmers: INR 3500
• Scuba Diving - Beginner Course with Boat Ride: INR 4500
•Scuba Diving for Certified Divers 2 Days 4 Dives:- INR 10800
•Night Diving for Certified Divers: INR 3700
Can I Scuba Dive with contact lenses or spectacles? What if I have some allergies?If you've contact lens then its fine to use during scuba diving. There are disposable and soft contact lens that works perfectly underwater. If contact lens bothers you, then you can have alternatives:
•Prescription masks can be custom made especially for your eyesight.
•Corrective lenses can be made that fit in standard masks.
•Small correction stickers that stick on the inside of the mask lens can be used.
If you've allergies, then seek medical attention from doctor or diving professional to know if you're fit for diving.
Do I have to be a swimmer to Scuba Dive?Not necessary, there are few scuba diving method of new swimmers. You can perform the available course to get practice of swimming.
Scuba Diving For Non Swimmers: INR 3500. This one can help you to learn swimming and go deep into the sea.
Is there any scuba diving institute in Andaman to get PADI certificate? What will be the cost?Barefoot Scuba, Scuba Love.in Dive Resort, Lacadives, Andaman Bubbles, Dive India are few of the companies in Andaman offering scuba diving courses. There is no specific course duration. The courses are generally performance based so you earn your certification as quickly as you are able to learn the scuba diving procedures.
PADI Scuba Diver Course- In 3 days of duration, one can get water skills and 2 open water dives with maximum depth of 12 meters/40 feet. The license is valid worldwide. For this course, you need to carry certain swimming knowledge.
Open Water Diver- This will allow learning underwater photography skills, night diving and deep diving. With the duration of 1-2 days, you can be Certified Open Water Diver. Minimum age is 10 years.
Advanced Open Water Diver (1-2 days)- The course is designed to experience deeper dives for 18-30 meters/60-100 meters. Minimum age is 12 years.
Master Scuba Diver- For 15 days, one will learn about Advanced Open Water- Rescue Diver and Minimum 50 logged dives.
Can we go into deep while Snorkeling? Which places are best for Snorkeling?Yes, snorkeling in Andaman allows you to go deep into the sea and explore the marine life. In Andaman, there are different places where you can enjoy doing snorkeling.
North Bay Island- Port Blair:The beach and the snorkeling opportunities in its fringing coral reefs are the closest ones you will find at Port Blair. You will spot many fish, a lobster, or even clams on the coral reef
Elephant Beach- Havelock Island: The beach here offers calm blue crystal clear shallow waters and is an amazing spot for snorkelers. The reefs are in pristine condition and with little exploration you can find corals
Jolly Bouy Island- Port Blair: Snorkeling here will help you see corals (red, blue, sponge corals etc). The time duration, is usually from November - April for Jolly Bouy Island
Neil Island:Port Blair One of the most beautiful beaches, one can enjoy getting close varied corals and sea animals while getting deep.
Which are some of the best places to do adventure activities in the Andamans?There are some amazing things that you can do in Andamans. You can go snorkeling or diving at the Havelock or Neil, you can witness bioluminescence at the Havelock, you can go scuba diving or ride a banana boat at Port Blair, and you can even opt for parasailing at the islands.
Which are some of the best sightseeing spot in the Andamans?Some of the best and amazing sightseeing spots in Andaman are-
- Cellular Jail National Memorial: It’s the former British prison that is now a shrine to the political dissidents it once jailed. Even though several parts of it have been destroyed by the Japanese during the World War II, it still stands tall reminding our brave and gallant forefathers.
- Mount Harriet and Madhuban: Andaman offers best trekking experience for tourists. It’s a gorgeous route where you can witness exotic flora and fauna of the land amidst spectacular sceneries. Elephant safari is also an option at Mount Harriet.
- Sea Walking at North Bay Beach: North Bay Beach you can walk under the sea and finally visit ‘Octopus’s Garden’. It is easy swim here and explore the underneath world.
- Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park: The park covers area of 280 sq km with 15 islands of mangrove creeks, tropical rain forest and reefs supporting 50 types of coral.
- Ross Island:
Once called as the ‘Paris of the East’ by the Brits. But all it’s glory and tropical beauty was wrecked by the earthquake of 1941 and the Japanese invasion. It has English architecture and machine-gun nests that are great fun to poke finger in.
What are some interesting things to do for children in the Andamans?For kids, there is no special place, but yes, they can enjoy water activities and sightseeing. Some of the activities for kids are:
- Witnessing Bioluminescence at Havelock Island: Tiny lighted stars and galaxies floating under your feet instead of the blue sky above is worth an experience. Bioluminescence can be witnessed only on no moon nights. Kayak tours are arranged by experts, which are anyway few in Havelock.
- Scuba Diving: If your kid is above 10years, then scuba is the best activity that can be done in different places of Andaman.
- Riding a Banana Boat at Port Blair: Riding a Banana Boat is another fun-filled and thrilling thing to do in Andaman. At a time 6 people can ride the banana-shaped boats. You can include kids, but need to be very careful.
- Trying the Glass Bottom Boat ride: In this, you get a good view of the corals beneath With proper safety gear, this one is good for kids as well.
- Travelling in a Sea Plane: Taking off in a seaplane run by Pawan Hans is one of the exclusive things to do in Andaman. You can experience this unique ride while going from Port Blair to Havelock.
- Attending the Light & Sound Show at Cellular Jail: Cellular Jail in Port Blair is among the must-visit attractions in Andaman. For kids, this is the best historical place to learn the history. The light & sound includes a Peepal tree’s narration, voiced by the veteran actor Om Puri, telling the poignant stories of the prisoners tortured to death in the jail. The timing is Tuesday – Sunday; 8:45 am – 12:30 pm & 1:45 pm – 5 pm.
What all water sports I can enjoy in Andaman?You can go for snorkeling, scuba diving or ride a banana boat at the Andamans. Note that you should only undertake scuba diving after proper training Parasailing is also a popular sport along the beaches.At North Bay Beach you can walk under the sea and finally visit ‘Octopus’s Garden.
How many Islands I can visit in Andaman? Which are must visit?There are total 572 islands in Andaman, out of which 36 islands are inhabited. Some of the must visit Islands in Andaman are:
• Havelock Island
• Long Island
• Neil Island
• Baratang Island
• North Passage Island
• Ross Island
Which are the best beaches in Andaman?Beaches in Andaman are worth exploring because of their exotic look. The corals and marine life offer a beautiful underwater adventure. There are some amazing beaches in Andaman which includes-
• Elephant beach: It is known for unspoilt beauty. It is a must visit if you are going to Havelock, especially since it takes on 20 minutes from the dock.
• Guitar Island and Beach: It looks great from the Ariel view. This exotic island is tucked out of common tourist itineraries and is among the least visited islands.
• Red Skin Island Beach: This isn’t your typical Andaman beach with a huge stretch of sand and blue waters. It is more like mangrove extension with a very narrow beach strip.
• Chidiyatapu Beach: The beach is located in the southernmost tip of south Andaman about 30km from Port Blair. Called as Nightfall Point or Flying Creature Island, one can enjoy the best sunset in the Andaman.
• Badabalu Beach: Tucked away from tourist location, Badabalu looks a different from the traditional Andaman beaches. The sand is greyish brown and the water is a cool shade of blue.
• Little Andaman Beach: One of the most visited beaches; this is the fourth largest of Andaman Islands. You can go for boat rides between the creeks, coral viewing.
• Radhanagar Beach: It is known for turquoise blue waters and white sandy shores. Radhanagar beach was named as Asia’s best beach and the world’s seventh best beach by Time magazine.
Can I go on cruise or yacht in Andaman? What will be the cost of cruise for one day?Yes, you can sail around Andaman in cruise or yachts. The sailing is usually for two-three days, where you will join dolphins and whales migrating across the open ocean. You’ll discover paradise beaches and unique wildlife swim with elephants and other animals. You can book a cabin in advance. West Coast Marine Yacht Service is the leading company offering charter and yacht service.
Can I do a seaplane ride? What will be the cost?Yes, Seaplace from Port Blair to Havelock is available. Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd. in association with Andaman & Nicobar Administration introduced 9 seater Cessna 208A seaplanes in A&N Islands. Sea Plane takes approximately 25 Minutes to reach Havelock Island. Please note:
• The price of the service is minimum INR 4500.
• Sea Plane rides are subject to weather conditions
• The plane can carry a maximum of 9 Persons
What kind of food I can find in the Andamans? Are there any veg restaurants?Sea-food is the ethnic and main food found here in Andaman. Some of the foods you can enjoy are- Lobsters, Crab, Prawns, Cuttle fish, and fish of every kind is found here. Lighthouse Residency, Full Moon Cafe, Annapurna Restaurant and few others restaurants are available.
When it comes veg restaurants, Icy Spicy, Annapurna and few others serve the best vegan foods.
What sort of nightlife is there in the Andamans?Nightlife is prevalent in Port Blair; however, there is not much attraction in the city and even in the island. However, there are few parties and social activities takes place in Andaman, but very few times.
Is Andaman good option for honeymoon? How much will be the cost of honeymoon?Yes, Andaman is good option for honeymoon. In fact, it is the ideal honeymoon destination because of its long stretched beaches, water activities and beautiful climatic condition. The cost of the honeymoon would depend on the package you take and days you would be enjoying.
The package usually starts from INR 30,000 which would include travel fare, stay and activities to be done.
Check here: Best of the Andaman honeymoon tour packages.
What all romantic things which can be done in Andaman?Some of the beaches provide snorkelling, sea-side candlelight dinners and decorative beds. These are sure to make your honeymoon in Andaman romantic and beautiful. Have a tour to the Havelock beach to get relaxing and rejuvenating experience. Mangrove serves as a potential recreation site for fishing, boating, bird watching, sightseeing and photography. Also have a private dinner on the beach. You can ask for the same with the respective hotel. Go for a yacht tour to get elegant and luxurious experiences of the quaint beaches and islands of Andaman. Watch romantic sunset sitting on the boat while having a ride on the Andaman Sea.
Is Andaman is good for family holidays?Yes, Andaman is not restricted to honeymooners, but also family can visit. There are tour packages for everyone. From water adventures to sightseeing, there are many things families too can enjoy.
Can we go on a tour to meet tribal people? Is it safe?It is advisable to avoid meeting tribal people because they have shunned themselves from outer world. In fact, they come under restricted area. So you won’t be allowed to visit them.
How to transport in Andaman? Can we rent a bike or car and what will be the cost?The transportation is quite good due to large number of tourist presence. If you want to rent a bike or bicycle then there is some good service. Two wheeler would cost Rs 500/-. Also there are cab services offered with minimum fare Rs 800/-. You can check with the hotel, if they have any contact with such renting services.
What sort of ATM facility is available in the Andamans?SBI and other state banks ATMs are available in Andaman, Port Blair and Havelock. But you need to carry cash from your start of the journey to avoid any problems later.
What kind of medical facilities are there in the Andamans? What should I do in case of any medical emergency?There are some good medical facilities in Andaman. GB Pant Hospital, INHS Dhanvantari, Chakraborty Hospital, Pillar Health Center, ACE Hospital and few others.
Cellular Jail is one of the most historically significant monuments in the Andaman Islands, as it used to be the place where Britisher officers used to send prisoners for exile, during the period of their rule. The walls of this jail hold many stories of the brave Indian freedom fighters and prisoners who have withstood torment in the cells of this very building. The jail is also referred to as Kala Pani, meaning black water in Hindi, and what was the term for prison cell confinement during that period.The construction of the jail took place the years of 1896 and 1906, however, the British officers had been using the prison as an exile for prisoners right from the period of the Sepoy mutiny, during the late 1950s. The mutiny caused the death of a large number of Indian soldiers by the hands of the British, and those who were managed to survive were sent to the islands to live the rest of their days there.This prison, in particular, was considered to be the best place to send the soldiers who protested against the British, as they were completely isolated from their homes, their families and all their loved ones. Therefore, sending the rebels here was considered the highest form of punishment as it not only received torment in the form of physical punishments and torture, but their spirit was broken as well due to the fact that they were far from everything that was familiar to them.After India got its Independence in 1947, many of the former prisoners went back and visited the prison where they have spent months, and even years. An organization that has been formed by said prisoners, named the “Ex-Andaman Political Prisoner’s Fraternity Circle” had decided to move a petition forward to the government to acknowledge the prison as a national memorial, and that no changes were to be made to it on a large scale. Honoring their struggle, the Prime Minister of India dedicated the prison to the nation on 11th February 1979.Today, the stories and struggles of the freedom and political fighters of our country are proudly displayed on the walls of the prison, and there is even a gallery dedicated to the photos and exhibitions of the movement of the freedom fighters, and the tales of the hardships faced by the brave soldiers who were unfortunate enough to face the torment of the British in this prison.Apart from the gallery, the prison also houses a library on the first floor, which has a lot of books related to the freedom movement, and a gallery showcasing the important moments from the first war of Independence. One of the key attractions the prison is the eternal flame of the Freedom-Swatantrya Jyot that has been built in honor of the soldiers who have given their lives to the freedom movement. This place welcomes many travelers who are on their trip to Andaman. If you're planning a visit to this important National Monument, make sure to read all the details in our guide below.Also, check out the best things to do in Andaman.How to Reach Cellular Jail from Port BlairIf you are planning a vacation to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, then make sure to visit the Cellular Jail, which is one of the most important historical and National monuments in the country.The jail is located in Port Blair, which is the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar islands, and one of the best towns to visit in the region. To get to Port Blair from India, you will have to take a flight, as it is the only way to reach the islands.Air: The Port Blair International Airport, also known as the Veer Savarkar International Airport, is very close to the town center, and many of the key tourist attractions can easily be accessed from the airport.When you reach Port Blair, you can travel to the jail by road, using any of the following modes:Car: You can rent a car and travel to the jail if you want to travel leisurely at your own schedule.Scooter: Scooters are also available for hire, and they are also more economical, so if you are traveling in small groups, then we recommend renting a scooter.Tuk-tuk: Tuk-tuk rickshaws are the most common and cheapest mode of transportation on the islands, and you can easily get a rickshaw on any of the streets in Port Blair. The drivers all speak English pretty well and you will have no trouble reaching the Cellular Jail.Cab: You can either take a cab or hire a car with a driver. This works best if you have an itinerary planned and you are traveling in a larger group.TheCellular Jail is located in Atlanta Point and takes around 15 kilometers to go there from Port Blair.Address: Atlanta Point, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands 744104Click Here to check out the best hotels in Andaman which will offer you a wonderful stay during your trip.Best Time to VisitThe Andaman and Nicobar Islands are blessed with warm and pleasant tropical climate throughout the year, so it's always a good time to visit.During the summer season, during the months of April to June, the weather is really sunny and warm, so if you don't mind sweating a little, then this is the perfect time to visit, as summer is the best time to hit the islands and the beaches.The rainy season in Andaman begins in the month of June and goes on till the month of November. This is usually the offseason in Andaman, and there are not many tourists on the island during this period. This is also the cheapest time to visit the island as all the hotels and resorts offer great discounts during this period. If you are not scared of getting a little wet in the rain, you can consider visiting during this season.The most popular season to visit the islands among the tourists is the winter season, during the months of November to March. The climate during this season is optimal for tourists, as it is not too hot to explore the tourist attraction in the towns, but also still warm and pleasant enough to spend time at the beaches.Also, check out the best places to visit in Portblair.Other Essential Info about Cellular JailHere are some other important points to note before making a visit to Cellular Jail:1) Mobile ConnectivityYou will not need to purchase a new SIM card as the same networks that work in other parts of the country, work on the island as well. However, certain networks like Jio and Reliance have been said to receive lesser reception and network compared to other networks. According to tourists, the networks that work the best on the island are Vodafone and Airtel, and you should make sure that you or someone in your travel group has that network to be on the safer side.2) Medical FacilitiesThe premises of the cellular Jail are equipped with a first aid kit, however, there are no in-house doctors or nurses available in the vicinity of the jail. However, there are quite a few medical stores and hospitals located nearby in Port Blair. The closest and best hospital to Cellular Jail would be the GB Pant Hospital, located right at Atlanta point, only 400 meters away from the jail. If you take some specific medications, then we advise you to carry your own medicines and not rely on the cellular jail for medical aid3) Timings of Light and Sound ShowOne of the key attractions of the Cellular Jail is the light and sound show. The show happens every day in the evening, and there are both Hindi and English options for the show. The timings of the shows are as follows:English: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PMHindi: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday at 05:30 pm to 06:30 pm, 06:45 pm to 07:45 pm, 08:00 pm to 09:00 pm, 09:15 pm to 10:15 pm.You can plan your visit according to your show of preference so that you can visit the jail and watch the show on the same day.4) Places to eat near Cellular JailThe Cellular Jail is located in Port Blair, and there are quite a few good restaurants nearby that are worth visiting. Some of the best restaurants that need to be on your list while visiting Port Blair are:-Icy Spicy - a vegetarian restaurant specializing in Indian and Chinese cuisines.-New Lighthouse Restaurant - known for its delicious seafood dishes.-Fortune Resort Bay Island - a high-end restaurant known for its great hospitality and food.-Ananda Multi-cuisine Restaurant - specializing in Indian and seafood.5) Minimum Duration for Visiting Cellular JailCellular Jail has, in total, 3 major tourist attractions:The gallery of photos and exhibitions that narrate the tales of the freedom fighters and soldiers.The library showcasing various books related to the freedom movement.The eternal flame that has been established in honor of the soldiers and martyrs who gave their lives to the freedom movement.To cover all these things with time to spare, and to watch the light and sound show as well, which is one hour long, we recommend that you visit at least two hours prior to the beginning to the show so you have ample time to explore the premises.Planning a trip to Andaman? You must check out the best attractions in Andaman which will allow you to have the best experience.Frequently Asked Questions1. What is Kalapani punishment?The soldiers who stood up against the British officers in the freedom movement were captured and subjected to Kalapani punishment, which involved being locked up in the Cellular Jail in Andaman, away from their homes and families. Very few made it out alive from the torturous experience.2. Who made cellular jail?Cellular Jail was built by The British Raj, or the British Crown as it is otherwise known and it was built for the purpose of sending all the soldiers who protested against the British rule, to exile on a faraway island.3. Why is it called Kalapani?The Cellular Jail is otherwise referred to as Kalapani prison, which means black water in Hindi, is called so because of the Kalapani punishment that is sentenced to the freedom fighters in the freedom movement, which involved them being sent to exile to the island and have to spend the rest of their days in this prison4. Who escaped cellular jail?There was once an escape attempt in the prison, during the month of March in 1868. A group of 238 prisoners ran away but were caught a month later. Among them, one committed suicide, and from the rest, 87 were ordered to be hanged by the general in charge.5. What are the timings of the light and sound show at the cellular jail?The timings are as follows:English: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PMHindi: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday at 05:30 pm to 06:30 pm, 06:45 pm to 07:45 pm, 08:00 pm to 09:00 pm, 09:15 pm to 10:15 pm.6. How much time do we need to visit cellular jail properly?There are three main attractions in the jail, namely:-The gallery of photos and exhibits-The library-The everlasting flameYou will need around 2 hours to cover them all, excluding the light and sound show.7. What is the entry fees in Cellular jail?The entry fees for the jail id around INR 30 per head, both adults and children, and there are extra costs for photo and video cameras.-INR 200 for photo camera-INR 1000 for a video camera8. What kind of punishment was given to the prisoners of kalapani?The prisoners of the Kalapani prison were subjected to many different forms of unspeakable torment, such as:-Whipping-Beating-Quarantine-Starvation-Standing in the sun for long hours, and more.9. How far is cellular jail from Port Blair?Cellular Jail is around 15 kilometers away from Port Blair and it takes around 30 minutes to get there by road. You can either rent a car or scooter or hire a rickshaw or a cab to get there.10. Which places can I visit near cellular jail?There are quite a few other interesting tourist attractions near Cellular Jail that you can visit, such as:-Marina Park and Aquarium-Anthropological Museum-MakruzzDon't forget to check out the best honeymoon packages in Andaman to have the most romantic time with your other half.
There are several picturesque and popular islands near Port Blair that you can explore during your trip to Andaman and Nicobar Islands. However, few can match the quaint and soothing charm of Neil Island. This island is preferred by visitors for its amazing biodiversity, white sandy beaches, unspoiled and pretty coral reefs and tropical woodlands. If you want to get away from bustle and crowd of popular places in the Andaman’s, this is the perfect weekend getaway!Located approximately 36 km northeast of port Blair, this island exudes a certain type of laid back charm and you can feel that sometime after setting your foot in. Besides, it is a small island which makes it ideal for spending a couple of days, ideally. The widest part is about 5 kilometers. If you start walking, covering the island may take just 2 hours or so. It is somewhat warmer than neighboring Havelock and so lacks forest cover.This island has enough places where you can relax or laze around in afternoon watching the sunset and staring at the vast blue sea. There are not many amenities and the beaches may not be lavish but that can actually be bliss in disguise, more so if you prefer serenity.
Chidiya Tapu is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Andaman, and if you are on a trip to the islands, do not forget to spend a few hours at this wonderful place. Chidiya Tapu is mainly popular for its wide range of birds and is a haven for bird watchers. Indigenous and migratory birds can be seen decorating the skies here, enticing nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts visiting the place.This island in Andaman is also a treasure trove of thick forests and stunning views of the ocean. At almost every turn, the mesmerizing views of a thick green blanket and azure sea waters await you. Experience serenity as the dense mangroves cover the entirety of the island and provide a sense of calm to the senses. A walk through the jungles will make you forget everything about your hectic lifestyle.The island is also an attractive option for adventure sports lovers. It has a rich underwater sea life, including colourful corals and vibrant marine wildlife. Go snorkelling or scuba diving and experience the rich world under the surface, explore the labyrinthine reefs, get caught in the whirlpool of tiny fishes, and swim with majestic sea turtles. The island also has an option of sea walking, for those of you who do not know how to swim. Now you can witness the mesmerizing underwater view under the guidance of experienced and helpful staff.Pre-book your Andaman tour package for most comfortable and lavish experience.If you like staying on land, you can check out the trail that leads to the famous Mund Pahad, or the Black Mountain. The path is rife with mesmerizing views of the island, and the vantage point will take your breath away, as you witness the blue sea stretched out as far as the eye can see. The biological park is another good destination, where you can enjoy a picnic with your family in the middle of dense forests and witness wild animals in their natural habitat. Chidiya Tapu is also famous as The Sunset Point, so you can simply head over to the beach at the end of a long day and be enthralled by the tangerine sun setting over turquoise sea waters.Chidiya Tapu Biological ParkCatch the rich biodiversity and a wide range of tropical flora and fauna of the Andaman islands at this biological park that was established in 2001. The park aims towards conservation and the study of endemic and endangered species of plants and animals that are indigenous to the islands. The place is covered with thick green jungles that provide the animals with natural habitat and act as a source of physical and mental relief towards its visitors.The park features exotic plant species like Mahuas and Padauks, to exquisite birds and animals. It is spread over 40 hectares and there is a lot to see here, including wild pigs and spotted deers roaming openly in the jungle. There is also a reptile centre for those of you who are interested in watching crocodiles and snakes. For bird watchers, it is a heavenly delight, as indigenous and migratory birds can often be spotted flying without any reserve in the park.The serpentine treks, the sound of birds singing in the background, and the occasional sighting of a wild animal is a thrilling experience. For the nature admirer and photography enthusiast, there is no better place on Chidiya Tapu than spending a few hours here.Andaman is popular among newly wedded couples and so we bring you some of the best honeymoon packages of Andaman for a perfect romantic retreat.- Highlights: endemic and endangered species of plants and animals in their natural habitat- Visiting time: 10 am to 5 pm, open from Tuesday to Sunday, closed on Mondays- Visiting Duration: people usually spend 2-3 hours here- Location: Chidiyatapu, Andaman and Nicobar Islands- Entry Fee: INR 20 for Indians, and INR 50 for foreigners- Guides: Guides are recommended because there are many hidden gems here that you may otherwise miss. They are available for rates as low as 1500 INR.How to reach Chidiya Tapu- From Port BlairChidiya Tapu is located nearly 30 kilometres from Port Blair, and there are several ways to reach the island from there. Most people tend to take a bike and cycle to reach the exotic island, as the serpentine road offers stunning vistas and spectacular views. If you take this route, you will get to witness the awe-inspiring beauty of the dense jungles, rolling hills, and the rocky beach of Kalapathar. You can also hire a car to get to Chidiya Tapu from Port Blair.- From Havelock IslandIf you are in Havelock and want to get to Chidiya Tapu, you will have to go via Port Blair, as there is no direct route between the two islands. From Havelock to Port Blair, there are several routes, including cheap ones like a government tourist ferry that leaves thrice a week, or a thrilling helicopter ride that will offer stunning views of the islands. Once you reach Port Blair, you can simply take a bike or a ferry to Chidiya Tapu.Best time to visit Chidiya TapuAlthough the island experiences pleasant weather throughout the year, it is best to visit Chidiya Tapu in the months between October and April which is also the best time to visit Andaman.In the summer months of May to July, the temperature notches over 40 degrees and the weather can be quite hot. It is not ideal to venture out in these harsh conditions, the beaches are scorching, the roads are empty, and even birds and animals retreat to the jungles to keep themselves cool.During the monsoon months of August to September, heavy rainfall can result in dangerous conditions on the beaches, as the waves can be quite high in this weather. These months see the ocean get unpredictable and tsunami warnings are quite common.So, the best time to visit is during the spring and winter months. The weather during these months is clear, pleasant, and ideal for exploration. Since the temperatures do not drop to extremes, it is also the perfect weather for relaxing on the beaches and indulging in water sports.Click here to know more about the best places to visit in Port Blair.Essential Info:1. Places to visit near Chidiya TapuThere are several tourist destinations near the island, where you can romance with nature and enjoy the scenery around.The most prominent tourist destination near Chidiya Tapu is Kalapathar Beach. You will encounter this place on your way from Port Blair to Chidiya Tapu. Spend a few moments admiring the long trail of black rocks and boulders on the beach. Once you reach the island, there is a trekking trail to Munda Pahad that is strewn with mesmerizing views of the islands. You can also check out Cinque Island, another place that is ideal for a retreat towards all the beauty nature has to offer.2. Things/ Activities to do in Chidiya TapuChidiya Tapu is a paradise for nature lovers, and one of the most popular things to do in Chidiya Tapu is bird watching. The island is famous all over the country for hosting a wide variety of bird species, some of them endemic and endangered. You will also get to witness exotic migratory birds along with the indigenous ones.To up your adrenaline levels at the island, indulge in activities like snorkelling, pearl hunting, boating, deep sea walking and scuba diving. If you are travelling with your family, a quiet picnic in the biological park will be an ideal getaway for you.Chidiya Tapu is also famous as The Sunset Point. The colourful hues splashed around the sky at dusk are not a sigh to be missed.Also, check out the best things to do in Andaman and Nicobar for your next trip.3. Places to eat in and near Chidiya TapuThere are several places in and around the island where you can get some delicious food without burning a hole in your pocket. The cuisines included are local as well as continental.Some of the most famous restaurants include Brewberrys and Waves. Both these places are a bit on the expensive side, but the gourmet food and stunning decor make up for it. There are also some resorts on the island that offer some mouth-watering snacks, like Palm Grove, Rose Valley, and Fortune Resorts. Along with the food, you get to enjoy the stunning views of the island at these places.Enjoy your trip to the island with these amazing water sports in Andaman.4. Places to stay near Chidiya TapuIf you are planning on spending a few days on the island, there are several options for a luxurious stay.Sea Princess Beach Resort offers the perfect blend of modern facilities and stunning views. The hotel is only 15 kilometres from the island, so you can go sightseeing anytime you want. Hotel Blue Marlin offers spacious and airy rooms at an affordable price. If you are looking for a truly pampering stay and are not afraid of paying extra cash for it, check out Comfort Inn Blue Waves. On the flip side is The North Reef that is cheap and cosy - ideal for students and backpackers.Here are the best resorts in Andaman that you should book for a comfortable stay.5. Medical Facilities in Chidiya TapuPort Blair is only a few kilometres from Chidiya Tapu and the capital city has state of the art medical facilities and several hospitals to take care of emergency medical problems. Qualified doctors, nurses, medicines, imaging equipment are easily available here. The island itself also has a PHC that is equipped with 10 beds.6. Timing to visit Chidiya TapuThe island is famous for its gorgeous sunsets, so it is best to go here at dusk. But if you want to explore the biological park, it is better to plan your trip during the afternoon, so that you can spend a few hours at the park before heading to the beach to watch the famed sunset.Here is the list of best hotels in Andaman that won't let you feel homesick.7. Mobile Connectivity in Chidiya TapuA network connection is dicey at best on the island, because of the remoteness of this place. The connection is good in parts of Port Blair, and Havelock island, but Chidiya Tapu is covered mostly by deep woods, and therefore, internet connection is slow. If you can get a satellite connection, the connectivity is good, but that is an expensive option.8. Travellers' Tip before visiting Chidiya TapuIt is best to get some malaria vaccinations before going to the islands, as well as take precautions when it comes to food and water. Do not drink tap water here, and carry a first aid kit with you. If you are a foreign national, always keep your visa and passport with you, and do not enter restricted areas.