Frequently Asked Questions..
By Air and Ship
The Veer Savarkar Airport, an International Airport is located in the capital town of Port Blair, the gateway to Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Port Blair, is connected with Chennai, Kolkata, New Delhi and Bangalore by air. Air India, Go Air, Indigo, Vistara & Spice Jet Airlines operate regular flights. Foreign chartered flights are also permitted to land at Port Blair subject to the fulfilment of guidelines of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
Regular passenger ship services are available to Port Blair from Chennai, Kolkata and Visakhapatnam and back. There are three to four sailings every month from Kolkata and Chennai to Port Blair and vice-versa. There is only one sailing for Visakhapatnam in a month. The voyage takes about 50 to 60 hours during fair weather.
No, Indian citizens do not require a passport to visit Andaman.
The Andaman Islands, like other parts of the Andaman Sea enjoy a tropical climate throughout the year. The average minimum temperature is around 23°C and it seldom goes much above 30°C. Humidity is relatively high at about 70% to 90%, however with a gentle breeze blowing most the time it is still quite pleasant.
Andaman Islands are open for Tourists all seasons. The best time to visit the Andaman Islands is from the month of October to May and Monsoon tourism will be from June to October.
You can shop for items like Spices, Timber Crafts, Jute Items, Shall Crafts, Virgin coconut oil, Nicobari Mat (Chataai) and Coconut Handicrafts on your shopping spree in Andaman.
The indigenous tribes are distinguished in two groups: the Onge, Sentinelese, Jarawa and Andamanese of Negroid descent living on the Andaman Islands and the Shompen and Nicobarese of Mongoloid descent living in the Nicobar Islands. However, it is strictly prohibited, and against the law as well, to enter the tribal reserves, meet or photograph the tribes. One should refrain from disturbing the peaceful haven of these tribes. Respect the tribes and adhere to the law.
Lot of Adventure Water Sports Activities that one can do in Andaman. This includes:
- Scuba Diving
- Sea Walk
- Boat Cruise
- Speed Boating
- Sea Kart
- Jet Skiing
- Parasailing and many more.
The Cellular Jail is open all days from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM for general visit and Sound and Light Show are scheduled from 5:30 PM onwards.
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose (Ross) Island is open on all days daily. Boats are plying from Port Blair from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM for general visit and Sound & Light Show from 4:00 PM onwards.
Taking photographs of the Aboriginal Tribes (Jarawas/Sentinelese/ Great Andamanese / Onge / Shompen) in the Tribal Reserves is not permitted. It is an offence punishable under PAT Regulation 1956.
Foreigners are permitted to visit the following Islands without requirement of Restricted Area Permit- (1) East Island (2) North Andaman (3) Smith Island (4) Curfew Island (5) Stewart Island (6) Landfall Island (7) Ayes Island (8) Middle Andaman (9) Long Island (10) Strait Island (11) North Passage (12) Baratang (13) South Andaman (14) Swaraj Dweep (15) Shaheed Dweep Island (16) Flat Bay (17) North Sentinel Island (18) Little Andaman (19)Chowra (20) Tilang Chong Island (21) Teressa (22) Katchal (23)Nancowry (24) Kamorta (25) Pulomilo (26) Great Nicobar (27) Little Nicobar (28) Narcondum Island (29) Interview Island & (30) Wiper Island(Day visit only).
Citizens of Afghanistan, China and Pakistan and foreign nationals having their origin in these countries would continue to require the Restricted Area Permit to visit Andaman & Nicobar Islands. In such cases, the Restricted Area Permit (RAP) would be granted only after prior approval of the Ministry of Home Affairs. If any such national is found visiting these Islands without the Restricted Area Permit, necessary penal action would be taken under the relevant provisions of the Foreigners Act, 1946.
Indian rupee is the currency used in Andaman. The facility for exchange of currency is only available in Port Blair. Credit cards are only acceptable in big hotels and resorts, UPI and cash can be used in markets.
Being an island, it is a heaven for seafood lovers. Besides that, a variety of Indian and continental food is also available. Finding vegetarian food in Andaman will not be a hassle.
You can wear light cotton clothing, sun dresses, shorts or shirts when sightseeing in Andaman. Keep hats, caps, sunglasses handy, in order to stay protected under the sun. Bathing suits should be restricted to the beaches only. Dress modestly if you plan to visit any religious place.
The official languages of the island are Hindi and English. Bengali is the most common spoken language. You will also find people speaking other languages like Tamil and Malayalam.
Sun rises and sets early in the Andaman Islands. Loud parties till the wee hours of the morning are not mainstream in these areas. You may find bars at the hotels and even DJ’s but the avenues will be restricted to Port Blair and Havelock islands. On the other hand if you are looking for offbeat experiences like spending time with your loved ones in parks, taking a cruise or scuba diving at night then you will not be disappointed.
All Indian festivals like Diwali, Holi, Christmas etc. are celebrated. There are also other festivals like Island tourism festival, Subhash mela, beach festival, music festival, food festival and World Tourism Day that are celebrated with much gusto on the island.
Radhanagar is one of the best beaches of Andman. If you want to enjoy the calm waters and the sunset over the horizon, this is the place to be. Other popular tourist beaches of Andaman include Elephant beach, Kala Pathar, Wandoor, Corbyn’s Cove, Vijayanagar, Sitapur, Kalipur beach in Diglipur and many more.
Yes. Andaman’s popularity as a tourist destination has spread all around the world. Tourism police and life guards are available at all major attractions in Andaman. As a tourist, it is your responsibility to take care of your belongings. Avail locker services available at hotels, resorts and other attractions. Most importantly, adhere to the rules stated by the officials. Do not litter on land or sea. Help protect the marine life at Andaman and keep the place garbage free.
Andaman has a lot to offer for all kinds of travelers. If you are planning on a budget trip then you will find a lot of pocket friendly accommodation options. Do book your flights in advance to save up on those air ticket costs. Cost might add up depending on the type of water sports and activities you partake in. On the other hand if you are looking for luxury options, Andaman has beach resorts, private island experiences and gourmet food you can relish.
Yes, Think n Maker is an expert travel company based out of Andaman Islands. We are expert tour operators in the islands. Our holiday experts will surely customise a trip as per your requirements.
We recommend at least 5 days to Andaman Islands, however, if you are short of time then you can connect with us for a favourable tour itinerary.
Yes, we are based out of Andaman Islands. Our head office is in Port Blair (Capital of Andaman Islands).
Our price is very competitive and real value for money. We customize every trip as per the requirement of our guest may it be solo backpackers, budget trips (couples/family), Honeymoon trip etc. Rest assured in terms of pricing factor you get the best value for your money.
The COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions for visiting Andaman may change over time, so it's essential to check the latest updates from official sources and the local authorities before planning your trip. These guidelines may include requirements for testing, quarantine, and vaccination, depending on the prevailing situation. Make sure to comply with all the rules and regulations to ensure a safe and hassle-free visit to Andaman.
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