Cruise to Andaman & Nicobar Island

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Cruise to Andaman and Nicobar Island by ships operated under “Shipping Corporation of India”. 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.

Port Blair, is connected with Chennai, Kolkata, New Delhi and Bhubaneshwar by air. Air India, Jet Airways, Jet lite, Go Air & Spice Jet Airlines operate regular flights. Foreign chartered flights are also permitted to land at Port Blair subject to the fulfillment of guidelines of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Govt. of India. Ships Ferrying Andaman and Nicobar Island ( Port Blair):

There are Five ships operating between mainland of India [Chennai (Madras), Kolkata (Calcutta) and Vishakapatnam (Vizag)] and Andaman and Nicobar Islands(Port Blair , the capital of Andaman & Nicobar Islands).

Andaman-MV-HarshvardhanShip are:

  1. M. V. Nicobar
  2. M.V. Nancowry
  3. M.V. Akbar
  4. M.V. Harshavardhana
  5. M.V. Swaraj Dweep

Ship Operations 

Sectors From To Journey Time
Port Blair-Chennai-Port Blair Chennai Port Blair About 60 hrs
Port Blair-Kolkata-Port Blair Kolkata Port Blair About 66 hrs
Port Blair-Vishakapatnam-Port Blair Vishakapatnam Port Blair About 56 hrs

Cruise to Andaman & Nicobar Island with Shipping Corporation of India Ships

ANDAMAN SHIP TICKET COST FARE

Ship Class Fare (in Rs)
M.V. Swaraj Dweep / Nancowry / Nicobar / Campbell Bay Deluxe Cabin 9,750
1st Class Cabin 8,080
2nd Class Cabin 6,420
Bunk Class 2,500
M.V. Harshavardhana Deluxe Cabin 9,750
1st Class Cabin 8,080
2nd Class ‘A’ Cabin 6,420
2nd Class ‘B’ Cabin 4,960
Bunk Class 2,500
M.V. Akbar Deluxe Cabin 9,750
1st Class Cabin 6,890
2nd Class Cabin 4,190
Bunk Class 2,180

The Directorate of Shipping Services will not bear any responsibility for delay (if any) or change in the programme. Travellers are requested to ensure minute-by-minute programme of departure through the Ticketing / Program coordinator at the following Phones: Ship Schedule Helpline – 03192-231794



Procedure for Purchasing Ship Tickets
General Guidelines
The tourists has to come to Kolkata,Chennai or Vizag at least wo days in adavnce, if they have talked to concerned offices or reserved their tickets . Otherwise at least five days in advance from ship sailing date to contact above offices or ticket issuing authority. The prescribed application form need to be filled up and two passport size photographs are alos needed for attachment. The tickets are issued on firts come first serve basis. Passenger are required to give details of infants below two years of age while purchasing tickets. No fare will be charged for the infants .
Ship Ticket Booking at Kolkata:
Shipping Corporation of India issues the tickets for all the passenger vessels.
Shipping Hosue,
#13 Strand Road,
Kolkata-17
☏: (033)284456
Ship Ticket Booking at Vishakapatnam:
Passenger tickets and booking of cargo with respect to all passenger vessels calling at Visakapatnam is done by an Agent of Shipping Corporation of India(SCI).
M/S A.V. Bhanoji Rao Garuda Pattabiramaiah Co. Ltd.,
Vishakapatnam-17

Contact information for Mainland – Island Ship Tickets

  • The Directorate of Shipping Service, Andaman and Nicobar Administration, Phoenix Bay Jetty, Port Blair.
    Ph: 03192-245555, 230480, Fax: 03192-230480
  • Shipping Corporation of India Ltd., Shipping House, No. 13, Strand Road, Kolkata – 700001
    Ph: 033-22482354, 22488013, Fax: (033) 24822035, 24820377
  • The Asst. Director of Shipping Services, A & N Administration, 6, RajajiSalai, Chennai – 600001
    Ph: 044-25220841, Fax: 044-25226873
  • M/s. AV Bhanojirowgaruda, (SCI ticketing agent) Pattabhiramayya & Co., Near Port Main Gate, Post Box No: 17, Vizag
    Ph: 0891-2565597, Fax: 0891-2566507

Inter-Island Connectivity – By Ferry

The 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. The Directorate also operates vehicle ferries to important locations and several Harbour ferries. The sailing schedules are published in the Administration’s News Paper – The Daily Telegrams (English Daily) and Dweep Samachar (Hindi Daily). The All India Radio & Doordarshan also announce sailing schedules besides official website. Tickets are issued through the ‘STARS’ counters located at Phoenix Bay Jetty, managed by the Directorate of Shipping Services.

For tourists, private boats are operated from Aberdeen Jetty (Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex), Port Blair to nearby tourist places like Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Island, Viper Island, North Bay, Harbour Cruise etc. Private tourist boats are also available at Wandoor (Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park) for journey to Jolly Buoy and Red Skin Islands. Private luxury tourist boats are operating from Phoenix bay jetty, Port Blair to Swaraj Dweep and back during season, cutting down travel time considerably.
Andaman-map-IndiaHistory of Andaman
The Andaman & Nicobar Islands have been inhabited for several thousand years, at the very least. The earlier archaeological evidence yet documented goes back some 2,200 years; however, the indications from genetic, cultural and linguistic isolation studies point to habitation going back 30,000 – 60,000 years, well into the Middle Palaeolithic.

Climate and Geography
The islands have a tropical climate. The South-west Monsoon sets in Andaman Nicobar islands towards the end of May and the North-east Monsoon in November. There is no fury of hot summer, no chilling winter, no water clogging or traffic jams. For those who want to enjoy boating, swimming, snorkeling, sightseeing all 12 months is season.

Normal rainfall at Port Blair : 3900 mm   Min. Temperature : 23.2° C, Max. Temperature: 25° C
Port Blair – The Capital of Andaman and Nicobar Island
Port Blair is the capital of the Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Port Blair is the gateway to the pristine islands. Port Blair, an Island town offering water-based activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, sea-cruises, and glimpses of the history and culture of the region. The Aberdeen Bazaar forms the centre of the town.

Geographical Location

Location: Bay of Bengal
Longitude – Latitude: 92° to 94° East, 6° to 14° North
Altitude – Saddle Peak (North Andaman Island): 732 Meters
Mount Thullier (Great Nicobar Island): 642 Meters
Total Area: 8249 Sq. Km
Distance by sea (In kms.)
Between Port Blair & Chennai: 1190
Between Port Blair & Kolkata: 1255
Between Port Blair & Vishakapatnam: 1200

Local Transport in Andamans
Taxis, autos, buses, minibuses are the mode of local transport in Port Blair and other tourist places. Two wheelers are available for hire in most of the places for sightseeing. In small islands like Swaraj Dweep and Shaheed Dweep, cycles are advisable for exploring places of interest.

In Port Blair, pre-paid cab service is available at Airport (Arrival Hall) and Mohanpura, Opp. Bus terminus to all important outer islands connected by Road. Bus services are operated by Private Operators and also Transport department from Port Blair Mohanpura Bus Terminus to various places.

CAB availibility
The Pre-paid Cab Service from Veer Savarkar Airport is being manned by the Andaman and Nicobar Traffic Police under the charge of Dy. SP (Traffic) and in case of any complaint, the tourists/passengers can contact on Telephone Nos.243812, 234472 – Extn. 313 and at Police Control Room : 232100

Fairs and Festivals in Andaman and Nicobar
To provide entertainment of opportunities for tourists and local public the Tourism Department organises the following fairs and festivals / events every year by covering maximum tourists’ spots / islands in Andaman & Nicobar Islands :

Name of the Event  Tentative Schedule
Island Tourism Festival 15 days in January
Beach Festival  3 days in April
Music Festival / Monsoon Festival 3 days in August
Food Festival 4 days in September
World Tourism Day celebrations 27th September
Film Festival 3 days in November

Tourists Information Centre Andamans
Telefax: 03192 246444, Mail: secyipt.and@nic.in
Directorate of Tourism, Andaman & Nicobar Administration Port Blair, 744101
Timings : 8.30 AM to 12.30 PM; 02.00 PM to 05.00 PM
Phone : 03192 – 232694, Fax : 03192 – 232747/230933
Email : accomodation6@and.nic.in (for accommodation), tourisminformation.ipt@gmail.com

Protected Corals and Shells

  • Corals & Shells, collection of which are prohibited under Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.
  • Shells included in the Schedule-I of Wildlife protection Act (1972).
  • Shells included in the Schedule-IV of Wildlife protection Act (1972).

Tourists Information Centre

  • Andaman Tourism (ANIIDCO) TTDC Complex, Wallajah Road, Near KalaivanarArangam, Chennai – 600102.
  • Mobile : 09841015934, Phone : 044-25360952, 24743238
  • Veer Savarkar International Airport, Port Blair, Phone : 03192-232414

Medical Emergency

Name  Phones (Std code 03192)
Ambulance, G.B. Pant Hospital, Port Blair 232102
G.B. Pant Hospital, Port Blair 233473
AYUSH Hospital, Port Blair 232427
Ambulance, Pillar Hospital, Port Blair 233193 / 240987
Dr. Maricar Hospital, Port Blair 233434
Diglipur PHC 272242
Baratang PHC 279533
Rangat 274241

Ship Arrival and Departure Enquires

Name Phones (03192)
Mainland bound vessels- Port Blair 245555
Inter-Island bound vessels- Port Blair 232714
Police Control Room Phone Number Phones (03192)
Police Control Room, Port Blair 232100
Police Control Room, Mayabunder 273204
Police Control Room, Carnicobar 265231

Administration Advisory issued through Secretary (IP&T) Andaman and Nicobar Island

All Tourists visiting Andaman & Nicobar Islands are hereby advised to abstain from entering/ visiting the areas reserved for Aboriginal Tribes. Any violation of such restrictions is a criminal offence and punishable under the Andaman & Nicobar Islands (Protection of Aboriginal Tribes) ReguJation, 1956, as amended from time to time. Any entry into the reserved area for the purpose of talcing photographs or making videos of the aboriginal tribes is punishable with imprisonment which may extend to Three Years and with pecuniary fine up to Ten Thousand rupees.

All the Travel Agents/Tour Operators are also informed that promotion of tourism activities through any advertisement relating to aboriginal tribes, directly or indirectly, is a punishable offence under the Andaman & Nicobar Islands (Protection of Aboriginal Tribes) Regulation, 1956, as amended from time to time. Any contravention of the Regulation is punishable with imprisonment which may extend to Three Years and with fine which may extend to Ten Thousand rupees.

All Travel Agents/Tour Operators are requested to encourage the Tourists to take sea route to visit Baratang and other permissible areas in North & Middle Andaman. The Directorate of Shipping has already taken many initiatives to make the sea journey more afforda ble and more convenient. The boat-tickets for Baratang by sea route are available at the ticket counters of Directorate of Shipping Services (DSS) and the same are also available at the counters of the

PARTICULARS OF FOREIGN NATIONALS ARRIVING AT PORT BLAIR A&N ISLANDS. All Foreign Nationals must submit their details in the form mentioned above. They can download the form and submit to the Administrators Andaman and Nicobar.

Important Guidelines for travellers may be downloaded from here:
Draft Guidelines for Horse Safari Operator in A&N Island    (314 KB)

Guidelines for Operation of all Terrain Vehicle in A&N Island    (427 KB)

Eco-Tourism Policy Guidelines – 2015   (1.68MB)

Restricted Area Permit   (54KB)

Tourism Trade Regulations / Guidelines   (214KB)

Bed & Breakfast Guidelines   (162KB)

Guidelines for Operations of Submersible Scooter in Andaman Nicobar Islands   (410 KB)

Annexures of Submersible Scooter in Andaman Nicobar Islands   (403 KB)

Certified/Licensed Snorkel Guides By National Institute of Water Sports (NIWS), Goa   (211 KB)

Water Sports Guidelines 2016   (33KB)

Annexure – I, Circular   (49KB)

Annexure – II, Parasailing Guidelines   (85KB)

Annexure – III, Scuba Diving Guidelines   (694KB)

Annexure – IV, Sea Walk Guidelines   (113KB)

Annexure – V, Kayak Guidelines   (102KB)



Important Attraction of the Andaman and Nicobar Island
Diglipur

Diglipur, a large island located in the North Andaman area, is a tourist hotspot and an ecological paradise. The island houses rows of tropical forests, mangroves, and lovely beaches rich in exotic marine life.

Diglipur (325 Kms., approx. 12 hrs by road from Port Blair) Situated in North Andaman Island, Diglipur provides a rare experience for eco friendly tourists. It is famous for its oranges, rice and marine life. Saddle Peak the highest point in the islands is nearby. Kalpong, the only river of Andaman flows here. The only Hydro-electric project of the islands is on this river. One can feel the innocent beauty of village life everywhere in Diglipur.

One who preffrs seclusion and serene environment away from clity Hustle and Bustle, must visit here to experience and enjoy natural beauty

How to reach Diglipur

By Boat: Diglipur is connected by boat from Port Blair & Mayabunder.  One who comes by boat from Port Blair will reach Aerial Bay Jetty, which is very near to Kalipur in Diglipur. Port Blair – Diglipur boat services are available twice a week. Further, Kalighat is also well connected by daily two boat services from Mayabunder.

By Bus: One can also reach Diglipur from Port Blair, by road via ATR.

Where to Stay in Diglipur?

Turtle Resort

Turtle Resort run by the Directorate of Tourism Andaman and Nicobar at Kalipur provides comfortable accommodation. There are few private resorts as well. It is advisable to confirm your booking well in advance to avoid last minute rush.

Lamiya Bay Beach, Diglipur

The beach lies a few kilometers ahead of Kalipur beach and marks the foothill of Saddle Peak, the highest peak of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

To reach Lamiya Bay, take the road that goes to Kalipur beach from the jetty, and go ahead of the Kalipur beach.

One can have a long and intense moment of solitude at the beach, while sitting on the rocks and hearing the waves crash against the rocks that produces a melodious sound and brings peace and calmness to the mind.

Mud Volcano at Shyam Nagar

Located near Hathilevel i.e. at a distance of 20 kms from Diglipur are a chain of Mud volcanoes could be witnessed in the green jungle of Shyamnagar at Diglipur. One has to trek for 15 minutes in the semi-evergreen forests  to reach Mud volcano. At the initial point, bigger and dormant mud volcano can be sighted. On proceeding further for few minutes fresh emerging mud volcano’s could be seen. Seating facilities along with information boards are provided for visitors.

Kalipur Beach and Turtle Nesting Ground

Andaman and Nicobar Islands are also home to thousands of turtles during their nesting period. During the winter months of Dec/Jan, turtle nesting takes place in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Turtle Nesting takes place at Kalipur beach and Ramanagar Beach at Diglipur also. There are facilities provided by Forest Department, for Turtle Nesting at Kalipur Beach.

Andaman-havlock-islandHavelock Island

Havelock Island is one of the largest and most popular islands in Andaman and Nicobar. Spread over a massive area of 113.93 square kilometres, it is situated 57 km north-east of the capital city Port Blair. Havelock Island is a paradise of silky white sand beaches, crystal blue water, rich corals and verdant forests. There is no dearth of beauty on this little island as the reputed and much-loved Radhanagar and Vijaynagar Beaches are also right on its southern shores. Havelock Island is also a favourite amongst those who want to engage in scuba diving, snorkelling, and deep sea diving.

The pristine shores and the aquamarine waters of the island stretch right across its expanses! Elephant beach and Kalapather beach are two other destinations where the sunrise and sunsets are divine. A long walk along the stretch of the sand is the perfect way to explore the island on your own.The island was named after a British General and comprises of Ritchie’s Archipelago and a collection of five villages. Surrounded by the most popular beaches on Andaman, it is among the most popular places to visit on the archipelago.

Andaman-RossSmith-Twin-islandsRoss Island or Twin Island

13 km from city center: A couple of kilometers away from Port Blair, Ross Islands were the British administrative headquarters of the islands till 1941.

Viper Island

10 km from city center: Years before Cellular Jail was constructed, Viper Island was used by the British to keep the freedom fighters in exile. You can still see the remains of the jail which was built in 1867 by the British.

Neil Island

44 km from city center: Neil Island is a beautiful island which is more peaceful and less crowded than Havelock. It is a long stretch of sandy beaches from where one can admire the crystal blue water.

Baratang Island

54 km from city center: Baratang Island is a gateway to North & Middle Andaman District of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. This District, quite unexplored from the tourism point of view, is one of best part of one’s trip to Andaman Islands because of its virgin beauty and natural wonders. In Baratang Island one can see Mud Volcano, mangrove and tropical forests, Limestone Caves, Parrot Island and a nice deserted beach at Baludera. Other offbeat places are also accessible from Baratang such as Merk Bay Beach in North Passage Island, Lalaji Bay Beach and many more.

Little Andaman

112 km. from city center: Little Andaman Island , situated at the southern end of the archipelago and Duncan Passage separates it from Rutland Island. Among all the Andaman Islands, Little Andaman island is the fourth largest . Moreover, it conducts package tours for the visitors from Port Blair to the Little Andaman Island.

Barren Island Volcano

144 km. from city center: Barren Island is located at a distance of 35 kms of Port Blair, the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar islands. The only confirmed active volcano in South Asia, the Barren Island volcano is the northern most volcano in the Indonesian arc. The island is famous as a rare and interesting scuba-diving destination.

Long Island, Andaman

75 km. from city center: Long Island is completely deserted with very minimal infrastructure. This might be a good camping destination if you are looking for some adventure. But be sure to bring your own gear and food arrangement.

Rutland Island

34 km. from city center: Rutland, lined with virgin beaches, is one of the lesser visited of all the islands located in the southern part of Great Andaman archipelago.

Andaman-Parrot-IslandParrot Island

Parrot Island, a peculiar sort of home to thousands of fluttering parrots, looks like a whole new empire of wilderness born out of the salty waters of the Indian Ocean. Every day, hosts of green parrots arrive at the island as a part of their daily ritual, which is a spectacle to behold. Once in a while, we come across something so beautiful yet bizarre, exquisite yet inexplicable, that we find no words to quite describe it. Parrot Island is one such unparalleled destination, nestled quietly amidst the group of Baratang Islands of Andaman and Nicobar. This small island is part of a larger archipelago, all of which are laced with dense tropical forests and mangrove vegetation.

Jolly Buoy Island

22 km. from city center: Jolly Buoy Island is amongst the archipelago of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is a part of Mahatma Gandhi National Park. The clean and serene water with white sand beaches will provide for a great vacation. You will be able to explore the rich marine life including colourful corals reefs and fishes in this place with the means of water activities.

Chidiya Tapu

26 km. from city center: Chidia Tapu is a picturesque little village famous for its natural beauty, numerous resident birds and gorgeous views of the sunset. The tiny island, 25 kms from Port Blair is abundant with lush green mangroves and equatorial forests.

Mangrove Creeks in Andaman

Andaman boasts a plethora of unique features. Along with natural ash coloured beaches, coral reefs, dense forest, the place also has mangrove creeks. Mangrove trees are common in coastal areas. They grow out of tangled roots in muddy water. These beautiful trees can be enjoyed during the creek safari offered at various locations all over Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Best spots to start the safari are Limestone Caves, Yerrata Creek, Sabari Village, Dhaninalla Mangrove Creek, Rangat Middle Andaman. You can also join the boat safari at Baratang Island, about 100 km away from Port Blair. Make sure to carry binoculars and camera to show it off on the Gram!

Rubber Plantations in Andaman & Nicobar Island

Located in South Andaman, the Manglutan Rubber Plantation is an easily accessible destination for experience seekers. This popular tourist destination is a testament to the distinct vegetation grown in the region, including rubber. The suitable climatic conditions and soil of the area allow for the successful development of rubber plantations. The Manglutan rubber plantations are spread over 100 acres and are located close to Wandoor Beach. It is approximately 20 kilometres away from Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. If you plan on visiting the rubber plantations of South Andaman, be prepared for a fun, informative, albeit slightly smelly affair!

Andaman-Limstone-caveLimestone Caves in Diglipur – Alfred Caves

Bats inside the Alfred Caves: Alfred Caves lie in the Diglipur sub division near Ramnagar beach. To reach Alfred caves reach Kalara Junction and go to Ramnagar. Or else, board a bus from Diglipur bus stand and get down at Ramnagar. From here, you have to hire a guide or take help of a forest guard to guide you through the way to the caves. If you are planning a visit, start early in the morning so that you are back by evening. A trek through the primary jungle leads to Alfred caves-a cluster of amazing 41 caves. It is a den for swiftlets and fruit eating bats. Best time to visit the caves is from October to March. The caves with a very narrow entrance, open up into chain of small caves inside.

The naturally-formed limestone caves near Baratang island of Andaman are a favourite tourist spot for those who do not mind a long journey. The caves are only a destination as there is a long boat journey towards it. The caves, although beautiful, are not that easy to reach. One has to take a convoy through the Jarawa Forest land and ferry ride to Baratang Island before you can reach Limestone Caves in Andamans. Perfect for adventure-seekers and spelunkers, reaching these caves requires a small trek.

Saddle Peak (732 mtrs) is the Highest Peak in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Diglipur provides rare experience for eco-friendly tourists. The place is famous for its oranges, rice, forest wealth and marine life. Saddle Peak (732 Mtrs) is the highest point in the Andaman Islands.

Other Beaches in Andamans

Radhanagar Beach

Awarded with the title of ‘Asia’s Best Beach’ by the TIMES magazine in 2004, Radhanagar Beach with its turquoise blue waters and powdery white sands lives up to the moniker. Its vast shores of endless white grains stretch across 2 kilometres, making it a prime attraction of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Located at a distance of a mere 7 kilometres from the much adored Vijaynagar Beach and approximately 12 kms from the main Havelock Island, it is a hop, skip and jump away to serenity and beauty. Being located so close to the main Havelock Beach has made it a favourite among tourists. It is also among the most reputed places to enjoy water sports in the Andamans. The best way to reach Radhanagar Beach is via a ferry from Havelock Island.

Apart from enjoying the spectacle of the beach and the melange of colours, visitors can also enjoy water sports like boating, parasailing, and scuba diving. Food stalls and vendors can be seen on the fringes of the shore, keeping travellers refreshed with the provision of fresh and delicious seafood as well as beverages. You can also book beach beds, parasols, and umbrellas while they spend hours merely lounging at this exquisite wonderland.

Karmatang Beach

Also known as the ‘Turtle Paradise’ of Andaman, Karmatang Beach is a quaint place to visit as recommended by tourists. The beach is at walking distance from Mayabunder and located in the north section of Middle Andaman. It has often been a sort of weekend getaway for many locals due to the abundance of facilities as well as activities that one can enjoy here. The place is also favourite amongst families or groups of friends and has a tourist vibe to it. Karmatang beach’s pleasant weather and scenic views make it one of the most visually attractive places in Andaman. The shallow water with a see-through effect as well as the tall green trees that shadow the beach. The eco-friendly habitats make the beach clean and soothing and add to its beauty. The place is also famous for being a turtle breeding and nesting spot.

Laxmanpur Beach

41 km. from city center: Located on Neil Island, Laxmanpur Beach is a stunning white shell sand beach just perfect for sunbathing and swimming. The shallow waters are home to corals which once thrived in abundance in the region. Enthusiasts can go snorkelling to explore the shallow waters and the corals too. The long stretch of sand is appropriate for long strolls and the enchanting sunsets.

Kalapathar Beach

48 km. from city center: Located on Havelock Island, Kalapathar Beach is a beautiful beach offering a stunning view of the Bay of Bengal and a long stretch of white sand with big boulders of black stone on the beach and underwater. The water runs deep and is ideal for swimming but it is advisable to be careful of underwater boulders.

Bharatpur Beach

42 km. from city center: Bharatpur Beach is a stunning shoreline famous for its pristine white sands and clear blue waters that surround the Neil Island. In spite of its proximity to Port Blair, it is seldom crowded and provides for a tranquil atmosphere for holidaying. The shore has shallow water with coral reefs that make the beach a famous spot for water sports like snorkelling and scuba diving other than beach exploration and sunbathing.

Lalaji Bay Beach

80 km. from city center: Located on Long Island, Lalaji Bay Beach is a picturesque attraction accessible by a small boat ride from Yerrata Jetty. The ride goes through a gorgeous Mangrove creek till the white sand beach. The pristine white sands and the crystal clear water of the Lalaji Bay Beach provide for a stunning place to relax and rejuvenate.

Vijaynagar Beach

48 km. from city center: Vijaynagar Beach is one of the most famous beaches on Havelock Island and mostly visited for beach exploration, bird watching, fishing, trekking and thrilling water sports like snorkelling, surfing, sailing and swimming. The picturesque beach has a long stretch of white sand and the pristine turquoise water reflecting the clear blue skies is a view worth visiting.

Sitapur Beach

45 km. from city center: Also known as Beach number 5 or the Sunrise Beach, Sitapur Beach, is a stunning stretch of golden sand on Neil Island. The contrast created by the clear blue waters makes it a mesmerizing attraction. Mostly known for its enchanting golden sunrises and sunsets, the beach is one of the best places for a long stroll on the smooth sands to calm down jittery nerves.

Sandbar Beach

188 km. from city center: Sandbar Beach is basically a long stretch of sand that connects two islands, Ross and Smith in Andaman. The stunning scenery created by the densely forested islands and the stretch of white sand is quite unique to the location and draws several tourists to witness it charm. On a clear day when the waves are gentle, one can relax a bit on the Sandbar or go snorkelling and swimming on either side.

Amkunj Beach

92 km. from city center: Amkunj Beach is also called an eco-friendly beach in Rangat. It has a rocky shoreline and is not ideal for swimming; however, one can carefully stroll across to witness its beauty. Tourists can sit on the wooden benches installed on the shoreline and watch the waves come up to the uneven terrain. Sunsets and sunrises are the best times to visit the beach. It is also quite famous for spotting turtles.

Stewart Island Beach

While planning a visit to the spectacular Andaman and Nicobar, your itinerary must include the scenic Stewart Island Beach which lies near the Mayabunder. Located near the north of Diglipur Taluk, the beach is approximately in the middle of Andaman district. The beach known for its brown-black colour sand and a serene atmosphere is uninhabited. Stewart Island Beach also gets the most breathtaking rainbows to add on to its picturesque charm against the backdrop of the dancing waves. The island is small with an area of 7.05 km square.

Andaman-Red-skin-beachRed Skin Island Beach

Red Skin Island is one of the 15 beaches found inside the Marine National Park of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It may be considered an alternative to Jolly Buoy Island as they are adjacent to each other. This island is a promised relaxed journey on a beach that is paradise alike. The picturesque beach and adjoining forest make for a picture-perfect holiday that attracts tourists yearly. The island is a hub for marine life with an abundance of red coral reefs, aquatic animals, tropical plants, white sandy beaches and clear water.

Pathi Level Beach

The Pathi Level beach is a fairly isolated and untouched beach on the island of Diglipur in Andaman. The beach is known for its quiet stillness and the escape from the hubbub that it provides by way of being undeveloped and not spoilt by tourists and locals. The beach is located approximately 21 kilometres from the Diglipur Township and is perfect for a relaxing day. Although the beauty of the beach lies in its isolated nature, this also means that visitors must carry with them, snacks and water, as there are no hotels or restaurants surrounding the beach.

Wandoor Beach

17 km. from city center: A small village in the southern part of South Andaman, Wandoor is most recognized for its Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park.

Corbyn’s Cove Beach

15 km. from city center: Corbyn’s Cove is the nearest beach to Port Blair. It is quite popular among tourists as well as locals.

Elephant Beach

43 km. from city center: With its brilliant coral reefs and alluring cyan waters, the Elephant beach is one of the locations that adds to the beach paradise reputation of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Nature & Parks

Snorekeling in Andamans
49 km from city center: Snorkeling is another popular water sport among tourists. Ocean around Havelock Island serves as one of the best sites for snorkeling.

Andaman-Water-sportsWater Sports in Andamans

11 km. from city center: Water Sports in Andaman has been a major attraction for adventure seekers and water babies. Although the demand for water sports is fulfilled at various locations in Andaman, Water Sports Complex located in Port Blair is popular for the variety and safety they offer. Whether it is swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing or just a boat ride, there is something to suit everyone’s desire. The services provided by the complex guarantee an enjoyable time sailing the sea and even exploring it underwater. If one is daring enough, they can even sail through the permitted shoreline of Port Blair on their own all under the watchful eye of the staff. Swimming isn’t a prerequisite for any of the activities and thus, tourists can enjoy them without any hesitation.

Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex

The picturesque Andaman and Nicobar Islands have a plethora of tourist attractions to ensure a merry time for its tourists. Among these places, for adventure enthusiasts, Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex is a must-visit spot. Also known as the Andaman Water Sports Complex, the place offers a complete fun-package in the form of enthralling water sports activities. Now you must be curious to know the kind of activities Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex hosts – these are paddle boats, row boats, banana boats, parasailing, speed boats, snorkelling, scuba diving, sea walking and much more.

Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park

18 km. from city center. Located in the south-western coast of the Andaman Islands, Wandur National Park is a marine life conservation area situated at a distance of 25 km from the capital city of Port Blair.

Andaman-Saddle-National-ParkSaddle Peak National Park

Saddle Peak National Park was erected in 1987 in the Andaman district of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is entirely uninhabited by human beings, thus making it safe for preserving wildlife and the environment. The long trip to the park makes it worth it upon experiencing its beauty. The white sand shoreline and the tropical rainforests behind it make it a picturesque, serene image often found behind postcards. The park is famous for its endangered and rare species of animals and plants such as lush tropical forests and animals like the Andaman hill mynah. Again, the lack of human interference makes for a clean and safe environment for these species of living beings. The park is a haven for trekkers and adventure-seekers due to its vast size, hiking and trekking opportunities, and long trails. Visitors must navigate by themselves as the island is uninhabited, they won’t receive any help from locals. Walk to an 8 km. trail with adventure to reach Saddle Peak National Peak. Tourists generally enjoy what the park has to offer since it contains so many rare species of plants and animals, as well as serene views; it makes the hike worth it. What truly makes the park a must-visit destination for its quietness and serenity that untouched without human interference?

Chatham Saw Mill

9 km. from city center: Chatham Saw Mill is the biggest and the oldest mill across Asia owned by the Forest Department. The mill is also a storehouse for a variety of woods cut into different shapes and sizes.

Samudrika Naval Marine Museum

11 km. from city center: The Samudrika Naval Marine Museum, managed by the Indian Navy, is an amazing source of information for details on the environment in the ocean, its ecosystem and its biodiversity. The museum also provides in-depth knowledge on the history and culture of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.