The Andaman and Nicobar islands are a sight to behold. It is second to none when it comes to beach destinations. Along with the beauty, it also holds an essential place in history, increasing the curiosity of the travelers.
The fact that there is not much available on how to make the most of your trip, makes it slightly tougher and tricky for many.
Let’s look at some of the things you should know in order to make the trip a memorable one.
Starting with the most common query that most of the travelers have, let’s talk about passports. According to Andaman and Nicobar islands tourism department, there is no need to have a passport when visiting this beautiful destination. However, a Restricted Area Permit or RAP is needed by foreign tourists which they can obtain from the Port Blair airport or the port itself.
Moving ahead, to reach the islands, Port Blair is connected to many Indian cities. Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bhubaneshwar are connected to Port Blair via flights. Another option to reach the islands are the ships that operate from Chennai, Vishakhapatnam and Kolkata. The thing to note however is that the schedule of these ships is tentative and changes according to the weather. Also, these are not luxury ships and only have basic facilities.
Now that you know how to reach, let’s see which are the most favorable months to visit the islands. The best months are from October to May with perfect weather. Plan your trip accordingly and make sure you stay there for a minimum of 10- 12 days.
Now that you have a fair idea about how to reach these mesmeric islands and other basic details, let’s delve into the amazing activities waiting for you.
At North Bay or Elephant beach in Havelock Island, snorkeling will give you a view of the marine life. Under clear water, you get a chance to be up close and personal with the beautiful coral and amazing creatures. Even Andaman and Nicobar Islands tourism asks you to never leave the place without this experience.
This is a phenomena that can be witnessed on no moon nights. The water on the beach glows due to the presence of phytoplankton and this is why it is one of the top things to do when you visit Andaman.
Don’t know swimming? Don’t worry. Scuba is a fun activity that needs no swimming skills. It is only when you want to venture into the open waters that swimming is needed. Sea walking and scuba diving are activities that are done in restricted areas with proper protection.
Glass-bottom boat ride
Imagine sitting in a boat and looking down at marine life from the boat’s floor. Sounds interesting, right? In a glass-bottom boat, you get to see marine life from a unique perspective.
Swimming with Rajan, the elephant
Don’t be surprised. The star of swimming, Rajan is very warm and welcoming host. The 60 plus elephant is human friendly and loves swimming with travelers. Make sure to book your swim with him beforehand. The best part about it is that there are no charges.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands are certainly a destination that has so much to offer. Make sure to keep a check on the things listed and don’t forget the activities. After all, the island will always be etched in your memory forever.
Last modified: November 3, 2018