About Andaman (Andaman City Guide)
Floating in splendid isolation, east of the Indian mainland is the archipelago of 572 emerald islands, isles and rocks known as Andaman & Nicobar Islands. This union territory stretches over a length of more than 700kms from North to South with around 36 inhibited islands. Once a hill range extending from Myanmar to Indonesia, these undulating islands are covered with dense forests and endless variety of exotic flora & fauna. The topography of the islands is hilly and abounds in evergreen forests. The sandy beaches on the edge of meandering coastline are fringed with coconut palms that sweep to the rhythm of the sea. The sea around the Islands offers excellent scope for adventure water sports. The rare flora and fauna, underwater marine life and corals, crystal clear water and mangrove lined creeks offer a dream view of the rare gifts of nature. The clean and unpolluted air attracts any nature lover who seeks absolute peace and tranquility in the lap of Mother Nature. Adventure tourism like trekking, Island camping, snorkeling, scuba diving are the major attractions here.
Port Blair is an excellent destination for organizing corporate meetings, conferences and get together. Let such events be refreshing and rejuvenating in the cradle of Mother Nature. If you are a lover of clean beaches and nature with a taste for water sports, trekking, snorkeling, history, anthropology, adventure water sports (scuba diving) probably Andaman is certainly the right choice for your next holiday and the best destination for honeymooners, business executives on incentives or small conference groups, senior officers of bank and also corporate houses. Unlike other places, monsoon in Andaman has special features – No Water Logging, Lush Green Environments & less crowds at tourist locations..
Places to See
The Island is situated in South Andaman and to reach the Island one has to undertake 2 to 3 hrs of journey by a boat.
An Island located in South Andaman group and to reach the island it takes 4 to 5hrs by regular ferry or 2 hrs if there is a speed ferry. A beach at Radhanagar is world famous.
Located in middle Andaman at a distance of 210 kms from Port Blair, one has to undertake journey across Jarawa Reserve Forest or by a ferry via Neil Havelock to Rangat. The Journey to Rangat is an exciting experience when you travel across dense and green forest and cross the creeks by a vehicle ferry.
Head quarters of North Andaman, at a distance of 360 kms from Port Blair and 85 km from Rangat Island. The beaches around the island attract tourists.(Visit to Rangat Island or Mayabunder is regulated by permit granted by Police Department. Interaction, Photography of tribes is a non bailable offence)
Declared as a sanctuary, these are enchanting islands with rare corals and under-water marine life and tropical rain forest. There is a beautiful sand bar joining the North Cinque and South Cinque islands. Suitable for Scuba diving and snorkeling.
The summer headquarters of the Chief Commissioner during British Raj, this place is an ideal place for having a nice and fascinating over view of the outer islands and the azure sea. It is the highest peak in the South Andamans (365 metres high). One can trek from Bambooflat to Mount Harriet and from there upto Madhuban through nature trail. Mount Harriet is a National Park also. Rare endemic birds, animals and butterflies can be seen during the trekking.
After an hour’s halt at the beach, you will drive down to Port Blair to visit Gandhi Park, where amusements for children like Toy Train, Pedal Boats, etc., are available. The park has a lake, a walk around, a narrow foot-path provides you a great feelings due to its environments. Before your return to the stay you will be taken to Cellular Jail Complex to watch Sound & Light Show at Cellular Jail.
Famous for enchanting view that it presents to the visitors and a paradise for the Bird Watchers. Adorned with a beautiful beach, Chiriyatapu offers you a best picnic spot, a great ‘Sun Set’.
(Depending upon the option of package selected by the guest )
a) Coral Island (Full day tour)
Jollybuoy Island or Redskin IslandA full day tour to watch underwater coral and marine life through glass bottomed boat . To reach the island , we shall first take you to Wandoor National Marine Park by a vehicle to embark a motor Launch. Safe for swimming and snorkeling.
b) Ross Island (Half day tour)
Historically important – located at the mouth of Port Blair Harbour , Ross Island was the seat of Imperial Administration till the island fell into the hands of Japanese in 1942. Known as the ‘Paris of the East’ the island is having old buildings and monuments of immense Archaeological value.
c) Viper Island (Half day tour)
Viper Island stands as a mute witness to the grim sufferings that the freedom fighters of our country had to undergo during the British rule. The British used to keep dangerous prisoners who resorted to hunger strikes and non-cooperation at a jail built in the Island.
d) Havelock Island
An Island located South Andaman group and to reach the island it takes 4-5 hours by a motor boat. A beach at Radhanagar is world famous. Most ideal place for tent-camping. At Havelock, the tourism department has accommodation right in front of the beach. Subject to availability of ship sailings, guest can visit the island with an itinerary to return on the same day however we recommend a guest staying at least 1 night in the island.(This tour is covered under our 5 nts or 6 nts package deal)