Recently My wish for a dream vacation come a reality and that all because of my daughter.  We went all together (the family trip) after 5 long years. We have planned for the most beautiful place which is surrounded by dense forests, azure waters, and sandy beaches. My daughter always complains that every year her friends go to different places for vacation but she never. She loves sea jewels and wish to collect seashell on beaches, so we decided to land on the archipelago of Andamans Islands and found it an ideal holiday destination.

The reason to choice Andaman and Nicobar is because these islands are gifted with sandy beaches, clear seawater, and beautiful live coral reefs.  And beyond that we were able to inhale unpolluted fresh air, away from most polluted state -Delhi.

Andaman and Nicobar is a hidden jewel, hidden island, species, the mysterious and endangered Paleolithic tribes of the Andaman’s.

 

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We have booked a package for Andaman and Nicobar – covered three most talked about Islands which I gonna tell you all about. 

Airfare depends on your choice of seat,flight.

Believe me, it’s better to book package (without airfare) from the local tour operator because they got better price deals for everything than direct online booking. Our package includes three islands transportations (sea and road), hotel and resorts stays with breakfast, city tour and beaches entries and that 14000/- per person and kids below 5 years and complimentary and the charges I paid for my 8 years old daughter is just half price that is 6000-7000/ believe me, it is the best price with best hotel I must say.

Considering the humidity and coastal weather, it is always recommended to opt for a Air-conditioned room in all hotels.

Nearest Airport: Veer Savarkar International Airport (Port Blair Airport)

Best Time to Visit Andaman And Nicobar Islands: November- March.

  • Languages: Hindi, English,Tamil
  • Weather- remain uncertain so better to keep umbrella for rain.

We have taken flight from Delhi to Kolkata and then Port Blair , kids cant travel for long duration at their first trip in Airplane.  (direct flight is about 4.30 hours)
When Airplane was going to land on Port Blair. Due to bad weather we were in the air until we get a clearing signal for landing. I got a chance to capture this beautiful Island.

Andaman Nicobar

Upon arrival at Port Blair, our tour coordinator was waiting at the receiving end.  We met our guide and get transferred to our hotel in new SUV’s . Our Milan hotel is well organized with air conditioner and TV with kids channels too that is best savior.  The best thing about the choice of this hotel is it is just in middle of the market.

Food everywhere is not at all expensive.  However you should not expect the taste as per your north Indian habits but yes although the quality was not at all bad.  Especially if you wanna have sea food, they got the skills on that. In Goa, people find very less choice for vegetarian food but here they got the complete menu for them too.  If you are staying in this hotel then do try their ‘ghee roast’ that is lip smacking dosa. We had a lunch and rested for a while and then began for our tour.

I drink lot of coconut water here because in Delhi, you will never get this huge size coconut with 800 to 1ltr water in one coconut ,yummy. Really hot there better to stay hydrated.

Day 1-
Firstly, visit Corbyn’s Cove Beach. MY kids enjoyed making sand castle there.

Water is not clear here as the sand is stony.  So it is not recommended to enjoy bathing here at all.

Day 2-
We started the city tour with Chatham Saw Mill,Entrance fee Rs. 20 and guide fees Rs. 150 (both included in package). It’s a mill and museum which is quite impressive and informative. Guide will explain everything very well.  In Asia, it is the only saw mill of British Era which is still in working conditions with old machinery. Few of its main wood cutting machines of British era is still functional.You will get an insight of Andaman and Nicobar there. Where guide explain everything and specially the unique thing about this Islands. we also have a tour of Old british tie saw factory and it is nicely maintained by the Government.we cant enter without wearing helmet.

1.Some of the facts I love is that here in Andaman, elephants are imported from Bihar and trained here to work for them


2. Dugong, the gentle sea cow, is the state animal of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
3. The only active volcano in India, the Barren Island, is present in Andaman Islands.

4. Baratang in Andaman is the only place in India with mud volcanoes.
5. There is variety of wood available in island but raw material is not allowed to take away from here only crafted thing you can purchase. wood here is so fine and you can find double shade wood materials that is not painted but actually colour of double toned , only polished is done. I was so mesmerized with nature beauty.

6. There are six categories of tribes, one Nicobarese are now being civilized and also do jobs and hence there population also grows as they welcome another community in there tribes by marring them . they are the most populated among tribes 27686 in 2011 census. Other tribes Onges ,jarawas,Sentinelese,shompens are not civilized and dangerous as you have heard news of American killed by Tribes. They do not allow anyone to enter their territory. 

Later in the evening, we headed for Cellular Jail and witnessed the historical remnants of British reign in India.

Andaman Nicobar - cellular jail

Enjoy the Light and Sound Show that displays the dark days the Indian freedom fighters have gone through. The charge of ticket was Rs50/-. (included in package)

 cellular jail

Stay overnight at your hotel.
Next day we visited Aquarium that has lot of Aquatic creatures chemically preserved, Shells ,corals. Not allowed to take pictures.No fee is charged for visiting it.

Thanks to our driver who take us to a food joint- Syndicate Mes for ethnic food. It was yummy and very affordable, I cant imagine so many dishes in Rs-140/-  Its adequate for 2 people.


Then we head towards Phoenix Bay Jetty,its a point to catch ferry to Havelock or grabbing your connecting ship/ cruise to other port cities of India. You can choice ship -Government ship or cruise. Government ship has reasonable charge.
Govt ships charges 250 per person from Portblair to Havolock. Private ship has 1100 to 2100 per person charge.
We have boarded govt ship that is fully AC and comfortable and thanks to Captain who let us sit on Captain’s deck and we have a great view of giant ocean.

Andaman Nicobar  Can you spot Rainbow?

 Andaman Nicobar

We are lucky to witness beautiful Rainbow, meeting the island and sea edge to edge.
Andaman Nicobar  
Note-Better to book ship tickets through agents because you will never get it online,we have tried for 1 month and agent told us they have paid Rs.200 commission to get it confirm. It always show sold out online.

We have done one mistake our ship time is 12 – 2 pm and it would be recommended to book the early morning vessel so that the you get adequate time on that day to cover the next destination as sun set at around 4.30pm in clear sky there.  And many beaches has the closing time of 5pm in evening. The journey from Port Blair to Havelock through Govt. Ferry is 02.00 hours. 
You can see many more places In Port Blair but we have limited time and has to visit two more islands.

You can visit

North Bay Island Andaman

Place for water sports activities like scuba diving, seawalk but if you planning for Havelock and Neil Island, then it is recommended to do these activities at Niel and Havelock as the under water visibility there is more fine.

Ross Island

So overall for a sightseeing of 1 hr, app.travel time is around 8 hr.

Barren Island 

Barren Island comes under the restricted zone and special permits have to be taken to visit Barren Island. No night stay is allowed at Barren Island. It takes nearly 4 to 5 hrs to reach the island. The Island can be visited by chartered boats only with the approval of the forest department and after getting necessary permits.

January 6, 2019

39 Replies to “Andaman and Nicobar Trip”

  1. Ranjana Shankar says: January 13, 2019 at 6:31 am

    This is my dream vacation place too. Nice post and very informative.

  2. Vinay says: January 9, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    Brilliant! We were trying to plan a vacation in Andaman for 2018 but had to pull out in the end. Any recommended operators for this place? I couldn’t agree more with you. Coming from the travel industry myself , you can get some really good deals online for the flight tickets and then spend and gain value on the experiences which matter most.

  3. Preety Tiwari says: January 9, 2019 at 3:28 am

    Wow… It looks that u had a great fun there. Andaman is always in my travel list but I didn’t got a chance to visit this beautiful land yet. Thanks for sharing your detailed experience, it will surely help others those are planning to go.

  4. Khushboo says: January 8, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    Andamans is indeed a beautiful destination for holidays. All the clicks are awesome and shows you guys had fun.

  5. Paresh Godhwani says: January 8, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    I am a water body. I love being on the water and under water. Andaman and nicobar has some beautiful beaches and I have heard that it is famous for scuba diving as well. So i will visit that place. Btw i loved the video.

  6. Rohini James says: January 8, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    When my hubby and I were looking to celebrate our 10th Wedding anniversary we opted for Maldives. After that, we decided that beach holidays are a must every 3-4 years and the next on our list was Mauritius or Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Now that I read ur experience, I am quite sure it’s gonna be A&D!!

  7. jaideep khanduja says: January 8, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    through this post i revisited Andaman trip we had 3 years back. one of the best places for a vacation.

  8. Amrit kaur says: January 8, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    I so agree with you that Andaman is a hidden gem. It has beautiful islands and places to wander and enjoy time with family.

  9. Amrita says: January 8, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Oh I loved the rainbow. Andaman is a beautiful place and your family trip was a wonderful read. I am planning a trip next October. Is that a good time to visit?

  10. Snigdha Prusti says: January 8, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Andaman and Nicober is really a beautiful place. I was visited few years ago and completely in love with the beaches and scenario . Seems you had a great time there..

  11. Snehalata Jain says: January 8, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Wow i really loved your Andaman trip review do cool n fun family place

  12. Deepa says: January 8, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    Beautiful pictures if a beautiful place. We have been planning a trip to Andaman and nicobar for a long time now. Hopefully will visit there soon.

  13. Papri Ganguly says: January 8, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    Andaman has been in our bucket list. Hope our dream will come true next year( Touch wood) . Love your flawless writing and beautiful pictures.

  14. Neha Jella says: January 8, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    wow… perfectly captured shots Gujreet. The pictures are fabulous and I would like to make memories and have fun as u did. I will definitely visit Andaman and Nicobar Island soon. Thanks for sharing this article.

  15. Namrata says: January 8, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Andaman is in my bucket list since long and now I want to visit them soon. Thanks for a detailed blog post.

  16. jiya says: January 8, 2019 at 11:57 am

    Wow Gurjeet, You guys had such an amazing trip to andaman. The pictures look lovely I will plan a trip soon there.

  17. Manisha Garg says: January 8, 2019 at 11:57 am

    You have given so much good information which will help any traveller plan their trip effectively. I also want to visit this place so keeping this post for future reference.

  18. Akanksha says: January 8, 2019 at 11:09 am

    Its like I was travelling with you via your blog Gurjeet. The tour prices and hotel look incredible. Love a bit of family time and vacation specially if you have been busy with life for such a long time. Hope you had fabulous time.

  19. Ritu Kalra says: January 8, 2019 at 8:42 am

    We are planning to visit Andaman in June..thanx for giving insights on the places worth visiting..

  20. Siddhi says: January 8, 2019 at 8:38 am

    Your blog post is more like an itinerary which we all can use when planning our trip to Andaman and nicobar. Also a&n are on my list after the tribes that were recently in news

  21. Mrinal Kiran says: January 8, 2019 at 8:30 am

    I love andamans but never got the chance to visit! You have shared all the details so amazingly… We always think online booking is the best but after reading this I am sure we would do a local booking whenever we go!

  22. Nisha says: January 8, 2019 at 8:30 am

    Last year I was very dicey about choosing a beach holiday between Andaman Nicobar and Sri Lanka. I went to Sri Lanka, which was great experience. I feel this year I should head to Andaman Nicobar. Lovely family pictures.

  23. Shub says: January 8, 2019 at 7:34 am

    How beautiful shades of blue! Andaman and Nikobar must be a joy to visit. I loved your pics and travelog. Bookmarking it for my visit.

  24. Priyanka Patwari says: January 8, 2019 at 6:43 am

    The great Andamans Coral reefs, were one of the biggest eye catchers. And also the wild forest , tribals and marine creatures attracted me the most..

  25. Sandy N Vyjay says: January 8, 2019 at 6:10 am

    Andaman is one place that has eluded us till now. It is such a lovely and exotic place. As you suggest the best thing is to book travel packages from the local operators. Hope to get there soon !

  26. Preetjyot Kaur says: January 8, 2019 at 6:06 am

    Andaman has been on my list since a long time. You have set some serious holiday goals . I’m so tempted to plan my vacation soon.

  27. Surbhi Mahobia says: January 8, 2019 at 3:26 am

    Andaman is on my list since forever. Thanks for sharing some great information.

  28. Ruchi Verma says: January 8, 2019 at 12:34 am

    I always wish to visit this place and now post make me feel I can go without any tension as I have your detailed review

  29. Tess says: January 7, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Wow your pictures are making me want to visit the place with my family..love the adventures and fun activities there

  30. Prerna Sinha says: January 7, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    All the pictures look so beautiful. Andaman and Nicobar island are really one the most beautiful island. I’m so planning to visit after reading your blog.

  31. Pallavi says: January 7, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Your pictures speaks for you that you had a wonderful time .Thanks for sharing the detailed review.

  32. Ritu Kalra says: January 7, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    We are planning to visit Andaman in June..thanx for giving insights on the places worth visiting

  33. Pooja Budhiraja says: January 7, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    Omg. Yr post is so amazing. Nicely captured, nicely narrated, nicely explained about all points to remember. Its on my wish list now. Beautiful place

  34. Prisha Lalwani says: January 7, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    Gurjeet, this is so much like you took me to your vacation through your blog! Loved reading.

  35. Milan says: January 7, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    I am bookmarking this page,thanks for detailed description. Will surely consider the tip of getting the booking done by tour operator rather than online. And I would love to stay in the hotel where u stayed, my namesake:)

  36. Jenifer Sayyed says: January 7, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    This will definitely help travelers like me to plan my trip easily. Thanks for the detailed post.

  37. Zenia says: January 7, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    I’ve always wanted to visit Andaman. Such an insightful pic with lovely images.

  38. Vartika Gakhar says: January 7, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    Such fun-filled pictures. Andaman is in my bucket list for so long as my love for beaches is undying but could not make it yet. Will refer your blog once I plan it. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  39. Noor Anand Chawla says: January 7, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Thank you for sharing such a detailed post about your stay and helping us all out. I have always wanted to visit the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and hopefully I will be able to go soon!

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