Andaman and Nicobar Islands Tourism

Andaman and Nicobar Islands Tourism

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Andaman and Nicobar Islands

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HOW TO REACH ANDAMAN

It is the place in India which give you the chance of travelling not only through air (flight) but also you can enjoy the sea travel through big ships. The direct ships and flights are available from Kolkata and Chennai. Though you can also catch the flight from Delhi and some other cities also.

BY AIR
It takes around two hour’s journey from either Kolkata or Chennai. The fair of the ticket may vary from day but if the journey is planned and ticket is taken 2 to 3 month before the journey it cost you from Rs. 3000 to Rs.8000/-. So it is better to plan earlier. Indian Government employees can avail LTC to visit Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
You can also enquire by writing us in the comment below the post.

BY SEA

There are regular 2 to 3 ships available on weekly basis from both Chennai and Kolkata. The ships are also available from Vishakhapatnam also, but it is not regular. So enquire properly before making any tour plan. The journey time from Kolkata, Chennai and Vishakhapatnam to Port Blair vary from 50 to 60 hours. Though the times look long, but it gives you immense pleasure and excitement. The fares of ships are fixed in all season. So you have to just check availability.

Ship Name Accommodation Class Islanders Fare
(In Rs.)
Fare per berth
(Tourist/ Non Islanders)(In Rs.)
M.V.Swaraj Dweep
M.V.Nancowry
M.V.Nicobar
Deluxe
1st Class Cabin
2nd Class Cabin
Bunk
4,800
4,330
3,250
870
9,280
7,690
6,110
2,380
M.V.Harshvardhana Deluxe
1st Class Cabin
2nd Class ‘A’ Cabin
2nd Class ‘B’ Cabin
Bunk
4,800
4,330
3,250
2,860
870
9,280
7,690
6,110
4,720
2,380
M.V.Akbar Deluxe
1st Class Cabin
A/C Dormitory
Bunk
4,800
4,170
2,170
790
9,280
6,560
3,990
2,070

 




About Andaman
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands one of the seven union territories of India, are a group of islands at the juncture of the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea.The islands host the Andaman and Nicobar Command, the only tri-service geographical command of the Indian Armed Forces.

Geography

Total number of Islands in territory
572
Total land area
8,073 km2
Total number of Islands in Andaman Group of Islands
325
Total land area covered by Andaman Group of Islands
6,170 km2
Total number of Islands in Nicobar Group of Islands
24
Total land area covered by Nicobar Group of Islands
1,765 km2
Permanently Inhabited
34
North latitudes
Extend from 6 ° to 14 °
East longitudes
Extend from 92° to 94°
Distance of Separtion of Andaman Group of Islands from Nicobar Group of Islands
150 km wide sea 10 Degree Channel
Highest point in the territory is located in North Andaman Island at Saddle Peak
732 meters (2,402 feet)
Capital of the union territory
Port Blair
Distance from Kolkata
1255 km
Distance from Chennai
1190 km
Distance from Vishakhapatnam
1200 km
Northernmost point of the Andaman and Nicobars group
901 km away from the Hooghly River and 190 km from Myanmar
Southern tip of the southernmost island and Southernmost point of India
Indira Point in Great Nicobar lies only 150 km from Sumatra in Indonesia

Flora/Fauna
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands have a tropical rainforest canopy, made of a mixed flora with elements from Indian, Myanmar, Malaysian and endemic floral strains. So far, about 2,200 varieties of plants have been recorded, out of which 200 are endemic and 1,300 do not occur in mainland India.

This tropical rain forest, despite its isolation from adjacent land masses, is surprisingly rich with a diversity of animal life.About 50 varieties of forest mammals are found to occur in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Some are endemic, including the Andaman Wild Boar. Rodents are the largest group with 26 species, followed by 14 species of bat.

About 270 species of birds are found in the territory; 14 of them are endemic, the majority to the Nicobar island group. The islands’ many caves are nesting grounds for the Edible-nest Swiftlet, whose nests are prized in China for bird’s nest soup.
The territory is home to about 225 species of butterflies and moths, including some of the larger and most spectacular of the world. Ten species are endemic to these Islands. Mount Harriet National Park is one of the richest areas of butterfly and moth diversity on these
Islands.
Demographics
As of 2011 Census of India, the population of the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands was 379,944, of which 202,330 (53.25%) were male and 177,614 (46.75) were female. The sex ratio was 878 females per 1,000 males.[21] Only 10% of the population lived in Nicobar islands. Hindi and English are the official languages of the islands.[3] Bengali is the dominant and most spoken language, with 26% of the population speaking Bengali. The other major languages spoken in the islands are Hindi (18.23%), Tamil (17.68%), Telugu (12.81%), Malayalam (8.11%) and Nicobarese (8.05%) according to 2001 Census of India.

Administration
In 1874, the British had placed the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in one administrative territory headed by a Chief Commissioner as its judicial administrator. On 1 August 1974, the Nicobar islands were hived off into another revenue district with district headquarters at Car Nicobar under a Deputy Commissioner. In 1982, the post of Lieutenant Governor was created who replaced the Chief Commissioner as the head of administration.

Tourism Industry
Andaman and Nicobar Islands are developing into a major tourism hub with exotic-looking beaches and pristine islands having equally exoticnames, wonderful opportunities for adventure sports like snorkeling and sea-walking.




Places of Visit in Andaman

3/4-Days visit can be planed for Andaman in the following ways

Day-1 Port Blair Visit

1. Anthropological Museum: Anthropological museum near the Directorate of Tourism, Port Blair is an ethnographic museum. It illustrates the four Negrito Tribes of the Andamans viz. the Jarawas, Sentinelese, Great Andamanese and the Onges and two Mongoloid tribes of the Nicobar viz. the Nicobarese and the Shompens. Entry Fee:Rs.10/-, Rs.3/- for Children. Timings:8.30 AM to 1.00 PM, 1.30 PM to 4.30 PM.

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Anthropological-Museum-Port-Blair

2.Fisheries Museum: Situated near Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex, Port Blair, it exhibits species of marine life endemic to the Islands and Bay of Bengal. It is closed on Mondays and Public holidays/second Saturday. Timing: 9.00 AM to 1.00 PM, 2.00 PM to 4.45 PM Entry Fee: Adult Rs.5/-.

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3.Samudrika (Naval Marine Museum): Situated opposite to Andaman Teal House, Delanipur, Port Blair, this museum is meant to create awareness on various aspects of oceanic environment. A good collection of shells, corals and a few species of colourful fishes of the islands are on display. Timings: 9.00 AM -12.00 Noon, 2.00 PM-5.00 PM, Closed on Mondays & Holidays. Entry Fee:Rs.10/- .

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4.Zoological Survey of India (Museum): Situated near Andaman Teal House, this museum exhibits several varieties of sponges, coral, butterflies and centipedes etc. Open on all working days from 9.00 AM till 5.00 PM. Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays : 9.00 AM till 5.30 PM.

5. Forest Museum: Situated inside Chatham Saw Mill, this museum offers an insight into forest activities through scale models and displays decorative pieces made of famous woods like Padauk, Marble, Peauma, Gurjan, Satin Wood, etc., Open on all working days. It is closed on Sundays. Timing: 9.00 AM to 3.00 PM.

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6. Corbyn’s Cove Beach: Corbyn’s Cove Beach, the coconut-palm-fringed beach, ideal for sun basking is 6 km away from Port Blair town.

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7.Wandoor Beach: Twenty five kms. from west of Port Blair is Wandoor Beach famous for swimming and Coral Viewing.

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8.National Monument – Cellular Jail: Cellular Jail, located at Port Blair, stood mute witness to the tortures meted out to the freedom fighters, who were incarcerated in this Jail. Also there is a Museum, an Art gallery, and a Photo gallery, which are open on all days except Monday and public holidays from 8.45 AM to 12.30 PM and 1.30 PM to 5.00 PM. Entry fee: – Rs. 10/-.

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9. Ross Island: Ross Island, the erstwhile capital of Port Blair during the British regime, is a tiny island standing as guard to Port Blair harbor. The island presently houses the ruins of old buildings like Ballroom, Chief Commissioner’s House, Govt. House, Church, Hospital,Bakery, Press, Swimming Pool and Troop Barracks, all in dilapidated condition, reminiscent of the old British regime. Entry Fee: Rs 20/-.

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Boilers at Ross Islands

10.Viper Island: The tiny, serene, beautiful island of Viper witnessed the untold sufferings the freedom fighters had to undergo. The Harbour cruise, available daily from Phoenix Bay Jetty (at 3 PM), provides a panoramic view of different points around the harbour and includes a trip to Viper Island.

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11. Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park: The Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park at Wandoor is at a distance of 29 Kms. from Port Blair covering an area of 281.5 Sq. Kms.

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12.Gandhi Park: This beautiful park at Port Blair has facilities like amusement rides, safe water sports, nature trail around the lake, garden, restaurant and historic remains like Japanese Temple as well as a bunker.

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13. Sippighat Farm (14 kms.): Sprawling over an area of 80 acres is a Government farm. Research & Development programmers for cultivation of spices like cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, coconut and pepper are conducted here.

14. Mount Harriet (55 km, by road/15 km by ferry and road from Port Blair): The summer headquarters of the Chief Commissioner during British Raj, this place is an ideal for a nice and fascinating over view of the outer islands and the sea. It is the highest peak in the South Andamans (365 meters high).

15. Chidiya Tapu (25 kms. from Port Blair): Chidiya Tapu is the southernmost tip of South Andaman. The lush green mangroves, forest cover with numerous chirping birds and the Sylvan Sands and Munda Pahar beaches make it an ideal picnic site.

Day-2 :Havlock Islands

About 38 Kms. away from Port Blair and is connected by daily speed boat service from Phoenix Bay Jetty. This Island, with beautiful sandy beaches fringed with green canopy of the rain forest beckons everyone to enjoy the fun at the blue sea. Boat is available in morning from Port Blair to Havlock and same day return.

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Day-3 : Baratang Visit

3 Hrs Journey(90 KM) from Port Blair by Road to reach baratang Islands , Tourism Department Buses are Running as well as can be booked with local travel agents.

  • Mud Valcano
  • Lime Caves
  • Parrot Islands
  • Mangrove forest on the way to limestone_caves by speedboat

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