Andaman Islands: how to get there, when to go and what to see

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Joel Fulleda
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Le Andaman Islands they are a tropical paradise in a remote part of the world, where it is possible to indulge in an escape from modern society and cut ties with the mainland. Fine white sand, crystal clear sea and dense vegetation with large palm trees make this archipelago the ideal destination for the more adventurous travelers and eager to stay overnight in authentic places and still not too frequented by mass tourism.

Index

  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where are
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. Which island to go to?
  5. 10 things to see: beaches and places of interest
  6. What to do in Andaman Islands: excursions and tours
  7. How much does a Andaman Islands holiday cost? Prices, offers and advice
  8. User questions and comments

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: about 315.000 people
  • Capital: The capital is Port Blair
  • Languages: The official language is Hindi, along with English and the native language.
  • Local currency: Indian rupee (€ 1,00 = INR 80,44)
  • vaccinations: No vaccination is mandatory. However, there are vaccines that are recommended and that should be evaluated with your doctor (diphtheria, hepatitis A and B, typhus, tuberculosis, polio and tetanus booster).
  • Entry requirements: A passport is required with a residual validity of at least 6 months upon arrival. An entry visa is also required, which for short stays (maximum 60 days) related to tourism, business or medical care, can be easily requested online before departure in just 72 hours at a cost of 80 US dollars.
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where are

    The Andaman is an archipelago of islands belonging politically to India, even if geographically very distant from the Indian continent and in fact closer to countries such as Thailand and Burma, in the Indian Ocean, south of the Bay of Bengal.





    How to reach us

    • From Milan or Rome: There are no direct flights from Italy, and the main Andaman airport, Port Blair, can only be reached via a stopover in India. From Rome and Milan it is possible to leave with a stopover in one of the major Indian airports, generally New Delhi, Calcutta or Chennai with the Indian national airline Air India which also offers the most competitive rates, or choose a flight with two stopovers, adding ( beyond India) an intermediate stop in Arab countries such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi with companies such as Emirates and Ethiad.
      Flights from Rome from € 731,68 - Flights from Milan from € 683,6
    • From the main European capitals: As for Italy, the only way to land in Port Blair is to reach an Indian stop such as those of New Delhi, Calcutta or Chennai or divide the trip into two stopovers by adding an additional stop in Arab countries such as Dubai before India or Abu Dhabi.

    When to go? Info on climate and best time

    • Weather: tropical, with constant temperatures all year round from 25 ° to 33 °. There is a dry season from January to April, and a rainy season from May to November, due to the monsoons. Precipitation, on the other hand, varies a lot from month to month: it goes from 10 mm on a day in March to 425 mm in 23 days in August. The rains in the summer are abundant and frequent and end in November. The sea temperature, on the other hand, is warm all year round, ranging from 28 ° to 30 °
    • Best time: from January to April, because it is the least rainy and the sun shines constantly
    • Period to avoid: The most critical goes from May to October, with particular difficulties in August, because the rains are very frequent and also very abundant, with the sky often cloudy
    • Advice: summer clothing recommended, light and preferably in natural fiber, to always be fresh, with a possible sweatshirt for the evening. A hat to protect yourself from the sun and a stole to protect yourself from the wind is also recommended. In the wettest period, a light raincoat is recommended. Snorkeling equipment and rubber shoes for the coral reef should not be missing in your suitcase

    Which island to go to?

    The archipelago of the Andaman islands is composed of 576 islands, arranged with a narrow shape and about 500 km long on a vertical axis, even if the inhabited islands are only 26 and the most important concentrated in 250 km. The most important islands of the archipelago are 3 and are Northern Andaman, Central Andaman and Southern Andaman, where the major cities and local administrations also reside. Their climate is almost identical to each other and there are no particular variations to report.



    1. Northern Andaman: It is the largest island in terms of surface area and is the one located further north of the archipelago, the largest inhabited center is Diglipur and is well connected by ferries to the Andaman capital, Port Blair. There are several interesting things to see on the island such as Ross and Smith Islands, Saddle Peak National Park, Kalipur Beach and Mud Volcanoes.
    2. Central Andaman: The island is located 73 km north of Port Blair and is separated from North Andaman by the Strait of Austen and the island of Baratang, both shallow and narrow channels, a few hundred meters wide. The island is home to immaculate waterfalls and beautiful beaches, where you can go diving and water sports or trekking in the forest.
    3. Southern Andaman: This is the southernmost island of the archipelago and is home to most of the population of the Andaman Islands as well as the administrative capital Port Blair. The island is less mountainous than the other two important islands, in fact its maximum altitude reaches about 360 meters.

    10 things to see: beaches and places of interest

    1. Radhanagar Beach it is the most beautiful beach on the island of Havelock, an island in the Southern Andaman district, one of the most beautiful beaches in the entire archipelago and where the Indian administration has allowed and encouraged tourism, with particular attention to eco tourism.
    2. The Ross & Smith Islands north of the archipelago they are particularly loved by travelers who prefer direct contact with nature, in fact, here turtles often come to nest, an event that is not difficult to witness, and there is concentrated the largest population of green-plumed birds in the world .
    3. Kalipur beach, a beautiful beach that is half an hour from the city of Diglipur, and is also an ideal nesting site for land turtles, and is the only beach in the world where four different species of turtles coexist.
    4. The mud volcanoes of Diglipur are very fascinating, located within the rainforest, can be reached with a path of 1 hour by car and 30 minutes by trekking. Volcanoes continually produce cold liquid mud and flammable gas.
    5. Port Blair is the capital of the Indian federal state and is home to a bustling commercial center and several points of interest, including the Gandhi Marine Park, for a relaxing stroll around the lake, and the Kala Pani prison later transformed into a museum, where they were transferred the Indian political prisoners.
    6. Parrot Islands it is a hidden pearl near the island of Baratang, easily reachable by booking a ferry, to be able to admire at sunset the return of thousands and thousands of parrots, which have found shelter on this island for centuries.
    7. Another island to explore is the small one Neil's island, a tropical paradise with a beautiful coral reef, with dense, rich and colorful vegetation. Its main beach is that of Laxmanpur, made up of a long white sand beach that offers spectacular sunset walks.
    8. Long Island it is an island for lovers of exclusive and isolated places, not too far from Port Blair, enjoying a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere. On the island there are no real roads, they are mostly paths to be covered on foot, surrounded by greenery and the sounds of nature.
    9. The island of Baratang is famous for its limestone caves with stalactites and stalagmites formed over thousands of years. To reach the caves it is necessary to travel along small water channels with boats that cross dense mangrove forests that will leave the traveler speechless.
    10. Lalaji it is a beautiful bay with the possibility of trekking and snorkeling. It is perfect for long swims and snorkeling due to its crystal clear water, and is ideal for adventurers eager to delve into the rainforest. A paradise for sunbathing or swimming.

    What to do in Andaman Islands: excursions and tours

    The Andaman Islands are ideal for all those people looking for islands with an exotic charm, not yet overly crowded by mass tourism, where it is possible to make excursions to enliven the days of relaxation by the sea, with visits to national parks, trekking in the forests, water dives and visits to national museums and major cities such as the capital of the Andaman Islands state capital, Port Blair.
    Among the excursions and activities not to be missed we point out:



    • Visit to the Cellular Jail, the old prison now converted into a museum located in Port Blair, which offers a photographic exhibition of the island of the 30s and 40s and which lasts about 1 hour. The prison is also interesting because it represents the British colonial period, which here transferred political prisoners from the Indian continent, and being able to make them harmless.
    • Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, a national park created in 1983 to protect marine life, such as corals and sea turtles that often nest in the area.

    How much does a Andaman Islands holiday cost? Prices, offers and advice

    Generally a complete package has a price starting from € 2.300 per person, which varies according to the period and the number of people who will participate in the trip. In fact, there are tour operators that offer guided and group trips to the Andaman Islands, to discover the charm of the main points of the archipelago, while enjoying the long beaches of fine white sand with turquoise and crystalline waters and reducing the management costs of the guides and local transport.

    • hotel and b & b from € 36,51 per room -
    • starting from € 731,68 -
    • Complete Package Flight + Hotel + Excursions: 11 days itinerary between Calcutta and the Andaman Islands


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