Andaman

Andaman

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Amongst the sub continental countries India has the largest land area. Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a union territory of India lies in the Bay of Bengal.

It consists of about 527 islands both small and large. The coastline of the Islands stretches for about 100 Kms. The Islands are covered with dense forests all around. The area of the Islands is about 8,293 square kilometres. The Islands consist of 2 groups, the Andaman and Nicobar. These two groups are separated by about 300 Km the capital city is Port Blair. Of the total land area 92% of the land is covered with rain forests. Of the 527 islands, in only 38 islands we find the inhabitants. The rest of the land is barren. Andaman and Nicobar Islands lie close to the Arakanmayo mountain range of Burma which lies to the sides of Sumatra of Indonesia. Andaman is a developing land, with people being cultured and literate.

Country India
Area 8,073 km2 (3,117 sq mi)
Time zone IST (UTC+05:30)
Languages spoken Hindi & English
Currency Indian Rupees
Visa requirements No Visa needed for Indians

Places of interest

CELLULAR JAIL (NATIONAL MEMORIAL):
Cellular Jail, located at Port Blair, is a mute witness to the tortures meted-out to the freedom fighters, who were incarcerated in this Jail. The Jail, completed in the year 1906 acquired the name, 'Cellular' because it is entirely made up of individual cells for the solitary confinement of the prisoners.

It originally was a seven pronged, puce colored building with a Central Tower acting as its fulcrum and a massive structure comprising honey-comb like corridors. The building was subsequently damaged and presently three out of seven prongs are intact. The Jail now a place of pilgrimage for all freedom loving people, has been declared a National Memorial.

The penal settlement established here by the British after the First War of Independence-e in 1857 was the beginning of the agonizing story of the massive and awful Jail at Viper Island followed by the Cellular Jail. The patriots who raised their voice against the British Raj were sent to this Jail, where many perished. Netaji Subash Chandra Bose hoisted the first Tri-Color on 30th December, 1943 at a place near this Jail. During the 50th year of India's Independence, the living freedom fighters and widows of the freedom fighters, who were incarcerated in the Cellular Jail were honored by the President of India on 30th December, 1997. A commemorative coin and a postal stamp on Cellular Jail were also released on this occasion.

ROSS ISLAND:
Ross islands the then capital of Andaman and Nicobar islands during British period from 1858 to 1942 and 1945 to 1947. During 1942 to 1945, the island was under to grip of Japanese. This island is now under Indian Navy. This is just 20minutes sea journey from Phoenix bay jetty of Port Blair (Boats are available from Phoenix Bay Jetty, Port Blair daily except Wednesday). Cruises and port charters are available very frequently from Phoenix bay to Ross Island. People can also visit the beaches located at the other side of the island by walk. Fearless deer's and peacocks are found in the island. The island is full of coconut and palm trees. They have to take tickets for all kind of cameras at the entry of the island.

NORTH BAY:
North Bay (Coral Island) is accessible from Port Blair via ferry. The treasures of these coral islands are unforgettable. As the underwater world comes alive, one forgets that there is a less perfect world outside. A peek into this magic land leaves one in a daze for the rest of the day. Coral island with white sand beaches and surrounded by the pristine beauty of Nature. The sea has gifted this island with the entire splendor to attract any sea loving human. The Coral reefs, though damaged, are gorgeously decorated by nature to stun the visitor. The exquisite marine life and aquatic ecology offer some of the best snorkeling site for visitors.

VIPER ISLAND:
Viper Island is very near to Port Blair and was the old Jail which British used to harbor convicts. It has ruins of gallows atop a hillock. The Jail was abandoned when the Cellular Jail was constructed in 1906.
Viper Island, named after the ship wreck event of a British trading ship named “Viper? In 19th century, is located near Port Blair. The ruins of an olden discarded jail, built by British in 1867, with yellow colored bricks and the gallows are seen in this Island. The Island was considered as the place of penal settlement for the freedom fighters of India. This Island was part of the great Indian independence history and had witnessed the sufferings and sacrifices of Indian national involved in freedom struggle.

HAVELOCK:
Havelock is endowed with bewitching sandy beaches, lush green forest and coral gardens. Havelock Island, is the place were most tourists head for once when they arrive at Port Blair. This Island is 50 Km far away from Port Blair, and connected via regular boat service with a journey of 03 - 04 hours. Havelock Island is one of the finest Islands in Andamans which commands beautiful sandy beaches, lush green forest and abundant under water coral life.

RADHANAGAR BEACH:
Radhanagar Beach 12 km from the Havelock jetty on the western side is one of the most sought after tourist destinations, having been rated as one of the best in Asia by Times Magazine. Fringed with green canopy of rain forest, it beckons everyone to the azure sea. Camping out is a popular among tourists. Stay at this eco-friendly camp, right on the seashore, is a unique experience. It's a perfect place to unwind, where the crazing waves and the twittering crickets  are the only disturbance. Radhanagar beach, beginning to feel the remoteness that the Andamans offers. This beach is claimed by several as one of the most outstanding beaches left untouched.

THE ELEPHANT BEACH ( HATHI TAPU):
The Elephant Beach (Hathi Tapu) at Havelock is offer wonderful beach for snorkeling with rich coral reef and amazing marine life. One can visit Elephant Beach via a small boat by cruising through the dark blue sea. Elephant's Beach was a pristine and untouched, it was like landing on such a island which is not inhabited by anyone. The under water sea life and corals were seen as clear as you see in pictures and portable aquarium. The snorkeling in this beach is the most memorable moment and life time experience for incoming tourist.

BARATANG ISLAND (The Jarawa Reserve – Tribes):
Baratang Island is located between Middle and South Andaman Islands. People willing to see Limestone caves and Mud volcano have to cross through this island. The journey is through thick, dense forest area. The forest area journey is about 50Kms. The journey is by road. This place is considered as Jarawa tribe reserve. Though the destination places are few (Limestone caves and mud volcano), the experience of forest and sea journey is memorable. Tourists can also plan to visit Parrot Island and Rangat. They have to stay at Baratang for visiting Parrot Island.

Culture and history

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Andaman and Nicobar culture show a mix of the indigenous cultures of the Negroid and the Mongoloid settlers of the island, as well as a more mainstream culture brought down by the descendants of the early settlers in the island from the Indian mainland. The migrants also contributed to the culture of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The greatest feature of Andaman and Nicobar Islands culture is the peaceful coexistence of these two strains of cultural lives.

The most distinguishing aspect of Andaman and Nicobar culture are the culture of the indigenous people of the islands. Andaman and Nicobar islanders can be divided into two major groups. The inhabitants of the Andamans are of Negroid origin and migrated from Africa thousands of years ago, way back in the later Paleolithic age. The main ethnic groups are:
Andamanese
Onge
Jarawa
Sentinalese
The inhabitants of Nicobar are equally old, if nor older. They are however of a Mongoloid origin. The main groups of Nicobar tribes are the Nicobari (Nicobarese) and Shompen. All these tribes have continued with their indigenous culture at Andaman and Nicobar islands, and still continue to do so. The relative isolation of these tribes have helped to preserve these streams of Andaman and Nicobar culture.

History of Andaman and Nicobar Islands dates back to the settlement of the East India Company in the territory of the Islands. The history in Andaman and Nicobar Islands maintains that the East India Company established a penal colony where criminals convicted for crime against the Company were kept.

The history at Andaman and Nicobar Islands suggests that Marco Polo was among the first travelers from the West to reach this conglomeration of Islands. Again, the Kanhoji Angre, a Maratha admiral, is said to have his base in Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the early 18th century. The sovereignty of Kanhoji Angre ended when he was defeated by the British and Portuguese naval forces.
In 1789, the British established their colony in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. But, the island was abandoned the British in 1796; yet, the British resumed control over the island in the 19th century. During the 19th century as the Andaman and Nicobar Islands history maintains, the British used Andaman and Nicobar as a penal colony, which was named 'Kalapani' or the Cellular Jail. The history of Andaman and Nicobar Islands proves that criminals convicted of crime against the East India Company was sent to Andaman and Nicobar Islands, with a life sentence: the convicts were forced to live in exile in the Kalapani.
But, with the end of the British rule, i. e. after the Indian Independence, the 'Kalapani' gave way to a conglomeration of beautiful islands. It was in 1947 that Andaman and Nicobar Islands formed a part of the India Union. Today, Andaman and Nicobar Islands is among the seven union territories of India.

ANDAMAN HOLIDAY PACKAGE (6 NIGHTS/7 DAYS)

DAY 1: ARRIVE TO PORT BLAIR:
On arrive at Port Blair, our representative receive you at Airport/Harbour and escorted you to check in to the hotel / Resort. After check-in at the hotel and little relax, we start the journey with Anthropological Museum, which displays the tools, models habitats, art and handcrafts of the aboriginal tribes of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. And then proceed to Carbyn's Cove beach. At evening, the Light and Sound Show at Cellular Jail where the saga of the freedom struggle brought alive.

DAY 2: PORT BLAIR – ROSS ISLAND – NORTH BAY ISLAND (Coral Island) – HARBOUR CRUISE (Viper Island)
After Breakfast., We will proceed for a full day cruising towards, Ross Island, Viper Island and North Bay(Coral Island). First we starts with an exhilarating journey (by boat)to Ross Island (Ross Island, the erstwhile capital of Port Blair during the British regime), From Ross Island, we proceed for a joyful trip to Northway island (Coral Island) offering exotic coral, colourful fishes and underwater marine life. We can view these colourful corals & underwater marine life via in glass bottom boat and snorkeling. At evening proceed for a cruise of harbour by a boat includes a trip to Viper, the place of execution and overnight stay at Port Blair.

DAY 3: PORT BLAIR – HAVELOCK ISLAND
Today, we start journey towards Havelock island via ferry from Port Blair. On arrival at Havelock Island,our representative will receive and escort you to check-in to the resort. After we proceed to Radha nagar Beach, which rated the #7 among the finest beach in Asia. It is an ideal place for swimming, sea bathing and basking on the sun kissed beach.Over night stay at Havelock.

DAY 4: HAVELOCK ISLANDS -- PORT BLAIR.
After breakfast visit to Kalapathar Beach. Return from Havelock Island in the afternoon and transfer to hotel in Port Blair.

DAY 5:- PORT BLAIR -- BARATANG
Early morning proceed to Barataang Island trough Jarawa area after 8 hours drive, then trip to Lime stone cave through lush green mangrove creek by self mechanized dingy.

DAY 6: PORT BLAIR – CITY TOURS-- CHIDYATAPU
After Breakfast, proceed for a panoramic tour of the Port Blair City which covers; the Cellular Jail,Chatham Saw Mill, Forest Museum, Mini Zoo, Samudrika (Naval Marine Museum), Gandhi Park,Fisheries museum, Science Center and water sports complex. After Lunch, we proceed for Chidiya Tapu, the southern most tip of South Andaman. The lush green mangroves, forest cover with numerous chirping birds and the Sylvan Sands and The main attraction of this destination is unseen graceful sunset. And Overnight stay at Port Blair.

DAY 7: DEPART PORT BLAIR – AIRPORT DROPPING
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Cost Includes:

1. 05 Nights Standard accommodation in Port Blair with Room & Breakfast meal plan
2. 01 Night Standard accommodation in Havelock with Room & Breakfast meal plan
3. All the transfers & sightseeing according to itinerary.
4. All Entry Tickets & Boat Tickets includes.
5. HAVELOCK cruise transfers in Govt. Boats (if any).
6. Lunch will be provided at 3-Island and Baratang Island.
7. All taxes.

Cost Dose Not Includes:

1. Air Fare/Train fare.
2. Personal Expenses such as Laundry, telephone calls, tips. Liquor, boating & joy rides.
3. Any other item not specified in "Cost Includes".
4. Additional sightseeing or usages of vehicle not mention in the itinerary.
5. Guide charge not include.
6. Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blocks etc (to be borne by the clients directly on the spot).

Cancellation / Prepayment

Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to package type.
We are not responsible for tour cancellation due to Force Majeure clause (Expenses / Cancellations incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc.) Additional expenses incurred due to Force Majeure Clause on the ongoing tour shall be borne by the guest on actual.
We hope that the tour itinerary and the cost are acceptable to you. Please contact us on the specified address in case of any alterations. Please reply soon so as to enable us to provide efficient services.

ANDAMAN HONEYMOON PACKAGE (5 NIGHTS/6 DAYS)

DAY 1: ARRIVE TO PORT BLAIR:
On arrive at Port Blair, our representative receive you at Airport/Harbour and escorted you to check in to the hotel / Resort. After check-in at the hotel and little relax, we start the journey with Anthropological Museum, which displays the tools, models habitats, art and handcrafts of the aboriginal tribes of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. And then proceed to Carbyn's Cove beach. At evening, the Light and Sound Show at Cellular Jail where the saga of the freedom struggle brought alive.

DAY 02: PORT BLAIR TO HAVELOCK ISLAND
Today, we start journey towards Havelock island via ferry from Port Blair. On arrival at Havelock Island,our representative will receive and escort you to check-in to the resort. After we proceed to Radha nagar Beach, which rated the #7 among the finest beach in Asia. It is an ideal place for swimming, sea bathing and basking on the sun kissed beach. A trip to Radhanagar Beach. Over night stay at Havelock.

DAY 03: HAVELOCK TO NEIL ISLAND
Hulf Day leisure at Havelock Island. After Lunch transfer from Havelock Island to Neil Island by evening ferry. Overnight stay atNeil Island.

DAY 04: NEIL ISLAND TO PORT BLAIR
Full Day leisure at Neil Island return back to Port Blair by evening ferry overnight stay hotel in Port Blair.

DAY 05: PORT BLAIR TO ROSS ISLAND & MOUNT HARRIET
After Breakfast., We will proceed for a full day cruising towards, Ross Island & Mount Harriet. First we starts with an exhilarating journey (by boat)to Ross Island (Ross Island, the erstwhile capital of Port Blair during the British regime), From Ross Island, we proceed for a joyful trip to Northway island (Coral Island) offering exotic coral, colourful fishes and underwater marine life. the place of execution and overnight stay at Port Blair.

DAY 6: DEPART PORT BLAIR – AIRPORT DROPPING
Dropping to Airport with memories and terrific holidays at Andaman Islands. Book Now

Cost Includes:

1. 03 Nights AC Deluxe accommodation in Port Blair with Room & Breakfast meal plan.
2. 01 Night AC Deluxe accommodation in Havelock with Room & Breakfast meal plan.
3. 01 Night AC Deluxe accommodation in Neil Island with Room & Breakfast meal plan.
4. On Arrival Welcome drink.
5. All the transfers & sightseeing according to itinerary.
6. Arr./Dep.transfer with chauffeur cum guide.
7. Rose petals decorated on bed in the room on the day of arrival.
8. 01 candle light dinner with honeymoon cake and bottle of wine.
9. All Entrance fees and all taxes

Cost Dose Not Includes:

1. Air Fare/Train fare.
2. Personal Expenses such as Laundry, telephone calls, tips. Liquor, boating & joy rides.
3. Any other item not specified in "Cost Includes".
4. Additional sightseeing or usages of vehicle not mention in the itinerary.
5. Guide charge not include.
6. Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blocks etc (to be borne by the clients directly on the spot).

Cancellation / Prepayment

Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to package type.
We are not responsible for tour cancellation due to Force Majeure clause (Expenses / Cancellations incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc.) Additional expenses incurred due to Force Majeure Clause on the ongoing tour shall be borne by the guest on actual.
We hope that the tour itinerary and the cost are acceptable to you. Please contact us on the specified address in case of any alterations. Please reply soon so as to enable us to provide efficient services.