The Andaman and Nicobar islands, collectively called the Andamans, are one of the most exotic tourist destinations of the world. The islands offer a wide range of tourism experience that includes breathtaking natural beauty of the blue waters of the Indian Ocean, the mangrove forests, the hills, unique aboriginal lifestyle and places still smelling of history. Well-planned Andaman tours cover the beaches, nature parks, islands, historical monuments and museums of the Andamans.
The Andaman tours have significantly contributed towards growth of tourism in Andaman.
The Andaman tours usually span over 10 days, but itineraries can extend up to 15 days. The main areas covered by the itineraries are Port Blair, Havelock Island, Jolly Buoy Island, Red Skin Island and Cinque Island. The tours include excellent sea food served in fabulous open air settings, and overnight stays in some of the best hotels in Andaman.
Itinerary of Andaman:
The tours of Andaman usually commence from Chennai, and include a sightseeing trip of the city as well. A flight from Chennai brings tourists to Port Blair. The following is a general plan of what your tour of Andaman will be. You can always customize if you feel the need to. Your travel agent would be able to suggest the best possible routes and visits.
Day 1 in Port Blair –
the first day of sightseeing in Port Blair involves visit to the Cellular Jail, the infamous prison where freedom fighters tried by the British Government were deported. Other interesting places including the Chatham Saw Mill, Gandhi Park, Anthropological Museum, and the Fisheries Museum are also visited.
Day 2 in Port Blair –
this day is reserved for exploring the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park in Wandoor, 29 kilometers form Port Blair. The National Park is made up of fifteen islands covering about 281.5 kilometers, including creeks and sea water. The highlights of the park include mangrove forests, coral reefs and underwater marine life. Boats fitted with see through glass bottoms enable tourists to enjoy the amazing reefs and other marine life. The islands of Jolly Buoy, Red Skin, and Cinque can also be visited from here. The tour returns to Port Blair for an overnight stay.
Day 3 in Port Blair –
this day marks a tour of Bird Island, locally known as Chidiya Tapu. It is located 25 kilometers from Port Blair, and is an ideal picnic spot. The mangrove forests and beautiful beaches are perfect for a leisurely afternoon accompanied by chilled drinks and refreshing snacks. The fabulous view of the ocean and the neighboring islands from the forest guesthouse on the hilltop is another major attraction of tours of Andaman. Night stay for this day is also arranged in Port Blair.
Day 4 in Port Blair –
day four is reserved for fun filled water sports. The entire day can be spent at the water sports complex. Rowing, paddle boating, kayaking, aqua gliding, and speed boating are some of the water sports that can be enjoyed here.
Day 5 in Port Blair -
A tour of the Corvin’s Cove Complex is the main program of the day. The beach is lined by coconut trees, and provides a perfect setting for a sun bathing or other water adventures like swimming and surfing.
Day 6 in Havelock Island -
Havelock is located 54 kilometers from Port Blair. The island is famous for its sandy beaches and forests. A camping site at Radha Nagar Beach lets tourists enjoy the unspoiled beauty of the area. Overnight stay is arranged in Havelock Island.
Day 7 – 8 port Blair -
the next day starts with a return journey to Port Blair. The rest of the day is reserved for pleasure, shopping and sightseeing. A flight to takes tourists back to Chennai the next day.
Some Andaman tours may also include trips to the Ross Island, and some major spots in the Nicobar group of Islands.
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