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How To Plan A Trip To Andaman? (Your Smart Guide To Andaman)

Hey there! Hope you are having a good day ahead.

So, are you planning a trip to Andaman? If yes, then this is the perfect post to read right now.

Here in this post, you will learn how to plan a perfect trip to the Andaman Islands.

And, you will also know the proper information to make the best out of your Andaman trip.

It’s important that you gather a perfect plan and information beforehand about the things to do, where to stay, and how to travel before you go for the trip. So, this post is the best read for you.

All you need to do is read this complete smart guide and you will be all set to get out for your Andaman trip.

So, without any further ado, let’s get started…

Permissions to enter Andaman

Permission to enter the Andaman Islands:

  1. For Indian Citizens, no passport is required. Just a valid ID proof like Pan card, Adhaar card will easily permit you to enter the island.
  2. For Foreign Citizens, RAP (Restricted Area Permit) is required for visiting the island. Now foreigners with a valid tourist visa and passport can apply for RAP at no cost from Port Blair and they can visit and stay as per the visa validity. RAP can be obtained from an immigration counter at the airport or, embarkation of ships at the sea-port. RAP is issued for only a 30-day visit to the islands and is extendable up to 15 more days.

How to obtain Visa to enter Andaman:

It’s a must for foreigners to have a valid Visa for India if they want to get RAP from Port Blair in Andaman.

Andaman is a part of India and thus they can easily get a visa from the Indian missions, or from the high commissions’ offices overseas.

They can easily obtain a tourist visa for a period of 15-days to 6-months as per their choice.

Why RAP is important for foreigners:

According to the Foreigners’ Restricted Areas Order of 1963, a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) is required for non-Indians to visit certain areas in India. The entire union territory of Andaman and Nicobar has been declared as a ‘restricted area’.

So, Indian citizens do not need special permission to visit the Andaman Islands but, foreigners need to have a Visa which will later allow them to get their RAP approved.

Also, do note that if the Indian Visas that are issued don’t carry a stamp that reads “Entry to restricted areas NOT permitted”.

If it carries such a stamp you won’t be allowed to enter Andaman.

In such a case, contact the Indian embassy from where you got your visa and have the visa re-issued with no such stamps of restriction.


How to reach?

Yes! To enter Andaman Island one must enter Port Blair first. Then from Port Blair, you can go anywhere in Adaman.

Port Blair is the first entry point to the Andaman islands and, it is also the capital city of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

Reaching Andaman Islands by Flight:

  • There is only one airport in Andaman Island. That is the Veer Savarkar International Airport (IXZ) in Port Blair, the capital of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
  • Everyday direct flights fly between Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Bhubaneswar, Bangalore, Mumbai to Port Blair.
  • You can use Air India, Jet Airways, Jetlite, Go Air, or Spicejet airlines to book your flights easily.

Reaching Andaman Islands by Ship:

  • Sea ships are available from Chennai, Kolkata, and Visakhapatnam to reach Andaman.
  • Ships only sail 3 to 4 times every month from Kolkata and Chennai to Port Blair and vice-versa.
  • From Visakhapatnam, there’s only a ship once in a month.
  • It will take 3-4 days to reach Port Blair from Kolkata, Chennai, or Visakhapatnam.

The best way to reach Andaman:

The very best way to reach Andaman is by flights. You can very easily book your tickets online and the travel time usually takes about 3-4 hours maximum.

It’s not recommended that you book a ship to travel to the Andamans. The main reason is that no such cruise liner ships are available and so it can be a boring journey indeed.

Moreover, the ships have no entertainment facilities onboard and takes 3-4 days to reach Port Blair. Online bookings are also not available and you need to manually book a ship and that’s so tedious.

So, its not recommend to book a ship at all until and unless you are a small group of friends or family seeking an unusual adventure.


How many days are enough for an Andaman trip?

According to me, 6 nights & 7 days trip will be just enough for an Andaman Island trip. Just make sure to book your flight tickets at least 2–3 months in advance, as these, can a bit expensive according to the budget.

If you are traveling to Andaman for the first time on a family, friends, or a honeymoon trip, it’s better recommended that you spend at least 5 days staying on the island. Spend the next 2 days to travel around thus making it a wonderful vacation.

Another point of suggestion is that try to plan the tour all by yourself. If you are thinking to go to a travel agent to book you a tour to Andaman then, it would cost you more.

So, better to book all by yourself. You will find that you are saving at least Rs. 15–20,000, if you make bookings all by yourself.

This particular post you are reading right now will surely help you do so. Just make sure to bookmark it for future reference.


Which is the best month to visit Andaman?

It is good to visit the Andaman Islands at any time of the year as it is a year-round destination. But, the very best time to visit the Andaman Islands is between the months of October to May.

Between October and May, the majority of the tourists visit Andaman as the weather during this time of the year remains pleasant and is just perfect for sightseeing, water sports, and any type of beach excursion.

The weather stays bright and quite pleasant between October and May.

The tourist season starts generally from October and extends until May to mid-June.

The very peak time to visit the Andaman islands will be between December and March. And it is also the time when the cost of your trip can go a bit high than other times of the year.

Seasonal time in Andaman:

  • Summer (April-July): The summer season in the Andaman Islands basically falls between April to July months of the year. The temperature during this time of the year usually remains between 24°C to 37°C. Afternoons could be extreme for some time while the morning and early evenings are perfect for sightseeing.
  • Monsoon (July-September): This is not the best time to travel to the Andaman Islands. The temperature ranges between 22°C and 36°C with moderate to a high level of rainfall. Tourism gets hinder during this time of the year due to heavy rainfall and unpredictable sea conditions.
  • Winter (October-March): The winter season in the Andaman Islands begins in October and lasts until March. This is the time when a lot of tourists visit Andaman and the peak season usually falls at these months of the year. The temperature ranges between 20°C and 30°C and is characterized by bright and quite pleasant weather.

Cost to travel Andaman

Is Andaman expensive?

No, Andaman is not so expensive to travel as people normally think. But yes, it’s a bit costly in some cases. Nevertheless, if you think in all aspects of tourism I think it’s okay to stay for a few days at an affordable cost.

For budget-travelers Andaman can be a bit costly to travel as the flight fares from the main cities to Andaman are high. And moreover, the various adventure activities and hotel rooms can be a bit costly during the peak season time.

For mid-range and luxury-travelers there’s almost no issue to travel at all in terms of price. They will find the total cost of the tour and the various activities overall pocket-friendly.

In simple words, if you ask me, I should say it is the best place to explore and witness the beauty of nature and its surrounding, at the best nominal rates possible. the only cost that can be high is the flight fare and the adventure activities but, then so it’s bearable.

Cost of accommodation in Andaman

Hotel TypeRate per day
Budget Hotel Room₹ 7,00-2,000
Mid-range Hotel Room₹ 2,000-3,500
Luxury Hotel Room₹ 4,000-16,500

Cost of travel and transportation

Transport TypeAverage fare per person
Flights Tickets (One-way flight)₹ 8,000-12,000
Local Buses for inter-city and intra-city travel₹ 7 minimum
Ship fare (one-way)₹ 2,000 to ₹9,000
Boat/Ferry₹ 650-1000
Auto-rickshaw₹ 20-40
Scooters & Motorcycles on rent₹500 per day
TaxiAn average trip around Port Blair can cost about ₹ 500

Cost of adventure activities

ActivityAverage Fare
Jet SkiOne Person ₹ 550 for 10 minutes
Two Person ₹ 750 for 10 minutes
Paddle Boat2 Seater ₹ 20 for 30 minutes
4 Seater ₹ 30 for 30 minutes
Bumper BoatOne Person ₹ 30 for 10 Minutes
Rowing BoatTwo Person ₹ 30 for 30 Minutes
Banana Boat RideOne Person ₹ 350 for 15 Minutes
Speed Boat RideOne Person ₹ 350 for 10 Minutes
Glass-Bottom Boat RideOne person ₹ 350 for 20 minutes
Scubadive₹ 4,000 per person
Snorkelling (with guide)One person ₹ 400 for 30 minutes

Overall, How much money do you need per day to tour Andaman?

TRAVEL TYPEBACHELORSCOUPLESFAMILES
Budget travelerRs. 1450-2400Rs. 2200-3400Rs. 2900-4200
Mid-range travelerRs. 2900-4700Rs. 3900-5900Rs. 5000-7300
High-end travelerRs. 8600-15400Rs. 1200-18000Rs. 14500-21300

Activities to enjoy during your Andaman trip

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#1. Dive a Seakart Boat

This adventure is very new in India. Dive a Seakart with your companion and explore the exotic and pristine coastline of Port Blair, Andamans in the safest environment.

Seakart boats are a unique hybrid type of boats that combines the speed and excitement of a jet-ski with the safety and comfort of an inflatable boat.

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#2. Scuba Diving

You can enjoy scuba diving at Andaman Island. You will have a picturesque and usual Shore diving experience. The reefs here are superb and you may spot a turtle during your diving experience as well.

Scuba diving in Andaman can surely be among the greatest adventures of your life. In other simple words, don’t miss a chance to do scuba diving here

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#3. Parasailing

Do parasailing and enjoy a great experience. Go glide through the air while wearing an open parachute while being towed by a motorboat.

Yes, you can enjoy it at the South Andaman Island. Fly high up in the air and enjoy the best parasailing tours in Andaman.

The island has some splendid sites that are perfect to soar high and get the thrill.

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Glass Bottom Boat Ride
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#4. Glass Bottom Boating

Glass bottom boat ride is the other most interesting activity to do in Andaman Island. Glass Bottom Boat ride is such an activity that nobody should miss here once you are here in the Andaman.

This is also one of the most demanded things to do here. These kinds of boats are specially designed with a glass floor together attached with a magnifying glass at the bottom of the boat.

This provides the best option for the riders to see what’s going underwater while they ride on the boat. This water sports in Port Blair is very popular. You can take glass-bottom boat rides from Water Sports Complex to North Bay Coral Island or Port Blair to Jolly Buoy Island.

#5. Kayaking

Here in Andaman, you can enjoy some of the best Kayak tours in India. Just take a small boat and enjoy the chirping of birds during your journey along with a very nice view of the surroundings.

Experience the scenes, paddle your kayak boat, and along with it enjoy the stunning views of the tropical forests and reveal some of the beauty of nature passing through these water canals.

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#6. Banana Boat ride

Banana boat ride is one of the most fantastic fun and exciting activities to do in the Andaman. These types of boat rides are normally safe and very exciting ones.

A banana boat is a really simple and inflatable recreational boat meant to be towed and pulled with a motorboat. It can accommodate three to ten riders sitting on a larger, main tube and resting their feet on two laterally flanking tubes which stabilize the boat.

These types of boats represent like that of a banana and are tied behind a speed boat to gain rush. This is one of the best-recommended adventures do to in the Andaman Islands.

#7. Jet Skiing

Jet skiing is another famous water-sport that is well-popular in the Andaman Islands. It’s a very high-speed water sport that you can enjoy near the seashore of Andaman.

The jet in jet ski refers to the water jet that shoots out the back and makes the ski go forward. This makes the ski boat move fast in water.

This is that particular water sports adventure activity, that stands out from the others. However, the sport is best enjoyed during good weather only.


Best hotels to stay in Andaman

Well, there are so many wonderful locations to stay in the Andaman, some are budget-friendly, while others are luxurious. It totally depends on the type of stay you want.

Here you will find some of the best hotels to stay in Andaman. Read the reviews, see the pictures, and book it asap so that you don’t miss your preferred hotel room at your scheduled time of the trip.

The best hotels of the 3 major locations of the Andaman Islands are listed below…

Best hotels in Port Blair

  • Andaman Galley Resort: One of the top-best resort in Port Blair. There are awesome air-conditioned rooms with a cable TV and a seating area. You will have a happy and comfortable stay here. There are nicely furnished clean rooms, good air conditioning, and of course friendly helpful staff. The location is also super good.
  • The Seaview Residency: This is yet another very best place to stay and enjoy your trip. You will have an amazing stay in the very comfortable rooms of this hotel. Nearby you get the beachside which is a truly very tranquil place to relax for an amazing holiday in the Andamans.
  • Ocean Terrace: First of all the location of this place is awesome with a very good view. With garden views, Ocean Terrace is situated in Port Blair and has a restaurant and room service. Both WiFi and private parking are accessible here almost free of charge.
  • Horizon View Homestay: This place is well-maintained, clean, and comfortable to stay. The rooms are beautiful and the view from the rooms is also very awesome. This one is a very nice homestay, just right next to the jetty to go to Havelock Island.

Best hotels in Havelock Island

  • Placid Garden Resort: Placid Garden Resort is located in Havelock Island and features a very beautiful garden in its boundary. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, room service, and a tour desk, along with free WiFi. The location of this resort is perfect for the beach and for getting around the Island.
  • Sweet Dream Resort: Sweet Dream Resort in Havelock Island is a beautiful and awesome 3-star accommodation with a garden. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. At the hotel, the rooms include a balcony.
  • Eco Villa Palm Beach Resort: This is yet another wonderful resort situated just facing the beachfront in Havelock Island. There you will find a restaurant and a garden. The resort also provides free WiFi and free private parking. Each room comes with a balcony and offers a sea view.
  • The Barefoot At Havelock: This resort is located near the tranquil, jungle setting, and is in close proximity to the beautiful beach. This resort houses a restaurant, bar, and a private beach area. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk, a tour desk, and ticket service for guests as well.
  • Sea Shell Havelock: This is another best resort to stay in Havelock Island. There’s a 24-hour front desk to help the guests with currency exchange, laundry, and parking as well. Each room comes with a balcony and offers a sea view. The air-conditioned rooms are also fitted with a minibar, electric kettle, and flat-screen satellite TV.

Best hotels in Neil Island

  • Symphony Summer Sands Beach Resort: This is an awesome resort to stay at Neil Island. There are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk, and room service, along with free WiFi. It’s an amazing property with a great pool and many awesome facilities.
  • Megha Resort and Restaurant: Located in Neil Island, Megha Resort and Restaurant offers a beautiful garden in its boundary. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk, and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property.
  • Sea Shell Samssara: It’s a fabulous hotel managed in very international standards. It has a luxurious restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, a bar, and a garden. With free WiFi, this 4-star resort offers a 24-hour front desk and room service. This one is the best to recommend if you want a premium luxury stay at Neil Island.
  • Sea Shell Neil Resort: Located 1 km from Bharatpur Beach and 2 km from the ferry terminal, Hotel Sea Shell Neil features a multi-cuisine restaurant and a tour desk for those looking to explore the surrounding areas. Each air-conditioned room has a seating area and a balcony with garden views.

Safety tips while traveling in Andaman

  1. If you want to do swimming then always swim between the red and yellow flags. These are the places patrolled by lifesavers. These two beach flags (red and yellow) will indicate that the area is open and safe for swimming.
  2. Always keep an eye on the weather report. Since you are traveling in the coastal areas of Andaman weather can change very often.
  3. It’s always better to know the weather report and indications before your leave for the journey. Especially during the monsoon time when it can get very cloudy and can rain heavily which can impact your travel plans a lot.
  4. Before you go into the ocean read the safety signs and try to gather as much information you literally can. This way you are aware of any warnings or dangers on the beach such as dangerous currents and stinging jellyfishes.
  5. Try to be safe from getting sunburn. Apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going into the sun and reapply regularly, particularly after swimming.
  6. During your swim or surfing activity, if you need a lifeguard’s assistance, raise your arm in the air, and wave it from side to side. This is really helpful. They will soon come for your assistance. Mark it!
  7. If you want to do any adventure activities like jet skiing, scuba diving, kayaking, parasailing, banana boat rides, etc. then kindly make sure to accompany your guide or trainer with you.
  8. Make sure that you always wear a life jacket before boarding the boat.
  9. While swimming make sure not to go too far from the shore. The water has some potentially dangerous marine animals, which can attack assuming you as prey or defend their territory.
  10. If you have an open wound, please avoid swimming. Many of the predatory fishes are attracted to blood odour and so can attack you.

The best Andaman trip itinerary

The best 6 nights and 7 days Andaman Trip Itinerary. Check this out:

Day 1: Port Blair Sightseeing

  • You will arrive at Veer Savarkar International Airport at Port Blair.
  • Next, Check-in to your hotel. If you haven’t booked a hotel in Port Blair then, you can book if from (Booking.com) at pretty affordable rates.
  • Freshen up yourself, and get ready to explore Port Blair.
  • Next, have lunch and then visit Corbyn’s Cove Beach. There you can relax alongside or enjoy various water sports like jet skin, etc.
  • Have a leisure walk nearby.
  • Later, return to the hotel and have your Dinner and stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Baratang Island Sightseeing

  • Go for a full-day excursion to Baratang Island. This place is full of beauty, mud volcanoes, thick mangrove forests, and natural wonders.
  • There you can have an exciting boat ride through the mangroves forests.
  • After the whole day trip, return to the hotel and have your Dinner and stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Havelock Island Sightseeing

  • The next morning have your breakfast and then, check-out of your hotel room in Port Blair.
  • Next, take a ferry to Havelock Island from Port Blair Jetty and the journey time will be approximate 2-3 hours.
  • Next, Check-in to your hotel. If you haven’t booked a hotel in Havelock then, you can book if from (Booking.com) at pretty affordable rates.
  • Freshen up yourself, and get ready to explore Havelock.
  • The first half of the day visit Vijay Nagar Beach. This is one of the most beautiful yet less tourist-friendly beaches in Havelock.
  • The second half of the day visit the famous Radha Nagar Beach situated on the south coast of Havelock Island. This is one of the most popular beaches in Andaman.
  • Have a leisure walk nearby.
  • Later, return to the hotel and have your Dinner and stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Havelock Island Sightseeing

  • The next morning have your breakfast and then go out for your full-day trip to Havelock Island.
  • The first half of the day visit Elephant Beach. This place is known for its tranquil surroundings, pristine water, and sparkling sandy shore.
  • The second half of the day explore Kalapathar Beach. This beach is famous for its coastline surrounded by black rocks, blue sea, and the lush greenery of tropical trees.
  • After the whole day trip, return to the hotel and have your Dinner and stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: Neil Island Sightseeing

  • The next morning have your breakfast and then, check-out of your hotel room in Havelock.
  • Next, take a ferry to Neil Island from Port Blair Jetty and the journey time will be approximately 1-1.5 hours.
  • Next, Check-in to your hotel. If you haven’t booked a hotel in Neil Island then, you can book if from (Booking.com) at pretty affordable rates.
  • The first half of the day visit Bharatpur Beach. This beach is known as the coral capital in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands because of the variety and quantity of corals found at the bottom of the sea
  • The second half of the day visit Laxmanpur Beach. This is indeed one of the perfect beach destinations to watch the evening setting sun.
  • After the whole day trip, return back to the hotel.

Day 6: Port Blair Sightseeing

  • The next morning have your breakfast and then, check-out of your hotel room in Neil.
  • Next, take a ferry to Port Blair from Neil Island Jetty and the journey time will be approximately 1-1.5 hours.
  • Then the first half of the day visit Anthropological Museum. This particular museum is one of the best places to understand the tribal life on the islands.
  • The second half of the day visit Cellular Jail. This is a colonial prison in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India. The prison was used by the British for the express purpose of exiling political prisoners.
  • After the whole day trip, return back to the hotel.

Day 7: Depart from Port Blair

  • Next day morning, have breakfast and check-out of your hotel room.
  • Depart from the Port Blair Airport and return back to your hometown.
  • And with all of these, that’s the happy ending of your awesome Andaman holiday trip.

That’s all folks…

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