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Andaman Trip – Your Complete Travel Guide

Introduction

Andaman is known as the wonder of nature. It comprises 572 islands that lie on the juncture corner of the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. The place provides a lot of attractions for tourists and backpackers throughout the trip. Andaman has some of the best beaches, natural trails and mesmerising majestic sunsets. The place also has an interesting history which needs to be discovered. The location is a total treat to watch due to its amazing scenery and history.

Andaman Island is situated closer to Myanmar nearly 190 km and Sumatra which is 150 km in Indonesia. It is situated about 1200 km from mainland India. 

The islands of Andaman are quite unexplored mainly due to its distance and accessibility problems away from the mainland. And the place is where the beauty of nature actually lies.

The list of places to visit in Andaman are all worth the attention and time.

The list of places one needs to discover are:

Port Blair

It is the largest town and  is also known as the entry point for all the other islands. Thus, the trip will start from here first. 

Chidiya Tapu

Chidiya Tapu is about  30 kms from Port Blair and the place is well known for its sunset and bird watching view. The location is a day trip from Port Blair to Chidiya Tapu.

Lamiya Bay Beach: 

Lamiya Bay beach is a famous place that marks the foothill of the Saddle Peak. Saddle peak is known as the highest peak in North Andaman.

Mud Volcano at Shyamnagar and the Limestone cave at Diglipur:

 One can view the mud volcanoes in Shyamnagar in North Andaman at ease. Limestone caves in Diglipur are also known as Alfred caves and are located near Ramnagar Beach.

Baratang Island: 

Baratang Island is located between the South and Middle Island. The island is full of beautiful beaches, mangrove creeks, limestone caves and mud volcanoes all around. Baratang Island is about 100 km from Port Blair and it takes about 5 hours to reach the destination. Though the conditions of the road are quite poor thus one may face difficulty. The location is full of difficulty but if you like to explore the unknown places and are not intimidated by long hours and poor conditions of the journey then it is a good place to visit. 

Diglipur and North Andaman:

 North Andaman is considered to be an unexplored region of the island. It takes about 12 hours to reach Diglipur by road from Port Blair. But as soon as you reach the destination, you will be mesmerised by the virgin beauty of the location. 

Hotels In andaman

Andaman has plenty of options for hotels in all possible budget ranges. For the perfect trip to Andaman, it is advisable that one stops at Port Blair and Havelock Island for the night time. If you have ample number of days and time permits, then you must spend one night at Neil Island too. The majestic view will make you feel blessed. Both Port Blair and Havelock have a lot of options all around. Diglipur and North Andaman are considered to have relatively lesser options than the other two. It is advisable that one books the trip beforehand.

Camping at the beaches is not permissible at Andaman unless the resorts or staying option arranges it with permission from authority.

Formalities to visit Andaman

All foreign nationals are required to have a RAP (Restricted Area Permit) to visit the Andaman Nicobar Islands. RAP is easily available on arrival at Port Blair by flight or ship from the Immigration Authorities for 30 days and is subject to availability of valid visa. The visa is extendable for another 15 days in certain special cases with permission. One needs to ask the delegated authority to extend permission through the Superintendent of Police, FRO/CID, and Port Blair.

Conclusion

Andaman is considered quite safe to travel. The island is a peaceful place and has not many instances of problems of safety reported. Earlier, the news of the death Christian missionary in North Sentinel Island had been going around but that was the only one reported. They do not take intrusion in their land and life lightly this don’t invade. Thus it is advisable that you take a guide when going through the tribal regions.  Also, most of the tribal areas are already strictly forbidden for both Indians and foreigners throughout.

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