Indian Nationals do not require a passport or any special permit to visit the Andaman Islands. There is also no restriction on the duration of stay on the islands. All foreign nationals must have a valid Indian Visa to enter Port Blair. On arrival, all foreign nationals are issued a Restricted Area Permit free of cost at the airport or port. The procedure is simple and takes about 20 minutes. The permit will allow you to stay for a period of 30 days only. This validity can be further extended in Port Blair or Havelock closer to the date of expiry by an additional 15 days provided you have proof of a return ticket. No further extensions are possible.
There are ship rides from Kolkata, Chennai and Vishakhapatnam ports to Port Blair. However, the one-sided journey takes about 4 days to complete.
Andaman’s only airport is in Port Blair, called ‘Vir Savarkar International Airport’. There are regular flights by many domestic operators originating from Kolkata, Chennai and all major metro cities.
This is by far the most important attraction which has been calling not only the countrymen, but also researchers and historians all across the world to come and study Port Blair.
The Cellular Jail or Kaala Paani which is a standing epic of harshness and struggle before Independence is an immaculately maintained building. Today, it is considered the national monument with a beautiful garden, which presents a sound-and-light show every day in two languages.
Corbyn’s Cove and Japanese Bunkers
Corbyn’s Cove is the closest beach to Port Blair, which is recognized less as a beach but more as the sunset view point. In 2004, most of this beach was severely affected and washed away by Tsunami disaster, which can still be felt by its ruins.
On reaching this place, the remarkable attractions are Japanese Bunkers, which were used in World War II.
Chatham Saw Mill
The oldest saw mill in Asia stands right here in Port Blair. Nearby is Chatham Jetty, where the ships from Calcutta and Chennai used to unload their goods once upon a time.
From this point, there are passenger jetty available to reach Dundas Point and Bamboo Flat.
There is no better way to get you introduced to multiple tribes of Port Blair than this place.
This museum has lots of exhibits representing various tribes, as well as the development that took place as the time evolved. The Museum is closed all Thursdays and on public holidays.
Central Agricultural Research Institute
Port Blair has a striking landscape which was immediately appreciated by British, when they decided to make this place their summer home.
Now, this landscape is the cause for various researchers arriving here to study its cultivation capabilities. Livestock and poultry form the major farming.
Samudrika Marine Museum
This is run by Indian Navy and has an assortment of exhibits including tribal, plants, animals, marine life and islands’ ecosystem.
Right outside the museum is the main attraction- ‘skeleton of a blue whale’, which was found washed ashore on the Nicobars.
Other than these specific points in Port Blair worth watching, the visitors are highly recommended visiting Ross Island which acted as the British administrative capital before Independence.
There still are the ruins of old buildings and the place is dominant with deer and peacocks.
Reaching North Bay or the Coral Island offers a sequence of sporting adventures, along with the sea walking for relaxing memories to cherish.
This beach is specifically for the sunset viewers, aiming to capture the beautiful amazing shades of nature in their cameras!
Recently, the Mini Zoo, a medium-sized zoo with some unique species found only in Andaman and Nicobar Islands has been shifted here.
Once again the historical remark, this Island is visited for both its magnificent beauty and the remains of printing press and Secretariat Office which were raised during British Rule.
In 2004, this most beautiful beach in Havelock was termed the best in whole of Asia! Smooth white sand, lush green forests in the backdrop overlooking turquoise waters form amazing amalgamation of colours and scenery.
The right stretch of the beach takes you to Blue Lagoon. People often come here to capture the spectacular sunsets in their handy cameras.
Known for the best corals found on the island, this beach shows the survival against 2004 Tsunami disaster. It is on the north of Radhanagar, making an excellent spot for snorkelling.
From Radhanagar, it may be reached either by foot or by a boat. In dry weather, trekking along the beach is a great option.
Based on a corner of the island, this beach symbolizes black rocks which offer it the name. This relaxing beach is famed for the Emerald waters, which are adorned by the tropical forest on the back and the shiny silver sand in the front.
There cannot be a better place for solitude than this on Havelock.
Vinnie's Island, Havelock
This is a famous dive site, which usually has good visibility for the divers to splash in. Tourists often visit here for the possibility of spotting Leopard sharks.
Dixon’s Pinnacle, Havelock
Three pinnacles form this, housing a variety of sea life. Some rare species include Barracudas, Giant Napoleon turtles, white-tip shark, tube corals and sponges.
Port Blair is a treasure house of marine life thriving on its wide starched coastal beaches. Known for famous beaches and eye catching vistas, this place was witness to a dark history and is a heaven for travellers.
One of the few islands that is inhabited, truly a natural paradise, dotted with white sand beaches, coral reefs with a colourful array of aquatic life, palm trees, as well as dense forests in the interiors.
Neil is tiny but beautiful island located 37 kms. to the south of the Andaman Islands. With unexplored coral reef, brilliant bio-diversity, white sandy beaches and tropical forest and vegetation, it is one of the hot tourist spots in the Andamans.