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East India - Andaman and Nicobar


Andaman and Nicobar         Arunachal Pradesh        Assam        Bihar        Manipur        Meghalaya

Mizoram      Nagaland      Orissan      Sikkim     Tripura       West Bengal

Port Blair           Cellular Jail          Marine - Museum          Chatham Mill


A short flight from Calcutta by air (it is also connected by flights from Delhi and Madras) is Port Blair, capital of the Andaman Islands. Though travel is restricted here, those islands open to tourism, with their lovely beaches and coral beds, are a travellerís delight. On Port Blair, the Cellular Jail and Anthropological Museum merit a visit. Excursions can be taken by motor launch to the islands of Wandoor and Jolly Buoy and to the bird sanctuary at Chiriyatapoo.

The Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands consisting of about 293 islands (39 of which are inhabited) is situated in the Bay of Bengal. Andaman roup of islands consists of North Andaman, Middle Andaman. South Andaman and Little Andaman besides many smaller islands.Nicobar group of islands comprises Great Nicobar, Car Nicobar, Nancowry, Katchal and Chowra. The headquarters of this Union Territory is at Port Blair, situated in South Andaman Island.The topography of the islands is hilly & they abound in evergreen forests.Timber is plentiful and of a vast variety. The white sandy beaches have a back drop of luxuriant greenery & in the clear blue waters of the lagoons enclosed by coral reefs is an underwater world full of fish of every possible variety.


Area : 8248 sq.kms. (Andaman- 6408, Nicober- 1841 sq.kms.).
Altitude : Varies from sea-level to 732 metres.(Highest Point- Saddle Peak).
Temperature : Mean minimum 23 deg C, Mean maximum 30 deg C.
Rainfall : 3000 mms (May to Mid-September & November to January).
Relative Humidity : 70% to 90%.
Forest cover : 86%.
Best Season : October to April.
Clothings : Cottons throughout the year.
Languages Spoken : Nicobari, Bengali, Tamil, Telegu, Malayalam, Hindi, English.
ISD Code : +91-3192 (STD 03192).


Foreigners : Foreign tourists need a special permit to visit the Andaman Islands. This can be obtained from Indian Missions abroad or the immigration authorities in Bombay, Calcutta, Delhi, Madras or on arrival at Port Blair Airport. It can also be obtained from The Director, Ministry of Home Affairs (ANL Division), Government of India, 2nd Floor, North Block, New Delhi- 110 001, through Indian Missions at least 3 months in advance. Foreign Nationals are not allowed to visit Nicobar Islands.

This permit is valid for Port Blair Municipal Area; Havelock Islands; Long; Neil Islands; Mayabunder; Diglipur; Rangat for a period of one month where night halt is permitted. However only a day's visit is allowed to places like Jolly Buoy; South Cinque; Red Skin; Moun Hariet and Madhuban.

Indians: Indian nationals need no special permits to visit Andamans. However, permits are required to visit Nicobar islands, issued by The Deputy Commissioner, Andamans at Port Blair.


  • Air : Port Blair is connected by Indian Airlines with Madras, Calcutta and Car Nicobar. East-West Airlines operate flights on Madras-Port Blair route on tuesday, thursday and saturday.

  • Sea : Regular passenger ship services viz. M.V.Harshavardhana, M.V.Akbar and  M.V.Nicobar are plying between Port Blair and Madras (1190 km), Calcutta  (1255 kms), Vizag (1200 kms). One more passenger vessel M.V.Nancowry is likely to be inducted soon on this run. There are 2 sailings in a month each from Calcutta and Madras to Port Blair & vice versa. There is one sailing from Vishakhapatnam every 3 months. The voyage takes about 3 / 4 days and the ships normally berth at Port Blair for three days.

Information regarding shipping schedules can be obtained from :

  • The Manager Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. Shipping House 13, Strand Road Calcutta - 700 001 Tel : 248-2354, 248-4286

  • The Manager Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. Aberdeen Bazar Port Blair - 744 101 Andaman and Nicobar Islands Tel : 21347, 21916.

  • The Manager Shipping Corporation of India Ltd Madras Port Trust Jawahar Building, Rajai Salai
    Madras - 600 001 Tel : 514537, 514401

  • The Deputy Director Office of The Shipping Services A & N Administration Near SCI Office Madras - 600 001 Tel : 582669, 427715.

  • M/s A.V.Bhanojiraw and Guru Pattabiramayya & Company Post Box No.17, Vishakapatnam Tel :
    (Agent, Shipping Corp. of India Ltd.)

  • The Directorate of Shipping Services A & N Administration ( For M.V.Nancowry only ) Port Blair - 744 101 Tel : 20725.

  • The Manager, Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. Coastal Passenger Services Division, 5th Floor, Discovery of India Building Nehru Centre, Dr. Annie Beasant Road, Worli, Bombay- 400018, Tel : 4931461.

Ship Fare Per Berth (w.e.f. 15.05.95)

  • Deluxe Cabin - Rs.3000/-

  • 1st Class Cabin - Rs.2480/-

  • 2nd Class Cabin - Rs.1950/-

  • Bunk - Rs.830/-

Booking : Passengers wishing to get reservation of passage should contact the Shipping Corporation of India office at 13 Strand Road, Calcutta-1and the booking is done seven days in advance of the sailing date on first come first served basis. All passengers ( except Government servants and Defence Personnel holding valid identity cards) are requird to produce 3 passport size photographs.

Internal Transport : There are four inter-island passenger cum cargo vessel operating between Port Blair and other islands. Details regarding schedules can be obtained from the Director, Shipping Services, Port Blair, Tel : 20725.

Conducted Tours :

  • Harbour Criuse every day at 1500 hrs from Cholunga Wharf.
    Duration : 2 & 1/2 hours.
    Reservation : Marine Department, Port Blair, Tel : 00000.
    Places covered : Panighat, Bambooflat, Haddo, Dundaspoint, Viper Islands, Junglighat and Chouldhari.

  • City tour at 1330 hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays from Tourist Home.
    Duration : 3 & 1/2 hours.
    Reservation : Tourist Information Centre, Tourist Home, Haddo, Port Blair, Tel : 20380.
    Places covered : Mini Zoo, Chatham Saw Mill, Anthropological Museum, Cottage Industries Emporium, Cellular Jail, Fisheries Museum and Cove.


Cellular Jail

The Bastille of India Where India's freedom fighters were incarcerated;

Anthropological Museum; Marine Museum; Cottage Industries Museum; Mini Zoo;
Chatham Saw
Mill; Corbyn's Cove Beach; Marine Park, Viper Island, Sippighat water Sports Complex.


Sippighat Farm- 14 kms; Chiriya Tapu- 30 kms; Wandoor Beach- 30 kms; Havelock Island- 54 kms; Jolly Buoy; Cinque & Red Skin Islands.


(Govt. Approved): Sagar Tours & Travels (P) Limited, 7 Krishna Bldg, P.O. Haddo, Port Blair- 744 102. Tel: 21704 (office), 21703 (residence).


Director (Tourism), A & N Administration, Port Blair-744 101. Tel:(03192) 20694/30933/20747. Fax:30933.
Govt. of India Tourist Office, VIP Road, Middle Point, Port Blair, Tel: 21006.Tourist Information Centre, Government of Andaman & Nicobar Island, 3-A, Aucland Place, CMDA Bldg. (2nd floor), Calcutta- 17. Tel : 247-2604/6935. Fax: 247 5084.

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