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The picture postcard Andaman & Nicobar Islands are hard to find on the World map. Sprinkled in the Bay of Bengal, these islands are part of India but geographically closer to Myanmar and Thailand.


Andaman & Nicobar Islands is always warm, with pleasant sea-breeze . The rainy season happens twice a year under the influence of Southwest monsoon in mid-May to September, and Northeast monsoon in November To January.

There is no extreme climate except rains and tropical storms in late summer. The weather is calm only from January to April and to some extend in October. It is quite hot in the months of March to May in the Andamans.

 

The best time to visit the Andaman & Nicobar Islands is between mid November and April.


 

By Air

Port Blair is connected with Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata by air. Presently flights are operated by- 


No Name of Airlines Sector
1 Air India Chennai - Port Blair - Chennai , Kolkata - Port Blair - Kolkata
2 King Fisher Chennai - Port Blair - Chennai
3 Jet Lite Port Blair -  Kolkata - Delhi , Delhi - Kolkata - Port Blair



By Sea

Regular passenger ship services are available to Port Blair from Chennai, Kolkata and Vishakhapatnam and back. There are three to four sailings every month from Kolkata and Chennai to Port Blair and vice-versa. There is one sailing from Vishakhapatnam in a month. The voyage takes about 50 to 60 hours and the ship normally berths at Port Blair for about two to four days.

Further information on schedules and tariffs can be obtained from:

 

1. Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. Apeejay House, 4th Floor, Dinsa Wacha Road, Mumbai – 400 020 Tel: 2822101/2823316 Fax: (022) 2022438
2. Shipping Corporation of India Ltd., Shipping House, No. 13, Strand Road, Kolkata – 700 001 Tel: 2482354, 2488013 Fax: (033) 2482035, 2480377
3. Shipping Corporation of India Ltd., Jawahar Building, Rajaji Salai, Chennai – 600 001 Tel: (044) 5231401, Fax: (044) 5231218
4. The Deputy Director of Shipping Services, A&N Administration, 6, Rajaji Salai, Chennai – 600 001 Tel: (044) 5220841/5226873
5. The Directorate of Shipping Services, A&N Administration, Phoniex Bay Jetty, Port Blair (For MV Nancowry and MV Swarajdweep) Tel: (03192) 232528/232742 Fax: (03192) 230480

6. Shipping Corporation of India Ltd., Aberdeen Bazar, Port Blair – 744 101 Tel: (03192) 233347, 233590 Fax: (03192) 233778

 

7. M/s A.V. Bhanojirao and Garuda Pattabhiramayya & Co., Post Box No. 17, Vishakapatnam (Agent – Shipping Corporation of India Ltd.) Tel: (0891) 565597/562661, Fax: 566507/549224

 

 

At present, 5 Passenger Ships are deployed on Kolkata / Vishakapatnam / Chennai and Port Blair Sectors. 3 Ships, namely M.V. `Nicobar`, M.V. `Harshavardhana` and M.V. `Akbar`, ply between Kolkata - Port Blair and Vishakapatnam - Port Blair Sectors, while 2 Ships, namely M.V. `Nancowry` and M.V. `Swaraj Dweep` plying in Chennai - Port Blair Sector.


Name of Vessel Class of Accommodation Fare for Natives (in Rs.) Fare for others (in Rs.)

M.V.Swaraj Dweep

Deluxe Cabin

3,940.00

7,640.00

Nancowry

3,560.00

3,560.00

6,320.00

Nicobar

2nd Class Cabin

2,680.00

5,030.00

  Bunk 710.00 1,960.00
 
M.V.Harshvardhana

Deluxe Cabin

3,940.00

7,640.00
 

1st Class Cabin

3,560.00

6,320.00

 

2nd Class 'A' Cabin

2,680.00

5,030.00

 

2nd Class 'B' Cabin

2,350.00

3,890.00

  Bunk    710.00 1,960.00
 
M.V.Akbar

Deluxe Cabin

3,940.00

7,640.00

 

1st Class Cabin

3,430.00

5,400.00

 

AC Dormitory

1,790.00

3,290.00

  Ordinary Bunk    660.00 1,700.00


The Andaman and Nicobar Administration has introduced a Single window system for the purchase of tickets by passengers for vessels plying in mainland-island sector, inter-island sector and foreshore sector. With the introduction of Single Window System, any class of tickets for any sector can be purchased from any counter throughout the STARS (Ship Ticketing Advance Reservation System), network—onward and return, either or both the tickets can be purchased.

 

The initiative will benefit the passengers to plan their journey and reserve the ticket from the nearest counter instead of approaching the counter of the source location of the planned journey. However, the passengers will be required to produce documentary proof of their being the bonafide passengers at the time of embarkation and disembarkation on demand.

 

Cases of impersonation, if detected by the administration, will be dealt severely as per the provisions of law as the ticket sold are not transferable and passengers are not allowed to travel on others tickets. Tickets can be booked for any of the Ships in any scheduled sailing at the STARS, Counters of the Directorate of Shipping Services, A&N Administration at Chennai, Port Blair, Diglipur, Mayabunder, Rangat, Havelock, Hutbay, Car Nicobar, Nancowry and Campbell Bay. At Kolkata, the STARS network is located in the Shipping Corporation of India office. As of now, Vizag-Port Blair sector is not under STARS network. For tickets from Vishakapatnam, contact SCI agent at the address given above.

 

Entry formalities for Foreign & Indian Tourists

 

Foreign tourists require a permit to stay from the Indian immigration authorities. Foreign tourists are issued a 30-day permit to visit the Andaman Islands. However, they are not permitted to visit the Nicobar Islands. Foreign nationals can extend their stay by another 15 days.

 

The places covered by this permit for night halt are: South Andaman Island, Middle Andaman Island and Little Andaman Island (except tribal reserve), Neil Island, Havelock Island, Long Island, Diglipur, Baratang, North Passage and islands in the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park ( Night halt in the Park is with permission only).
For Day Halt only: South Cinque Island, Ross Island, Narcondum Island, Interview Island, Brother Island, Sister Island and Barren Island ( Barren Island can be visited on board vessels only).

 

Permits can also be obtained at the airport. Visitors who arrive without a confirmed flight out may only be given a fifteen-day permit, which can be extended to thirty days at the Superintendent of Police, Aberdeen Bazaar in Port Blair. Visitors arriving by Ship usually must have the permit before departing the mainland. When you arrive by ship you have to sign in at the Deputy Superintendent of Police at Aberdeen Bazaar in Port Blair to prove that you did not stay longer than 30 days. Permits are stamped when visitors leave the islands.

 

Permits are issued at overseas Indian embassies and should be requested when applying for a visa. Permits are also issued at the Ministry of Home Affairs in Delhi, or at the Foreigners’ Registration Office in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata or Chennai. In Chennai, you apply at the Chief Immigration Officer, 26 Haddows Rd, Nungambakkam. When applying for the permit, give the exact arrival and departure dates, allowing three days boat travel time. You need 2 passport size photos.

 

Indian nationals need no permit to visit the Andaman Islands. However, permits are required to visit Nicobar Islands and other tribal areas, which are given in exceptional cases.