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Andaman Island
Written by Rhea Alex on May 14, 2020 Share on

How to Reach Andaman – Find the best fit for your schedule

The ‘Andaman Island,’ is known to be one of the most beautiful tropical paradises in the world. The island witnesses about two seasons through the course of the year. The summers in Andaman have relatively good temperatures, while the winters are not as cool and hence aren’t exactly regarded as winters. Tourists travel from across the globe, to this scenic island – most often during the summers, hoping to experience the seasonal escapade.

During this time, tourists can also be part of a wide array of activities – water sports of all sorts, treks, island visits, cruises and much more. Tourists who are looking for a more laid back vacation, on the other hand, could drop by the island in the winter season, which remains a more offbeat time to visit the island. Depending on the kind and type of vacation you’re looking at, travellers can plan an amazing trip to this beautiful island and be pleasantly surprised. 

There are many ways for tourists to reach the Andaman Islands, with an array of options on both, cheap and expensive travel at their disposal – tourists can choose the most feasible mode of transportation for themselves. Find out all about how to reach Andaman below. 

How to Reach Andaman

Landing in Andaman

Tourists visiting the Andaman Islands will land in the city of ‘Port Blair,’ either by flight or by sea. Here are a few things you should keep in mind on how to reach Andaman and also before you plan your trip. 

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Flights for Andaman

Flights in Andaman
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The fastest way for tourists to reach Andaman is by flight. Indians have no permit restrictions for Andaman. There are a number of direct flights to Andaman beginning from Kolkata, Bengaluru and Chennai; with a travel time of approximately 2.5 hours one way. Connecting flights to these destinations are also available from most other cities. Flights from Delhi fly via Chennai or Kolkata can take about 5 hours to reach

As per current schedules, there are several flights departing from Chennai to Port Blair every day. The timings of the flights from Chennai are available from about 5 am to 12 pm. Passengers landing in between, will have a few hours to while away at the Chennai Airport. 

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Reach Andaman by Ship

Andaman by Ship
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Tourists can avail passenger ships to Port Blair from Chennai, Kolkata and Vishakapatnam. The sailing schedules of these ships are announced a month in advance, passengers need to keep a lookout for it. The Andaman government website is where tourists can find the list on how to reach Andaman. 

Travellers also need to keep in mind that these are just regular passenger ships and not cruise liners and so, travellers won’t have entertainment options or super luxuries while onboard the ship. All ships docks at Port Blair, with travel journeys of about 50 – 60 hours.  

Flying in a private plane to Andaman

Private plane in Andaman
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The benefit of a private flight would be the advantage of missing out on connecting flights and layovers, thus letting you travel as per your own schedule. Tourists considering this option would have to connect with a local expert who can organize your flying permit, permissions from various authorities, ramp services, ground handling services, customs, immigration clearances, hotel accommodations and transport.

Visiting Andaman via Cruise

Andaman via cruise
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Tourists could also land in Andaman via a cruise ship that spends a few days stop-over at the Island. An experience travelling by cruise is an adventure in itself. Tourists travel through the vast waters of the ocean. If you’re someone who enjoys the ocean and would love to spend a few days in the serenity of the ocean, a trip via an Andaman cruise is a possible option you could definitely try out! 

These cruise liners also have a wide array of entertainment options for the passengers onboard. So be ready for some live entertainment shows, music and so much more. The amazing food served on your cruise liner is yet another delight. Depending on the kind of cruise and duration of your travel, travellers enjoy some lovely delicacies along the way. This could just be one of the best ways on how to reach Andaman.

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Visiting Andaman during your yacht sailing trip

Andaman via yacht
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Yacht sailing trips truly give tourists the opportunity to experience the best and most luxurious means of transportation. Offering tourists with an adrenaline rush and thrill that is unmatchable, the yacht sailing trips is a must-do activity for tourists who do not have a budget in your hand. 

These trips need to be well chalked out and require entry permissions, arrival formalities, departure formalities and other allied services required for the yacht.

Some options are economical, while others can save you time and help you have an enjoyable experience.

Passport For Indian Citizens?How to Reach Andaman

Indian citizens do not require a passport for entry into the island. However, tourists do require permits if they are visiting the – ‘Jolly Bouy, Redskin and Cinque Island.’ Please keep in mind that a visit to the ‘Havelock, Neil and Baratang,’ does not require any form of permit. 

FAQ’s 

  • Can I take sea-planes around Andaman?

Sea Planes were a commonly used mode of transportation about 3 years ago. But as of today, they are not functional in Andaman. It is unsure when they will begin to be operational in the future either. So, no tourists cannot take a sea-plane transfer to Andaman.

  • Can I take helicopters around Andaman?

Helicopter services are available around Andaman.

  • Are government or private ferries a better option?

If you’re travelling between Port Blair, Havelock and Neil, then the Private ferries are an ideal option for you; as they’re super fast and provide for a hassle-free booking.

If you’re looking to interact with the locals and are on a budget, the Government ferries are the right choice. If tourists are hard-pressed for time, then it’s advisable for them to take a private ferry instead.

Wondering where to begin?

Check out one of our ‘Andaman Holiday Packages,’ today and get connected without travel expert; who can not only customise your package but also extend an array of customised services, special offers and much more. 

So hop on board with us and let us plan an amazing Andaman itinerary for you!

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