Reaching Andaman Island from India
Andaman Islands can be reached in 2 Ways Only.
1. By Availing Flights from Cities Such as Kolkata, Bangalore and Chennai. NO Direct flight from any other cities are currently available as of May 2016. If you are travelling from any other city in India then you will have to reach these cities before arriving to the Capital. Port Blair is the capital city of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. All commercial flights land in Port Blair Veer Savarkar Airport. The airlines that currently operate in the sector of Andaman Islands are Jet Airways, Air India, Go Air and Spice Jet. Flight take approximatel 02:00 Hrs to reach Port Blair.
2. By Availing Ships operated by Government of India from Chennai, Kolkata and Vizag. Please note that ships take atleast 3 Days to reach Port Blair. Ships from Kolkata takes a little more time. There are different classes in Ships. Tickets for ships can be purchased from shipping services in these cities. Many fancy ships to the Andaman Islands, however, it completely depends upon the time you have. If you are coming on a short vacation then flight is a must. However, if you are coming for an extended vacation then you can avail ships. Please note that the ships that operate in Andaman Islands are not cruises that you see in pictures. Its a Government Ship. Our recommendation to travellers will be that on your onward journey select a flight and on your return select a ship. Many times travellers who are not accustomed with Ship journey feel sea sick thus ruining their trip in the islands. Various timing and Ship schedule can be checked in the government website at Andaman Ship Schedule. In addition, ship sailing take place once or twice a week and is not available every day. The ticket booking opens approximately 15 days prior departure. A form can be downloaded from the Government website and a booking request can be submitted. Hard copy of the tickets is a must ot board the vessel.
3. Can we travel to Andaman By Train? - There is NO Way you can reach Andaman Islands by Train from anywhere in the world.
4. Can we reach Andaman By Bus? - NO bus services are available to Andaman Islands. You will have to cross Bay of Bengal Sea either by flight or Ship only.
Passport For Indian Citizens?
Foreigners Visiting Andaman Islands
Foreign travellers visiting Andaman Islands should have a valid visa and should get their restricted areas permits. Restricted area permit is provided right upon arrival in Port Blair airport. Counters for foreign travellers are present where you can visit. Valid Passport and visa is required to enter Andaman Islands. Please note that your visa should not be marked as Restricted area permits NOT ALLOWED. In such cases you need to contact your embassy.
Best Time to visit Andaman Islands
Usually the season is from October to April.
However, our personal suggestion is from November to May.
Then in June and July you can expect rain.
Again August and September is a good time to visit. In case you are visiting Andamans in from June till September then check our blog at Travelling to Andaman in the month of June, July, August and September. Well, Andaman islands can be visited throughout the year. Rain out of nowhere can be expected anytime. Its a tropical climate so such behaviour is expected.
Things to note here is that when you are travelling from May to August. Cruise such as Makruzz and Coastal Cruise may not operate. Green Ocean and Government Ferry will sail all throughout the year as these vessels were specifically build to handle any kind of weather conditions. Secondly, do not keep just one day as buffer to travel from Havelock to Port Blair to take your return Flight. Try to Move to Havelock/Neil on the day of arrival and later return back to visit other Port Blair attractions. Let Experience Andamans team know, if you require any help.