Andaman & Nicobar Islands is an ideal gateway to spend your time by doing nothing and just relaxing. Blessed with immense natural beauty, friendly people and affordable travel expenses makes Andaman a backpackers’ paradise! From food to stay one can easily cover everything comfortably in the price of their choice.
Chennai has the closest Port to Andaman and Nicobar Islands from Mainland India. In Andaman, there are a lot of people from Tamil Nadu and that is the reason some consider Tamil as the 3rd language of the islands after Hindi and Bengali. Well, actually people from all parts of India are currently residing in the Andaman Islands.
Reach Andaman and Nicobar islands
Andaman Island can be reached via both Sea and Air. No trains operate to Andaman Island from Chennai or any part of India.
Direct flight to Port Blair is available from Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Delhi and Mumbai. Some of the flights come directly to Port Blair or take a hault at Chennai/Kolkata/Bangalore before coming to the capital city of Andaman Islands, Port Blair.
All flights from Kolkata & Chennai are direct flights and takes around two hours to reach. Flights from Delhi / Mumbai fly via Chennai or Kolkata, takes close to five hours.
Ship to Andaman Islands sail from Chennai, Vizag & Kolkata. Ship trip takes about 50-60 hours, for a ship trip from Chennai I have written an exhaustive article that can be followed for people who are interested to cruise ship from Chennai to Andaman Islands.
There are usually 3-4 sailings every month and the tentative sailing schedule can be found at http://www.and.nic.in/transport/index.php (This link is currently not working, however, we will update the details soon.)
Regular passenger ship services are available to Port Blair from Chennai, Kolkata , Visakhapatnam and back. The voyage takes about 3-4 days and the ship normally berths at Port Blair for about two to four days. There are three to four sailings every month from Kolkata and Chennai to Port Blair and vice-versa.
Many people travel from Chennai to Andamans Islands. Now, many ask us what is the best way to reach the Andaman Islands from Chennai? Honestly, it Depends!
The most convenient way to reach Port Blair is obviously through a flight. You will be at Port Blair within couple of hours and then you can begin your trip to explore various attractions in the islands. Well, most people prefer a trip via a flight only. Now, for people who are interested in visiting Andaman via ship has to be knowledgeable about how the trip will be and the comfort level. You can refer my earlier article about Cruise to the Andaman Islands from Chennai for more in-depth detail about whether to choose a ship or not from Chennai. This is completely up to the traveler to decide.
You can travel to Andaman on any given day from Chennai to Port Blair. The flights are available every day. So now, since you know how to get to the islands you can also check our various things to do in the islands to plan a trip to the islands. For any travel assistance, you can always reach our team to help you plan you exotic vacation in the islands.