So here comes the best time to come visit the Andaman Islands. Usually, from October onwards, the season begins. Then in November, it picks up and then December and January are the peak time to visit the Andaman Islands when the cost of almost everything goes high because of the huge inflow of travelers to the Andaman. December and January are among the best months to visit Andaman and most people celebrate vacation during this time of the year owing to Christmas and New Year. Thus in December and January the cost of almost everything, the hotels, the ferry, the vehicle and the cruise increases. There is a surcharge applicable during these months over and above the usual tariff rates. On December 24th and 31st there is a mandatory supplement cost in many hotels for the special dinner and karaoke arranged in the hotel/resort. So make sure when your travel dates fall in December and January then get ready to pay that surcharge. Though only a handful of travel companies can give you the most competitive pricing during this time of the year as they have booked almost everything in advance for their customers. Experience Andamans is one such company. So what basically happens in the month of October, November, December, and January?
This topic of mine is dedicated towards the following questions usually asked by travelers:
In this article, I will try to do justice with the knowledge I have to help you understand about traveling to Andaman in the months of October, November, December and January. Well, you can consider this article for February, March and April also.
Though Andaman Island is an all season destination, however, October to January and even February till April are considered to be the best time to come explore Andaman. Usually, in October the Dusshera holidays kick in. Dussehra is the biggest festival of the Bengalis and in Andaman, there is a lot of Bengali population both in Port Blair and Havelock Island. Well, all across the islands you will find people from Bengal, right from South Andaman till North Andaman. This time brings a lot of crowd to Andaman. Plus the island is lit up properly at various temples and specific Pandals are created in all the islands during this time of the year. One of our Andaman Dusshera package that operates in the month of October explains one of this tour.
Then comes November, now usually around the month of November Diwali is celebrated. Diwali is one festival that is celebrated all throughout India, and in Andaman, we celebrate it in a very nice way. All the bursting of crackers and the sweets are distributed among friends and family. The Andaman island is fairly diversified in its cultural perspective. People from across India have settled in the islands and that’s how we have grown up here. There have never been any communal fightings and each one here lives together and in peace and harmony. This is one aspect that I love the most about Andaman, well there are many to be honest. November again is a very good time to visit the islands and every attraction in the island is open for the tourist. All activities are operational, be it Scuba Diving, Sea Walking or Cruise Rides all are operational during this time of the year. Any new product or activity that comes to Andaman are also launched during October and November.
Now, December and January! What do I say about these months? These are possibly the best time to visit Andaman. Well, there are multiple reasons to consider October until April as among the best time to visit Andaman. However, among these months also, if you ask me to pick any 2-3 months for vacation in Andaman then I will emphasize on December, January and February. The clear crystal waters, the blue luminescence is experienced during this period of the year, the visibility underwater is fabulous and the humidity quotient goes down as well. See, in Andaman there is nothing called Summer and Winter. Its a tropical climate in Andaman and throughout the year it is the same kind of weather. Its just that the humidity goes down from October till January. Well, there is monsoon season though that happens during July and August mostly.
With Christmas and New Year in the month of December brings up the vacation period and there is a lot of influx of travelers to Andaman. Though Andaman doesn’t have much nightlife, however, In the month of December and January you can experience some nightlife. Especially on Christmas and New years eve. I hope you are getting a hang of what I mean when you are planning a visit to Andaman in the month of October, November, December and January. All hotels, trips and ferry get booked during these months well in advance. Don’t wait until the last moment to get things done as getting an availability will be a big question during these months. After arriving in the islands there is a fair chance that you are not able to experience few things because the tickets got sold out.
Actually, everything in the Andaman island is possible during these months. From Sea Walking, Scuba Diving, Glass Boat Ride, Semi Submarine, Snorkeling, Cruise rides in Makruzz, Green Ocean and Coastal Cruise, Kayaking, Turtle nesting in North Andaman, boat rides to Ross Island, North Bay Island, Jolly Bouy Island and Baratang Island will all be operational and can be visited and experienced. Basically, you are arriving at the best time of the year to Andaman.
As I mentioned earlier, in Andaman there is nothing called Summer and Winter. The temperature usually remains the same all the year round. It is just that the humidity decreases during this time of the year. It won’t be cold, however, you can carry a light sweater just in case if you are planning a walk by the beach at Night.
Actually, this time of the year is good for everyone. You will just love it here in Andaman.
Absolutely, there is no question about it. You can enjoy all kinds of water sports in the Andaman Islands.
Well, you can cover any part of the islands both in South and North Andaman, also the Middle Andaman. What it means it you should cover Port Blair, the capital of Andaman. In Port Blair, you should visit Cellular Jail, Ross Island, North Bay Island, Chidiatapu, Jolly Bouy, City Museums and Corbyn Cove Beach. In Havelock Island, you should cover all the three attractions Radhanagar Beach, Kalapathar Beach and Elephant Beach. In Neil Island, you should cover Laxmanpur Beach, Bharatpur Beach and Natural Rock Formation. In North Andaman, visit Diglipur with Ross and Smith Island, however, to cover North Andaman you will need around 10 Days. In case you are short of time, then cover Port Blair, Havelock and Neil Island only. Also, you can consider a day trip to Baratang from Port Blair. Baratang is another good attraction in the islands. An itinerary should be a combination of all these destinations and attractions so that you can make better use of your time in the islands.
The best option will be to take a flight from your city to Andaman. It is pretty easy to get to the islands via a direct flight. You can now fly from Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kolkata. Just check for which sector the flight is operational and you can easily get your tickets done to visit Andaman.
So, In case you wish to Andaman in the month of October, November, December, January, February, March and April then don’t think much as you are arriving to Andaman at the best time of the year and you will surely enjoy it. Check out my various other blogs about How to Plan, Things to do and about various water sports in Andaman to get an understanding of how to plan a visit to this exotic destination in India. You will surely love your experience during your visit from October until April.