You may not know that the island group located to a few thousand miles east of Chennai has to offer you these many surprises. Well, we are talking about nothing else, but of the exotic Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The white sandy beaches and the delicate waves lashing over them are indeed a marvel to watch at. Lately, the splendid archipelago had turned out to be a happening tourist destination with everything that could quench the travel thirst of any traveller. There are mangrove creeks, backwaters, waterfalls, historical monuments, rainforests and obviously the beaches in this enticing group of Islands.
Each tourist spot in the Island has its uniqueness. Take for example, in the Kalapathar beach, you could spot innumerable black stones spread across the seashore. Those uprooted trees that lay stranded to the shallow waters of this beach are an alluring view to watch at. For a moment, forget about what you had witnessed and experienced on the land, and delve into the deep waters of the Andaman Sea. These unexplored parts of Bay of Bengal are a niche for a rich population of flora and fauna. If you desperately want to explore and watch them closely, you may drop in to any of the National parks in the Islands, such as Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Saddle Peak National Park, Mount Harriet National Park, Galathea National Park and Campbell Bay National Park.
If you are a water sports enthusiast, you had reached the most perfect place as they are a haven for aqua activities. You may go scuba diving in the deep waters of the Andaman Sea and explore the marvel of it. Octopuses, turtles, shark and dugongs will be diving along with you besides the fishes. For the non-swimmers, there are yet some other sort of activities like sea walk and snorkeling. From these two sports, you may even glance at those magnificent coral formations that are endemic to Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Thanks to the unpolluted sea waters, the vision through them is amazingly very good. The banana boat ride is an unmissable thing to do along with your family, just like the peaceful Glass Bottom boat ride. If speed thrills you, opt for jet skiing or speed boating that are going to exhilarate you.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands is now also a hot honeymoon destination. Newlyweds, when they are holidaying here, may go night kayaking together or surprise one another with candlelight dinners and whatnot. If you are lucky enough, you may row amongst starry ocean waters during Bioluminescence in Havelock Island. We could assure you that it would be a long-lasting experience for you. Likewise, you need to visit every location of Andaman Islands personally to discern the uniqueness of those spots. Before returning to your native, you must create a checklist and ensure that you had visited every one of them. That list may include Havelock Island, Cellular Jail Museum, North Bay Island, Neil Island, Baratang, Viper Island and Ross Island. However, booking any dependable Andaman tour packages of Urtripadvisor could be always better, as we could make your trip better.
Best Ways to Reach Andaman from Chennai
Andaman can be reached from Chennai in two ways, namely by air and by water. The fastest and most convenient way is to board a direct flight from Chennai International Airport to Port Blair. The airline companies that provide direct flights plying between these two locations are GoAir, Indigo, Air India and a few more. Furthermore, it would barely take around 2 hours 15 minutes to arrive in those exotic islands, if you are booking direct flight tickets to Andaman about two months before your travel. Henceforth, opting for direct flights to arrive at Port Blair would always be recommended even if you are booking our Andaman tour packages from Chennai prior to your travel. If you are arranging some months before your travelling, your air tickets are going to be much lower.
Meanwhile, you also have got the option to cruise by government ferries from Chennai port to Andaman. Choosing this mode of transport instead of airways is going to save a whole lot of money. However, these ferries are going to take around 3 to 4 days of your valuable time. Also, Ferries will only be sailing to Port Blair around 4 times a month. Apart from that, tourists having sea-sickness are also suggested to avoid these long voyages across the Bay of Bengal to reach Andaman, especially if you are on your honeymoon or family trip. Still, if you are wishing to travel by ferries you may book them from the office of Shipping Corporation of India in Chennai. They are actually a branch of the Andaman Shipping Directorate functioning in the mainland.
Information on Flight Tickets from Chennai to Andaman
Chennai is the most appropriate place to traverse to Andaman, whether you are choosing flights or ferries. It is said so, as it would barely take 2 hours and 15 minutes to arrive at Veer Savarkar International Airport, Port Blair (IXZ) from Chennai. And yet another advantage here to go for the airways is the innumerable number of direct flights plying in between Chennai International Airport (MAA) and Andaman. You may book your flight tickets to Andaman in any of the airline companies such as GoAir, SpiceJet, Indigo, Vistara or Air India. Their services can be availed almost every day. Henceforth, without any second thoughts, you may book your Andaman tour package from Chennai by at least two weeks before your travel.
Apart from the long list of direct flights plying, you may fly by any of the many connecting flights between these two busy locations. It might be having layovers at Bangalore, Kolkata or Mumbai. Booking your tickets for them could be simpler, but they are going to eat up your money more than the direct flights. In addition to that, they will be more time-consuming. So if you are on your honeymoon trip to Andaman, you are going to lose some valuable time, which could better be spent in this dreamy land rather than on random airports that are unfamiliar to you. Furthermore, in the wake of this pandemic, booking a flight with a minimum layover is much safer than travelling via those time taking connecting flights.
Is Andaman a secure tourist destination to be visited from Chennai?
Yes, Andaman is indeed a secure travel destination to be visited by the tourists from Chennai, provided they are ready to follow the covid protocols strictly. It would include wearing a face mask compulsorily and sanitising your hands at frequent intervals. Apart from that, all public places in Andaman are specifically ordered to obey social distancing without forming any crowds. Even otherwise, the positive rate of covid tests in the Andaman Islands was fairly less than it was in the Indian mainland. The government had also envisioned the graveness of the issue, following which, they had completely halted the movements of tourists to the islands, making it difficult to procure flight tickets to Andaman. This adequate movement had lowered the casualty rates to a great extent.
Tourism was only reopened in the islands since the 27th of September 2020, once implementing these strict rules. So without any worries, you may plan your honeymoon or family tour here in the exotic group of Andaman Islands. Ever since then, travellers had been returning to the hometown. Nonetheless, it was still difficult to avail tickets and other services without booking travel packs with any efficient tour operators. So if you are planning any such exciting vacations in these alluring islands, you too may book our Andaman tour packages from Chennai without any second thoughts. These organised tours will include sightseeing to all the popular tourist destinations of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. In addition to them, you may also request to add on any water activities to your pack to further spice up your holidays.
Covid-19 Regulations to be Followed in the Andaman Islands
Much like any tourist destinations, you will be required to obey certain covid-19 protocols while you are holidaying in the Andaman Islands, such as social distancing, wearing face masks and sanitising your hands every now and then. Moreover, in many of the tourist destinations, the visiting time and the number of visitors at a time had been limited in order to avoid any sort of gatherings. Also on arriving at the Port Blair International Airport, you will be required to show your negative RTPCR test report to the concerned officials. For which, you must also ensure that the covid test is done from the labs approved by ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) and they must not be older than 2 days. Therefore, right after booking your flight tickets to Andaman, you should think of taking this important test before the onset of your distress free travel.
Unfortunately, if you are tested positive on any instances of your travel or directly on arrival, you will be ordered to go for institutional quarantine at any of the covid care centres allotted by the government even if you are on your honeymoon. Or with the permission of your doctor, you could stay quarantined at any hotel of your choice, provided that they are well equipped and isolated from its other parts. Your stay will also be on your expenses. Meanwhile, if you are booking Andaman tour packages with us, we will let you know more information regarding this issue, besides engaging you in sightseeing all those popular attractions of the islands and including water sport activities in your itinerary.