Who does not love to escape from the hectic life of metropolitan cities and spend their vacation on any exciting travel destination? Bangaloreans may now take a note of this beautiful island destination, Andaman and Nicobar Islands. A trip to the islands will truly be so refreshing and rejuvenating. Those contrasting shades that you find on each of the spots in the archipelago, which could be either lush greenery, snowy white sands or turquoise blue ocean waters together provide an out the worldly appearance. Or in other words, seashores of this faraway archipelago are like no other beaches of the mainland. So when you are visiting them either with your family or friends, do not forget to carry your high definition cameras, as you are going to capture picture-perfect clicks. They are going to blow the minds of the onlookers. Apart from that, the seashores of the island are a thriving spot for water activities such as Snorkelling, Sea-walking, Scuba-diving and many more. Whichever activity you are planning to indulge in, you will be taken to yet another world or underwater wonders. Anyhow, the coral formations moulded beneath the surface waters of the Andaman Sea are indeed a wonderful entity to be appreciated.
Therefore, water enthusiasts are going to have a great time in the islands packed with innumerable beaches. Yet the safest and most convenient activities can be done at the popular Rajiv Gandhi Water Complex in the capital city. The interiors of these coastal regions have got other surprises for its visitors as they would get to spot various rare species of plants and animals. The rich biodiversity of these volcanic islands provides a peaceful biome for them. Besides, the travellers who are also history buffs will get to spend a great time on the island, as there are various historic relics preserved in Port Blair and nearby places. The most popular among them would be the Cellular Jail Museum, followed by Ross Island. You will get to know about the mishaps suffered by the convicts imprisoned in the erstwhile jail by witnessing the famous Light and Sound show conducted in the museum.
Your Andaman trip would also provide you with the opportunity to witness some natural wonders like that of the mud volcanoes, limestone caves, bio-luminesces and what not. Henceforth you must be well-prepared to spare enough days for this unique travel experience, as each of these islands is situated some distances away and will take some more hours to reach. Booking any feasible Andaman tour packageswould always be a better move. Otherwise, it would be difficult for you to find appropriate accommodation and travel facility all of a sudden in an unknown location like Andaman. You could find various tour packages from Bangaloreeven with the inclusion of flight charges. The sort of packages that you are planning to book would, however, depend on your travel preferences, whether they are group tour, honeymoon or single tour. Urtripadvisorhad curated various engaging tour packages that will make your vacation to these magical islands meaningful and enjoyable.
How to reach Andaman from Bangalore?
The most convenient and fastest way to reach Andaman is by boarding a direct flight to Port Blair. Other ways to arrive at the Islands are by sea route and through road. Since Andaman and Nicobar is a group of Islands, you are not going to find direct roadways or rail networks taking you to the preferred destination. So the most recommended mode of travel to arrive at the islands is by flight. Currently, 6 Indigo flights are plying between these destinations. Therefore, it could be much easier for you to book your flight tickets to Andaman rather than relying on any other modes of travel.
As mentioned above, when flying from Bangalore to Port Blair, you would most probably take 2 hours and 40 minutes. When travelling by train, you may first arrive at Chennai via Perambur and Royapuram. And on reaching Chennai, you may board a ferry to Port Blair sparing 2 days and 12 hours. However, they will only be available once a week. Furthermore, you also have got the option to make up to Chennai by roadways and then catching this ferry. Again that too will spare your 18 hours and 15 minutes to commute by bus up to Chennai.
Information about the Flight Tickets from Bangalore to Port Blair
Boarding a direct flight to Andaman from Bangalore is the most appropriate mode of travel. Currently, GoAir and Indigo are the two airline companies that offer direct flights to Andaman. By flying so, it would take 2 hours 35 minutes and 2 hours 10 minutes respectively. Meanwhile, other Airline companies such as Air India, SpiceJet and Vistara will be having a layover, making your air travel longer. Henceforth, it is always recommended to book direct flight tickets to Andaman, rather than the ones having layovers. In a week, there will be 3 flights that are plying in between Bangalore (BLR) to Port Blair (IXZ).
Moreover, if you are relying on Andaman tour packages with the inclusion of flight charges, we will be arranging your most appropriate direct flights without any time lags. So with that saved time, you could go for a more elaborate tour at the Andaman Islands. Therefore, following such a step will be always advised if you are on a honeymoontrip to the Islands. Even otherwise, when booking flights having a layover in other bigger Indian cities will incur extra charges unnecessarily. And if that is during peak seasons, it would turn out to be even more difficult to procure the tickets for Andaman.
Is Andaman safe to be visited after the outbreak of the Covid-19 Virus?
Yes, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are completely safe to be toured, lest you are strictly following the health protocols put forward by the government. Most of the tourist places of the islands had regulated the visiting hours as per the governmental orders, so is the case with limiting the number of tourists allowed in these public places. After the strict lockdown, tourism and its prominent destinations had opened after the 27th of September, 2020. So you do not have to think twice to book your Andaman tour package for your very next vacation. As with the lesser number of tourists visiting the islands, post the pandemic, most of the services provided here can be availed at lower rates. Besides that, you are also going to spot a lesser number of tourists in the destination. Hence, it is the best time for the newlyweds to plan their honeymoon.
So, now you only need to be concerned about the extra charge you may have to incur while booking your flight tickets to Andaman in peak season. Anyhow, now that you had decided to visit the islands, you will be compelled to follow the Covid 19 protocols publicized by the health department of Andaman Islands. It will include social distancing, the mandatory wearing of face masks and carrying a portable sanitiser. At any intervals of your travel, if you are feeling any form of health issues, you may feel free to call Covid 19 helpline number ‘1075’ or ‘011-23978046’.
Important Covid-19 Regulations in Andaman for Tourists
Much like the tourist destinations in any other parts of the globe, tourist spots of the Andaman Islands have reopened, but with various strict protocols. It includes wearing face masks every time you venture out to the public and carrying a personal sanitiser. While arriving at Port Blair, the personnel employed in the Airport will be checking your Negative Covid test report. They usually inquire about the RTPCR test reports from any labs approved by ICMR. You must also ensure that they are not taken 48 hours before your travel, as they will be invalid. So you may think of taking the required Covid tests after booking your flight tickets to Andaman.
Meanwhile, if you had tested positive at any times of your travel or your arrival, you will be suggested to go for institutional quarantine or stay in a hotel of your choice at your expense. However, it will only be on a doctor’s recommendation that you will be allowed to stay in a hotel. Also, for that, you must be below 60 years of age. If you have more queries on these issues, you may feel free to ask us. Moreover, you may ensure that no crowds are formed by you in the tourist places that you visit.