Andaman Island Tour
Floating in splendid isolation, east of the Indian mainland is the archipelago of 572 emerald islands, islets and rocks known as the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. This Union Territory stretches over an area of more than 700 Kms., from north to south with 36 inhabited islands. These undulating islands are covered with dense forests and an endless variety of exotic flowers and birds. The topography of the islands is hilly and abounds in evergreen forests. The sandy beaches on the edge of the meandering coastline are fringed with coconut palms that sway to the rhythm of the sea. The sea around the islands offers excellent scope for water sports. The rare flora and fauna, underwater marine life and corals, with crystal clear water and mangrove-lined creeks, offer a dream-view of the rare gifts of nature. The clean and wide roads, free of filth as well as unpolluted fresh air attract any nature-lover, who seeks absolute peace and tranquility in the lap of Mother Nature. Adventure tourism like trekking, island camping, snorkeling, scuba diving etc., are the real attractions. A visit to these islands is a memorable lifetime experience.
Day 01: Arrive Chennai
The Indian Horizons representative would meet you on arrival at the airport and help you to transfer to the hotel. Stay overnight at Chennai
Day 02: Chennai-Port Blair
After breakfast drive to Chennai airport in time to connect to the Jet Air flight to Port Blair. After completing permit formalities transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon take a sight seeing tour of Port Blair visiting Cellular Jail (National Memorial), Chatham Saw Mill, Gandhi Park, Anthropological Museum, fisheries Museum, Samudrika (Naval Marine Museum). Cellular Jail, located at Port Blair, is a mute witness to the tortures meted out to the freedom fighters. The saga of the heroic freedom struggle is brought alive in a moving Son-et-Lumiere, shown daily at 7.15 PM. Stay overnight at Port Blair
Day 03: In Port Blair
Full day excursions to Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park- Wandoor (29 Kms. From Port Blair) and Cinque islands.
Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park is made up of open sea, creeks and fifteen small and large islands covering an area of 281.5 sq. Kms. One can see mangrove forests along the creeks and magnificent tropical forests, fascinating coral reefs and rare under-water marine life. The Park is the base to visit islands like Jolly Buoy, Red Skin and Cinque famous for exotic marine-life, rare colourful under-water corals and mangrove creeks. Glass bottom boats help to take a closer look of the coral colonies, a memorable experience.
Day 04: In Port Blair
After breakfast take a half day city tour of Chidiya Tapu (25 Kms. From Port Blair). Generally known as Bird Island, at the southern most tip of South Andaman, the lush green mangroves and the beach make it an ideal picnic site. The forest guest house situated on top of a hillock provide a fabulous view of isolated islands, submerged corals and breath-taking sunset. Rest of the day free to relax. Stay overnight at Port Blair.
Day 05: In Port Blair
Full day at Andaman water sports complex
This is a unique sports complex in India in its own kind. There are facilities for safe water sports such a rowing Boats, Paddle Boats, Kayaks, Aqua-cycle, Aqua-glide, Bumper boats, etc., and Adventure water sports such as Water - skiing, Water scooters, Gemini boats, Para-sailing, sail boats, Wind-surfers, Speed boats, glass-bottom boats, etc. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 06: In Portblair
Half Day Tour of Corbyn's Cove Tourism Complex - Corbyn's Cove, 7 Kms., from the town, is a coconut palm-fringed beach, ideal for swimming, surfing and sun bathing. Facilities like water sports, restaurant and bar, change room, etc., are also available.
Day 07: Port Blair-Havelock Island
Morning after breakfast, take an overnight trip to Havelock Island (54 Kms from Port Blair). This Island offers beautiful sandy beaches and lush green forest. Island camping at Radha Nagar beach is a real exposure to the unpolluted nature for an environment lover. Connected by boat from Port Blair six times a week. Stay overnight at Havelock Island
Day 08: Havelock Island-Port Blair
Arrive at Port Blair from Havelock Island by boat and stay overnight at Port Blair.
Day 09: Port Blair-Chennai
After breakfast leave for the airport in time to connect to the flight to Chennai. On arrival check into the Hotel. Afternoon city tour of Chennai, the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu and the cultural Gateway to South India, Chennai is in some respects unlike other Indian cities. The National Art Gallery, the Museum with some beautiful temple prizes and the finest collection of South Indian bronzes are quite interesting. St. Mary's Church, Peoples Park and the beautiful Marina Beach which is the second longest beach in the world as well as the clock towers are worth visiting. Stay overnight at Chennai.
Day 10: Chennai-Flight Back Home
Transfer to the airport to connect your flight back home
All foreign nationals can stay in the islands for 30 days. This can be extended by 15 days with permission. They require a permit to stay, which can easily be obtained on arrival at Port Blair (either by air or sea) from the immigration authorities. In addition permits can also be obtained from:
(1) Indian Mission Overseas
(2) Foreigners Registration Offices at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Calcutta.
(3) The immigration authorities at the airports at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Calcutta.