December – March
A paradise in the Bay of Bengal – the Andaman & Nicobar group of islands. The amazing pristine white sand beaches, the turquoise blue waters, the opportunities for snorkeling, scuba diving and other water sports activities, the lovely sunsets, the natural wonders of limestone cave and the mud volcano at Baratang; apart from the phenomenal natural beauty there is some history attached to the Andaman’s.
The earliest archaeological evidence documented goes back some 2200 years. However, genetic and cultural studies suggest that the indigenous Andamanese people may have been isolated from other populations since 30,000 years ago. Since that time, the Andamanese have diversified into distinct linguistic, cultural and territorial groups. Chola dynasty (1014 to 1042 CE) kings, conquered the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The islands also provided a temporary maritime base for ships of the Maratha Empire in the 17th century. The history of organised European colonisation on the islands began when the Danish settlers of the Danish East India Company arrived in the Nicobar Islands in 1755. In 1789 the British set up a naval base and penal colony on Chatham Island next to Great Andaman, where now lies the town of Port Blair. During World War II, the islands were practically under Japanese control. It became part of India in 1950 and was declared as a union territory of the nation in 1956.
The British had been using the Andaman Islands as a prison since the days in the immediate aftermath of the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. During Indian Independence struggle they used Andaman as a colonial prison especially to exile political prisoners.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Soft
Group Size Small Group
- Visit the Cellular Jail Sound & light show
- Serene beaches & great marine life in Havelock.
- Scuba diving & snorkeling options.
- Type of Tour : Road Trip
- Grade : Soft
- Tour Duration : 05 Nights
- Best Season : – Mar.
- Ex-Destination : Port Blair
- Reporting Time & Venue : 14:00 hrs. at Port Blair
- Dispersal Time & Venue : 10:00 hrs. at Port Blair
- Accommodation (Nights) : Hotel – 05
- Food Plan : Bed & Breakfast basis.
- Travel & Transfers : Transfers & sightseeing in small vehicles / SUV / MUV.
Transfers & sightseeing in small vehicle / SUV / MUV.
- Complimentary Sack & Cap.
- All entry tickets, Ship tickets, museum tickets as per itinerary.
- Goods & Service Tax as applicable.
- Travel to & from Port Blair.
- Camera Fees.
- Any expenses of personal nature such as mineral water, laundry, liquor, etc.
- Any kind of insurance such as travel, accident, theft, medical, evacuation, etc.
- Tips to hotel staff, driver, guide, etc.
- Any extra costs incurred due to extension/change of the itinerary because of natural calamities, flight delays, road blocks, vehicle breakdown etc. factors beyond the control of “Countryside Adventure Holidays Pvt. Ltd.” and its associates.
- Items not specified in “Cost Includes”.
We can customize a similar tour to suit your requirements or if you are an independent traveller you can check our Countryside Fixed Departures.
Note: From 15th Dec. 2018 to 10th Jan 2019 – Season supplementary charges applicable.
Arrival in Port Blair
Arrival at Port Blair. Our representative will meet and assist you at the Veer Savarkar Airport. Board the waiting vehicles, drive to your hotel and check in. First half of the day is at leisure. Later in the afternoon visit Cellular Jail.
The Cellular Jail has a pride of place in India’s freedom struggle. Many a stalwart were imprisoned here. Declared a national memorial, this three storey prison constructed by Britisher’s in 1906, is a pilgrimage destination for freedom fighters. This colossal edifice has mutely witnessed the most treacherous of inhumane atrocities borne by the convicts, who were mostly freedom fighters.
The day draws to a gentle close with the Sound and Light Show at the historic Cellular Jail which gives you a vivid experience of its strong association with the freedom fighters and their struggle for independence. Overnight stay at the Hotel in Port Blair.
Port Blair - Ross Island & North Bay (Coral Island)
Today after breakfast embark on a day long two island cruise. One of the most sought after activities. It covers a panorama of seven harbors that include the North Bay and Ross Island. It leaves a lasting impression.
Visit Ross Island. Once the administrative headquarters of the British and capital of these Islands; the island is now under the Indian Navy. It stands now as a ruin of the bygone days with the old structures almost in debris. There is a small museum named Smritika, it holds photographs and the other antiques of the British relevant to these islands. The island is famous for friendly flocks of Deer and lush green walking trails.
North Bay, the water lovers may enjoy snorkeling or take a glass bottom boat ride (Optional on direct payment) in its shallow waters with a chance to see corals up close. Return to the hotel. Overnight stay at the Hotel in Port Blair.
Port Blair – Havelock Island
Today after breakfast you will be transferred to the Jetty. Head to Havelock Island on board Cruise connecting the two islands! Havelock, about 54 kilometers northeast of Port Blair, the Island is a hidden jewel. Few Indians know of this stunning beach destination in their own backyard while heading for Phuket (in Thailand) across the waters of Andaman Sea. Havelock is a serene tropical island encompassing about 86 square kilometers. It’s clear waters are rated among the best in the world for snorkeling and scuba diving. Close to 1000 different species of marine life inhabit the waters of the Andaman Islands. Scuba divers can see nudibranch, sea slugs and snails, varieties of ghost pipe fish, jaw fish and a number of different crustaceans of all shapes and sizes. With its serene beaches, 40 meters visibility underwater, colorful coral reefs and ‘far from the maddening crowd’ appeal, Havelock Island has emerged as a dream destination among discerning travelers. Overnight stay at hotel in Havelock.
Havelock - Radhanagar Beach (or Beach No. 7)
Today after breakfast, proceed for Radhanagar Beach (or Beach No. 7) is the jewel in the crown of Havelock Island. Located on the western side of the island, it stands away from the cluster. The glorious white sand beach shot to global fame when Time magazine (in 2004) rated it as the finest in Asia. With lush tropical forest rising on a hill to one side, the draw of this white sand beach has steadily grown in the legion of avid beach buffs. The popularity of this beach has triggered cruises from across the Andaman Sea. A wide beach that runs over a few kilometers, Radhanagar is simply stunning. It lends itself to a variety of activities. Overnight stay at the Hotel in Havelock.
Havelock – Port Blair; Half Day City Tour
Transfer to Port Blair. Embark on a city tour covering Chatham Island and Saw Mill and various museums. Chatham is a tiny island with an old Sawmill. The island is connected by a bridge over a stretch of sea-water. It is also the major mainland – Island harbor. The other similar harbor is Haddo, which is nearby. British time Saw Mill at Chatham is one of the biggest and oldest in Asia. In the premises there is a small museum which offers an insight into lumbering activities through scale models and displayed decorative pieces made of famous woods like Padauk, Marble, Peauma, Gurjan, Satin Wood, etc. Samundrika Naval Maritime Museum situated opposite to Andaman Teal House, Delanipur the museum is meant to create awareness on various aspects of oceanic environment. A good collection of shells, corals and a few species of colorful fishes found in these islands are on display. The place gives you an educational insight into the natural wonders of these islands. Your next stop over is at Anthropological Museum. These islands are inhabited by a variety of tribes that include four Negroid and two Mongoloid. Get a peek into their way of life. Museum depicts the life of the Paleolithic Islanders. It also houses the models of the aborigines and their tools. Later in the evening visit the market. Overnight stay at hotel in Port Blair.
After breakfast at hotel, transfer to the Port Blair airport. This marks the culmination of a memorable trip to one of India’s natural wonders – the Andaman Islands.
End of arrangements…
- Accommodation & Food:
Port Blair & Havelock: In a hotel on twin sharing basis; Bed & Breakfast Basis.
|Place||Premium Hotel or Similar|
|Port Blair||Sinclair Bay View or ITC Fortune Resort|
|Havelock Island||Silver Sand Beach Resort or Havelock Island Beach Resort|