A travel to Andaman and Nicobar Islands will take you to an isolated landscape full of scenic and picturesque beauty. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands is an Indian group of islands in the Bay of Bengal. Considered as one of the most exotic destinations around the world. These emeralds in the Bay of Bengal are covered by dense forests with innumerable flora and birds. Filled with pristine white and quiet beaches, sunny weather, swaying palm trees, monuments, museums, world-class diving, along with amazing coral reefs having a wide marine life. A favorite destination for Honeymooners and water sports lovers attracting thousands of visitors every year. Among this group of 572 islands, islets and rocks only 37 are inhabited. The island’s history is a mix of invasions by different imperial powers and war between them and native tribes. The Cellular Jail, where hundreds of Indian revolutionaries were imprisoned during the Indian freedom struggle is a historical monument. Descendents of these political prisoners and the local tribes of the area are the inhabitants of modern-day Andaman and Nicobar. Also an anthropologist delight, the islands are also home to various protected and isolated tribal groups having very little contact with the modern world. Some of the important tribal groups are Great Andamanese of Strait Island, Onges of Little Andaman, Jarawas of South and Middle Andaman, Sentinelese of Sentinel Islands, Shompens of Great Nicobar islands. Today it is the hub for travelers seeking pristine beaches and relaxing holidays.
By Air: Regular domestic flight services are operated to Veer Savarkar International Airport in the capital city of Port Blair from Kolkata and Chennai. Flights from national capital Delhi are also available. Taxis and auto rickshaws are readily available outside the airport to carry you forward to different hotels or ferry boarding points.
By Sea: Ships are available to Port Blair from Chennai (around 1362 km), Kolkata(around 1302 km) and Vishakhapatnam (around 1224 km). The service frequency is three to four in a month from Chennai, Kolkata and once in a month from Vishakhapatnam. It takes 3-4 days to reach Port Blair by sea and the tickets must be booked well in advance to avoid any inconvenience.
There are neither extreme winters nor summers in Andaman and Nicobar. The islands can be visited any time of the year, barring a few months in the monsoon seasons(may last to September) and (end November until mid-December). Though the best period to visit Andamans & Nicobar is from December to Mid February and October until the middle of November. It is neither too cold nor too hot and the seas are calm enough for island hopping, sightseeing and diving or snorkeling. The summer season extends from March until the middle of May. With temperature touching near 40 °C it might be a bit uncomfortable.