5 Days Budget Andaman Tour
Visit Andaman Island – 5 days trip
Land at Andaman i.e. Port Blair Airport via Chennai
Once off the plane visit, an Information kiosk wherein eye-opening fact is that ferry’s ply following time table between 8 am – 2 pm only.
Ferry ride needs to be booked in advance and not at the last minute. There are Jetty’s from where ferries depart.
Go for a homestay in Port Blair which is located near Cellular Jail, Marine Museum. Do not forget to advance book tickets to Havelock Island.
Port Blair – the day we landed took a homestay near the cellular jail. Freshened up and visited the Cellular Jail also known as Kala Pani. Do note the jail is closed on Mondays. The jail was used to confine political prisoners by the British and is now a national independence memorial.
Marine Museum: run by the Indian Navy, aims to generate awareness about the environment in the ocean and the marine life. This diverse museum provides helpful insight into the islands’ ecosystems, tribal communities, flora and fauna (including a small aquarium). On display are hawksbill turtle shells and, outside, the skeleton of a young blue whale washed ashore on Kamorta Island in the Nicobars.
Corbyn Cove Beach: One of the most famous beaches in Port Blair. The beach is about 8 km from the city of Port Blair. One can get there either by auto rickshaw or hire a two-wheeler. Jet skiing and Para sailing are amongst the most popular water sports apart from taking a walk along the coconut tree avenue and enjoying the lip-smacking snacks.
Havelock Island- officially known as Swaraj Dweep is one of the largest islands in Andaman.
Ferry from Haddo Jetty takes you to this enchanting island. The crystal clear bluish green water offers breath-taking view. Once you get off the ferry you are in the lane of the Havelock market which is lined with restaurants. Kerala Café offers a fish thali which is sumptuous and tasty, heaven for a hungry traveller. Budget hotels each lined with it’s own beach is the right choice for overnight stay.
Places to visit in Havelock –
Radhanagar Beach –is crowned as “Asia’s Best Beach” and “7th best beach in the world” by Time Magazine. Owing to it’s popularity the beach is usually crowded between 10 to 4 pm.
Kalapathar Beach – this is a small stunning golden sand beach situated next to kala pathar village. This beach is less crowded hence a perfect place for those who seek refuge from the maddening crowd.
Elephant Beach – It is one of the most distinctive beaches in the Andaman Islands.
The Elephant beach can be reached in two ways, one way is by taking a boat from the Havelock Island jetty to the beach and the other is by a trek.
Trekking to the beach is an amazing experience. The path of woods is a beautiful one with lots of trees, birds, insects and reptiles too. One can opt for a guided trek tour. The walk to the beach is an amazing feeling for trekking enthusiasts as you reach the shore; the view of the beach from between the trees is a stunning one.
Do note If you go by trek, the return has to be by trek only.
Port Blair – once back to the capital of Andaman our next beach visit was to Wandoor. This beach is about 25 km from the airport and is one of the major attractions in Port Blair. The beach is surrounded by a vast variety of fauna which covers it from three sides and is located at a remote place, which had to be reached by driving through lone roads that take you through the forests. Hired scooter is a great way to reach there. The Wandoor beach boasts the largest shoreline in Port Blair, easily stretching up to 15 KMs. There have been several sightings of crocodiles near the forests of the Wandoor beach. Although they have been relocated far away from the place, the government has built a net around the starting of the beach. This net is made especially for those who would to like swim at the beach. It makes sure no unwanted sea dwellers make their way inside so the swimmer stays safe at all times.
Chidiya Tapu – also known as ‘Bird Island’, is the southernmost tip of South Andaman Island. This is one of the top places to visit in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Chidiya Tapu is a small village with lush green mangroves and tranquil islands. It is famous for bird watching, sunset view, panoramic scenic beauties, and many colours of oceanic view. The area is filled with around 46 species of birds.
Popularly known as Sunset Point. There is also a forest guest house at the top of the hillock that provides sunset views as well as views of the islands beyond Chidiya Tapu.
Chidiya Tapu is well connected by road and one can easily reach by hiring a cab or by hiring a two-wheeler.
For adventure lovers Chidiya Tapu has a little more to offer. There is a trekking trail, which passes through forest and beautiful coast line to reach the Munda Pahad (Black Mountain). The 1.5 km trail starts at the shore of Chidiya Tapu Beach and passing through dense forest.
Lighthouse restaurant – Located close to Marina Park in Port Blair, New Lighthouse Restaurant is a well-known eatery among tourists and locals alike. If you do not mind sitting in an open breezy place, head to the rooftop. This open-air restaurant is best known for finger licking grilled fish, lobsters and crabs. The place has a dhaba kind of atmosphere and is clean and hygienic. You can choose from the catch of the day and request the style of cooking. Freshly prepared mouth-watering food can be savoured with local beer. This restaurant is highly recommended and truly so! A must eat at restaurant.
Finally, the trip ends and we board our flight back from Port Blair to Delhi via Kolkata.