The Andaman and Nicobar Islands, located in the east of the Indian mainland geographically, float in splendid isolation in the Bay of Bengal. It comprises two island groups, the Andaman Islands and the Nicobar Islands, separated by the 10°N parallel, with the Andaman’s to the north of this latitude, and the Nicobars to the south (or by 179 km). There are 572 islands. Of these, about 38 are permanently inhabited. These islands are covered with lush forests and endless varieties of exotic flora and fauna. Incredible corals and marine life, crystal clear water and mangrove-lined creeks lure travelers to these picturesque islands. While the sandy beaches form as nesting homes to turtles, animals such as spotted deer, wild boar, gecko, crab-eating macaque and python can be spotted in the 86% area still covered by dense forests. The islands offer an interesting mixture of history, nature and adventure. From the white sand beaches to the crystal clear water, the chaste beauty of the islands creates a rather romantic atmosphere. These islands are a perfect Escape from the mundane life that most of us lead today.
Climate in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
The best time to visit Andaman islands is between October and May. This is the time after the monsoons and the water is also clear. From summers to winters, the islands have a pleasant weather which makes it the apt time to travel. The islands experience a tropical climate and heavy winds during monsoons.
- Foreigners, especially to ensure to and from confirmed air tickets and accommodation in advance before proceeding to the Andaman Island to avoid immigration problems.
- Foreign nationals should obtain the required permit from the immigration authorities soon after landing on the island at Airport/Harbour
- Visit the permitted areas in the Islands only.
- While driving, follow traffic rules and keep left. Carry legal documents like driving license, permit, passport etc.
- Do wear a helmet while riding a 2 wheeler motor vehicle. If anybody is caught driving a motorbike without a helmet, he/she will be penalized/fined.
- Consult lifeguards before entering the sea.
- Swim in safe areas only.
- Always keep a bag of medicines for the most common sicknesses with you. Try keeping in your hand luggage so that you can use them whenever you need to.
- Use the dustbins and garbage receptacles for disposing all garbage and rubbish. Do not throw them in parks, on beaches, into the sea or public places. Please help keep the Andaman Islands litter free.
- Carry important documents like passport, permit and driving license with you while travelling in the Andaman Islands. It is not advisable to leave them at the hotel or resort.
- Get necessary permits for visiting National Parks as they can be visited only with permission. Other permitted areas can be visited freely.
- Be sensitive to the privacy of the tribes, any attempt of interaction is punishable by law.
- All the tourist attraction spots will carry notice boards about permission for photography and video filming. Obtain permits for taking video films and photographs wherever required.
- Avail the service of only qualified Scuba Dive Instructors having certification of international professional organizations like PADI, CMAS, NAUI, BSAC or SSI for a safe diving experience.
- Do not visit the Nicobar Islands or any other tribal reserve without a special pass. You can be severely punished for an attempt to mingle with tribal people without legal permission.
- Do not use plastic bags. Plastic carry-bags are banned in Andaman Islands. If anybody is caught with a plastic carry-bag, he/she can be fined either Rs. 1,00,000 or imprisoned for six months or both.
- Staying on beaches or forest areas overnight is strictly prohibited. Take care to return to your hotel or resort after sunset.
- Do not light bonfires in beaches or forests. Camping on the islands is a punishable offence.
- Breaking, even touching a live coral is prohibited. Collecting dead coral is also not allowed.
- Soak in the pristine beauty of Radhanagar Beach, one of Asia's best beaches
- Whatever the size or condition of shells you find – in the sea or on the beach – taking them or even touching them is strictly prohibited. Do not collect shells. To own shells, you must buy them. Also keep the receipt of purchase.
- Do not take videos or photograph the aboriginal tribes of Andaman. This is considered a crime and is liable for punishment.
- Do not swim when drunk. Avoid swimming during the monsoon in treacherous zones. Both are not safe.
- Nudity is banned on all Andaman beaches and public spaces.
- Do not overstay at the islands past your permit time.
- Do not touch any of the fish or corals underwater with bare hands; they may possess poisons or other harmful defense mechanism you might not be able to notice
The Andaman Islands are an Indian archipelago in the Bay of Bengal. These roughly 300 islands are known for their palm-lined, white-sand beaches, mangroves and tropical rainforests. Coral reefs supporting marine life such as sharks and rays make for popular diving and snorkeling sites. Indigenous Andaman Islanders inhabit the more remote islands, many of which are off limits to visitors.