See the sights Tourism in the Andamans
evaluation of the social, cultural, economic, environmental, institutional and policy impacts of tourism on the Andaman Islands. It additionally points, through extensive consultations and interviews, to collate the perceptions, experiences and perspectives of a range of players in tourism – with respect to the degree to which tourism benefits them and what the flow and issues around tourism advancement are. We trust that this report is more than an inquiry into the exploration addresses additionally an endeavor to catch the people groups’ point of view on tourism in the islands. We trust this is a start to a procedure of creating a people groups’ write about tourism, which will raise concerns and attract regard for issues of tourism as a vehicle for practical advancement and to the sustainability of tourism in the islands.
We trust that the examination procedure and this report will empower establishments of nearby self-government to play a more proactive and unequivocal part in tourism improvement. We likewise trust it will serve to fortify level headed discussion on tourism among different areas of common society in the islands and urge them to practice their stake and impact in the course tourism improvement takes. This report is gone for being one more stride towards democratizing tourism and managing the test of making it more supportable and impartial in its advantages.
Andaman & Nicobar
Floating in unbelievable confinement in the Bay of Bengal, 1,200 km off the terrain is an archipelago of 572 emerald islands, extending similarly as 700 km, is the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. In any case, just 36 of these are possessed…
The undulating islands are covered with dense forests and endless flowers and birds. The sandy beaches on the edge of the coastline and the sea around the islands offer excellent water sports opportunities. Adventure tourism like trekking, island camping, snorkeling, scuba diving, etc., are the real attractions. The Andaman group comprises the North, Middle, South, Little Andam ans and Richies Archipelago along with many smaller islands while Nicobar group consists of Car Nicobar, Great Nicobar, Little Nicobar, Nancowry, Katchal and Chowra. Katchal was the first spot on earth to receive the first rays of the new millennium that dawned in year 2000! The capital, Port Blair, on South Nicobar island, is the gateway to the Union Territory. for the solitary confinement of prisoners. Now a National Memorial, the saga of the heroic freedom struggle is brought alive in a moving sonet-lumiere daily (230117) at 6 pm (Hindi) and 7.15 pm (English). There is also a Museum and an Art Gallery which is open on all days except Monday from 9 am to 12 noon and 2 pm to 5 pm. The Andaman Water Sports Complex has facilities for safe as well as adventure water sports. Besides Children’s Traffic Park, Corbyn’s Cove (7 km) is an ideal beach for swimming, surfing and sun-basking. The Chatham Saw Mill is one of the oldest and largest mills in Asia. Built on a tiny island, it is connected to Port Blair by a bridge. A short boat ride from Phoenix Bay Jetty, Ross Island was these at of the British Administration. Important ruins include a church, a cemetery, a pool and the chief commissioner’s residence. The Indian Navy’s small museum, Smritika, has a good collection of old records. Boats are available from Phoenix Bay jetty daily except Wednesday. From the same jetty, you can go on Harbour Cruises and enjoy a panoramic view of Chatham and Viper Islands. Viper Island near Port Blair, earlier housed the old jail. It has ruins of gallows atop a hillock. Mount Harriet is the highest point on the island and the Forest Department has a rest house here, surrounded by lush gardens. Jolly Buoy & Redskin are two islands, in the Mahatma Gandhi Marine Park, where visitors can view the coral and undersea life in a glass-bottomed boat or by snorkeling.
Museums: Anthropological Museum , Fisheries Museum
(231848), Forest Museum, Samudrika and Photo Gallery, at Cellular Jail. Gourmet’s Delights, New Lighthouse (excellent seafood), The China Room (al fresco dining), Gem Continental ( Chinese, Continental, Tandoori).
Havelock, takes 2-4 hours to reach by ship, and has the clearest blue waters, ideal for snorkeling. Plenty of accommodation options are available in private hotel resorts and tourism department accommodation.
Foreigners Entry: Foreign nationals require stay permits that can be obtained for a maximum of one month, either on arrival at Port Blair or from Indian missions overseas, immigration authorities at metro airports or Foreign Registration Offices. Tribal areas are out of bounds for everybody, including Indians.
Facts at a Glance
Access: By Air: Indian Airlines-Alliance Air and Jet Airways have flights to Port Blair from Kolkata and Chennai. By Sea: The Shipping Corporation of India has four services a month from Kolkata and Chennai and once from Vishakhapatnam. The journey time ranges from 55 to 65 hours. Distances: Kolkata 1,255 km, Chennai 1,190 km, Vishakhapatnam
1,200 km. Getting Around: Most places on the island can be covered on foot . Tax i s are available butunmetered. There are four inter-island passenger – cum – cargo vessels operating between Port Blair and other islands. For schedules contact: 2 2 0 7 2 5 .
Climate: Tropical . Temperatures: Min 23oC; Max 31oC. Humidity: 70 to 90%. Annual Rainfall: 3,000 mm (May to mid-Sept. & Nov. to Jan.). Best time to visit: October to May.
City Code: 03192
Indian Airlines: 233108, 234744
Jet Airways: 236922, 235911
Shipping Corporation: 233347
Rail Reservations: 233042
Home Away From Home
Fortune Resort Bay Island, Peerless Resort, Sinclairs Bay View, Hornbill’s Nest Resort
The coral islands of Lakshadweep, in the Indian Ocean, offer nature at its best to travellers. Of a total of 36, only 11 islands are inhabited, and to ensure that ecology remains undisturbed, only five of them have been opened to domestic tourists – Kavaratti,Kalpeni , Kadmat , Minicoy and Agatti. Kadmat and Bangaram have been opened for international tourists. Rich coral and marine life, blue lagoons, coconut groves, unsullied environment, Lakshadweep is a dream destination for solitude seekers.
Tour packages are available inclusive of accommodation in the ships and tourist cottages. These are: Coral Reef, covering Minicoy, Kavaratti and Kalpeni; Swaying Palm, covering Minicoy; Coconut Grove, to Kalpeni; Paradise Island, covering Kavaratti; and Kadmat Beach Resorts. For the international and domestic traveller, there is a package to Bangaram Island Resort. Packages on glass-bottomed boats are also available.
Delights of LAKSHADWEEP
Spicy, coconut rich food and fish curried, fried or barbecued, is a specialty. You can also sample Indian and continental food at any of the resorts. The Bangaram Resort has an excellent restaurant.
- Alcohol is banned, and picking of coral is a punishable offense.
- Tourists require an entry permit to for the islands.
- Drugs (narcotics), swimming or sunbathing in the nude is prohibited.
- Venturing out of your island lagoon without permission or a proper escort – can be risky.
Coconut trees are privately owned, and unauthorized plucking of coconuts is considered a theft. Entry Process: All visitors to the islands require a permit from the administration. SPORTS, a branch of Laksha dweep Administration organizes package tours by ship between September and May. There is a Tuna canning factory on Kavarati so by canned Tuna to bring back.
Access: By Air: Indian Airlines connects Agatti Island from Kochi and Goa. By Sea: M V Bharatseema and M V Tipu Sultan, both all weather ships, operate between Kochi (Kerala) and the islands. These ship cruises are part of a package designed by SPORTS (Society for Promotion of Nature Tourism & Sports), the official tourist agency of the islands. Individual tourists cannot access any of the Lakshadweep islands. Boat Service: A regular boat service connects all the inhabited islands. Temperatures: 27-32 o C during September-March; 30-33oC in April-May. Rainfall: Mid-May to mid-September. Best time to visit: November to March.
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