Port Blair – Havelock Island (8 nights and 9 days)
Andaman Islands are a large group of nearly 600 islands in the Bay of Bengal. These islands are one of the few amazing islands in the world, which have lots of hidden natural beauty on land as well as in deep sea also. Water is clear at these beaches, which gives a very good visibility. The islands exist in India's popular consciousness mainly because they were used as a penal colony by the British rulers to imprison rebels and freedom fighters, in addition to hardened criminals. Most of the inhabitants of these islands are in fact migrants from the mainland, some of them being descended from the prisoners.
Day 01 :
Arrival at Port Blair – the capital and largest city of the Andaman and Nicobar island group. You will be met, assisted and transferred to the hotel. In the afternoon, visit Ross Island which is about 2 km east of Port Blair and can be reached by a short boat ride from Phoenix Bay Jetty (Ferry leaves at 1400 hrs and returns at 1600 hrs). The island is controlled by the Indian navy, which requires every visitor to sign in on entering. This Island, the erstwhile capital of Port Blair during the British regime, is a tiny island and presently houses the ruins of old buildings like Ballroom, Chief Commissioner’s House, Government House, Church, Hospital, Bakery, Press, Swimming Pool and Troop Barracks, all in dilapidated condition, reminiscent of the old British regime. One can see remnants of an opulent past in the ruins of the church, swimming pool and the Chief Commissioner's residence with its huge gardens and grand ballrooms. There is also a cemetery and a small museum managed by the Indian Navy. The museum has on display a collection of old records. This island is an ideal destination for nature walk amidst sylvan surroundings with deer, peacocks and other exotic birds. In the evening proceed for an enthralling Sound and Light Show at Cellular Jail - where the heroic saga of the Indian freedom struggle is brought alive. Overnight stay in Port Blair.
Day 02 :
This morning after breakfast, proceed for Mount Harriet - the 2nd highest peak (365 meters high) in the Andamans, which offers a magnificent bird’s eye view of Port Blair’s adjoining islands. The summer headquarters of the Chief Commissioner during British Raj, this place provides fascinating views. In the evening proceed for a leisurely cruise (Harbour Cruise,departure at 1500 hrs) in a steamer along the Port Blair Harbour - which takes one to Viper Island. The gallows atop a hillock here is sight to watch. Overnight stay in Port Blair.
Day 03 :
Early morning departure (0600 hrs) by ferry from Port Blair to Havelock. The ferry takes 2.5 hrs to reach Havelock. On arrival transfer to hotel. In the evening proceed to Beach No 7* (Radhanagar Beach) rated as the ‘Best Beach in Asia’ by Time Magazine (Car/Jeep will be provided for pickup and drop). Return back to the hotel to relax and unwind. Overnight stay in Havelock.
Day 04 :
This day after breakfast, set off for a trip to Elephant Beach: Embark on the most memorable snorkeling trip. Just 40 min by boat this beach offers snorkelers calm blue shallow waters and is the perfect spot for beginner snorkelers. The boat goes right up to the beach and it’s so easy to slip on your gear and just start snorkeling. It is also a great place to just spend the day lying on the beach and relaxing. The beach is very scenic with fallen trees and white sand giving the photographer some interesting shots. The reef here starts very close to shore at a depth of about 1metre. The large reef is mostly made up of hard coral and has plenty of marine life. One can expect to see following fish – Sweetlips, Snappers, Angelfish, Damselfish, Butterflyfish, Moorish Idols, Fusiliers, Starfish, Clams, Oysters, Anemone Fish (Nemo), Wrasse, Parrotfish & Lion Fish are commonly seen here. Lucky snorkellers can also see Morray Eels, Octopus, Squid, Large Humphead Parrot Fish, Sea Snake and Groupers. Overnight stay in Havelock.
Day 05 :
This day at Leisure. The true beauty of Havelock lies in Relaxing and unwinding. Overnight stay in Havelock.
Day 06 :
This day after breakfast, you will be transferred to the port for ferry from Havelock Island to Port Blair. Arrive Port Blair and transfer to hotel. Overnight stay in Port Blair.
Day 07 :
Today morning, after breakfast, start for a full-day tour of places in and around Port Blair (City Tour) - covering the famous Cellular Jail, Chatam Saw Mill (one of the oldest and largest in Asia), Forest Museum, Anthropological Museum and the Cottage Industries Emporium (Sagarika) - for shopping & souvenirs. Overnight stay in Port Blair.
Day 08 :
This day, you will be transferred to the airport for flight to onward destination, with fond memories of these “Scintillating Andaman Islands”.