If you are looking for a holiday that includes water sports activities, hiking, visiting museums, relaxing on a powdery beach then look no further than our very own Andaman islands. Yes, the Andaman islands have all of these to offer and much more. It is a perfect travel destination for water babies as you can enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, sea walking, kayaking just to name a few. If you are planning to visit the Andaman islands anytime soon then keep on reading this post about Andaman Islands Itinerary for 5 Days. We have created the ultimate planning guide so that you can enjoy the many activities and the places that the Andaman islands have to offer.
Fact: The Andaman Islands are a group of 550 islands located in the Bay of Bengal. The territory comprises 572 tropical islands (of which 36 are inhabited), with unique wildlife and lush green forests, although the Nicobar Islands are off-limits to tourists.
More info on Andaman islands is available HERE
Best Places to Visit in the Andaman Islands
- Port Blair – Cellular Jail, Samudrika, and Anthropology Museum
- Ross Island
- NorthBay Island
- Havelock Island – Radhanagar Beach & Elephant Beach
- Neil Island
- Jolly Bouy Island
- Baratang Island
Here we share our Andaman Islands Itinerary for 5 days to get you started
Day 1: Carbyne’s Cove beach, Cellular Jail, and Samudrika Museum
We had an early morning flight from Kolkatta to Port Blair. We reached Port Blair by 11:00 AM and went straight to the hotel. After completing the check-in formalities we had an early lunch and headed straight to Carbyne’s Cove beach. After spending some time at the beach we headed to the Samudrika Museum and the Cellular Jail.
If you love history then do not miss out on visiting the Cellular jail and also attend the light and sound show. To be honest, we found the light and sound show to be a bit lengthy.
Day 2: Baratang Island + Limestone cave formation
The next day we started a bit early as we had to travel through a restricted zone to visit Baratang Island. In the restricted zone all tourist vehicles had to travel together with a speed limit of 40 kph and were escorted by police vehicles and personnel. Vehicles are not allowed to stop in the restricted zone which is the home of the Jarwa tribe. Also filming and interaction with the locals is not allowed in this zone and is punishable under law.
After crossing the forest in the restricted zone we boarded a boat to visit the limestone cave formation and Mud Volcano. We would suggest instead of a day trip to Baratang Island you can opt to visit Jolly Bouy or Neil Island if you are more interested in island hopping and inclined towards water sports activities.
Mud Volcano is an overhyped attraction of Baratang Island. The only active mud volcano in India. Though we wouldn’t recommend this place as it not that well maintained and after 1 km trek there is nothing great to see apart from the below picture.
Day 3: Havelock Island + Radhanagar Beach
We boarded the Makruzz cruise and reached Havelock Island. It took close to 2 hours to reach the island. We spent the entire day lazing around the beautiful Radhanagar Beach and experiencing the beautiful sunset. Radhanagar beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in India. It is a long, crescent-shaped beach with silver-white sand.
The Radhanagar Beach (also known as Beach No.7 ) on Havelock has been voted as the Best Beach in Asia by The Time Magazine in the year 2004 on the basis of the quality of sand, sea, depth. Most of the tourists, therefore flock to the Radhanagar Beach in Havelock.
ACTIVITIES TO DO –
Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, swimming, lazing around the beach, beach volley & boat rides.
HOW TO REACH –
Book a ticket on seaplane or Makruzz (catamaran) from Port Blair. Apart from these, there are two government boats that connect Havelock to Port Blair.
Day 4: Elephant Beach in Havelock Island + Port Blair
We visited Elephant Beach for snorkeling in the morning. Elephant beach is one of the unique beaches located in Havelock, Andaman Islands. The coral on this beach is simply awesome, making it a magnificent spot to enjoy snorkeling. This beach is easily accessible by walking from Beach no 7, also known as Radha Nagar Beach or by fishing boat from the eastern side of the island. We headed back to Port Blair post-lunch.
Activities to do: Snorkelling and Glass Bottom Boat Ride
Day 5: Ross Island & North Bay Island
On day 5, we visited North Bay island in the morning which is quite a popular place for snorkeling, diving, Sea walking, and other water sports activities. After lunch, we took a ferry to reach Ross Island which took around 30 minutes from NorthBay Island.
WHERE TO STAY
Do check booking.com for some amazing stay options. Our recommendations are as follows:
- Fortune Resort Bay Island ( Port Blair )
- SeaShell ( Neil Island )
- Barefoot at Havelock Island
- Taj Exotica Resort & Spa ( Havelock Island )
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The best time to visit is between November to April.
Peak Season – December to March.
Off-season – June to September. During this time you can get discounts at many hotels due to the low number of tourist influx.
HOW TO REACH
There are direct flights from all major cities like Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkatta, etc. There is also a ferry from Chennai.
GOOD TO KNOW
- Book your trip well in advance if you are planning your vacation during the holiday season.
- Book your cruise from Port Blair to Havelock (Makruzz)
- You don’t have to carry a lot of cash as there are a lot of ATMs all around the island.
- Book hotel accommodations well in advance.
- Carry Sun cream, mosquito repellent for Havelock (only required if you are traveling through’ forest or near Radhanagar beach after sunset)
- You can easily rent bikes and explore the Havelock island at a very nominal cost.
- Do carry your swimwear, kaftans, cool shades, cap, camera, tripod, and flip-flops.
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