Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Amazing Andaman 2012


The holiday to Andaman & Nicobar Islands is a once in a lifetime experience. Andaman & Nicobar is full of amazing nature beauty and stunning marine life. I am eager to share my experience and thoughts about this lovely place. My experience may help others plan a better trip and help them to change their view to look at Andaman island as “Kaala-Pani “

Few details about Andaman Islands:
Andaman Islands are a group of islands in the Bay of Bengal and a Union Territory of India. There are total 572 islands but Inhabited Islands are 38. The name of the island has always been 'Andaman' and might represent Handuman, the Malay form of Hanuman. Capital of Andaman Island is Port Blair.

The history of the British in the Andaman and Nicobar islands began in 1788. British Government thought of establishing a penal settlement here. In March 1858, the first penal settlement was established, with 200 prisoners, mostly rebels from the Indian Army. Initially the convicts were kept in a jail at Viper Island. The foundation of the infamous Cellular Jail was laid in 1896. The building was completed in 1906. Place soon known as Kaala Pani because of Cellular Jail. This place becomes a favorite tourist place after 2000. Veer Savarkar International airport is the only airport in Andaman.

Andaman Islands
Our journey begins on 14th February 2012 with a lot of enthusiasm

Day 0 (14th– 15thFeb 2012): Pune – Chennai – Port Blair Flight
           We started from Pune to Chennai by Spice Jet Airways at 11 PM. My friends (Anannya, Aditya and Vrishali) dropped us on airport. It was the first flight journey for my wife, Renuka and she was very thrilled. After the 1 hour journey to Chennai, we stayed on the airport about 3-4 hours and then boarded an Indian Airlines flight for Port Blair at 6 AM. Flight duration was 2 hrs. After nice breakfast and movie we witnessed some beautiful scattered islands. This view is never to be missed. Simply amazing.

Port Blair Airport
  • Pune to Chennai to Pune – INR 4500/- per person for round trip.
  • Chennai to Port Blair to Chennai – INR 10,000/- per person for round trip. 
  • Megapode Nest Resort - INR 4250/- per room per night (Bamboo cottage, Half Board)

Day 1 (15th Feb 2012): In Port Blair
            We were welcomed by my friend from Andaman, Nawaz Hashmi, with a lovely flower bouquet. We moved to our hotel, “Megapode Resort”, also known as Megapode Nest Resort. A royal luxury Bamboo cottage was booked for us. Open Sea view from your balcony makes you feel fresh. After taking rest for a while, we planned to visit Corbyn’s Cove Beach. There is nothing special as such on this beach but the clam water and lovely view of the beach made us spend about an hour on beach.  Road to this beach is very beautiful. You can see Ross island on the way.

Megapode Nest Resort - Bamboo Cottage
Corbyn’s Cove Beach

          After visiting the beach, we decided to visit the cellular Jail. Wow….. What a place to visit in Andaman.  Best way to see the past chapter of our Indian history. We should know the value of our freedom. You need at least 2-3 hours to see the entire jail. It was a very proud movement for me to enter in the Veer savarkar’s cell. I remember the quotes of veer Savarkar when he was in cell asमला जर त्यांची भाषा समजली तर मी त्यांना देशभक्तीची गाणी शिकवीन. पुढं ती गाणी ते आपल्या मुलाबाळांना शिकवतील. स्वतंत्र भारताचे नागरिक जेव्हा माझ्या कोठडीला भेट द्यायला येतील तेव्हा हे बुलबुल पक्षी त्यांना देशभक्तीची गाणी ऐकवतील ”. Light and sound show in evening was stunning.  I was choked after hearing history of Jail. That’s when I got to know why people call this jail as “Kaala-Pani”

Cellular Jail from Top

During my jail visit I saw some people making fun of this place. People were taking picture in cell or in Phasi Ghar. There were acting as they are prisoner in this jail. I think we should respect this place. Quote by Ganesh Savarkar about jail is telling you everything. यह तीर्थ महारथियों का है, मात कहो इसे काला पानी, तुम सुनो, यहाँ की धरती के कण - कण से गाथा बलिदानी”. 

Cellular Jail Wing No 7
  • Entry fee: INR 20/-
  • Camera fee: INR 25/- and Video camera fee: INR 100/- 

Day 2 (16th Feb 2012): Ross Island and Chidiya Tapu
           We woke up early and were surprised by the weather condition. Average sun rise timing in Andaman is 5 AM and sunset by 5 PM. 
     After a delicious breakfast from resort, we went to the Ross Island jetty. It’s a 10 min boat ride from jetty to the Island. This Island is the erstwhile capital of Port Blair during the British regime, and it presently houses the ruins of old buildings. It is very well maintained by navy and local people. There are ruins building on islands and very interesting shapes made by tree + roots + ruin building. It’s Heaven for photographer and best to click black and white photos. To see complete island you need to walk a lot so better to carry water and some snacks. There is small beach which is completely destroyed by 2004 tsunami and you can see that. We spent nearly 3 hours on island and took the same boat to return on jetty.

Ross Island
Ross Island
Me and Renu at Ross Island

  • Boat ride: INR 60/- Per person (Jetty – Ross Island – Jetty)
  • Entry fee on Island: INR 20/- Per person + camera charges (INR 20/-)
We had our lunch at Annapurna restaurant which is best vegetarian restaurant in Port Blair. Punjabi food cost us around INR 400/- along with ice cream. We roamed in port Blair by our hired car. We found Port Blair city very clean and all the people here follow proper rules. In the evening we decided to take a road trip by bike so we asked our friend Hashmi for bike. He gave his passion bike w/o any cost. Location was Chidiya Tapu. 

Chidiya Tapu Island

It is Around 25 – 28km from Port Blair city. The road cuts through a dense forest and sometimes along a classic seaside. This place is famous for a variety of birds but you cannot expect to see them from the beach. You need to explore forest area. Forest is quite dense so it’s better to go inside with a local guide or a local person. Beach is very beautiful and calm and it tempts you for swimming. Do not miss classic view of sunset and keep your camera ready to capture it.



After memorable sun set we came back to our resort for lovely candle light dinner which was a must for our honeymoon.
  • Lunch at Annapurna restaurant: INR 400 /- for both (Panjabi Food + Ice cream)
  • Auto (Megapode Resort to PB Market): INR 25/-
  • Auto (PB Market to Megapode Resort): INR 35/-
Day 3 (17th Feb 2012): Jolly Bouy Island 
             Early morning we left the resort without breakfast as we wanted to see an aerial view of the Veer Savarkar Airport. Our driver Basir took us on a hilltop. From there, we were able to see the complete airport. We spent half an hour and saw the landing of an air India flight and the takeoff of kingfisher airline.

Port Blair Airport view from Nearby Hill

Our today’s destination was Jolly Bouy Island. For this island you have to take a boat ride from Wandoor. Wandoor jetty is 30km away from Port Blair city. We got tickets for 9 AM boat. Boat’s name was Silver wind. By the same boat, you have to come back to Wandoor. That boat waits for us nearby the island for around 3 hrs. Jolly Bouy Island is in the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park and has a nice beach to offer a spectacular breath taking underwater view of corals and marine life. This is the best beach I ever visited in India for corals and marine life.

Jolly Bouy Island - Crystal Clear Water

Jolly Bouy Island- A must visit place in PB
 
They offer you free snorkeling OR bottom glass boat ride. If you like it then you can pay extra INR for a longer ride. We did free snorkeling which was just a trailer of marine life. We liked it so much, that we paid extra INR per person and took a 20-25 min extra ride. This experience was simply amazing. I could see the underwater coral, fishes moving around my legs, different types of fishes like crown, large parrot, zebra, star fish, sea angelfish etc. and also 2 octopuses. My wife and I were so happy that we did snorkeling twice.
Those who are scared of snorkeling then enjoy glass boat ride. By the way, for snorkeling, swimming is not a pre-requisite. But if you can swim, snorkeling guide takes you for long ride. We enjoyed our long and deep snorkeling rides.
Food stalls are not available on this island as it comes under marine national park. It is plastic free zone. Do not miss this island.

  • Boat Ride: INR 550/- per head (it includes 1 snorkeling or glass boat ride)
  • Snorkeling: INR 200/- to INR 500/- (we did INR 500/- per head and as we did twice we got discount of INR 250/-per head on last ride)
  • Water bottle: INR 5/- Rent and INR 100/- deposit (they provide non plastic water bags) 
After spending a long time here, we were tired, tanned and dehydrated. We were back to Port Blair for lunch, and then rested till it was dark outside. In the evening we visited at anthropology museum. Best way to know the past and current state of tribal communities. 
We did some local market shopping in port Blair. There is “Sagarika” shop where you can buy shell items, Jute based items and Handicraft. This is a government owned shop. There are other local shops also nearby Sagarika. I found these shops reasonable as compare to Sagarika. After lot of shopping (thanks to my wife), we came back to hotel for Dinner. Now our luggage count become 5 from 4 due to shopping. We had to sleep early as next morning we had ship for Havelock Island.

Day 4 (18th Feb 2012): Havelock Island + Radhanagar Beach 
             We checked out early morning from the resort and kept the extra luggage in the resort’s luggage room. The Hotel was very near to Phoenix Bay Jetty (port). Our ship named Bambooka was waiting for us. It was our first ship journey. Once the ship got sailing in the sea, we went on the deck. View of open sea was amazing. After an hour, my wife requested a crew member to show us the ship’s cabin. We got to know that the ship’s captain is from Pune/Nasik. He was so happy to meet us, that we spend entire journey in the captain’s cabin. We told us how to sail the ship. We had snacks with the entire crew members. Captain gave us his contact no and invited us to meet him when he will be back on leave in Pune.  After a royal 2 hour journey, we reached Havelock.

  • Ship ticket: INR 250/- per person (Port Blair to Havelock island only. 38km from port Blair Jetty) 
  • SeaShell Resort Havelock: INR 4500/- per room per night (Andaman Chalet, Half board plan)

Sea Shell Resort - Lovely resort at Havelock Island
Havelock Island is very small in size with a very less population. Havelock Island provides idyllic resort in the lap of virgin beach and an unpolluted environment. Our driver was waiting for us on jetty. We moved into the sea shell resort which is approx. 2-3 km away from the jetty. Sea shell resort’s property is completely surrounded by tall coconut trees and green garden. Night bar is in the middle of the premise. Our private cottage was close to the beach. Beach is not at all good for swimming but you can relax on the wooden benches. We took rest in resort till 2.30 PM and then we started for a very romantic and famous Radhanagar Beach.

We at Radhanagar Beach - Perfect place for Honeymoon
Radhanagar Beach is one of the largest beaches in India; it is lonely, very clean, silver sand and breathtakingly beautiful. It has been ranked Asia’s 2nd most beautiful beach. Local people say soon it will be on rank 1. It was very difficult to stop ourselves from entering in the blue water. We did photography sessions. A sweet European lady came to us and took our photos (we didn’t request her to click, but she felt like taking our snaps. Thanks if you are reading this blog!).  After spending a long time, we witnessed very romantic sunset from the beach. A perfect place for Honeymoon!!!
As we were very tried, we preferred to stay in the resort.


  • Coconut water: INR 35/- (Due to famous spot everything is costly outside Radhanagar beach)
  • Mineral water: INR 20 to 25/- per lit.
    All most all items on Havelock are bit costly. Reason is simple as it is a small island away from Port Blair.
Day 5 (19th Feb 2012): our first Scuba Diving + Fishing game
         We were waiting for this day since a long time. At 7.30 in the morning we left our resort and reached at Go Dive India center. It is paddy certified diving school. We took 1 day basic diving course. After wearing the wet suit, we left the diving area by boat for our training section. We both were too excited about our 1st dive. Instructor explained us how to dive and the does and don’ts. We had training for worst condition under water. As we were getting trained in the 6 – 8 ft. water, we were eager to go for our Dive. A Photographer which we hired to dive was covering us to take some good pictures. After 25 -30 min training we decided to enter in the fabulous underwater world.

Me, Renu and Diver during our Scuba Dive
Fish fish and lots of fishes
Corels



Shark during our dive!!!
 When I entered in the deep blue sea, my heartbeat increased their pace. It took us a few minutes to relax in the water. Me, Renuka and our Instructor were trying to focus on tasks which he explained us. After few min we were mentally ready to go deep. Scuba gives us the chance to unveil the mysteries and the wonders of the environment which covers the majority of our planet. We really tried hard not to panic as we and our instructor went deeper and deeper underwater. It was really a great experience, seeing the beauty of sea wildlife because of the presence of many varieties of reef fish, corals. It was totally a different world. It is so quiet. We were inside the water for about an hour. When we came back I got to the real meaning of the shayari from Movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

पिघले नीलम सा बहता ये समां,नीली नीली सी खामोशियाँ ,
न कहीं है ज़मीन न कहीं आसमान,सरसराती हुई टहनियां पट्टियां,
कह रहीं है बस एक तुम हो यहाँ, बस मैं हूँ ,
मेरी सांसें हैं और मेरी धडकनें,ऐसी गहराइयाँ, ऐसी तन्हैयाँ,
और मैं … सिर्फ मैं.
अपने होने पर मुझको यकीन आ गया !

Before and After our First Dive


Our day, till this point was mind-blowing and we decide to enjoy on full throttle. We booked a private boat for fishing game.  Thanks to my friend Hashmi again, who arranged this from port Blair on a single call. Me, Renuka and 3 local Fisherman went in for shipping. We learned their local method. 3 hours on the boat, very quiet and away from land…..lovely experience. We were able to catch 7 medium - large size fish. I was the winner as I got 3 fish among 7. Sunset from our private boat was just a perfect.  After sun set it was dark and return journey was full of thrill.

Fishing Game with our catch
 In dinner, I ate 2 fish (kokkari fish and kushari fish: Local names) which was served by sea shell resort chef. We celebrated our first dive with some drinks and fish. Today we tried few things first time in our life like scuba diving, Fishing game and drinks. It was a perfect day from our Honeymoon.

Catch of the Day!!!
  • Scuba diving: INR 4500/- per person per dive (45-60min dive) with photographer. (INR 1000/- extra for extra Dive)
  • Fishing game: INR 3500/- for both in private boat + Fish.
  • Lunch at B3 restaurant: INR 450/- for both.
  • Coconut water on jetty: INR 15/- per pic.
 Day 6 (20th Feb 2012): Kala Pathar Beach + Port Blair
          We decided that we will just roam around and explore the whole island. We rented an Activa bike to roam on island. We read about Kaala Pathar beach from internet so we decide to visit that place. It was a long drive and road quality is not at all good. Road was very lonely and hardly we see a single bike or person on the way. We could see the sea along the road. Finally we reached on beach. It is a small beach but a very beautiful and an untouched one. There were hardly 3 couples on this beach. It is very clean and has crystal clear water. Good place for couple’s photo session. Tripod is needed as you won’t get any one to take your snaps or you have to wait for someone to pass by. Luckily we had our tripod along with us. I don't know why people coming to Havelock miss this place.

Kaala Pathar beach
We returned to resort to check out from our resort and had our lunch again on B3 restaurant. At 3 PM we boarded in our ship Bambooka. After few min, a Vice Capt. came into the passenger compartment and took us to the cabin. Capt. Deshpande was aware that we were in the ship. (We told them about our return journey 2 days back). Other passenger were surprised that why were we taken out from compartment. But we were aware about real the reason. Ha ha ha… Again we got a royal treatment in the ship. After photo session with ship crew, we return to the Megapode Resort. Thanks Capt. Deshpande and his team for such a royal treatment. We are still in touch with each other and soon we are going to visit them in Pune.

  
This was our last evening in Port Blair so we went for shopping again for hour. Tonight Dinner was planned by my friend Hashmi in five-star fortune bay restaurant. That was a treat from my friend. We received a beautiful wedding gift from him. He made our honeymoon trip special by doing such a great arrangement in Andaman. We cannot forget this trip.
                When we returned to our hotel, we were sad. Next morning we were supposed to leave such a beautiful place. That night we decided to celebrate our first wedding anniversary in Andaman again. We will really miss this place.
  • Activa bike Rent: INR 250/- + INR 100/- Petrol.
  • Lunch at B3 restaurant: INR 320/-
  • Ship ticket: INR 250/- per person(Havelock to Port Blair) 

Day 7 (21st Feb 2012): Port Blair to Chennai       
            We check out from hotel at 7.30 AM to catch our Indian airline flight at 8.50 AM. Basir dropped us on airport in the morning. We were not happy to check-in to the flight, but it’s not possible to extend our stay in Andaman. We got a window seat and we said Goodbye to Andaman.

Bye Bye Andaman - Will miss U!!!

After 2 hr. Flight, we landed on Chennai airport. We had our bookings done in the New Woodland hotel. Our next flight was on 22nd Feb so we got 1 day in Chennai for rest. We did some shopping in the evening.
  • Fast track taxi: INR 300/- (Airport to New Woodland Hotel)
  • Lunch in hotel: INR 350/- for Chinese food.
  • Dinner at Murugan idli: INR 160/- for both
  • Auto from T Nagar to New Woodland hotel: INR 100/-
  • New Woodland hotel: INR 1945/- for Std. A/C Room per night. 
Day 8 (22nd Feb 2012): Pune 
          By early morning Spice Jet flight we reached at our sweet home.

Some pointers for Andaman trip:
  1. Carry Sun cream, mosquito repellent for Havelock (only required if you are travelling through’ forest or near Radhanagar beach after sun set)
  2. Basic medical kit ( there are shops in Port Blair but you have to go to the main market)
  3. Sunglass and Cap.
  4. Camera and Tripod (you need tripod in Havelock)
  5. There is lots of ATM in Port Blair and 2 ATMs (Axis and SBI) in Havelock so no need to carry cash.
 Must visit Places which we miss due to lack of Time:
  1. Baratang: Visit to the famous Lime stone caves and you can see Jarwa tribal people. Day trip begins early in morning and ends after sun set.
  2. Ross & Smith twin Islands: Though these are commonly referred to as twin islands, they are actually a single island separated by a sandy stretch which makes it appear like two separate islands.
  3. Chatham saw mill: This Saw Mill is one of the biggest and oldest in Asia
  4. Elephanta beach in Havelock: Water sports, Snorkeling and scuba Diving site.

    In our next year visit, we are going to cover these places. Actually there are many more places which are hidden from us in Andaman.  Let’s see how much we can cover in our next trip.I hope you like my travel blog and you are planning to visit this place.
I will try to upload more and more travel blogs. Thanks for reading this Travel Blog.

Pritesh Kulkarni
Pune
 

407 comments:

  1. Very well written Pritesh, very informative!! I really appreciate information put and related content management. Keep writting!!

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  2. Auto (Megapode Resort to PB Market): INR 25/-
    Auto (PB Market to Megapode Resort): INR 35/

    this is confusing, it should be same na :P

    jokes apart, nice one, gives very good idea about this place.
    i will surely visit this place, at least for jail if not for anything else. Thanks for writing!

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  3. hi dear, so nice u written all things..

    Nupura.....

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  4. Thanks Avadhoot,Nupura and Sanjay..
    @Sanjay: INR 10/- extra cos of late night charges. :)

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  5. Really nice one.

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  6. Well written...Parat jaun aalya sarkha vatla mala...
    -Saurabh Pansare

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  7. Nice one pritesh , information u provided will be really helpful for other to plan their trip..... :)

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  8. Excellent! :) Nice and in detail. Reminds me of all the good times I had there and got to know about lot of other things which we might have missed. But glad that you had such a wonderful honeymoon trip. :)

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  9. I must congratualate you for compiling all the information carefully, presenting it neatly and publishing for guiding others using current social networking tool. One can imagine how much would you have enjoyed this trip. My best wishes to both of you.

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  10. Nicely Written Pritesh........ Reminding me my n bhushan's trip to heaven on the earth(Andaman)... Well landing in Port blair is such a amazing experience- clouds bajula hotat ani khali achanak dense forest dista... Avatar Movie cha part aslya sarkha watata :)

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  11. Very well written. I liked the whole blog. Very informative. Keep writing!

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  12. Very well written sir,itz very nyc n awesome place to visit... I really appreciate information which you have submerized...
    well happy to see Andaman from your eyes....
    thnks alot... :)
    - supriya rachana

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  13. it is Punjabi not Panjabi...

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  14. Thanks sarang,saurabh,Tina,supriya and Anonymous...

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  15. Nicely written, Good to refer for Andaman trip

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  16. excellent blog and I appreciate your efforts..

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  17. gud one guys - we too had an excellent trip to the andamans in october 2009 and stayed in the same resort on havelock .. bful place - sharing my travelogue link as well here ... u can get in touch with me at pawanjot@gmail.com .. cheers

    http://havelockin.wordpress.com/

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  18. Cool blog Pritesh!!!

    just got my memories refreshed :)

    regards,
    Avishek A.

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  19. Brilliant blogpost!

    Would you like to share with us at go2andaman.com ?

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    1. Hi ,
      I check your site and really nice information on the site. I am in Love with Andaman Islands.
      Defiantly You can add my blog on your site. Hope You will post my blog along with my name/ copyright /blog site link etc etc.

      Regards,
      Pritesh Kulkarni.

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    2. plz tell me how to get to the andaman islands from england manchester. your pictures are stunning

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    3. Thanks for your valuable comments…
      You can catch a flight from London Heathrow Airport to Chennai (Anna Airport). I am not sure about direct flight from Manchester Airport to India.
      To reach Andaman island (Airport in Port Blair city), you have to take domestic flight either from Chennai OR Kolkata.
      Most of the international flights to India land in Mumbai or in Delhi. There are good domestic network to reach Chennai by air.
      Best time to visit: Oct to Feb end.
      Visit duration: At list 9 days to cover imp tourist destination and beaches from Andaman.

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  20. osum!!!
    nice place n nice way to express..

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  21. Wow.. just the only word which i can say after reading ur blog.. it is like a travel guide and we can take a print out and follow thid schedule happilyy.. nice write up dude.. thanks for the detailed information and places to be visited.

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    1. Thanks a lot.....All the best for your Andaman trip planning.

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  22. Wow.. Heard alot about Andaman island. U have shared ur experience in a very nice way. I m planning for a new year trip to Andaman. This blog will help me to plan it accordingly.. Very nice writeup...

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    1. Thanks a lot.....All the best for your Andaman trip planning.

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  23. Thanks for such an entertaining and helpful travel blog about the Andaman Islands. I would love to use the beach scene on my own blog this week. I'll provide a link to your site and your blogger identity as well. We're planning a trip to India this fall and most of our time will be spent on the islands. You can find me at http://www.edgyjunecleaver.com

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    1. Yes that's fine for me... U can use beach scene in your blog..
      Good to know that you will provide link and name along with photos.
      All the best for your Andaman trip planning.

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  24. Thanks for the reply but I used a creative commons photo instead. I can't wait to see where you go next.

    Have a lovely day!

    Laura

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  25. Hi,
    Very interesting blog.
    Is it alright to travel in June 1st week this year.
    Will it rain heavily or is it still manageable with 1-2 hrs of shower.
    Any idea?

    regards
    Sasi

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    1. Andaman can have heavy rain during 1st week of June. Even if monsoon gets delayed still Andaman Sea is rough so better to avoid. You will not able to enjoy the Radhanagar beach from Havelock Island. Best time to visit there is from September mid to May mid.

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    2. Just back from havelock and really had the best experience .I loved havelock a lot .Stayed at Symphony palms @ 3000/ and was impressed by the services and the big rooms ,beach .I
      checked out seashells also but didnt like the beach its full of rocks and tress .

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  26. Thanks Mohan,
    I saw Symphony palms resort too. Both are good resorts from Havelock.
    As I mentioned Beach at sea shell resort is not good for swimming at all but over all property is nice.
    Happy Traveling...!!!

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  27. hi Pritesh Kulkarni,

    Nice dude, could you please tell me from which traveler u have booked ur trip and how much it cost you...please include the hotel names as well

    sudeep.panshikar@gmail.com
    Sudeep

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  28. hi Pritesh Kulkarni,

    Can you please tell me from which traveler u have booked ur trip and how much it cost you (excluding air fare). Also, include the hotel names as well. I am getting package for 62500 for couple for 8 days n 7 nights including scuba diving, game fishing, Neil Island and Bartang. Please suggest if it is a reasonable price?
    Plz reply to mohit_kinetic@yahoo.com

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  29. Very well written Pritesh.I too had gone for my honeymoon in Nov end and itinerary was similar to yours. Having a local friend does help a lot.Keep writing

    Regards
    Rajiv

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    1. Thanks a lot Rajiv....
      Happy Traveling...!!!

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  30. Hi prits

    I am lucky to see ur blog and thanks for writing, as i have planned to travel andaman in mid of Sep for my honeymoon for 6Nights stay

    As it is a mansoon season i may have less of water sports and more of Indoors and hence i am looking for a best resorts to stay

    I have also a confusion with Barefoot and Sea Shell to choose or if u can suggest any other.

    can u please email me with you suggestions,
    my email: suryaganesh.m@gmail.com

    which would help me a lot

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  31. Hi Prits,
    You have a given a detailed and beautiful account of your stay and the place.I must say we were initially considering some other place for our trip but after reading your blog, which we stumbled upon in tripadvisor,we have decided to visit andaman!
    Please write more often it is so helpful for all of us planning trips like these.We are able to plan very well ahead for the trip thanks to your blog.

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    1. Thanks a lot.....All the best for your Andaman trip planning.
      Happy Traveling.

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  32. Hi, thank you for your blog. I'm actually hesitating whether I should visit Andaman Island as I only have one day. Am currently tempoarily working in Chennai and have only the weekend off. I checked online but the only flight I can find is leaving Sat morning and returning Sunday morning, which means I have only day to visit Port Blair... I would love to go scuba diving (am padi certified) but am afraid I can't as I have leave 24hrs between the dive and the flight. Nevertheless, would you still recommend me to fly to this island for only one day?

    Many thanks, Ste

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    1. Hi Steph,
      Thanks for your comments. Now regarding ur query.
      I’m afraid; U can able to manage Scuba in 24 hours as most of the Scuba sites are nearby Havelock Island.
      I will not recommend islands for a day. If you want to visit for day then U can just do Port Blair city sightseen. (But you will miss beautiful beaches from Havelock, Wandoor & Jolly Bouy Island etc.)
      My advice is to take early morning return flight on Monday and join office by Lunch time. 
      Chennai to Port Blair (PB): Air India 549 at 5:00 AM IST and reach PB at 7.15 AM
      Either takes M V Makruzz at 8 AM to reach at Havelock. (Not sure whether u can manage to catch that bcos of exit process for Non-Indians)
      OR catch sea plan service (it is bit costly as INR 4500/- one way)
      U can take return flight on Monday by at 7:55 AM Air India 550.
      In case U need any help from Island, then contact to Hashmi (My friend from Andaman) on 09474286311.
      Hope this information will help you. Happy traveling!
      Regards,
      Pritesh K.

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  33. Hi Pritesh,
    Many thanks for your advice! Will check this
    Steph

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  34. Hi Pritesh,

    It is a detailed and very well compiled blog. We are planning our honeymoon in the early 2013 to Andaman and your blog will be a real help. Thanks for putting it up!!

    Best Regards,
    D.

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    1. Thanks a lot.....All the best for your Andaman trip planning.
      Happy Traveling.

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  35. Nicely written........Great!!!

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    1. Thanks a lot Dibyendu....
      Happy Traveling...!!!

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  36. Nice, detailed and informative blog..!!

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    1. Thanks a lot Nitesh....
      Happy Traveling...!!!

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  37. This was helpful! Keep it up!

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  38. One of the excellent Travel Blog. Thanks for all your effort
    could you please tell me How do you Plan the trip ?
    Is it by yourself or by the travel operator?
    Could you please share the details
    (I am planning to go to early 2013 for my honeymoon)
    parag.mahajan@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks a lot Parag....
      Check Your Gmail Inbox. I shared trip information.
      Happy Traveling...!!!

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  39. Beautiful blog, so crisp and clear.........

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    1. Thanks a lot Nipun....
      Happy Traveling...!!!

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  40. Thanks a lot, its really helping us to make an iternary, as you explained the plus and minuses of lot of places. :)

    Can you share whom did you plan the trip - was it via some travel agency or by yourself, and who is Hashmi :) I was wondering if we could get hold of Activa's on rent on Port blair.

    Keep up writing :)

    bhavik
    bhavikv@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks for comment!
      Hashmi is my friend from Andaman who help me in hotel bookings.
      Trip was planed by me and for hotel n car booking i took help of my friend.
      Will send you a mail about our trip details.
      Happy Traveling...!!!

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  41. Hi Pritesh,
    Really excellent and helpful information...:) I am planning for a trip in December and I am wanting to prepare a nice plan/ iternary as yours :)
    could you please share any additional information on tourist operators/ bookings @ rsuresh96@yahoo.co.in
    Thanks,
    Suresh

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  42. Hey buddy...excellent blog! very vivid discription. I wanted to know, how had you made all those hotels, day tours etc bookings? were you travellining on any itinerary based package from any travel agent? Plz share details!!! I am planning trip too.

    Thanks
    Ankur

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    1. Thanks for comment!
      Trip was planed by me and for hotel booking i took help of my friend from Andaman.
      Happy Traveling...!!!

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  43. Simply beautiful and very very informative.
    Thanx
    Arun K.

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    1. Thanks a lot Arun K....
      Happy Traveling...!!!

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  44. Hi Pritesh, Its really nice writting, good information. I have decided to visit Andaman for our honeymoon from 30th Nov to 7th Dec 2012. May I request you to suggest hotel to stay and other places to visit [including you missed ;)]. If you can suggest local reference and agents for package, that would be good at my mail id ash_cng@yahoo.co.in. Many thanks Ashok

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  45. Thanks Ashok Kumar.
    Check ur yahoo mail box for my e-mail.
    Happy Traveling...!!!

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    1. Thanks a lot for the very informative mail Pritesh.

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    2. You are most welcome!
      Enjoy your trip planning :-)

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  46. Hi,

    Nice.. Thanks for the details.
    I have planned to visit Andaman for a trip in February 2013.I want to prepare a nice plan as yours.
    Kindly share any additional information on tourist operators/bookings @ gmaghesh@gmail.com

    Thank you,
    Maghesh

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    1. Thanks Maghesh.
      Check ur gmail mail box for my e-mail.
      Happy Traveling...!!!

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  47. very nice blog and excellent pics.
    we(self and wife) are travelling to andamans in feb for a romantic getaway.
    my wife is apprehensive about the clothing to pack for andamans.
    how well western outfits are tolerated on havelock island w/o being bugged.
    does wearing a bikini may land u into any kind of trouble?

    we would be highly greatful if u cud share some tips and tricks and romantic getaway secrets if any about the place.u can mail us at gabriel7585777@gmail.com.
    thanx a lot.

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    1. Thanks.
      Check ur gmail mail box for my e-mail.
      Happy Traveling...!!!

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  48. Thanks, Prits. This an awesome blog. I'm also planning to visit Andaman along with my 3 yrs son and wife during the Feb 2013. I've considered Megapode for stay in PB but unable to trace their official web site for booking. Could you please throw some light around the booking procedure. If you'd prefer then you can also drop me a quick note to my email id gupta.rajat7@gmail.com. Thanks for your support.

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    1. Thanks.
      Check ur Gmail mailbox for my e-mail.
      Happy Traveling...!!!

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  49. Thanks, Prits. This an awesome blog. I'm also planning to visit Andaman along with my 3 yrs son and wife during the Feb 2013. I've considered Megapode for stay in PB but unable to trace their official web site for booking. Could you please throw some light around the booking procedure. If you'd prefer then you can also drop me a quick note to my email id gupta.rajat7@gmail.com. Thanks for your support.

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    1. Thanks.
      Check ur Gmail mailbox for my e-mail.
      Happy Traveling...!!!

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  50. greetings,
    awsum very very informative, word to word detail to detail its from a horses mouth to hands on .....just apprehensive as we are going for our honeymoon in the month of december and i have done it all by my selfy ticket bookings of flight n all just need some guidience
    which hotel to go for ?
    clothing wise wat to wear westrn or indian (is bikini allowed @beaches)
    for scuba diving where to do neil island or havelock ?
    which scuba operator to choose from ?
    there are lot of questions to ask but is it any way u can help us which a itienary or sort , it will be a life saver ..........
    keep writing again awsum blog very informative.

    Regards,

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    1. Thanks.
      Check ur Gmail mailbox for my e-mail.
      Happy Traveling...!!!

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  51. sorry my email id is
    an early reply will help immensely.......

    jinxxj@gmail.com
    haziboy20@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks.
      Check ur Gmail mailbox for my e-mail.
      Happy Traveling...!!!

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  52. Hi Prtits;
    Lots of people have already mentioned that it is well written blog. Even then I can't stop myself saying awesome man.
    We are planning to visit andaman at the end of December. Just wondering if you could share some information about how to plan the trip, where to stay, what to see and more importantly places to avoid.

    Would appreciate your help. Here is my email ID: nchodem@gmail.com

    thanks


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    1. Thanks.
      Check ur Gmail mailbox for my e-mail.
      Happy Traveling...!!!

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  53. Hi Pritesh,

    I am planning for my Honeymoon in January

    Could you please share any additional information on tourist operators/ bookings

    my email id satish.ssp@gmail.com

    Regards,
    Satish

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    1. Thanks.
      Check ur Gmail mailbox for my e-mail.
      Happy Traveling...!!!

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  54. Loved the post. Very informative. Thank you:)

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  55. Excellent Blog buddy.I m planning to go der from 9th or 10th Jan.So pls provide me the details if how u planned the trip.Also talking abt the activities like snorkeling & scooba diving then the travel booking sites mentions that it costs around 4000 Rs per head,whereas you have written tht its only 400-500.So pls elaborate abt the same.
    My email id is nike_chetz@yahoo.co.in

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    1. I checked my blog and I have written cost as INR 4500/- + INR 1000/- for extra dive on same day!
      Will drop U mail soon

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  56. Nice post Pritesh..
    I am planning for my honeymoon in Feb.
    Could you please share any additional information on tourist operators/ bookings

    my email id nitinagrawal121@gmail.com

    Regards,
    Nitin

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    1. Thanks.
      Check ur Gmail mailbox for my e-mail.
      Happy Traveling...!!!

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  57. am planning a trip to andamans next year... can u please suggest some nice budget hotels.

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    1. Please share ur e-mail ID and will drop U a mail with all the details.

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  58. Excellent Blog Pritesh, got almost all information I am looking for.
    Could you please share some more information on tour operators and bookings?
    My email ID - laxmikantlande@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks.
      Check ur Gmail mailbox for my e-mail.
      Happy Traveling...!!!

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  59. Very well written! and good to see u are still responding to queries.
    Pls share the tour operators and booking details with me as well at rohan.parakh@gmail.com
    Thanks in advance!

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    1. Thanks.
      Check ur Gmail mailbox for my e-mail.
      Happy Traveling...!!!

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  60. So what was the total expenditure including flight, hotel, food and site seeing?

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    1. Flight: INR 16000/- per person (Pune to Pune journey)
      3* Hotel + Food + Site seen + Car rent + Ship journey etc: INR 34000 to 37000/-

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  61. Hi Pritesh,
    Nice travel blog. What u saw & where u visited is a fraction of the Paradise on Hindustan. There are lots to be explored. Well, Elephant Beach is a must see. You missed it, make it to the top of your list next time u visit A&N on your 1st Anni. Advance wishes for completing the sweetest 1st year of your married life. I suggest u go to north - Mayabunder, Kalipur, Sadle Peak (Highest Peak) ofcourse that would adventurous one.

    D. Deb

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    1. Thanks D. Deb.
      Yes we miss Elephant Beach but enjoyed a lot at Jolly buoy island. Due to lack of time we were not able to cover many places. Ross & Smith twin Islands,Elephant Beach, Neil island and north part of Andaman is in my list. Difficult to catch Andaman for 1st Anni due to work but will visit again for sure. Andaman is truly paradise!

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  62. Hey prits, very well written blog n very informative.. u fall in love with d place after reading it.. I was planning my honeymoon around end of jan 2013. Kindly share further details/info. My email id is chiragathakkar@gmail.com
    thnx

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    1. Thanks a lot Chirag....Check your G-mail mailbox for my e-mail.
      Happy Traveling...!!!

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  63. Your blog is simply a bliss....
    Breathtakingly beautiful places and beautifully described...
    Thanks a lot...
    Looking fwd for a trip... :)

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    1. Thanks a lot Vinay K....
      Happy Traveling...!!!

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  64. Hi Prits,

    Your blog is great! its nice, descriptive with all the necessary basic details included. My best compliments to you on this great job! Keep it up!

    We are planning our honeymoon in the andamans around 2nd-3rd week of May, 2013. We have drawn up few travel plans and ideas, however we would like to have your suggestions on these.Also if you could add to our travel plans and ideas, it'd be great!
    So, please drop a mail at the below address and i will share with you the details.
    my maild id is - saranga.borah@gmail.com

    Take care, bye!

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    1. Thanks a lot Saranga...
      Happy Traveling...!!!

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  65. hey... if this 8 day trip was cut short to just 3 days and 4 nights what are the places you suggest v have to cover? Snorkelling and scuba diving are definitly in....

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  66. Hi Prits,
    Way you have made Andaman lively in your blog is simply amazing. I was bit confused on selection of my vacation destination. You made it simple for me. :-)
    I am now looking for Andaman only. If possible could you please share your itternary with me also. my id is ajaykaklotar@gmail.com
    Once again thanks alot for such a useful blog.
    -
    Ajay

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    1. Thanks a lot Ajay....Check your G-mail mailbox for my e-mail.
      Happy Traveling...!!!

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  67. Very Informative. Thanks a ton for the blog. I am using this to plan by vacation in Feb.

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  68. Hi..very informative indeed..we( me and my wife) are planning to visit andamans, so just wanted to know if its ok for my wife to wear bikini on beaches...and also do let me know which hotels have private beaches..

    Thanks in advance..u can mail me at..cool2060@rediffmail.com

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    1. Thanks a lot Baltic123....Check your mailbox for my e-mail.
      Happy Traveling...!!!

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    2. Hey thanks but would really appreciate if u could send the mail again, i didnt get it..

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    3. Please let me know your mail ID. Is it "cool2060@rediffmail.com"
      plz mentioned it once again as I have sent you a mail on "cool2060@rediffmail.com"

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  69. Hi Pritesh,

    Very well written... Got most of the information for planning my trip...

    We are also planning trip to Andaman. I was searching for Megapode website, but unable to get one.... how you have done your booking for this trip... also how you have done car booking for local sightseeing... please mail me @ amitc8680@gmail.com

    Thanks,
    Amit.

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    1. Thanks a lot Amit....Check your G-mail mailbox for my e-mail.
      Happy Traveling...!!!

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  70. Hi Prits,

    Thanks a lot for this blog post. After reading your blog, I made my honeymoon destination as Andaman now instead of traveling to some foereign country. I am preparing my itinerary but can you please share with me your itinerary as well, my email id is vbbang@gmail.com . Also please share local contact details if you can so that I can call those guys and give your reference for example your friend Hashmi. Again Thanks a lot !!

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    1. Thanks a lot Vinod....Check your G-mail mailbox for my e-mail.
      Happy Traveling...!!!

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  71. Great Prits,

    Lovely writting . I am also inspired and preparing my itinerary but can you please share your itinerary as well, my email id is ashis2k@yahoo.com . Also please share local contact details of lodges, sightseeing and ferry timings if you can. how you have done your booking for this trip... also how you have done car booking for local sightseeing... with very best wishes to both of U.
    Ashis

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  72. Hello Prits,
    This is Sia from Gurgaon.I am planning a trip to Andaman in the month of March. It would be great if you can share with me your contacts and the itinery along with the hotels references..
    My Id is srividya.janakiraman@gmail.com
    Thanks in advance!

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  73. Thanks a lot Sia....Check your G-mail mailbox for my e-mail.
    Happy Traveling...!!!

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  74. Hi Prits, I am from Hyderabad. I am very impressed and liked your blog a lot. I am planning to go to Andaman this Feb. I wanted to go by myself without any travel agent. Could you share your itinerary and contact numbers with hotel references so that I could use for my trip. Thank you in advance!
    My email id is: chandragiri.soujanya12@gmail.com

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  75. Hi Pritesh,
    very informative and well written blog..I am visiting PB on Feb 1 alongwith my wife for our wedding Silver Jubilee...Your blog is really helpful......Good wishes to you and Renu

    Regards

    ]Anil Sharma
    Assam

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  76. Great blog!
    If I may, I would like to tell you that you did not miss anything by not going to Elephant Beach. I think it is worth visiting only if you are going to go for any water-sport activity, otherwise the beach is pretty ordinary (atleast compared to other beaches at Havelock). Instead I think going for a jungle trek from Havelock to Elephant island can be an interesting experince.

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    1. Thanks a lot Brownianmotion...
      Happy Traveling...!!!

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  77. hey very nicely detailed out post. how much was your overall cost?

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    1. Thanks a lot Rajvi....Check your G-mail mailbox for my e-mail.
      Happy Traveling...!!

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  78. Hi Prits, I have liked your blog a lot.you have provided very useful information. I am planning to go to Andaman this March. I wanted to go by myself without any travel agent. Could you share your itinerary and contact numbers with hotel references so that I could use for my trip. Thank you in advance!

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  79. Hello pritesh
    loved reading your blog. i have some queries, when and howu booked scuba diving and where is it better to have smoerkelling (port blair or havelock).
    please reply on my email shobhitag23@gmail.com

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  80. Hey Pritesh,

    What an amazing travel blog..hats off to you..would really love to go to Andaman now..could you please share your detailed itinerary @ lovebisht@gmail.com

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  81. hey guys even i went there it was awesome place and even i started travel agent to andaman n nicobar islands..if anyone want to go for andaman and nicobar islands u can contact me on us # 9666376674 or u can mail me
    gudisena.balakrishna85@gmail.com

    thanking you,
    G.Bala krishna
    9666376674.

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  82. Lovely description. Though i don't know you but i really appreciate your minute details on the trip. i am planning shortly, though i got couple of quotations, its all charging for 30K to 33K for 2 adult including hotels for both PB and havelok and makruzz travel to Havelok with glass boat 1 session. Can you please let me know which tour operator you selected. My id is ayon_c2001@yahoo.co.in. Also how long is the coral view on glass boat ride or how much will be charged extra if we want more. Thanks in advance for your response and All the best to your family.
    Regards, Ayon

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  83. Hi

    Many thanks for this awesome blog. Its helping me a lot to plan my trip. Cheers - Rik.

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  84. Excellent description and great piece of work.
    This will certainly help me in planning my trip.
    Cheers!

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  85. Your experience is surely helpful for people to plan their travel and I must compliment you that you have beautifully put your lovely experience in words. I have some questions...and you seem to be a right person to ask.
    1. We plan to travel in early Sept this year as the tickets have been booked. Can you suggest something about the weather conditions there?? Does it rain heavily??
    2. In case it rains, are the inter islands ships/ferries/boats affected by rains??
    3. How to book ferry from port blair to havelock island in advance...and I have heard that government ferry takes around 4 hours one way...is that true??
    Lastly, I just need to know that since our bookings are done for the month of September, I hope we have not made a mistake by planning the trip in September as it would be monsoons during that time. Is it really a bad deal...I am scared now after reading so much on the net. Though I have come across mixed reviews...some say its bad and some say weather is unpredictable yet nice and pleasant. So I don't know whom to trust and how. So please help me out clear my confusion, if possible.

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    1. 1. You may face a light rain but I'm sure it will not impact on your trip as such.
      2. Only during heavy rain, Ferry/ships gets cancelled
      3. 4 hours?? not true. Gov ferry takes 2.5 hours and Makruzz (private service) takes 1.5 hours.
      Don't worry Neha, Don't thing much and just enjoy your time in Andaman. weather is not in our hand. I'm sure you will get better deal. For more details send me your e-mail ID.

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  86. Hi Pritesh,
    Very well written & with the pix it was sheer joy reading your blog !!!!!
    I am also planning for my Honeymoon in April'13. Please help in preparing my itinerary buy sharing your itinerary details as well. Also please share on how we can do the bookings for hotels, ferry's & car,local contact details of lodges, sightseeing. Any local help who is friendly, helpfull, decent who can help us there.
    Also, very best wishes to both of you for your anniversary.
    My email id is amit03ee06@gmail.com & amit_17j@rediff.com. If u can share the details, will be really helpfull for our Honeymoon trip.
    Thanks,
    Amit

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    1. Thanks a lot Amit....Check your G-mail mailbox for my e-mail.
      Happy Traveling...!!!

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  87. Hi,

    Thanks for the details.
    I have planned to visit Andaman for a trip next Wk fron 27th Mar to 3rd Apr.
    Can u plz share me your trip plan with me.

    Kindly share any additional information on tourist operators/bookings.

    My id: mahesh.hase52@gmail.com

    Thank you

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    1. Thanks a lot Mahesh....Check your G-mail mailbox for my e-mail.
      Happy Traveling...!!

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  88. Hi Pritesh,

    I believe,you will receive more and more reply in years to come. How to acess your other travel blogs,if any ?

    We have booked air ticket in end Sept 2013. Do you suggest to book ferry ticket to havelock in advance ? please share some information on touri operators.

    pkm kolkata (pij2002@yahoomail.com)

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    1. Hello pkm kolkata,
      Kindly mention your correct mail ID so i can send you the details.

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  89. very nice & informative..keep up the good work..
    Just wanted to know if u had booked a package for this trip or you planned self?
    We are planning for HM this winter. Please suggest..

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    1. Thanks a lot Sandeep....Check your G-mail mailbox for my e-mail.
      Happy Traveling...!!

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  90. Hi Prits,

    What a beautifully written blog! It's been over a week of confused planning, and I am so glad I got to read this. Trust me, you are doing a great deed for thousands out there like me.

    I could truly feel as if I was living the moments you did, such fine details - super impressiv!! I am leaving on 27th morning, April 2013. Though I am travelling with my parents, unlike you - not on a honeymoon, lol ;).. Nevertheless, hope it becomes a very memorable, and if it does, a lot part of that credit is going to be given to you :)

    Kudos brother, amazing!

    Cheers
    Akshay Chaturvedi
    (akshaychaturvedi001@gmail.com)

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    1. Thanks a lot Akshay...Happy Traveling and will like to read your trip report

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  91. Nice written. it had helped me to plan my andaman itinerary.

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  92. Hi!

    Thanks for Share..
    As u have visited many places..
    i want to take advise for my honeymoon from u.
    Can u please give me lists of some good places for honeymoon in January my budget is 50K-60K.
    we loves adventure sports.
    so give idea about places which have some sports...

    Thanks..
    my Email is patelvishal1@gmail.com

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  93. Hey Prits, I stumbled upon this by chance... and what a coincidence, we also started posting on our blog this week about the Andaman trip... and called it the Amazing Andamans! Been there and done that... but still enjoyed reading this!! Happy Blogging!

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  94. This is a really quality post.I find this information through Google. Great job

    Domestic Tour Packages

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  95. Thanks Pritesh....ya sunder blog baddal...

    Pritesh.... Ross Island aani other islands la aapan own trip arrange karu shakato kay... I mean instead of taking package tour can we travel our own... at islands and how to manage, any idea..

    Vivek, Aurangabad

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    1. Thanks Vivek for your comments.
      Yes few islands can be covered by self plan.
      you can visit jetty by auto and then ferry takes u to ross island in 10-15 min.
      Just mention ur mail ID and will drop U a detail mail.
      Regrads,
      Pritesh

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  96. Excellent Travel Blog. Thanks for all your effort
    May i request you to share complete details regarding bookings done and relevant contacts?
    I am planning for a trip in Oct2013.

    rikkeey@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks a lot....Check your mailbox for my e-mail.
      Happy Traveling...!!

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  97. Excellent and very Informative blog!!!...I read it twice.I am planning for Nov 2013 on my first annives.Plz share your suggestion and trip plan at call.mejustnow@gmail.com.

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    1. Thanks a lot....Check your mailbox for my e-mail.
      Happy Traveling...!!

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  98. Hi,

    I am planning for Honeymoon in feb2014.
    Kindly suggest me the plan on my mail id: gauravlr@gmail.com

    Please respond.

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    1. Thanks a lot....Check your mailbox for my e-mail.
      Happy Traveling...!!

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  99. First of all... Many thanks to you for such an informative blog

    I am planning a trip to the Andaman Islands this December and I've already booked the air tickets. We're planning a trip of 7 nights and 8 days.

    Please do mail me a suggestive itinerary for Port Blair and Havelock and places to visit. Would you recommend a planned tour or should we manage it on our own as I do want to be hassled with all the planning once I am there..

    Lastly, is the Megapode resort you stayed in owned by ANIIDCO or is it privately owned..

    My e-mail id is eccomiroompi@gmail.com


    Thanks a lot again

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    1. Megapode Resort and Megapode Camping Resorts are owned by ANIIDCO.

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  100. Hi

    Its well written and to the point what people ask me as a local travel agent to Andaman Islands.

    Further articles from our guests :http://myandaman.com/myandaman-guestarticles.php

    Thanks
    Sunil
    myandaman

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  101. Awesome!!! No words to explain, how well the blog has been written. Nice work Pritesh Hats off to you... I was struggling to finalize my Honeymoon spot and after reading your blog I am now fixed it is Andaman.

    I am planning for Honeymoon around third week of Sept 2013.

    Could you please suggest me a plan? My mail id: muruani2003@yahoo.co.in

    Looking forward to your reply.

    Thanks,
    Murugan Jayavelu

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    1. Thanks a lot....Check your mailbox for my e-mail.
      Happy Traveling...!!

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  102. Hello Pritesh,

    Great blog about the Andaman trip. You are rendering a great service for all travel enthusiasts like me. I am planning to visit Port Blair and Havelock Island in Oct-2013 first week with my wife for a week. I would need a detailed tour schedule/hotel contacts etc from you. Request you to send it to hds_srinath75@yahoo.co.in. It would be of great help.

    Regards,
    Srini.

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  103. Very well written, detailed and informative ! Thanks and best wishes for great life.

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  104. Hi Pritesh,

    Happy to see so detailed blog about the Andaman, Im planning my Honeymoon on this October. Appreciate if you could share the contact details of Hashmi and your itinerary details. Here is my email ID: yogeshbhatm@gmail.com

    Thanks again
    -Yogesh

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  105. great blog mate, My fiancé is also from Pune but was a bit sceptical about Andaman; it changed dramatically after reading this blog of yours.
    We are planing a 5-6 night trip in Feb 2014 and am in touch with wonderful people at myandaman, still I would like to hear from you about the cottage you booked at port Blair. The pictures says a lot, still it would be great to get some feedback around facility/privacy etc.

    can you also send me your itinerary at sudeep.kg @ gmail.com (no spaces). Any recommendation, guideline is surely welcome.

    cheers
    Sudeep

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  106. thanks for the efforts
    planning a honeymoon in jan 21st
    need to know which is better booking on own or
    i am thinking about this package from make my trip

    http://www.makemytrip.com/holidays/india/package?id=12515

    need your verdict

    thanks in advance
    also my budget per person is around 60k excluding fares

    can you please send your itenary

    my email id is chopde1093@gmail.com

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  107. For Honeymooners

    Day 1 - Local Beach, Cellular Jail, Light & Sound Show
    Day 2 – Havelock (night stay)
    Day 3 – Move to Long Island/ Stay at Havelock
    Day 4 – Move to Long Island/ Lalaji Bay by boat or by trek
    Day 5 – Baratang (Lime Stone Caves & Mud Volcano) & Port Blair return
    Day 6 - NorthBay (Water Sports, Snorkeling, Sea Walk) & Ross Island
    Day 7 - Local Sightseeing/Shopping in Port Blair


    i am planning for this got it from a website
    what else did i miss

    with optimism and regards

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  108. the best traveler`s review i have come across prior to my andaman trip in Sept. 2013 . Thanks a ton , you review is not not interesting but very informative also . In port blair location wise , which is best place to stay - DELANIPUR , CORBYNS COVE , HADDO , ABERDEEN BAZAR OR JINGLIGHAT. Pls give ur suggestion.

    Happy blogging & travelling.

    Angshuman,
    angshuman_1348@yahoo.co.in

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  109. Hi Pritish...

    AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING..thats d rite word to describe your blog..Its crisp and infomative..earlier i was planning to go to phuket for my honeymoon in feb'14 but somehow i stumbled on your blog link and you introduced a whole new b'ful world..thank u for that...
    -i have some questions like does your friend Mr.Hashmi work as a tour operator in Port Blair...
    -Can we wear beachwear on the beaches there?
    it would be great if you could advice us an itinery for a rommantic honeymoon trip..

    Pls inbox me the details at shivangimisra88@gmail.com.I am eagerly waiting :)

    Many thanks in advance..
    shivangi

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  110. Dear Prits,

    I along with my wife and two kids aged 4 and 8 are visiting A&N Islands on 13th Oct, 2013. Everyone from my family including my four year old kid have gone through your blog and were mesmerised and fuelled with excitment.It is quite amazing that u visited about a year and half back and still people are seeking guidance, and the good thing is that u are still responding. Now how do we manage our trip to portblair and havelock,hotels, boat transfers etc. Our budget would be around 35,000. we would like to have some guidance.

    Sl please email at [anupddoon@yahoo.co.in] Thank you

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  111. Hi,

    Could you tell me how much it cost you per head?
    Also would it be better to go on our own compared to going thru travel agents?

    Thanks

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  112. Hi Prit,

    Very nice post. I am travelling from Pune to Port Blair on 24 December reaching noon at 12 and returning on 28 December by 1 pm travelling on jet airways. I am travelling with children of 6 and 8 years and hence want to avoid hassles.

    could u recommend someone who can book hotel in Port Blair, Havelock, airport transfer, ferry booking,sight seeing etc? I am skeptical of making the bookings through Make my trip or Kesari travels as they are rigid with the itinerary and also negative reports published on trip advisor on lack of service by some of them.

    One of the activity which my 8 year old son would be interested in is fishing activity in the sea (without compromising on safety standards.)

    Could u please suggest itinerary and a local person / tour operator who would be able to make arrangements? My mail I'd is kunal_dani@ rediffmail.com

    Thanks in advance

    Regards

    Kunal

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  117. Hey thanks for sharing in detail...We are also traveling to Andamans in Oct next month. Would like to knw if 40k will be enough for 6 N trip for a couple. W ehave booked our flights already.

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  118. Hey Can you also share with me your friend's no who stays in Andamans. And any cab driver you know of?

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  119. Gidday Prits - You have inspired us ! Travelling to Kerala, West Bengal and then Andamans with my 3 kids and wife.

    You have done a useful job narrating and depicting with great pix !

    We are headed to the Andamans early Jan 2014 - appreciate if you can provide contact details for the many splendid activities.

    Thanks in anticipation

    Yours Sincerely
    Savoury

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  120. Excellent Travel Blog. Thanks for all your effort
    May i request you to share complete details regarding bookings (ferry, taxi, etc. )done and relevant contacts?
    I am planning for a trip in Oct - Nov 2013
    rohio0536@yahoo.com

    Thanks in advance,
    regards

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  121. Firstly Congratulations & all the very best to both of you!!! And must say a very well writing.. I could see the whole trip!!!.. Anyway am also planning to go to Andaman in coming Feb for honeymoon.. one thing if you could lemme know, it would be helpful for us..
    had you booked the PB hotel for the entire trip??(I mean had you booked for the 2 days you spent in havelock as well?).. and do you suggest to pre-book(or reservation) the jetty and other activities? internet is suggesting for that.
    Please guide us for my 1st ever trip with my best friend cum would be... my mail id is cp171185@gmail.com..when you are free we can chat for an easy conversation..

    Thanks In advance
    Pralay Chakraborty

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