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Anaman and Nicobar

General Information
Location: Bay of Bengal 92 degree to 94 degree. Longitude: 6 degree to 14 degree North Latitude
AREA: Andamans District: 6,408 Sq.Kms on 139 islands
Nicobars District : 1,841 Sq. Kms.
Total Area: 8,249 Sq. Kms.
CAPITAL: Port Blair
DISTANCE: 1255 Kms. from Calcutta
1190 Kms. from Chennai
1200 Kms. from Vishakhapatnam
ALTITUDE: Varies from sea level to 732 meters
HIGHEST PEAK: Saddle Peak - 732 metros
CLIMATE: Tropical throughout the year with mean minimum temperature at 23 deg. C and maximum at 31 deg.C. Humidity is relatively high - 70 to 90% with a gentle breeze blowing all the time. The weather is generally pleasant with average annual rainfall at 3,000 mm at Port Blair (May to mid-Sept. & Nov. to Jan.)
Forest area 86%
Best Season: October to May
Clothing : Cottons throughout the year
Telephone Code: ++91-3192 (STD 03192)
Languages-Hindi,Bengali,Tamil, Telugu and tribal languages
Getting there:
Jet Airwys and Indian airlines operate (alliance air )to the island.

Passenger ship services are available to Port Blair from Chennai, Kolkatta (Calcutta) and Visakhapatnam and back. The voyage takes about three days and the ship normally berth at Port Blair for about two days.
The ship is operated by: Shipping Corporation of India Ltd

Entry Formalities
Foreigners :
All foreign nationals can stay in the islands for 30 days. This can be extended by another 15 days with permission. The required permit can be easily obtained free of cost from the Immigration counter at Port Blair Airport or Harbour upon arrival on production of their passports containing a valid Indian Visa.
The places covered by this permit for night halt are: South Andaman Island, Middle Andaman Island and Little Andaman Island (except tribal reserve), Neil Island, Havelock Island, Long Island, Diglipur, & Baratang.


Indian nationals need no permit to visit Andamans. However, permits are required to visit Nicobar Islands and other tribal areas, which are given in exceptional cases. Application on a prescribed form may be addressed to the Deputy Commissioner, Andaman District, Port Blair.


Though situated in the tropics, the islands have a pleasant temperate climate, due to the sea breeze blowing in continuously. The best time to visit these islands, is between November and May.

Resident Commissioner in Delhi
12, Chanakyapuri, Behind Telephone Exchange
New Delhi - 110021

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Exciting place
  • Cons:Do not violate Government of India regulations
  • In a nutshell:Superb holidaying
  • Last visit to Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Jan 2000
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • ellsasha's Profile Photo
    Jan 13, 2008 at 8:12 AM

    Wonderful tips for Nicobar. Made me enthusiastic to visit. Ellsasha

  • MaheshSamtani's Profile Photo
    Mar 10, 2007 at 5:51 AM

    Great tips of Andaman and Nicobar. Surely inpired my interest of travelling there. Thanks and best regards Mahesh

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    May 21, 2006 at 12:39 AM

    I enjoyed the serene beauty of the islands looking at your pictures and reading your description, thaks a lot!

  • ifam's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2005 at 5:54 AM

    good tips here...thanks for sharing

  • Rusket's Profile Photo
    Dec 23, 2005 at 2:27 AM

    Wish I were there! Hope their lives have come back to normal.

  • Saagar's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2005 at 2:53 AM

    Ohh, great page! I always wanted to go there since I first visited India in 1980. Your pages makes it easier!

  • nepalgoods's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2005 at 2:35 AM

    Looks like paradise. But nothing will be the same now.

  • BIDBOROUGH's Profile Photo
    Oct 31, 2004 at 3:00 AM

    Great page - Last went there in 1988 doubt if it's changed much - Lovely Islands.

  • Oct 25, 2004 at 2:29 PM

    What a wonderful page . I really would like to visit these islands now that I have seen your page Jane

  • sachara's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2004 at 1:21 PM

    These islands look so enchanting !!! Thank you for sharing :-)))


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