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Duration :
12 Days / 11 Nights

Country :
India

Cities :
Nicobar, Andaman, Etc.

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Description

The archipelago of islands reveals a wealth of picturesque and incredible beauty, They are covered with dense forests, innumerable exotic flowers, white beaches, meandering coastline, chirping birds and swaying palm trees.


Places To See

Port Blair, Cellular Jail, Museums, Corbyn‘s Cove, Water Sports Complex, Viper Island, North Bay, Ross Island, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Red Skin Island, Havelock Island, Limestone caves, Mud Volcano, Hut Bay islands, Mount Harriet Islands, Car Nicobar, Katchal & Great Nicobar.

Day 1

Fly from home into any of the international airports in India.


Day 2

Arrive Chennai’s international airport, you will be met & greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Chennai formerly known as Madras is the capital city of Tamil Nadu state and is the fourth largest metro city in India. The city grew up around the English settlement of Fort Saint George and gradually absorbed the surrounding towns and villages. However, despite the strong British influence, Chennai has retained its traditional Tamil Hindu culture and effectively blended it with the foreign influence. The city is widely spread in about 180 Sq. Kms. It is a major trade centre, being well linked by road, rail and air to important cities besides being a sea port. Compared to the other major metros of India, it is far less congested and polluted.
Overnight at hotel


Day 3

In the afternoon, proceed to visit the Fort St. George, San Thome Cathedral Basilica, The Government Museum and Kapaleswarar Temple. Fort St. George occupies a place of pride and prominence in Chennai. The British East India Company under the direct supervision of Francis Day and Andrew Cogon built it in 1640 AD. This bastion achieved name from St. George, the patron saint of England. The fort houses St. Marys Church and fort museum. St. Marys Church the oldest Anglican Church in India built in 1680 and the tombstones in its courtyard are the oldest British tombstones in India. The Fort Museum is the repository of rare exhibits of weapons, uniforms, coins, costumes, medals and some other artefacts dating back to the British period (Fort St. George remains closed on Friday’s). San Thome Cathedral Basilica - San Thome at the southern end of Marina derives its name from St Thomas, the apostle of Christ who is believed to have come to Madras sometime during 52 AD. He was killed on St Thomas Mount just outside the city in 78 AD and was interned in San Thome beach where a church was later built. Several years later, another church was built further inland and his mortal remains were transferred from the old church to the new one. In 1606 the church was rebuilt as a cathedral and in 1896 it was made a basilica. The beautiful stained glass window at the basilica portrays the story of St Thomas and the central hall has 14 wooden plaques depicting scenes from the last days of Christ. In the cathedral is a 3ft. high statue of Virgin Mary, which is believed to have been brought from Portugal in 1543. Government Museum Chennai is a multi-purpose State Government Museum located in Egmore, which is the heart of the city, spreading to an area of 16.25 acres of land. Six independent buildings in this Museum campus have 46 galleries. Kapaleswarar Temple - Not far from Triplicane in Mylapore, there is yet another 8th century Pallava temple. The temple Gopuram (tower) is characteristic of Dravidian style architecture. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple has some beautiful sculptures, among which the bronze idols of 63 Saivite Saints (Nayanmars), which adorn the outer courtyard are rare specimens. Also in the courtyard under the old Punnai tree is a small shrine depicting Goddess Parvathi in the form of a Peacock Worshipping Lord Shiva. It is from this legend that Mylapore derived its name - myil means Peacock and oor means Town. Rest of the day is at leisure to relax at the hotel.


Day 4

After breakfast at your hotel transfer to Chennai domestic airport for your flight to Port Blair. Fly  to Port Blair. Arrive at Port Blair. You will be met & greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
                                        
Port Blair is the largest town and the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It lies on the east coast of South Andaman Island and is the main entry point to the islands. It is home to several museums and a major base for the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard and Indian Air force. It is also the headquarters of the Tri Services Command. Port Blair is famous for the historic Cellular Jail and other little islands which were once home to the British
Rest of the day is at leisure to relax at the hotel.


Day 5

After breakfast in your hotel enjoy the morning at leisure to relax.

In the afternoon proceed to visit Ross Island.

Ross Island is about 2 kms east of Port Blair. It was the Administrative Headquarters for the islands, before an earthquake rocked it in 1941. The headquarters were then shifted to Port Blair. 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.

Ross Island can be reached by a short boat ride from Water Sports Complex. The island is controlled by the Indian navy, which requires every visitor to sign in on entering. The small island with its treasure of ruins in it became the hot tourists spot in the territory. This island remained under British occupation till 1942 and it was the seat of power of the British.

In the evening enjoy the Sound & Light Show at the Cellular Jail.
The famous sound and light show in the Cellular Jail will speak aloud the saga of the heroic freedom struggle and the sacrifices given by the great freedom fighters. This show will give a brief idea about the happening in the jail prior to the independence and other historical events regarding this place.


Day 6

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. In the afternoon start the tour of Port Blair visiting the famous Cellular Jai, Chatham Saw Mill, Forest Museum, Anthropological Museum, Fisheries Museum and Naval Marine Museum.

The Cellular Jail, also known as Kala Paani (Black Water), was a colonial prison situated in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The prison was used by the British especially to exile political prisoners to the remote archipelago. Many notable dissidents such as Batukeshwar Dutt and Veer Savarkar, among others, were imprisoned here during the struggle for India's independence. Today, the complex serves as a national memorial monument.

Chatham Saw Mill, owned by the Forest department, is credited as one of the biggest and oldest saw mills all through Asia and is located at the north tip of Andaman. A bridge connects this saw mill to Port Blair. The mill, dates back to 1836, is a big store house for different varieties of wood including Marble, Padauk, Gurjan and Satin wood. The mill cuts massive wood blocks into different sizes and shapes of timber and is functioning as the main source of timber for government and private agencies at a moderate price. This mill processes many types of ornamental wood suitable for making furniture and handicrafts.

Forest Museum in Andaman is run by the Forest Department of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The museum very typical in its contents displays the artefacts made out of timber including peauma, oak, gurjan, paduak and satin wood. The Museum helps the visitor to get some insight in the forestry and related activities. One can see many attractive models in timber showcased here.

Anthropological Museum is an exquisite small museum showcasing wide collection of tools and weapons used by Andaman tribes. It has many photographs of different tribes and aborigines of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and a great treasure of Island history, a well maintained library, many films depicting the life and culture of the Andaman are also preserved here.

Located near Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex, the museum exhibits species of marine life endemic to the islands and which are found in the Indo-Pacific and the Bay of Bengal. It has nearly 350 species of marine life including live coral, sharks, polyps and starfish.

Samudrika Marine Museum, run by the Indian Navy, is aimed at generating awareness among the visitor about the environment in the ocean and the marine life. The Museum has five sections dealing with history of Andaman Islands, Geographical information, people of Andaman, Archaeology and finally the Marine life. The museum also houses wide collections of corals, shells and fish fauna. This museum is a real treasure of worthy marine life especially that of rare fish species.


Day 7

Breakfast is at the hotel.

This morning depart Port Blair for Havelock Island by Makruzz Cruise (takes approx. 1-2 hours).

Arrive Havelock Island & Check-in at the hotel.

Havelock Island is the largest of the islands which comprise Ritchie's Archipelago a chain of islands to the east of Great Andaman in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Havelock is situated approx. 57 Kms North East of Port Blair. The island is named after Henry Havelock, a British general active in India. The island's current population consists of Bengali settlers. It is one of the few places that the administration of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands union territory of India has permitted and encouraged development of tourism, with a focus on promoting eco-tourism.

Beach No. 7 on the western coast, better known as "Radha Nagar" Beach, is one of the most popular beaches on Havelock and was named "Best Beach in Asia" by Time in 2004. Other notable beaches include Elephant Beach on the northwest coast and Vijaynagar Beach (No. 5), Beach No. 3 and Beach No. 1 on the east coast.

Rest of the day is at leisure to relax at the hotel.


Day 8

Breakfast is at the hotel.

Full day is at leisure to relax at the hotel or you have an option for an excursion to Elephant Beach (subject to weather conditions) or Radha Nagar beach.

Elephant beach is one of the unique beaches located in Havelock Island. The coral in this beach is simply the best on the island. The guests can also explore other activities like scuba diving and snorkeling etc. 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 1 metre and has plenty of marine life.

It is easily accessible by walking from Radha Nagar Beach or by fishing boats from the eastern side of the island.


Day 9

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, then spend the day at leisure to relax at the hotel or explore the surrounding areas.


Day 10

After breakfast, depart Havelock Island for Port Blair by Makruzz Cruise (takes approx. 1-2 hours).

Arrive Port Blair & Check-in at the hotel.

Rest of the day is at leisure to relax at the hotel or you have an option to visit the Chidiyatapu.

Chidiyatapu

Located at the southernmost tip of Andamans, approx. 30 Kms from Port Blair, Chidiyatapu is a lush mangrove forest with large number of birds. The forest guesthouse provides a fabulous view of the isolated islands and a breath-taking view of the sunset.


Day 11

After breakfast in your hotel transfer to Port Blair domestic airport for flight to Chennai.

Fly by Jet Airways / SpiceJet / Jetlite / Kingfisher Airlines / Go Air / Air India to Chennai.

Arrive Chennai. You will be met & greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to relax at the hotel or explore the temple city.


Day 12

After breakfast transfer to the international terminal for your flight home.


Place    Hotel
Chennai   ITC Grand Chola, Chennai
Port Blair   Sea Princess Port Blair
Havelock Islands   The Wild Orchid

Bed and Breakfast
A snorkelling experience
All boat journey in Andaman 
Domestic Air Tickets
Transport by Private air-conditioned Car All entrances fess to the monuments of visit, park entry tickets

Services of English speaking accompanied guide