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Location & Area
Location Bay of Bengal
Longitude 920 to 940 East
Latitude 60 to 140 North

Altitude (Highest Point)
Andaman Islands (North) 732 Meters
Andaman Islands (South)
Mount Harriet 365 Meters
Nicobar Islands  
   
Area  
Total Area 8249 ( In Sq.Km)
Andaman District 6408 Kms
Nicobar District 1841 Kms
URBAN AREA 16.64 Kms
RURAL AREA 8232.36 Kms
   
Length and Breadth  
Length and Breadth of Andaman Islands  
Total Length 467 kms
Maximum Width 52 Kms
Average Width 24kms
Length and Breadth of Nicobar Islands  
Total Length 58 Kms
Maximum Width 259 Kms
Biggest Island in Andaman Group  
Middle Andaman Island 1536 Sq.Km
Biggest Island in Nicobar Group  
Great Nicobar Island 1045 Sq.Kms
Smallest Island in Andaman Group  
Ross Island 0.8 Sq Km.
Smallest Island in Nicobar Group  
Pilomillow Island 1.3 Sq.Km

Distance
Distance by Sea (In Kms.)  
Between Port Blair & Chennai 1190 Kms
Between Port Blair & Calcutta 1255 Kms
Between Port Blair & Vishakapatnam 1200 Kms

Distance by Air Kms.
Between Calcutta & Port Blair 1303 kms
Between Chennai & Port Blair 1330 Kms
   
How to Reach
BY AIR
Port Blair (Capital of Andaman & Nicobar Islands) is connected with Chennai, Kolkata & Delhi by air. The following flights are presently operating in these sectors are :

Flights Sector Fares
Indian Airlines Chennai – Port Blair – Chennai Check the Airfares/Availability
Kolkata - Port Blair - Kolkata
     
Jet Airways Chennai - Port Blair - Chennai Check the Airfares/Availability
Kolkata - Port Blair - Kolkata
     
Air Deccan Chennai - Port Blair - Chennai  Check the Airfares/Availability
Kolkata - Port Blair - Kolkata
     
Jet Lite Delhi – Port Blair – Delhi Check the Airfares/Availability
Chennai - Port Blair - Chennai 
Kolkata - Port Blair - Kolkata

BY SEA
           Port Blair ( Capital City of Andaman & Nicobar Islands) is also connected with Chennai, Kolkata and Vishakhapatnam. Regular passenger ship services are available between Port Blair and Chennai/ Kolkata/Vishakhapatnam and back. There are three to four sailings between Port Blair and Chennai/ Kolkata, one sailing between Port Blair and Vishakhapatnam in a month. The sailing duration is approx 60 to 72 hours.

Name of Vessel Class of Accommodation Fare Per Berth (in INR)

M.V.Swaraj Dweep /
Nancowry / Nicobar

Deluxe Cabin 7,640.00
1st Class Cabin 6,320.00
2nd Class Cabin 5,030.00
Bunk 1,960.00
     
M.V.Harshvardhana Deluxe Cabin 7,640.00
Deluxe Cabin 7,640.00
1st Class Cabin 6,320.00
2nd Class 'A' Cabin 5,030.00
2nd Class 'B' Cabin 3,890.00
Bunk 1,960.00
     
M.V.Akbar Deluxe Cabin 7,640.00
1st Class Cabin 5,400.00
AC Dormitory 3,290.00
Ordinary Bunk 1,700.00
     


For more information on sailing schedules, Tickets availability and tariffs please contact :

1. Mountain Edge Tours & Travels
Opp. Rajasthan manch, Shadipur, Port Blair - 744106
Tel : (03192) 221055/237200, Fax: (03192) 2236036

2. The Directorate of Shipping Services
A & N Administration, Phoniex Bay Jetty, Port Blair - 744106
Tel: (03192) 232528/232742 Fax: (03192) 230480

3. Shipping Corporation of India Ltd.,
Aberdeen Bazar, Port Blair – 744 101
Tel: (03192) 233347, 233590 Fax: (03192) 233778

4. The Deputy Director of Shipping Services,
A & N Administration, 6, Rajaji Salai, Chennai – 600 001
Tel: (044) 5220841/5226873

5. Shipping Corporation of India Ltd.
Apeejay House, 4th Floor, Dinsa Wacha Road, Mumbai – 400 020
Tel: 2822101/2823316 Fax: (022) 2022438

6. Shipping Corporation of India Ltd.,
Shipping House, No. 13, Strand Road, Kolkata – 700 001
Tel: 2482354, 2488013 Fax: (033) 2482035, 2480377

7. Shipping Corporation of India Ltd.,
Jawahar Building, Rajaji Salai, Chennai – 600 001
Tel: (044) 5231401, Fax: (044) 5231218

8. M/s A.V. Bhanojirao and Garuda Pattabhiramayya & Co
Post Box No. 17, Vishakapatnam
(Agent – Shipping Corporation of India Ltd.)
Tel: (0891) 565597/562661, Fax: 566507/549224

Railway Reservation Office :
Address : Railway reservation counter, Secretariat Complex, Port Blair - 744101 Tele :(03192)233042

ENTRY FORMALITIES FOR FOREIGNERS AND INDIANS

Foreigner Nationals
All foreign nationals can stay in the islands for 30 days. This can be extended by another 15 days with permission. They require a permit to stay from the immigration authorities. In addition, permits can also be obtained from: Indian Missions Overseas, Foreigner’s Registration Offices at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Calcutta and the immigration authorities at the airports at Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta and Chennai.

For Indians
Indians need no permit to visit Andamans Islands. But 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.

TIPS FOR VISITORS

Do’s
  • All visitors please confirmed the air tickets and accommodation in advance before proceeding to the Andaman Island to avoid accommodation problems.

  • Foreign nationals should obtain the required permit from the immigration authorities soon after landing on the island at Airport/Harbour.

  • Visit the permitted areas in the Islands only.

  • Please carry legal documents like permit, passport for foreign nationals and any valid ID cards for Indians for identity.

  • Keep the beaches and the environment clean. Please avoid using Polybags and use jute/cotton & paper bags.

  • Dispose of the garbage at proper places/dustbins and avoid plastic.

  • Observe decency and decorum in dress.

  • Avail the service of Scuba Dive instructors having certification of international/professional organizations like PADI, CMAS, NAUI, BSAC and SSI for safe diving experience.

  • Please follow the rules & policy while passing through Tribal areas.

  • On beach, parents are requested to keep an eye on your kids at all times.

  • Please drink sufficient water to avoid dehydration.

  • Please pick up your bags and bottle while leaving the visiting spot.


  • Dont’s
  • Foreign nationals should not enter the islands without required permit.

  • Do not enter into restricted/tribal areas.

  • Do not take video, film or photographs inside Tribal Reserve areas of the indigenous tribes.

  • Do not carry sea fans and seashells unless specific permits are obtained from Fisheries Department.

  • Do not light fire in forest areas.

  • Do not stay on the beaches or forest during nights by putting up down tents/hammocks.

  • Nudity on beaches and public places is forbidden.

  • Do not enter the National Parks without permission.



  • FLIGHT CHARTER
    PORT BLAIR OPEN FOR CHARTER FLIGHTS
    Ministry of Civil Aviation, Govt. of India has permitted foreign charter flights to land at Port Blair subject to the fulfillment of the guidelines issued by Director General, Civil Aviation, Govt. of India. These undulating islands in the Bay of Bengal are covered with dense forests and endless variety of exotic flora and fauna. The topography of the islands is hilly and abounds in evergreen forests. The sandy beaches on the edge of meandering coastline are fringed with coconut palms that sway to the rhythm of the sea. The sea around the islands offers excellent scope for adventure water sports. The rare flora and fauna, underwater marine life and corals, crystal clear water and mangrove-lined creeks, offer a dream-view of the rare gifts of nature. This blessed Islands attract any nature-lover, who seeks absolute peace and tranquility in the lap of Mother Nature. Adventure tourism like trekking, island camping, snorkeling, scuba diving etc., are the major attractions here. A visit to these islands is a memorable lifetime experience. Andaman Islands are a world class eco-tourism destination and has immense potential for adventure water sports. The official web site of the Andaman and Nicobar Administration www.andaman.nic.in gives more details about the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

    The following are the facilities available at Port Blair airport.
    Runway having length of 6000 ft. (being extended to 11,000 ft.)
    A new terminal building having capacity to handle 400 passengers at a time.
    Flight operations are carried out at the airport before noon.


    Banks & ATMs
    Banks
    The following Banks having their service at Andaman & Nicobar Islands

    Sl. Name of Bank Address
    01 A & N Islands State Co-operative Bank Aberdeen Bazar, Port Blair -744101
    02 State Bank of India Aberdeen Bazar, Port Blair – 744101
    03 Axis Bank Ltd 5, Middle Point, Port Blair – 744101
    04 Syndicate Bank Phoenix Bay, Port Blair – 744101
    05 Vijaya Bank Aberdeen Bazar, Port Blair – 744101
    06 Allahabad Bank Aberdeen Bazar, Port Blair – 744101
    07 Punjab National Bank School Line, Port Blair – 744103
    08 Canara Bank Aberdeen Bazar, Port Blair – 744101
    09 Aberdeen Bazar, Port Blair – 744101 Bank of Baroda


    Sl. Name of Bank Address
    01 ICICI Bank (i). P/o A & N Islands State Co-operative Bank, Aberdeen     Bazaar, Port Blair
    02 State Bank of India (i). Ground Floor, SBI Building, Port Blair
        (ii). DC Office Complex, Port Blair
        (iii). Ground floor, CCS building, Aberdeen Bazaar, Port Blair
        (iv). ANIIDCO Petrol Pump Complex, Junglighat, Port Blair
        (v). Dairyfarm Junction, Port Blair
        (vi). Bathubasti Junction, Port Blair
    03 Axis Bank (i). Middle Point, Port Blair
        (ii). Paniphat Road, Port Blair
        (iii). Near Netaji Stadium, Port Blair
        (iv). Nayagaon, Port Blair
    04 Syndicate Bank Attached with Bank, Phoenix Bay, Port Blair
    05 Canara Bank Attached with Bank, Aberdeen Bazaar, Port Blair
    06 Bank of Baroda Middle Point, Port Blair

    Major Event

    Major Events at Andaman Islands
    FESTIVALS & CULTURE
    Andaman and Nicobar Islands have an unique culture, where all religions, languages, ethnic groups live in total peace and harmony and hence it is rightly called Mini India. Port Blair has a cosmopolitan character where people of all walks of life live together in peace and tranquility. All major festivals are celebrated with equal zeal and fervor and attended by all religious groups. Certain fairs and festivals, which are special to these islands, are:

    Island Tourism Festival : A fortnight long festival organized by the Andaman & Nicobar Administration every year (December - January) gives a festive look to the Islands. Govt. agencies and private entrepreneurs from the islands and Mainland India also attend the exhibition organized during the festival. The exhibition highlights the developmental aspects of these islands. Cultural troupes and artistes of national and international fame are invited to perform during the festival apart from performances by the talents of these islands including tribals. Water sports competitions like Nicobari Hodi race are organized. Other attractions are Magic show, Puppet show, Floating restaurant, Baby show, Dog show, Canoe Race, Scuba Diving etc. The festival projects the image of the islands as an eco-friendly tourist destination.

    Subhash Mela- January every year
    Organised in Havelock every year on the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. A week long festival filled with cultural programmes.

    Vivekanada Mela - January every year
    Organised at Neil Island to celebrate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanada.

    Block Mela - January/February every year
    Held at Diglipur, this highlights the developments that have taken place in the rural areas and displays the typical rural life of these islands.


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