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The Mysterious Islands of Andaman and Nicobar

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 - 9 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 30 people
Destination(s): India  
Specialty Categories: Island Vacation   Marine Biology  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: Yes
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1380 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1800 US Dollar (USD)

Andaman and Nicobar Islands are located in the Bay of Bengal. This group of 572 islands lies 193 km away from Cape Negrais in Myanmar, 1255 km from Calcutta, and 1190 km from Chennai. The two important groups of islets are Ritchie's Archipelago and Labyrinth Islands.

The Nicobar Islands are located to the south of the Andaman, 121 km from the Little Andaman Island. Of the total 572 islands, only 36 islands are inhabited. The British established their first colony in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in 1789, which was abandoned in 1796. The British finally annexed the islands in the 19th century adding them to their empire.

They turned it into a penal colony for Indian freedom fighters. The construction of the infamous Cellular Jail was completed in 1908. Hundreds of anti-British Indians were tortured to death or simply executed here. With the Second World War, Japanese troops occupied the islands and the local tribes initiated guerrilla activities to drive them out. When India achieved independence in 1947, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands were incorporated into the Indian Union. However to reach these islands one has to undertake journey from Chennai or Kolkata.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Portblair, capital of Andaman Islands. On arrival transfer to your hotel. Afternoon free for beach activities at Corbyns Cove beach. Overnight in hotel.

Day 2: After breakfast, city tour covering Chatam saw mill, forest and anthropological museum, marine museum, cottage industry emporium and Cellular Jail. In the evening, we see the enthralling Light and sound show at the Cellular Jail. Return to hotel for overnight. Includes: (B).

Day 3: We start off after breakfast, for Mt. Harriet - 2nd highest peak in the Andaman. From here we trek for about 5 km to Madhuban, through a nature trial of exotic flora and fauna, endemic birds and butterflies. At Madhuban we see elephants at work and training school for the young elephants. Return to hotel for overnight. Includes: (B).

Day 4: Full day excursion to Red Skin/Jolly Buoy islands, two islands in Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park to see coral reefs, exotic varieties of beautiful ornamental fish and other marine life. The fascinating world of tropical forest and sandy beaches coupled with clear blue water creates a breath taking aura. The glass bottom boat helps you to take a closer look at vast coral colonies. Return to hotel for overnight. Includes: (B).

Day 5: Early morning after breakfast departure by inter-island ferry to Havelock Island. We stay here overnight amongst sandy beach and lush green forest in tents on the beach side or in Dolphin Yatri Niwas, a super deluxe tourist Resort. Balance day free. This places serves as an ideal place for snorkeling and scuba diving. Overnight in resort/tent (in season). Includes: (B).

Day 6: Morning after breakfast time to return from Havelock Island to Port Blair and on arrival check in to your hotel. Afternoon visit the Andaman Water Sports Complex which offers numerous facilities for water Andaman and Nicobar adventure sports like water-skiing, speed boats, water scooters, para-sailing, wind-surfing, etc. Return to hotel for overnight. Includes: (B).

Day 7: Full day excursion to Cinque Island. An hour drive and then about 2 hours boat ride takes us to one of the most beautiful islands of the group. The palm-fringed beach, which connects deeply forested twin island, is excellent for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving (you can hire diving gear on extra charges). Return to hotel for overnight. Includes: (B).

Day 8: Morning after breakfast, we go to Ross Islands - from where the Britishers governed this entire Andaman and Nicobar islands, prior to India’s Independence. We shall see Japanese bunkers and then Hamfreygunj memorial which stands as a mute testimony to killings of islanders by the Japanese occupation forces during World War II. In the afternoon we visit Chidiya Tapu - locally known as the bird island. Lush green mangroves and beautiful beach with breath taking sunsets, creates a mesmerizing environment. Return to hotel for overnight. Includes: (B).

Day 9: Morning in time transfer to Airport/Sea Port for return to Kolkata/Chennai. Those desiring water sports activities only may mail us for cost. Includes: (B).

Notes:
Airfare is included in the tour price.

Please note it is advisable to book minimum 2 to 3 months in advance for Air or Ship confirmation.

Price Includes:
- Accommodation using resort, in standard a/c room on twin sharing basis, with daily breakfast
- Airfare Delhi - Portblair - Delhi
- Arrival/departure transfers, at all places mentioned in itinerary using non air-conditioned vehicle
- Sightseeing and excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
- Boat rides as mentioned in the itinerary
- Services of local English-speaking guide at all places of visit
- All presently applicable taxes.

Price Excludes:
- Diving gear
- Water sports activities.
- Any and all items not mentioned under package includes.

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