Explore - Andaman Islands - Part 1

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Explore Andaman.... I am saying this for the reason, that there are 500+ island but only about 30 + of them have been inhabited. There are many island and places which are still in its pristine form with not much commercialization. This time for a short vacation had a opportunity to visit this place.

How to get there: Andaman is part of India, however it quite far from mainland. The best way to reach this place is through flight. There are daily flight from Chennai and Kolkata and take about 2 hours to reach Port Blair, which is the Capital of Andaman. In early 1900, this place had prison to crush the freedom movement.

Interestingly, flight charges varies depending on the day and date one chooses. I chose a Sunday to travel to Port Blair and return on Wednesday and was able to get a good deal, though I booked flight just 3 or 4 days in advance.

Depending upon the number of days and interest one can plan their trip. Many choose package tours including accommodation. However, choose to be on my own in deciding which places to visit including the hotels. After quite an analysis in internet choose Sun Sea Resort, Port Blair and quite happy that I made the right choice considering the location, budget  and the restaurant facility at this hotel.

Day 1: Took morning Jet airways flight from Chennai to Andaman. It takes about 2 hours from Chennai to Andaman 

Weather being nice it was smooth journey and was quite scenic to spot small island with clear water during flight descend at near Port Blair.

The airport at Port Blair is quite small and we reached hotel around 4:00 PM. For the next day, we planned to take a cruise to Havelock island. Havelock island is 20 KM from Port Blair and to reach Port Blair there are 4 option. Take a government ferry or private ferry, we decided on private ferry. Earlier while planning the trip found there are 3 private cruise namely Makruuz, Coastal Cruise and Green Ocean. Since July was an offseason Makruuz and Coastal Cruise had stopped operation. The only option was Green Ocean. Hotel reception made booking in Green Ocean for next day journey to Havelock Island.

Since we had some time to kill in the evening, took an auto to Abeerdeen Jetty. If one is interested in water sport then one go to Rajeev Gandhi water sport complex. Nearby, you will also find a Anna Purna - A South Indian Restaurant, which I felt quite good.

Day 2: Cruise to Havelock starts early at 6:45 AM and you need to board the ship 30 minutes in advance and hence woke up early and went to Pheonix Jetty.

Our journey to Havelock island started on time, the weather was quite nice when we started and ocean of smooth. If you are travelling by Green Ocean, make sure you get at least Luxury class ticket, luxury class are located above sea level and provides ocean view through the side glass pane.

As the cruise moved on was able to talk to some of the seamen at the cruise. They indicated that Green ocean is similar to Ship construct (more heavier) and while the other cruise are made of fiber glass when hence prone to more jerks in rough sea. As this cruise ship is heavier you can move around freely in the open desk on the top floor of this ship. As the journey progressed there was slight drizzle, but nevertheless the ocean was not rough.

In above two hours time reached Havelock island.

(To be continued).

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