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Please call 1-559-446-0499 or email brij@indiatravelerusa.com to plan an India journey with beach vacations in Andaman Islands

Andaman Islands are located in the Bay of Bengal. The distance from Kolkata by sea is 1255 kilometers or 779 miles or by air it is 1303 kilometers or 809 miles; from Chennai it is 1190 kilometers or 739 miles by sea and 1330 kilometers or 826 miles by air.

Best way to reach the islands is by scheduled domestic flights from Kolkata or Chennai. From Kolkata GoAir, Spice Jet, Jet Airways and Air India have morning and evening scheduled flights. From Chennai GoAir, Spice Jet and Air India have scheduled early morning and evening flights.

Since pre-historic times, these islands have been the home of aboriginal tribes. But the first settlement by the British took place in 1789, which was later abandoned in 1796. The second settlement was basically a penal settlement, taken up in 1858, the year after the First War of Indian Independence, followed by the settlement of convicts, some criminal tribes from Central and United Provinces, refugees from erstwhile East Pakistan and Sri Lanka as well as ex-servicemen.

The history of these islands can be verifiably traced only from a British Survey of these islands conducted in 1777. The original inhabitants of the islands are Negrito and Mongoloid tribal people who arrived in the islands many centuries ago. Until the end of 18th. century these islands were secluded from nearby mainland. After that some people from coastal regions of India started arriving. The Greek astronomer, mathematician and geographer, Claudius Ptolemaeus was the first to mention these islands in his maps. These islands may be known to ancient Indian traders from coastal regions who sailed to countries in south-east and far-east Asia.

The Portuguese missionaries started preaching Christianity among the local islanders with limited success. The Nicobarese language still has some words that may have their origin in Portuguese language. The British were the first to establish administration in the islands. After 1858 the islands were used for jails for long term prisoners and freedom fighters. During the second world war the islands were under Japanese occupation for some time. After independence of India the islands were among the territories governed by the central government.

There are some fine beaches on the main island but most foreign tourists prefer the Havelock Island for beach holidays and scuba diving. Best time for visiting the islands is from December to April when the conditions are best suited for scuba diving. From Port Blair, the main town on Andaman Island it takes between 1.5 to 4 hours to reach Havelock Island. We can book catamaran ferry or a cruise, both have air-conditioned sitting areas. These are the fastest means to reach Havelock Islands. Pawan Hans flies a Cessna Seaplane which takes about an hour to reach the Havelock Islands.

Hotels:

Barefoot Resort at Beach No. 3 on Havelock, Havelock Islands (best for scuba diving)
Island Vinnie's Tropical Beach Cabana, Havelock Island
Dolphin Resort, Havelock Islands
Munjoh Ocean Resort, Havelock Islands
Wild Orchid Resort, Havelock Islands
Silversand Beach Resort, Havelock Islands
Crossbill Beach Resort, Havelock Islands
Eco Villa Palm Beach Resort, Havelock Islands
Sentinel Hotel, Port Blair
Peerless Sarovar Portico Hotel, Port Blair
Sinclairs Bay View Hotel, Port Blair
Hotel Shompen by Singhotel Hospitality, Port Blair
Anugama Resort, Port Blair
Fortune Resort Bay Island, Port Blair
Sea Princess Beach Resort, Port Blair

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