How to Reach Andaman And Nicobar Islands

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How to reach Andaman and Nicobar by air

There are direct daily flights to Port Blair from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Bengaluru. On some days there are flights from Vishakhapatnam too. There are no direct flights from any other city in India, so visitors from other cities would need to first reach Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai or Bengaluru and then fly on to Port Blair. Flights from Kolkata and Chennai take 2 hours approximately, while if you fly from Delhi and Mumbai it would take you approximately 3-4 hours. Flights land at Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair. Only domestic operators offer flight service to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Foreign charter flights can also obtain permission to land at Port Blair, provided they follow the guidelines and regulations of the Director General of Civil Aviation.

How to reach Andaman and Nicobar by sea

There are regular passenger ship services available, travelling to Port Blair from Chennai, Kolkata and Vishakhapatnam. There are three or four sailings every month from Kolkata and Chennai to Port Blair and vice-versa. Currently, two ships – the MV Nancowry and the MV Swarajdweep – sail from Chennai, and the MV Nicobar and the MV Akbar sail from Kolkata. The MV Harshavardan also provides ferry services to Andaman from both Chennai and Kolkata ports. There is only one sailing per month from Vishakhapatnam. As these are all government ships, ticket booking is done through the government website. Booking opens approximately 15 days prior to departure. You would need to download a form from the government website and submit a booking request. You must necessarily have a printout of the ticket in order to board the vessel. A ship voyage typically takes about 3-4 days (60-70 hours). Ships dock at Haddo Wharf Port in Port Blair, and normally berth at Port Blair for about two to four days. Ship schedules: Sailing schedules for travelling to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are usually announced one month in advance for the mainland-island sector, 5 days in advance for the southern group of islands, called the inter-island sector and including Nicobar, Nancowry, Katchal and Campbell Bay and 3 days in advance for the foreshore sector, comprising Diglipur, Mayabunder, Rangat, Neil, Havelock and Hut Bay. Within the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, auto-rickshaws, buses, taxis and motorbikes are available to move around and visit the tourist attractions. Ferries also connect the islands to each other. It is best to check all air and sea schedules before planning your Andaman trip.

How to Reach Andaman and Nicobar Islands

As they are located in the Bay of Bengal, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands can be reached only via air and water.

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