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Travel Essentials & Backpacks to Experience Andaman during Andaman Nicobar Tour

Attire in Andaman

CLOTHES

Khadi or Cotton – The Best Bet: Dress freely in Khadi (hand-woven cotton garments) or simply cotton garments, which will keep you cool in this hot tropical climate. Avoid synthetic or nylon clothes in this hot climate which will make you uncomfortable. The sun is hot throughout the day throughout the year – there is no winter over here so the best thing to wear is a cotton T-Shirt and cotton shorts.

SHOES

The Right Choice: For trekking, the lighter the boots you wear the greater the pleasure you will experience. Heavy boots tire you out before you reach the base camp. Invest in a generous size that allows a minimum of two pairs of socks to be worn inside. This protection will cut down on the risk of blisters. A comfortable pair of boots is the best investment for a trekker, and even if they only last the duration of one trek, they have paid for themselves in providing the priceless mood of freedom and fleetness of foot. Sleepers are not at all advisable not only because of blisters but also for the common leech bites specially in the rainy season.

Don’t Forget the Things: It is advisable to pack a pair of rubber thongs (hawai chappals) for all bathroom excursions and in the stony beaches.

Banking & Money Exchange in Andaman

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BANKING SERVICES

1. State Bank of India
2. Syndicate Bank
3. Allahabad Bank
4. United Bank of India
5. Canara Bank
6. Punjab National Bank
7. Uco Bank
8. Indian Overseas Bank
9. Indian Bank
10. UTI Bank

WHO CAN EXCHANGE MONEY

All money in India is expected to be changed through the official banks or authorized money changers. Authorization to exchange money is given by the Reserve Bank of India. Major banks such as SBI, Indian Overseas Bank, and Central Bank of India have their branches in almost all the cities and towns of India. Many of these branches accept travelers’ cheques and exchange money. In larger cities and at tourist destinations, apart from banks private dealers also exchange money. Many of travel agencies also provide money exchange facilities to their clients and they can be of great help. One can find small money changers even in the remote tourist destinations and changing money is not a problem for tourists in India.

Though Credit Cards are not widely accepted over here – one can bring in their cards for encashing money from the ATM Counters (of State Bank of India, UTI Bank & ICICI Bank) in case of emergency.

Health Precautions

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INTRODUCTION

India is located in south-central Asia. Its climate is mostly tropical or sub-tropical and subject to seasonal monsoon winds, especially the southwest rain during summer. India is an economically developing democratic republic and has worked very hard to control diseases. Adequate medical care is available in the major population centers, but is usually limited in the rural areas of the country.
Many developed countries like Britain are utilizing the state-of-the-art medical services available in India. The cost of treatment is much cheaper here in comparison to the same facilities available in advanced countries.

DISEASES & ACCIDENTS

The most important cause of illness of travelers in India is food and waterborne diseases. Diarrhea can be caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites. Infections may cause simple diarrhea and vomiting, fever, or, in extreme cases, liver damage (hepatitis).

Malaria is a preventable infection that can create trouble if left untreated. One can prevent infection by taking prescribed antimalarial drugs and protecting against mosquito bites. Malaria risk in this region exists in some urban and rural areas, depending on the elevation.

If someone is visiting the mountainous region of the Himalayas, he should ascend gradually to allow time for the body to adjust to the high altitude, which can cause insomnia, headaches, nausea, and altitude sickness. In addition, one should use sunblock rated at least 15 SPF, because the risk of sunburn is greater at high altitudes.

PRECAUTIONS

1. One should learn as much about the health care delivery before venturing out.
2. Make sure that the insurance company covers illnesses and accidents abroad.
3. Immunizations against viral or bacterial disease are very important and should be done properly.
4. Carry all the important prescriptions and OTC medicines. Do not forget to have the brand names as well as the generic names of the medicines one needs to have.
5. As India is a tropical country, it is advised to avoid undue stress and excessive exposure to heat and cold.
6. Drink plenty of fluids. Do not drink tap water. Use only canned water or aerated drinks.
7. General precautionary measures like carrying mosquito repellants, nets, etc., are sufficient for preventing diseases like malaria and dengue.
8. To prevent fungal and parasitic infections, keep feet clean and dry, and do not go barefoot.
9. Do not eat food purchased from street vendors.
10. Do not drink beverages with ice.
11. Do not eat dairy products unless it is known that they have been pasteurized.
12. Sharing needles with anyone can be dangerous; avoid it like a plague.
13. Do not handle animals (especially monkeys, dogs, and cats) to avoid bites and serious diseases (including rabies and plague).
14. Do not swim in freshwater. Salt water is usually safer.

VACCINATION FORMALITIES

Although yellow fever does not occur in India, proof of appropriate vaccination may be required depending on one’s itinerary.

Requirement

Any person (except infants up to the age of six months) arriving by air or sea without a certificate is detained in isolation for a period up to six days if he or she:

1. arrives within six days of departure from an infected area, or
2. has been in such an area in transit, except the passengers and members of crew who remained within the airport premises in the infected area while transiting and if the Health Officer is ready to give such exemption to the passenger, or
3. has come on a ship which has started from or touched at any port in a yellow fever infected area within 30 days of its arrival in India provided such ship has not been disinfected in accordance with the procedure laid down by WHO, or
4. has come by an aircraft that has been in an infected area and has not been disinfected in accordance with Indian or WHO regulations.

The following countries and areas are regarded by India as infected:

Angola, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Surinam, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Venezuela, Zaire, Zambia.

When a case of yellow fever is reported from any country, that country is regarded by the Government of India as infected with yellow fever and subsequently added to the above list.

No other vaccination certificate is mandatory, though one may like to consult his doctor for inoculation against typhoid, hepatitis A, and meningitis.

OTHER VACCINES

See the doctor at least 4-6 weeks before the trip to allow time for shots to take effect.
These vaccinations can be thought about depending on the previous history of the traveler

1. Hepatitis A or immune globulin (IG);
2. Japanese encephalitis, only if planning to visit rural areas for four weeks or more;
3. Rabies, if someone is exposed to wild or domestic animals during recreation.

INFORMATION TIT BITS

Information given above are liable to change from time to time and one should contact the Indian missions of the respective country or the government tourist offices for more information.

For inoculation against communicable diseases, one can contact the Vaccinations and Inoculation Center for Yellow Fever, Domestic Arrivals, Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi (Ph. 011-5665348) or International Inoculation Center, Mandir Marg (behind St. Thomas School), New Delhi (Ph. 011-3361675).

Essentials To Be Carried To Andaman – Travel Essentials & Backpacks to Experience Andaman

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It is understood that you won’t forget your passport, your visa, and your identity card. But before leaving, doubly make sure that they are in your safe custody. It is essential that you avoid keeping your documents along with your money, cash and other valuables. You understand that you will be required to regularly prove your identities during security checks, so you wouldn’t like the onlookers to get attentive towards your cash, while you take out your passport/visa or identity cards.

FIRST-AID KIT

FIRST-AID-KIT

While traveling, do not forget to keep tablets of aspirin, paracetamol, and vitamins like the B-Complex. If you have a history of feeling nauseated while traveling, consult your doctor for any medicines you can use while traveling. Keep a pack of glucose powder handy, as you or your fellow travelers might need it. Bandages and antiseptic creams or lotions are also essential. Do keep a pain-relieving balm or spray along in your first-aid kit.

Change of place, climate and food habits tend to make a throat sore, the cure for which is to gurgle with hot water with salt in it.

A good medicine for abdominal problems is the cheap and easily available Isabgol. It is a tasteless dry seed that can be taken with water, milk or yogurt and perform the miracle of holding one’s insides intact while on the move. Foreigners often jeered at this native remedy but now that its properties have been acclaimed by science, you can buy a sugar coated variety.

Medical kits must be attuned to your personal needs. Don’t lug around on a trek medicines you know you will never need.

NEWSPAPERS

Invariably useful for a wide range of purposes is an old newspaper. You can open it under your sleeping bag on a cold pier waiting for the boat, or spread it on top of your sleeping bag as an extra blanket. It can help dry your shoes; folded it carries fruit and vegetables. It can stabilize a rocking table in a restaurant and enable you to survive a windy night by sealing a window that rattles. Newspapers are ideal to hide behind when you don’t want to talk or when you can’t find your trousers are big enough to preserve your modesty. They swat files, double up as blotting paper, provide crosswords, and will turn into paper airplanes.

TORCH

A small torch is an essential equipment. Lights can go off at any time in India, especially in the summer months with the load on the power grid. A pen-torch of plastic or aluminum body withstands the monsoon mildew.

NAIL CLIPPER/RAZOR

Excellent advice to a trekker who has climbed to his objective is “cut your fingernails”. If you don’t, the descent can be excruciating and you may lose the whole nail from the bruising journey back down. If you can’t dig out the expedition scissors, use a razor blade that you ought to have taped inside your diary. To have such small but life saving gadgets close at hand is the greatest art the traveler can learn.

LOCK

It always pays to carry a small lock, but not too small. This should be used to double-lock the door of your tourist bungalow or budget hotel. If it opens to a number combination you must remember to carry a torch when you return at night. When carrying a key chain, tie it on a piece of brightly colored cloth or plastic that will enable its easier location if dropped. In India many doors are hinged at both sides and open at the middle in two panels. Make sure the first panel that closes is firmly bolted top and bottom, otherwise both panels will remain loose and offer a security threat.

STRING

If you are of the scientific mould and feel an urge to measure everything, an easy measuring rod to carry is a length of string with knots to indicate inches. You can use this to measure the size of a temple frieze or gauge the circumference of a Himalayan cedar. Some travelers consider string the most precious aid and use it to secure rattling windows and mend sagging deck chairs. Nowadays, a good substitute is a roll of scotch tape or plastic insulating tape, which can mend, patch, and close many unwanted openings.

UMBRELLA

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It is the best protection against the scorching rays of the sun. It is also one of the most valuable pieces of trekking equipment is an umbrella. It acts as a walking stick, can scare off dogs and can also do services as a tent support.

MOISTURIZED TISSUES

Luxurious it may sound, but for answering the call of nature in wildness areas, nothing can beat a can of moisturized scented tissues. These are available at chemists in the bigger towns. Being moist they serve better than toilet paper in extreme situations.

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5 Best Beaches in Andaman and Nicobar Islands – Radhanagar Beach, Corbyn’s Cove, Chidiya Tapu etc!

CORBYN’S COVE AND CHIDIYA TAPU

Corbyns-Cove

The best beach nearby Port Blair is Corbyn’s Cove lying 10 kilometres southeast of Port Blair. Corbyn’s Cove is a small beach which is surrounded by shades of palm. The Chidiya Tapu or Bird Island is 40kilometres away from Corbyn’s Cove.

The Corbyn’s Cove is the ideal place for sea-bathing and sun-bathing, whereas the Chirya Tapu is a beautiful place where you can constantly hear the chirping of birds. Therefore if you visit the Corbyn’s Cove you should definitely visit Chidiya Tapu. The experience would be unique. A very sweet blend of charm, vigour and tranquility. The beach provides ample peace and quiet. Chidiya Tapu also provides you with forest walks where you can enjoy the sound of silence.

KARMATANG BEACH

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The Karmatang beach is a very prominent beach. It has a very soothing and pleasant climate. There are many beaches in Andaman and Nicobar islands but this beach is known for its charm. The beach is visited by tourists from different corners of the world during the breeding season of turtles. They come here to see the nesting of the turtles.

This sandy beach is surrounded by lush green vegetation. If you are planning a small vacation with your family then there is nothing to worry about. The Andaman tourism provides everything required. There are guest houses and restaurants nearby, a place where you can relax and rejuvenate your soul. It provides the tourists with very good sites to try scuba diving and snorkeling. If you indulge in these sports then it also gives you the chance to explore the rich marine reserves, a perfect hideout for city dwellers where they can spend some time in isolation.

HARMINDER BEACH

HARMINDER-BEACH

The Harminder beach is 100 kilometers from Port Blair. The beach is famous for the beaches and the Bay of Bengal. The Harminder beach is the ideal destination for adrenalin freaks. You can try scuba diving, snorkeling and check the vast marine reserves, while your stay. The facilities for other recreational activities are also available.

This beach is beautiful of the Andaman and Nicobar islands. The soft white sand with picturesque environment makes this place a tourist’s paradise. The beach alone is one great masterpiece. It provides you with scenic beauty and serenity. In the lap of nature one can enjoy the perfect bliss of solitude. The beach however is never crowded and is one of the best things. The best time to visit this island is in the months of December and April.

RADHANAGAR BEACH AND VIJAYNAGAR BEACH

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Both Radhanagar beach and Vijaynagar beach is in Havelock Island. These two beaches are very popular among nature lovers. People love to spend their time here enjoying the ambience of the beaches. The Vijaynagar beach is just in front of the Dolphin Yatri Niwas and the Radhanagar beach is 7kilometres away from the Dolphin Yatri niwas.

The Radhanagar beach has a very diverse reserve of flora and fauna which attract nature enthusiasts from different corners of the world. The specialty of the Radhanagar beach and Vijaynagar beach is their soothing and tranquil atmosphere. They are very far away from the contamination of city life and the clutters of urban India. These two beaches showcase the perfect example of untouched and an untouched coral ecosystem and marine reserves.

RAMNAGAR BEACH

RAMNAGAR-BEACH

The Ramnagar beach is situated in the beautiful island of Diglipur. This beach is mainly known for its clear and still waters and long stretches of white sand. Spring time is the best time of the year to visit this beach. In spring the beauty of the beach is phenomenal. This season attracts tourists from different parts of the world more than in any other season. The beach is famous for its seashore all over the world. This beach is also the home of turtles.

The Andaman tourism is helping a lot in popularizing this beach. This beach is part of the Diglipur Island which in turn is part of the Andaman and Nicobar islands. Like other islands and beaches this beach also provides you with the facilities of scuba diving and snorkeling, an ideal destination for a nature lover.

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Best Andaman and Nicobar Islands & Destinations with Images

Andaman and Nicobar Islands & Destinations include Famous Andaman and Nicobar Islands Points of Interest, Best time to visit, Tour destinations with Images for your Andaman Nicobar Trip mentioned below in the post. Check out these amazing Andaman Nicobar Islands, Places to Visit for making your Andaman tourism experience more better than ever. Find the Best Andaman and Nicobar Islands Destinations, Points of Interest with Images here. Check Andaman Nicobar Islands tourism & Places to Visit like Havelock Island, Ross Island, Neill Island etc!

Andaman and Nicobar Islands Tourism, Destinations, Places to Visit & Points of Interest

HAVELOCK ISLAND

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The Havelock Island is about 38 kilometres from Port Blair. It is one of the best holiday destinations in Andaman and Nicobar islands, and one of the most important places to visit in almost all the Andaman tourism packages. The attractions that this place offers are its pristine clear beaches and coral reefs. The popular beaches are Radhanagar beach (which is also known as Beach No.7), Vijaynagar beach (also known as Beach No.5), Govind Nagar beach (also known as Beach No.3) and Elephanta beach. Tourists love basking under the sun on these sun-kissed shores. Snorkeling and scuba diving are the most enjoyable here. The other activities include the mangrove safari, fishing, trekking, etc. Undoubtedly the Havelock Island is the most visited tourist spots in Andaman and Nicobar islands.

NEIL ISLAND

NEIL-ISLAND

Neil Island is the picture perfect destination for eco-tourism lovers. Travel enthusiasts who love to spend time around eco-friendly locales; this is just the right place for you. You will find lust green paddy fields, banana plantations and other tropical trees all around. The Andaman honeymoon packages suggest Neil Island to the newly wed couples. You can just lie back in the green fields and enjoy the breathtaking scenic beauty. It has three beaches namely Sitapur, Bharatpur and Lakhsmanpur. The settlers are mostly Bengali. There are few restaurants and beach hotels which cater to the international and domestic tourists. The water sports include swimming and snorkeling mainly. This island is mainly flocked by travelers who love to spend time in isolation.

JOLLY BUOY ISLAND

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The Jolly Buoy Island is one hour journey from Wandoor beach. This island is located in the Mahatma Gandhi National Park. If a tourist wishes to enjoy the enchanting beauty of nature then the Jolly Buoy Island is the ideal place for him to visit. The attractions which this island offers are scuba diving, snorkeling and the glass bottom boats which help to take a closer look at the coral colonies. The breathtaking view of the underwater life will surely win your heart. This island is regarded as one of those locales in Andaman and Nicobar islands which virtually beckons you with its majestic charm and splendor. A perfect destination for a motivated traveler and also for honeymoon couples. Almost all Andaman travel agencies have this place registered in their tour plan.

VIPER ISLAND

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It is situated near Port Blair in Andaman district. This place is of utmost historical importance. Before the Cellular Jail was built the British used the jail at Viper Island to inflict the worst form of torture on our freedom fighters. The need for building a jail was only felt when the British set up a penal settlement at Port Blair in 1858. The construction of the jail was carried out during 1864-1867. The jail is also known as the ‘Viper Chain Gang Jail’. It got such a name because the prisoners were chained together and confined at night by a chain around their legs. If you visit this place, its ambience will surely take you back in time. Today only the ruins of the jail remain along with a deafening silence. It is one of the most important tourist spots owing to its history. This place has also got beautiful picnic spots with picturesque environment. If you are on your Andaman tour then you should definitely rule out the idea of not visiting this island.

CINQUE ISLANDS

CINQUE-ISLAND

Cinque Island is an uninhabited island. To visit this beautiful island permission from the Forest Department is required. The Andaman and Nicobar islands have many other beautiful and enticing tourist places but the Cinque Island is the best place to relax and enjoy the bliss of solitude. It is a very rejuvenating place which provides you with a very calm and tranquil ambience, away from the clutters of city life. Tourists should keep it in mind that permission for a night visit is rarely granted by the Forest Department. One can bask in numerous recreational activities like scuba diving, snorkeling, camping and fishing. The pristine beaches beckon the travelers throughout the year. It has very rapidly developed into a favorite tourist destination. There are many routes to reach this place, a two and half hours boat ride from Chidiya Tapu being the easiest.

ROSS ISLAND

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The Ross Island is located about 2 kilometers east of Port Blair. One can reach there by a boat ride from Phoenix Bay Jetty. Today the island flaunts a haunted look. But even in its dilapidated condition it is a tourist hotspot. A few signs of colonial glory can be found there today. Once upon a time Ross island was the Administrative Headquarters for the Andaman and Nicobar islands. The island is controlled by the Indian navy now and they follow a very strict rule book. Tourists desire to know more and more about this island. The history of this place enthralls the visitors. The sight-seeing include the ruins of the Anglican Church, the chief commissioner’s house with its big gardens and splendid ballrooms, cemetery and a small museum. Today the Ross Island is an uninhabited place but only a few decades ago it used to be the seat of British power. But today the government of India does not allow any human inhabitation. Almost every Andaman travel agency has included this place in their sight-seeing list.

BARREN ISLAND

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Barren Island is the active volcano in South Asia. A Union territory of India, the Andaman and Nicobar islands is located at least 135 kilometers northeast of Port Blair and is also a tourist hot spot. Without having any landmarks or monuments that can be of any historical importance, tourists just flock this place. The Andaman travel packages conduct itinerary trips to the island weekly. However it should always be kept in mind is that the visit restricts to on board vessels only. Only scientists can land ashore and conduct researches. One also enjoys the enchanting island beauty from the vessels only. The first activity of the volcano was recorded in 1787 and the latest was recorded in May, 2008. Few animals can survive through the difficult environment of the island; the largest species of the existing fauna there is the feral goat. The Barren Island is therefore the ideal destination for a motivated traveler.

BARATANG ISLAND

BARATANG-ISLAND

The Baratang island is known as the land of natural wonders, the perfect place for bird lovers and nature enthusiasts. This island has got everything, from evergreen forests to littoral forests of Mud Volcano near Jarawa Creek. If you are on your Andaman tour then you should not miss visiting the Parrot island. The name says it all. Every day at sunset the unique view of thousands of parrots returning to their nest is one of the most enthralling experience one gets to share. For those who want to return on the same day it is advisable to take a conducted tour from Port Blair but in that case you will miss the Parrot island. The most exciting part of your visit to Baratang island is your journey to the Jarwah Forest Reserve. They survive on roasted pig meat, fish, fruits and other wild berries. One should be very cautious during this part of the journey.

CHATHAM ISLANDS

CHATHAM-ISLAND

The Chatham Island is also famous for the Chatham Saw Mill. In the year 1883, this saw mill was established to meet the demand for sawed timber. This saw mill is the mother of all saw mills in Asia, the largest and the oldest. It is another tourist attraction. The Andaman travel packages have always included this place in their sight-seeing list. The bridge was initially constructed out of timber but later renovated with concrete structures. This island is the perfect destination for a traveler who wants to be away from the clutter of urban India. Owing to the small size of the island tourists have always loved it. You just need hours to complete the sight-seeing, a very sweet place with mesmerizing scenic beauty.