The Andamans

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The Andamans

Trip Highlights :- Chennai | Port Blair | Havelock Island | Neil Island | Port Blair / Chennai |

Tour duration : 08 Nights / 09 Days

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Day 01: Arrive in Chennai

Upon arrival, our representative will meet and welcome you at the lounge and provide transfer assistance from airport to hotel. Upon reaching your hotel, you will be handed over the travel documents with a complete briefing of tour by the representative. Check-in and proceed to your room. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02: In Chennai

After breakfast proceed for the sightseeing and visit following places of interest:-
Visit The Fort St. George Museum The fort houses a St. Mary's Church and Fort museum. St. Mary's Church the oldest Anglican Church in India built in 1680 and the tombstones in its courtyard are the oldest British tombstones in India. The museum opened to public from 31st Jan 1948, it began with a small collection of objects of the British Raj donated by the then Madras Presidency Government, the St. Mary's Church authorities, the disbanded army units and others. Over the years many objects were acquired by various means and there are now 3661 registered antiquities in the collection. The antiquities are displayed in ten galleries spread over three floors. An imposing marble statue of Lord Cornwallis (1738-1805) greets the visitors. Arms like Swords, Daggers, Rifles and Pistols, Mortars, Petard, Cannon shots, Breast plates, Helmets, baton, and fragments of shells fired at and in defence of Madras during the freak attacks during the World Wars, besides native weapons like bow and arrow.
The uniforms of various ranks of the British Army, ceremonial dress of Madras Governor's Bodyguards are displayed in the Uniform and Medals Gallery. Various porcelains used as official tableware by the East India Company and similar ware of the Arcot Nawabs are displayed in the Porcelain Gallery. The Indo-French Gallery contains exhibits like fine, decorated Porcelain, Clocks, Stamps and Coins issued by the French in India.
Kapleshwara Temple, one of the sacred shrines in Tamil Nadu is Kapaleeswarar Temple in Mylapore, it is a Siva Temple, and the name of the Lord is Arulmigu Kapaleeswarar. The name of the Goddess is Arulmigu Karpagambal. The notable feature of this structure is the 37-mt tall gopuram, A masterpiece of Dravidian style and displays the architectural elements - gopurams, mandapams and a tank. The view of the temple and the tank is picturesque. As per Hindu mythology, Parvati the consort of Siva performance penance and worshipped Kapaleeswarar in the form of Peacock [Mayil in Tamil] and hence the name of the place Mylapore.
St. Thomas Church, holy ground one which contains the tomb of St. Thomas, one of the twelve Apostles (that is, closest associates) of Jesus Christ. He came to India in the year 52 AD, preached on the West Coast and Chennai (formerly Madras), died in this city in 72 AD, and was buried in Santhome, This Shrine, stands over his tomb. In fact, the Basilica is so constructed that the smaller of its two towers stands exactly over the tomb of St. Thomas. This is also the shrine where the next most famous missionary to India, St. Francis Xavier (whose body is venerated in Goa), spent four months in the year 1545, and used to pray before the statue of "Our Lady of Mylapore". The structure is what is known as "Gothic," like the most famous Cathedrals of Europe (Cologne, in Germany, for instance, or the great Cathedrals of France).
The Thousand Lights Mosque, is one of the largest mosques in the country and a revered place of worship for Muslims. It was built by Nawab Umdat-ul-Umrah in 1810. There is an interesting story behind the name of the mosque. It is said that 1000 lamps needed to be lit in order to illuminate the assembly hall.
Drive past The Ripon Building, seat of the Chennai Corporation (Madras Corporation). It is a fine example of the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, a combination of Gothic, Ionic and Corinthian. The Ripon Building is an all-white structure commissioned in 1913, One of the main attractions of the building is the Westminster Quarter chiming clock.
Kalakshetra Foundation In Thiruvanmiyur, beyond Elliots Beach is the Kalakshetra Foundation or the Temple of Art. It was established in 1936 after the extraordinary success of Rukmini Devi's first performance of Bharata Natyam at the Theosophical Society, in Adyar, a suburb of Madras, in the South of India. The founding members, Rukmini Devi, her husband George Arundale, and their associates at the Theosophical Society, were deeply committed to Theosophy and an arts academy was an extension
of this commitment. The purpose of this center was to train, encourage and revive interest in Bharatanatyam, the classical dance form of Tamil Nadu.
Also visit the Marina Beach popular place for the locales and tourist to spend evening time. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 03: Chennai / Port Blair (By Flight)

Breakfast and check-out from hotel. Transfer to airport to board flight for Port Blair, Upon arrival you will met by our representative and transferred to hotel. After check-in and little relax, you will be taken to the following places.
Samudrika Museum It is run by the Indian Navy. The museum has seven sections presenting Geographical information, Marine life, Archaeology and people of Andaman. It has a good collection of shells, corals and a few colorful fishes
Anthropological Museum It was started in the year 1975-76. It illustrates the four Negrioto Tribes of the Andamanese. It not only describes the life style of the nomadic tribes of Andaman and Nicobar Island but also defines their stage by stage development till the present age. The articles on display are the various handicrafts, tools, weapons, arts and crafts, and photographs etc.
Fisheries Museum It has 350 different species of marine life. The different kinds of marine life on display have been collected from the Bay of Bengal and the Indo-Pacific Ocean. It is situated adjacent to the Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex, Port Blair.
Cellular Jail This historic building was built in the 19th century to look like a wheel with seven spokes. Today only three wings of the seven remain. It took 10 years to complete. It is called 'Cellular' because it is 'Cells beyond Cells'.
Sound & Light Show At the National Memorial 'Cellular Jail' you can attend the Sound & Light Show where the heroic saga of the Indian Freedom Struggle is brought alive by the means of light and sound at the jail premises, presented in English and Hindi, which takes you back to the British Era. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 04: (Port Blair) Visit North Bay, Ross Island, Viper Island

After Breakfast you will be escorted to Andaman Water Sports Complex to catch a ferry for the entire excursion to Ross Island, North Bay and Viper Island.
North Bay It is also called 'The Gate Way to Port Blair'. This place is famous for its coral reefs, exotic verities' of beautiful ornamental fishes and water sports activities. The breathtaking stretch of coral bed leaves you spellbound. North Bay is the foremost snorkeling point of Andaman. Apart from snorkeling and glass-bottom boat ride, scuba diving, underwater sea walk facility is also available at North Bay.
Ross Island It was the Capital of Port Blair during British and Japanese regime, prior to India's Independence. It was named after Sir Daniel Ross a marine surveyor. It is now under the supervision of the Indian Navy. This island is an ideal destination for nature walk amidst sylvan surroundings with deer's, peacocks and exotic birds. A leisurely cruise (Harbour Cruise) towards Viper Island, in a steamer crosses the seven main ports of these islands, including the floating dry dock of naval command.
Viper Island This island is named after "Viper" the survey ship of Britishers commanded by Cap. Archibald Blair in 1788-89 A.D. The gallows atop a hillock here are a sight to watch. This island is famous for Open Jail, Chain Gang Jail and Gallows of Convicts. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 05: Port Blair / Havelock Island (57 Kms)

Breakfast at hotel. In the morning you will be escorted to Phoenix Bay Harbour to board Ferry, which will take you to Havelock Island.
Havelock Island The island is named after a British Army Officer. The island offers state-of-the-art facilities for snorkeling and scuba diving. Havelock is famous for its white sand and crystal clear and transparent waters.
At the Harbour, proceed to Radhanagar Beach which is Asia's 7th most beautiful beach. At Radhanagar Beach you can go for swimming or just get your feet wet and admire the serene beauty of the beach.
Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 06: At Havelock Island

Breakfast at hotel. This entire day is free for optional activities.
ELEPHANT BEACH (OPTIONAL): It is located at a distance of around 10kms from the market or 30min boat ride from the jetty. It is known for its beautiful corals and exotic life. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 07: Havelock Island / Neil Island / Port Blair

Check out from the hotel, move towards the Harbour to board a ferry which will take you to Neil Island.
Neil Island This island is apparently named after James George Smith Neil, a British soldier responsible for several war crimes during the suppression of the 1857 Mutiny. It is also known as 'Vegetable Bowl' for its quality and quantity of agriculture produce. There is a lone jetty at Bharathpur, which serves as the only entry–exit point of the island. It is an ideal location for eco-tourism and a marvelous island with plenty of marine life. The famous beaches there are Bharathpur Beach, Laxmanpur Beach and Sitapur Beach(famous for its red sand). They are the best beaches unspoiled and raw. The other attraction is a Natural Bridge Formation also known as 'Howrah Bridge'.
In the evening we will start our return journey to Port Blair enjoying the sea breeze and the sight of the changing colors of the sky of the setting sun and most of the time accompanied by dolphins and flying fishes swimming along the boat. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 08: Port Blair / Baratang Island / Port Blair

Breakfast and early morning before daybreak we depart for Baratang Islands. It is approximately 110 kms away from Port Blair. It is connected through road passing through Jarawas Tribe Reserve also known as ATR Road (Andaman Trunk Road or the State High Way). We will travel through fabulous and enchanting forest in convoy to reach Nilambur Jetty (Middle Strait) from where we take a ferry for Baratang Island which is a 15 min ride. It has thick mangrove creeks on both sides followed by dense tropical forest. Major attractions at Baratang are lime Stone Cave and Mud Volcanoes.
Lime Stone Cave They are located 15 min away by sea from Baratang Jetty. We can reach there by dongis or small boats. The journey enthralls everyone as it takes you underneath the dense forest of mangroves plantation. Please do carry sufficient water along with you.
Mud Volcano (Jalki): The mud volcanoes have erupted so sporadically with recent eruption In 2005, believed to have been associated with the 2004 earthquake. The natives of this island call it 'Jalki'. The mud volcanoes squirt little fountains of mud. Return to Port Blair for overnight stay.

Day 09: Port Blair / Chennai (By Air)

After breakfast, check-out. Transfer to Airport to board flight for Chennai. Take connecting flight at international terminal for return journey.


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Information about Boat Rides

(PORT BLAIR TO HAVELOCK) JOURNEY DETAILS:

1st ferry Time 0620 hrs Govt. ferry non AC; Duration 02 hrs 30 minutes.

2nd ferry Time 0730 hrs Costal Cruise (Private ferry) AC Duration 01 hr 30 minutes

3rd ferry Time 0815 hrs Makruzz Catamaran (Private Cruise) AC Exc Class, Duration 01 hr 30 minutes

4th ferry Time 1120 hrs Govt. ferry Via Neil Island to Havelock, Duration 03 hrs 30 minutes.

5th ferry Time 1400 hrs Govt. ferry, Non AC; Duration 02 hrs 30 minutes.

(HAVELOCK TO PORT BLAIR) OUTBOUND JOURNEY DETAILS

1st ferry 9.00 am govt. ferry from HAVELOCK, Non AC; Duration 2hrs 30minutes.

2nd ferry 4.00pm MAKRUZZ CATAMARAN (Private CRUISE ) For Premium class, Duration 01 hr 30 minutes, AC.

3rd ferry 4.30 pm Govt. ferry, Non AC ; Duration 02 hrs 30 minutes.

4th ferry 4.30 pm COSTAL CRUISE, Executive class, Duration 01 hr 30 minutes, AC

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS: -

1. Accommodation in Double room in 05 Star or 04 Star category hotels on CP Basis (Room + Breakfast Basis) inclusive of all presently applicable taxes.

2. Welcome Garlanding upon arrival in India at Chennai airport.

3. All Arrival / Departure transfers from hotel to airport and vice - versa

4. Monument entrance fees to places of visit as per the itinerary

5. Air tickets for the sector: CHENNAI / PORT BLAIR / CHENNAI in economy class.

6. Sound and Light show in Port Blair | Ferry fare from 1) Port Blair to North Bay to Ross Island to Viper Island and return, 2) Port Blair to Havelock Island, 3) Havelock Island to Neil Island to Port Blair, 4) Ferry from Nilambur Jetty to Baratang Island and return & 5) Boat ride to Lime Stone Cave and return to Baratang Island.

7. Accompanying English speaking Guide.

8. All Transfers, City sightseeing/excursions and long drives as per itinerary using chauffeur driven air-conditioned Car / Mini Van / Coach.

9. 01 bottle packaged drinking water per person per day

10. All presently applicable interstate & toll taxes

PACKAGE EXCLUSIONS: -

1. Return international air tickets from the city of origin.

2. Travel Insurance and Indian Visa.

3. Visit to Elephant Beach mentioned in programme as OPTIONAL.

4. Personal expenses such as: Any Meals other than specified above / Drinks / Laundry bill & Telephone calls at hotel. Tips for Guides & Driver / Camera Fees at the monuments or any other expenses not included in the clause "inclusions".

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