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Visiting Andaman

Old Dec 30, 08, 12:07 am
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Visiting Andaman

Has anybody been to Andaman Islands in India...

Is it worth the hassel of getting there?

Any suggestions on where to stay?
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Old Dec 30, 08, 12:23 am
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To be perfectly honest, I'd never heard of it before this post.

I managed to find a little bit of information around the web, and it really doesn't look promising unless you're really up for a challenge. The main tourism website has dead links to hotel websites - so i can't even begin to suggest a place to stay.

It's tiny and there appear restrictions on everything. You need permission to go there, you can't photograph many things, there's rules on where you can be in daytime versus night time. etc..

Seems like a big hassle.

Best website i managed to find: http://www.diveandamans.com/home

Tiny islands with little tiny buildings dotted around them.
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Old Dec 30, 08, 1:09 am
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Please continue to follow this thread in the FT India Forum.
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Old Dec 30, 08, 4:10 am
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Originally Posted by tinypsu View Post
Has anybody been to Andaman Islands in India...

Is it worth the hassel of getting there?

Any suggestions on where to stay?
The andamans are beautiful, unspoiled .. you might try these.
http://www.makemytrip.com/holiday-pa...er-Andaman.htm

Also talk to an India specific travel agent like Cox and Kings or Thomas Cook
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Old Dec 31, 08, 3:29 am
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I've heard great things about it from a friend, and am planning a trip in April. While still well off the beaten path, the islands have become much more accessible in the last few years and are already transforming pretty fast. Permits are now available on-arrival at the airport and those islands open to tourism have no hassles, although infrastructure is still pretty bare-bones. A few of the really remote islands, eg. the Sentinels, are home to Stone Age tribes and off limits to everybody -- some researches were shot at by arrows when they tried to visit!

The best resource on the net, and even that's not saying very much, is probably Wikitravel:

http://wikitravel.org/en/Andaman_and_Nicobar
http://wikitravel.org/en/Havelock_Island
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Old Jan 5, 09, 1:43 pm
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Originally Posted by tinypsu View Post
Has anybody been to Andaman Islands in India...

Is it worth the hassel of getting there?

Any suggestions on where to stay?
I stayed at Silversand Beach Resort at Havelock Islands. Pretty decent property with good location. Not the cleanest hotel though
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Old Jan 6, 09, 10:57 pm
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My aunt and uncle used to live in Port Blair, and have told me that the Andamans are absolutely worth visiting. Unfortunately I wasn't able to make the trip while they were there. I gather that the tourism infrastructure is still relatively underdeveloped.
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