The Andaman & Nicobar Islands, located in the east of the Indian mainland, ﬂoat in splendid isolation in the Bay of Bengal. Once a hill range extending from Myanmar to Indonesia, these picturesque undulating islands, islets numbering around 556, are covered with dense damp and evergreen forests and endless varieties of exotic ﬂora and fauna, most of these islands are in the Andaman Group, 24 of which are inhabited. These islands also boast of freedom ﬁghting days, historically signiﬁcant landmarks.
The Andaman Islands, like other parts of the Andaman Sea enjoy a tropical climate throughout the year. The average minimum temperature is around 23°C and it seldom goes much above 30°C. Humidity is relatively high at about 70% to 90%, however with a gentle breeze blowing most the time it is still quite pleasant.
You can expect some rainfall from the end of May till the monsoon season in June and July. There is some light rain on and off right through to November, which keeps the islands lush and green and has a charm of its own.
The main season commences in October each year. The island is lush and beautiful and arguably at its most vibrant in October and November: intermittent showers keep the island fresh and green and the temperature remains pleasant. The weather is also very nice in December and January.
February and March are very settled, with the weather turning warmer and the sea and sky both are at their bluest and clearest in the period. Summer comes with April and continues through the first half of May, with daytime temperatures reaching 36 Centigrade, but cooler in the shade.
What to Wear
In all tourist resorts shorts and t-shirts are acceptable. This is also appropriate at night, though “smart casual” is preferred and more appropriate in some resorts. Carry flip flops for your comfort and when going for excursions always carry a towel and extra change of clothes. In the evening mosquitoes do come out and you are better off wearing something light with long sleeves and light trousers. Carry a mosquito repellent at all times.
The mosquito menace is only there during dusk and then reduces considerably. Travelers are expected to dress conservatively when visiting temples, shrines and mosques. It is advised that tourists cover their shoulders and wear dresses or trousers below the knee level and remember to take off their shoes before entering. Please remember that you are visiting a country of mixed religions and topless/ nude sun bathing or nude swimming is not very appropriate. Please respect this and cover yourself, even if you think you are all alone on a beach. Stick to cool cottons and fabrics that absorb sweat thereby reducing the chance of heat rashes.
What to Pack
– Insect repellents
– Rain coats/umbrellas
– Medicine kit as per your requirement
– Sunscreen lotions/Sun hat/Sunglasses
– Comfortable clothing including swim wear
– Books & music you can enjoy amidst the tranquility of nature
– Your favorite camera or phone to capture some spectacular views!!!
What to Eat
Naturally, sea food is the main attraction of the Andaman Islands. Andaman is paradise for sea food lovers. Lobster, Crab, Prawn, Cuttle ﬁsh, and ﬁsh of every kind is found here. Tandoori ﬁsh is a delicacy that tourists like to try.
There are plenty of vegetarian options too. Plenty of fresh fruit like Mangoes, Bananas, Pineapples and Guava are grown on the island as well. Mainland Indian cuisine and Indo-Chinese cuisine is also available in Andaman.
Andaman and Nicobar culture has a mix of the indigenous cultures as well as the mainland culture brought down by the descendants of the early settlers in the island, business people, merchants from the Indian mainland. The best feature of Andaman and Nicobar Islands culture is the peaceful coexistence of these communities.
The main ethnic groups of the Andamans are the Andamanese, Onge, Jarawa and Sentinalese. The inhabitants of Nicobar are equally old, if nor older. These mainly include the Nicobari and Shompen. All these tribes have preserved their indigenous culture at Andaman and Nicobar islands, and still continue to do so.
Locations with Silversand Resorts
Swaraj Dweep (Havelock Island)
Swaraj Dweep (Havelock Island), is the one of the largest islands that comprise a chain of islands to the east of Great Andaman. The Silversand Properties located at Swaraj Dweep are Silversand Beach Resort and Silversand Village Resort.
Shaheed Dweep (Neil Island)
Shaheed Dweep (Neil Island) is located in the South Andaman administrative district in Ritchie’s archipelago. The Silver Sand property located in Shaheed Dweep is Silversand Beach Resort.
Port Blair is the capital city of the Andaman Islands. The Silversand property located in Port Blair is Hotel Sentinel.
Wandoor is a small village located near the southern tip of South Andamans. The Silversand property located in Wandoor is Sea Princess Beach Resort.