Top National Parks In Andaman And Nicobar Islands

Andaman and Nicobar Islands are known for their perfect level of natural beauty. These islands are blessed with an incomparable presence of flora and fauna. These islands are surrounded by vast forests and lagoons. These forests are the shelter homes for some of the rarest species of animals and plants. Apart from animals and plants, Andaman and Nicobar Islands have also become a dream destination for birdwatchers. Nicobar Pigeon, found near the Nicobar Islands, is the most popular bird among tourists.

A large number of tourists visit Andaman and Nicobar Islands from their National Parks. These islands are home to more than nine National Parks. These national parks are known as intensely dense and diverse. Andaman national parks are among the favorite places for wildlife activists, photographers and conservationists. Here is a detailed account of the top five national parks in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Port Blair


Mahatma Gandhi National Park is a new national park and is located near the Wandoor Beach Port Blair. It is an artificial park where a wide variety of flora and fauna within is held in the form of samples. The park consists of more than 15 islands consist mainly of mangrove creeks, rainforest and reefs. The climatic conditions of these islands to support more than 50 species of corals and colorful fish. The shores of these islands are grounds for five different species of sea turtles breeding.

Marine National Park is popular among visitors for its living coral reefs and colorful marine life and snorkeling trips that usually a day or half. The park has two sites snorkeling namely Jolly Buoy and red skin which open on a rotating basis for the tourists. Water lizard, wild boar and sea snakes are among the main species that are found here.

Mount Harriet National Park


This park is spread over 46 square kilometers and is situated at an altitude of 383m. Among the nine national parks of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Mount Harriet National Park is the most exotic and one of the most visited national parks. It is located in the district Ferargunj Port Blair and it usually takes an hour to get here from the capital.

Mount Harriet is the third highest peak and one of the most accessible peaks of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Travelers enjoy this place for quiet surroundings and breathtaking sea views from the peak. Unlike conventional national parks, Mount Harriet is home to very few species wild boar Andaman contain turtles and robber crab. This park also has a forest guest house for visitors who want to spend a night in the park. On a visit to this park, one gets immersed in its natural beauty and exotic views over the island from the top.

Campbell Bay National Park

Campbell Bay National Park is about 190 km from the Indian Ocean to the Sumatra region and extends over an area of 426 sq km. The trip to this national park goes through dense pine forests and tree ferns and an unforgettable experience for travelers.

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If you are from Port Blair, you need to hire a government run helicopter or boat to reach Port Blair to Campbell Bay. This national park is rich in marine life and home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. present wildlife in this national park includes species such as Megapode, crab-eating macaques, Nicobar Pigeon and Giant Robber Crab etc. Park authorities have camps and cabin facilities for adventure lovers. The March to October period is considered the best time to visit this ‘mysterious’ park.

North Button Island National Park

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North Button Island Park is located in the Andaman district of the islands and is spread over 114 square kilometers of land. Long Island is the closest town to the north button Park and is situated at a distance of 60 km from it. One can hire a boat to get from Long Island to the North Park Button.

This park is often visited for the rich presence of various species here. Important fauna species found in the park are Dugong, Dolphin, Water Monitor and the Lizard. Months ranging from December to March is considered the most appropriate months to visit this national park.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands are the best examples of natural beauty of India. National Parks located on the islands are the most diverse and populous ones. The parks mentioned above have been carefully selected and will give you the most happening experience of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Book Andaman Tour With  Andaman Bluebay Holidays .

How to reach Andaman Islands

There are many ways to reach the Andamans – by sea or air – and a number of choices of cheap and expensive travel. Find out about all of them here.

Andaman Tours Package

On of the best parts of traveling is planning time. The whole plan, performed solo or with your fellow travelers, can be very exciting. It builds anticipation of the fun times you are about to experience and helps you start a countdown for your holiday. The one thing that sweetens the experience is if you land a great travel deal – one that helps save time and money. The cherry on the cake is customized packages and value-added services and a helping here and there that can make it a ‘perfect’ holiday.

Now that you are planning to visit Andaman Islands, here are the things you should keep in mind.

Your landing point in Andaman is the city of Port Blair. You can get there by air and sea.

Coming from other parts of India to Andaman

Fly to Andaman

Indian’s have no permits restrictions on Andaman. The fastest way to reach Andaman is in flight. There are direct flights to Andaman from Kolkata, Bangaluru and Chennai approximation of 2.5 hours travel time. Connecting flights to these destinations are available from most other cities. Flights from Delhi fly from Chennai or Kolkata and take about 5 hours.

As per the current schedules, there are several flights going from Chennai to Port Blair every day. Flights from Chennai are available 05:00 to 12:00. If you land in between, you have a few hours to spend in Chennai airport, so grab along a film on your mobile phone or a good read on your Kindle.

Well Andaman by ship

Passenger ships to Port Blair ply from Chennai, Kolkata and Vishakapatnam. The schedules are announced a month in advance, so you will need to keep an eye on it. The Andaman government website is where you can see.  Here is the link:

Also remember that this is a regular passenger and not a cruise ship, so you will not have entertainment or super luxury. There are about 3 or 4 departures every month and ship docs at Port Blair and the journey takes about 50-60 hours.

Coming from out of India to Andaman

If you are a foreign tourist, you must get a permit from the immigration authorities when you land. Permissions can also be obtained from Indian Missions Overseas, Foreigner’s Registration offices at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Calcutta and immigration authorities at airports in Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta and Chennai. Your first residence permit lasts for 30 days, while you can get it extended for another 15 days.

The regular license covers South Andaman Island, Middle Andaman Island and Little Andaman Island (except tribal reserve), Neil Island, Havelock Island, Long Island, Diglipur, Baratang, North Passage and islands in the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park (excluding islands – Boat Hobday , Twin, Tarmugli, Malay and Pluto). Besides covering day stop in South Cinque Island, Ross Island, Narcondum Island, Interview Island, Brother Island, Sister Island and Barren Island.

Flying in a private plane to Andaman

For those with a penchant for the better things in life, a private flight to the Andaman allow you to give a miss to connecting and lay overs and travel as per your own schedule.

You must connect with a local expert who can organize flying permits, permits from various authorities pitches, ground handling services, customs, immigration clearances, hotel accommodations and transportation. Read more about this here

Visiting Andaman as part of your Cruise ship shore excursion

You can also get to the Andaman via a cruise ship if have a few days stopover on the island. The cruise ship usually associate with an expert local agency that organizes the cruise ship shore excursions in Andaman Islands.

Visiting Andaman during your yacht sailing trip

A sailing adventure really does not match in his excitement. Yacht sailing to the Andamans from as close as Thailand for as far as you can think. These trips should be well stacked and require admission, arrival formalities, departure formalities, docking, transfers to various tourist spots, hotel stays, supplying fuel and other allied services required for the yacht. If you are planning to sail to Andaman, be sure to connect with an experienced Yacht agency like Andaman Holidays, who can take care of all formalities for you in a jiffy.

Quite a few options out there to reach the Andamans. Some may be financially dependent on the time you book. Others may save you time and help you have an enjoyable experience.

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