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Chennai to Andaman by ship or boat

Discussion in 'South India' started by luvdive, Dec 31, 2014.

  1. luvdive

    luvdive New Member

    Hi everyone

    I am thinking of taking a ship/boat from Chennai to Andaman Islands and I have a few things to ask:

    1. Do I need any special permissions to make this trip?
    2. How often a ship/boat leaves from Chennai to Andaman?
    3. How can I arrange my trip from Chennai to Andaman?
    4. Any good place to visit in Andaman Islands?
    5. How safe it is?
    6. Any tips or anything else I need to know before making this trip

    Fellow Traveller

  2. Aadi

    Aadi Member


    I made this trip from Chennai to Andaman way back in year 2009 and it was real fun, I remember paying around INR. 7000 for Deluxe cabin in M.V. Akbar and it took around 64 hours from Chennai to Andaman.

    No special permission is required for this trip as long as you are an Indian resident or got a valid Visa.

    After every 2-3 days a ship leaves from Chennai port to Andaman and you need to check and book it in advance.

    You can make this trip only on a commercial ship, ferry and boats are too small to make this trip

    Andaman is full of adventure and I am not sure if I will do justice by naming a particular place only

    I never heard of any accident so far so I think it's totally alright, any commercial ship leaves only after getting the accurate weather conditions otherwise they delay the trip. If you are very much concerned about the safe then prefer not to make this trip as no one can take a guarantee of 100% safety in ocean.

    Carry cotton clothes only and avoid heavy luggage.

    Enjoy your trip and let me know if you have any more questions.

  3. Admin

    Admin Administrator Staff Member

    I would recommend taking the sea route on your way in and take a flight for your return journey. There is also a ship that sails twice a week from Kolkata. You can find more information about getting to Andaman in this Andaman Nicobar travel guide.
  4. Gori Bride

    Gori Bride Member

    2 nights and 3 days is a long time and I hear the basic bunks are jam packed and common toilets are not a good scene. If you value comfort then take a flight. Also the ship tickets do not include food and beverages so that is also an extra expense on top of the tickets. Deluxe cabin berth is upwards of Rs8000 and that is per person and there are I believe 4 berths in every cabin.