The gateway to Andaman and Nicobar Islands is the Capital city Port Blair. However it is also possible to land at Mayabunder or Campbell Bay if approached by ship. Andaman, being an island, is accessible in only two ways – By air or by sea.
At present there are only 3 routes available from Indian Mainland to reach the capital city of Port Blair. International flights from nearby countries like Indonesia and Thailand are not operating from Port Blair Airport although the distance from Andaman to these destinations is much less than the distance from the available routes
Flights are certainly faster, more comfortable and therefore the preferred option. Ships, although seem cheaper, are general passenger ships and are more troublesome than they initially seem. Thy offer no luxuries whatsoever and take about 3-4 days to reach Port Blair. Add to this common delays (of upto 24 hours) and very non-flexible schedules, the traveller with a time crunch is better off saving themselves the hassle.
Do note that we recommend the ship experience on only one condition – for the experience of a voyage by sea for three-four full days alone, especially if you are a small group friends/family seeking an unusual adventure. The booking process is also a tedious one, bookings can only be made from Calcutta, Chennai or Visakhapatnam. Online bookings not available.
To read our traveller’s experience of being on the ship from Calcutta to Port Blair, go here.