Special Honeymoon Tips
The honeymoon period is a period where love blossoms between two separate individuals. People who were only strangers a couple of days back become a part of each other during their honeymoon. Honeymoon is a trip like no other, a trip whose fragrance will stay in your life forever. The trip may last for 5 to 10 days, but the memories, impressions, experiences, bonds, comfort levels, romantic connections, affection and confidence developed during this trip will last forever. It’s a time when the groom shows the bride that she is the queen of his life, and the bride shows the groom that he is the king of her heart.
Although the memory of you being with your loved one is enough to bring a smile on your face, adding a few surprises and romantic gifts will make sure that you cherish the moment like no other in your life.
It is recommended that you spend some time at home before flying off for your honeymoon because this will allow you to start getting comfortable with your new spouse. You should Take Rest of At Least Two To Three Nights post marriage, introduce your better half to her new world, her new house, her new people so that she can settle down and get to know the people for whom you will need to pick up gifts. As with starting out, you should keep a gap of at least one complete day before going back to work. This will help you to unwind and unpack in addition to prepare for the week ahead.
The Duration of Your Honeymoon should be based on various factors such as leaves, budget, travelling location, distances, interests and fatigue levels. There is no standardization for honeymoon schedules. As it’s your honeymoon, you should be the one to decide such details or you get an idea from Andaman Excursion on how much time is good enough in Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
Preparation of the honeymoon travel itinerary is one activity, which we should invest maximum amount of time and effort in. We all have numerous dreams for our honeymoon, which may range from partying whole night to just holding hands under the starry sky. But Kindly Note: there are no whole night partying / Disc facilities in Andaman & Nicobar Islands.Have a Discussion with Your Fiancé to understand each other’s aspirations. Based on same, shortlist few activities you want to do and the manner in which you both want to travel.Also, see if there are things that your partner and You Are Allergic or Averse To. For example, many people have motion sickness which can result in vomiting on long road trips. This will help you avoid embarrassing situations on your honeymoon.
Keep a Generous Amount of Free Time for yourself. A rushed and overly organized itinerary might not allow you enough time to get close to your beloved. A typical plan should consist of the following:
A luxurious breakfast in the morning.
Relaxed sightseeing tours.
Late afternoon naps.
Some sumptuous siesta.
Free and flexible evenings.
A luxurious breakfast in the morning.
Equip yourself with some Basic Knowledge of the City, especially in terms of its history, various tourist attractions, food habits, shopping locations and climatic conditions.Make a List of All the Tourist Places in the City and select the most romantic ones. It is certain that such preparation would impress your partner greatly and earn you brownie points. Be Realistic In Your Approach. There may be many fancy things that you want on your honeymoon but which may not be possible because of either budgetary constraints or even circumstances.Obtain a detailed Day By Day Itinerary of your honeymoon.
The Accommodation would play a major role in the success of your honeymoon. Try and get a Sea Facing or Valley Facing room or any other panoramic view. A picturesque view from the room acts as a perfect catalyst for setting off a romantic moment between your beloved and you. For instance, simply watching a sunset with your better half in the evening will be a memory that you will cherish for many years to come. Check the Review of the Hotel on different travel websites. This will allow you to know exactly what to expect.
In case you plan to take late night walks outside the hotel then you should choose a location that has suitable Safety Arrangements so as to avoid unfortunate incidents. During a honeymoon, couples have a tendency to wear revealing dresses. Thus, it is critical that you choose a hotel that offers an environment that is safe for such activities. Although Andaman is a safe place for Honeymooners. Ideally, amongst other things, the Budget Plays a Major Role in your choices when it comes to your honeymoon. Thus, one needs to plan the honeymoon very carefully in terms of financial limitations
In most of the cases, the honeymoon and its contents are decided on the basis of the funds available. Even though this appears quite a cold method of planning a honeymoon, it is still the most practical method. It makes sure that you do not spend beyond your actual ability to spend.
Things to Remember
Always carry a Photo Id Card with you – especially when you are into Andamans. You're going to be taking more photos than usual; you want to look your best. Pack Only The Best you have got. Evaluate the need for sun hats, scarves, bandanas, beach bag, sun glasses, belts and costume Jewellery. Consider your destination. Is the Resort Casual; is it formal or what plans do you have for dinner? All of this will help you know what you need to pack. Know your excursions. Have an idea of What You Plan on doing. For example, if you plan on riding down the beach at sunset, you are going to need pants or at the very least long shorts, in addition to shoes that won’t fly off. List Every Outfit you'd like to take, including jewelry and accessories, and then eliminate the ones that don't combine with others. Analyze swimsuits/bikinis, scarves or bandanas, flip flops, sarongs, cover ups, underwear, jeans and plain shirts or t shirts for city excursions, little black dress for dinners and nights out. Carry, at least, One Day’s Change in your cabin baggage, especially while travelling on connecting flights. This will come handy in case of delay in arrival of check in baggage. A tiny Sewing Kit for quick patches A collapsible bag which doubles as a beach bag and a carry on for souvenirs collected along the way. Mini First Aid Kit for emergencies Reading material for delays and cancellations Laptops and Data Card for staying connected. Remember Only BSNL, Airtel & Vodafone Data Card works at Port Blair. The Mobile networks available in Andaman & Nicobar Islands are Bsnl, Airtel & Vodafone. The Best Strength among the Mobile Networks is of BSNL in the Islands.
Tips to be a Smart Traveller
Leave a Copy of Your Detailed Itinerary with your family or friends, with contact numbers of your travel agent. Mention your Name and Contact Number on your each luggage item. If your bags are black, mark them with a colored ribbon, a Decal or a Distinctive Luggage Tag. The name on the tag should match the name on your airline ticket. Carry a Collapsible Bag. Never Pack Jewelry, Medicines or other valuables in your Suitcase. Put them in your carry on. Don't Unpack When You Enter Your Hotel Room. Have the bellboy check if the TV works, if the windows open, and if the air conditioning can be regulated. Check to make sure that the bed is large, that there are enough towels and pillows and that the view You Were Promised Is There. If not, go back to the front desk and ask to be moved.
Veer Savarkar Airport, Port Blair
1255kms from Kolkata
1190kms from Chennai
1200kms from Vishakhapatnam
Varies from sea level to 732 meters
Saddle peak - 732 meters
Tropical climate throughout the year with average minimum temperature at 23°C and maximum at 32°C.
Relatively high - 70% to 90%, with a gentle breeze blowing all the time. The weather is generally pleasant with average annual rainfall of 3000 mm in Port Blair.
92% protected forest; 86% reserve forest
Cottons throughout the year
Good in Port Blair, but very poor dial up connections on extremely slow speeds in most other important islands like Havelock and Neil. Satellite internet is available in Havelock although expensive. Data cards (of a few companies) work in Port Blair, however do not work at all on other Islands. Most of the islands do not have internet access at all.
Mobile & Telephone Access:
Mobile providers include BSNL, Vodafone and Airtel with Reliance functioning currently only in Port Blair with excellent connectivity. As you travel away from the city of Port Blair to outer city limits or other islands, connectivity may become weak.
Transport And Access
Local bus services are not very well developed however dependable regular reliable ferries ply to all important islands. Auto rickshaws and taxis are easily available.
Access by air:
International: None. However the government does permit charter flights to land after taking necessary permissions from the Civil Aviation Ministry.
Domestic- Port Blair is well connected with Chennai and Kolkata by daily flights. Refer to Getting There page for full details. (oliver to link)
Access by sea:
Regular passenger ship services are available to Port Blair from Chennai, Kolkata and Vishakhapatnam and back. There are three or four sailings every month from Kolkata and Chennai to Port Blair and vice versa. There is one sailing from Vishakhapatnam in a month.
The voyage takes about 50 to 60 hours. Details about sailing dates etc can be obtained at www.andaman.nic.in (oliver to link)
Indian nationals need no permit to visit Andamans. However, permits are required to visit Nicobar Islands and other tribal areas, which are given in exceptional cases only. Application on a prescribed form may be addressed to the Deputy Commissioner, Andaman District, Port Blair.
All foreigners need to specify that they intend to visit the Andamans while obtaining the visa to India. Foreigners arriving in Port Blair with a stamp reading "Entry to restricted areas not allowed" (or similar stamps) will not be allowed to enter the Andaman Islands. Do note that there is a line in fine print in all Visas stating that 'entry to restricted areas not allowed' and that is to be ignored, only if there is a separate rubber stamp then kindly check with your issuing authorities urgently!
With a valid India Visa, foreigners can arrive in Port Blair. However a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) is required to enter the Andamans which can be easily obtained on arrival at Port Blair from the immigration authorities. The permit is free of cost.
In addition, permits can also be obtained from Indian Missions Overseas, Foreigners Registration Offices at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and the Immigration authorities at the airports at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai.
The Restricted Area Permit allows foreign nationals to stay on the islands for 30 days. This can be extended by an additional 15 days at the immigration office in Port Blair. Getting the extension depends on your reason for extension and luck.
The places covered by Restricted Area Permit
For night halt:
South Andaman Island, Middle Andaman Island and Little Andaman Island (excluding the tribal reserve), Neil island, Havelock island, Long island, Diglipur, Baratang, North Passage island, and islands in the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park (excluding the islands of Boat Hobday, Twin, Tarmugli, Malay and Pluto). Night halt in the park is only with permission.
For day halt:
South Cinque island, Ross island, Narcondam island, Interview island, Brother island, Sister island and Barren island (you are not permitted to land on Barren).
Please note that the above can be changed at a short notice by the government and hence request you to contact the Immigration authorities for updated information.
Island Tourism festival
Port Blair, the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands celebrates an annual Island Tourism festival. The festivities include exhibitions, cultural performances and water sport competitions that carry on for a fortnight in the months of December and January.
Subhash Mela - January every year
Organised in Havelock every year on the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. This mela (carnival) is celebrated with a week long festival filled with cultural programmes, food stalls and small roadside shops.
Vivekanada Mela - January every year
Organised at Neil Island to celebrate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanada. This mela (carnival) is celebrated with a week long festival filled with cultural programmes, food stalls, loud music and small roadside shops.
Block Mela - January/February every year
Held at Diglipur, this highlights the developments that have taken place in the rural areas and displays the typical rural life of these islands.
Hari Bol Mela - February every year
This is gathering of all local villages where they sing religious songs and pray together. Free food is served in the evening to all people and the festivities last 3 days. As this festival is mainly a religious one, travellers are advised to wear attire that is conservative if attending the festivities.
Island Tourism festival
⇒ Foreigners, especially to ensure to and fro confirmed air tickets and accommodation in advance before proceeding to the Andaman Island to avoid immigration problems.
⇒ Foreign nationals should obtain the required permit from the immigration authorities soon after landing on the island at Airport/Harbour.
⇒ Visit only the permitted areas.
⇒ Make use of the services of authorized tourist guides.
⇒ While driving, follow the traffic rules, keep left. Carry legal documents like driving license, permit passport etc.
⇒ Consult life guards before entering sea.
⇒ Swim in safe areas only.
⇒ Keep the beaches and the environment clean.
⇒ Dispose of the garbage at proper places/dustbins and avoid plastic.
⇒ Observe decency and decorum in dress.
⇒ Avail the service of Scuba Dive instructors having certification of international/professional organizations like PADI, CMAS, NAUI, BSAC and SSI for safe diving experience.
⇒ Drive the vehicles in accordance to convoy system. Same day return by ATR is not permissible according to Jarawa Policy. ⇒ On beach, parents are requested to keep an eye on your kids.
⇒ Please inform your location to the life guard.
⇒ Please pick up your bags and bottle while leaving the visiting spot.
⇒ Foreign nationals should not enter the islands without required permit.
⇒ Do not enter into restricted/tribal areas.
⇒ Do not take video, film or photographs inside Tribal Reserve areas of the indigenous tribes.
⇒ Do not carry sea fans and seashells unless specific permits are obtained from Fisheries Department.
⇒ Do not light fire in forest areas.
⇒ Do not stay on the beaches or forest during nights by putting up down tents/hammocks.
⇒ Nudity on beaches and public places is forbidden.
⇒ Do not enter the National Parks without permission.