The Story

Best time to go: October - April
Best for: Slow Travel, Culture & Beach

The Andaman Islands are closer to Burma and Thailand than they are to India, and yet they haven’t seen the huge development that has blighted many of these picture-perfect beach destinations. Getting there is, admittedly, quite an effort. You need to fly to Calcutta, Mumbai or Chennai and then take another internal flight to Port Blair. Once there, board the ferry to Havelock Island. Only the most intrepid of travellers made it to the Andaman Islands, but in recent years there have been two good quality hotels established, one in the hills and another down on the coast. Begin at Jalakara, a labour of love and opened in 2016.  Spend your days exploring the other islands, taking a nature walk and sea kayaking. Move down to the coast to stay at Barefoot. Here you can spend your days relaxing, diving or snorkelling. Return to Madras for a night before flying home.

Guide Pricing

Starting At

£2195

Prices include accommodation on a B&B basis, International Flights (from London), Private Transfers, Boat Transfers, and a private tour of Calcutta.

Highlights

  • Combine a stay at Jalakara in the hills of Havelock Island with the beach at Barefoot
  • Take a nature walk, kayak along the coast and explore the more remote islands
  • Start in Calcutta and end in Chennai

Suggested Hotels

Day 1-2
The Oberoi Grand, Calcutta, India

The Oberoi Grand

$ $ $ $ $  

The Oberoi Grand is a luxury colonial city hotels and the Grand Dame of Calcutta, located right in the heart of the city on Chowringhee Road.

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Day 1-2
The Oberoi Grand, Calcutta, India

The Oberoi Grand

$ $ $ $ $  

The Oberoi Grand is a luxury colonial city hotels and the Grand Dame of Calcutta, located right in the heart of the city on Chowringhee Road.

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Day 3-6

Jalakara

$ $ $ $ $  

Jalakara on Havelock island in the Andaman islands is a fabulous low-key luxury hideaway, offering wonderful wellness and nature experiences.

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Day 3-6

Jalakara

$ $ $ $ $  

Jalakara on Havelock island in the Andaman islands is a fabulous low-key luxury hideaway, offering wonderful wellness and nature experiences.

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Day 7-10

Barefoot at Havelock

$ $ $ $ $  

Located on one of Asia’s greatest beaches, Barefoot at Havelock Island in India’s idyllic Andaman Islands is the last word in barefoot eco-luxury.

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Day 7-10

Barefoot at Havelock

$ $ $ $ $  

Located on one of Asia’s greatest beaches, Barefoot at Havelock Island in India’s idyllic Andaman Islands is the last word in barefoot eco-luxury.

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Day 11-12

Vivanta by Taj – Connemara

$ $ $ $ $  

Chennai’s only luxury heritage hotel, the Vivanta by Taj Connemara offers superb dining, a spectacular swimming pool and a wide range of spa treatments.

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Day 11-12

Vivanta by Taj – Connemara

$ $ $ $ $  

Chennai’s only luxury heritage hotel, the Vivanta by Taj Connemara offers superb dining, a spectacular swimming pool and a wide range of spa treatments.

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Further Itinerary Suggestions

Pottering Down the South Coast of Sri Lanka

Negombo - Yala National Park - Galle - Bentota  

Take your time, and set off on a leisurely itinerary along Sri Lanka’s south coast, letting the shoulders drop as you meander slowly from Yala National Park to Galle and the palm-fringed beaches beyond.

14 days from £3605 p. p.