9 Best Experiences in Andaman in January: Your Definitive Guide (What to Expect)

2022 Christmas is over, the 2023 New Year hangover is lingering and monotonous workdays are back on! From 1 January, reality kicks in, so how about escaping the January blues and gearing up for the pre valentine’s celebration at a tropical destination like Andaman? There is a different kind of tropical bliss in holidaying in the Northeastern part of the Indian Ocean; we mean “The Bay of Bengal,” where the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are located.

Enjoy the dose of crisp air in the Andaman in January by exploring as many attractions scattered over two dozen inhabited islands. Book your Andaman tour package in January with confidence because this Indian archipelago is at its best during January. Let us tell you why, how, and what to do in Andaman (Experiences), and everything! So put on your reading glasses and scroll on!

Bonus Advice: Indian Holiday will make your stay at the heart of the best places to visit in Andaman during January, which is a RARE DEAL because enormous tourists hover to Andaman in January. Every other famous hotel/resort in Port Blair and Havelock is pre-booked. All credit goes to the month itself, which constitutes one of the busiest tourist seasons in Andaman.

Chapters of Holiday in Andaman in January 2023

Allow us to go knee-deep into every chapter of the holiday in Andaman in January 2023!

Must-Have Experiences in Andaman During January 2023 Holidays

#1. Attend the Light & Sound Show to Unravel the Sage of India’s Heroic Freedom Struggle

Cellular Jail in Port Blair is a great place to pay obeisance to the freedom fighters who gave you and us independent India from the Britishers. This is the same place reckoned as Kala Pani ki Saza in the heydays! You will have a great experience at Cellular Jail in January, especially in the evening as the Light and Sound Show in the garden space depicts the atrocious treatment our freedom fighters bore when they raised their voice for their own rights in their own country. The spacious open setting will give you the joy to enjoy the evening amidst the crisp airbrushing your face.

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  • Timings of Light and Sound Show at Cellular Jail: 5:15 PM and 7:35 PM (two slots)
  • Light & Sound Show Ticket (approx.): ₹ 300 for adults, ₹ 150 for children
  • Best Time to Go: All the year-round
  • Entry Ticket for Cellular Jail (approx.): ₹ 30 for Indians and ₹ 100 for foreigners
  • Additional Charges (approx.): ₹ 100 for a video camera, ₹ 1,000 for a professional camera

#2. Reach the Highest Point in the Bay of Bengal Archipelago

At an elevation of 2,418 m (approx) above sea level in Diglipur, Saddle Peak National Park is an unexplored gem of Andaman that you must explore on a January trip. The elevation is moderately high, and hence, you will feel the chill air at the summit. Alongside, enjoy the sweeping views of the North and Middle Andaman Coast.

The hike crosses through a lush canopy of the evergreen jungle, and Andaman’s only River – Kalpong, flows through the lush foliage. Don’t miss to bag your camera to capture the Andaman wild pig, Andaman hill myna. Even the trek is medium-level difficult as the total distance of trekking (both descend and ascend) is approximately 16 km/6 hours (approx.) from the base point.

  • Permit Price to Hike Saddle Peak: ₹ 50 (approx.) per person
  • When to Go: Summer (March to June), winter (November to February)

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#3. Watch Native Andaman Birds & Several Other Migratory Birds at Chidiya Tapu

A quick stroke of golden hour magic at Chidiya Tapu is one of the best experiences in Andaman during the January holiday. Walk to the South end of the main island from Port Blair, around a 30 km drive to watch the Red-breasted parakeets, scarlet minivet, sea eagles, and emerald doves at Chidiya Tapu. It’s Andaman’s famous Bird Island and is the extension of the rich mangrove forest cover.

During their Andaman honeymoon in January, couples can witness the stunning hues of orange and pink as Chidiya Tapu is also a famous sunset point. Next, embark on a 1.2 km (approx.) trek to Munda Pahar Beach (Chidiya Tapu Beach) for swimming in safe zones. Although this place is a year-round tourist spot, it is particularly the January month that becomes the breeding ground of several migratory birds.

  • Chidiya Tapu to Munda Pahar Beach Distance: 2.3 kilometers (approx.)
  • How to Reach Chidiya Tapu from Port Blair: By road or jetty
  • Advice for Visiting Chidiya Tapu: Reach here before 1 hour of sunset

#4. Witness Bioluminescence on A Night Kayaking Adventure

Dodge the mainstream kayaking experience and try night kayaking in Andaman for the January holidays. Envelop the scene where the stars will shine above your head and you slowly glide across the moonlit water. Night kayaking during January is a lit experience to cherish in Andaman if you want to experience bioluminescence.

The same kayaking experience is distinct because tiny little organisms living in the water produce tons of sparkles in the water when you glide through the water. To enjoy the night kayaking in Andaman, arrive at the Havelock Jetty and glide through the Mangrove Forests. If you want to enjoy the night kayaking in Andaman, January is the best time when the water moment is slow!

  • Activity Duration: 2.5 hours (approx.)
  • Night Kayaking Andaman Price: ₹ 3,000 (approx.) onwards per person

#5. Relax on the Sandbar That Connects Two Islands

Witness India’s most epic sandbanks that are the crown jewel of North Andamans. This naturally formed sandbank unveils a walking path during low tide between Smith Island and Ross Island. You can put down your stuff at some huts and gazebos to spend the most surreal beach days here. These both are actually two islands but considered one – thanks to the white sandbar that separates and is only visible during January at its best.

During the rest of the year, this sandbank is hidden with water because of the high tide. Watch the water recede from the sandbar and make these two islands a single piece of land. The sight of a greenish-blue sea and light blue sea separated by the epic white sand bar is an experience to behold with your near or dear ones.

  • How to Reach: Fast boat plying from Aerial Bay near Diglipur every day between 7:34 AM to 2 PM to ferry tourists to and fro!
  • Price: Boat for 5 costs ₹ 5,500 ₹ and can be split between the pre-formed group, or you can hop the boat with other tourists.

#6. Find the Location Where Sea Turtles Lay Their Eggs

Watch the female turtles make their way to the white sandy beaches in Diglipur. This experience brings sheer joy if you are a responsible tourist. When the adult sea turtles nest and the hatchlings find their way to the shimmering blue sea, it is definitely one of the best experiences in Andaman during January.

To marvel at the same phenomenon, embark with a guide after sunset as local guides know the exact location where the sea turtles lay their eggs. If you wonder why January is touted as the best season for turtle nesting in Andaman, you must know it’s the nesting season for turtles. Again, be a responsible tourist and look at this phenomenon from afar without disturbing these important sea creatures on white-sand land.

Activity Cost: Free for all but expect to pay ₹ 500 (approx.) for a guided excursion

#7. Bask Yourself in the Village Tourism to Beat the Crowd at Long Island

How about laying your eyes on the unspoiled side of the Andaman in January that too where the tourism influx is almost no? We are talking about the Long Island excursion, approximately 35 km from Havelock and 82 km from Port Blair via a jetty. Even with limited infrastructure, there is one government rest house where you can stay after making an advance booking.

You can even camp at Long Island, but you have to obtain permission and ask the government rest house to assist you! You can enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming, and even catching dolphins spinning in the shimmering blue waters. When you are here, soak in the tranquility of the Lalaji Bay and Merk Bay beaches. If you wanna gravitate towards village tourism in Andaman, extend your stay at the Long Island in Andaman during January.

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#8. Achieve the Better State of Mind And Revitalize Your Mind, Body, and Soul

Raise your eyebrows for the ultimate relaxation by achieving a better state of mind if you fly to Andaman for a honeymoon in January. Pamper yourself with the revitalizing spa treatment offered by the luxury resorts in Havelock Island and Port Blair.

Some resorts in Havelock for couples have a private shoreline with their property that gives wellness seekers the chance to restore relaxation with the sea views. For a sentence, Taj Exotica Resort & Spa occupies 46 acres of the famed Radhanagar Beach, a Blue Flag Tag Beach of India with a striking resemblance to the Maldives beaches because of its shimmering blue waters.

Top Spa Resorts in Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Silver Sand Beach Resort, Sea Shell Resort & Spa, Peerless Resort Port Blair

Spa Treatments Price in Andaman: ₹ 5,000 – ₹ 15,000 (approx.)

#9. Venture Into the Deeper Pockets of the Sea

You don’t need to be a swimmer to dive into the deeper pockets of the Andaman sea if you select snorkeling in Andaman for the January holidays. Compared to scuba diving, snorkeling is an easy activity for people above 10 years of age under the supervision of the PADI Certified Instructors at the famed Elephant Beach, Radhanagar Beach of Havelock Island. Come across the coral reef colonies and distinct marine creatures under the sea bed like clownfish, pufferfish, soldierfish, Blue-spotted stingrays, and angelfish. Particularly, January is one of the best times for snorkeling in Andaman at Neil Island, North Bay Island, and Red Skin Island beaches as the sea is calm and boasts excellent underwater visibility.

Andaman Snorkeling Price (approx.): ₹ 500 onwards (per person) excluding snorkeling gears
Activity Timings: 15-20 minutes (approx.)

Why Andaman in January Conjures Up the Best Experiences of A Lifetime

It’s hard to beat the nostalgia of vacationing in the New Year in a destination like the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. January in Andaman is the start of the dry season with a minimum and maximum temperature of 23°C – 29°C (approx.). This is definitely not the wintertime in Andaman because there is no such concept of winter in this Indian Archipelago.

After all, the two dozen inhabited islands in Andaman out of 572 islands (approx.) are tropical in nature. But you will surely find your slice of paradise in Andaman at Radhanagar Beach, Vijaynagar Beach, Chidiya Tapu, Elephant Beach, Baratang Island, Port Blair Vijay Nagar Beach, and many other places.


Is Andaman Worth Visiting in January

Yes! Andaman and Nicobar Islands are worth visiting during January. The sky tends to be clearer with an average of 2 days of rainfall. Sunrise and sunset time in Andaman is around 5:40 AM, and 5:10 PM and the total sunlight duration in January is around 267 hours of sunshine. Neither will you feel warm, nor will you feel cold. But we suggest you take some winter clothes for the night as the hours after sunrise tend to be cold till sunrise during January in Andaman. You will have no problem finding a spot to watch marine life in Andaman in January. Additionally, snorkeling, and scuba diving in Andaman during January is a must to enjoy the experience in Andaman because of excellent underwater visibility.

Andaman Weather, Climate, and Temperature in January

In January, the fine weather, climate, and temperature of Andaman constitute in the salubrious umbrella for a tropical vacation retreat. For instance, the 6.1 hours of sunshine in a day, 4 days of rain (approx.), and the seawater temperature up to 27.1°C (approx.) are ideal for swimming, sunbathing, scuba diving, and snorkeling from morning till sunrise. In January, the average high and low temperature of Andaman hovers between 24°C – 30°C (approx.).

Is Andaman Expensive for January Holidays

Practically, YES, but wisely NO! During January, a holiday in Andaman concludes as an expensive deal because January concludes itself as the peak tourism month of the Andaman Islands. As a result, an enormous tourist influx is seen at the developed islands like Havelock alongside the capital, Port Blair.

Those who have booked their Andaman tour packages from the Indian Holiday at the edge of November and December are in retreat. But if you are among one of those who haven’t done the same, we are giving you some jaw-dropping offers in our Andaman holiday packages from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and other metro towns. Check out the itineraries and skip paying the hefty charges for a holiday in Andaman in January.

Wrapping Up the Best Experiences in Andaman in January

The experiences mentioned above in Andaman for the January holiday are just a little inspiration for you! In January, you can literally ignite your wanderlust in this Indian archipelago with the best things to do in Andaman. Every other activity, experience bills itself a “Must Do” – thanks to the salubrious yet dry climate of Andaman in January. If you are looking to start off 2023 with a tropical vacation with the feel of an international place, bookmark Maldives for the warm, relaxing sunshine with your near or dear ones.

Lastly, check out some sample itineraries of Andaman handcrafted by Indian Holiday to give you the taste of a legit tropical island vacation. Our Andaman holiday tour packages could be sorted with duration, and holiday theme. So what are you waiting for?

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