When is the Best Time to Visit Andaman and Nicobar Islands

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When is the best time to visit Andaman? What is the average temperature of Andaman throughout the year? What is the Climate and Geography of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands? These probably the question rise on your mind while planning a trip to Andaman and Nicobar island. Here we listed everything about the best time to visit Andaman so you’ll have a safe, enjoyable and hassle-free holiday.

Andaman and Nicobar Island is an Indian archipelago, located in the Bay of Bengal. It is one of the best tropical destinations in India. Andaman is known for its tropical weather, white sand beach, crystal clear blue water, tropical rainforest and mangroves. It is home to 300+ islands in which some of them are developed as tourism hubs and the rest of them are uninhabited, away from humans in the lap of nature.

Climate and Geography of Andaman and Nicobar Islands:

best time to visit andaman Island

Andaman and Nicobar islands have a tropical climate which means the weather will be moist and warm. And no rage of chilly winter and hot summer.

The South-west monsoon hit at the end of May and the northeast monsoon in November. Monsoon arrives in mid-May and at the end of May rain starts which continues to June, July, August and September. So to escape heat one can visit Andaman and Nicobar islands from May to July and to escape winter from December to February.

November to January is the time when the weather becomes pleasant and you’ll get sunny morning and afternoon and cool night. February is the time when summer starts and before the end of summer in the last of April or Mid-May, the temperature hits a max of 36 deg celsius. 

One can enjoy boating, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and sightseeing all year round. For nature lovers, May to December is best when the waterfalls at their peak and the forest are lush green. And for divers, December to April is the best time.

best time for scuba diving in Andaman

Average rainfall in Andaman and Nicobar islands: 120 Inches (3000 millimeters) per year.

Average Minimum Temperature: 23  Deg C

Average Maximum Temperature: 30 Deg C

Summer (Feb to May)

24 to 35 Deg Celsius

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Northeast Monsoon ( Mid Nov to End to December)

23 to 30 Deg Celsius

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Southwest Monsoon ( Mid-May to September)

22 to 35 Deg Celcius

Not Advisable to Visit

Best time to visit Andaman and Nicobar Islands:

Andaman is an all year round destination where the temperature varies between 23 to 30 deg celsius and stay delightful for all 12 months. It happens because of its tropical climate. But the best time to visit and peak season in Andaman is considered between October to May.

After the end of the heavy southwest monsoon in September when the entire region looks very fresh and clean after the rain then the tourists start visiting Andaman. During this time locals get ready to welcome their tourists and start celebrating the festival season.

You can divide the season of Andaman in two parts: Summer and Monsoon (No Winter due to its tropical climate).

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Image Credit – Andamantourism.org

Andaman and Nicobar Islands in Summer (Feb to May)

Summer is the best season to enjoy the sandy beach, clear crystal blue water, tropical islands, lush green rainforest and mangroves with zero rainfall. This is the time when you can enjoy watersports like scuba diving, kayaking, snorkeling, jet skiing and underwater sea walking.

Under the water coral reefs and marine life offer an unforgettable experience for scuba diving and snorkeling lovers.

During this time you’ll find lots of tourists in Andaman due to the holidays of most schools and colleges in India.

Is worth visiting Andaman and Nicobar Islands in Summer?

A big YES!!! In summer you can enjoy the glory of Andaman islands at its best with pleasant weather. If you’re a beach lover then you’ll love the environment of the heavy crowds and clear crystal blue water. During summer time, one can witness the festivals of the islands like the Island Tourism Festival is all about the culture and tradition of Andaman, the Subash Mela.

Tips:

As mentioned, the weather is delightful during summer in Andaman and so you don’t have to worry about packing. Just pack your backpack and get lost in this tropical paradise. Carry sunglasses, sunscreen, hats, water bottles and keep yourself hydrated.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands in Monsoon (June to September)

It is not advisable to visit Andaman during Monsoon because of the high tides, heavy rains and typically strong winds. So it is not recommendable to visit beaches and involve in water sports. You might not know that Andaman receives monsoon twice in a year. Yes, Andaman gets rainfall from both Northeast (Nov to Jan) and Southwest monsoon (May to September).

Also, ferries are very irregular during this time. In recent, the rage of cyclones hitting islands become the major reason not to visit Andaman during monsoon season.

best time to visit Andaman Nicobar Island
Image Credit – Andamantourism.org

Cheapest Time to Visit Andaman and Nicobar Islands:

The main expense of visiting Andaman is the fare of flight which can be anywhere in between 7000 to 25000. During peak season you can’t find anything below 7000. So the cheapest time to visit Andaman is between June to September during the monsoon season. It is off-season so you’ll get the cheapest deals on the fight (5000 to 7000), hotels and transport. During this time you can’t enjoy water sports due to strong winds and high tides. But if you want to enjoy the culture, tradition, lifestyle and nature of Andaman in its best form then this the best time to visit.

Best time to visit Andaman for Scuba Diving

December to April is considered the best time for scuba diving in Andaman. This is the time when water is calm, clear and perfect for diving. 

Best time to visit Andaman for honeymoon couples

Summer (October to April) is the best time for honeymoon couples in Andaman. During this time weather becomes pleasant and days are clear to enjoy the sightseeing and water sports in Andaman.

 

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