The Indian archipelago in the Bay of Bengal, the Andaman, and Nicobar Island comprises approximately 300 islands. Carpets of white sand beaches, crystal clear water, a thriving nightlife, scores of adventurous activities – an Andaman tour package has everything your heart desires. Although cut off from mainland India, the islands are situated near Indonesia and Myanmar. Some islands are accessible to travelers, yet in the last few years, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands have become a go-to destination for most Indians.
How to Reach?
Andaman and Nicobar Islands is an archipelago in the Bay of Bengal that is only connected by air and sea routes. Therefore, it can be tiresome for you to opt for the sea route.
Port Blair, the capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, is well connected, and you can avail of direct flights from Kolkata, Vishakhapatnam, and Chennai. You can also board connecting flights from the country’s capital, Delhi, and other cities.
Experiences in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands that You Cannot Miss!
- Barren Island: Standing true to its name, Barren Island is a remote island you must visit when you are in the Andaman. Barren Island is renowned as it is home to the only active volcano in the Indian subcontinent. It is situated close to Narcondam Island, which holds a dormant volcano. Besides that, this is the only active volcano among the trail of volcanoes from Sumatra to Myanmar. The turquoise water around the island is home to aquatic animals. It is a popular spot for scuba diving. Although the place for scuba diving is isolated, you can take a ship from Swaraj Island. The island has several barren landscapes and a sizeable population of goats. The Manta Rays, wondrous basalt formations, the vast spread of coral gardens, and the topography of ancient lava formations are other attractions on this island.
- Snorkeling: The Andaman Islands provide several spots to put on your diving mask, snorkel, and swim fins and have the best experience. Snorkeling at Red Skin Island is an ideal option if you want to enjoy the tranquility that water can provide. Colourful coral reefs, and never-seen-before aquatic animals, are the highlights of your snorkeling experience at Red Skin Island. If you are staying close to Port Blair, then North Bay Island is where you have to go for snorkeling. You can always see lobsters and clams here. And, if you are staying at Havelock Island, you must not miss snorkeling at South Button. This is a compulsory location in your Andaman tour.
- Baratang Island: A constituent of the north and middle Andaman administrative district, this island has become a favorite among travelers. Baratang Island is a paradise if you are a nature lover. From dense limestone caves, tidal swamp forests, and wondrous mangrove trees to mud volcanoes, Baratang Island is gaining popularity. Situated near Port Blair, you can visit the Island for a one-day tour. Despite not having several luxurious amenities, you get an opportunity to be in the lap of nature. Birdwatching, boat rides among the mangrove trees, and relishing authentic dishes cooked by the locals – Baratang Island is a treat you cannot miss.
- Glass Bottom Ride: This is gradually becoming a compulsory spot in Andaman tour packages. The Glass Bottom Ride takes place 1.3 kilometers away from Port Blair. You can view the remarkable collection of aquatic plants and animals with the surging water below the boat. While you are on the glass bottom boat, you can also have the chance to see the very rare sea turtles. You are witnessing the sunset while on the ride, which will complete your ride. You can take the boat ride for twenty minutes or three hours according to your preference. But, the biggest attraction of this boat ride is spotting the dolphins. The dolphins are often seen swimming along with the boat; nothing can be more fulfilling.
- Chidiya Tapu Beach: This beach is located about twenty-five kilometers from the capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. You are not allowed to go into the waters due to the possibility of crocodiles in the water. But, this South Andaman beach boasts the most spectacular sunset you will come across.
Best Time to Visit:-
It would be best if you visited the islands between October to May. The weather is comfortable, and you can spot all kinds of birds and animals. Nature is at its best during this time.
You should avoid planning a trip in the monsoon months. Continuous rains, tidal waves, and strong winds can spoil the visit.
Touring the unpopular beaches, relishing local dishes, watching the sunset, and birdwatching – if you are up for all of this, you should plan your Andaman tour as soon as possible!