If you have been wanting to go on that perfect trip but aren’t sure where to go to, it should be to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is an Indian archipelago situated in the Bay of Bengal. Sun-soaked beaches, history, seafood, beaches lined with palm trees, exciting water adventures – you name anything your heart desires and Andaman has it! Andaman and Nicobar has an approximate of 300 islands and most of them are uninhabited. The ones that are populated lie in the lap of nature. Away from the humdrum of metropolitan cities, Andaman and Nicobar Islands is where you should plan your next trip. There are several Andaman Nicobar packages that you can look up online.
How to Reach:-
The Veer Savarkar International Airport, located in the capital city of Andaman and Nicobar Islands is well-connected with the various cities in the country. Major airlines operate in the island. Chennai, Vishakhapatnam and Kolkata have direct flights to Port Blair. Other cities like Bombay, Pune or Delhi have connecting flights to Port Blair.
When you move from one island to another, you generally travel by a boat or a catamaran. If you want to witness a panoramic view of the islands, then there are certain small flights, which take you from one island to another.
Wonders of Andaman and Nicobar Islands You Cannot Miss:-
- Cellular Jail: If you are a history enthusiast, you cannot miss visiting the Cellular Jail in Port Blair. Also known as Kala Pani, the British used this colonial structure as a prison for Indian political prisoners. Eminent freedom fighters like Batukeshwar Dutt, Shiv Verma and others had been imprisoned here. Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday light and sound shows are held in the Cellular Jail. These shows depict the struggle for independence against the colonial rule. You cannot miss this absolutely spectacular light and sound show!
- Baratang Island: This not-so-popular island is a constituent of the North and Middle Andaman administrative district. If you are keen as a photographer or love nature, then this should be at the top of your priority list. Home to the Jarwa tribe, Baratang Island is known for the mangrove trees which surround the island. The creeks, tidal swamps and crevices allow you to go for kayaking. If you want you can also go for fishing along with the locals, which can be one of the best Andaman Nicobar tours that you can get. Baratang Island is scattered with mud volcanoes and these are the only ones that are found in India. A thirty minute drive from the islands and then a two kilometer trek takes you to the ancient limestone caves.
- Havelock Island: This is among the largest islands in Ritchie’s Archipelago. A constituent part of the South Andaman administration, Havelock Island is known for its gorgeous beaches and the water sports and natural beauty it offers. Radhanagar Beach is one of the most popular beaches of Havelock Islands. Times Magazine had listed it as the best beach in Asia. The crystal blue waters and sun-soaked beaches makes it one of the most visited beaches. Elephant Beach, situated in the northern part of Havelock Island, is famous for the many water sports it offers. Whether it be scuba diving, parasailing, jet skiing, banana ride or snorkeling – Havelock Island offers you all with state-of-the-art facilities. You shall always have trained instructors to help you around. Water sports has now become an essential part of Andaman Nicobar tours. If you are interested to visit a less populated beach or one where less tourists throng the place, then you must go to Kalapathar Beach. Standing true to its name the beach is lined by black boulders. The journey to the beach is one of the most beautiful you can come across, with a canopy of tall trees covering your path.
- Ross Island: Known as the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island, this is a relatively small island which is a part of the South Andaman district. Before the British constructed the Cellular Jail, Ross Island was used as a prisoner colony for the Indian political prisoners. The island had also served as the administrative quarter of the British. The ruins of the old buildings where the British would stay are the main attraction in the island. The man caves and old church might give you an eerie feeling, but the island is known for its rich history. There is no civil settlement in this island. Hence, if you want to visit, you should be going for a day trip. The Japanese bunkers from 1942 are also scattered around the island.
- Corbyn’s Cove Beach: If you want to spend your day doing nothing and enjoy yourself under the sun, then Corbyn’s Cove Beach is the ideal place for you. Populated with the most prominent restaurants, water-sports and the historical remains like Japanese bunkers, Corbyn’s Cove Beach should be a must-visit in your list. Situated near to Port Blair, this will be a one day tour which you should not miss.
When you are in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, do not forget to visit these wonders!