Trek to the Alfred Caves, a cluster of 41 caves made out of rock and lime stones
Fresh whole grilled lobster and seafood platters in Port Blair
Pearl jewelery and handicrafts made from local padauk wood and driftwood
Travel during the monsoon season to avail the cheapest deals on hotels and airfare
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With its sun-kissed beaches, azure waters and spell-binding vistas, the Andaman Islands are a picture-perfect haven for travellers. Come monsoons (between late May to end July) and these islands, tucked away in a corner of the world, become even more magical. It is definitely the best time to visit Andamans. You ask why? Well, the lush green vegetation and scenic beauty come alive, the tourist rush is over and hoteliers offer attractive discounts. What’s not to love?
And wait, we give you five more reasons to plan a trip to Andamans during the monsoon season:
#1 Enjoy a Long Walk on the Radha Nagar Beach
As you approach Radha Nagar beach, all you can see is a hint of water and towering trees all around. Get closer and the expanse of the beach takes your breath away. The sun rays bounce off the pure white sand making it glitter like sprinkled diamonds, and you instantly know why it’s considered to be one of the best beaches in Asia. With almost no tourists around, you’ll have the entire beach to yourself!
#2 Revisit India’s Glorious History at the Cellular Jail
Built in 1906, Cellular Jail or Kala Pani is drenched in colonial and political history. On your visit, see the claustrophobic prisons where notable Indian freedom fighters were once exiled. The Light and Sound show that takes place in the evenings offers a glimpse into the Indian freedom struggle and is available in both, Hindi and English.
#3 Go Snorkeling at Bharatpur Beach
Travelling from Port Blair to any other island in the Andamans requires a certain level of courage we must say. The sea is choppy and weather unpredictable, but we can guarantee that nothing beats snorkeling with a storm approaching. Go to Neil Island’s Bharatpur Beach and get lost in the colourful coral reefs and rich marine life. Brag about this adventure to your friends later!
#4 Take a Drive on the Andaman Trunk Road
While the Andaman Trunk Road remains a restricted zone for tourists, it is open to those going to the limestone Alfred Caves in Diglipur. To reach the caves, you have to trek for about an hour, which is not very difficult. The caves take a different shape during the monsoon season. On your day trip to Diglipur, you must also visit the Saddle Peak, the highest point of the archipelago.
#5 Relish the Delicious Seafood
Apart from the numerous small cafes dotting the many islands in the Andamans, where you can sample everything from freshly caught fish to Israeli and continental fare, Port Blair is easily your best bet for quality seafood. Red Snapper and New Lighthouse Restaurant are worth trying.
Savour the beauty of Andaman Islands and create your very own monsoon memories! Don’t forget to write back with your favourite moments from your trip.
Shreya is a travel writer by profession. When not writing she’s busy in the kitchen creating treats from around the world. Grant her one wish and she would do nothing but travel. Her favourite places are Goa, Turkey and San Francisco.