Scuba diving and snorkelling at Havelock and Neil Islands
At Sagarekha Emporium in Port Blair
Fresh whole grilled lobster and seafood platters at Port Blair
Light Show at Cellular Jail
Be sure to get a medical check up done before trying out water diving activities if your dad or you have respiratory/heart ailments
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Think clear turquoise waters, unspoilt beaches, stunning rainforests, gorgeous corals, ancient tribes – where in India can you find all this and more? Why, on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, of course! A tropical paradise in the truest sense of the term, the archipelago of islands is located about 1,000 kilometres off the eastern coast of India in the Bay of Bengal. With a rich flora and fauna cover, Andaman and Nicobar Island is sure to blow your mind away with its serenity. While there, here’s our pick of things to do in Andaman.
1. Beach Bumming
With such picturesque beaches as Corbyn’s Cove, Elephant and Long Island, soaking up the sun should be priority number one in the Andaman. White sand, vast Bay of Bengal to look forward to and a pristine environment, there is nothing more you can ask for. you can laze around on any one of Andaman's beaches for the whole day. They are so calm and beautiful all throughout the day that you wouldn’t want to leave the place for the whole day. Though the islands are popular destinations, the beaches are not crowded and you can find your own spot to sunbathe in.
2. Water Activities
Swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, banana boat rides, parasailing, underwater walking, jet skiing and what not. every water activity is sure to push that adrenaline rush to a yet another level. Not to mention dolphin watching; there are enough things to do on Andaman’s beaches to keep your adventurous mode always ON!!
Home to one of Asia’s most beautiful beaches, Radhanagar Beach, the island is unbelievably scenic and a tranquil place to relax. The beach, popularly known as Beach No. 7, is largely quiet and only the waves breaking on the shore can be heard for the most part of the day. One can go snorkelling at Elephant Beach at Havelock Island. It is one of the most preferred snorkelling destinations after Jolly Bouy island in Port Blair.
4. Cellular Jail
Historically known as kaala paani (black water), the jail was used by the British to imprison political prisoners. The most famous freedom fighter to be imprisoned here was V.D. Savarkar. Its always amazing to look into our non-independence era and this jail is one of the live examples that reminds us of the existence of that era. One can easily imagine the extremities the prisoners used to go through when they were put behind those iron bars in Kaala Paani. A visit to cellular jail is must if you are visiting Andaman and Nicobar islands.
Head to Jolly Buoy Island or Red Skin Island for the best view of the multicoloured coral reefs that Andaman is famous for. It is always amazing to look at something from the last glacial period when the melting ice caused sea levels to rise and flood the continental shelves. Venturing into this geographical realm of Earth is another adventure altogether. The islands are open for tourists alternately for six months each.
6. Island Hopping
Neil Island of Havelock and Ross Island off Port Blair are pleasant half-day trips. Meander around the beaches of Neil Island and try to catch the sunrise or sunset or explore the Naval Museum, cemetery and ruins of old buildings on Ross Island. These islands are a paragon of beauty and they provide with a picturesque landscape shimmering like gems in the Bay of Bengal. You can experience all sorts of adventure activities on these islands.
7. Museum Trail
Port Blair houses some fantastic museums. The Anthropological Museum portrays the islands’ 4 Negrioto tribes of Andamanese, the Jarawas, Sentinels and the onges; the Samudrika Marine Museum displays the biodiversity found on the islands. It is run by Indian navy in the Andaman province and the Forest Museum at Chatham Island (connected by a road bridge to Port Blair) houses a saw mill set up by the British.
One of the biggest attractions in Andaman is the underwater walk at North Bay Island and Havelock Island. You wear a helmet that lets you breathe normally and the walk brings you up close and personal with corals and fish. Imagine fishes hovering over your head and floating alongside when you are walking. The experience of a completely different ecosystem altogether. It’s truly an experience of a lifetime.
Andaman’s bird island or Chidiya Tapu is a verdant spot with forests, mangroves and numerous species of birds. The constant chirruping of birds all through the day, birds in all colour, shapes and sizes flying from one tree to another finding food or just lazing around. Yes, birdwatching is one of the most amazing things you can do when you are in Andamans for a holiday if you are a true nature lover. Look out for parakeets, drongos, doves, eagles and much more birds that have made this island their home.
You wouldn’t normally associate Andaman with trekking but Madhuban (20 kilometres from Port Blair by ferry) is the perfect spot for it. Lush green forests, several indigenous flora and fauna and breathtaking natural beauty make Madhuban an adventure seeker’s delight. The route from Madhuban to Mount Harriet (the highest peak in the archipelago) is the most popular. the zig-zag ways, the wooden bridges, thick forest cover all around you, this trekking demands attention.
Here are a few handy tips for your weekend trip to Andaman:
Budget: Rs 17,000* per person for 6 days (inclusive of 3-star hotel stays in Havelock and Port Blair, basic sightseeing and transfers). Travellers can opt to go to Andamans via Bengaluru which has direct connectivity at reasonable pricing. (*Prices may vary)