Travel Guide to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands

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With clear waters and sparkling white beaches encompassed by a mangrove jungle and primitive forests, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a tropical heaven that captivates travellers from all around the world. The islands of Andaman and Nicobar, around 572 in number, fabricate in the Bay of Bengal, off India's eastern coast. Largely of these islands, of which approximately 28 are colonized, are in the Andaman Group. The Nicobar Islands comprise around 22 major islands, of which, 10 are colonized. The Andaman and Nicobar islands are divided by the 150-km-wide Ten Degree Channel, which is a water channel. Due to bountiful south-west and north-east monsoons, the tropical evergreen rain forests swarm in marine life, showing unusual species of plants, animals, and corals, creating it an ecological heaven.

Places to Visit

Radhanagar Beach


Bestowed with the honour of 'Asia's Best Beach' by the TIMES magazine in 2004, Radhanagar Beach in Havelock Island with its crystal clear blue waters and fine white sands lives up to the title. Its massive coasts of continual white sands spread across 2 kilometres, creating it a primary allure of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Cellular Jail


Located in Port Blair, the capital of Andaman and Nicobar islands, The Cellular Jail, furthermore recognized as 'Kala Pani' is an ancient colonial jail. Built by the Britishers during their colonial rule in India, the prison was utilised specifically to exile Indian political criminals. It was utilized to shack multiple prominent freedom fighters such as Yogendra Shukla, Batukeshwar Dutt, and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar.

Ross Island


Situated hardly 2 kilometres east of Port Blair is Netaji Subhash Bose Island (formerly recognized as Netaji Subhash Bose Island); an island which was once the executive bureau of the British, but today is merely a deserted island. Pursuing an earthquake that strike Ross Island in the year 1941, the British abandoned the island and moved their colony to Port Blair.

Elephant Beach


With its stunning coral reefs and charming cyan waters, the Elephant beach is one of the regions that enhance to the beach heaven prestige of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. These waters are a primary location for travellers desiring to immerse in water sports like snorkelling, swimming, banana boat rides, speed boats and diving.

North Bay Island


North Bay Island in Andaman is largely chosen by travellers for its magnificent coral reefs and exciting adventure recreations.

Kalapathar Beach


Kalapathar beach is a lengthy spread of white silky sand with enormous black rocks beside the blue sea and is one of the largely well-known beaches of Havelock Island. Prevailing situated on the edge of Havelock Island, Kalapathar Beach is titled after a Black Road which drives parallel to the coast. The shore is tiny but the way to the beach is extremely beautiful.

Neil Island


This Island is a portion of the South Andaman Administrative District and belongs to Ritchie’s Archipelago in the Bay of Bengal. A portion of the enormous ocean segregates it from Havelock Island and Ross Island, Travellers journeying to Havelock constantly create a day-long excursion to Neill Island.

Baratang Island


This Island, also recognized as Ranchiwalas Island, is a gorgeous small island in the North and Middle Andaman Administrative district and is located about 100 kilometres away from Port Blair by road. The island is notable for its mangroves, mud volcanoes and limestone caves. Though, you may require to obtain approval from the Forest Department to explore these caves.

Howrah Bridge


The Howrah Bridge or the Natural Bridge is a bridge-like construction situated in the popular ‘vegetable bowl’ of Andaman. This tiny but magnificent island can be found roughly 40 kilometres south of the Andaman and is commonly recognized for its coasts titled after mythical creatures of the epic, Ramayana, the Bharatpur, Ramnagar, Sitapur, and Laxmanpur beaches.

Things to do

Scuba Diving


The Crystal clear waters of Andaman island mass remarkable marine life and nice equipment and expertise. Over the years, scuba diving in the Andaman Islands has observed travellers convening from distinct portions of the planet, and this observance never stops to deliver anything short of an astonishing experience.

Snorkelling


The extraordinary location clasped by these Islands in the Indian Ocean ensures an incredible place to experience snorkelling. There are myriad centres that extend quick lessons and deliver the equipment needed for snorkelling. They consist of several programmes for the novice, intermediate and advanced swimmers. You can partake in snorkelling at Havelock Island, North Bay Island, Jolly Buoy Island, Red Skin Island, in Wandoor, Long Island, Andaman Water Sports Complex, Neill Island, South Button, Henry Lawrence Beach, Rutland Island and Kalipur. Travellers can utilize regional transport to enter these required snorkelling areas.

Trekking


Owning an amazing landscape that would even charm the inactive person to try a quick trek, Andaman & Nicobar Islands is one of the promising trekking locations in India. The rocky spans, the sprawling fields of dense wildernesses, the clear seascape and the gorgeous mangrove network, all make trekkers to kick their boundary to explore yet another unknown area of this surreal territory. Amongst the various trekking tracks and locations that Andaman offers, the Baratang Islands is of maximum prestige. It is recognized for its limestone caves that are totally spell-bounding and can be entered simply by travelling a large mangrove jungle.

Sea Walk


The Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a prominent travel location to disburse an incredible and cosy vacation time. Around the Islands, you will discover overwhelming water and land recreations and amongst them, one such recreation is Sea Walking. This is an amusement loaded water sport and you will perceive like you are wandering on the moon. This underwater tour in the Andaman Islands will be supported by a guide escorting you throughout the walk. During this session, you will observe an assortment of fish. Strolling between corals and seeking the vibrant marine life is certainly a unique experience and such hot spots to discover and connect with underwater life are situated around the islands of Andaman.

Shopping


A gorgeous island, blended with a tranquil ambience and beautiful perspective, there's nothing not to adore about Andaman. Considered as one of the largely preferred locations for travellers, this island will leave you astonished! Famous for a sea walk and different water adventure recreations, the group of islands assist as a paradise for people looking to celebrate long unwinding seashore holidays. Shopping here is an amazing and unique experience. The elegant small shops around the nook are constantly darting with people. The tourism industry of Andaman is flourishing not only because of the landscape and water adventures but because of its handicrafts emporiums as well.

How To Reach


By Air

Direct flights to Port Blair, the capital, are accessible from all metropolitan cities of the nation. From there, travellers can take boats that are accessible on a regular basis to enter the Andamans.

By Road

Andaman Express passes through prominent cities of the country like New Delhi and Chennai.

By Sea

3-4 ships sail from Kolkata and Chennai every month, bound for Port Blair and vice versa. Ships furthermore sail from Visakhapatnam but are less often.



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